Wednesday, September 13, 2017
When I was younger I really loved the sun. I slathered on that baby oil and iodine and headed to the lake every chance I got. Well, now years later all that sun worshipping has taken it's toll and I have had several "procedures" plus I have a full body exam every 6 months due to all the sun damage. Hey, who knew??? Anyway, yesterday when I saw the Nurse Practitioner at the Dermatology office, she said, "What is this bright yellow in your ear? And there is bright pink on your knee and some other colors on your hands." I was embarrassed! I know she probably thought I did not even take time to take a bath before coming but that is not true. I did! I told her I am an artist and I really get into my paintings.
I do not think I am a cow but just wanted to paint one today and I made her pink because she is embarrassed.
Hope you smile and wear sunscreen.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Friday, September 8, 2017
I have had strong women on my mind today so I painted this little painting (8" x 8") for all of those strong women out there. I started the day by drawing a card for one of the strongest, most beautiful, most intelligent women I know. I missed her Birthday and wanted to create a card for her with fashion from the 1960's. (I wish I had taken a picture of it before I mailed it.) But Biddy Stewart, my heroine, is 98 this month and she is so remarkable. I want to be her!
Then I ended the day by painting this painting while praying for a dear friend who is going through a very tough time. She is beautiful, intelligent and a true Southern Belle but she has been forced to "be tough" and fight some red tape for the health and well being of someone she loves. She is STRONG!!
I am amazed at the strength of the women I know; women of all ages and backgrounds, nationalities, families, social status, color, religion and circumstances. Thank you Tom Jones for the title to this painting!
"She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She walked with the Universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings." Ariana Dance
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
This is Emma. There are really no words that describe how our furry children can bring joy and meaning to our lives. One study revealed that dog owners who have had heart surgery are more likely to get up sooner and take their canine companion for a walk. In an article I found by John Allemang, he stated, "animals give us a purpose, a sense of meaning, an altruistic obligation to be active and aware." Researchers have long known that the animal-human bond is strong. When we lose a pet, Julie Axelrod, explained in a article entitled, "Grieving the Loss of a Pet" that we actually mourn several losses at the same time.
- The loss of unconditional love
- the loss of a protege
- The loss of a "life witness"
- The loss of multiple relationships and routines
- The loss of a primary companion
Helping a friend who is grieving might include helping them through the loss of their pet.
Rest in Peace Emma.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017
While I was painting this the music playing on my computer is "Safe". The lyrics to this song by Phil Wickham are below:
To the one whose dreams have fallen all apart
And all you're left is a tired and broken heart
I can tell by your eyes, you think you're on your own
But you're not alone
Have you heard of the one who can calm the raging sea
Give sight to the blind, pull the lame up to their feet
With a love so strong that'll never let you go
No, you're not alone
You will be safe in His arms
You will be safe in His arms
There are times when life sends unexplainable sadness but there are also many times of unbelievable joy. Joys like a simple sunset at the beach with our sweet children or grandchildren looking out with wonder.
You will be safe in His arms.
Friday, August 25, 2017
This angel has been in my head and I finally took the time to paint her. This is a larger piece, 30" x 40" so that is always a challenge; what size easel, where to paint and how much paint is needed. Also I wanted to paint the wings as a "hint" of wings, not a completely solid mass and I love different textures so I used actual feathers to paint the wings. I made quite a mess but I love the results. Now when I see those geese walking down my driveway, I realize they do have some redeeming qualities even if they leave all that poop to clean up!
$500 - free shipping
Friday, August 18, 2017
Recently I went on a marvelous painting workshop trip to Italy to paint with Trisha Adams https://trishaadams.com The workshop was offered through Montorno Painting Workshops and I cannot say enough good things about the experience. For one, Trisha is an excellent teacher and I learned so much from her expertise. She took every opportunity to expose us to wonderful art via museums, marble studios and small quaint villages. Not to mention that her teaching method included demos, critiques and lectures complete with visuals and exercises. As in any workshop, it is also important to have a good group, one that is cohesive and willing to do what it takes, especially in hot weather and walking to sites that are sometimes very up hill. In this case, the other artists I met were such special people and I felt privileged to have been able to work along side them. The group was hosted by Alessandro and Francesco Poli in their home and studio. Each day they provided extraordinary meals that were worth the trip. The areas we traveled to while painting were so full of beauty and character that it was hard to choose which site you wanted to paint. The entire experience was one I will carry in my heart forever.
