Friday, February 27, 2009

Checking email

This painting is a 6 x 8 - Oil on Panel. I took this photo of one of the many people sitting at Wholefoods checking his email.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Ladybird Wildflower Center (Plein Air)

This painting is 6 x 8 - Oil on Panel. Today I painted outside at the Wildflower Center. It was beautiful outside.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009

A Grandmother's Tribe

This painting is an 8 x 10 - Oil on Panel. The photo was taken by a friend of my Mother's that has been working tirelessly on raising awareness for "A Grandmother's Tribe". This painting will be given to her to use however she sees fit. A Grandmother's Tribe documentary captures the lives of two Kenyan grandmothers who have stepped into the void after the loss of their own children to raise their young grandchildren. Through an "unobstructed lens" the film gives an insight into their world of survival in village and urban life as they prepare for Christmas in Africa. It is estimated that 63% of HIV-infected individuals in the world (approximately 25 of 40 million) live in the sub-Sahara region of Africa. These numbers have created an unprecedented 13 million orphans.
These two incredible women represent thousands of their kind who, in this late stage of life, are literally starting over again to raise orphaned children -- feeding, educating and caring for the "sickly" ones. The challenge is enormous as they deal with the grief of their own losses and poor health in order to feed, educate and care for an ever-growing number of orphaned children. They struggle on a daily basis to come to terms with a disease they do not understand -- an unnamed disease whose stigma isolates them further from the communities they depend on to survive. "When the Grandmother's speak, the earth will be healed" a Hopi Prophecy.

Saturday, February 21, 2009


This painting is a 6 x 6 - Oil on Panel. This is a crop of the photo on the "Different Strokes" website. See link on the side of my blog. It was an interesting challenge. I can't wait to see what the other artists come up with.

Thursday, February 19, 2009


This painting is a 6 X 6 - Oil on Panel. This is a still life I set up. I think I might like it better if I made it a little more lavendar which would make it a little warmer.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Mother's Love

This painting is 8 x 10. Oil on Panel. I said I would NEVER paint this. Not this exact photo but the subject. This is a painting of my sister and my nephew when he was in the premi ward. I said I would never paint my sister. I told her she would never like the image of herself as she hates every photo of herself. BUT how can you turn down a mother and her baby. It was particularly hard to paint because it was a photo taken with a flash which is a no, no.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

On the fence

This painting is 8 x 10 - Oil on Panel. This is the second painting of the kids on the front porch. It's a different shot.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Back to Basics

This painting is an 8 x 10, oil on panel. A friend of mine, Curtis, took this photo. I wanted to thank him for sending it to me and letting me paint it. It's four cousins waiting for breakfast.

Sunday, February 15, 2009


This is a sketch I did from a photo I found looking through my old photos. About 10 years ago I went to see two dear friends of mine in North Carolina. We went on top of the mountain. I took this photo of my friend sitting on the mountain. I used proper sketch paper but I only used a regular #2 pencil to draw it. With the proper tools I think I could do better.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

This is an 8 X 10 oil on panel. I told my husband to look on my blog for his Valentine's Day present. This is a painting of him playing Golf. He and his father are going to Scottland in a couple of months to play at St Andrews.

Friday, February 13, 2009


This painting is 5 X 5 - Oil on Panel (ampersand). I received early Valentine's Day flowers. My husband is so sweet. Every year he sends me flowers for Valentine's Day AND flowers for my birthday, which is the very next day. This is one of the pretty red tulips from the bouquet.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Painting outside the lines

Today I painted at Mount Bonnell with Nina, who was in the group that painted with Ian Roberts in France (Provence). Since we came home, we have been trying to paint together weekly somewhere outside in Austin. I painted the house and the reflection. I ended up wiping off the reflection part of the painting. I wasn't happy with it. I mainly paint outside to help develop my painting skills. I don't always come away with a finished painting. It was a GORGEOUS day! Ian ( came in January for a week long workshop. He will be back in October. If you are interested in this workshop, email me. Ian liked the composition of the picture of the road leading to the river view. We did not end up painting there because no one wanted to lose an arm or leg painting on the side of such a busy road.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hot Tub Kids

This painting is an 8 x 10 - Oil on Panel. The photo is of my nephew Dylan and friends. They are playing in the hot tub.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Laguna Gloria

This painting is 8 X 10 - Oil on Panel. I painted this plein air at Laguna Gloria. I had gone the day before with Suzanne and was not successful with my painting. Suzanne did a great painting (as always). I went back with Kitty and Nina the next day. I tried for a smaller area and had more success. This week Nina and I are going to Mount Bonnell and see what happens. I promise not to jump if I don't like what I'm painting.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Bistro Chandelier

This painting is 8 x 10. Oil on Panel. I was given a gift certificate to Mimi's and I embarassed my husband by taking photos in the restaurant. He was a good sport. I really loved the light coming through the shades.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Two apples

This is a 5 x 7. Oil on Panel. I decided to practice a quick still life. It is all I had time for today.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Three Donkeys

This painting is a 5 x 7 - Oil on Panel. This painting is back by request from a viewer.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Sunny Beach

This is my niece Sunny Rose debutting again in one of my paintings. She lives in Maui in Hawaii. She's growing up way too fast. This painting is a 5 x 5. Oil on panel (gesso ampersand). This was done in Patty Canney's workshop.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Market in Provence

I took this photo at the market in Maulecene, Provence. It is an 8 x 10.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

La Barroux

This is a 9 x 12 - Oil on Panel. This is a figurative painting done in the Pat Canney style of painting. I took this photo when I was in Provence in the small town of La Barroux.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

How Now Black Cow

This painting is 6 x 6 - Oil on Panel (Gesso Ampersand). These cows are from Wenmoh's Ranch. I took the photo when I was out there taking one of the many workshops she hosts. To see upcoming workshops go to

Monday, February 2, 2009

Red Bud Isle

By request, a friend said I should post a plein air painting. This was at Red Bud Isle. It is 6 X 8 - Oil on panel. This is the Austin power building. Speaking of plein air, I am going to be painting with my friend Nina in Wimberley tomorrow. I have to pick up the paintings from the Wimberley art league and drop off a painting for the new show.

Sunday, February 1, 2009


My little neice is peaking through one of those crazy little towel creatures. This is 6 X 8 - Oil on Panel.