Thursday, June 28, 2012

What's Up?

5 x 7" Oil on Gessobord

Again, Key West.  This was outside of a movie theater.  Why this man felt the need to look under the dress of a Marilyn Monroe cardboard display is beyond me.  I wonder if he thought there was cardboard underwear under there :-)  Stranger things have happened....This was a quick painting done just for fun.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Dry Docked

6 x 8" Oil on Gessobord
$65, Unframed

Happy Summer, Everyone!  Smith Mountain Lake has such great scenery for painters.  This is just one of them.  The day was perfect, and everything sparkled; especially the sailboat.  This is another of my favorites.  I keep thinking I'm going to keep these pieces, but have to remind myself that there is so much more to paint out there, and I would have to rent a warehouse if I planned to keep them all....

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Resting Up

5 x 7" Oil on Gessobord

This is one of those "stop and take in the view" moments,  but you're really not that interested and only trying to catch your breath and not let anyone know you're exhausted :-)  This was my daughter in Key West.  She might be tired, but she's got the biking clothes and looks professional, doesn't she?!  This one I love!!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Only in Key West

5 x 7" Oil on Gessobord

What a great week this has been!  I've sold four original paintings and four Giclee Prints.  This is not a usual occurrence, but it sure feels good :-)  If only it could keep up. 

Now you're probably wondering what this painting is...Well, these two people were wandering around Key West.  I don't know who dressed this woman, but whoever it was sure had a great sense of humor.  This is a design on a T-shirt.  I'm just wondering what the front looked like.  How could I pass up painting this? 

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Price of Beauty

Approx. 9 x 12
Oil on Gessoboard

I have been working on this painting since I began using oils.  It would have gone a lot faster if I had done it in pastel, which I still might do because I really love the subjects.  I was going to call it "The Three Graces."  I've finally decided to stop working on it, and just leave it alone.  I can hear one of my art friends saying "Stop being so picky, picky, picky!"  So, here it is, and I must say, I like it!     

Monday, June 11, 2012

Fair Food

6 x 8" Oil on Gessobord

Not an epicure's delight...Fair food, always popular, always lines for the never ending variety.  This ribbon potato vendor was very popular at the strawberry festival.  The first year we went to a festival in Virginia, the longest line was for pork rinds.  Up north, it's hot dogs.  It's amazing what we consume :-)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Lone Beach Jogger

5 x 7" Oil on Gessobord
$55, Unframed


One lonely seagull running along the shore.  Pretty soon all the people will take up the beach and he'll have to find another spot.  Perhaps a nearby seafood shack where he'll get the discarded french fries and fried clams and become a beach pest.  To him, I suppose we are the beach pests! 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Bird on a Wire

9 x 12" Oil on Gessoboard

If you look really closely, there are two birds on the wires, so "Bird on a Wire."  It might be a little hard to see in this post.  This was a rainy day and the cows were crowded near the barn.  I'm not sure if they were waiting to get in but if they were, they should have headed to the larger barn.  No one ever said cows were the smartest animals..or the cleanest. 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Matched Pair

5x7" Oil on Gessobord

Love this one!  I wonder who dressed whom?  (Is that the correct grammar?)  They must have gone shopping when they arrived at the beach and bought identical outfits just in case one of them got lost.  It would be easier to locate the missing partner :-)  I really love trying to figure people out.  You never get it right, but what fun, and how great to have the opportunity to paint them!!

Friday, June 1, 2012


20 x 8" Oil on Board


This is one of my favorite paintings!  It's a group of men sitting on the curb killing time.  The body language says it all, and that is what attracted me to this subject.  What absolutely makes this painting is the framing that was done by GOOSE CREEK STUDIO in Bedford, VA.  Patrick and Mitchell are a wonderful and creative team, and they come up with framing ideas that really showcase the art (or photography, or anything else people bring in).  You can see their link when you scroll down on the right column of the blog.  I'm probably going to put this in an upcoming art show.