Wednesday, January 28, 2015


This flamingo was so much fun to paint, just nice and easy and loose. I tried to keep the edges soft and didn't get too hung up on the water. Couldn't be happier with the shadows and the legs. Kinda wish it was me walking on the beach in the sunshine right about now!

Thought I'd share this site I came across too:

8x8 on 1/8" museum quality panel/brush

Monday, January 26, 2015

Panda (3)

I am still reaping the benefits of my husbands travels to China. The light captured on these panda photos really appeals to me and I am so drawn to painting them; this is the third painting. There is also the beautiful contrast between what appears to be just black and white, yet is really a gorgeous combination of yellows, browns, purples, and blues.

8x8 on 1/8" museum quality panel/brush

Friday, January 23, 2015

Just Married!

Had to paint my grandparents from a photo of them in the 1940s. They both look so young and happy. At the bottom of the photo was written "Just Married!" Seeing all of my grandma's accessories reminded me of great memories I have of playing in all of her jewelry and purses when I was a child.

8x10 on 1/8" museum quality panel/brush

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Ace & Jet

This was such a fun commission to work on from start to finish. When I went to take some pictures of these two black labs, they were so full of life and puppy energy. When my client said blue was her favorite color, I knew it was a match made in heaven and I was thrilled to incorporate such dynamic color to go with their great personalities!

20x24" on 1.5 Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Grapefruit (2)

One thing for sure is that as an artist I am constantly trying to learn and do new things with my painting. Aren't most artists constantly striving to be better?? It can be frustrating to not be better now and it's time consuming to get better! Each piece takes us there, little by little... It's a lesson in patience, but the learning is what keeps it interesting and keeps me coming back to the easel each day.

With this painting it was me using the brush and striving for looseness--that was it. This is the second time I have painted this grapefruit; the first time was with the palette knife and also smaller. Either of these (or larger!) would be amazing hanging in a kitchen. LOVE these colors!

12x12 on 1/8" museum quality panel

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Hill in the Back

This gorgeous view is on the way to a favorite sled hill out in our backyard. We live up from a greenbelt and the views in the back always take my breath away. On this particular day there was the most beautiful light and shadows, and a warm glow around everything. It truly was one of those moments where life feels pretty amazing.

12x12" brush on gallery wrapped canvas