Sunday, January 22, 2017

Still Life

Posting two new still life.  It is always fun to paint fruit.  There are a colorful warm up exercise.

"Red Apple"
4" x 4"

4" x 4"

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


24" x 30"
Oil on canvas framed
The painting is for sale at McDowell Art Center
123 W. McDowell St.
Matthews, NC 28105
Stop by MAC to see this painting and more.
Contact me to purchase it.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

These Paintings are for sale at 

Novant Health Cancer Center, Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC 

"Blue Door" 24" x 18"

                                  "Open Arms  24" x 24"                                  "Broken Fence"  8" x 10"

                                                        11" x 14" Hay Bales

Friday, January 6, 2017

See these Paintings at 3 French Hens

Rose Garden 10" x 8"and Looking at You 8" x 10"

 Garden Peppers   8" x 10"            

Autumn Glow 24" x 24"

Saturday, December 31, 2016


24" x 30"
oil on gallery wrapped canvasI
On a weekend trip to the mountains, my family and I hiked Roan Mountain.  The views were fabulous.  It was so cold that the fog froze on everything.  That is not snow on the trees.  The Blue-ridge Mountains are in the background.  It was a joy to paint this scene.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Waiting for Spring

"Waiting for Spring"
8" x 10"
oil on canvas

December is always a busy month filled with shopping and getting together with friends.  I saved a little time this month to paint this little bunny.  It is a present for a mother-to-be.  The baby girl is expected in April.  This is a token of my appreciation to the mother-to-be.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Inspiring Books

Think about getting these inspiring books for Christmas.
"Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert was recommended by artist Karen Weihs on her blog.
The other book is "To Bless the Space Between Us" by John O'Donohue.  This book was recommended by artist Jean Cauthen.  I have taken workshops from both these artists and look forward to reading one or both of these books.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Beach Sunset


"Beach Sunset" Sold at Christ Church.
 Stop by All Saints Hall to see two more paintings for sale during the month of December and January.

Coastal Beauty
18" x 24"

Lazy Afternoon
10" x 10"

Saturday, November 19, 2016

"Robin Blue"


More paintings for sale at Christ Church until December 5th.
Stop by All Saints Hall.

Shop Hours
Sunday, 9:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Closed Saturday

Sunday, October 30, 2016

For Sale at Christ Church!

October 31 to December 5
Christ Episcopal Church
All Saints Hall~Good News Shop
1412 Providence Rd., Charlotte, NC

Twelve paintings are lined up in my studio awaiting packing and transport to Christ Church tomorrow morning.
Visit the "Good News Shop" to purchase.  Thirty-five percent of all sales goes to the Christ Church outreach program.

The canvas sizes range from 8" x 8" to 30" x 30".

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Boone Hall

The entrance to Boone Hall Plantation was everything I hoped it would be.  At the end of last month I met a California friend in Charleston and we toured many things including this Southern Plantation with this grand avenue of Live Oak Trees with Spanish Moss hanging gratefully from the tree limbs.  

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

From Charleston to San Francisco

After painting 30 paintings in 30 days, I took off for some vacation days.  I was in Charleston for five days sightseeing and eating my way through town.  Then off to Las Vegas for a TWA Silver wings convention.  I saw lots of beautiful casinos and hotels.  The Bellagio was my favorite with a Chuhily glass ceiling and the Degas to Picasso art exhibit from the Boston Museum of Art.  My last stop was Santa Cruz with a walk along the ocean on West Cliff and a visit to the Monarch Butterflies wintering at the Natural Bridges Beach State Park.  To complete the California stay was a drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to Mill Valley where I lived for twelve years.  
Yesterday I replenish my art supplies and today I will start painting again.  It is great to be home.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Collage of 30 paintings in 30 Day Challenge

30 Day Challenge
Day 29
I tried to make each painting a special challenge of something that I needed to improve on.  I picked perspective, water, contrasts of dark and light, urban landscapes, reflections, people, and animals. It was an exciting month and I learned a lot.  I have some favorites among these paintings.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Day 29 "Garden Path"

30 Paintings in 30 Days
Day 29
"Garden Path"
10" x 8"

This is my final painting.  I was painting three days ahead because of leaving town at the end of the month.  Well the end of the month is tomorrow.  Some days I painted two paintings because of day trips to the mountains and one day working at a habitat house in Charlotte.  This scene is from the nursery at Biltmore Estates.  This was as pretty as the gardens there.  I will finish my collage tonight for all the paintings that I did this month.  I hope you enjoyed following this painting journey with me.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Day 28 "Peppers for Dinner"

30 Paintings in 30 Days
Day 28
Peppers for Dinner
8" x 10"
More peppers from our garden.  In one post I mentioned that sometimes artists still life ends up being a snack or dinner.  This time I did expected to cook these peppers for dinner.  I wanted bright colors and dark shadows on these peppers.  Only two more days to go.  I have been painting three days in advance because I will be out of town at the end of the month.  I'm still not sure that I will make it before I leave on Monday.  We will see!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Day 27 " Another Pepper"

30 Paintings in 30 Days
Day 27
Another Pepper
4" x 4"

Time is running out so I wanted to do more still live.  This is another purple pepper from our garden.  I wanted this painting to be about light and dark.  I love the background with a little red peeking through.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Day 26 "Symbols"

30 Paintings in 30 Days
Day 26
7" x 5"
Oil on canvas panel

Various markers lead the way to Santiago de Compostela.  This ancient stone marker is filled with symbols.  On the left in blue is the scallop which is always found to mark the way to the church of St. James.  The cross is the symbol of St. James.  The "Stones of Sorrow" are placed on the marker.  Some bring them from home or like me, I would pick up one and carry to one of the special places that we stopped.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Day 25 "Fishing Village"

30 Painting in 30 Days
Day 25
"Fishing Village"
8" x 10"

This is a little fishing village in New Brunswick.  The challenge on this painting was the roof lines and color.  I wanted to make this more colorful than it was and I wanted to use lots of juicy paint on the one.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Day 24 " Beach Path"

30 Painting in 30 Days
Day 24
"Beach Path"
6" x 8"
oil on canvas panel
A path to the beach in Cape Cod.  The ocean is a deeper blue than it is here in the Carolinas.  Working on greens and shadows in this painting.  I never get tired of mixing greens because they can be so different.
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