Monday, March 30, 2015

Hercules




8 x 10 Oil on Gessobord
 
SOLD

"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

Roxie


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord
 
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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

Lucy


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord
 
SOLD

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
 
SOLD

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



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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....


 


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

It's a Tough Life



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5 x 7 Oil on Gessobord

They say that Pit Bulls are dangerous, but it's hard to be threatened by Maddy.  Although she's muscular and strong, she's really a sweet, well trained dog.  When I was visiting recently, she climbed up on the couch next to me and put her head in my lap.  We sat there for a while...until my leg started to lose feeling.  Her head must weigh a few tons.  It was like a bowling ball sitting in your lap.  I'm used to Tallulah who has a light head.  Not to say that she isn't smart :-) 


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Rock Artists



8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

I have painted this scene once before in pastel and have always liked it, so I thought I'd paint it again in oils.  This was from my first trip to Monhegan Island, Maine, with a group of artists.  We set up on a rocky beach, finding comfortable rocks to sit on (not easy).  Then the difficult task became what to paint since there was so much beauty around us.  A quick, enjoyable little study... :-) 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Two on a Log



6 x 8 Oil on Gessobord
 
SOLD

I couldn't go too far wrong with these two beautiful black Labs pushing a log through the water.  Obviously, this wasn't a recent adventure.  They would need an ice breaker now :-)  This was a recent commission and certainly a wonderful way to spend my painting time.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Hudson with a Face Full of Snow



8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

SOLD
 

This is Hudson, an Australian Shepherd.  He is a northerner, so he is totally happy this winter!  A muzzle full of snow is heaven for him, I suppose.  I do hope all you people in the northeast are coping with the cold and blizzard-like conditions.  Here in Virginia, we are currently at 19 degrees and had 60 MPH winds all night long.  Two days ago, it was almost 70 degrees.  We even had a fly in the house :-)  Perhaps, he knew what was to come and decided to come inside....




Friday, February 13, 2015

Bo



6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord
 
SOLD

What a honor to be able to paint such a beautiful Yellow Lab!  I've been extremely happy to be getting so many commissions lately.  I work diligently to bring life to a piece of work on a two dimensional surface.  It's not always easy, but oh so rewarding.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Good Morning!



8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

This is my favorite cereal bowl.  I use it all the time for my oatmeal and for soup.  I'm not sure which potter created it, but I know it was a craftsman in Virginia.  I've tried to track him/her down, but without much success.  This was one of the paintings that just worked for me, unlike the last post that I struggled with.  Perhaps it was my love of the pottery...or that delicious banana :-) 





Sunday, February 8, 2015

Coffee Shop Girl



6 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

SOLD

You know how some paintings seem to paint themselves.  Well, this one definitely didn't!  It absolutely has to do with my focusing on so many other things right now.  I struggled with it for two days and am finally satisfied....Or I'm forcing myself to be satisfied :-)

On another note, I am honored that my artwork was juried into the 2015 Biennial Juried Exhibition at Olin Hall Galleries in Roanoke, Virginia.  Doug McClemont, who is a writer and curator in NYC, is the juror of the show.  The juror lecture and awards will be March 13th at 6 PM at the Olin Gallery. 

Also in March, I will have the honor, along with fellow artist and friend, Nancy Rae Brown, to be the Featured Artist for the month at Second Helpings Gallery in Roanoke, Virginia.  More on this to come....

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Where the Magic Happens



8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

A scene from one of my favorite restaurants where the magic really does happen :-)  YUMMM!!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Geraniums in an Old Maine Window


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6 x 8 Oil On Gessobord

The window here was in a very old house that was in bad shape and needed a lot of repair work done.  The paint was peeling and there were all sorts of paint colors showing through.  The geraniums were a welcome change to an otherwise dreary interior. 


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Callie and Gabby


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8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

This is Gabby and Callie dressed in their Christmas finest.  I can't tell you how much I enjoyed doing this commission (OK...I just did!).  I think these are two of the most beautiful Goldens I have seen.  What I enjoyed so much was trying to define two totally different dogs with different personalities, and not just painting twins. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Bluebird Up Close and Personal


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6 x 6 Oil On Gessobord

This poor little bird didn't fly south.  Apparently he never listened to what the other birds with more info were saying...Or he made the mistake of listening to the local weather on TV and assumed it was going to be hot and sunny.  Either way, I felt I should have given him a warm scarf and hot chocolate.  He wasn't as blue and red as I painted him, but I thought the bright red/orange might warm him a little :-)



Thursday, January 22, 2015

This is All Mine!



6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

This is one of the black Lab puppies from my cousin's kennel, www.jayhawklabs.com.  Her beautiful Labradors and French Bulldogs are a constant inspiration for me, and this particular puppy had the right idea.  He was not about to allow his puppy siblings to take his toy.  If I didn't know better, I'd say he was an only child :-)


Monday, January 19, 2015

Licking the Bowl



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6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

Who doesn't like to lick the whipped cream bowl??  I'm pretty sure we all did it.  Whatever was in the bowl seemed to taste much better than the final product.  I think it still does :-)



Thursday, January 15, 2015

Soulful Eyes


SOLD


6 x 6 Oil On Gessobord

This is Manny, one of my cousin's beautiful Labs.  I basically tried to paint Manny with very few strokes...Just the necessities.  At least what I saw as necessities :-)  I'm trying to let go of my need to put every detail in.  Manny was a joy to do.  I hope he likes the portrait and doesn't mind that I played a little with his likeness.


