Summer Novel

6x6 oil on panel, unframed
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I'm working on some pieces that are taking me longer. So I'm painting a few small pieces as I go. I hope you enjoy "Summer Novel", as the cold months get closer.

NEWS: I've been invited to show my work at the IAA Credit Union, About Our Art Program. I'm excited to deliver 20 of my paintings at the end of October to display there from Nov.-Dec.

Playing in the Surf

6"x8" oil on cradled board. Framed in a natural maple with black insert floater frame.
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A Day At The Beach

12"x12" oil on cradled board
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This painting is on a 1" deep cradled board. The sides are finished and the back is wired. You can hang it as is, or drop it in a frame.

I'm doing a small series of  12x12 beach painting this fall. This is the first one! It was fun to go larger. I have to approach it much differently. There is always something to learn!

This painting is still wet. It will be ready to ship by Oct. 19.


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Playing with reflective light and color!

Latest news.... I've been accepted into the group. You can see my gallery here. This is no longer about doing a painting a day and posting. But it's more about painting every day and posting your work regularly. I hope to have more "in-progress" shots included on this blog... if I remember to take a photo!

On Daddy's Shoulders

9" x 12" oil on cradled board

Here is a painting I finished a few weeks ago, that is a little larger than my usual. I have quite a few larger pieces in the works right now. This painting is going to Exhibit A Gallery next week to be a part of their citywide celebration of Women Artists.


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I had taken some time off of painting during the last couple weeks of August. I've been spending time in my yard digging a few gardens and adding a retaining wall. Preparing the spots for next spring when I plan to fill them with perennials! Lots of work, but I can't wait. I painted this sweet painting of a Dachshund before I started digging so it's a few weeks old. 

I have to also mention that I just got back from an incredible workshop with Peggi Kroll Roberts. She is someone I've wanted to meet and learn from for YEARS! She is one of my first influences. And I finally got to take a workshop with her over Labor Day weekend. It did not disappoint! She had us painting non-stop and I put in some milage. She is so full of knowledge and was willing to share it. Here are a few of my demos. Most are done in just 20 minutes. But a couple of the more finished ones she gave us 40 minutes. We started with still life for the first day, then had models the second two days. So fun.

Olives - SOLD

3"x5" oil on cradled board

I have been painting some very small paintings for my fall art festivals. Many sold at my last show. But I am finally able to start posting a few of them.


6x6 oil on cradled board

Here is one of the paintings I did a couple weeks ago. It is still drying and I plan to take it to my September show in Springfield IL.

I've moved my studio home! I was bummed at first, but now I'm painting away and getting so much more done. This was definitely the right choice for me. Painting is what I need to do.

Super Heroes

6x6 oil on panel

It has been a long time since I've posted. I had been painting quite a bit and I should post a few more of my new pieces. I've been focusing on smaller paintings for my September shows. I did a handful that I'm quite happy with... but now I'm in a slump! Does that happen to you? You get all happy with a few paintings and then you get nothing but wipers! ugh!

It started with me having to move my working area out of my studio and back home because of some water leakage. My studio is in an old old warehouse building that occasionally has issues. They have since fixed the worst of the leaking... thank you thank you. But I'm having a hard time deciding whether to move back to my studio, or just stay home and paint. There are a lot of conveniences to being in a home studio. Getting laundry done, cooking, painting at night at times. But it's a much smaller space and I don't get the First Friday exposure.

So with all this going on, I've had a hard time being creative. Unsettled. Tomorrow night I will be at my studio with the August First Friday celebrations. I'm hoping to have a big crowd that will convince me that keeping my studio there open is a good idea. But I'm leaning toward moving back home.

Day at the Beach

6x6 oil on panel

Snuck in a small beach scene the other day. This is one of my favorite subjects and it been a while since I've done one. 

Over There

6x6 oil on panel
Framed in a 1" faced wooden black floater frame.
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White dogs.... I love to paint them! 

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Freshly painted. I'm now painting for my September show in Springfield, IL. I have a few more weeks to get new paintings done so I'm going to focus on some small pieces. 


6x6 oil on cradled board

This is the first of the two birds I painted last week. It's still very wet and I won't have it with me at the Sugar Creek Arts Festival which is coming up next weekend. 


5x7 oil on panel
Framed in a 1" faced wooden black floater frame.
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I was in love with a boxer named Wrinkles once. She was a joy.

Cherry Taster

6x6 oil on panel

One last commission. I hope they like it. Love those long lashes, the sunshine on his face, the color in the shadows and those chubby fingers!

Bubble Boy

6x6 oil on panel

Again the photo isn't the best. Updated photo. Love the composition. I will definitely paint this again once I get back in the swing of things!


6x6 oil on panel, unframed

I was finally back in the studio this week, after breaking my 5th metacarpal in my right hand in a couple places, and having to have surgery to screw it back together. What an ordeal! But it's encouraging to see my time being able to hold a brush increasing as the week went on.  

2017 Art Festival Schedule

2017 Art Festival Schedule!
• Cantigny Art In Bloom—June 17 & 18, 2017,
Cantigny Park, Wheaton, IL
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 10am-4pm
• Sugar Creek Arts Festival—July 8 & 9, 2017,
Uptown Normal, IL
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 10am-4pm
• Edwards Place Fine Art Fair—Sept. 16 & 17, 2017,
700 North 4th Street, Springfield, IL
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 10am-4pm

Girl on the Go - SOLD

8x8 oil on panel

I've been painting some family this last week. Kids in the sun, eating and playing. More to come.

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.

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Water Frisbee

10x10 oil on cradled board
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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.

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.

Taking Turns

6x6 oil on panel, unframed
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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.

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.

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!

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

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.

Cardinal - SOLD

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.

Goldfinch - SOLD

6x6 oil on cradled board

Another bird I painted a couple weeks ago.

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.

Cher Ami

6"x8" oil on panel. Framed in a natural maple with black inset, floater frame.

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. :)

Another Swimmer

12"x9" oil on cradled board

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

A Kiss

4"x4" oil on panel

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