Monday, October 20, 2014

Portrait of Mrs. A

 
Oil on linen, 18"x14" detail.  This is a commissioned portrait I just finished.  Painting portraits is a challenge, but one I love.  Although I love to paint landscapes and almost any subject, the human face is still my favorite.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Peace

Plein air, 8"x10", oil on panel.  It was such a beautiful, peaceful day with clouds slowly floating overhead at the farm.  I just HAD to paint the scene!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pond in the Morning

Plein air painting, 8x10 oil on panel.  Yes, another farm painting.  This one was painted early in the morning (around 9:00) looking toward the east. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Watercolor Sketches

Morning Sunlight--watercolor & ink sketch, 5x8.  These are in my sketchbook from our recent visit to my dad's farm.  I like to sketch with watercolors--they're quick and fun. I liked the way the shadowy foreground contrasted with the bright morning sunlight on the distant pasture.
Deer--watercolor & ink sketch, 5x8.  One evening, these 2 deer, casting deep shadows, came down to the pond for a drink.

                                      
Cows Grazing--watercolor & ink sketch, 5x8.  These cows aren't really purple; they're black, but in the evening light, they looked purple.  There has been a lot of rain this summer, and the grass is tall and plentiful.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Summer Evening

Plein air painting, 8"x10" oil on panel.  This is the third painting I did  at the farm last week.  I didn't quite finish it, so I finished it tonight.  I guess I can still call it a plein air painting since I did almost all of it on location.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Pink Lillies

Plein air painting, 8"x10" oil on panel.  These were so pretty in the yard at my dad's farm!  I loved watching them every day as they changed.  As some drooped, withered, and died, other buds grew and opened into these beautiful delicate blossoms.  I painted these on the third day we were there.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Along the Fence

Plein air painting, 8"x10",  oil on panel.  My dad and I spent the week at his farm in central Texas.  It is so beautiful there!  I painted this from the deck on the back of the house.  The mornings were cool (66 degrees), but it was really hot in the afternoons (95 degrees).  This was done during a cool Tuesday morning.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Peaceful Afternoon

 8"x10" oil on panel, East Texas plein air painting.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Morning Song

 
 (Carolina Wren) 6"x6", oil on gallery wrapped canvas.  This little guy was just singing up a storm one morning.  This is also in the exhibition at the Museum of East Texas. 
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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Peaceful Waters

SOLD  72"x48" Oil on canvas.  This is a commissioned painting I just completed.  It is a lake in East Texas.   I love painting big, and I love painting small.  I just love painting!!! 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Red Flowers



Ruby Throated Hummingbird, oil on gallery-wrapped canvas, 24"x24".  This is another one of my bird paintings at the Museum of East Texas (936-639-4434). 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Grasshopper




Oil on 6"x6" gallery wrapped canvas.  This is another of the little bird paintings in the Museum of East Texas exhibition (for more information, call 936-639-4434).  This little Eastern Phoebe is holding a grasshopper in its beak.  I loved painting these birds!  It was fun and challenging painting the 1 1/2" deep sides of these canvases.   

Friday, October 4, 2013

Orange Moth


 
Oil on 6"x6" gallery wrapped canvas.  This is another of my birds in the four person exhibition at the Museum of East Texas (for more information, call 936-639-4434).  I watched this little Eastern Phoebe (a type of flycatcher) dart around near the ground catching bugs at our farm in Central Texas.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

So Many Flowers

SOLD
 

 
SO MANY FLOWERS--6"x6" oil on gallery wrapped canvas.  I've been painting for a show at the Museum of East Texas in Lufkin, TX  (for more information, call 936-639-4434).  It is a four-person show titled Last Week I Dreamed I went to Lilliput (from Gulliver's Travels).  All of my paintings are of birds.  This is a female Ruby Throated Hummingbird.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Rufous Easter

 
SOLD
A Rufous Easter--9x12 oil on canvas.  I guess you thought I had dropped off the face of the earth...nope.  I've just been very busy and haven't had much time to paint.  Its like being without water and gasping for breath...not being able to paint every day.  Painting is what I've always wanted to do, at least since I was 16, and that was a long time ago. 

There has been an adult male Rufous hummingbird at our house since Christmas.  I believe Dec. 26 was the first day we saw him at the feeder.  This is the first time I've ever seen a hummingbird here in East Texas in the winter, but Rufous  has been here all winter.  I've taken numerous pictures of him and painted this for a sale on Palm Sunday at the Museum of East Texas.  I wanted to do something a little Easterish, but not too Easterish...  So, I decided on the plain eggs in a basket.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Splendor

Oil on canvas, 32"x40".  The rising sun spread a warm glow over the whole landscape.  I painted this from a photo I took this past spring. 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Clear Water

Oil on canas, 36"x48".  This is not a new painting, but one I haven't posted.  I painted this from a photo my son took near Austin.  What caught my eye in this scene is the clear swirling water coming around the big rocks and over the small rocks on the bottom of the stream.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Veila's Back Yard

6"x8" oil on canvas on panel, plein air painting. About a week ago I visited my friend, Veila, at her home in north Texas.  It's about a 7 hour drive from my home in east Texas.  We had a great time painting and visiting.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Grazing

9"x12" oil on canvas on panel plein air painting: I also did this one at my dad's farm last week. It's such a peaceful, beautiful place. This view is from the back of the house down the hill toward the pond, the opposite direction from the road.

Afternoon View

9"x12" oil on canvas on panel plein air painting: I went to my dad's farm in central Texas last week and painted this one afternnoon from the deck of the house. The horizontal row of trees and bushes is along a fence beside the road. From this view on the hill, you can't see the road. This huge old oak tree is beside the driveway which goes down to the road. The weather was beautiful and it was so nice to be able to paint en plain air.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

I've been very busy painting for a new Natural History Museum that will open in August. It is exciting and lots of fun! I'll post some pictures later.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Untitled

32"x40" oil on canvas. I painted this about a year ago. It is a combination of places. What inspired me to paint this is the shape of the trees on the right side. I used several photos I took at diffenent places and put them toghether.






Monday, September 12, 2011

Family Group

8x10 oil on panel. I just finished this little painting. I began it a few weeks ago as a demo while teaching a painting class at the Museum. I looked out the window and saw this lone group of trees after most of the area had been cleared to build a parking lot. I'm glad this little family group was left.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Luscious

Oil on canvas on panel, 4x6. A friend brought me some strawberries, so I had to paint them before I ate any of them. I thought I'd use a palette knife and squint a lot and here's the result.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Super Moon

SOLD   plein air nocturne, 6x6 oil on panel. This is what the moonrise looked like from my front yard.