Friday, December 31, 2010

"Green & Brown Eggs"

6 x 6 oil on canvas SOLD

I got these eggs out and thought "Hummm...where have
I seen this color combination before?" Oh yeah! I have
some fabric with the exact same colors. Have you noticed
that green shelled eggs are turning up more and more with
the Organic ones?

Oddly enough,
I already had this fabric out to use with another
and pepper set. Deer heads this time. They are really cute,
I can't help thinking they look decapitated since it's only
the heads of a Buck
and a Doe. Didn't want to do another weird
one right after
the naked Island Girls!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

"S&P Circus"

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel SOLD

My cousin, Joan, has the most incredible collection of
S&P shakers! She started collecting in her
early 20's and I'm not exaggerating when I say she
probably has 100 sets. One of the qualities I love most
about her is her quirkiness and keen sense of humor.
Believe me...this is no
ordinary S&P Collection!

On my last visit to her home I was drooling over the sets
when the idea hit to paint them. She kindly allowed me to
bring home as many as I wanted. Thought I'd start out
slow with a dozen! I don't know if I'll find the magic in all
of them, but I certainly loved painting the little Elephants.
They are by far my very favorites!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

"Corinna" again

8 x 8 oil on canvas

Still under the weather so here's another older
painting from way back. Corinna was one of my
first Pet Portraits. I've always liked her spunky
little attitude and backpack. She looks like her
senses are on alert and she's reverted back to
her ancient Wolf roots...ready to hunt!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

"Happy Eyes"

6 x 6 oil on masonite SOLD

This is a re-post of a painting I did last year. Got
tired of looking at the storm clouds and just had to
post something else. I am beginning to panic a little
at my "painter's block".

I've only posted 3 painting this month...the least I've
ever posted (not counting 3 weeks for surgery a year ago)
since I began Daily Painting. Yes, I've been busy and
distracted with Mom's move, but it's become
than that. I've forgotten how to paint! I'm 5 for 5 on
wipe outs. Obviously, my brain is telling me to take a
break so I think I will listen to it. For the next few days
I'm not thinking or attempting to paint. Hope it works!

Friday, November 5, 2010

"Apple Blossom"

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel SOLD

This will probably be the last painting I post for at least
another week.
I am in two back to back Art Shows this
and next week I am moving my Mom across
town to a different
Assisted Living facility. Whew!
Plus, I will be spending a lot of time with her until she
gets oriented to her new surroundings.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Lucy & Gabriel

10 x 10 oil on canvas panel SOLD

Just finished this commission of this adorable
pair. This was just one of the lovable poses
their Mom sent me for reference.

Gabriel, the cat, is the oldest and is completely

accepting and accommodating to his new rambunctious,
ever growing playmate. Don't you love it when dogs
and cats get along? If only more humans were this
inclusive of others and accepting of the differences!

Another note about Gabriel...he is black as coal but
has white whiskers and one stray one that grows out
of this eyebrow. So unusual!

Friday, October 15, 2010

"Teal Mug"

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel SOLD

Tried this same fabric a few weeks ago with yellow
flowers. I find it so interesting that a big bold pattern
can look completely different by using different props.

I played around with the lemon placement for quite a
while and finally decided I liked the little moment of
light coming from behind the cup and spotlighting it.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

"Persimmon & Heart"

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel SOLD

Found this lonely little Persimmon on a walk. I finally
know the difference between Persimmons and
thanks to the Pomegranate paintings
I've been doing.

This was a really crazy pattern. The scalloped designs are
part of a dragon body. Very Oriental. I could not get it
to photograph with the correct colors.
The creamy looking
areas are actually a light Ocher that
matches the dish. I was
able to tweak the dish to the
right shade, but when I tried
the fabric areas it made the
purple lines turn red. Oh well.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

"Spaghetti Ready"

10 x 10 oil on canvas panel SOLD

This was one of those happy situations where a
painting composed itself. I dropped the tomatoes
and garlic into the bowl straight from shopping bag,
then plopped in the freshly cut Oregano and Basil. I was
just about to start cutting everything up for Spaghetti
Sauce when I realized...hummm...the placement was
pretty good. The only thing left to do was find a fabric
for the background.

Monday, October 4, 2010

"Olive Mug & Pomegranate"

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel SOLD

Here is another painting of the gift fabric
Irit Bourla. She picks out the coolest
stuff! Thanks
one more time, Irit!

