Sunday, November 9, 2014

Feline Repose II

Feline Repose II, giclee, 7x5", $15

I scanned my original drawing before it was sold. I then colorized it in Photoshop to create a digital art piece. I am including a double mat suitable for an 8x10" frame.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014


Anticipation, oil, 16x12" SOLD

"Everyday is good, some days are better!" Yesterday, I met with my model, Mary Beth Hamilton, and she purchased her portrait for a gift. She's a beautiful woman and is now a full time model. I met with her at the Scottsdale Artists' School where I had to pick up my pastel paintings from the Arizona Pastel Artists Association Fall Show. My hubby took our picture in front of the school.

If that wasn't good enough, I was also there at the Scottsdale Artists' School for a demonstration by renown New York artist, Max Ginsburg. What a wonderful artist, teacher and a gentleman!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I Got My Head In The Clouds!

Self Portrait, oil, 12x16"

Ok, so I know having one's head in the clouds is saying that one is a little 'out of touch' with reality, but that is where I choose to be! I think you almost have to be if you want to be an artist. It's not an insult...just a creative compliment!

I enjoyed painting this portrait because it reflects who I have become. I just had my 62nd birthday and I intend to show my brightest colors before giving way to the dark. I've had some storms in my life, too, and they ebb and flow. I chose to have a big smile because I had my husband take my photos and he is just the light of my light! He always put a smile on my face even when I am mad as hell. Like my friend Hope always tells me, "I got it good". I am grateful, thankful and proud to be an artist. I am proud to be me.

Monday, October 6, 2014

California Gold

California Gold, Oil, 8x10", $99

This painting reflects just about everything I love in the countryside; water, trees, tall grasses, hills, mountains, and a sunny day.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Morning Storm Clouds

Morning Storm Clouds, Oil, 9x12", $125

This is a plein air that I did yesterday morning. The sky was pretty stormy and I wasn't sure if I would catch any heavy rain or wind. Luckily, I did not encounter much, to speak of. As you can see in the photo below of my set up, it was clearing up nicely by the time I was wrapping up my gear.

I like using my Guerrilla Painter® 9x12 Pochade Box out in the field even though it's a bit heavy. Actually, that bit of weight keeps it pretty stable when the wind kicks up a bit. I use my Best Brella religiously to keep the sun off of me and my artwork. It gets hot out in the sun and if you ever painted with the bright sun on your surface, you know your painting will look too dark inside.

Best decision I made was to get my jeep. She gets me places even our truck can't get to.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Desert Rain At Sunset

Desert Rain At Sunset, Oil, 8x10" $99

Oh my, I have been having a good ol' time. I have been so busy with hiking, biking, off roading and yes, painting! I have lost a ton of weight, had to replace my wardrobe 3 or 4 times and now I am ready to start anew! So, I apologize for neglecting my blog, but I promise to start posting my work from the last few months and new stuff as it comes along.

Here is my hubby with my off road jeep to hit the trails with for plein air and fun with my guy:

This is a trail in Sedona that the jeep tours take. It's only accessible with something that can climb rocks. Rich is teaching me to do just that. Whoa, is that a rush! Here's me from the same day:

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Stop and Smell the Roses 2

Stop and Smell the Roses 2, pastel, 12x9" SOLD

I took the photo reference for this painting on a sunny evening as the light was low in Cambria, California. I love the dramatic lighting and how the use of complementary colors really pop in this piece.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Stop and Smell the Roses

Stop and Smell the Roses, pastel, 9x12", SOLD

I took the photo reference for this painting on a overcast day at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. I love the soft lighting and the complementary colors that glow, but still convey a sense of peacefulness.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Upcoming Portrait Workshop

Portrait of a Young Lady, watercolor, 14x10" available

I am pleased to announce that I will be giving a two day portrait workshop in Jackson, MI, June 5-6. Please click here to download the flyer.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Portrait Studio, Saturday, April 6, 2013

Myself painting our model, John

Today's Portrait Studio in Scottsdale

Portrait Studio

Come paint or draw with us!!!  Portrait Studios are a benefit of PAOA (Portrait Artists Of Arizona) membership and there is no additional cost for the model.  Portrait Studios are a great way to get to know other members, observe, and improve your portrait skills by working from life!
It is also an opportunity for non-members to "check us out" before joining.  Members may invite artist friends to drop in and observe and find out more about our organization.

