Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Yes, yes, yes!!  I entered five paintings in The Artists of Texas Show and all five were juried in! It is the first show I've entered and I was so pleased that five paintings were accepted.  I'm beginning to feel like a real artist! :-D

The show begins November 5 and runs through December 31 at the Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas, Texas.  Opening reception is on the 5th from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.  Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend.  My family will be there and I will be there in spirit (not as good, but ....).

FACE No. 23

FACE No. 29




Tuesday, October 25, 2011


12x12 Oil on Panel

Today is International Artists Day!  Did you know that we had a day?  It's wonderful, isn't it?  Do you think Hallmark is aware of our day?

To remember this day and in honor of artists who have influenced me, I copied a painting done by Robert Henri.   To learn more about this amazing artist and author of The Art Spirit click here.

On another note, next Monday I will be attending a workshop in Hilton Head Island with Karin Jurick!  For five full and inspiring days I will learn from an artist I admire and meet other artists that I only know through blogging!!  I've been anticipating this for months and now it is almost here!  Yea!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011


6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

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This is NOT a mug shot!!  I repeat, NOT a mug shot!!!
She is innocent .... on most things.

Julie is my younger (as she is ALWAYS pointing out to me) sister.  We are only two and a half years apart, but listening to her you would think it is decades.  She has been on my mind recently as each year we take a road trip together.  This year it is about two weeks away and we are still trying to make a decision as to where we will go.  It really doesn't matter.  The trip is full of laughter no matter where we end up.  This year I am driving with hopes that we won't get lost quite so often!  She is terrible at following directions and listening to me .... the navigator.  We'll see what happens!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


6x12 Oil on Panel

I've painted green apples in a white bowl before and had photographs of my set ups.  I love the greens in the apples and wanted to paint them again.  Central Market has many varieties of apples now and they always make a good still life.  And then the set up becomes a delicious, healthy snack!  So tomorrow CM is on my to do list. :-)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


6x12 Oil on Panel

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Bill Guffy's Virtual Paintout is in Sardinia this month.  Each month Bill chooses a place to visit via Google's street view.  Google provides some interesting photos in urban and rural areas.  Take a minute and visit Virtual Paintout and take a look at what other artists have painted.  You might be tempted to join the challenge! 

Monday, October 10, 2011

FACE No. 43

12x6 Oil on Panel

The lighting on this mug shot was so interesting as it was side lighted.  The lighting is usually straight on so when I saw this photo I knew I must paint it.  I thought a warm green background would be a good compliment to his beautiful skin tones.  Although I thought this would be easy to paint with the light being concentrated on only one side of his face, it was not.  However, once I divided my palette into lights and darks as suggested by Peggi Kroll Roberts in her DVD and Nancy Colella in her blog, my colors and strokes began to fall into place.  I love it when that happens!  Learning from accomplished artists is always a delight!  Thank you to all the artists out there that share their knowledge!!!

Saturday, October 8, 2011


6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

This was painted for Rookie Painter's challenge.  I had fun using a new color ..... Persian Rose by Williamsburg.  It's a beautiful color and I love having a new tube of paint to play with.  Jen's photograph of this candy was perfect to use with Persian Rose.  To view Rookie Painter and see more paintings click HERE.

Friday, October 7, 2011

FACE No. 42

6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord

I decided to add a page/blog for my paintings of mug shots.   I was enticed by Blogger's new formats - Dynamic Views.  They look good, but in my opinion, lack quite a bit.  There are no widgets, no additional blogs, followers, etc.  However, I decided to use them just for the mug shots.  Please take a look and click on any of the titles to change the format.


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