I love being surprised by fabric. It forces me to
rethink what I might have originally done by
being confronted
with an entirely unplanned pattern.
So if any of you see
a fabric they think would be a
good fit for my cups,
send it on!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"Morning Tea"

6 x 6, oil on canvas panel  SOLD

I know this looks like morning coffee, but it is
strong tea. I recently stopped drinking coffee and
the headaches were horrible. This strong Chai
Tea really hits the spot! Gradually moving toward
Green Tea as the withdrawal gets better.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"Lemon Slices"

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel  SOLD

This is another fabric gift from good friend Irit Bourla.
Thanks, Irit!
The design is actually embroidered onto
the fabric. It's really quite
elegant in person.

I started out on a white fabric with yellow roses
but the
composition seemed to fade out. That's
when I decided
to try it on the Paprika color. I
really liked the way the
red reflected into the

Friday, September 17, 2010

"Paisley Plums"

10 x 10 oil on canvas panel SOLD

I received this cool fabric from dear friend and
fellow Artist Irit Bourla. She also sent me 3 other
very pretty fabrics that I can't wait to paint!

I really enjoyed painting this. The fabric was light
enough that it allowed the red glass to glow in the

shadow. Challenging, but oh so fun!

Monday, September 13, 2010


6 x 6 oil on canvas SOLD

Finally feeling better and back to painting. Ahhhh.
When you paint nearly everyday, skipping almost
a week can seem like an eternity.

If there's one thing harder to paint than black dogs,
it's white cats! Jacy was a delight, however. He has the
most beautiful, clear, sky blue eyes. He lives with Oddball
and Lucky (the next portrait to come in this series.)

Here is a little background on Jacy provided by his owner:

"Jacy was the head honcho and was here before Lucky and
Oddball. He is bigger in stature and longer legged than either
of them and although he doesn't fight with them he is top cat/dog.
He is the most affectionate cat we've ever had and everyone
comments on his quiet sociability. He was an indoor cat until he
learned to use the doggie door. His favorite thing is being the
driveway sentry at night. He sits on the driveway like a statue
and watches for an hour or two and then he comes in for the night.
His biggest fan is Lucky who is so happy when Jacy sleeps near him.
We got him from a rescue group and we think he's a Turkish Van or
part thereof."

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"Passing By"

6 x 6, oil on masonite SOLD

I kept trying to get my newest painting finished but I've
been under the weather so decided to post this one from
a while back.

It has always been one of
my favorites. In fact, I had it
listed as N/A for the longest, intending to keep it for myself.

I like the casual way the bodies of these two complete
strangers passing
on the street seem to merge together as one
for that brief moment...a nod to how
connected we all really
are regardless of whether we
acknowledge it or not.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

"Pomegranates & Pear"

10 x 10 oil on canvas panel
$225.~ framed
available through The Farmers & Merchants Gallery

I really admire all of you out there who paint
stripes on a regular basis and make it look so easy!
I had such a hard time with the perspective. Blame
it on my Mr. Magoo Astigmatism.

I found these Pomegranates on my walk around the
neighborhood. Two looked too sparse so I added the
pear for color contrast and shape variation.

I've always gotten Pomegranates and Persimmons
confused. Probably started at a young age because
they are both long words that start with P.

In fact, I had to rename this painting and rewrite the
entire post because once again I confused the two! I see
native Persimmon trees everywhere so mistakenly thought
that's what these were since the foliage looked like one.
I didn't even know Pomegranates grew here in Texas!
These 2 in the painting are obviously not ripe because
the Poms I usually see in the store are bright red.

Thanks to the many Followers who pointed out my mistake!

Friday, September 3, 2010


6 x 6 oil on canvas SOLD

Meet Oddball! He is a Mini-Dachshund who was named
for his mismatched eyes. What a precious little face!

When doing a Pet Portrait, I spend so many hours looking
at their photos that I tend to imagine what sort of
personalities they might have. It is fun to see how close
I come to the actual thing so I always ask the Owners to
tell me a little bit about them.

My impression of Oddball was that this demure, sweet
little dog probably had a bit of an attitude. "Yes, I'm cute...
but don't push me!" His Mom says that while he can be the
vocal one in the group that he is in reality a very Good Boy
who loves playing with his brother, Lucky (coming up in the
next Portrait), and sleeps every night guarding his 12 year
Best Friend (the owner's daughter).