16" x 20" $300
Saturday, July 29, 2017
This little whimsical girl has an attitude...how many times have I heard one of my grandchildren talking to another one and saying, "I Don't Think So" when one of them says they are going to do something the other one does not like.
This painting is painted with acrylics and mixed media on watercolor paper and then affixed to a 10" x 10" stretched canvas and polished. I love the way the finished product looks. She is available on Easy at
Friday, July 28, 2017
I have seen this look a couple of times - usually right before the little person gets sleepy. In fact, I think I have seen the same look on my husband's face.
This painting was painted on 140 pound watercolor paper, then it is attached to a wood canvas and polished several times to a gloss finish. I love this process and it looks so good "in person".
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
It is hard to believe that time goes by so fast. This little doll baby is the new granddaughter of a long time friend. At least 30 years ago our children played together and now I see the cycle of life continuing. I love the way babies hold on tight to our fingers like they are so glad to be here. It is like their own language telling us they love us and they are here to make our lives more full......especially for us known as Mimi, Grandmother, Gigi, Nana ---you get the message.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Last December I took an online course with Mindy Lacefield. The course was a more intuitive type of painting where you laid down paint and waited until you "saw" something on the canvas that spoke to you of a painting. (I am not sure I am doing a very good job of explaining this.) Anyway, I saw this little face and developed it and she reminded me of the look on one of my children in the past or grandchildren who had just been "caught" doing something forbidden.
This is so different from the way I usually paint but I hope to revisit again and again as I loved the process and the outcome. I am not selling this little girl because she is a reminder to me to keep on trying this style. Recently in an art show several people told me that she "spoke" to them, something about her touched them. I listen to those kind of comments and let them lead me along this path of creativity.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Last night my husband and I attended a reunion of a youth group that he had been the Youth Director for 35 years ago. What a wonderful experience to see so many "young" people who are now in their 50's and have grown children. One of the best parts of the night was to hear their life journey stories. Many of them have been in full time Christian ministry for all those years and the stories of how that group was a pivotal time in their lives was so positive and uplifting. The bond these young people shared was so strong - they talked about the fact that they came from several different schools but they had loved each other and found common ground in their faith.
We sang old songs that we had shared during that time and one was titled, "Love Him in the Morning". It is a song about loving God all day long. We all remembered the words which is a great accomplishment for me since I cannot even remember where I put my tennis shoes this morning. I feel very blessed to have been a part of this group and see the miracle of lives changed and lives well lived.
My angel is a 24" x 24" on gallery wrapped canvas and was created with mixed media. There is burlap attached to the canvas and then painted. This is a long process but one that I find I enjoy the outcome.
Friday, July 21, 2017
This is a commissioned piece taken from a reference photo where a little girl's Daddy followed her around all day long to keep her protected from the sun. What a great depiction of what a Daddy will do for his little angel. He will strive to protect her for the rest of her life and if that day comes for him to "give her away" at an altar, he might find it as hard to let go of her hand as it was on this day to let go of the umbrella.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Last year my son and his wife and their 2 sets of twins lived with us for 6 weeks while their house was having some work done. One of the younger twins dresses up every chance he gets. This outfit was a combination of superman and a dracula cape but he is Super Super Hero to me!
Friday, July 14, 2017
I was using a photo reference for this painting from Pixabay but I wanted to use limited strokes and paint it in a impressionistic manner. I try to not think about what I am painting but just what I see - the colors and shapes. I remember an art teacher told me once that you do not have to paint flowers so exact (unless of course you are a realistic painter). Anyway, she said if you do not know exactly what kind of flower you have then it is a "fantasy flower". These are fantasy flowers.
6" x 6" on gallery wrapped
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Can anything be better than witnessing love? The love between siblings is especially special. Because we moved around a lot, my kids had to "start over" at new schools and meet new friends often but one thing remained a constant. They had each other. The bonds that were formed have always been there and remain there to this day. I can just imagine that will be the way for these two.
Monday, July 10, 2017
This is the block in for a commission for two grandchildren. There is a lot of pushing and pulling that goes along with this stage that I enjoy. Things just happen. But while I was starting this painting I happened to scroll through Instagram. Have you ever found yourself making comparison of your work, your art or any other abilities to someone else? I am reading a wonderful book entitled, "Looking for God" by Nancy Ortberg. In the book she states, "Comparison becomes a faulty scale on which we place ourselves, waiting to see how we balance out with the people on the other side. Comparison leaves us jealous and critical and insecure. ...Part of what it means to be created in the image of God is that each person has his or her own story, giftedness, and calling. I cannot find mine by looking at yours. Your story may inspire me or warn me, but I should never use it to determine my own." Once we understand this we are free to admire other people's gifts and be grateful for their contributions to the beauty in the world.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
I love the paintings of John Larriva. Recently he sent out a
You can go to this link and become a supporter of his work on Patreon. For a minimal fee a month you can watch demos and videos of how he creates some of his work. I do not think I could ever paint like him but I learn something each time I watch another artist at work. He has a very good teaching style and he is interactive to comments via messages. I appreciate his offering!
