Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Just Grapes

6x6" oil on linen

This painting speaks for itself. It is a simple painting of purple grapes--that I tried not to eat while painting. It is painted on a 3/4 inch stretched linen surface.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Apple in Brass Bird Dish

6x8" oil on canvas panel

I can't remember where I found this odd little brass soap dish but it came alive after I polished it. This painting is on a very nice archival cotton panel by Raymar. Though I'm still a novice when it comes to painting, I have decided that life is too short to paint on inferior quality surfaces. (Use the good china too!)

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Apple on Blue Striped Towel

6x6" on Gessobord panel
This simple still life was painted using a vintage kitchen towel. I can't seem to find this kind of towel any more. They are all cotton and incredibly soft. And best of all, they don't turn into a mess of wrinkles when they are washed and dried. This little painting is on a 1/8 inch archival Gessobord panel. It can be framed any way you want though floater frames will show the entire small painting.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Still Life with Bottle and Fruit

12x9" Oil on canvas panel

Subject matter: This is a simple still life inspired by the beauty of this red pear. I really don't care to eat pears much but I love painting them, especially the red ones. And, of course, I never get tired of painting lemons. I could paint lemons daily and never get tired of doing so. We should not call bad products "lemons" because this is disparaging to the beauty of lemons. The bottle is an olive oil bottle that grabbed my attention because of the product name, Middle Earth Olive Oil. 

Technique: Lettering is extremely difficult for me but I may be making a bit of progress. Tips on this, anyone? Has anyone else found a technique for lettering that works? Feel free to comment on this.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Portrait of Marielle

20x16" Oil on Senso linen panel

This painting earned a Merit Award at the Dunedin Fine Art Center 2018 SMF Awards. Look below to see me standing proudly next to it. There were many wonderful entries so I was very happy to take home an award. It's on display and for sale at the Dunedin Fine Art Center in Dunedin, Florida.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Radish Study-#1

6x8" Oil on linen panel

This is a simple radish study painted on a Raymar Art Linen Panel. I enjoyed this so much that I decided to paint a series of these. However, the leaves wilted quickly so I will need to buy many more radish bunches. Also, my youngest cat Sophie tried to eat the leaves and managed to break a few off. Such is the life of a cat owner artist! So now I have two favorite edible still life objects: lemons and radishes.

Friday, February 16, 2018


8x6" Oil on linen panel

Subject: Sophie is our newest addition, rescued from our yard after she spent several days crying out to us that she was hungry, tired, and sick. We didn't want another cat (we already have three!), but she stole our hearts--and our wallets. She was sick and had to be kept away from the other cats after we rescued her. It was difficult but she's well now and spends her days alternately chasing and being chased by the other cats.  She's still a young cat and gets into things constantly. Tonight she played with the radishes I was painting for a still life! 

Her eyes are incredibly blue--and when she looks straight at you, she is cross-eyed. This is part of her Siamese heritage. But her most endearing trait is her affectionate nature. She loves to be near her humans and is so happy to have a home that she won't even set foot on the screened porch with the other cats! See another photo of Sophie enjoying the good life with her roomies below.

Materials & Process: I used a beautiful Raymar Art Belgian linen panel for this painting and the paint went on so nicely! Painting whiskers is tough but I found that the best brush for me is a flat with a nice edge to it. And a steady hand, thanks to the mahlstick that my husband made for me! 

Sophie with Sammy, Jimbo and Binkie