Monday, October 20, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Thank you Nora for inviting me to this 'Around the World Blog Hop'!  I love Nora's clean style, you can see how wonderful it is by clicking on this link...=>

My favorites of hers are the hammer on the fabric, the farming vehicle seat, and of course the salt and pepper shaker. 

The invitees in this blog hop are extremely talented and inspiring to me.  I have been viewing their work on DPW (Daily Paintworks) and following their blogs for a long time!  Ahh, this post is supposed to tell a bit about me and my process...

I started by painting smaller works, because my interests change often and I can offer them at a low price and still keep on painting.  My studio would be quite cluttered at this point if I didn't sell them!  I have a desire to better capture what I see in my head.  I am goal oriented and I always feel the need to improve.

I am just getting to the point where I really like what I am making though I realize I have a long way to go...

I love to paint birds, dogs and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

1. What am I working on?  Well, I usually have a whole bunch of paintings in all stages.  Maybe I need more self discipline.  My interests change sometimes after I already started a piece...and I like to paint in layers so they are sometimes shelved indefinitely- caught somewhere mid process!  I probably should not admit such things.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? I really don't know.  I like where realism and abstract intersect.

 3. Why do I create what I do?  I've experimented with all kinds of materials, wood, glass, cement...I have always felt the need to create or beautify.  My carpenter-husband and I are a lot alike, we do a lot of projects together, and he has outfitted every home we flipped with an art area and wood shop!

4. How does my creating process work?    Sometimes I have something in mind when I start, sometimes I start and see where it takes me....always striving to let go and let myslef create.  My favorite times are when I am in the groove and something great just comes out.  I have thousands of photos I took on my iPhone, iPad and computer and sometimes I spend a lot of time combing through the photos and putting them in categories, cleaning it all up, looking for something to paint, then I don't have any time left for painting!  But the bad art days taught me a valuable lesson, don't sit down to paint just bcuz there is time today.  Wait till you feel inspired and it flows. That is precisely why I don't get a painting out every day or even once a week...oh and bcuz I have 3 'kids' in college...and a self employed husband.  I also run the gathering of food in our community food pantry. So little time!

 That's why sometimes the only painting time I get is when I paint in my head, noticing all the colors or shadows on someone's face or just the right angle of my dog:
I have autoimmune disease, degenerative arthritis and fibro so the amount of time I feel good enough is limited.  But that's a downer.  I strive to enjoy every day and the best kinds of days are days that I get to paint.  :D

 I chose 2 of the painters I admire who will be blogging next Monday - October 27th, click on their links to see more of their work:

barbara newton paints lovely soft intimate landscapes, and still lifes.  barbara, I will have a piece of yours one day soon!  Problem being to only choose one.  Impossible.

krista eaton paints lots of subjects and beautiful flowers, I just love them!  Especially her tulips.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Hummingbird XVI

5"x7" mixed media on masonite.  I started with acrylic and then punched it up with a couple of oil glazes at the end.

A kind photographer by the name of James Ownby gave me permission to use his broad tailed hummingbird photo!


Sunday, September 21, 2014


Two of Finny's favorite things are fun and cuddling.  Come 9 o'clock, he passes out like the little kid that he is.  If you think I treat my little man like a human, you'd be right.  And this one will never grow up.  : D


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


An apple, a bit wonky but who is perfect?  Photo cred Will Kemp.
5"x5" chunky canvas.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rabbit #2 sakuma sota marionette- 30 in 30 challenge (#5)

4"x6" acrylic on masonite
The cute little rabbit marionette, hand carved by Sakuma Sota and used by permission.  Thank you!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Beneath the Surface (#4 IN 30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS)

This is a 20"x24" mixed media on stretched canvas abstract.

I like to do lots of different subjects and you never know what you're gonna get...


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Beaks 3 (#3 IN 30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS)

12"x12" Mixed media on stretched canvas. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

fINNY fOOFA nOONIE (Challenge 30 in 30, #2)

The title is what my son has been calling Finn as they wrestle for home domination. French Bulldogs have a lot of heart! My sweet boy (not my son) becomes a maniac when the other boys rough house.

(This is actually from a photo my son snapped as Finny peered over the back seat on the way to grandma & grandpa's.)

4"x4" on canvas board.

Friday, September 5, 2014

sakuma sota marionette Owl - 30 in 30 challenge, #1

Looks owly...another marionette by sakuma sota.  I love the way these guys look but some of my friends get freaked out by them.  I think that's funny.  :D
5"x7" oil on masonite.

So this is the first of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge by Leslie Saeta and it's day 5!  Eek.  I'll catch up.  I have lots of paintings started because I haven't reigned myself in yet.  Need more self discipline.  Ha!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saffron Finches 2


The other beautiful Saffron Finches.  Photo of Brad Pederson.
This is a 12"x24" stretched canvas, mixed media.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Saffron Finches 1


I came across the beautiful Saffron Finch photo of Brad Pederson and had to paint it. (with permission).

This is a 12"x24" stretched canvas, mixed media.

Monday, August 11, 2014



24"x30" stretched canvas.  Maybe have a shot of espresso and look at it again.  :D
To get the whole piece photographed, you lose a lot of detail.

So, here is a section detail:


Friday, August 1, 2014

sakuma sota marionette rose

A rose by any other name...another marionette by sakuma sota.
5"x7" oil on masonite.