Friday, February 24, 2017

Sammi


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

This is another commission from Christmas. A very happy dog with a great smile! I'm smiling, too, because we are experiencing Spring in late February. In the 70's again today and all the trees and flowers are blooming. Sneeze, Sneeze….

Monday, February 20, 2017

Milo Bear


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

Another commission done and shipped!  I get such joy painting these faces :-)
Happy Monday!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

BEE Mine


5 x 7 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY EVERYONE!

A little bee to sweeten your day :-)  Painted with my artsy friends at Goose Creek Studio last Saturday. Come by each Saturday and browse the fabulous artwork that Goose Creek has to offer and stop upstairs at Old Jail Hill Art Space to say hello and see us painting.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Brooklyn's Bath Time


9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

Here is Brooklyn who totally enjoys life under all circumstances, whether it be dry or wet.  That's how I intend to live my life…minus the tennis ball.  She is a dog you fall in love with as soon as you see her.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Black and White



8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

"Waste Not..Want Not," a saying my mother used to use.  Well, I guess it's finally caught up with me.  Using up the paint on my palette from another painting and keeping it simple, this is the result.  I wanted to get the large black cow coming out at the viewer.  Just a quick, sketchy, fun one!  Now back to the commissions….

Monday, January 30, 2017

Sherbert


SOLD

12 x 12 Oil on Archival Board

Slowly but surely I'm getting the Christmas commissions loaded on for you to see along with my new paintings.  It has sure been busy around here, and I'm certainly not complaining.  One of the best things about being an artist is the great community of support and the opportunity to meet so many terrific like-minded people.  Here's Sherbert!  Such a kind, lovable face.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Just Plain Nosey


8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board

The third in what seems to have become a small series of cow paintings.  Who knew cows could be so friendly?!  What this cow was really interested in was not my scintillating conversation, but the bread that was being fed to them.  I was told that the bread is "cow cocaine"….What a great day this was!!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Cow with Highlights


8 x 8 Oil onArchival Board

Mooooving along on this Sunday, a beautiful Scottish Highlander cow with the sun hitting that gorgeous auburn fur.  (Do cows have "fur"? …Not sure, being a City girl).   Loved painting this one.  If interested in purchasing, just email me :-)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Presidential Look-Alike


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board  

I was lucky enough to get to photograph a friend's Scottish Highlander cows recently.  This particular cow turned towards me and scowled, and I instantly saw something familiar :-)  Beady eyes, that scowl, the comb over, a mouth full of hay, orange color…Well, you get the idea!  I don't usually put anything political out there, but this was too good to pass up…and very timely :-(

Monday, January 16, 2017

Fitzhugh and Jazzy


9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

Here's another Christmas commission to post.  I must say, I was really lucky to have so many adorable dogs, cats, and horses to paint this year.  I am so thankful to have the opportunity to get to know, through paint, these animals.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

January Tulips


9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

A good friend brought these beautiful red tulips to me for Christmas.  I am not really comfortable painting flowers, but they were so lovely I had to try.  I'm not sure why flowers intimidate me, but I approached this subject as I've been doing lately with everything.. as just shapes.  The name of certain objects seems to get in the way of just expressing what I see and feel.  This still life was done at my kitchen table using my little Gorilla box…on a cold, gray, snowy day.  

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Balloon Artist


12 x 9 Oil on Archival Board

The word "Artist" has many connotations.  We are all artists in one way or another, I think.  The definition of "Artist" is "..a person who practices any of the various creative arts...A person skilled at a particular task or occupation."  So here's to the colorful, air-filled art of balloons!  A quick study on a snowy, icy, single digit day to use up paint on my palette :-) 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Powder


12 x 9 Oil on Archival Board
 
SOLD

Another Christmas commission, and one that I loved painting.  The beautiful colors and expressive eyes got to me with every brush stroke.  It was commissioned with love for the client's daughter.  I hope this portrait will bring wonderful memories to its owner.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas Commission


9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD
 
Here's an adorable puppy face to take you into the new year.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! PLEASE BE SAFE, AND I'LL SEE YOU IN 2017!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas, 2016


8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board

Last year, one of our neighbors hired this horse and carriage to take their grandchildren for a ride right before Christmas.  It was a sight to see when they came down our street, and most of the neighbors came out to gawk.  Naturally it was a photo op for me, and I decided to paint it this year for my Christmas card adding a few things...Like snow...and runners on the sleigh. 

I wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!  One can only hope and pray that this coming year will bring peace to us, all over this precious planet of ours.  I want to thank you for looking at my artwork throughout the year.  I definitely feel blessed! 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Bedford Vista


8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board

On my many trips to Bedford, I pass such beautiful countryside.  This is one of the farms I drove by recently and decided to stop and take some pictures, taking my life in my hands as traffic whizzed by.   I wish there was a place to park and do some plein air painting.  I could probably drive up and ask permission, but I'm not that brave....yet :-)

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Christmas in Florida


9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

A scene from Winter Park, Florida right after Thanksgiving.  A very musical sidewalk "Santa". 

I hope you are all finished shopping and decorating, and have now moved on to cleaning and preparing your Christmas menus.  Whew!  Busy time.  I'm finally finished with all the wonderful commissions I was asked to do and am in the process of mailing and delivering :-)

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Joy of Music


6 x 12 Oil on Archival Board

Music and art combined to make a very special summer day not too long ago.  Artists Pat Dougherty and Megan Davies displayed their African paintings at the Africa House in Lynchburg.  On a beautiful Sunday a group of singers performed and I snapped photos like crazy.  I finally got around to painting one during a break from the Christmas commissions I am furiously completing. The joy of the music was so evident in their faces, and that was what I was trying to convey in this study. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Bella - Commission


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board
 
SOLD

Bella is the second commission that I am able to post because she went home with her family already.  How can anyone resist this old, wise face and her red and white Christmas collar?!  A big thank you to Bella's family for the opportunity to paint her.  


Monday, November 28, 2016

Blossom


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board
 
SOLD

An adorable commission...One with very large ears and a mask like a bandit.  Blossom is the first commission I'm able to post because she was given at Thanksgiving with a companion painting.  I have one more I'm able to post and for the rest I have to wait until after Christmas.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now on to Christmas!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Pumpkin Heaven


10 x 8 Oil on Arches Paper for Oils

Pumpkins galore for your Thanksgiving pie! 

WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY, SAFE THANKSGIVING!! 



Saturday, November 12, 2016

Bedford Farmland



8 x 8 Oil on Gessobord
 
SOLD

I've been busily doing Holiday commissions and haven't been able to post any of them until after Christmas gift giving, so meanwhile here's an older painting that I have always loved.  Our Fall has been less than spectacular this year, but is still always my favorite season. 

This has been a wonderful commission season so far this year, and I am so thankful!  I've got 9 paintings drying and one on the easel.  If you'd like me to paint a commission of your animals, landscapes, etc., please get them to me by Thanksgiving.

Have a great weekend, Everyone!!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Early Morning Plein Air Study


12 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

Our house faces the west so usually we get wonderful sunsets over lake and don't see much of the sunrise colors.  One morning last week though, we had a spectacular, colorful early sky.  As soon as I raised the blinds, I rushed to get my little compact easel and tried to capture it in paint.  The colors are so fleeting that I was thrilled I was able to get it so quickly.  It was gone in an instant...

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Robert


8 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

This is what happens when a certain master photographer isn't able to come and sit for us during our painting session!  Having nothing else to paint and being programmed to paint his portrait, I was happy to have his Facebook photo to use as reference.  Thank you, Jean, for allowing me to use it.  He might be there next time, so I will hopefully have another chance.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Sea of Dreams


9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

Sometimes when I go into my studio to paint and don't have a definite idea of what I'm going to start, I look through my photos and see what appeals to me at that particular time.  I think I've said it before, but if I don't have a real interest in the subject, the outcome is not as good as I'd like it to be.  This little painting is an example.  I like it now a lot, but it took me a while to get into the process.  I wasn't sure where I was going with it, kept changing it, and finally decided to leave it as is and look at it again later.  When I did, I was happy with it.  I've discovered over the years that, for me, I have to have a real passion for the subject and can see the painting even before I put the first stroke on the canvas.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Albert Teske Farm, Circa 1900


6 x 9 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

This certainly is a departure for me!  My Daughter-In-Law was here and brought this photo of her family's farm.  As soon as I saw it, I wanted to try painting it.  It is much more involved with lots more people, machines, and structures so I broke it down.  My plan is to do it in sections, but this was my first attempt at it.  Now that it's done, I'm going to tackle the rest.  I don't do machines and have no idea what I'm painting, so I just painted shapes.  I actually did that with the people as well.  It was extremely hard to see their faces.  I just wanted to get their "essence".   

