Sunday, September 27, 2015


5x7 oil on panel

I think the cloudy day affected my color choices on this one.  The flowers are still abundant at the farmers market..yay!  Thinking my compositions are a bit sparse lately...may need to amp them up a bit.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Stand Out

5x7 oil on panel 

Again, trying to abstract a bit..just give ideas.  Didn't put any horizon line or edge of table this time..makes the shadow do different things.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Color Show

6x6 oil on panel
This is one of my favorite times of the year..because the farmers market is loaded with colorful bouquets of!!!  Never ending color combinations..heaven.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Shadow Puppets

5x7 oil on panel

I love painting long shadows..they can add so much to a composition.  I am working on abstracting areas and simplifying shapes.  Trying to get away from painting exactly what I see and making more up as I go.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Simple needs

6x6 oil on panel

This is another in my writing series.  Also been playing with circle elements in these latest paintings.  I started using it because my subject matter was set up on a white round table...then it kinda kept creeping into more and more backgrounds...anyway, I am liking it for the time being.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Believe in

5x7 oil on panel 

So, in doing these paintings with the writing added, I am finding lots of places to go with this idea.  Right now I am focusing on my own thoughts and how I am feeling about certain things...but I could take it further.  For now, though I will continue on and see how it evolves.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Memory of her

6x6 oil on panel 

So, I am trying something new.  I am writing whatever is on my mind at the time onto my primed board before I start my painting.  This was my first attempt at this to see how it went...I am happy with it on many levels.  One, it helps get the thoughts and emotions out of my head..sort of feels like they are being dealt with as I write them down.  Two, it adds a bit more meaning to my work..there is a story behind the pretty floral.  And three, it provides another element to my painting..texture and interest.  Anyway..we will see where it goes.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

This life

5x7 oil on panel 

Another of the pink dogwood flowers.  They are great little flowers to paint..lots of negative spaces and variations of pink.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Close and personal

6x6 oil on panel 

Sometimes my florals feel like portraits..especially when I crop in tight..get in close and personal.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Another day

5x7 oil on panel
We have a little dogwood tree out in our neighborhood that was getting choked out by some bushy weed.  We cut the weeds away a couple years ago and pruned the little tree.  It must feel happy now because it flowered this spring..perfect view of it from my studio window.  These are some of the flowers..pretty in pink.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sun and clouds

5x7 oil on panel
Needed to paint a little sunshine on this bitter cold snow day.  Then I HAD to paint in a blue sky background...think I have summer on my mind?

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Bits of purple

6x6 oil on panel $60
I love to try to deconstruct flowers into shapes.  They sometimes turn out very abstract which is fun and surprising...results can be good and bad.  I am happy with this one, so this would fall in the good category.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

My three girls

6x6 oil on panel

The title of this one is after my three little muses who used to live next door to me.  I miss them and their family..but they will always be with me in my paintings.

Monday, February 2, 2015


5x7 oil on panel

I love how these flowers pop off the dark background.  Always fun to see how a background color affects the mood of a painting.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Warm gathering

6x6 oil on panel
So we are getting pounded by snow today, so my thoughts are wandering to warm sunny days with family and friends..and my painting went there too.  A nice happy sunny floral to help kick the winter blahs.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Rise and shine

6x6 oil on panel
It has taken a lot of practice for me to loosely paint flowers.  It is so easy to get caught up in every individual petal.  I admire the photo realistic artists but I have found that I love to paint more impressionistic I guess.  The simple idea of color, texture, light and shadow presented in an interesting composition is all I need to feel happy.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tangle of color

6x6 oil on panel
What brightens your mood in cold gray January?  Colorful happy flowers..of course.  This is usually the time of year I start craving color, which works out well for my painting too.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Simple solution

8x8 oil on 1" cradled panel

Life can get so complicated and annoying sometimes and it is hard to slow down and turn off.  That happens with painting too.  I can easily get frustrated trying to out-do myself and think too much and too hard about subject matter and composition...which leads me to NOT paint at all.  I find it is important to calm down and make it simple.  And sometimes the best way to calm down is with a glass of wine...cheers!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Red light

5x7 oil on panel

Back to painting...again.  Hopefully I can keep it going for a while.  Seems I can't find my groove with painting on a regular basis.  I am trying, though.  Starting back up with my studies.  I thought I would be a bit rusty, but this one turned out pretty well to my surprise.  Anyway, feeling motivated so felt good to push some paint around again.