Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Lemons Study

I have signed up for the 30 in 30 painting challenge that starts on Jan 1st. As I am preparing for creating 30 paintings in 30 days, I am thinking about how I should approach this unique opportunity. The organizer of the 30 in 30, Leslie Saeta, suggests selecting a theme to help keep the ideas flowing, and to be sure to have fun and experiment. Last night, I was not happy with this painting and decided to have some fun with my pallette knife, to get bold in color and in texture. I may continue to go in this direction for the 30 in 30 event. It was a lot of fun, and fast!

Friday, December 18, 2015


Seriously? You want to paint my picture? How about some food? This curious cow came right up to my easel when I was painting at a ranch. We had the great idea to go into the field to paint some cattle, and of course, they all came over to find out if we had food. I think it's the first time this city girl was face to face with a cow! 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Tree Trio

About a month ago, the Plein Air Austin group had the opportunity to paint at a private ranch in Austin. The first day it rained, but the second day the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. This trio of trees caught my eye and I painted them. I finished the painting today in my studio.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Backyard View

Backyard View
Oil, 14 x 18

Over the last couple of months, I've been working on this painting for a friend. It's the view of her backyard that she wants to preserve in a painting to reflect on as she anticipates moving to a new home in the future.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Water Lily

I painted this from a photo reference, taken at a small park where I painted the pond of water lilies a couple of years ago.  I tried to keep it loose and put the paint on thick.

Saturday, October 3, 2015


This is just a very small sample of the peppers my husband harvested from his garden this year. 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Facing my fears...

Today I headed out to Nolan Creek, intending to paint water, trees, rocks...but instead, the light on the back of this old church caught my attention, and I had to face my fear of painting buildings.

I was in the shadow of an overpass, and had to move my easel into the light to get a lighter photo.


It still needs some work, but I'm happy with this start. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Mid-summer Landscape

This is a small painting based on photos taken when I was painting the Tree Study in my neighborhood in June. The colors a a little exaggerated, but I think that they accurately portray the heat I was feeling that day! I think I'd like to use this as reference for a larger painting. 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Exploring the figure

On Saturday, I took refuge from the a Texas heat and painted a model who posed for us in an Austin coffee shop. Painting the figure is a huge challenge, and I learn a lot by struggling through it, and by seeing the work in progress by the very talented artists, painting around me. This is a quick study of Bridget.


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Tree study

Finally, a beautiful sunny, steaming hot Saturday morning to venture out to paint. This tree study will be a reference for a larger painting. More to come...

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Cape Cod Dunes

Oil, 9" x 12" 

One of my favorite places is Cape Cod. I took a wonderful plein air painting class on the Cape several years ago with Amy Wynne Derry, through the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill. I used a reference photo for this painting which was taken when we got up early to paint as we watched the sun rise over the dunes near Provincetown.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Shady Retreat

Oil, 9 x 12

Last Saturday, I participated in a plein air event in Georgetown. Texas, This event was co-hosted by Georgetown Art Center and Georgetown Heritage SocietyWe set up our easels along one of the downtown streets and painted on a beautiful day. This little hideaway caught my eye. "Shady Retreat" will be hanging in the Georgetown Heritage Center as part of this event. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Lavender Pathway

A couple of years ago, the Plein Air Austin group painted at a Lavender Festival, about this time of year, at a Hill Country winery. I snapped a few pictures while I was there and painted this from one of those reference photos. Compared this to a previous painting from this experience (in my DailyPaintworks Gallery) I can see a great deal of development in my sense of color and texture. Really loving the palette knife for these small landscapes. Enjoy

Friday, April 24, 2015

Spring view

This is my view when I go out for a walk in my neighborhood - lovely! 
I tried to put a hint of a couple of cows in the distance. 
Can you see them?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bluebonnet Calf

Finished painting

Central Texas is known for lovely Bluebonnets in the Spring. 
I found this calf in the middle of a beautiful field of Bluebonnets, gazing right at me as I snapped a picture.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A painting in progress

Almost done...

I recently posted a few pictures of this painting in progress on my Facebook page, for the "fun" of it. It actually pushed me to keep working on it, and not let it sit too long, which is good for me. I have limited time to paint, because I have a full-time, non-art related job, so being pushed is a good thing for me. This is not quite done, but I thought I would share this because it's been too long since I last posted on my blog. 

Blocking it in...

Adding the background (yes, those are Texas Bluebonnets, of course!). 

The picture at the beginning of this post is where the painting is now - just about finished. 

When it's done, I will post with photo taken with my good camera instead of my iPhone. 

More to come!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Morning Trail

 I started this painting on-site at a local park in central Texas. It was a taste spring. A sunny, warm day in February, and I was quite happy to see many families out with their children, enjoying the springlike weather.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Tree Study

Here is a quick (less than 45 min) plein air study, that I did take back to the studio for some touch-up. I'm working on some larger paintings and hope to post more soon.

Thanks for viewing my art!

Saturday, January 31, 2015


I'm not sure why, but I find ducks amusing! Here's another painting of my feathered friends.

Sunday, January 25, 2015


A few animal sketches from my photos taken in my neighborhood and at the local zoo. Working out ideas for future paintings...

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Happy 2015!

I'm happy to be getting back into my routine of early morning painting now that the holidays are over. I have also been reading a new book by one of my favorite artists, Carol Marine, called Daily Painting. It is a wealth of information and has become my constant companion on the couch and by my easel.I've also been re-visiting some of Carol's tutorial videos, called ArtBytes, on DailyPaintworks.com.