Thursday, October 31, 2013


4.5x8 watercolor on paper
Hope you all had a wonderful Halloween.  This little lady is Kelly, she will be with me this Saturday for the SMALL WORKS show in Grand Rapids.  I have been having fun playing with watercolor lately.  Haven't done it in a while..not sure why.  Anyway..very inspired by day of the dead, Sylvia Ji and Alfons Mucha.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


5x7 watercolor on paper $40
Having fun experimenting with my sugar skull series.  I played with watercolor and ink today..made me feel like a kid again.  Getting ready to show these at the SMALL WORKS show this Saturday at West Coast Coffee downtown Grand Rapids.

Thursday, October 24, 2013


5x7 oil on panel $55
Experimented with this one a bit with color and texture.  I used some pencil in the shadow areas and an overall brighter color pallet.  It was fun and I like the result.
Other latest tutorial on painting glass is now on click here to check it out. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


5x7 oil on panel 
Another of my sugar skull portraits.  She will be in the SMALL WORKS show at West Coast Coffee on Nov. 2nd.  These portraits have really inspired me to challenge myself and try a new direction with my work.  Time to start experimenting...the fun stuff.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Ready to go

I have been busy getting all these beauties framed and ready for the dot shop located inside the South Bend Art Museum.  I was very lucky to get this opportunity and I am excited about future possibilities with them.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Wino 38

5x7 oil on panel
Yep, another one.  If you haven't noticed I love painting the subject of wine.  The reflections are great to play with and for some reason I always have the subject matter around the house...hmmm.  Paint what you love, right?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Fall colors

5x7 oil on panel 
I love this time of year.  Nature pretty much gives you all the subject matter you need.  When I set up this still life I thought it needed another element in the I went out into the back yard and grabbed some leaves off our tree..instant subject matter, love it.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Wino 37

5x7 oil on panel 
Went a bit darker with this one..tis the season for deep red wine.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Dark rose

6x6 oil on panel $100
Another portrait inspired by the day of the dead festival and the sugar skull makeup designs.  This one actually turned out looking like Marilyn Manson a bit...not intentional and kinda creepy but perfect for this time of year.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Wino 36

5x7 oil on panel $55
Another wine still life..I never get tired of painting them.  This one is a result of my next article on how to paint glass.  I am currently working on it and I will post the link when it is published.

Thursday, October 3, 2013


5x7 oil on panel $100
This is a portrait of my friend Sally from a past halloween.  She had a friend do her makeup for an event she was working.  I am loving painting these sugar skull portraits..very different and fun for the season.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


6x6 oil on panel
October is here so I thought I would get into the spirit of the season. Inspired by the day of the dead festival and all the colorful costumes and face paint.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Coffee break

6x6 oil on panel 
I am a coffee lover.  I don't think I will ever get tired of using it as a subject in my paintings.  It makes me feel warm and fact, my husband first told me he loved me over a cup of coffee..good memories.
In other news, my tutorial on how to use negative space in painting in now on emptyeasel for those of you who were interested.