Thursday, February 21, 2019

Wine Bottles and Copper

12x16" oil on linen panel
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I love Chianti bottles but not Chianti wine. I just double-checked my spelling and ran across the term for the special Chianti bottle called a fiaschi that is usually encased in a straw basket--which incidentally keeps the rounded bottle from falling over. This painting contains another of my favorite items, a kettle--especially ones made of copper. This kettle does not have a top--or maybe it used to have one but I don't know since I borrowed these items. Now I have my own Chianti bottle but I have to find someone to drink the wine since we don't like it. Any takers?

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Sophie and Her Blue Mouse

14x11 inch oil on linen panel
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Another portrait of my beautiful Sophie! Though she is cross-eyed, she asked me not to paint her that way. I think she is adorable that way so my next painting of her is going to be a less dignified one. She loves her blue mouse and this one is a lot cleaner that the real one. In fact, hers is barely recognizable as a mouse!

Here's a photo of it framed. This painting is not for sale at this time but may be later in the year. I plan on putting it in a show in February 2019. 

Friday, December 28, 2018

Portrait of Naila

20x16 inch oil on canvas
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Naila posed for one of my portrait classes this year.  She wore a traditional Pakistani outfit and it was so beautiful that I wish I had brought a larger canvas.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Apple Trio

9x12" Oil on linen panel
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This painting was completed as part of an online course with Elizabeth Robbins. She is an absolutely wonderful teacher. We could use her still life setup photo or do our own. I chose to do my own even though my apples didn't have leaves! So I improvised with silk leaves and my imagination. I love the color harmony in this painting.

Friday, November 30, 2018


12x9" oil on linen panel
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Katie is a friendly neighborhood watchdog when her owners visit their winter home here in Florida. Although I was commissioned to paint it, I am gifting it instead because sadly one of her humans passed away before I finished it. Katie is not getting any younger but she's still a beautiful girl!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Deb's Roses

20x16" oil on canvas
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A dear friend of mine was given these red roses last year when she was hospitalized with a serious, life-threatening infection. I painted this from the photos I took of them. Thankfully, she has fully recovered! The roses did their magic and now live on only in photos and this painting.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Shady Path to the River

10x8" oil on canvas
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This is another painting of my favorite place to walk near the Anclote River. It's shaded by a beautiful canopy of mostly oak and pine trees which form a beautiful lacy network of shadows on the street. I painted this on an 8x10 inch canvas.