Saturday, December 20, 2014

Gardenia for Genevieve

 With all of the activities and commitments of the holiday season, it's been challenging to find time to paint. I do have several paintings in progress, and did manage to finish this one of my mother-in-law's favorite flower, a Gardenia.  Genevieve will be spending her first Christmas without her husband of over 65 years, and I hope that it will bring her some joy during and after the holidays.

     Gardenia for Genevieve
       Oil, 6x6

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Up with the sun

Morning sun was bouncing off and through the feathers of this little hen one day last spring. I painted this from a photo taken at an organic farm in Austin. It's a lovely little farm in the middle of a busy city.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Curious Calf

This curious calf came up to the fence to check me out while I was taking pictures of the local herd. I really have grown to love the Texas Longhorn.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Rusty Ride

This is was painted from a photo taken at a ranch during the Kerrville Plein Air event last month. This ranch had a huge collection of old cars and trucks and we had a lot fun painting them!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dos Manzanas

oil, 6x6

It has been a while since I painted a still life. I had fun with this, using my palette knife to get thick, rich texture and color. The title, Dos Manzanas, is simply Two Apples, in Spanish. I thought is sounded way more interesting than Two Apples!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Well, hello there!

This adorable mule, along with a horse, several longhorn and some goats, all greeted me at the fence on a ranch where I was setting up to do a painting of a rusty shed at the Kerrville plein air event.

Oil, 6x6

Rustic Gem
Plein air, oil, 8x10
(Available at Kerr Cultural Arts Center, through Oct. 26th)

Saturday, October 11, 2014


I painted this from a photo reference taken at a lavender festival at a winery. There were people milling all around this man and it was a very hot, sultry day in the hill country of Texas. I love the way he was able to tune the world out around him with a good read in the shade of a large tree.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

More Kerrville pics

Here are more pictures from the Kerrville Outdoor Painting Event (KOPE).

                                                                Rustic Gem, oil, 8x10

                           Truck in', oil, 8x10

My paintings of a shed on the Collins Ranch, and of the junkyard trucks. Both are showing and for sale at the Wet Paint Show at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center for the month of October.

What a wonderful event! 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Kerrville Plein Air Event!

I just returned from my first competitive plein air painting event in Kerrville, Texas.  It was intense to paint with artists who's work I've admired for years, and new artist friends from all over the state. I felt like a real Texan, driving down dirt roads, sometimes around cows, goats, deer and road runners, to get to ranches, where we painted junkyard trucks, barns, and beautiful countryside.

     Truckin', oil, 8x10

This is my painting of a couple of old trucks on the first morning. I've never painted trucks or cars, and it was a lot of fun! 

On the second day, we painted in a Quick-Draw competition. After selecting a spot and setting up our easels, we had 90 minutes to complete a painting, and then frame it and submit it to the judge within 15 minutes. While we painted in downtown Kerrville, there was a block party going on all around us! 

I painted this back door to a historical mansion and sold it on the spot! Even though I didn't win a prize, I felt like a winner.


On the last day of the event, I painted at Collins Ranch and submitted this painting of an old shed and entered it into the show that day. 


           Rustic Gem, oil, 8x10.                                          

  This was the scene to my left while I was painting...


The Kerr Arts & Cultural Center did a wonderful job running this  this event. And a special thanks to Debbie and her staff at Rivers Edge Gallery & Framing who helped many of us frame our paintings.

I'm looking forward to participating again next year!


Saturday, September 13, 2014


This is a profile portrait of a local longhorn. I named it "Monroe" because of the "beauty mark."

Monday, September 1, 2014

Art of Peace

This is a painting I just completed for the silent auction at the Art of Peace Festival.  The Art of Peace Festival will take place on United Nations International Day of Peace, Sunday, September 21, 2014 Cedarbrake Retreat Center in Belton, Texas. 

