Tuesday, June 10, 2014


I've been busy working on three paintings for my 5 year old granddaughter's room.  She decided on owls as a theme and I researched the internet and pinterest to see what is popular.  There are so many cute variations.  I wanted to come up with something that was similar but still my own and this is the first of the three I completed this week.
Acrylic on 1-1/2" gallery wrapped canvas

My plan is to do three in all... the first with one owl, second with two owls and the third with three.  The background on the second will be blue and the third purple.

I'm still working on the 9 year old's HOPE painting and have promised to do a painting for the 3 year old granddaughter with little birds and flowers!  These girls keep me Extremely busy! 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Faith Hope and Love

A painting I'm working on for the oldest of my three granddaughter's.  We found this idea on Pinterest that was actually a project for kids.  We had fun doing one together and this is the finished product of mine.  The project creates a word by using masking tape to protect the white of the paper.  Then you paint the background any color or design you want.  After it's dried you remove the masking tape and you have your word in negative.  My paint seeped under the tape some so I went ahead and painted each letter a different color and added Zentangles to camouflage where the paint seeped under the tape.  She loved it and wants me to do the word HOPE.  I think I'll go ahead and do all three .... Faith, Love and Hope.  It would make a pretty arrangement.
Watercolor on W & N 140 lb. cold pressed paper

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Red Ballet Shoes

5 x 7 inches
Acrylic on paper
The Red Ballet Shoes
This is a painting I've had in the back of my head for awhile.  Today just seemed like the time to dive in so after gathering several reference photos I decided on this pose and wanted it colorful so painted the shoes red.  Now I'm encouraged to paint it on a large canvas or paper.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Texas Proud

5" x 7"
Watercolor on paper
"Texas Proud"

This is a small 5 x 7 watercolor of a hill country barn with the Texas flag painted on the roof that I titled "Texas Proud".  I am very proud to be a native Texan.  Not just a Texan, but a "Native" Texan.  That sounds a little snobbish doesn't it?  These beautiful barns are something I don't see very often but when I do it does give me that feeling of Texas pride.  Does any other state paint their flag on their barns?  I don't think I have ever seen a picture of a barn with another state flag. I even googled it.  I did find some with the U.S. Flag and something new to me is the barn quilt as shown here  This is quite interesting and I discovered that there are even barn quilt trails that communities organize.  You can go here www.barnquiltinfo.com if you would like to get more information on these beautiful barns.  AND there are two counties in Texas that boast a barn quilt trail, Fannin County which is northeast of Dallas, and Terry County which is just southwest of Lubbock.  

Monday, April 14, 2014

Acrylic and Gouache 
12" x 12" gallery wrapped canvas.
I love bright colors.  I painted this a year ago but have never felt it was quite finished.  I added more highlights and color to the trees in the foreground this morning and finally feel satisfied that it is finished.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Another Year Passes

Watercolor 5X7 on paper

I'm probably just posting this for myself because I'm sure no one is keeping up with my yearly hit or miss post! :)  Another hectic year with very little painting and so many things happening.  I won't go into my crazy life but it has been a very blessed two years with a few hiccups added.  I grieve though that my painting has been neglected for so long mainly because I have no energy after a day of working 8 hours.  Yes that's right, I went back to work full time for almost two years.  Good news though is that I have retired AGAIN, hopefully this time for good if God permits.  Here is a small watercolor that I just completed and am thinking about tackling on a larger scale.  I usually avoid large paintings, I think out of fear of failure.... although I have done several successful larger pieces.  I do love the small pieces but will be giving more effort to painting larger.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mother and Daughter Paint the Town

Its not what you're thinking!  My daughter Mindy (the young pretty one in front) and I attended a social painting class called "Painting the Town" hosted by the Victoria Art League, in which all  types of painters, from those who have never painted to those, like myself, who have painting skills and just enjoy getting together with others to see all the fabulous creativity.  You are given a canvas with the subject already drawn on, you choose your acrylic colors to use, and the instructor demonstrates and guides you to finish the painting in a 2 hour time period (or as long as you need actually). They serve finger food and you can even bring your favorite alcoholic beverage.  During this class we painted a cross ...I will not be posting my own here because I don't think it is very good at all. It was a great experience though, and I wish I had taken pictures of some of the beautiful paintings done last night.   And Mindy and I plan to "Paint the Town" again soon.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A pair of pears

These pears are painted in acrylic with modeling paste and rice papers for a lot of texture. The canvas is an 8" x 10" gallery wrap that I had attempted an abstract on several months ago and had been so frustrated I tossed it aside until I decided to reuse it this weekend. Abstracts are not my strong point to say the least. But since the pug canvas came out so well I decided to experiment with this one before starting on the new canvases I just purchased. I'm gaining more confidence each time I paint on these.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Skateboard pug

I finished this yesterday. Loved doing this. It's acrylic on a 16 x 20 gallery wrapped canvas. This has turned out to be a huge turning point for me because my past acrylic paintings have been mainly on watercolor paper which was a completely different painting experience. I have to admit i prefer the canvas and when I found out Michaels had gallery wrapped canvases on sale 40% off I rushed out and bought two more.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Another pug commission

I've been so busy with new grand baby that I haven't painted in weeks. My son, however, has commissioned me once again to paint a pug portrait but this one will go in his son's room which has a skateboard theme. So she will be riding a skateboard. This is the sketch I finished yesterday. This will be in acrylics on a 16 x 20 gallery wrapped canvas. I also put a small Houston skyline in the background to add a little interest.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Away for a bit

It has been a month since my last post. I've done very little painting but a lot of crochet baby caps and a baby blanket for my newest grandchild that was born last Thursday the 7th. She is the third grand daughter but looks like we will finally get a boy from my son in November. I feel very blessed.