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Pismo Beach Walk


7 x 5 Oil on Gessobord

SOLD
 
This is another painting that practically painted itself.  I'm not sure why some paintings seem to just flow off the brush, but I'm not complaining :-)  I was going for the action of the water, waves, wind, surf, and of course the movement of the figure and dog.  Another personal favorite!


 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Three Beauties



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5 x 7 Oil on Gessobord

Three faces, three different personalities, all totally focused on something going on outside.  Painting dogs seems to have a really positive effect.  It's like a mini vacation.  Every stroke brings the subject closer and closer.  It's really a very odd sensation.  I especially love the older Golden on the right.  He just has such a wise look about him, and he seemed to be studying me as I painted :-)



Saturday, January 3, 2015

A Big Smile


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6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

Some people might say dogs don't smile, but I know Lula does.  The reference for this painting was taken right after she came in from chasing her ball outside and she was a happy camper.  I seriously think she has the longest tongue ever, although the Vet has assured me that it's a normal length.  So...Here's Tallulah who gets the honor of being my first painting of 2015 :-)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Firing the Pottery


7 x 5 Oil on Gessobord

This is a painting from one of Robert Miller's wonderful photographs.  I chose it because of all those great hot, hot, hot colors, and he was kind enough to allow me to attempt it. I was in heaven splashing around all those cadmium reds, oranges, and yellows, and just brushing on strokes here and there to depict the scene.  Can you feel the heat???

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Cook's Paradise



6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

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For a small painting, I found this difficult.  It might have been caused by taking a little break from painting everyday to do lots of social Holiday things.  I struggled to get back into it, and started to get too picky.  That's when I knew I had to stop and call it finished.  I really like it, so I plan doing a larger version to capture more of this scene, which is the kitchen of my favorite restaurant.

Happy New Year One and All!  See you in 2015!  2015...YIKES!!
 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Snooze


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6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

This is "Brooklyn," who belongs to Tallulah's wonderful groomer/trainer/boarder.  She is a beautiful Golden who absolutely deserves to be painted.  This is what they refer to as a "Dog's Life."

Thank you all who have purchased my paintings this year.  It has been a wonderful year for me, and I really appreciate it.  I am so glad that my paintings have found good homes and hope they bring you all as much joy as I get when I'm painting them. 

 Have a safe and wonderful Holiday!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Snuggle


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8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

These are the same Labs that I painted in "Patience."  The puppy was really playful in that one, but here there is a really touching closeness between the two.  That snuggle and the mother's look seems to define what we think of as a human kind of love, but I think it exists in the animal world, too.   

Friday, December 12, 2014

Tree Trunk in Snow


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6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

Shadows and snow...That's what this little painting is all about.  As I've said so many times before,  winter is a favorite with me.  I know many of you don't share that view.  Especially those of you who are up north right now.  I think the stark beauty of the sun on the snow and the deep dark shadows are really something to behold.  This painting is a new favorite of mine :-) 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Luigi and His Painting


Luigi's family sent this photo of the painting I did for them.  It is always so nice to get feedback after completing a painting, and I especially enjoyed doing this one.  I must say, Luigi looks mighty proud of his portrait :-) 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Sherman


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6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

I'm pretty sure Sherman is smiling, but it's hard to tell with Frenchies.  His face called out for a portrait though; and that look...How can you resist?! 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Female Kingfisher


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8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

This kingfisher sits on top of our sailboat mast everyday looking for her meal.  I watch her sit for what seems like hours waiting for her perfect gourmet feast.  She only seems to move when my husband or I get the camera ready to shoot, so I never get a good picture.  I've painted her here from very blurry, out of focus photos, but I think I've captured her essence.  She's not as pretty as the male, but I love her spiky, punky hairdo...Like a blue toned mullet.  She has that "Don't mess with me!" look.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Girl Studying


10 x 8  Oil on Gessobord

My request was to "Look natural. Don't look at me. Don't pose."  So much for requests, right?!  I do think I got that "happy to be alive" look, though.  I must say, I love this little painting.  I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving and are now ready for the Christmas craziness.  As always, if you are interested in purchasing this painting, just click on the Daily Paintworks box on the right or email me directly.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Close Call


SOLD

8 x 10 Oil on Gessobord

This is the last of the Smith Mountain Lake Fall Regatta paintings for 2014.  Looking forward to the Spring season.  I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving.  It's hard to believe it's over, especially after all the hours of preparation.  My daughter prepared a really wonderful meal!  Next is Christmas, which will be here and over before we all know it as well.  As always, thank you for stopping by.  Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Beach Woman in Her Thanksgiving Bonnet



