6x6 oil on panel

Small colorful and full of light! I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did painting it! 

Enjoy your New Year festivities!

Jack - A Commission

8x8 oil on cradled board

A commission that was to be a Christmas gift. I had a lot of fun with his rosy cheeks and colorful clothing.

Adelyn - A Gift

6x6 oil on panel

My new granddaughter! This is a small painting I did before the holidays. A gift to her mother. She is such a little peanut!


8x10 oil on cradled board

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! I've been recovering from a bad cold and just relaxing. Not really painting right now but I'm starting to get inspired to get back in the studio. I'm going to post a few paintings this week, of commissions & gifts. 

I painted this portrait of Cleo a few months ago, but forgot to post it here. One of my favorite paintings to date!


11"x14" oil on cradled board

It has been so long since I've posted! I know everyone is busy at this time of year, and I think I have taken on way more than normal. But as Christmas gets closer, things are actually settling down. I managed to get this larger than (my) normal painting done. I'm pretty happy with it. But after painting a couple duds and wiping another.... I was due for something to turn out! And I'm grateful to have this one. 

Thanks for all the title suggestions!

I hope everyone out there is surviving the holiday schedules! Cheers!

photo reference from pixabay.

Flock of Seagulls

6"x12" oil on cradled board

I just finished this one. It was a challenge trying to capture the late afternoon light and long shadows. I'm really enjoying painting birds right now. I hope to do a few more before I move on to the next thing. 

There have been several things going on in my life that has made it difficult to paint. Besides having my 6 year old grandson for a week, and having a contractor here updating bathrooms, I lost access to my computer for 5 days! There was an accident that involved my computer, water, a broken glass, and a 6 year old. Need I say more? After I was sure he was okay, I noticed my computer had been too close to the whole situation. I quickly wiped it down and turned it off and put it in a dry spot for 5 days. I finally had the courage to try starting it on Sunday and thank goodness it booted right up! Whew, that was a close one. I need to find a better spot to stick this computer when not in use. And if the mother of that 6 year old is reading this... IT WAS A COMPLETE ACCIDENT. And all is well. 

Now to get some of these paintings I have started done!


16" x 20" oil on cradled board

I just delivered this commission to a very happy client! This is a portrait of "Cleo" doing what she loves to do which is hunt. This was a wonderful project and I'm thrilled I got to be a part of it. 

Coast Guard - SOLD

8x8 oil on cradled board

I couldn't resist this profile! He seems to be guarding the beach!

For some reason Blogger has lost all the links to the Blogs I Follow. The gadget just disappeared from my page. I've been slowly adding them back. I hope I will be able to remember them all!


6x6 oil on cradled board

We got back from a wonderful trip to Florida on Saturday. Today I've been finishing up some paintings I started before we left. Here is a Kingfisher.

Navarre Beach, FL .... beautiful!

Throwing Sand

8x8 oil on cradled board
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This might look a bit familiar. I painted a smaller version of this last month. I really like the shadow and color patterns so I've done it again a bit larger.

Das Bier Run

8x16 oil on cradled board

It's been a long time since I've posted so I thought I should give you an update on what's happening in my studio.  I mentioned a few commissions... well, I've been working on those. But along with that, I've been painting for a couple local shows that are coming up at the end of the year. I have to say... I've been pretty busy every day in my studio!

But this painting I started in early summer. I had done a smaller version a few years back and always wanted to try it a bit larger. I finally put the finishing touches on it yesterday! I hope local people recognize it as the Peoria Riverfront. It's based on a local 5k run that happens during Octoberfest. The Das Bier Run. It's a very family friendly and fun event.

Exhibition & Festival Information

Outside Looking In
10"x8" oil on cradled board

This painting was accepted in the Poets & Artists Self-Portrait exhibition and publication, "Reinventing Ourselves from Another Point of View". It will be included in the Poets and Artists (PA#75) online digital & print on-demand magazine.  The opening reception for the exhibition is this Friday (Aug. 19) at the Art NXT Level Projects/33 Contemporary, Chicago, IL. The show will run until Sept. 10.

Unfortunately, I won't be able to be at the reception because I didn't plan very well. I have my last summer art festival this coming weekend and I will need to set up my display Friday night. But if you can't make it to Chicago, you should definitely stop by Washington Park in Washington, IL where you will find me along with 60+ other artists at the Washington Arts Festival. Lots of food, children's activities, and music! A link to a map is on my Events page.