This painting was done on a gallery-wrap style canvas that is supplied by the festival and all of the paintings are other media are submitted in this 6 x 6 inch format.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Baby Face

I've taken a lot of great pictures of my local cow friends. Here's a small painting of a young calf who was coming to take a closer look at me. So sweet.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Laughing Duck, Duck...Goose?

This was painted from a photo I took while painting at San Gabriel Park some time ago. My son has named this painting, "Laughing Duck, Duck...Goose?"

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Plein air painting at Blue Hole Park

I met up with the Austin Plein air group today in Georgetown. It was a great day, partly cloudy and pleasant temperature (that means, less than 100 degrees in August in central Texas). 


I painted with a palette knife, which is fun and freeing! The result is thick, juicy paint and lots of texture.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Summer Afternoon

This small painting was inspired while I was on a walk at sunset just a few days ago. Sometimes a painting just paints itself. I used a palette knife to paint this and love the way it turned out.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Winter Creek, en plein air

This is a plein air painting you may recognize from on my Facebook page and blog cover photo. It's painted with a palette knife last winter, using bold strokes of color and turned out to be one of my favorite plein air paintings.

You can bid on it by clicking on the title below.

(The colors are more true in this indoor photo than the cover photo.)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Mother-Daughter Moment

Just uploaded this small painting to DailyPaintworks. I was trying out taking random people pictures at the Lavender Festival last year, and loved this one of a mother and her daughter enjoying a snack together. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Daily Paintworks Picks!

Two of my small paintings have been selected as DailyPaintworks Picks!

           Bull Creek, plein air study
           6 x 6 oil on gesso board

                                   Lavender Fields
                                                 6 x 8 oil on canvas board

Monday, June 30, 2014

Still Life Paintings

Here are a few more recent still-life paintings posted in my new gallery on

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Visit My Gallery on Daily Paintworks!

I am back up and running on! I have posted a few paintings to start and I will continue to add more paintings (not daily, but as often as I am able).

Come visit by clicking on the link to the right!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Sunrise and homegrown bounty!

       I headed out early this morning to try a sunrise painting near my home.                                                          

             Country sunrise, 6x8, oil

The color change so quickly, and they were much more vibrant than the photos I took.

Then, I headed to a local, neighborhood garden...
     Community Garden, 8x8 oil

                                                                      ...and I came home with this!

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

In the neighborhood

Here's a typical scene not more than a couple of miles from my house. The cows were grazing, moving constantly.


                                            Troy Ranch, 8 x 8" oil on linen panel

Saturday, May 17, 2014

I found a beach...

               Temple Beach, 6 x 12, oil

Last Saturday, I went searching for a place to paint near Belton Lake, and found this great park with a beach. It was a perfect day, and I will be back!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bull Creek Park

I met up with a friend at Bull Creek Park in Austin last Saturday to paint. What a beautiful spot! 
                                 A view of the falls....

                                                        and then a quick sketch of some grass and rocks.


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Thursday, February 13, 2014

A beautiful day for painting

I took the day off from work today and it was a beautiful, sunny, warm day! I painted at San Gabriel Park in Georgetown among my duck and geese friends. This painting developed quickly, using my pallet knife to lay down a lot of paint. I had a lot of fun with it!


                                               San Gabriel Park study, oil, 8" x 10"


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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Georgetown Parks

Last Saturday and today, a friend and I met in Georgetown to paint. Today, we went to Blue Hole Park. It's a popular fishing location we shared with locals trying to catch some trout. I found my inspiration across the water -- a beautiful tree casting a great shadow on the rocky cliff. After the fourth time the wind stole my umbrella, I decided it was time to stop painting, even though It's not nearly finished. Painting without the umbrella wasn't really an option, as the bright sunlight directly on the canvas distorts the colors and tires eyes quickly.

Here's my sketch/painting in the direct sun



Last week, we painted at San Gabriel Park. I didn't care for my painting, but I got some great shots of a crane. I will definitely be painting this gorgeous bird!


             More to come!