I played around today with a small 6" x 6" board and painted my best friend's picture. It is so wonderful to have beautiful friends. (Not so wonderful having my picture made with her as she is ALWAYS dressed, accessorized and beautiful.) She is also one of the Miss Alabama Moms every year and I am sure some people think she was Miss Alabama at one time.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
This darling little girl has chalk in her little chubby hands and she is ready to create. I tried to give the impression of some of her art on the floor. I love little girls especially with big hats, bubble suits and hot pink shoes. She makes my heart smile.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Recently I painted a little boy on the beach that reminded someone of her little boy when he was that age. She wanted a painting of her little girl around the same age and this is Lily. These are on small canvas boards (5" x 7") that are linen and Museum quality made by Raymar. I love these surfaces but painting on such a small canvas is a real challenge. However, for me it enhances my particular impressionistic style because I have no room for little details.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Sunday, June 11, 2017
There is a verse in the Bible that states, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." I certainly find hope in that verse and pray that in some small way my painting could be a part of that comfort. Gilbert loved Thomas the Train and in the reference photo for this painting he has eyes that are full of life and "little boy" mischief. I do not think there is any grief equivalent to that of a little person leaving this life too soon.
While painting this, I found myself asking Gilbert, "Help me little buddy. Help me paint your picture."
Friday, June 9, 2017
Last summer I caught this little guy really strolling on the beach way out ahead of his parents. He walked with such confidence and attitude as if to say "I Own This!" I loved his little curls and the way he strutted in that suit. This is a small 5" x 7" painting I was using as a color study for a larger painting and someone contacted me to ask if they could purchase as this looks just like her son did several years ago at that age. I love it when that happens!
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
I love fresh flowers but there was a time when I hated to paint flowers because I had a tendency to try and paint them too exact or I would compare my style of painting to someone else and I would feel that I came up short. But today I read a quote by Dreama Tolle Perry and it really struck a chord in my heart.
"It has helped me to realize that my art is not about "wowing" someone else with my skills.
It is about bringing some smiles, some truth, some happy to this life while I am here."
You can visit Dreams Tolle Perry here http://dreamatolleperry.com
She is a wonderful, colorful, expressive artist but also a unique and intuitive writer.
Nothing is more precious than having a little person you love want to walk beside you and "help". Those times spent with a grandchild who watches your every move and then repeats it somehow gives you hope that you have passed on a lesson or made a memory. Recently I taught my little 6 year old how to paint "the Joker". The Joker is one of his favorite bad characters in Batman. I was not sure he was even listening but I found out he was - the next day he painted his twin brother's face to be the Joker and assured him he knew what he was doing because he had practiced. I think this little guy in the painting will remember his great grandmother's gardening instructions every time he gardens in the future.
Monday, May 29, 2017
I have been working on several mixed media pieces. This one is 24" x 48" on gallery wrapped canvas. The process if very time consuming as mentioned in an earlier post and the canvas with additional materials attached just soak up the paint so I find that I might paint a particular area and come back to it in an hour or so and it is washed out because it has soaked into the canvas. This leads to adding more paint and subtracting what pieces you want to modify. All in all I like the effect that is created and I am amazed at what appears.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017
I have been working on another mixed media piece - this one is a little angel resting from her music. These pieces take so much time and effort but I enjoy the look of the burlap and modeling paste and the experience.
At the same time I am completing this angel series in mixed media, I am reading a book by Dan McCaw. Everything this artist says resonates with me. One quote I particularly love is; "Art is not something we learn to do but instead is a search to uncover and express that which already exists within all of us. We are the art. What we are searching for is our inner voice. I believe that that most of us protect, deny or under-value this intrinsic voice, but we all have one. It's that part of us that, when touched, moves our emotions and tugs at our hearts. It's that part of us that responds to a painting, a piece of music, a beautiful scene. these things do not contain emotions, but only bring to the surface that which we already posses, both as the artist and as the art appreciator."
