Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Canine Pals

12"x16" oil on cradled board

I finished this painting a few weeks ago, and it's taken me a while to get a photo of it. Now it's in the corner drying. I love the action and water in this. I just want to join these two!

I've been doing a few commissions lately. I'll post photos as soon as I can. But the reason you are not hearing from me is because I'm busy with that. It will be another 2 weeks before I'm done.

photo courtesy of www.pixabay.com

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Water Frisbee

10x10 oil on cradled board

Another aerial view of the pool. The wind had picked up and there was a lot more contrast in the water. I had fun with the abstract shapes.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Coming Up For Air

18"x18" oil on cradled board

I've set this one aside to dry and should be ready in a few weeks.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Waiting to Jump

6x6 oil on panel

This is a quick painting I did on Friday. I love the body language of these kids as they anticipate jumping into the pool. The values were tricky, but I think I got close.

Well it is Spring Break! So that means I'm babysitting grandkids all week, and I'm not in my studio painting. I hope to sneak in some time to post paintings I finished last month and just finally got around to photographing.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

New Studio Photos

Finally! I've been in my new studio almost a month now and I'm finally getting around to posting a few photos. My space is large enough for me to work on one end of the room, and still have quite a lot of wall space for displaying finished pieces. I share my display space with my daughter Amy McGovern who works in Copper, wire and glass beads. 

I'll be celebrating my first First Friday at Studios on Sheridan this coming Friday (4/7) from 5-9pm. I hope you will come out and visit! Beverages, Snacks and Music along with artists opening up their studios for the night. It's always lots of fun.

Studios on Sheridan is on the corner of Main St. & Sheridan Rd in the old Sunbeam Building.
929 N. Sheridan Rd., Peoria, IL.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Going Green!

These are a couple studies I did on Wednesday. They are 6x6 on panel. I'm very happy with them and hope to do more.

This is the last post for a while since I'll be out of town. Happy St Patricks Day!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Portrait of a Belly Flop - Quadriptych

4 - 8"x 8" boards  - A Quadriptych

Here is one I've been working on for some time but finally put the finishing touches on last week. I had a lot of fun with them and hope to do more like it.

portrait of a belly flop 1
portrait of a belly flop 2
portrait of a belly flop 3
portrait of a belly flop 4

Monday, March 13, 2017

More Goldfinches

6" x 12" oil on cradled board

More goldfinches.... just because they are so fun to paint!

I keep forgetting to post more studio photos! I'm pretty much moved in and have been working there most days. I will try to remember to post photos later this week.

Thursday, March 2, 2017


6x6 oil on cradled board

I've been seeing Robins lately. Isn't that a sign of spring?
I believe it's supposed to snow today.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Goldfinch - SOLD

6x6 oil on cradled board

Another bird I painted a couple weeks ago.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Orchard Oriole

6"x8" oil on panel

I think this is a Spotted Towhee, but I could be wrong. Does anyone know for sure?

I've had a couple people contact me about this bird, and I now think it looks most like a Orchard Oriole! I love birds!

So much going on here! I've not been painting as often because I've been moving my home studio to Studios on Sheridan at the Sunbeam building. The Sunbeam Building is a renovated 1930's era warehouse that at one time was the Sunbeam Bakery. The Sunbeam Building houses retail stores as well as Studios on Sheridan (SoS). There are over 20 artists with studios there, and now I'm one of them. I expect to be moved in and working by mid-March. I'll start being open for First Fridays on April 7th. I've been sharing some photos of my process on my Facebook page. I will post my set hours soon. I should be able to start painting there daily by next week.

I've also been joining a friend Yvonne Ham, in her studio once a week to keep up my practice of working from life. She has groups painting from models and still life. Depending on your preference. Above is the model holding my study from last week.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Cher Ami

6"x8" oil on panel

Here is a smaller painting I did over the weekend. Warming up my painting muscles for the large ones I need to work on.

Cher Ami was the first war pigeon during WW1. I have no idea if this looks anything like the bird named Cher Ami. I just thought that was interesting. :)

Monday, January 23, 2017

Another Swimmer

12"x9" oil on cradled board

Another swimmer. I am enjoying the abstract/realism blend of these water paintings. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

A Kiss

4"x4" oil on panel

In between some larger paintings, I did this small kiss.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Swimmer

10"x10" oil on cradled board

Finally finished this piece with the plans to paint it even larger. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Wild and Free

11"x14" oil on cradled board

I had fun experimenting with designing the background and playing with color in the shadows. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017


4x4 oil on cradled board

Another Minnie!
This is all the little ones I have right now. I plan to paint others soon.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


4x4 oil on cradled board

Daffy Duck has a word or two to say! 
This is one of a handful of small paintings I just finished. I've been picking up small toy figures at a flea market and painting them.