Thursday, August 27, 2015

Maine Abstract

9 x 12 Oil on Archival Board

This painting just seemed to happen.  I'm always amazed that some paintings work so easily, and some are such a struggle.  This was one of the easier ones for me.  I also think it has to do with time and place.  If your mind is somewhere else and not in the moment, things just become much more difficult.  I guess that goes for everything.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Boys of Summer Redux

8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

It's been a really busy summer.  I'm working on a few commissions and have not had time to paint just for the sake of painting, but am starting a new one tomorrow (I hope).  So, here is a flash from the past.  I thought it would be a good one to post since baseball season is almost coming to a close.  Fall is coming!  YEAH!!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

With a Little Help From My Friend

5 x 7 Oil on Archival Board

This is the third little painting of Tallulah's "fun" day on the floater.  Try and try again, she simply wouldn't go off into the water; that is until she had a little help.  Once in, she was happy and retrieved her ball, but we gave up and didn't make her try it again.  The water in these three paintings is the same color but shows up a little differently due to the time of day they were photographed.  They look really nice in sequence.  In my eyes, she's a STAR! 

If interested in purchasing one or all of these, please email me (link on right).

Saturday, August 15, 2015


5 x 7 Oil On Archival Board

This is the second in the series of three paintings of Tallulah.  I already posted this on FB, but want to keep them together on my blog, so here it is following the other I just posted.  When I post them all together, it will make more sense...I hope. 

You Can Get It!

5 x 7 Oil on Archival Board
This is one in a series of three paintings I did of Tallulah being tempted off our floater dock.  They work really well in a series so I will post each individually, and then all three together in sequence.  She eventually went in, although not entirely the way we had planned :-) 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Katie the Kitty

8 x 8 Oil On Archival Board

I've been a little slow at posting recently due to busy summer happenings and lots of commissions.  Here is one of the completed animal portraits.  I've never owned cats, always dogs, so painting them is always a little challenging.  Fun but challenging.  For me, the animal's personality, or what I perceive as their personality, is what I'm after. 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Before the Storm. Bedford

6 x 9 Oil on Archival Board
Summer storms come out of nowhere.  This was one of them.  We were lucky to pass through the impending deluge and not be affected by it.  But that sky!!  The sun had a green cast to it creating strange lighting and emphasizing the dark clouds.  I tried to capture it here.  Moody...Yes?

Monday, August 3, 2015

"Eve: Naked, Empowered, and Proud" and "Museum of Antiquities...And They Felt No Shame"

...And now for something new :-)  These are two of my pieces hanging at Portiuncula Guild Gallery's show entitled "Naked and Not Ashamed: The Human Figure in Narrative.  I must say, I really enjoyed this project.  The work was to be related to Genesis.

Here is my thought process for the painting of Adam and Eve:  The story goes, Eve offered Adam the apple and caused the downfall of all humankind.  I empowered Eve by having her eat the apples herself and not offer any to Adam.  She is no longer guilty of bringing on all things evil, and therefore feels no shame in her nakedness.  This simplifies it a little.  I could go on, but won't.

For "Museum of Antiquities..." I'll leave you to decide :-)   What fun I had with this one....

Anyway, the show was wonderful.  Lots of really creative offerings there and so many talented artists to see and talk to.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Emerald Isle Oasis

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

There is nothing as comforting as seeing lights shining in a window at night.  It is as if they are beckoning you to come in to safety.  We were fortunate to be able to spend time with our friends at this beautiful beach house before the busy summer season began.  Returning from a walk on the beach at dusk, "our" house was the only one with lights shining, and it looked so lovely.  Just another day in the life.....

Monday, July 27, 2015

End of the Day, Winnie's Garden

6 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

Day's End at Shining Sails Inn on Monhegan Island.  The last light hitting the flowers behind the inn.  One wouldn't think that flowers would grow so beautifully on Monhegan , a rock in the middle of the ocean off the coast of Maine.  It is truly an enchanted place and a feast for an artist's eyes.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Maine Plein Air

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

This artist found himself a great place to set up his easel and umbrella.  He was so caught up in what he was painting, he didn't even know I was there watching him.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Beach Cottage

8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board

Growing up, each summer we would rent a beach cottage for a week with aunts, uncles, and cousins (even though we lived by the bay and ocean).  It was such a wonderful, free time...My cousins and I, out in the early morning to gather snails, (I'm not sure what we did with them once we had them), water play during the day, jumping off the deck into the dunes for hours on end, lots of seafood, and roasting marshmallows by the fire before bed.  Ahhh...the good old days!  This house (although much more upscale) brings back all those memories.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Tidal Pool

9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

The beach was deserted this particular morning, except for this beautiful woman walking slowly through a tidal pool that had formed.  The early morning sun reflected off her body leaving just form with little detail.  I loved that and really love the way this painting came out!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Fish Beach Alley

10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

Boats at rest at Fish Beach on Monhegan Island.  That sunlight at the end of the alley drew me right in.  Shadows and sunlight...Yeah!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Island Houses

8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board
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This scene is a moment of Zen for me.  I could move right into one of those cottages and be very happy looking out at the water or simply smelling that salty air.  Another painting using a very limited palette and quick strokes.  The image didn't photograph too well because of the wet paint, but it's pretty close to the original.

