Thursday, March 31, 2016

Bulb of Garlic

Set up some still life options with things I had in the kitchen and was drawn to the white of this garlic. Painting white is magical; there are so many colors to find there. Also found it to be quite dramatic, so decided to keep the darker background.

6x8 on 1/8" museum quality panel

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Red Boat

Love the red colors and great reflection. Looks like the perfect little boat to do some fishing.

8x10 on 1/8" museum quality panel

Monday, March 28, 2016


Thought these glass jars of peppercorns would be another excellent excuse to paint glass. :)

8x8 on 1/8" museum quality panel

Friday, March 18, 2016

Queen Anne's Heirs

The little snow we had this year has melted, and we're busy waiting for green. In the meantime you can find me looking at the wildflower seeds, like these Queen Anne's Lace. Beautiful.

"First you have brown, all around you have brown. Then there are seeds and a wish for rain, and then it rains. And it is still brown, but a very hopeful, very possible sort of brown..."
And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano

6x8 on 1/8" museum quality panel

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Plucky Pineapple

My husband brought this gorgeous pineapple home from the store and I got so excited! A year ago I never would have attempted to paint something that seemed so complex. However, there was no fear, so decided it had to be big and bold.

16x20 on 1/8" museum quality panel

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Purple & Coral

A friend I taught with asked me to do a commissioned painting for her newly remodeled bathroom. She provided a color palette and wanted flowers in a glass vase. I couldn't pass up another opportunity to paint glass and felt spring with this one! :)

9x12 on 1/8" museum quality panel

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Tea Kettle

I fell in love with this image and loved the fluid shape of the tea kettle. Thought it would make a great challenge.

12x12 on 1/8" museum quality panel

Friday, March 11, 2016

Resting Robin

Found this snuggly little fluff ball up in the tree. I feel myself coming alive with the sun and the warmth and know the robin does too. The spring thaw is in effect.

8x8 on 1/8" museum quality panel

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Another painting inspired by Eataly in Chicago. Was never a big fennel lover, but gave it another try recently and LOVED it. It is so good raw and cooked--love ingredients like that!

8x10 on 1/8" museum quality panel

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Lily Stamen

Although these lilies were beautiful, it was their stamen that really intrigued me.

6x8 on 1/8" museum quality panel

Monday, March 7, 2016

Robin at the Door

Received a new camera for my birthday and was bird-watching the other day. It was warm and sunny after a snowfall and the robins were everywhere. Captured this one with it's shadow right outside my door. ❤️

8x8 on 1/8" museum quality panel

Sunday, March 6, 2016

San Pellegrino

While in Chicago, my husband and I spent the afternoon at the art museum and also went to Eataly for the first time. We were in Italian food, drink, and gizmo heaven. Found some amazing inspiration that day, including these gorgeous San Pellegrino drinks. We brought a few back for our boys and they are as juicy delicious as they look!

12x12 on 1/8" museum quality panel

Friday, March 4, 2016

Chicago's Bean

Recently celebrated my 40th birthday in Chicago. My husband and I started in Millennium Park and captured some amazing photos of the "bean". We then went to the Chicago Art Institute to see the most amazing Van Gogh exhibit called "Bedrooms" (more in previous post). Afterwards we went to Eataly for food, wine, and lots of treasures to take home (more to come!). It was a great way to celebrate and be inspired!

9x12 on 1/8" museum quality panel

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Van Gogh's Bedrooms

Went to the amazing Van Gogh "Bedrooms" exhibit at the Chicago Art Institute. It was so well done and so interesting! I was inspired to attempt my first master's study, which I have never done before. Didn't focus on perfection of duplication, but tried to paint in my own style. Went for the colors as best I could, and really just enjoyed it so much. 

After viewing the exhibit, we purchased a book giving even more information. I started reading it after I finished my painting. I think it would be cool for ME to paint a second (third??) of this painting, as Van Gogh did, especially after reading the history and all of the details about his color and other choices in each painting. If you have the opportunity to see this exhibit, or even purchase the book, I highly recommend it.

11x14 on 1/8" museum quality panel

This photo shows the three bedroom paintings side by side.
Here the museum has set up a replica of Van Gogh's bedroom.
The book "Bedrooms" goes into further detail.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016


I had been on a break from commissions for a few months. Now that my boys are both in school and I am painting every day, I wanted more freedom and less constrictions. However, was contacted by some amazing people with some fun ideas, so went for it. And you know, they've been really enjoyable!!

8x10 on 1/8" museum quality panel