Wednesday, December 29, 2010

All is Well

Oil on canvas, 48"x36"
Here is another painting that's in my show at the Museum of East Texas (936) 639-4434. This is late afternoon at my dad's farm in central Texas. It's a beautiful and peaceful place.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Addie Jean

Oil on canvas on panel, 8"x6"
This painting was commissioned for a Christmas gift, so I couldn't post it until now. I was painting on the dock at Rockport in November with a friend. We were with the Outdoor Painters Society at a paint out in Port Aransas when I received this commission. Addie Jean is the name of the boat.

Monday, December 27, 2010

First Snow

oil on canvas, 24"x30"

I hope all of you had a wonderful and blessed Christmas! I've been very busy getting ready for my museum show and, then, getting ready for Christmas. Now that the show has opened and Christmas is over, maybe I can get back to painting every day. I didn't post very often the past few months because I was mostly painting for my show and I didn't want to post the paintings until the show had opened.

We had an elegant opening at the Gala on Dec. 11 at the Museum of East Texas. It is a 4-person show. I am planning to post some of my paintings that are in the show. This is one of them.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


Plein Air 6x8 oil on canvas on panel. Our neighborhood had garage sales this weekend and I enjoyed painting in between shoppers. What caught my attention here was the contrast of the bright light outside the garage and the cool shade inside. It was a very pleasant day. The weather here in Texas has cooled off enough to be comfortable in the shade. Thank goodness, the 100 degree days are over for a while!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


9/25/10 Plein air 8x10 oil on panel. I painted this at my dad's farm in central Texas last Saturday. My grandfather's barn used to stand in this opening many years ago. It was a beautiful morning and I set up my easel and painted while I enjoyed the peacefulness of the place.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Morning Shadows

Plein Air 6x8 oil on canvas on panel. These plants are in my back yard and I liked the sunlight and shadows on them. The weather here has gotten a little more tolerable lately. It still gets into the 90s every day, but that's a good bit better than the 100s! It should cool off some more in the next few weeks.

Friday, September 10, 2010


8x10 oil on canvas on panel. I know, it's been a while since I posted, but I've been painting. I'm saving most of the paintings for my show this fall. I painted this today from a photo I took of a mariachi band at a quienceanera we attended in August. Hope you like it.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Blue Vase

14x11 acrylic on canvas board. Yes, another demo for my painting classes at the Museum.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Summer Flowers

11x14 acrylic on canvas board. You guessed it--another demo for my painting classes at the Museum. It's fun to paint shiny objects. Paint the shapes and colors you see in the reflections and not the object itself.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


8x10 acrylic on canvas board, yep, another demo for my Museum painting class. I can't get the same affect with acrylics as I do with oil, but I enjoy the adventure, anyway. My class is beside a huge window, so we can paint landscapes almost en plein air, but not quite.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Museum Bouquet

10x8 acrylic on canvas board. This is a demo I did for my Museum class this week. I don't know for sure what these flowers are, but I bought them for my students (and me) to paint.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


6x8 oil on canvas on panel. I painted this from one of the pictures I took on my recent trip to Illinois. It had been raining and the skies started clearing. It was misty in the distance with the sun peeking out at times.

Thursday, July 1, 2010


8x10 acrylic on canvas board--a demo for my Museum class.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I just returned from a trip to northern Illinois for my niece's wedding. I took my dad with me and it was a great trip--I drove about 2000 miles round trip. I took my paints, hoping to find time to paint en plein air, but, that didn't happen. I did take pictures, though, and I hope to be able to paint tomorrow. A bad case of poison oak has taken me over and I'm waiting for medication from my doctor. Obviously, he doesn't have poison oak or I wouldn't still be waiting... I think it's leprosy...ooooh!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


9x12 Plein Air oil on canvas on panel. This is another one of the paintings I did last week at the Paint Historic Waxahachie paint out. It was so HOT (close to 100) and the light was so bright!!! I was standing partially in the shade, but it was a challenge getting this finished.