If I don't get to post before Saturday, HAPPY, SAFE 4TH everyone!!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Flower Study

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

I set this still life up to paint as a study for a larger painting and to work out all the kinks, but now that it's finished I really like the size, looseness, and spontaneity of it.  I'm enjoying working from life.  There is a totally different feel to my paintings, I think.  I'm also still  amazed at the colors I can get from those three primaries.  I now realize that I didn't need to purchase every paint color imaginable from the Blick catalog :-) 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Splashing In


5 x 7 Oil on Gessobord

Can you feel Lula's joy?  Water, freedom, fun, a red ball, someone to throw it for her...Ahhh, Life is Good :-)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Tallulah, The Water Dog

6 x 8  Oil on Archival Board

Here's Tallulah, swimmer extraordinaire.... She never went near the water except to chase the geese, and even then she wouldn't go in, only run up to the edge of the water and come back in.  The geese knew her and would jump back into the water and just wait until she returned to the house.  They were totally shocked when she bounded down and jumped in right after them.  We were afraid she would keep on going, (which she did for quite a while) but thankfully returned to the shore.  We've created a monster, but we so love to watch her joy when she swims.  This is the first in what I think will be a series of swimming paintings.  I hope you don't get bored :-)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Dock House Clutter

10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

Our dock house is a mess so my project the other day was to clean it up, but before I did I took a few photos.  The colors and textures really interested me.  If it wasn't so hot, I would have brought my easel down and painted then and there, but the AC was calling me back to my studio :-)  Thus, the dock house clutter in oil....

Monday, June 15, 2015

Storm Moving In


8 x 8 Oil On Archival Board

Storms come out of nowhere here at the lake.  It can be perfectly sunny with no rain predicted and suddenly the dark clouds roll in, the wind picks up, the lake gets choppy, and the rain appears in the distance and works its way towards us.  I always think I have to paint this but never rush to get my Gorilla box and paints.  This time, I did!  I tried to capture the misty, hazy, windy aspect and am pleased with the results.  Sometimes the spontaneous ones work the best for me.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Daisy Days

8 x 8 Oil On Archival Board

A few years ago we planted a few daisies.  Few being the key word.  This year they have taken over almost the entire front flower bed.  Guests have to push them aside or plod through them to get to our front door.  I decided to cut them and bring them in, so here are just a few that I stuck in a little vase.  I painted this as a fast study in preparation for one of the larger bouquets...Yes, I do have a number of larger bouquets all over the house.  There are still more out there that haven't opened yet.  Anyone want some daisies???

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Scaredy Cat

6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

This is Linus, who definitely has the biggest eyes I've seen!  He looks like he's seen a really large mouse....

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Dakota of Golden Meadow

8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board

This is a gift for a wonderful friend who grooms and watches over our Sproodle, Tallulah, when we are away.  The portrait is of Dakota, her beautiful Golden who recently passed on and will be missed.  Animals add so much to our lives and it seems doubly hard when they go, but their memories linger on forever.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Smith Mountain Lake Evening

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

This is a plein air I painted this week just as the sun was setting over the lake.  There was a haze in the distance lifting off the lake, and a few fishing boats were finishing up for the day.  Peaceful and quiet.  Then comes the weekend (like now) and boats are flying all over the lake pulling children on floats, jet skiers are zipping around, and the waves from the boats bang against the dock.  Just another perspective on things.  Still good...Just different :-)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Island Creek Farm Bouquet

8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board

This is part of a beautiful bouquet from our community supported agriculture farm.  Not only was it beautiful to look at and paint, but it smelled so fresh and herbal.  It was a surprise to see what kinds of flowers I would get along with my vegetables.  Can't wait until my next pick up!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Catching Up

8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board
Another beach scene...Appropriate for Memorial Day weekend, I think.  This woman was power walking along the shore with her dog who got distracted easily.  The dog would get pretty far behind and then have to race to catch up.  It was really cute to watch.  A beautiful, fun day at the ocean.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend, Everyone!  As always, thanks for checking in on my blog and for your encouraging messages.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Noon at Emerald Isle