Monday, August 30, 2010


6 x 6 oil on canvas panel SOLD

Here's Pepper, a beautiful Black Lab. He is the first of
four Pet Portrait Commissions I'm working on. I always
find black dogs to be a real challenge to paint, but that's
part of the fun too. Pepper's smiling expression made this
a delightful experience!

Here's a little background on Pepper: He is a Country Dog
who never meets a stranger.
He loves his ears, chin and
back scratched - and belly too. He loves to sit in chairs
(he barely fits) and watch what's going by outside. He
in Canada with a Mom who loves him very much!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

"Tea Stack"

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel SOLD

I love the shiny gold handle on these tiny Vintage
tea cups. Just had to paint them! I have one more,
a red one, so you may see several versions of this.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

"Blue Vase"

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel SOLD

Got all ready to paint this little blue vase and realized
I had not purchased the white flower I planned on
putting with it. It looked too bare by itself so I decided
to dress it up with a necklace.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Yellow Teapot II"

6 x 6, oil on canvas panel SOLD

Went fabric shopping today. It took me forever to
find something! I anticipated
one stop shopping,
but instead, I nearly had
a heat stroke searching
through 5, very hot,
un-air conditioned Fabric
arehouses...on a 104 degree hell on earth Texas day.

The plan was to buy
several different Tea Towel fabrics
but apparently
no companies here in the States make
them anymore.
They are all made in India and China.
This one and one
more (that I didn't like) were IT.
Out of 5 warehouses.
I'm exhausted just thinking about it!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

"Limes With Green Ribbon"

10 x 10, oil on canvas panel SOLD

After all of the patterns I've been doing, I found

I was in the mood for a more monochromatic

palette. For some reason this photo looks a lot
tighter than it actually is. Maybe because of the
reduction. Maybe I've gradually gotten tighter
due to working on the busy backgrounds. Don't know.
Whatever the reason, it certainly didn't feel tight
when I was painting it.

The green and white cooled me off, at
least psychologically. It's
got up to 104 again today.
We are now going into our
4th week of triple digit
weather. Unusual even
for the hot Texas Summers!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

"Some Me Time"

6 x 6, oil on canvas panel SOLD

I am nowhere near to being a Girly Girl, but I do enjoy
some bright toe nail polish and a soothing cup of tea.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

"Red Tiki"

6 x 6, oil on canvas panel  SOLD
 Here is another surprise fabric that was sent to me
Kim Rempel. This time a dark navy Batik. I
it made a nice backdrop for this red Tiki
The black coffee cup is not exactly part
of the Polynesian
theme, but I really liked the way
the busy pattern and
the bright red reflected in it.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

"Bottle of Groove"

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel
$75. +10. s/h
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Fellow Artist and good friend, Kim Rempel, knows I
like crazy patterns and so she surprised me with some
Uber-cool fabric in the mail! And what a groovy experience
painting this trippy material that seemed to have no
repeat in color combinations. Thank you for the fun gift and
challenge Kim!

I know the title is kind of "out there", but I started thinking
if I put all of these little ellipses in a blender and poured the
concoction in a bottle, what would I call it? The unusual bottle
seemed like a good fit for a unique potion/lotion like that.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


10 x 10, oil on canvas panel SOLD

I've been wanting to paint this mixing bowl for a
while now and these large, shiny apples were just
incentive to bring action. Yep...same tea towel.
I am sure I'll get sick of painting it one
of these
days, but for now, it's a joy to solve the
of the pattern.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

"Taos Pitcher II"

6 x 6, oil on canvas panel SOLD

I painted this pitcher on this same tea a few months
but I love the combination so much that I did it
again. I
can't get enough of that striped handle so I'm
sure this
will not be the last time. I'm also doing a
larger version with
it's companion sugar bowl and dish.

Monday, July 19, 2010

"Red Vase"

6 x 6, oil on canvas panel SOLD

Went hunting for some more patterned fabric and
instead found 3 of these colored glass vases. Each
has a slightly different shape. This one is red, the
other 2 are green and turquoise.

