Friday, December 11, 2009

Asphalt Blues

Finally! Something I'm pretty happy with. I put on some blues music and went to town on it for several days. I think it works and conveys exactly what I wanted. This one is the largest piece I've done recently. I think I'll hang it in my house!

36" X 48" Gallery wrapped canvas ( to purchase contact me)

Monday, December 7, 2009


With the lights up in my new studio, I am back in business with paint brushes in hand. I loved the angle of this pose. It gives the feeling that you are center stage in the front row. I haven't quite figured how to photograph works in my new space but I will keep playing with it until I'm happy. Yesterday I just turned some jazz on spent the entire day painting. Next thing I knew it was midnight...

30" X 48" Acrylic on canvas $2,000

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tatum & Caleb - SOLD

I have done all the commissions I am going to do for awhile. This is the last of four. I really need to do some painting for me now. I have lots of space to fill and the paintings I currently have hanging in my living space are not what I want to see. I finally have the lighting in my new studio done so I can work in there without having to put things away....

12" X 16" on Arches 140# Cold Press

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Lawn Boys - SOLD

Meet brothers Marshall and Shaughn. Best pals and willing playmates. They live in the Canadian prairie country and spend a lot of time together. Here Shaughn fills the "mower" with water so they can continue mowing the lawn.....there's a lot of grass to mow in the prairie! Their grandmother, another artist, is a friend of mine.

20" X 20" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Saxman - SOLD

It feels so good to be painting again. I finally am excited about what I am doing. This one has more vibrancy than the previous Jazz/Blues series. The sax has so much fire to it! I love this one. I have to look at it awhile to be sure I am finished so for now it's on my easel....

24" X 36" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Poinsettia - gifted to a friend

I've been playing with the idea that I should paint something I could have printed on my Christmas cards. I did some very cartoon-like Christmas tree balls but that just wasn't it. This is much more like something I would send - the only missing element is the gold gilt edge! I'm always a sucker for the glitter!

12" X 12" Acrylic on canvas

Monday, September 21, 2009

And Then It Was Fall

This is an experimental piece playing with a gel medium on paper - I used the properties of the medium to resist the pigment of the paint. After looking at it for some period it felt as if the colors were indicative of that change from summer to autumn. I used some sharpie makers to draw some leaves over the top and here you are. Personally I rather like the results!

Acrylic & Markers on Arches 140# cold press 9" X 12"

Monday, August 31, 2009

Mixed media by accident!

I am only posting this so you know I am still alive and semi active. This is such a disaster and a big laugh for me. I thought I'd get out some brushes, paints and have a go at getting into a groove again. I grabbed some paper and laid it out, got my paints, water and brushes and started in. It felt good after such a long absence but I couldn't figure out why the darn paper was reacting so differently to the water. The paper was getting all warped and I was getting disgusted so I walked away. Later I came back and the paper had dried and gone nice & flat again. It was then I realized that I was using pastel paper not watercolor paper! After painting all the underpaint in acrylic and then topped it off with pastels. We'll consider this mixed media and call it a mess & done. I'll try to get more organized! It's a nightmare to move your studio! Haven't yet figured out what I am doing and it shows.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Home again in my new digs!

Just a quick update.....I am finally in my own home again. It's quite a different space and I still have a lot of unpacking and exploring to do before I pick up a paint brush. My son was here for a week and showed me how to use the streetcars and pointed out the good brew pubs (we have divergent interests)! I have some furniture, some dishes, a laundry setup, and a wine opener. That pretty well put me in the business of living. My terrace is amazing and it's great place to spend some time. Being on the 5th floor allows you to sit out there unobserved and still watch the folks passing in the streets below. I love it here and I feel so invigorated and somehow renewed. I won't be painting for at least another month. Construction in my studio room does not begin until Aug 17th....

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Painting put away for now....

My studio is being packed to get ready for a move. I am leaving Dallas TX and moving to the great green state of Oregon. It's an exciting new chapter in my life and I am looking forward to it. Hopefully, I will be unpacked & painting again before the end of summer. In the meantime I can still photograph stuff for reference and perhaps squeeze in some sketching....we'll see. I do so miss the feel of a paint brush in my hands though.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

It Could be Dinner - SOLD

This is a quick still life that I found amusing as a subject. When my children were little, they would eat the leaves and leave me the heart. It was wonderful - they have outgrown that and now eat the whole thing themselves. My daughter loves nothing more than a fresh artichoke for dinner.
Acrylic on canvas 12" X 12' $150

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Take Time... Gifted to a friend

This one has been in que since early this year. I was trying to think spring and the wonder of children in the garden. Here it is, quickly turning to summer so I thought I'd clear out some of the old ideas before coming up with anything new. I loved the idea that she's learning that some flowers are fragrant and sweet while other look pretty and have very little to redeem them in the fragence department.