John was our model and he was fantastic and very professional.

2013 - Portrait Studios Upcoming - MAY, JULY, AND AUGUST!

Saturday, May 11, 1:30pm - 5pm
Granite Reef Community Center - Room 6, Art Room
Just North of McDowell on Granite Reef

Saturday, July 27, 1:30pm - 5pm
Granite Reef Community Center - Room 6, Art Room
Just North of McDowell on Granite Reef

Saturday, August 17, 1:30pm - 5pm
Granite Reef Community Center - Room 6, Art Room
Just North of McDowell on Granite Reef

Thanks to Ivan Halvorson for the photographs.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Oak Creek Plein Air

Oak Creek, oil, 6x8" $79

I set up my gear on shore and had this far off view from me, where the creek took a bend. I liked that it was distant enough that I wouldn't get caught up in details. It was a most pleasant day and although I had a couple of minor mishaps when the wind picked up before I could get my umbrella down, it was still a most enjoyable experience. I did this study in about two hours on sight.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Light of Hope

Light of Hope, oil, 36x24" available

I received notice that this painting and two others were accepted into the Portrait Artists of Arizona 3rd Annual Members Juried Fine Art Portrait Exhibition and Sale. There are some excellent artists in the group, including many professionals. I am honored to be included!

If this painting looks familiar, my earlier blog post of "Sheer Light of Hope" is the pastel study for this piece. Ironically, it did not make it into the Arizona Pastel Artists Association Spring 2013 Juried Show, however three other pieces did. I am very proud and honored.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring Creek

Spring Creek, pastel, 9x12" SOLD

Yesterday, after taking a walk, I couldn't help but go home, get my gear and go back and set up to capture this view. I spent two hours on site and then came home and finished.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Bust of Benjamin Franklin

Bust of Benjamin Franklin, oil, 7x5" SOLD

Jean-Antoine Houdon
French, 1741-1828
Tinted plaster after 1778
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

Benjamin Franklin (1705-1790) went to Europe in 1776 to negotiate a treaty of alliance between France and the United States, and remained as the new nation's Minister to France until 1785. Through their fraternal and social activities, he became acquainted with the sculptor Houdon, who recorded in this portrait the statesman's thinning hair, sagging chin, and expression of wisdom and humor. Eight years later, on Franklin's recommendation, Houdon came to the United States to model a sculpture of George Washington.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Headed For The Light

Headed for the Light, Oil on RayMar panel, 6x6", SOLD

My entry into this week's Daily Paintworks "the Bright Path Challenge".

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Broken Angel

Broken Angel, 10x8 on linen paper, $15

This little broken angel is part of a roadside memorial that brought tears to my eyes when I came upon it. It is decorated with beads and plastic flowers and the area is strewn with the rubble of decaying remembrance of things past. It seems to embody the dashed hopes and dreams of loved ones tragically lost. The original pencil study has been sold.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Woman Bathing

Woman Bathing, acrylic, 10x8" SOLD
I gave all of my heavy body acrylic paints to a good friend who is making wonderful art with them. I kept only my Golden fluid acrylics that I mostly use thin and transparent like watercolor. This is for a DPW Challenge and I enjoyed doing this piece.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Still Life with Squash, Lemon and Bottle

Still Life with Squash, Lemon and Bottle, oil, 10x8 available 
I am very happy with this low key painting. Capturing the light was my goal. I just finished the painting this afternoon and the background is picking up some glare.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Struck by Heaven's Light

Struck by Heaven's Light, oil, 18x24" available

Some friends of ours took us on the Verde Canyon Railroad where I took hundreds of photos. It was threatening to rain during most of the trip , but gave us dramatic sky and light. I hope to do a series of paintings, including some plein air. Do take this train ride if you are ever in the will not be disappointed.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Evening Falls On General Williams

Evening Falls On General Williams, watercolor, 8x10" available

My favorite statue at Belle Isle, Detroit, MI is of Major Gen. Alpheus Starkey Williams as he sits atop his horse, checking a map as his steed bows his head.

