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!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


                                 14" X 11" Oil on Canvas

The 1980 movie SOMEWHERE IN TIME starring  Jane Seymour  and the late Christopher Reeve is a favorite of our daughter in law, Debbie.  She and son, Edward, traveled to Michigan to stay in the honeymoon suite at the Grand Hotel  last year.  They enjoyed exploring Mackinac island, and staying and dining  at the Grand was a dream come true for Debbie. 

Sooner or later I suppose most of us want to paint a face in a mirror as so many artists have in the past.  An on line photo was just the inspiration needed to pose Debbie in front of her dresser and paint her "Somewhere in Time" - note the pocket watch on the dresser if you are familiar with the story line. 

We included this painting framed with her Christmas gifts and she was delighted!  Debra is a  beautiful model and I'm eager to paint her again.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


                 16" X 20" Watermedia on Textured Canvas

Christmas Blessings and Happy Holidays to you 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.

Balsam Shadows Road is our North Carolina address.   We are not usually in Maggie Valley  when it's cold but did spend one winter there and the snow was so beautiful.    Photos taken then still inspire paintings today.  This one is mixed water media on stretched canvas  textured with rice paper. 

Friday, December 12, 2014


36" x 60" Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

I'm a beach lover - sun, sand, salt and our fabulous Gulf water!   April's post presented a small landscape with a rusting John Deere bicycle.  That old bike was such a challenge, couldn't resist another go at it.   The large canvas certainly needed paint and a change was needed for an "over the sofa" painting in our living room.  I would attempt a fantasy beach setting and place the bike somewhere within.  If the painting proved successful, on the wall it would go!    Last week when the call to artists went out for the Mini/Maxi show  the painting  was entered!

Happy Dance!  MY BEACH  was awarded  "First Merit" last evening at  the Charlotte County Visual Arts Center's Maxi/Mini theme show reception!     Thank you Judge Karl Hollander!  Public viewing December 8 - December 31, at  210 Maude Street, Punta Gorda, Fl.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Marie's China Bowl

                                 6" x 12" Oil on Panel

        I never met my husband's grandmother, Marie, but the many colorful stories I've heard makes me sad  I didn't have that chance.  As a widow,  she   lived in south Florida  and grew a variety of fruit and vegetables assisted only by her loyal pet duck, Goldie.  We inherited her lovely China  and this is the first attempt at including a piece  in a still life painting.  Still fascinated by reflections,  the setup is on glass over  black foam core.   A companion piece is on the easel - a short break from painting faces and figures!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Kodak Disposable

                                 6" x 6" Oil on Canvas

By his gleeful expression one can see young Eddie was quite taken with the Blarney Castle on a trip to Ireland a few years ago with is dad and brother to explore their paternal heritage.   While visiting the castle,  he chose not to kiss the Blarney Stone but has managed to grow quite eloquent without the magic of the Stone's gift.

In this digital age one seldom sees these little cardboard cameras  except maybe at weddings.  Just couldn't resist painting this happy memory!  Haven't I mentioned grandsons are wonderful models!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Jed's New Hat

14" x 11" Oil on Canvas
On a late afternoon last fall our younger grandson Jed joined us on the  lanai wearing his new gray hat.  Jed enjoys head-gear whether it's caps, hats or helmets!  As he sat down I was blown away seeing  how  the warm  light played across his face creating both warm and  cool shadows.  Naturally this sent me scurrying for the camera and  the sketch book to make color notes knowing someday this would become a painting!  Jed is very patient posing .   Our two grandsons are favorite models and a painting of Eddie is on the easel now.

This was an exercise in how I might "puzzle snap" these interesting warm and cool shapes together   to create  a believable image of Jed's handsome face.   Thank you for posing for me, Jed! I hope you like the painting.  Wonder what ever happened to the gray hat?