Ocean Dreams

6x6 oil on panel

I have to put the beach paintings aside for a short while. I'll be working on a few commissions that I'm pretty excited about. One is 16"x20" which is larger than I've ever done! I can't wait to get started!

My last art festival of the summer is coming up. I'll be in Washington IL on August 20-21. More information and a link to a map on my Events page.


6x6 oil on panel

I've been busy babysitting this week and haven't been able to get into the studio. I have a lot to catch up on when I finally  get back in there! I painted this young fellow last week. I loved his simplicity.

Green Bow - SOLD

8x8 oil on cradled board

Sitting on the beach with a good friend is a summertime must! Loved painting the reflections of these two little girls.


8x8 oil on cradled board

More from my beach and summer fun series.
In search of hermit crabs.

Illinois Art League Members show

I joined the IAL this year and entered  2 paintings in my first show with them. I'm so pleased to tell everyone that my painting "Treasure Hunt" won first place in the semi-professional, not under glass category! I'm thrilled and honored to be among some really great artists. 

You can view all the paintings until July 30 at the Peoria Public Library, main branch which is downtown Peoria on the corner of Main and Monroe. 
Treasure Hunt

Navy Pier

Pink Bucket - SOLD

6x6 oil on panel

I just love when the world takes on this shade of blue! I can't wait to visit the beach again! We finally booked a trip in September.

Don't Throw the Sand!

6x6 oil on panel

I really loved this painting because of the distinct dark path that runs through it. Love the shapes. I think it could be even better larger. I made his face a bit darker than it was because I didn't want people to notice his face. It's all about his hand and shadow. I plan to try this one again.

Splish Splash

6x6 oil on panel

I've been painting on panels again lately. This source photo has been in my collection for years. I took it on one of my trips to Hilton Head.

Daily Walk

6x6 oil on panel

I think I'm headed into a beach themed painting phase! Stay tuned!

Splash Landing ... larger

10x10 oil on cradled board

I finished up this larger version of "Splash Landing" last week. I love the glow of reflected light under his arms! It was so fun to try to capture the movement!

I spent the weekend in Uptown Normal IL, at the Sugar Creek Arts Festival this last weekend. Wow! This is the largest show I've ever been a part of. Weather and crowds were good both days but for me, Saturday started out pretty slow. But on Sunday things picked up quite a bit and I sold quite a few pieces. I love getting new homes for my art! Thank you to everyone who stopped by to see me. Always fun to talk for a few minutes.

Orange Rose

6x6 oil on cradled board

Happy Fourth of July!!

Now I start the mad rush to get my latest work ready for my next art festival which is this coming weekend. The Sugar Creek Art Festival should be a fun time for everyone! I have more information about the show on my website. I'm hoping to see some of you there!

Toast - SOLD

8" x 4" oil on cradled board

Another in my series of toasting. Cheers! Hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!

Lost in Fiction - SOLD

6x6 oil on panel

One last post before I head out of town again. I'm taking a few days to travel with my husband to Allerton Park in Monticello, IL. He'll be working, but I'll be relaxing. I wish there was a beach there!


6x6 oil on cradled board

My first summer art festival in Cantigny Park, Wheaton, IL, is now over and I'm spending the day in recovery. It turned out to be a wonderful show. Weather was excellent. Hot, but not as hot as expected and I was under some wonderful trees with a breeze all day. The music was fun and the crowds were good. And to top all that, I was honored to get my painting on the cover of the show program!! I'm grateful it all went so well.

I had been wanting to paint this rose for a long time and I finally had a chance to give it a try last week. This was so much fun to paint. Every petal has multiple color/temperature changes. What a challenge!

I should have it varnished by the time my next art festival (Sugar Creek) comes around in July. 

Peony - SOLD

6x6 oil on cradled board

One more post before I leave tomorrow for my weekend art festival in Cantigny Park. I loved how these petals blended into the sky and that was what I was trying to achieve.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Father's Day weekend. Be sure to come see me at Cantigny Art in Bloom if you are in the area!


6x6 oil on cradled board

I'm leaving this Friday for a weekend at the Art In Bloom Cantigny Park Fine Arts Festival. I'll be one of the many artists showing their work on both Saturday & Sunday. If you are in the area, please be sure to stop by and say hi!

