Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Sweet Reflections

12" x 12" oil on cradled board. Metal, glass and liquid.
What was I thinking? Nothing like a challenge.

Monday, December 25, 2006


I really like the almond kisses but wanted to paint the silver foil. They are much tinier than one realizes.

8" x 8" oil on cradled board.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Florida Morning

Got a fruit basket from a work client and wouldn't let anyone pick at it till I took a photo.

8 x 8 oil
pretty loose for me, heh? and BRIGHT, jeez.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Just Between Friends

6" x 6" oil on cradled board. Got a cupboard full of these. Of course, mine were a Christmas present a couple of years ago and the other side sports my name and art from the 50s.


Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Jimmy and the Girlfriend

Well, my husband has a girlfriend named Molly.

It's a mutual admiration society. When he was tooling around in the early fall, he had me take this picture because Molly insisted on riding on the back.

Say "car ride" or get out the keys and she's ready. If she manages to get in the car she sits upright in the passenger seat, ready to go. Then when she won't get out, and you go to the passenger side to open the door, she moves to the driver's seat.

So it's a Christmas present and a surprise. 12 x 12 oil. (Not for sale.)

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Life is Just...

Feels so good to get back to what I like to do best... light and metal. This is 12 x 12 oil. Found the little chrome doggie dish at the grocery store and had an ah ha moment!


Friday, December 08, 2006

Holly Holly Christmas

And... one more! The gallery wanted more small ornaments for the show. Can't complain on that point. So now we have a decorated ornament. Photo looks a little flat here. 6 x 6 oil.


Saturday, December 02, 2006

Cadmium Orange

8" x 8" oil. Again, really working on loosening up the brushwork. I'm pleased with this one.


Friday, December 01, 2006

Juicy Fruit

8" x 8" oils on cradled board.
Ah, I enjoyed this one tremendously. Tried something new with Raw Umber gesso ground and worked the color from there. Seems richer somehow. I am definitely going to explore this further. I am trying to use bigger brushes and looser strokes.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


6" x 6" in oil on cradled board. Tiny version of a large pastel of kitchen implements series.

Sunday, November 26, 2006


6" x 6" in oil.
Now this one was a little harder to do, but no less fun to do.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Christmas Bauble

Another fun little 6" x 6" oil for the holiday small works show. I truly love doing reflections.


Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Lady Godiva

Chocolates as another 6" x 6" oil for the small works show.
Like anyone needs more sweets at the holidays. But these are calorie free.

Monday, November 20, 2006

A Little Cheesecake

A small 6 x 6 oil painting on cradled board of something for the sweet tooth. I did a large version of this in pastel, but wanted a looser version while trying my hand at these popular smaller sizes.

I think I could get into this! Am I the last to discover how fun these small ones are?

Saturday, November 18, 2006

My Alma Mater

Went to Ball State University... Ball canning jars, good drink mugs, you know the stuff - that's the family that started the whole thing. So now we have salt shakers.

Friday, November 17, 2006

What would we do without it?

Fun little one I actually did on purpose. Sat it on my desk, when I should have been working. Sort of today's placeholder.

I used Derwent's Graphitint watercolor pencils. I think I want some more in other colors.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Scoop

Sketching while watching TV tonite. Hard to hold the scoop with the left while drawing with the right.

Too tough a day to try to work with oils this evening. Trip to the dentist this afternoon and then to the bank with a haf a dwoopy fathe that looked thupid. Hence, the drawing.


Grandma's Towle Old Colonial... beautiful silverware that lives day in and day out wrapped in flannel blanketing. Small 5" x 7" oil on canvas. Did much of the background initially with oil pastels before going for the brush.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Frank Lloyd Light

8" x 8" oil on canvas. I have been wanting to try something with that warm light that looks so special.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Colt Navy 1851

8" x 8" Pastel on Wallis.
This is not a new one, but one of my favorites that needed dusting off - no pun intended. I miss my pastels but they are so hard to sell. I don't know about your area, but art 'under glass' just doesn't move and I don't understand why.