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Better Than the Library


6 x 9 Oil on Archival Board

My son and Daughter-in-Law are visiting from Singapore this week, so I didn't have much time to paint.  A very good reason to take a break!  This was a very quick one I did while they were out.  A really limited palette.  This woman was reading on her float right off her dock.  She had it tied on a long rope so the wake from the passing boats didn't send her out into the middle of the lake.  When I snapped her photo I told her she was going to become a painting.  She said "Oh No!" but did smile.  I read that as permission to proceed :-)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Three in a Canoe


6 x 12 Oil on Archival Board

Usually it's the person in the back that gets away with not paddling :-)  She could blame it on her paddle, I guess.  The longer paddle is for our kayak.  I'm not sure why we got the shorter paddle.  This is what happens when your dock house is a mess and the girls are anxious to get out on the water.  Trying to find anything is impossible!  It's Fall.  Now's the time to start cleaning it out in preparation for next summer. 

Friday, September 30, 2016

"In Your Face" Oil Sketch


8 x 8 Oil Sketch

SOLD

I was beginning to sketch in this woman, stepped back to get a better perspective, and decided to stop where I was.  I really liked the effect here.  It seemed to say all I wanted to about her. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Woman with a Cane


9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

I generally paint from my photographs, but every now and then my relatives or friends take a picture they think I would be interested in painting.  Even using photos, I have to feel that I can give the subject some life...some movement, or I feel my painting has failed.  That goes for landscapes as well as figurative work, at least for me.  This Italian woman caught my cousin's eye and she thought of me.  How lucky I feel to have people on the look out for quirky characters and places for me :-)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Blue Eyes



10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

Number 3 in my series "In Your Face".  I was really painting this lovely woman's expression.  Slightly quizzical as she was trying to make a point.  That knitted brow...What fun to paint!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Woman in a Purple Hat


10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

Continuing on with my "In Your Face" series, this is the second.  This was a challenge due to the bright light hitting the woman's face and the shadows.  I painted and wiped it off a few times before I was satisfied with the outcome.  My favorite part...Her chin.  Everyone keeps reminding me that a few years ago I insisted that I would never do a face because of the difficulty.  I pretty much only painted people from the back....

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Getting Your Feet Wet



30 x 40 Oil on Stretched Canvas

Finally finished, and a good experience.  "Getting Your Feet Wet" has two meanings here.  My first really big oil painting, and since I've completed this I'm ready for another...and then there's the obvious meaning.  Meanwhile I'm working on my series "In Your Face."  The most wonderful thing about this thing called painting and creating is what's next.  That moment when your mind starts working on the next project.  I'm so very thankful :-) 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

In Your Face #1


10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board
NFS

I enjoyed doing this so much, I think I'm going to do a series. I've painted this man before a few times and just keep getting drawn back to his wise and worn face. Is it sadness?...maybe...or just the passage of time. Whatever it is, I keep wanting to get closer. So...Number 1 of my series "In Your Face".

Monday, September 5, 2016

Woman at Rest



7 x 5 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

People watching is my thing.  No doubt about it!  Painting them is my idea of heaven.  A study of a woman at rest.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Tallulah and Her Shadow



6 x 12 Oil on Archival Board

Today is Tallulah's 5th birthday and this is her official portrait, kind of like Queen Elizabeth's official portrait on her milestone birthdays....She would be a very happy dog today, except we had thunder and lightning all night so she (and we) didn't get much sleep.  I loved her seahorse shadow on her bed :-)  Happy Birthday, Lula!!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Girl with the Pink Hair



8 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

A study of a really cute young girl on her cell that I couldn't resist painting.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Canoe x 3




6 x 8 Oil on Archival Board
 

Three people fishing in a canoe..an unusual site here at the lake.  Most people have very fancy, super fast fishing boats, so it was nice to see people enjoying the peace and quiet.  No motors, just the sounds of the water lapping, birds chirping, and occasional fish jumping (usually far enough away that they don't get caught :-)  Another moment in time...