I've been falling back into the the habit of painting
tight again so I made an effort to keep this one
looser. It's still a long way from where I would like
to be but at least it is looser than the past few.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

"Watermelon Slice"

6 x 6 oil on canvas
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It's watermelon season and the feasting has begun!

I can eat my weight in watermelon. For 2 months
now I have eaten a big bowl of juicy red melon every
single day.

My compost pile looks like some kids had a
watermelon fight out there...rinds galore! I'm afraid
I've tamed all the Possums and Raccoons by giving
them this wonderful nightly snack. They eat it all
the way down to the green part.

Featured in Tony Moffitt's Blog

Many of you are familiar with Tony Moffitt.
He is a fantastic painter and has a blog on

He contacted me and asked me to write an
article on Setting Up Your Own Home Studio.
I'm not a writer, but I enjoyed it and was very
honored that he asked me!

While I am not actually a Realist painter, I read
Tony's blog faithfully because he always has some
great advice I can use in my Impressionist work.
His articles cover everything from technique to
marketing. Check out his blog...I think you'll find
something of interest as well!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

"Bucket of Bows"

6 x 6 oil on canvas SOLD

Monday, July 5, 2010

"Olive Mug"

6 x 6, oil on canvas panel SOLD

Well, I've really lost it. I'm mug obsessed. I was
checking out a new Assisted Living facility for my

Mom and this mug was in the office waiting room.

This cloth popped in my head and I knew I
had to
that mug! I could barely concentrate on our
conversation. Practically drooling, I asked the director
"Do you think I could b-b-b-borrow it?" I can only imaginewhat she was thinking. Probably that I should move in
and get a room for myself. And then she said the words
I longed to hear...
"Keep it."

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

"Gold Mug"


6 x 6, oil on canvas panel SOLD
I mention my sister quite often in my posts. This
is one. This print is not a tea towel. It's a pair of her
Capri pants! They are fabulous...just like her. This
fabric sums up
her personality pretty well; unique,
beautiful and definitely a crowd-pleaser
. It also really
exemplifies the differences in our styles.
When I looked
through my closet I discovered I had
nothing with any sort
of pattern whatsoever. And mostly blues. The closest
I came
to a pattern was small stripes. However, there is a method
to my boring wardrobe. Seems everything I own is destined
to become "paint clothes" sooner or later so, really, what's
the point of having nice things?

Friday, June 25, 2010

"Milk & Cookies"

6 x 6 oil on canvas SOLD

Milk & of my favorite things. The only
problem I had with this painting is that I kept
eating the props!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

"Cinnamon Coffee & Eggs"

6 x 6 oil on canvas

My last 3 paintings have been of ceramics on very busy
patterns. In the beginning I was infatuated by the cup
handles. I still am. But something else happened. I
that the concentration it took to follow the
pattern around
was very enjoyable. Almost relaxing.
One of those efforts
that makes hours seem like minutes.
I enjoyed it so much that I made a little shopping trip to
the Fabric Store and bought several new busy drapes.

I think I've found my new least for now.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

"Taos Pitcher"

6 x 6 oil on canvas SOLD

This was another gift from my sister. She gives
the coolest stuff! It is part of a cream, sugar
and serving
bowl set. I love that dark navy and
cream striped handle.
Come to think of it, she gave
me the tea towel as well. What a great sister!

This is the same tea towel that I used in "Green Mug".
I thought the colors and design went well with the
pitcher. What I wasn't expecting was the busy
reflection it made it the spoon...a happy challenge.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

"Green Mug"

6 x 6 oil on canvas SOLD

I have a feeling ceramics are going to be my new "thing".
Every time I paint them I fall in love with the way the light
hits so strongly on the handles.
Just the handles.
I know...weird.

I guess it's been coming on for a while because when I
opened the cabinet where I keep still life props, I noticed
it was chocked full of cups! Why haven't I noticed that before?
Evidently, I have been picking up
a cup here and a cup there
whenever I see them and then stick
them away with the
thought of painting them one day. Now, as
if by magic, I find
I have a ton of cups! It's funny how we do
things subconsciously
and then for whatever reason one day
we see the accumulation
of the little things our mind cooks up.

This green one is painted on my favorite tea towel. It is sure
to turn up again and again as I bring out the cups.

