Friday, December 2, 2016


                                          6" X 6" Oil on Panel
               Randy Higbee photo - ready to frame TIME OUT

In October TIME Out was juried into the 7th Annual Randy Higbee Gallery 6" Square Show and sale! What an honor to have “Time Out” displayed on the wall with the work of so many artists I admire  from all over the country!  The Gala Reception will be held Saturday evening, December 3 from 6 to 9:00 p.m. at the Randy Higbee Gallery, 102 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa, CA.  How I wish I could be there!  You can see the show HERE and purchase a painting if you fall in love!  Hint:  TIME OUT is on Page 21!  Check out all the red dots and the show hasn’t yet opened!  What fun!  

TIME out will proudly hang in this “Rustic” style King Of Frame selection.  Thank you, Randy Higbee!   

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


                                     5" x 5" Oil on Canvas

So pleased this kitty painting is off to Tampa for the fifth annual FIVE BY FIVE presented by the Arts Council of Hillsborough county.  This show encompasses a "Fantastic Evening of Performing, Literary and Visual Arts".   As the Arts Council's biggest night of the year, all that’s fantastic about the arts is celebrated! The event takes place at the Tampa Museum of Art on the evening of Friday, October 21 from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.   Proceeds from sales of the art benefit individual artists’ programs presented by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County.   For me this is a wonderful opportunity to again show my work in a major art museum! 

Sunday, July 24, 2016


16" x 20" Oil on Stretched Canvas
 From  Improve My Paintings Website 

Yesterday when pulling out some paintings for varnish, I realized I had never varnished or posted this one painted a couple of years ago in a Johannes Vloothuis on-line workshop! Before the classes with Jo, I was never confident with plein air or even studio landscape painting. I continue to take his paint along classes offered by North Light  whenever time permits. If you go to the website, you will see my sincere testimonial. His book LANDSCAPE PAINTING ESSENTIALS is also available from North Light.

Well, back to this painting. We summer in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western NC where cool cascading waterfalls seem to appear around every turn, so how could I resist this challenge to “paint along” using the provided reference photo. As a slow painter It was a real effort trying to keep up and complete this piece in just over four hours of instruction! The recording is in my video file and may take another look at it. However, I am  pleased with this painting and am framing it for our wall as there are falls near us offering the same late day glow. Thank you, Jo!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


                          16" x 20" Oil on stretched canvas

In February 2013, DARK KISSES was posted on the blog with the explanation  these kisses are my husband's favorite chocolate and thus, the painting was for him.  However, it did catch a collector's eye and found a new home leaving the wall space bare over the candy jar.

Solution - paint a similar piece.  This time the table edge is included and the empty wrapper is gone . Both of us like this one better.   The crystal and reflective foil  papers  still present a challenge but fun to paint!

DARK KISSES #2 has been juried into the Primavera Show at the Punta Gorda Visual Art Center where it is currently on display through April 30.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


  Oil on Stretched Canvas 18" x 24"

In late October I was invited by the Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum to participate in their “Florida Cracker Cowboy Art Show” to be held in early March.  What fun - and time to come up with an idea!  

The Florida Cracker Cowboy is an important part of Florida’s heritage and in Manatee County cattle is the #1 commodity where 196,507 acres are used for livestock agriculture.  Manatee County ranks 9th in the state of Florida for the number of beef cattle raised.  When most think of “Florida”, palm trees and beaches come to mind - not  necessarily cowboys/cowgirls!  
The Show opened Saturday, March 5  with a lovely sit-down luncheon-reception in the Carnegie Library where each artist was introduced and it was explained the art is displayed  throughout the park.  Wikipedia has photos of the individual buildings here.  There is a pretty brick walkway connecting them. When I walked into the Ag Museum and found my painting so prominently displayed on an easel in the front entry - I was thrilled!  

Thanks so much Diane Ingram and Melissa Dagenais for an outstanding reception and a wonderful exhibit.  So happy my painting is included!

This show runs through April 16 at 515 10th Avenue West, Palmetto.  

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Bird in the Hand

                        18" x 24" Oil on Prepared Masonite

Sculptures, statues and statuettes are fascinating for me  whether in a park, in a garden, standing alone,  on a pedestal or on a table.   This little garden sculpture catching a late autumn afternoon sun was so appealing.  After much thought, the bright red cardinal seemed a perfect finishing touch.

At least for a moment, our still little girl has A BIRD IN THE HAND!

Thursday, December 24, 2015


                           16: x 20" Oil on Stretched Canvas

 From our house and my  studio to yours  MERRY CHRISTMAS and a wonderfully creative 2016!  Wishing you, your families, your pets and your friends, good health,  blessings and joy.

Thanks to all who stop by and especially to you who take time to leave a comment or two! 