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
The connection these two have is so evident in this painting. The reference photo was given to me by the man who said that it was one of his favorite pictures of him and his wife. Even though his wife has died, I can just imagine that the connection between them lives on in his heart. I found one definition of true love and that is "True Love" can be defined as how you act in a relationship with someone. It was also said that when you are in a relationship with someone you truly love, you value that person enough to see things from their perspective. These two make me want to make an effort to do that and cherish every day.
Monday, May 15, 2017
I love trying new things and trying to expand as an artist. Recently I attended a demo at the Mountain Brook Art Association meeting where Rik Lazenby gave a demonstration. Rik is an accomplished and inspired mixed media artist. The process he taught was very time consuming to someone like me who usually paints wet on wet. First you take burlap and paint it with plaster of paris then once it is dried you fold and crease to create wrinkles that are transformed into an old looking piece of cloth after you add a coat of polyurethane and finish off with a stain. THEN you are ready to create the magic of what you will do with this canvas or surface you have created. I could not wait to try the process because while I watched him I had an image in my mind that i wanted to create and that is where this angel creating music came about. I have music playing in my studio every day when I paint and many times I feel like angels are all around. (So does Max, he sleeps the minute I turn on the music).
I recently came across a quote by Dan McCaw, "Art is a collaboration between the heart and mind in an effort to expose a piece of the artist's soul". I so believe.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
I sometimes feel compelled to paint. I have been studying about color theory so I am experimenting and creating a lot of items using color schemes that I would have never used. With this painting I also tried to use limited strokes and no going back over strokes. It is easy to get caught in doing that and mixing some great mud on your paintings.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
I was recently given the honor of being one of the Alabama artists to paint one of the historic Marshall County locations to commemorate Alabama's Bicentennial and the year of Exploring Our Places. My location was the Old Red Mill in Albertville, Alabama. The mill was used for grinding corn about 100 years ago. It is now about to fall down but definitely holds a lot of history for this area.
I went last Saturday to paint the site en plein air. It was a very hot day with few clouds in the sky but no bugs which was a wonderful thing as every artist who paints outside knows what a challenge the bugs can be. Not only do they bite but they land on your painting and get stuck. I had almost completed my block in when I returned to my car to grab some more paint. I walked back to my easel and remembered I needed another brush from my car. When I returned to the car I found it had locked with my keys and my phone inside!! Now, this bridge is located in a very secluded, unfamiliar area. I wanted to cry, loud slobbering cries BUT I knew that would not help. I put my painting under my car, bundled up my expensive easel to carry with me and started out walking up a very steep hill to try and find civilization again. I came to the highway. I crossed the road, dripping wet with sweat, I walked up to the first house I came to. A very nice man let me use his phone to call a locksmith (who told me he would need to charge weekend rates, as if I cared!) The man then drove me back to my car and stayed with me until the locksmith arrived. the locksmith was very interested in my painting and he told me that he enjoys drawing. We had a nice conversation about that. I hope he will continue to draw as he seemed someone who loves art and would do well. The man
who helped me told me about the history of the the mill and how he remembers an old store was located nearby years ago. All in all it was a very good day but I will tell you I questioned my future as a plein air artist.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Mother's Day is quickly approaching and I could not pass up painting this little painting depicting a mother and child having a "Girls Day Out".
6" x 6" on gessobord
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
There are times I feel so conflicted with my art. I love to paint from photos and real life references but i also love to paint intuitively, meaning just laying down paint and following it to create the painting. The real truth about my painting is that I am never satisfied with anything I paint. I am constantly rethinking and my daughter says I am too critical of my skills. So yesterday I simply took time to meditate on that and this idea came to me to paint the lovely, larger than life sunflowers I took photos of in Colorado last year. I decided to just paint for me....what would I really like to paint without a critical voice in my head and guess what? I love this painting. When I had to get down on my knees to sign it because it was still on the easel, I thought, "how appropriate".
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The reference photo from Anita Johnston caught my eye. I am never quite sure what reaches out to my heart to make me want to paint a particular thing but in this particular picture I liked the way the couple is strolling along. The lady has her purse on her shoulder and her arm in his. I also like the way the man seems to be engaged and listening. (Always good and sometimes unusual) I am also planning a trip to Italy in August to paint with Trisha Adams and this scene is actually from Italy.
I love Trisha's work. Check her out, you can find your website at https://trishaadams.com
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
I am honored when asked to paint for someone. Someone asked me to paint the children of a friend as a gift to their friend. The thoughtfulness of this gift touches me. I usually send my first drafts of my paintings to my daughter for her critique. When I sent these her response was, "cutest kids ever!"