Friday, June 11, 2010

"Green Shell"

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel SOLD

This is one of my favorite souvenirs. My sister brought
it back to me from one of her trips to Hawaii. It must

truly be Paradise to able to find these little jewels right
on the beach
! I have had it for years and have always
wanted to
paint it.

However, it is
tiny...a little over an that always
seemed to be too challenging.
And it was! I still don't feel
like I really captured it's
beauty. In life, the pearl areas
gleam with purples, pinks,
yellows, greens and blues.
Just gorgeous! Tried as I
might, I could not replicate it.

My style used to be very tight and realistic and I have
worked hard over the past year and a half to loosen up,
but this subject seemed to call for a tighter technique.

Monday, June 7, 2010

"Gala Apples" and introducing Daily Painter Originals

6 x 6 oil on canvas panel SOLD

Quite a few of us have been lamenting over how hard it

is to gain membership into and wishing
there was an alternative. Now there is!

I am proud to announce that Carolyn Finnell heard the call
and stepped up in a huge way by launching
Daily Painter Originals.

Carolyn has done such a fantastic job of setting up the site!
It is in a thumbnail gallery format on a crisp white background
that showcases the artwork beautifully. Having all of the posts
on a single page makes it so convenient for buyers to view all
of the art
at a glance. This format set Daily apart
from the
rest and it is sure to do the same for Daily Painter Originals.

I was so honored that she asked me to recommend a few
of my favorite Artists. I passed that instruction on to a few
and asked them to do the same. All of the decisions
were passed on to Carolyn who had recommendations of
her own. A process that we imaged would take weeks was
accomplished in 24 hours!
One of the goals of the site is to have enough members to
make a nice showing and good support for advertising, but
still small enough to be manageable and maintain high quality
control standards. For now, the membership has been limited
to 30.
There are currently 21 members which means only 9 spots
are left. If you are interested in
applying, please visit the
submissions page for instructions.
I hope you will take the time to visit Daily Painter Originals
and Subscribe so you won't miss a thing!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

"Bono" - in tribute

6 x 6 oil on masonite

Today I'm re-posting an older painting in tribute to Bono.

This sweet little guy belonged to my dear friend, Clara.
She rescued him from a shelter about 6 years ago and was
the most loving owner a puppy could ask for. On the other
hand, he was the best dog an owner could ask for...super
smart, loyal, feisty and an amazing guard dog. All dogs are
special but Bono was a Super Nova.

He was diagnosed a few weeks ago with inoperable Cancer.
The past two weeks of his life were spent with daily trips to
the Dog Park and car rides to give his little nose a treat.

We said our last goodbyes this morning and took him to the Vet
where he died in his Momma's arms. He was only 7 years old.

Sleep peacefully, Sweet Bono. We will miss you.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

"Floral Tea Cup"

6 x 6 oil on masonite SOLD

This is my last of 3 tea cup commissions. The table
top background proved a bit tricky since it's white and
the tea cup is white so I grayed it down in an
attempt to make the tea cup pop a bit.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

"Prickly Pear"

6 x 6 oil on canvas

Here in Texas Prickly Pear grows like a weed. I have
taken it for granted. This one was not particularly
prickly. While painting this and upon close observation
noticed for the first time just how
exotic and unique this
plant is. Exotic or Alien?
It really does look it comes from
another planet!

Each bud bursts into a big yellow flower and after
that, the juicy purple/red fruit appears. If you've ever
Prickly Pear Preserves you know just how delicious
it is...very much like Strawberry. The pulp of the leaf
also tastes great fried and
served with eggs or as a side dish.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

"Japanese Maple & Oranges"

10 x 10 oil on canvas panel SOLD

I have a small Japanese Maple in my front yard.
The leaves
are the darkest maroon and green.
I thought they would
look nice with an orange.

When I was doing the set up I spaced the orange
slices evenly inside the bowl and intended to do
a birdseye view. However, the reflection on the
side of the bowl kept calling to me so this version
is what I ended up going with.

Monday, May 3, 2010

"Asian Delight"

10 x 10 oil on canvas SOLD

Edemame and of my favorite snacks. I was
enjoying my little snack when I
noticed the composition
was pretty good. Always trying
to find that next painting!

I love wine but unfortunately it gives me a headache.
found that Sake doesn't. Maybe some ingredient
that is not in
the rice wine as opposed to the grapes? I always
enjoy drinking it from this cute little
Oriental Sake cup.