Sunday, September 1, 2013

Autumn Haze

This is a small painting done many, many years ago, but I wanted to include it for the record.  Inspired by fall foliage in Vermont, where I went to school, it was done during my "Impressionist period"- which these days I think a lot about returning to!

Oil, 9 x 12 inches

Friday, August 30, 2013

City View Abstract #2

A companion piece to yesterday's posted piece, same method of construction, same motivation.  A friend suggested creating this to go with City View Abstract #1 as a diptych, which I did using both gold and silver this time.  Both have black paint around the edges, and look nice mounted on the wall with just a bit of space between them.

Mixed Media on Gallery-Wrapped Canvas, 24 x 12

Thursday, August 29, 2013

City View Abstract #1

I had boxes of frame samples that were unused, and decided I could use them for something artsy-craftsy.  This is a 3-D art work, with gold frame samples glued onto a gold-painted gallery-wrapped canvas.  Afterwards, I spritzed the piece here and there with black acrylic paint to knock back some of the shine.

It reminds me of an aerial view of any large city, complete with soot, hence the name.

Mixed Media on Gallery-Wrapped Canvas, 12 x 12 inches

Sunday, August 25, 2013


I actually painted this a number of years ago, but the still life set-up included an awkward (read "really ugly") piece of architectural decor to the left of the vase, which I then even more clumsily painted.  I was never happy with the painting because of that, although I liked the rest of the composition.

The painting has been staring at me accusingly for a long time.  Since I am the kind of person who HATES to leave anything unfinished or unresolved, I recently took brush in hand to "renovate" it, using a pretty seashell instead of the awkward bit.  I'm happy with the painting now.  Don't we all deserve a second chance?

Oil, 20 x 16 inches

Friday, August 23, 2013

Monkey Business

I wanted to paint this for my Mexican-themed guest bath, where I have paintings from San Miguel and Ajijic, Mexican decorative-arts pieces, and several Frida Kahlo items.  Frida is one of my favorite artists, not the least because she was such an ardent animal-lover and made pets of parrots and monkeys.  This little guy was quick and fun to paint, and now looks down from over the bathroom door contemplating whose unsuspecting head he will jump down onto!

Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas, 12 x 24

Monday, August 19, 2013

Moonlight Sonata

This summer, I've been happily wading in the exciting waters of abstracts, trying to apply "rules" of composition while yet enjoying the freedom of expression I feel.  I completed this piece 99% in a few hours at my friend Rae's studio while she, another dear friend, Janine, and I talked and worked.  I was feeling rhythms and colors deep in my soul, splashing and dribbling paint, scratching through it and smushing it around on the canvas before it dried, reacquainting myself with the fun and immediacy of acrylics (see my acrylic Strong Women series posted a few years ago on this blog).  Toward the end, I decided that some of the colors were too vivid.  Rae suggested knocking them back with a "veil," which I did with tones of ocher and lime green over some areas.  But when I got home, I realized I wanted still more subtlety, so I glazed the entire canvas with a transparent white mixing acrylic, washing it on then rubbing much of it back off.  I really like the quiet, soft look it gave the piece.

My husband liked this painting so much that I've also completed a larger one in the same colors and style, currently hanging in our living room.  Titled Lyrical, it was posted earlier on my blog.

Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas, 30 x 24

Sunday, August 18, 2013


This is a companion piece to Moonlight Sonata, which is a smaller acrylic work completed at a friend's studio.  I began the painting in my studio when my seven-year-old granddaughter, Quinn, was painting with me there, and she suggested I incorporate two of her favorite colors, purple and pink.  So I did!  Like Moonlight Sonata, Lyrical was glazed overall with white mixing acrylic to soften the colors.

Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Friday, August 16, 2013

Peacock Eyes

Just havin' some summertime fun doing an abstract, playing with colors and shapes. I like the depth of the shapes as they recede into their centers; it's kind of psychedelic, don't  you think?

Pastel on Sanded Board, 16x12

Running Before the Storm

This is a pastel done on velour paper, then framed under glass. The view is is of a sailboat fleeing a storm moving over Lake Travis, which is sadly showing very low water levels due to sustained droughts here in Central Texas. It was my first attempt at pastel on velour, and there are definitely lessons to be learned here. Not the least of which is, dark velour paper will soak up the lights, so high colors need to be used or the painting will appear much darker than desired. Also, I learned that you do NOT use a mat when framing under glass; the mat allows room for the pastel to escape, and the pastel will scatter from the velour onto the glass as you are putting the frame together. I made this mistake, hence the random blue streaks across the painting. Since this was an experimental piece, I won't re-frame it at this time.

Pastel on Velour Paper, 9 x 12

Sunday, December 30, 2012


Painted as a commission for a friend, this painting was inspired by an photo she liked in a catalogue, plus my love for florals and intense colors.  The homage is to all lovers of flowers, but mostly to my father, who taught me at an early age to love them in my garden and home.

Oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 36 x 36 inches

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Flower on Fire

Here's another painting done more or less in the style I learned at a workshop last year with Vie Dunn-Harr.  I started it late last summer, but got stalled fairly quickly.  I picked up my oil paints again a month ago when I took a workshop with Carol Marine, and decided to finish this when I got home.  I didn't spend much time on it the second time around, and it was very liberating to finally finish it.

The genesis was an abstract created from a Paul Gauguin painting, then overlaid with a playful rendition of a stunning red flower I photographed about 5 years ago at a roadside rest in New Mexico.

Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas, 20x16

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Pewter and Glass, Orange and Eggs

Last day of Carol Marine's workshop, she let us select our set up and paint from that, with no specific exercise other than to apply the lessons learned that week.  Since Carol does metal and glass so well, I decided to use both in my still life so I could avail myself of her teaching expertise here.  I'm not totally convinced the little glass  votive reads right, but I'm happy with the pewter pitcher, including its dimple on the side that makes the orange's reflection even more distorted.  A fun painting to do!

Oil on Ampersand board, 8x8 inches