12 x 24 Oil on Archival Board

Empty beach, sand, sun, beautiful beach houses, waves crashing, seagulls talking....Ahhhh!  Truly a moment of Zen.  Summer at its finest.  I really find that when I have a passion for a subject, the painting seems to flow.  I'm pretty sure I've said this before, but it's so true, for me at least.  When I was painting this, I really felt like I was placing actual sand on my painting surface rather than paint, and I could feel the softness of the clouds...It's definitely Zen.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

End of the Day, Emerald Isle

5 x 7 Oil On Archival Board

Looking back from the water towards a beautiful sunset at Emerald Isle...What could be better?!  Wouldn't you like to own one of those beach houses and visit on a whim?  I know I would.  Since it was mid week, most of the houses were empty, but I'm pretty sure as it gets closer to summer they are occupied all the time.  I'm enjoying painting these studies.  They seem to flow and I think it's because the memories are fresh in my mind.  Ever since I began painting, I notice that I automatically try to memorize scenes that interest me.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sandpiper on the Run

5 x 7 Oil on Archival Board
There were lots of sandpipers on the almost deserted beach at Emerald Isle, NC, last week and they were having a great time darting around.  This particular bird, though, had too much coffee that morning because he was pretty much just a blur.  He would go one way, and then run the other in a manic attempt to catch his breakfast, I guess.  This is a personal favorite....for now...until I paint again :-)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Mother's Day Flowers

9 x 12 Oil on Gessobord
 Happy Mother's Day, Everyone!  These flowers are pretty much guaranteed not to wilt.  If you would like to purchase them for your mother, or for you (that seems to be how I roll...), just click on the link below.  This would be a gift that keeps on giving :-)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Spencer Tracy, The Cat

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

So this is Spencer Tracy in a basket.  That is not something I thought I would ever say :-)  This was one of two commissions I was fortunate to be asked to paint.  I should refer to this as "Big Eyes," because those eyes are truly amazing.  They were a challenge.  I needed to get that glow and am pretty happy with the outcome.  With every painting I learn something new.  How lucky I feel!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Reading the Posting


8 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

I've been doing a lot of commissions lately and felt the need to paint this man once again; something totally different.  I painted him a while ago and have always loved his "Charlie Chaplin" look...  Really a silhouette.   It's always good to change things up every now and then.  Now I go back to the commissions with a new passion.  I really love doing them :-)   I consider this little painting a warm up.  Actually, each painting is a warm up to what's next...Right?!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Huddleston Chickens


8 x 10 Oil On Archival Board

On our way to see a small Community Supported Agriculture farm (CSA) in Huddleston, VA, we passed this wonderful barn.  It was a perfect rural scene complete with roaming chickens.  The scene actually spoke to me.  I could picture the painting that I was going to do.  That doesn't happen much.  No planning, no sketching...Just got right at it.  We joined the CSA, by the way.  We're looking forward to getting fresh organic vegetables, and in our little way helping to support the young family that works so hard to produce the finest vegetables, fruit, and flowers.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tallulah and the Lilacs

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

This is Tallulah (our Sproodle) checking out my first lilacs of the season.  I'm not sure if she was just enjoying the smell or planning on eating them...Either way, she was really interested in them.  This painting isn't as blue as it appears here.  Not sure why this color thing happened, but the background is much more subtle.  I will try to take another photo of it and re-post at some point.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bradley, Older and Wiser

8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

Here is Bradley as he is now...older and so much wiser.  His coloring appears to have changed from his puppy stage...But then again so has mine :-)  Simply put, he is the cutest!  Thank you once again to Bradley's family for this opportunity.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Bradley at One Year

8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

This is one of two commissioned pieces I was asked to do to depict Bradley as a young pup and as an older, more mature dog.  That face and the tilt of his head says it all.  It doesn't get much cuter than that!  Thanks to Bradley's family for the opportunity to paint him.  I really enjoyed it :-)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Old Gardening Shed

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

A weathered gardening shed that would not have been very interesting to me if not for the beautiful flowers in the foreground.  A departure from the commissions that I have been doing and really enjoyable to paint!  Now, back to the commissions for a bit.

Monday, April 6, 2015

CHAIR-ITY - "Lap Dance"

Well....It's Done!  Here's my painted chair for the "Chair-ity" event for art education in Bedford, VA.  I delivered it on Saturday and it is called "Lap Dance."  The figure is Modigliani's "Count Weilhorski" and because of his straight-laced, kind of Puritan look, I thought he'd make a good "seat."  Each participant picked out an unpainted chair and used their artistic flair to decorate it.  I've seen a number of them now, and they are all so wonderful and different.  That's the great thing about this event.  So many artists...So many different perspectives; and of course, the charity itself!  I was a little intimidated at the start, but once I got into it I loved it!  I will let you know the date of the auction as soon as it's finalized.  It is in May, and will be a wonderful event.

