Sunday, September 25, 2016

Wow - time flies!


I've been thinking of you! ha! but not doing much about actually getting anything up on the blog, apparently.

So, I'll just share a painting that I did awhile ago. Hopefully, I'll get some of the more recent paintings up sometime.

I have been busy traveling in my tiny camper with my husband and two dogs - from the east coast to the west coast, but not much up the middle :)  (if you're interested, I have blog about the camper here - Wacky Pup )

Live creatively!!!

Saturday, November 8, 2014


My adorable little Maltese, Emily, has been very busy! On October 25, she presented us with 3 BEAUTIFUL Maltese puppies! Did I mention they were beautiful!? They are going to be ready for their forever homes on December 20, just in time for CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!

Being a first time mother, she had no clue what was going on when they were born.  I could see the thoughts going through her little head - "What in the world is happening to me? I feel rather odd. I have been putting on a lot of weight lately. I don't feel so good. Whoa, what is going on here, what is this thing coming out of me?? OH MY GOD IT'S ALIVE!" Then instinct kicked in and she became the world's greatest Mom. The second and third puppies were like "Oh yeah, I've got this covered, I know what's happening now"

So without further ado - may I present Emily and the three cutest puppies in the world!

From Left to Right - Little Girl, Little Guy & Big Guy all healthy, warm and clean!

More updates to come!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hey!! Where Did The Painting Go??

I'm reposting this, in case you got no paintings when you opened your email! My son just gave me a wonderful new google-based tablet. I was going through all the photos that have synced to it, and I thought, hmmm I don't need my daily paintings on my tablet, I'll just delete them. BAD thought! LOL It synced back to the web and deleted them EVERYWHERE, including my blog! How bizarre! I thought once it was up here, it was separate from my tablet. I'm not sure I like this, but I guess I have to keep all my photos everywhere, or they disappear from the blog.

So, anyway, here is the painting I was talking about in the last email -

4" high x 3 1/2" wide
Oil on Panel

Live Creatively!


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Hey!!!!??? where did the year go????

Hi Everyone,

I can't believe a whole year has passed since I posted. I've been trying to be more active in the 'real' world, and spend fewer days glued to my computer. Not sure I've been successful, but I sure haven't posted.

I have been painting, and I have some paintings to show you, but today I thought I'd share my 'palette cleaning' paintings.  When I am done with a painting, my palette still has paint on it. Since I hate waste, I've been painting small paintings with the leftover paint. This presents quite a challenge, since I've usually used up my 'favorite' pigments and there is a large area of my palette that is covered with a smorgasbord of paint that really doesn't make sense. For some reason, it seems that I always have a lot of blue left :) So here is the first of my palette paintings -

4" high x 3 1/2" wide
Oil on Panel

If you are interested, please email me. 

I have discovered kayaking! I have a very hard time relaxing and having my mind clear. My husband and I bought a really cheap "toy-like" kayak a year or so ago, which I love. We putter along the shore of small lakes/ponds and watch the birds, fish & the occasional beaver or otter. This year, I found a couple Hobie Mirage kayaks on craigslist. Wow - what a change! The lakes that took us all day to paddle around, now are covered in the matter of an hour! I'm fortunate to live in a state that is really developing kayaking trails. There is even a trail that runs through Waco. That is one of my goals, to get to Waco and paddle downtown.  Tomorrow we are planning to kayak into Lake Pat Cleburne, which is about 45 minutes from our house.

Hope your year has been great! 

Live Creatively!


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

 (Watercolor on paper, 4" x 5", nfs - collection of the artist)
I appreciate every one of you! Thank you for writing, cheering me on, commenting and basically being interested!
Have a wonderful Christmas and don't eat too much! (now where's the fun in that? have an extra cookie for me!)
Live Creatively!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Cougar II (Mountain Lion)

I painted from this reference photo a few years ago and it is one of my most popular paintings. I thought I'd give it another whirl and see what I did differently.

Mountain Lion II

4 1/2" x 4 1/2"

I'm very happy with the way this turned out. I like it a lot better than the first one :)

I'm working on a pub sign that I'll show you soon.

Live Creatively!


