Friday, December 19, 2014

Give the gift of Art

There are still some wonderful paintings left at the Randy Higbee 6" Squared show. You can view these anytime online at Or join the party at the gallery on Sunday December 21, for Champagne, Sausage and Biscuits! 10am-1pm.
102 Kalmus Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
All paintings are 6" x 6" and framed in beautiful Randy Higbee frames. I hope you will check them out either in person or online. You can view my paintings here.

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Big Leap and Iron Man News

A Big Leap
8 x 8 oil on cradled board

I finally finished another in my backyard pool series. I had a lot of fun with color in this one. 

I've been posting on Facebook and ignoring my blog lately. So I thought I would mention here the exciting news that my painting 'Iron Man' sold at the Randy Higbee Gallery 6" Squared show. Yay!! I'm so grateful to have been a part of that show. There are a lot of incredible paintings left. Be sure to check them out. 

Iron Man - SOLD

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Summer Joy - SOLD

8 x 8 oil on cradled board 

The joy of a backyard pool during the height of summer.

I've entered this latest painting in the Epperson Gallery "Small Treasures - From the Heart" exposition. This will be juried by Randy Sexton. Please check it out it looks like it could be a good show.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


6 x 6 oil on panel

I painted this study in the morning...

...then made a batch of lemon curd! It's going to be so good on shortbread!
*feeling the holiday this year!* I hope you are too!

Monday, November 17, 2014


6 x 6 oil on panel

Another study of the back side of a child. This group of children were intently watching some street performers. I was more interested in the children! I'm slowly putting these figures in a larger piece. Here is a progress shot (below). It's been fun combining figures, adjusting poses, and creating a composition. I'm hoping to get it done this week.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

6" Squared Sale

I'm still in shock... but I just got confirmation that my 3  paintings were accepted in Randy Higbee Gallery's fifth annual 6" Squared Sale! So now the mad rush to order the frames and get them shipped! Oh, and the varnishing! One still needed a coat of varnish!

Opening and artists reception will be Saturday, December 6th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Costa Mesa, CA. Oh how I wish I could be there. Should be a great event!

Iron Man
Sunny Saturday


6 x 6 oil o panel

Another study of this group of children.

Sneak Peak
I have 3 done. They look like a fun group!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Pigtails - SOLD

6 x 6 oil on panel

This is a study for a young girl who is a part of larger painting I'm working on.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jump For Joy

6 x 6 oil on panel

Just finished up this small painting. It was a bit different painting over dry paint. Most of my paintings are done wet into wet. But I still think it shows the joy of the moment. What a great body position! Only a 3 year old would be brave enough to leap into 10" of water! It amazes me. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Playing around

I've been playing around with some of my paintings. I'm really like how these 6 paintings from my Lost Land Lake series look together. It really helps me remember how beautiful it was there.

Here are 9 lined up together. Sorry about the glare. The sun popped out all of a sudden! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Iron Man - SOLD

Iron Man
6 x 6 oil on panel

One day Ironman, the next day Spiderman or maybe even Captain America. He is the greatest super hero of all because he is so versatile! I caught this moment when 'Ironman' was distracted by a hay wagon. Lots of strong sun and shadows on this day. 

** I just keep hearing Ozzy singing Iron Man :o) **

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dolphin Sighting

6 x 6 oil on panel

I just finished this painting and its still very wet. I'm sorry my blog keeps sending out old posts. I'm not sure how to fix that. Does anyone else have that problem?

I love painting warm sunny waters. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Soaring Seagull

6 x 6 oil on panel

The bird-life in northern Wisconsin was amazing when I was there in August. It is so fascinating to watch them soaring and diving. 

I've been wiping quite a few starts this week. I'm feeling very rusty :)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Last Days of Summer

5 x 7 oil on panel

I'm slowly getting myself organized in my studio. There are so many other things to get done around the house that I find it hard to focus on painting. But I did get a couple small ones done this week and have started a larger one. You should start to see new paintings more often. 

I'm really looking forward to the autumn season here in our new house and town. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

It's Pool Time!

6" x 6" oil on panel

I hope I captured the joy of this little elf as he jumped into the pool! Can anyone remember being that joyful about a splash in the back yard? It's a moment to capture for sure!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Varnishing & Painting

I'm finally varnishing these fun paintings. Once I get them wired on the back they will be ready to go!

Inspections, house hunting and packing be damned! I decided to paint today! I started this one and I'm liking it so far. I hope I don't mess it up! 

I hope everyone is having a fun and productive painting day!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I'm still here

Sweetie Pie

I wanted to make a quick post to let you all know that even though I haven't been posting regularly in a while, I plan to get back at it soon. Unexpected personal events have been keeping me from my studio. But I am still taking photos and planning paintings. Once life settles down I'll be ready to paint and I can't wait to get back at it. 

Here is an older painting of mine that I really love. I hope everyone is enjoying Spring this year!

6 x 6 oil on panel

Sunday, March 30, 2014


8" x 8" oil on cradled board

My mind is all about family right now with a new grandson due any day. So because that is where my heart is right now, I'm painting grandsons! This little cheese-ball will be a big bro very very soon! He looks pretty happy about that!

Hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather that is slowing showing up! 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Pink Reflections - SOLD

6 x 6 oil on panel

This is Bailey's sidekick. I painted the water in a different way this time. I had just as much fun with it. I really was trying to keep the details to a minimum by using large shapes and bold color. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

In a Row

6" x 12" oil on cradled board

I've been working on this one for a while. This is a smaller version of one I have planned, and will start soon. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Playing in the Surf

6 x 8 oil on cradled board
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They look sun baked and joyful playing in the surf! I'm still having fun with color and trying to push my limits. I just loved the cool turquoise waters at the top and red violet sand. This is also a new size for me. The sides of this cradled board will be stained a dark brown so that it can be hung as is.

In other news, we are still house hunting and getting our house ready for sale. I've finally gotten in a weekly art class that I was on the waiting list for. Yay! So I'll at least have one day put aside for painting. Thank you to everyone who still comes to visit and comment. It really means so much to me to hear from you. I will once again be commenting regularly also once things settle down here. I apologize for being so unavailable.

Thursday, March 6, 2014


4 x 4 oil on panel

I need to get more practice with my portraits so tackling Einstein was just the thing for me. Thank you Nora for this DPW Challenge

I have never painted in color from a black and white photo before. I'm glad I gave that a try.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bailey - SOLD

6 x 6 oil on panel

I enjoy painting these dogs playing fetch in the water. There are so many colors and temperatures in the water to play with. 

This is a week of organizing, cleaning and tossing while I attempt to get my house ready to sell. So there isn't a lot of painting going on.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Spilling Breakers

8 x 8 oil on cradled board

Did I say I need to play with color! I guess this one shows that again! I really love the color in this one. Makes me happy.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Our View

6 x 12 oil on panel

Ah... the view. How sweet it could be :) I guess I'm dreaming of the tropics these days! I painted this on two 6" x 6" panels. I plan to frame these together once they are dry. 

Things are warming up here today. Yay! Even thawing! I usually take my photos on my deck under the eaves. Today a BIG drop of water fell on my left panel right before I took the photo. Can you see the water droplets? I'll have to retake this at some point. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Sand Between My Toes

6 x 6 oil on panel

I couldn't resist these chubby toes in the sand. I just want to use color right now, and lots of it! There were so many yummy pinks, purples, yellows and oranges in this one. 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Summer Revisited!

Summer Bliss
5 x 7 oil on panel

I think it's time to dig out the summer photos and pretend it's warming up outside! What do you think? Are you as tired of this weather as I am? I hear that there is a warmup coming. But I also hear there is 6 more inches of snow expected tomorrow. So who knows. I couldn't think of anything I wanted to paint more than the colors of warm ocean waters.

I played around with a few new colors that aren't normally on my palette. I haven't decided yet whether they will stick around, but they were fun to play with. I'm also working on applying a bit more paint.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Blue Kisses 3

4 x 4 oil on panel

It's been a long cold, blue winter. My computer did die after running for a day. A quick trip to the Apple store and I'm up and running with a new laptop! An early Happy Valentines Day to us all!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Blue Kisses 2 - SOLD

4 x 4 oil on panel

I'm enjoying painting the blue refections in the foil with just a bit of reflected warm light. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014

Lunch Time

8 x 8 oil on cradled board

My computer is up and running again tonight after a major scare yesterday. I don't know how I got so lucky!! I spilled water on my laptop trackpad yesterday. Now I'm not talking a few drops. It was a pretty good spill. I quickly flipped it over and tried to dry it as best I could. Then I took quick minute to back it up before I shut down, unplugged, & removed battery to let it dry out. And tonight I'm online again. Whew

I have a bunch of paintings to post. This is another in my series of animals. Rhinos are interesting to paint. All those folds! Too bad they are always standing in mud!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Black Or White?

8 x 8 oil on cradled board

Is he black with white stripes, or white with black stripes? I don't know, but I do love to paint them. I get lost in the maze of stripes when I paint them. It's pretty fun!

I've had a hard time getting my paintings photographed lately since we are having such bad weather around here. High winds and snow keep me from taking them outside, which always works best. So this one was taken in my studio. I'm hoping a good day will come along soon so I can retake this. 

I had mentioned in an earlier post that I would post a side view of my cradled board so you can see how they are finished. Here is a photo of "Up in the Leaves" showing the finished sides. It will look nice hung as is, or framed. 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Up in the Leaves

12" x 6" oil on cradled board

This painting is on a 1" deep cradled panel. The sides are painted so you can hang it as is, or frame it.

This 12" x 6" format is fun to use. I thought it would be perfect for this older giraffe who resides at the Brookfield Zoo. Giraffes are so fascinating. Those long legs and neck seem so cumbersome. But they really are very graceful. I know I would be tripping all over myself!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Feed Me

6 x 6 oil on panel

Another view of this Zebra at the Natural Bridges Wildlife Ranch in Texas. They are such funny creatures. I never looked so closely at a zebra before. I just love them! 

Friday, January 17, 2014