I have to thank my wonderful friends, Jim and Gloria Chandler for their help with the process.  I made my plan and sketched out the Count, and Jim used his carpentry tools to cut him out for me so I could paint him.  I so appreciate the time they both took and the fact that they let me leave sawdust on their living room floor. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Funny Bunny

8 x 8 Oil On Gessobord

Oh, the humiliation!!  They sit me down, put these ears on me as if I don't have big enough ones as is, and say "smile."  Well, this is about as happy as I get under these circumstances. 

Happy Easter everyone, and thanks so much for all your interest in my artwork!  You make it all the more worthwhile!

Monday, March 30, 2015


8 x 10 Oil on Gessobord

"Say, What??  Did someone mention steak?"  That's why I'm thinking that Hercules' ear is up :-)  What a great face....and those eyes.  I loved painting the structure of the face.  This is my most recent commission.  I'm working on another one, and I have to say that these dogs work wonders for me while I'm painting.  I get into that Zen place.  Again, thank you to Hercules' humans for giving me the opportunity to paint such a wonderful, powerful companion.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

First Blooms

6 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

Isn't it funny how each Spring we get so excited about the first blooms we see?!  It's like we haven't seen Spring before.  That's why I like the change of seasons so much.  We forget how wonderful each season is until the following one is upon us.  This painting was done with left over paints on my palette, so very limited and lots of mixing.  Happy Spring! 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

Watch what you say, because I'm pretty sure Roxie can hear you no matter where you are :-)  What an adorable dog Roxie is.  He's another commission and I thank his owners for the opportunity to paint him.  So cute and a joy to do! 

Friday, March 20, 2015


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

What fun I had with this commission!  How can you not smile at a bloodhound's face??  The position was a little odd, but according to Lucy's owners, this is a common trait.  They all apparently sit this way...And those sad eyes and gaping mouth.  Sadly, Lucy passed away recently.  She did live a long, happy life.   A dog's life is way too short :-(

Monday, March 16, 2015

Smith Mountain Lake View

16 x 20 Oil on Gessobord

This is a larger format than I usually paint, and I must admit that I enjoyed doing a "big" painting.  I attacked it with large brushes and lots of paint.  It shows up a little darker here than it really is, but hopefully you can get the idea.  The lovely woman who contacted me asked me to paint the view from her lake house. This is one of two commissioned pieces. It's actually hard to see the detail here.  I might try to take some detail photos of it and post them.  One of the best things about painting commissions is that I meet really great people!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Opening of Olin Gallery Show on Friday


This piece is called "In the Spotlight, Washington Square Park."  It will be one of the many paintings to see at the opening of the Olin Gallery 2015 Biennial Juried Exhibition at Roanoke College on Friday, March 13th.  The Juror's talk and reception is at 6:00 PM.  If you are in the area, please stop by and say hello.  After seeing the list of accepted artists, it should be a great show!!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

February Went to the Dogs

Well, February came and went...Mostly to the dogs.  Here is a sample of some of the commissions that I completed.  I'm pleased to say, everyone was happy with them.  Me, too :-) 

I'm currently working on another dog commission, and have begun a large project which I will share soon.  It is taking a lot of my time right now, and I'm actually thinking about it day and night.  I wake up in the middle of the night with a great idea for it, but forget it by the time I get up in the morning.  I will have to keep a pencil and paper by the bed....Of course, I'll bet some of those wonderful thoughts will look pretty dumb in the light of day.  I'm so thankful to be able to dwell on painting methods, even in the middle of the night.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Beautiful Cooper

8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

Cooper is a Boykin Spaniel, and probably one of the prettiest ones due to the curl on the top of her head.  I'll bet all the other Boykins wish they had her sense of style :-)  She is a free spirit and so full of energy and life.  She should give lessons on how to live for the moment.  She has gotten older and slower, but she still has that "let's go and play" look in her eyes.  I loved painting her!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Thinking Summer


12 x 24 Oil on Gessobord

This seems like a really long winter, and I felt the need to paint something "summery."  Because the painting was hard to photograph, I included a portion (detail) first and then the complete painting below.  This is the beach in Amagansett, Long Island, NY.  As far as I'm concerned, there isn't a better beach anywhere.  Never too crowded, wide soft sand, no vehicles allowed....