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Dog Toss Ballet Redux


6 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

Painting with my 'peeps' at Goose Creek Studio on Saturday, this was the outcome. I fixed up the water a little when I got home, but I'm leaving it as is. A quick study in oil. A very fun day!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Room with a Lake View


8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board

SOLD

An interior view of the lake outside this breakfast room window.  Talk about a challenge!!  Certainly not a simple scene.  As I was painting it, I kept saying to myself: "Is this really necessary?"  Anyway, it's done..as much as it can be...and I'm moving on :-)

Monday, August 15, 2016

Beach Broads


6 x 9 Oil on Archival Board
 
SOLD

This is the latest commission I finished and delivered.  It's always a good feeling to complete a painting I'm really happy with.  They don't always go smoothly, but this one did.  I think you get the feeling of the beach and hopefully the joy I had just painting it.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Mo and Pat



6 x 8 Oil on Archival Board
 
SOLD

One wonderful artist friend and her lovable companion who was listening intently to make sure we weren't talking about him.  Good conversation, fine art... as always at Goose Creek Studio in Bedford, VA. 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Finding a New Spot to Dig


6 x 9 Oil on Archival Board

This is the last in the series of three paintings of Lucy and Cooper (new friends) at the beach.  They were heading out to find a new and better place to dig....or happily walking off into the sunset, perhaps to meet again another time or place :-)

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Tallulah Dressed for a Car Ride


9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

I posted a photo of our Sproodle, Tallulah, in her "Obedient Pup" scarf a little while ago.  I've been working on a number of commissions lately and needed to just play, so here is her "official portrait" in her ...the only thing I can think of to call it is her babushka.  She actually loves it as you can tell from her smile :-)

Friday, July 29, 2016

Tractor at Rest


6 x 12 Oil on Archival Board

I'm not usually drawn to a farm tractor scene, but there was something about the light on this one that caught my interest.  The colors on the original are more subtle.  I tried different lighting about 10 times and this was the most accurate, but still not quite right.  Painting is easy...Photographing the artwork is a challenge.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Balancing Act



10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board



I caught sight of this woman with her trusty dog when we were out on the boat.  She was working hard paddling, but her dog had time to take in the surroundings and posed for me :-)  This is really just a quick study, but I like it so thought I'd post it.  Just a blip in time in our day.  It came, it passed, and I recorded it in paint.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Father and Son Day at the Beach


5 x 7 Oil on Archival Board

Continuing on with my beach series, this father and son hit the beach before the crowds.  He had his book and chair, and his son had his toys.  A perfect beach day!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Buckets of Fun



8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board
 
SOLD

Lucy and Cooper once again....This time working hard to fill those pails with sand and, I'm assuming, discussing the day's events; or Cooper is instructing Lucy on the preferred technique of sand play.  This photo of the painting is much darker than the original, and the sand is not so yellow.  Also, there's a glare...Other than that, it's fine :-)    

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Ocean Pwer Walk



5 x 7 Oil on Archival Board

Another moment in time at the beach.  This woman was power walking along the shore.  What struck me as unusual was her attire.  Very elegant. These little vignettes are my way of recording what I saw and felt at certain moments.  Lots of surf, smells of salt water, smells of sun on the sand, and the pounding of the waves on the shore.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Summer Romance



6 x 9 Oil on Archival Board
 
SOLD

Finding a new friend is always a wonderful thing, but especially when it's a summer romance.  Lucy and Cooper will probably never see each other again, but there is something special to be said for this moment in time.  The interaction, the sharing of pails and shovels (mighty big shovels at that), and two year old conversations, is what it's all about...That "ahhh" moment.  In our crazy mixed-up world, a moment like this is heaven.