Williams, a Detroiter, was a congressman, a judge, a lawyer, a postmaster, a newspaper publisher and a failed gubernatorial candidate, and was appointed a Brigadier General for the Union Army in the Civil War.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Sheer Light of Hope

Sheer Light of Hope, pastel, 22x16", SOLD

I am proud of the way this turned out.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Plein Air Study #1

Plein Air #1, oil, 6x8" available

I recently went out with a "meetup" group to Fay Canyon for plein air painting in the Sedona and Verde Valley area that was organized by Michael Chesley Johnson. This is the painting I worked on outside and completed in the studio.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Path to Oak Creek

Path to Oak Creek, oil, 12x16" available

I recently went out with a "meetup" group for plein air painting in the Sedona and Verde Valley area that was organized by Michael Chesley Johnson. I will be taking a Plein Air Essentials class from him later this month. This painting was inspired by his demonstration of "Sycamore Shadows" at the Sedona Arts Center and available on Daily Paintworks.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Red Tea Pot

Red Tea Pot, Oil, 11x14", available

My gift to myself this year, is to immerse myself in as much learning as I can absorb. I am currently studying with Gretchen Lopez, a marvelous artist. Very sweet and generous.

Sunday, January 13, 2013


Chapeau, Oil, 12x16" available

It feels good to work from a live model again. Yesterday, I joined the Portrait Artists of Arizona. I drove two hours to get there, but it was well worth it. We had a very lovely model and she was quite pleased with the likeness. I experimented with painting loosely and getting a heavier application of paint.

As a follow up to Fallen Firefighter, my January 5th blog, here is a photo from the Pensacola News Journal (click to read the full story):

Tony Giberson/

Velma Jones, center, the mother of Maurice Bartholemew, gets a better look at her son's portrait during the dedication of the new downtown library Friday morning while her grandchildren, Maurice's kids, Caleb, left, and Tiffany Bartholemew look on. A special wing of the library is dedicated in memory of Maurice Bartholemew.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Venus Nebula Fantasy Art

Venus Nebula, 10x8", digital art print, available

This week' Daily PaintWorks Challenge is as follows:

The Something New Challenge, posted by Carol Marine on Saturday Jan 5, 2013
I challenge you to do something new for the new year. It can be anything - just as long as you've never done it before: a new medium, a new subject, a completely different style, etc. Stretch yourself. Get uncomfortable. If you don't like the result, try it again...

I challenged myself to create something out of my mind, using no reference. That is something that I just don't do...and now I have and it felt pretty good. It's even scarier to post it and (quite literally) show the world. I'll survive and hopefully try it again and again.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Fallen Firefighter

Marvin Maurice Bartholomew, Oil, 30x24" SOLD

I was honored to have been selected to paint a portrait of this young man who died tragically while fighting a house fire, November 25, 2000. The City Council of Pensacola, FL named the new wing of the Downtown Library in honor of Marvin Maurice Bartholomew and have a prominent location within the atrium, where his portrait will reside, designated for a First Responders Memorial honoring all fallen Firefighters and Police Officers. The Ribbon Cutting Firefighter Memorial Dedication Reception will be held this Friday at 10:00 AM at 239 North Spring Street. The public is welcome.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Shooting Star

Shooting Star, Print, 8x10, available

I played with the oil sketch of 'Marilyn' in Photoshop to see how I would of liked to resolve the portrait had I had the time to finish it. I like the way this turned out so much, that one day I may get around to painting it. Oh, if only I had all the time to do everything that I longed to do, I would have to live several lifetimes and be really energetic!