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Bano - Portland Police Bureau - Donated Portrait

BANO - Donated K9 Portrait
4"x6" Oil on Panel
Portland Police Bureau

From his partner: 

Bano is a German Shepherd trained to trail and alert on fresh human scent. We have worked together about 7 years and he is currently 8 1/2 years old. He is a powerful and  sweet dog who really enjoys work.  Throughout  our time together, he has apprehended approximately 180 "bad guys."  Bano has also located multiple articles such as firearms, knives, drugs, ETC. during his course of duties.
Thank you Officer Elias and Bano for all you do to keep us safe :)

If you are a member of K9 or Mounted patrols, please send me a photo of your animal so that I can donate a portrait to your Department. I also donate paintings to Search & Rescue handlers & Military dogs. There is absolutely no charge, so get in touch with me, or forward this to someone you know who would like a painting.

Today, I received an interesting email from Jasmine Murray asking questions about my work. I thought I'd post them here.

The problem is that I truly love all kinds of art and all kins of painting mediums, so most of my answers are pretty generic. I did go through and pick out a few examples, though, do I get points for that?

Here are the questions from the email:

What media do you like to use the best and why? 

I have painted in just about all media at some time or another. I love them all, they are like people, each with their strong points and drawbacks. I love anything creative! Besides fine art, I make artisan jewelry & stained glass (WackyPup on Etsy) recently got a kiln so I can try my hand at some small sculptures, quilting, woodworking and even a vinyl cutter.  Obviously hard for me to narrow down my choices for being creative :)

I don't use watercolor very often, but I love the way that the colors intermingle with each other of their own accord. This is the only medium that does this, and it's beautiful. Unfortunately, because of this, things don't always go the way you planned. Watercolor is the least forgiving medium.

English Bulldog in Watercolor - NFS - Privately Commissioned Portrait

Pastels are strong and bright and offer immediate gratification, but they're more difficult to frame, and more fragile if you leave them laying around :)

 Tiger in Pastel - Ruby @ Roanoke, VA Zoo

 Portrait in Pastel - NFS - Private Commission

Quick Plein Air Pastel Study - 5x7 or so - if you'd like to add it to your collection it's yours for $50

Occasionally, I use gouache, mostly when I travel. It is more durable and less variable than watercolor, and easier to travel with than oils. Some of my absolute favorite paintings are gouache.

Little China Doll
4" x 5.5"
Gouache on Illus Board

 Orange Spice Tea
6" x 4" Gouache on Paper
Sold - Private Collection

 I like acrylic, and I like the bright paintings that I create with them, but I'm terribly allergic to them, so I don't use them very often. Which is too bad because Chroma acrylics was going to sponsor my site, but I can't use their wonderful paints without being very careful.

Texas Spring 
4" x 6" Acrylic on Panel
This painting is unframed. If you would like it framed in a nice gold easel back frame, let me know and I will add it to your order for $25. 
I guess my favorite medium is oil, mostly because it's totally forgiving. If things aren't going your way, you can just keep going until it submits LOL. Or even wipe it down completely and start over. Most of my portraits and paintings these days are in oils. It's also easy to frame. The drawback is that they're more expensive, and harder to travel with.

 Bird on the Table
4" x 6" ~ Original Oil on Panel ~$100
  What aspects of nature are your favourite to draw? 

Faces without a doubt. I love faces of people and animals. There is so much in a face, memories, dreams, past experience, or hope for the future.

In landscape, the most interesting thing to me is shadows, especially the way tree shadows fall onto buildings.

Do you incorporate different media together in your work?

 I don't do many mixed media pieces. Sometimes I underpaint in acrylic because it dries quickly, but usually, I like everything to run together and soften up a bit.

Where's your favourite place to create your artwork? 

Hmm, I love camping, but I don't do much painting when I'm there. If I could make myself get out of the kayak and actually open up my art supply bag, I think I'd love it. At this point, most of my paintings are done in my beautiful (messy) studio that has just had two large skylights installed. My studio has a small kiln, a bunch of clay, tons of stained glass, and oh yes, canvases, oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, panels, easels and my desk & files. Yup, it's a mess, and FULL!

Oddly enough, green is not one of my favorite colors, but going over paintings to see what to include in this post made me realize, I paint a lot of green!

 Now, I must get off this computer and get some real creative work done! I'm working on Christmas quilts (plus a few portrait commissions)

Don't forget to LIVE CREATIVELY!


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