Acrylic on canvas 12" X 12"

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Row, row, row your..... SOLD

This was done just for fun as part of a challenge on Wet Canvas. I love these colorful little boats. They remind me of vacations in summer....

Acrylic on canvas board 16" X 20"

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Ballerina In a Red Chair - Private collection

I'm calling this one done. I've wanted to paint this for a couple of years but something always just got in the way. Lately I have made a concerted effort to paint everyday and as a result, I've been able to do some things that have been on the back burner for far too long. This is one I am painting for me (I think - though the right price might make it for someone else)

24" X 36" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Fresh From the Oven - SOLD

People are finding each other on facebook and reconnecting after many years. Recently I uploaded a painting and someone else uploaded a photo of their sculpture. Our high school friend Rosemary felt bad because she felt she had nothing artistic to share so instead she uploaded a photo of these freshly baked dinner rolls. I was so jealous! I can't bake to save my soul. I couldn't resist adding some butter and turning it into the work of art her baking truely is! Thanks Rosemary!

12" X 12" Acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Shy One

Today's adventure was another foray into the Asian face. This child had eyes that just seemed to see deep inside the viewer somehow.

12" X 16" Acrylic on Arches 140# Cold Press

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Out of the Concrete

This was an experiment for a larger painting I want to do. The method I used here will not work for what I had in mind but as happens so often, this took on a life of it's own. I used a lot of gel medium to create the texture. There are several layers of color washes and it's over painted with Iridescence Pearl. There's also has a layer of Interference Gold on the bottom - both of which make it difficult at best photograph. It was entirely unintentional that it ends up looking like a floral - after all this was only meant as an experiment - but I thought it might be fun to share it anyway....

12" X 12'' Acrylic on canvas board

Monday, April 27, 2009

Little Eve Reading - private collection

I'm working on a project that requires a day to dry so I made use of the time by painting Eve. I loved her little cupid mouth and her curls falling in her eyes. This one came together so quickly it surprised even me!

12" X 16" Acrylic on 140# Arches Cold Press Paper

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Spools - SOLD

My sister is an amazing seamstress and I thought she could use some art in her sewing room. Her space is filled with fabrics, threads and on-going projects. This tiny piece will not take up much space and can fit virtually anywhere. It is 5" X 5".
I had this little canvas and have never known what to do with it since I don't usually paint very small. I didn't spend any serious time on it and I think it's rather fun.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Greta At Practice - SOLD

Greta is practicing in her stocking feet near a brightly lit window. I've remodelled her mom's home and changed Greta's clothes to simplify the composition and to control the color palette. I'm calling it finished. After I look at it for awhile, sometimes I come to that "what was I thinking" moment. I've made a couple of tweaking changes and it works for me now. I loved the photo the minute I saw it. I elminated everything I considered superflous. It's just about that one moment in Greta's day.

Acrylic on canvas 16" X 20"

Thursday, April 9, 2009

April 14th - SOLD

I'm not sure what the title really is but for now it's fun to think of it as relating to taxes. I wanted a simple still life and also to play with a white painting. White is difficult and in most cases isn't white at all. This small one made the day more fun that it would have been otherwise. I'm not sure the crumpled paper works as well as I wanted but I'll have to look at it for awhile.

Acrylic 11" X 14"

Friday, April 3, 2009

Clara Waiting - SOLD

I've been meaning to start this for quite some time. I've thought about it often. I had to be in the right mood to approach this project with a sort of reverance. I considered cropping it to remove the walker but that seemed to take away something important that this lady is saying. It is probably what drew me to her in the first place. I have kept her little photo in my studio for a long time. I believe her name if Clara though it has been so long now I can't remember for sure. I love this lady. Thanks to her grandson, Darren Byler, for allowing me to use his photo.

Acrylic 16" X 20"

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Open Rose (SOLD)

After so many portraits I felt the need to do something completely different so I chose to return to an old subject - a macro floral. This is from a photo of a rose that was completely open - right before the petals begin to start falling. I still find the drama of these large florals very appealing though this one is smaller than some I have done. I loved abstract feel of this flower.