I just finished this painting of an Egret so it won't be at the art festival this coming weekend. It is still too wet. So please contact me if you would like more information about this piece. 


4x4 oil on cradled board

Flowers seem to sell well for me at art fairs. I don't paint a lot of them but I just recently did a few so I would have more of a selection. Here is a sunflower done on a small cradled board. I think these would look great in a group.

June First Friday

I'll be taking these paintings, along with some ACEO trading cards, into Main Gallery 404  this week! They will be all hung by June's First Friday so be sure to come out and see what's new. 

Here are two new cards I just finished and they will be be going to the Gallery also.

Fresh as a Daisy

8x8 oil on cradled board

I got carried away with color.... can you get carried away with color? Well if you can, I think I did it here. But I still love it. This painting is all about playing with intense color. 

I found this small blue ball jar at a flea market a few months ago. I have painted it a couple times. In it is an old silk flower that I found. So it really isn't fresh.

Approaching 18 at Pebble

9" x 12" oil on cradled board

Beautiful Pebble Beach golf course. I got to stand by the 18th green and take a few photos once. I've been using those photos for references for a few years. I always wanted to try painting two golfers side by side. Inspired by Ken Auster's "Another Day at the Office", but using my own photos. This is no where near the wonderful freshness of Ken's. But it was a step forward for me. Composition is so tricky, and the problems are different for each painting. So much to learn.

Here is another corner of my studio! This is where I keep most of my paintings at different stages of drying. They are all waiting to be varnished. Sometimes this gets too crowded and I have to move some to wall shelves. Today I'm preparing to varnish a few tomorrow. So this is when I decide what's dry enough to varnish. I have such a pile of new paintings that I'm excited about!

ACEO Trading Cards

I've been working on some trading cards which I sell exclusively at Main Gallery 404 in Bloomington, IL. They have sold quite a few of mine and will be featuring trading cards again for the June First Friday. They are all original oil paintings on 2.5" x 3.5" canvas pieces. Many artists will be participating, these are just mine. 
 I'm adding cats and shoes to the mix this month! June's theme is "Wearable Art". So since I didn't really think anyone would want to WEAR one of my paintings. I painted items you could wear... or shoes. I like to paint shoes. 
I find painting this small FUN! I keep it quick and colorful. I look at these as tiny studies and will often paint a larger version if I'm happy with how the study comes out.

I will also be bringing a handful of new paintings into the gallery before the end of the month. I'll post photos once I figure out exactly which paintings I'll be bringing. 

Red Pumps

6" x 8" oil on cradled board

So much fun to really lay on the paint! I'm trying to find color in every corner. I like to play up the intensity but still keeping the values correct.

These are not my shoes. I could never walk in these. But I don't mind painting them!

I have several paintings in the works right now. Here is a detail shot of one...
Again, I trying to find color in value transitions. 
I'll be building weights for my canopy this weekend. I need something heavy to hold down my display for my art festivals. 

Outside Looking In

8x10 oil on cradled board

I finished this self portrait a couple weeks ago. I've been pretty bad about posting to my blog lately. I'm using Facebook more and more. But I really want to do better with my blog, so I will attempt to post more often.

My mothers Celebration of Life is over now and I ready to focus on painting. I'm going to be removing my work from DPW this month. I'm doing this for many many reasons. First of which is that my work isn't really noticed there any more. Maybe it's because I don't post prices or use their auction. That's possible. But if I actually posted the prices of my work I don't think that would really make a difference. I'm selling my old and new work at a small local gallery. So I plan to put my energy into that. In a week my DPW gallery will be gone. Thank you DPW for helping me get started.

I will be doing 3 summer art festivals! I'm really excited about that. I have a new display setup that should simplify and streamline the process. There is more information about this on the Events page on my website.

Chardonnay Anyone?

8" x 8" oil on cradled board, framed
$250 (free shipping within US)

Painting the color in this bottle and glass were so much fun. I love this subject. So much to discover.

White Tulip Buds

10" x 10" oil on cradled board

Painting flowers. I want to have a few still live paintings available at my next show which is at Cantigny Park in June. Here is the first one. 

Holding Hands - SOLD

8"x8" oil on cradled board

I've been working on this one off and on for a long time. Even though I love it, I kept putting it on the shelf to think about. I guess I didn't want to ruin it. But now, I'm calling it done!