Friday, November 13, 2015


8" x 8" oil on cradled board

Here is just one more of my new paintings from my "Simple Moments" show at the Peoria Art Guild. I have 20 pieces hanging so there is a lot more to see. Opening reception is tomorrow night, Nov. 14, 6-8pm. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be ample!

The values were my challenge this time. Making sure what was in shadow stayed in shadow. I don't really use pink that often. There has not been many opportunities since I only have grandsons! But I enjoy pink and I had a lot of fun laying it on!

I always love little girls who aren't afraid of bugs!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Pool Buddies

8" x 8" oil on cradled board

Another one of the paintings that will be displayed at the PAG show starting this Saturday. I found this composition interesting because of the comparison of these two brothers in terms of their ages and what they would choose to bring with them to the pool. The 5 year old chose his Spiderman action figure, and the 1 year old chose his Ernie toy. I think it tells a story, as they patiently wait for the pool to fill.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Holiday Treasures

The following 4 paintings will be showing in the Holiday Treasures show, at the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington, IL. The show will run from November 14 - January 2. Opening Gala is Friday, November 13, 6-9. I'll be going with my daughter Amy McGovern who also has 4 pieces in the show!

Gulf Shores
8" x 10" oil on cradled board

6" x 6" oil on panel

6" x 6" oil on panel

The Kiss
4" x 4" oil on panel

Chilly Waters

6" x 8" oil on cradled board

This is one of my small paintings that will be displaying in the PAG Project Space for the next month. Opening reception is this coming Saturday night, Nov. 14, 6-8. I'll be posting a few of the paintings for the rest of the week that I've been holding back on. 

I loved the pinky purples in these guys skin tones! 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

ME Exhibition

My Self
6" x 8" oil on cradled board

My self portrait "My Self" has been accepted into the ME exhibit. An exhibition of self-portraits by women artists and art students displaying at the Studios on Sheridan. Opening reception is this coming Friday, Nov. 6. Show will run until Nov. 14. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

New Book: Fun in the Sun

I just finished a new photo book, and it's available on Blurb. It includes 23 color reproductions of my "Fun in the Sun" series. You can find a link to it on my sidebar or here -->

Monday, October 19, 2015

Stepping Out

6 x 6 oil on cradled board

I needed to come up with a couple paintings for the Christmas window group display at the 404 Main Gallery. I was having a hard time getting inspired until I thought of these red shoes. This doesn't exactly say Christmas, but it does look like she might be going someplace special. And 'red' is very 'Christmasy'! I hope it will be acceptable! 

Happy Monday everyone!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Small Steps

6 x 6 oil on panel

Now that I have all of my paintings done for my PAG show in November. And they are all set out to dry. I'm struggling to get back into a regular schedule of painting. I've even been throwing away a few that were beyond wiping! But then I tried this little guy. This is a simple composition that I pieced together from a couple photos I took last year in Florida. I loved his purplish pink shoulder! So mainly I painted this one in order to give him a purplish pink shoulder! ha!