Hope to begin another painting this week.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Almost completed

I've pretty much finished with this. Just needs a few tweaks on the left ear. I love how the blue underpainting shows thru, however this photo shows the blue a little more intense than it really is. I've provided the photo of Macy that I worked from. And yes her eyes are like that! That's one of the things that makes her her so lovable.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Fauvist pug

I am experimenting with the Fauvism style which became popular in the early 1900's by artists such as Matisse. My subject is my son's pug, Macy who is such a sweet little lady. The first pic shows the pencil and charcoal drawing then two of the paintings in progress. I hope to complete this tomorrow.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Single Poppy

I have another small frame that is 10" x 10" that my son made a double mat for in brown and cream. The opening is for a 5.5" x 5.5" painting. I specifically wanted the brown mat to go with a poppy painting that would have some brown tones to match because I had previously matted a similar larger painting this way and it was beautiful. I began this single poppy painting last night and finished it up this morning. It is watercolor with a touch of acrylic alizarin crimson to achieve a deep bright red that I am unable to get with watercolor sometimes. I still enjoy painting poppies. There is just something so fragile and delicate about the petals that remind me of tissue paper. I also enjoy painting the background for these and trying different techniques to get interesting patterns and textures in the foreground with a hint of distant field grasses and seed pods.

Monday, May 16, 2011

New Mat Source

My son and I recently purchased one of the larger Logan mat cutters from Dick Blick (don't remember which model). We worked together last weekend to make several mats for some odd size frames I have and the photo shows one he made with a 4" x 4" opening for this little frame. It only took a few tries before my son began making near perfect single and double mats. It seems the price of custom cut mats has doubled in price lately and I very rarely find anything ready made that fits what I need. I'm sure this mat cutter will pay for itself very quickly.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bandera Texas Landscape

Bandera Park outside of Bandera Texas is a gorgeous area where I did a lot of trailriding at one time. This scene is from one of the few pictures I was able to take on horseback. It is a small 5" x 7" painting which I began with a dark blue black underpainting in acrylic. I then painted the scene in acrylic gouache leaving a hint of the underpainting showing through. I love the texture and depth this technique gives a painting.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mother's Day Roses

I purchased this lovely 11" x 14" white frame with mat for an 8" x 10" painting at a thrift store on Saturday. Looking for thrift store frames is something I have become addicted to! I had several mats to fit this frame that I had purchased online from Cheap Joe's Art Supply recently but had mistakenly ordered them with the smaller 4.5" x 6" opening. I discovered that putting these two mats (4 actually as they are double mats) together makes a beautiful framing for a small floral. This small rose watercolor was painted on Saturday afternoon and think this would be perfect for someone for mother's day. I will be participating in the Bellville Market Day this coming weekend. Perhaps it will be just what someone is looking for for that special Mom.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

God's Easter Eggs

I don't think any of our Easter egg decorations can compare to the beauty of the delicate blue robin's egg or the wonder of an intricately built bird nest in God's nature. I've seen so many bird nests in art lately and finally decided to jump on the band wagon. This is a 3" x 3" watercolor. I found this frame in a thrift shop and had a mat cut to fit it several months ago. I have been trying to decide what to put in this frame and the nest just seemed to be perfect. The colors I used were cerulean blue, antwerp blue, sepia, burnt and raw sienna. Also masked out some of the twigs with masking fluid and used gauze over the eggs to achieve a slight texture there.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Old Katy Market Days

This was a fairly nice market. There were not as many vendors as the Victoria market, nor where there as many customers. However, our booth did generate much more interest here as this market drew a different type of clientele. We were able to sell several items this time and I sold two small paintings. A neighboring vendor informed us of a very successful market day event on the 1st Saturday of the month in Bellville, Tx and we also learned of a very large market in Goliad, Texas on the 2nd Saturday of the month. We may try those out also. I don't think we will end up doing a different market every weekend, but we want to try out different ones in the surrounding area until we find our nitch. Our set up worked out beautiful and you can see how nice the wire mesh panels look in the photo. It was really windy in the morning though and one vendor's tent blew out in the road barely missing slaming into another booth. It made all of the vendors nervous enough to stand for a couple of hours holding onto the our tents, even those braced with heavy weights. By noon the wind had died down and was just a gentle breeze. All in all, a beautiful day and we met so many lovely people.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tres Poppies

This is my newest poppy painting which I created this week. It is an 11" x 15" watercolor and reminds me of the three lone poppies I saw outside Burnet, Texas last year next to the railroad tracks. I wish I had noted the month and day I saw those because I'd like to see if they come back. They seem to be a rarity in this area as I never see them in the central Texas area. I used a little surgical gauze to achieve the interesting texture around the poppies that reminds me of old decaying foliage.

On another note, my daughter, son and I will be setting up a booth this coming Saturday at the Katy Market Days in Katy, Texas. I will let you know if this one is more successful than Victoria, Texas.