Sunday, November 23, 2014

Self Portrait...About Openess

Would like to enter my next painting into another competition but not sure about how to finish it. I at first wanted to include the side of a door and call it Open and Close. But not sure if I will totally change it to something more abstract.....still thinking it over. It is not a flattering painting but that is because I have been in a bit of a crossroads for the past 3-4 years. I'm learning a lot through it......
First stage of a self portrait in oil....about openness.

Friday, November 21, 2014


This is my last little fall painting. Thanksgiving  is just around the corner, so much to be thankful for, the gift of being able to create is a pleasurable endeavor our Creator blessed me with and I don't deserve the credit but I am so blessed to have the joy of doing it. The best part about this little painting was doing the twisted stem.

"Fall Fruits" 8 x 10 inches, oil

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Puppy Love

Here's a cute little painting that I had fun with. Need to do one of my Boston Terrier, BlackJack with his funny eyes. Painted this one as a request from dear friend.
"Bradley" 9 x 12 inches, oil

Saturday, November 15, 2014

My Mona Lisa

I call this painting, "Annie at the Met" but really she is kind of my Mona Lisa....same smile I think...same reverie in the eyes. The reason why I am posting it again is I wanted to compare how lighting can affect the accuracy of a photo when photographing your art work. This one was photographed in natural light, the one on previous post was taken with incandescent light and then altered via photo software....the previous one still needs more of the yellow cast edited out of the photo but I was running out of time and wanted to send the photo off to the American Portrait Society show...even this photo doesn't do the painting justice.

"Annie at the Met" 14 x 18 inches, oil on canvas

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Anne's Painting and My Dad

Finished my painting of my daughter Anne for Portrait Society Membership show. My photo of the painting does not do it justice. Was out all day today visiting with my father who is in  hospital 3 hours away. He is in the last stages of Alzheimer's and may pass soon. Feeling incredibly sad. Had planned to photograph my painting in daylight after putting the final touches of her necklace. Needless to say, my dad took precedence and was not able to come home in time to photograph the painting in daylight for competition. Hopefully the photo is good enough to give them an idea of her beauty. Will post better photo here tomorrow. Praying for my dad tonight and for a long day at school tomorrow. :(

"Annie at the Met" 14 x 18 oil on canvas

Saturday, November 8, 2014


Have not posted here for a while. Been busy but it's always a good kind of busy. I work in a school teaching and it's been a baptism of fire for me...but I love seeing the students create! It is fun to design projects for them and watching them come up with their results! Children are also fun to paint! Here's a painting of Laura I finished recently. It took me a while to complete it because I was new at portrait painting when I began the painting. I struggled with folds of shawl and the foreshortening of the arm. Then I left off with it for a while. I think I still need to work on shawl and arm....I like the face though! If you wish to purchase any paintings you may visit my gallery at
Detail, "In the Pink"

"In the Pink" 15 x 22 inches, oil on canvas

Little Video

Have recently completed a still life painting and while painting it, I thought it would be good to take pictures of the progression. Though...