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8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

Can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving.  Today, it's 70 degrees.  This weather has been crazy!  I wish you all a wonderful holiday and hope you get to spend it with the ones you love.  I'm so thankful for many things including all of you out there in bloggerland.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cold Fall Day Plein Air


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8 x 10 Oil on Gessobord

It's Fall and it's freezing here at Smith Mountain Lake!  The day started out calm and beautiful and then the wind kicked up, clouds rolled in and everything changed.  It called out to be painted right then and there because everything changes minute by minute.  What is so fascinating is how the color of the water becomes so dark when the whitecaps begin to appear.  The sun was still off in the distance, but clouds overhead really changed the whole feeling of the day.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Subject and The Object


8 x 10 Oil on Gessobord

This was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  What intrigued me was who was studying whom (Is that grammatically correct?  If not, I will certainly hear from my Literature Professor daughter :-).  Who was the subject and who was the object?  Thought provoking for me, at least.  Painting this was a challenge at best due to all the angles, but I really enjoy the effort that goes into something a little different and am pleased with the outcome.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Meal Time Hint


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8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

I should start out by saying that Tallulah is not one of these well behaved dogs :-)  She is well behaved, but not on this level.  If she is hungry, she gets her ball and goes over to her food dish.  She believes that it is important to play soccer as she eats.  She eats a little, kicks the ball, goes and gets it, and then eats more.  Seriously!  We are not sure why, but she is happy so we don't question.  Quirky comes to mind.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Contemplation of Dali's "Crucifixion" at the MET



10 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

This man was totally consumed with Salvador Dali's painting "Crucifixion...Corpus Hypercubus" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  I watched him study the painting for about 10 minutes and was interested to see his face as he walked away, but he just kept standing there so I eventually moved on.  I was surprised that this was a Dali painting because it is so unlike any other I've seen.  His depiction added many elements of surrealism but was so unexpected considering the subject matter.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Luigi



8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

SOLD

Here's Luigi.  He was apparently used to being the king of the household.  Lo and behold, a beautiful baby girl named Lucy appeared and now she gets most of the attention.  If this isn't a sad look, I don't know what is :-)  I'm hoping that expression got him lots of presents...

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Storm Front On Its Way


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

SOLD

Another rural scene of Bedford, VA.  This one at Poplar Forest.  The day started out with lots of bright sun but deteriorated really fast with the sky changing from a light blue to a deep color over the mountains in the distance.  Before the light totally changed, I was able to capture some of that sunny Fall green and a few light rays here and there.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Distant Silos


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

For me, this painting was all about the sky and super clear day.  I also am lately attracted to curved roads...Go Figure :-)  This is another view of one of Virginia's beautiful farms.  There are still a number of them.  Let's hope the next time I pass by there isn't a subdivision or shopping mall!  Those deforestation trucks are all over now.  I always want to shout out "Put those trees back where they belong and have been for centuries." 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Patience


6 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

SOLD

Another name would be "They Don't Pay Me Enough For this Babysitting Job!"  My cousin breeds Labs, so I'm always lucky to get wonderful images of these beautiful dogs.  These two (mother and her pup) definitely needed to be painted and the composition was right on!  I can feel her patient annoyance :-)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bedford Farmland


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

This is a quick study for a larger painting.  It was fast and furious and my brush never stopped moving.  I tried to convey the scene with a minimal amount of strokes.  Again, I worked from a very limited palette. I feel like I'm in the middle of a growth spurt, and I wonder where it will lead me.... 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Landscape Through the Glass


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

SOLD

OK...This was a really big challenge, but a complete joy to paint.  Glass is difficult, but I handled it abstractly and again with a very limited palette.  The joy for me is the day to day learning and experimenting.  I'm always fascinated with how or if things turn out and even if the painting doesn't, there is the possibility of another one to follow.  Right now, this is one of my favorites...Until tomorrow, hopefully :-)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

End of the Day Light Show


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

After spending fortunes on all different tubes of oil paint, I have recently narrowed down my paintings to the three primaries and white as an experiment.  I'm not saying that I will never use all those luscious colors sitting next to my easel, but I am really enjoying the process of mixing and blending.  As I've said before, going from pastels to oils is a big transition.  I was totally used to just scanning my options and picking the color I wanted.  I now have to really consider and experiment, and besides learning so much about color, I'm also totally enjoying the process.  I never thought I'd say that :-)  Thank you Josh and Brent for allowing me to use your wonderful scenes of the farm.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bedford Fall


8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord

SOLD

Can you smell those leaves?  How can anyone resist the Fall season?!  This is a road less traveled on the way to Bedford, VA.  The photo colors came out a little vivid and purple for some reason.  I still don't have the process for taking pictures of my artwork down.  Some days the colors match the painting perfectly, other days they don't...as here, and it doesn't seem to have anything to do with the sun or shade.  It appears to happen with landscapes most of the time.  My painting is a lot more subtle.  But it is Fall..and vivid colors are a good thing.  Just picture this a little more hazy and not as pink :-)