Thursday, February 25, 2016

Maycie and Parker


8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

Two beautiful King Charles Spaniels ready to get groomed by the most wonderful Lesleigh Cook at Golden Meadows.  I love to drop Tallulah off to get groomed or boarded because I get to see her incredibly obedient Goldens...and Gonzo (a Doodle) who only has eyes for her :-).  It is hard not to leave there without inspiration and, of course, the hope that one day Lula will be as obedient as her dogs.  I'm particularly honored that Maycie and Parker's family purchased this little painting.

Monday, February 22, 2016


8 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

This is the last painting for my upcoming show depicting people and paintings at the National Gallery in DC.  The exhibit will be at the fabulous Goose Creek Studio, and will open on March 11th.  The reception is from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  There will be approximately 18 paintings in this series; some I've posted, some I haven't yet.  If you are in the area (Bedford, VA), please stop by and say hello.  More on the particulars when it's a little closer :-)

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Time Marches On

11 x 14 Oil on Archival Board


On my travels recently, I passed this forgotten farmhouse.  I always wonder when I pass structures like this, who lived there, what happened to them, and why the house was just left to deteriorate.  It sagged a little, but I could almost see it the way it might have been a few decades ago.  It certainly looked worthy of saving to me, although a house inspector might have other thoughts...

Monday, February 15, 2016



10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

Here's Maxie, one of four Valentine's Day commissions I was asked to do.  It certainly was fun to switch gears from my museum series and paint such a cute dog with an outstanding face :-) 

I hope you all had a great Valentine's Day. We got snow here in VA as one of our gifts.  Today, we have sleet....Who knows what tomorrow will bring. 

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Thinker

9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board


A young man at the National Gallery getting information about one of the painting that interested him.  In the distance is Andrew Wyeth's "Looking Out, Looking In."  His position really reminded me of Rodin's sculpture, "The Thinker."  Thus, the title. 

I'm ready for this exhibit now.  I've got my 16 paintings and thought I'd be tired of painting them, but have found that I want to do more.  They are extremely fun for me and very Zen-like.  I forget everything else and plunge ahead, enjoying every stroke.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Under the Watchful Eye of Napoleon

9 x 6 Oil on Archival Board

Here's Number 16 in my on-going series of art patrons at the National Gallery.  Two women sitting with their backs to Napoleon (something he probably would not appreciate).  His stare didn't seem to bother them. The painting is Jacques-Louis David's "The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries," painted in 1812.  It was a good place to sit and relax before moving on to another room of incredible art.  I never seem to get tired of painting these little vignettes, and the more I do, the more I learn. Can't beat that :-)