If I could get my oils to look like this - I'd be a happy gal.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Klimt crowns record art auction

Had to post, as Klimt is a favorite.

"A 1912 portrait, Adele Bloch-Bauer II, by the Austrian artist Gustav Klimt fetched almost $88m (£45m).

The painting was one of five Klimt works looted by the Nazis and returned to their owners earlier this year." (BBC)

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Bed

12" x 12" oil on masonite... this one painted itself; it just flowed. And it's the first time for a painting using cold wax and galkyd and I loved the texture.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Berrys Chapel Road

Went to get art supplies on Saturday and had the camera. On the way, there was the perfect hill and valley and shadows.

I like the foreground, especially.

16 x 20 in oil.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

The Coming Storm

Small 5 x 7 inch oil on canvas. We live in a beautiful area with lots of farm fields and this one is not too far from home. As in go to the end of the street, turn right, turn left. One of those great moments when I was shooting the photo and things got dark fast and the clouds opened up.

Friday, October 27, 2006

After Dinner and too tired to paint

The after dinner remnants... left me too tired to paint.

Have you ever been just popping with ideas and the desire to paint and real-life demands just get in the way? I am going through a period of frustrations with ideas coming like crazy and no time!

I DO NOT sketch well but at least it was a moment of creativity.

Second problem - having time to go paint and getting caught up in an exquisite trail of links to some great art blog. Slobber on the keyboard. Haven't decided if it's inspiring or discouraging!

Off to do some painting. Ciao.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Lighter and Brighter

Decided to go from black to white on this blog. Black was great for the images but it's harder to talk and hear in the dark. And I decided it might be good to post a little more about the process and the trials.

Had my hair done yesterday, so took the sketchbook.

Sound Barrier

Another mixed media painting: 10" x 20"
This also uses fabric pieces. Using fabric really is providing some interesting directions to explore. As a quasi-fabric artist at one time, I just keep digging into those scrap piles.

Note: I NEVER throw anything away. It has its pros and cons, no?

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Monday, July 31, 2006

Red Storm Rising

Gone abstract for variety. Sometimes it's where the muse leads after working on paintings that required more control and concentration.

24" x 18" Mixed Media


Thursday, July 06, 2006

At Last! A New One...

Finally! Back belatedly with a new pastel. Just great when you can eat the art when you are finished.

20" x 20" Soft Pastels on Wallis

Sunday, April 02, 2006


Enjoying the really large florals and the drama of the overhead lighting.

36" x 48" Acrylic.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Night Blooms

Very loose and colorful flowers and hydrangeas. Certainly a departure from the rather tight cars and trucks of late.

Acrylic 36" x 48"


Monday, March 13, 2006

Tired Pony

An old abandoned Mustang, left in a nearby barn since 1989. So of course, could not resist capturing this one...

22" x 10" Pastels

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Oxide Tears

Finished a new pastel this week with this painting of an old rusted truck. The rust and missing metal was captivating and added so much "texture" to the visual.

30" x 22" Pastel

Monday, February 27, 2006

Morning Sun

A small bit of whimsy... with great lighting and a glimpse of butterflies.

8" x 11" Pastel.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Bob Who is Always Annoyed

Large 17" x 14" Pastel of our dear Bob. Lovely creature but not a lovey-dovey kind of guy.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

American Icon

Graphic reflections, anyone? Irresistible shiney paper and colors on this one.

Pastel 20" x 16".

1955 Nomad

This one took a while... in fact a long break between start and finish. Wonderful selection of cars at a local show and this one was a classic.

24" x 36" pastel.

Wine Red

At long last, this is complete. I loved the metal corkscrew and the metallic refections. And, as with so many pieces, it's up close and tightly cropped.

Pastel 18" x 23".
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