Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Winter Glory, 6x8", Oil

I don't know the type of tree I found in the upper altitudes of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but it looked very festive with it's abundance of bright red berries.

I had fun with this one, using both brush and palette knife.  The perfect gift for that art lover on your list.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Original Oil Still Life Food Mini Paintings, 3x5"

I wanted to post a few more of the mini paintings that I have been working on.  Talk about instant gratification!

These are the perfect little stocking stuffers!  No frames needed.  It's fun to get creative and fine an unusual location to display them.

Think you can't afford original art?  Think again!

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Original Oil Still Life Painting, "Candle in Shadows", 6x8"

One day I became fascinated with the shadows of a palm that were streaming through my window.  I soon had a camera full of images of everything I could carry, push, pull or roll over to the window.

You may remember these shadows on a few other paintings that I have posted over the last few months!
I think one of the greatest advantages of being an artist, is our ability to look at the world with new, fresh eyes.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Storm Painting, PALETTE KNIFE LANDSCAPE, "STORMY WEATHER", OIL, SOLD


Don't know why there's no sun up in the sky
Stormy weather
Since my man and I ain't together
Keeps rainin' all the time.

Tom Snow/Leo Sayer

For those of you into rap.....this is a wonderful, soulful old song made famous by one of the top female singers in history, Billie Holiday.  If I knew how to add a sound clip, I would be playing it now.


Thursday, November 17, 2011


Last month I spent a week at our vacation home with my paint group "Pieces of Eight".  My friend Kathy Garvey, took photos during the week and then turned them into a little book, which she presented to me.  This painting is from the cover photograph on the book.  As soon as I saw the photograph, I knew I had to paint it!

Hop on over the the Pieces of 8 blog and view the incredible post Kathy did last week on digital art.  Be sure to view all three posts starting on Oct. 29th.

You won't believe what she can do with a simple sketch and a few hours on her computer!  She is a very talented and giving lady and I am thrilled to call her "friend".


Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Do you ever find a painting in your studio that somehow never gets posted?  That was the fate of this little 6x8" oil.

It's not that I forgot about it, or that I didn't think it worthy.  For some unknown reason, I just never got around to posting it!  So today is the day...hope you like it.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Flower Painting, Daily Painting, Small Oil Painting, Floral Still Life, Hydrangea Painting, HYDRANGEA AND MUG, 8X8", PALETTE KNIFE PAINTING, SOLD


I picked these hydrangea from my garden last month and was compelled to paint them.  Hydrangea are probably my very favorite flowers and I love the summer months when my home is surrounded with their massive blooms.

I wanted to keep the painting as simple as the pitcher and mug.

For me, keeping it simple usually means "palette knife".

Enjoy your day!


Friday, November 11, 2011

Still Life, Original Oil Strawberry Painting, 6x8"

Well, what can I say?  Throw a couple strawberries on a windowsill, the light streams in....it's a done deal.  Carol is going to paint it.

Mother Nature really is the best artist of all!
Hope you have a great week!

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Monday, November 7, 2011


I found a pile of mini 3x5" canvases in my studio and had lots of fun painting them.  Sometimes I need a little change when I walk into the studio.

I somehow found it less stressful to paint these.  I am also working on some larger pieces and for me, it works well to do a few small ones before I jump into the larger project.

I  think most people could fine many unusual places to display these little pieces and they make a great unique gift.  Who said you cannot afford ORIGINAL ART!

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Friday, November 4, 2011


I bought several 3x5" canvases several years ago and recently I decided to paint a few.  I had a couple fun afternoons painting these little canvas.  This poppyfield has sold.

I found them to be good editing practice and tried to use as few strokes as possible.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011



Last month, for the fifth year in a row, my painting group went on a week long retreat together.  We spend the week painting, laughing, cooking, drinking wine and usually a little singing and dancing are thrown into the mix.

This year I invited the group to spend the week at my western North Carolina vacation home.

My friend Cindy brought along home canned treats of salsa, jam and pickles.  They tasted even better than they looked.  When I noticed the pickles sitting in the kitchen window sill with a few tomatoes, I knew they would star in my next painting.