Oil on Canvas 14" x 11"
Sunday, May 9, 2021
Oil on Canvas 14" x 11"
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Sometimes we just have to let go and have fun in the studio - maybe a piece will work (probably it won’t) but it doesn’t matter so long as we are creating and enjoying the process!
This little painting began in acrylic on illustration board loosely based on a photo taken in Cherokee, NC. String was added and then using matte medium, I covered the entire piece with colored tissue paper and let it dry. With the tissue paper obscuring much of the underpainting and changing the colors and values, it was time for oil paint. Much of the original concept based upon the photo was lost but that was ok - I now saw larger rocks and richer colors to bring forward. The result was rich texture and lots of depth. Who knew?!
What a thrill AFTER THE RAIN was just awarded third place in the current Mixed Media Show at the Cape Coral Art League. The show will be on display until May third at the CCAL Gallery, 516 Cape Coral Boulevard, Cape Coral, FL. phone (239) 772-5657
Friday, February 5, 2021
20" x 30" Acrylic on Board
Henrietta the hippopotamus is cooling off. What a fascinating animal. The name comes from a Greek word meaning "water horse" but our huge lady is in no way related to a horse! She is semiaquatic, lives along rivers and lakes in sub-Saharan Africa, can weigh up to 3,300 pounds, and lives 40 to 50 years. She can run 30 miles per hour and is a herbivore. Due to her size and aggressive nature, she can coexist with Nile Crocodiles, lions, and spotted hyenas but these are known to prey on young hippos.
Usually thinking these giants look so docile, who knew they are one of the most aggressive and dangerous animals on Earth! They can snap a canoe in half with their powerful jaws and kill about 500 people in Africa each year as reported by National Geographic in 2017!
Always eager to become familiar with subjects I memorialize in paint, no way do I want to meet a hippo face to face - well, maybe in a zoo!
CHILLIN' won Third Place this week in the Wild About Wildlife show currently on exhibit at the Cape Coral Art League, 516 Cultural Blvd, Cape Coral Florida. I am thrilled!
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Here in Southwest Florida alligators are our neighbors and sometimes nuisances when they wander away from their limited habitats finding their ways into our garages, carports, and sometimes into a swimming pool! They frequent golf courses seldom posing any threat but can be a real danger to our pets. At this link you can see just what I’m talking about!
Sadly more and more we have encroached into their territory. On our daily walk at a local park we pass the signs that read, “Do Not Feed the Alligator”. I haven’t seen one there but wouldn’t go into that pond!
The “model” for this painting posed at the end of a dock in another local park and didn’t seem to mind my taking a few photos! Maybe not the most handsome of creatures but totally magnificent in their own way.
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Oil on Canvas
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you Dear Friends! Each time we have touched base whether online, in person, by mail, by phone or just in thought - I am grateful. You add joy and meaning to my life and artful endeavors. Your encouragement means so much more than you know.
Twenty-Twenty has been an interesting year all things considered, but focusing on creativity and painting proved to be a great way to brighten our days and lift our spirits.
WINTER CARDINALS was completed and found a new home in November. Thank you Crafted in Carolina Gallery!!
Monday, October 19, 2020
Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Autumn -what a glorious season here in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina!
My model for Daydreamers is a mystery fellow. When our adult son saw the painting he was sure he was the model. This happened again when both grandsons saw photos of the painting - each is sure he is the model - and I’m not telling!
This one was a joy to paint - it started as a summer setting with lots of blue water - too cool for my taste. Needed to warm it a bit. Looking out the studio window here and seeing the brilliant colors made changing to a fall setting a no-brainer! The title tells the story.
Daydreamers is available at Crafted in Carolina Gallery, 3073 Soco Road, Maggie Valley, NC, Phone (828) 944-0004.
Thursday, August 13, 2020
16 " X 20" Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
One of the supreme rewards spending our summers here in the North Carolina Smokey Mountains is the occasional fawn sighting!
These beautiful creatures are the babies of white-tailed deer and are born April through July. Most first time mom's have only one baby but will typically have twins or triplets afterwards. Last year having a mom and triplets cross our front lawn as we watched from the deck was an unforgettable thrill!
These little forest treasures are left alone in hidden areas of tall grasses or bush while mom goes off to eat. She returns at dawn and dusk to feed and maybe move her baby. Sometimes when we see a very young fawn wandering alone, it's natural to feel panic (I know I do) but it's necessary to leave the fawn alone and mom will return to take care of it providing it's best chance for survival.
This HIDDEN BABY is available at CRAFTED IN CAROLINA GALLERY, 3073 Soco Road, Maggie Valley, NC. - Phone 828-944-0004
Saturday, July 25, 2020
11" x 14" Oil on Canvas
A photo of a little girl sitting alone outside totally absorbed in her story led me to the usual “What ifs”...what if she were reading to her pet? What if she were reading to a little sister? What if she were seeing a vision from the page? What if….? and ONCE UPON A TIME slowly became my story….a joy finding the animals and deciding upon a setting - very favorite kind of painting! I suppose deep down I’m really an “illustrator” at heart.
This was to have been a quick study for a larger painting and in the future would like to pursue that.
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Catching my pretty little model in such deep thought while the glass reflected her anticipation or possibly apprehension, presented a painting challenge that was irresistible. Reflecting only one eye hopefully adds to the mystery of this fleeting moment of serious concentration...What is "just around the corner"...
Saturday, June 6, 2020
Whether she's playing soccer, baking cookies, or at the easel painting, Delaney's enthusiasm is contagious. She is one of our grand nieces and definitely a free spirit. With her beautiful auburn hair and sparkling brown eyes, she is an ideal model. Thank you, Delaney, for allowing me to paint you and Sophie in the snow! I hope you and I can paint together again this summer.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
What a pleasure painting this beautiful little girl for her grandparents! The painting has arrived at their home and was well received! Happy Dance!
Siena, on vacation with her grandparents in the Sea Islands of southeastern Georgia, enjoying the wind in her face as the boat skimmed across the waves toward St Simons Island.
This painting will be included with the SHADES series of models wearing sunglasses for an upcoming book.
While it can be quite a challenge capturing a personality when one can't see the eyes, Siena was not difficult.
Monday, May 11, 2020
Naming a painting - I wonder if others struggle to find a perfect title to illustrate the inspiration, feelings and emotion that go into our works?
The photo of Jackson's first day of school and his big sister Jordan's attention to him has been in a "to do" file for a long time. These two are older now and their family experienced some serious health issues last summer. It was then I knew the time was right to finally capture this special moment for their grandmother, a collector of my paintings. The painting was shipped last week and her reaction brought joyful tears to my eyes!
Among the title considerations were NEW BEGINNINGS (a show was planned and cancelled with that name at our local art center). This would have been my entry. Maybe HIS GUARDIAN? FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL? Somehow BIG SISTER seemed to tell the story; however, that makes the painting more about Jordan while it was Jackson's first day of school...and so I ponder... Your thoughts, comments and suggestions would be welcome. How do you decide on a title?
Saturday, May 2, 2020
“Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey
A kiddley divey too, wouldn't you?”
Milton Drake, Al Hoffman, and Jerry Livingston.
However, JoJo prefers flowers to ivy! But then, JoJo is no longer a kid and will eat anything she can find! Goats are amazing animals, they climb, jump, and can be quite entertaining... and just as annoying! JoJo belongs to neighbors in Maggie Valley. Usually our flowers and shrubs are safe and we all enjoy JoJo’s antics.
A fun little painting for sure giving me a break from figurative and portrait work. You may see JoJo again in a larger piece. She's a sweetheart.