Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Silent Sentinel

                                 36" x 24" Oil on Masonite

The Great Blue Heron  is a majestic sight whether cruising the coastline with slow wing beats or standing motionless scanning for prey.  Sometimes it  will wade belly deep making long, deliberate steps.  When in flight, the heron tucks in its neck and the long legs trail out behind.  A beautiful bird to behold and fortunately here in South Florida there is no shortage of them. 

This bird was spotted, photographed and sketched  at Ponce de Leon park in Punta Gorda. 

"SILENT SENTINEL"  was juried into the Fine Feathered Friends Show last month and last week sold to a collector who lives on a lake and enjoys watching a variety of wading  birds.

Sunday, February 16, 2014


To my delight, NEW POINTE SHOES received a merit award  in the Art League of Fort Myers Juried Fine Arts Show "Surprise Packages"on Exhibit through February 28, 2014 at 1451 Monroe Steet in the heart of the River District downtown Fort Myers! Susan Bridges, President and Executive Director of the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs judged this show. Susan's work is represented in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.  Thank you,Susan!!

Two awards this month! I am humbled, blessed and celebrating!

Friday, February 7, 2014



 Last evening I was honored with the First Place Award in Cape Coral Art League's annual juried show celebrating all varieties of the birds we so enjoy.   Fine Artist Janette Chupack judged the show and I am thrilled she chose SPLASH DANCE for the blue ribbon!  Thank you Janette for this fabulous award and thanks to the Cape Coral Art League for a delightful show and reception!   SPLASH DANCE was the subject of my July 29, 2013 post called "Water Ballet". 

The show may be seen at 516 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral and  runs through February 26  during the hours 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Monday through Thursday!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Under the Christmas Roses

14" x 11" Oil on Canvas

Christmas Blessings and Happy Holidays to my wonderful blogging friends.  Thanks to all who visit and leave encouraging comments!  You are appreciated more than you know and I am forever grateful for your support!

May the new year bring you peace, happiness and good health with many creative opportunities.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Beach Baby

                                                            16" x 20" Oil on Canvas

Living close to Gulf beaches is indeed a blessing and watching children play in the sand and surf is a source of constant joy.  Whether building sand castles or wading in the foam, these little ones beam their pleasure and squeal their delight!  This content little boy lost in his own water world was a painting awaiting the canvas! 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Puppy Jade


Our precious Jade is a shelter rescue.  We found each other just before Christmas almost five years ago.  For my husband and me it was love at first sight.  She was so beautiful standing on the green lawn with her long  hair blowing in the breeze,  the sun giving her a backlit glow.  We were told she was five years old so will celebrate her tenth birthday over the Christmas holidays.   So many times I have wondered what she was like as a puppy - she is so very affectionate now - she must have been a bundle of pure joy!   Since we have no puppy photos this is a just-for-fun fast attempt to paint her as she may have looked on a  6" x 6" gallery wrapped canvas.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Water Ballet

                         36" x 24" Oil on Prepared Masonite

The American White Ibis is a common long -legged wading bird usually seen feeding as a group probing mud or lawns for insects or crustaceans with their long down-curved bills .  They nest in trees. 

The Ibis is the mascot for the University of Miami chosen because of its legendary bravery during hurricanes - the last sign of wildlife to take shelter before a hurricane hits and the first to reappear once the storm has passed. 

Here in southwest Florida we can usually see these birds from any window.  Not a pretty bird but very graceful in flight.  This ibis  taking flight at Lakes Park in Fort Myers seemed to be splash-dancing.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Ode to A Robin's Nest

                          12" x 6" Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

One rainy morning last month a robin caught my eye outside the studio window.    She was flying to and from the entry deck out front.  I thought she was carrying earth worms to feed  hungry little  mouths but upon a closer look, she was building a nest under one of the  fern baskets hanging over the deck rail!   Oh No - not a good or safe place!  I did not have the heart to destroy  her morning's efforts and neither did my husband.  He did, however, remove the fern basket from it's hanger to show her how exposed this location really was.  As soon as the rain fell on the nest, sadly she left it.  When the rain had stopped and the "start" of the nest dried, I brought it in to  the studio.  She hadn't made too much headway as there was no bottom, mud had not yet been introduced, and weaving was needed.

Since I don't write poetry, this is my "Ode to a Robin Nest" in oil on canvas! We hope she built elsewhere and now has a sweet little family!

Monday, May 6, 2013


                      24" x 18" Oil on Prepared Hardboard

My January post told of the ballet slippers found on E-bay and how much I'm enjoying the challenge of painting these toe shoes, especially the shiny ribbons!  In this piece I have attempted to paint the shoes (shoe) as if they were new.  With nieces and grand -nieces who dance, it's not too difficult to find a model. 

Is this one finished?  I’m not sure so will put it aside for a while and look at it later with a fresh eye.  All and all, I'm pretty pleased with it.

After the February post, my blog comments were spammed so now when you say something and I do so hope you will leave comments, they will require approval.  I'm sorry for the inconvenience but guess it's necessary.  Wonder if any of you have had this problem?