SNOW FROLIC, inspired by a little girl who always wanted a pony, is part of the Swain County Art Center,  Bryson City, NC  permanent collection.

Thursday, November 19, 2015


                                                     6" x 6" Oil on Panel

JUICY was juried into the Randy Higbee Gallery 6" Square Show - a  national  exhibit  and sale!   This paining originally 6"x 12"  (as posted  October, 2014) was cropped for a  better composition.  How I would enjoy attending the Gala Reception December 6 in Costa Mesa!   Guess California is just a little too far from Florida!   The Exhibit runs through December 23.

Juicy  will proudly hang in this  King of Frame Santa Rosa Floater Frame.

Saturday, October 10, 2015


                               Oil on Board 12" x 12"

Raindrops have been falling here in the valley for days.   These Autumn Roses have been my escape from the gloom,  however, the mood may have found it's way into the paint with edges softened by my misty view.     A companion piece is on the easel so please return for still one more petals painting. 

Earlier this month my painting pal, Zena King, and I enjoyed
Mark Menendez's TARGET COLOR MIXING workshop in downtown Waynesville  and were reminded how valuable the color wheel really is!  So much easier to grab the paints and start squeezing without too much thought as to which "color arrangement" would best compliment the composition.  After all these years much is intuitive.      A valuable workshop  day spent going back to the basics.   The lessons on quadratones and the quadratic/tetradic  color arrangement were  most interesting.  Mark is an amazing instructor and his color mixing DVD  is available at his on line store and also at North Light.

More complex paintings are underway but in the meantime, I'm enjoying the rain and the roses!

Friday, September 25, 2015


                            Oil on wood panel - 10" x 8"

"But he that dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose"
 Anne Bronte

How my blog has been neglected over the summer! Shame on me! The season's activities have indeed seemed at times as if I were grasping thorns! However, brushes are back in use and some new ideas and techniques are underway which I hope to share soon.

In the meantime - roses and more roses. Here is the first - a sort of "warm up". A mini rose garden outside the studio is such an inspiration and, while I “crave” to paint the rose, I find it quite  challenging.

Saturday, June 13, 2015


 30" x 24" Oil on Stretched Canvas

This is a figurative study of my husband Frank.  Another painting for our private collection and,yes, it's on the wall!  Frank will probably go back on the easel after I've looked at it for a while.  Already I see a few areas that could use a tweak or two.  He's a wonderful model so long as he doesn't have to be still too long!

So....did he really go "skinny dipping" in Charlotte Harbor?  Only the two of us know for sure!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


                              Oil on Masonite - 24" x 30"

Palms and coconuts are popular subjects for artists here in Southwest Florida  especially since such paintings  are  in demand in  local galleries.  However it's my opinion the intrigue in painting them is the challenge posed by the intricate variety of fronds, shadows they cast and the never ending and ever evolving fibrous outgrowth palm trees produce along with the coconuts themselves.

So is the coconut  a fruit, a nut or a "drupe" (drupe being  a fruit with a hard stony covering enclosing the seed )?   We are told the coconut  can be all three, a fruit, a nut and a seed. 

Palms consistently show  up in my paintings but this is a first attempt to capture  ripening coconuts with  bright sunlight casting dancing  colorful shadows.  I may revisit SUNLIT COCONUTS  but for now its ready for a signature!

Sunday, March 22, 2015


                                    March 16 to 28, 2015

The Art Council of Southwest Florida is the voice of our extended art community.  It's umbrella includes nineteen art organizations with a combined membership of 6800 artists within a five-county area. 

The Winners' Circle Show is a biennial exhibit showcasing artists who have won major awards during the two year period preceding the show within the Art Council's organizations.  What a thrill when the invitation arrived  last fall to show SPLASH DANCE in this year's exhibit where it would be displayed alongside those winning pieces  of other regional artists I so admire! 

The awards reception was grand with refreshments served in the courtyard of our Punta Gorda Visual Arts Center.  Kudos to the  show committee who did an outstanding job providing color catalogs,  organizing, hanging and promoting this show judged by Fran Gardner, Professor of Art and Art History, University of South Carolina. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015


                                  6" x 12" - Oil on Panel

Really don't know what to say about this one!  Last fall my husband had an insatiable appetite for grapes.  (I prefer mine in liquid form).  We had green grapes, red grapes, purple grapes - you get the picture.  What better time to set up a still life and do a companion piece for the oranges featured  in  the October post.  It was  lovely the way the sunlight seemed to make these little orbs glow enhancing   their natural translucence...oops - sunlight moves quickly - so  artificial light - not the same effect - take photos  - totally lost the translucence.  Capturing the reflections on the silver tray  became a challenge as well.  Sometime I shall try painting grapes again - but not for a while!