Acrylic 20" X 20"

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Buddhist Beauty - SOLD

This is the final in my beautiful women series...This has been the most difficult. I think the Oriental face has more subtle planes and in general is more smooth and less contoured. Whatever the reason I've difficulty with this one.

Acrylic 16" X 20"

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Hindu Beauty - SOLD

This is the second in a series of beautiful women from around the world.

16" X 20"

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Islamic Beauty - SOLD

A friend and I went to see A Powerful Voice recently on International Womens Day. After seeing this amazing film, she & I had a discussion about women in various roles in different countries around the world. That was the inspiration for this and hopefully a few more. In varying degrees, womens roles are similar in cultures all over the world. And they are beautiful regardless of religion or country of origin.

Acrylic 16" X 20"

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Ramon (Private Collection)

Meet Ramon. He is one of the gardening crew that comes through every week. Ramon is older than the rest of the crew they usually leave the heavy lifting and sweeping to him. He never stops working and does a careful job. One day I asked the supervisor to ask Ramon if I could take a photo so I could paint him. After a fair amount of translation and the rest of the crew getting involved, Ramon put down his tools and came and stood at attention in front of me. I wanted to laugh but - he put his shoulders back and stood up straight and tall. He looked so proud. I think I will frame this and give it to him.

Acrylic on 140# cold press Arches paper 11" X 14" NFS

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Altogether now - one, two, three......

Lora III - (SOLD)

I'm on a roll I guess. Here's the third and final version of Lora. They look amazing hanging together - a colorful and interesting statement.

Acrylic 24" X 36 "

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Lora II - (SOLD)

Another artist made a comment on my previous version of this painting wondering how it would look in other colors? Well, that made me curious too - so I painted her again. The black was at first a dark green but it just didn't have the same "pop" so I glazed it over with black. In the very beginning I wasn't happy with the the blue but it's beginning to grow on me. I also decided to leave the strokes on the diagonal rather than radiating from the center - I like that change. I have them side by side in my house and am considering perhaps doing a third one....stay tuned.

Acrylic 24" X 36"

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Lora Dangova - (SOLD)

Lora and I have a mutual friend in Boston. She is a fabulous Bulgarian photographer and artist living in San Diego. I have been comtemplating this idea for some time but I wanted just the right likeness to apply to the idea. I've searched and searched and suddenly had that "aha" moment when I realized that Lora was the face I needed. I loved the idea of capturing the essence of an indiviaual with the fewest strokes or lines. The whole idea that one can be reduced to a handfull of brushes strokes is appealing. More than that, I wanted a background with texture that radiated this feeling of warmth. Thanks Lora!

Acrylic 24" X 36"

Thursday, February 26, 2009

It's Miss KItt To You! - SOLD

It's back to my old familiar palette and style. I think I may do a series of old singers. I've always been intrigued by Eartha Kitt. She was much discussed when I was young - and not always in the kindest of terms. I couldn't understand any of this because she had such a grand voice. This is my small tribute to her.

Acrylic 12" X 12"

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Sisters (SOLD)

I started this at the end of January and finally finished it today. It began to work out slow but sure. The hard part of doing multiple people in one painting is that inevitably you are happy with one and not the other. What I really wanted to express here is not so much a likeness of these girls but rather the love shared by these two sisters!

Acrylic 16" X 24"

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Butterfly (SOLD)

I'm not thrilled with this one but perhaps it will grow on me. It is from a photo that my daughter took while visiting in Maine last year. I'll have to look at it for awhile and probably do some tweaking.
Acrylic 18" X 24"

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Girl In A Yellow Hat - SOLD

Here's another portrait on paper. I love the feel of painting on paper. It's interesting to watch the pigments react with the paper and the amount of water you use. While some artists will use very heavy layers of paint on paper they have gessoed, I prefer to use my acrylics like watercolors when using paper. I love the soft translucent effects you get.

12" X 16" Acrylic on Arches 140# cold press $300

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Jordyn (SOLD)

Here's a quick study I did tonight. I was testing some new equipment my son bought me for Christmas and this little face captured my attention. She is the granddaughter of a dear friend. It's always fun to capture children because it is just a moment in time and in a short period that face, that look and that moment is gone forever.

12" X 16" Acrylic on Arches 140# cold press