Monday, June 7, 2010


10x8 oil on canvas on panel Plein Air painting. This is one of the paintings I did at the Paint Historic Waxahachie paint out. This antique car with a 1949 Texas license plate on it is parked downtown almost all the time. I had lots of fun and did 5 plein air paintings.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Paint Historic Waxahachie

I'll be leaving at 6:00 AM tomorrow to drive to Waxahachie, Texas , near Dallas, for the paint out there. It's about 3 hours from here. I'm really looking forward to it. I will be home late on Sunday, the 6th, with plein air paintings to post.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

SPRING MORNING oil on canvas on panel, 12x16

Here's another plein air painting I did at the farm. It's a view from behind the house looking south.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

DOWN TO THE GATE oil on canvas on panel, 6x8

This is another painting from the farm. It's the view from the front yard looking down the driveway to the gate at the road. It's a beautiful, peaceful place and I love to go there. It's where my grandparents lived and now belongs to my dad.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

MORNING AT THE POND oil on canvas on panel, 6x8

This is the view of the pond from the gate behind the house. It was morning and the sun was shining and then disappearing behind clouds while the wind was blowing and making ripples on the water.

Friday, May 21, 2010

I've just returned home from a plein air painting trip to my dad's farm in central Texas. I'll try to get some paintings posted tomorrow.

Friday, May 14, 2010

MOTHER'S DAY BOUQUET oil on canvas on panel, 8x10

I received these beautiful flowers for Mother's Day last Sunday and started this painting several days ago. Today, I finally got a chance to finish it.

Friday, April 30, 2010

OUT WITH MOM 12x16, oil on canvas on board

I painted this from a picture I took on the Bluebonnet Trail near Ennis last weekend. There were 3 sets of mothers with colts in the pasture and we watched and photographed them while they ran and played among flowers on this windy day.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Outdoor Painters Society paint out (plein air paintings)

FEEDSTORE AND TRACKS 9x12, oil on board

SUNSET AT LAKE BARDWELL 6x8, oil on canvas on board

BLUEBONNET PASTURE 6x8, oil on canvas on board

BLUEBONNET FIELD 8x10, oil on canvas on board

IRIS GARDEN 12x16, oil on canvas on board

BLUEBONNET ROAD 6x8, oil on canvas on board.

These 6 plein air paintings are ones I did on the OPS paint out in Ennis and Waxahachie the past few days. It was a great trip!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

OPS Paint Out:
I'm leaving at 6:00 AM tomorow for an Ennis/Waxahachie paint out with the OPS (Outdoor Painters Society), just south of Dallas. The OPS is a great group of people whom I enjoy painting with. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and we'll be able to paint the beautiful scenery including bluebonnets, our Texas state flower. I'm taking my camera and laptop, but I may not be able to post until I return home on Sunday...considering I have something good enough to post.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

MY BIKE oil on canvas on board, 8x10

Plein air painting--I enjoyed sitting outside and painting my bike after I rode it this morning. It's such a beautiful, sunny, warm spring day. How wonderful it is to be able to paint! I know, I could do a more accurate painting if I worked from a photo in my studio, but this is more fun and has a fresher feel. I love shadows!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

LIKE NEW oil on canvas on board, 6x8

This little blue Beetle was a lot of fun to paint! I saw it yesterday and took pictures of it so I could paint it. It has such personality sitting there by the road waiting for a new owner.

Friday, April 16, 2010

WINDOWSILL SUNSHINE oil on canvas on board, 6x4

I painted this yesterday afternoon in my studio when the sun was on my windowsill and the azaleas were mostly in the shade. This bottle of wine was given to me by my friend because it's such a pretty bottle and remains unopened. One day, we'll open it... I used a #8 bristle flat on this, except for my signature. I always use as big a brush as possible to keep me from painting details.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

BLUEBIRD HOUSE oil on board, 6x4

Plein air-- I sat on the swing on my front porch this morning to paint this view of our bluebird house. We usually have bluebirds raising young at least once each season, sometimes twice. The weather is perfect, about 70 and mostly sunny. What a beautiful day to be able to paint!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

OAKS AT ROUND TOP oil on canvas on board, 6x8

I painted this little study from a photo I took when I went to the OPS (Outdoor Painters Society) paint out in Brenham in March. This is in the little town of Round Top, a few miles from Brenham. I'm working on a 24x30 painting of this scene.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

RED GLASSES oil on canvas on board,10x8

Here's a portrait I've been working on the past few days.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

MANNA oil on canvas on board, 5x7

Avocados are my favorite food. We eat them almost every day, so this is a normal scene in my kitchen. There were 2 light sources for this still life--the indirect light from the window on the left, and the direct incandescent light from the right. That made for an interesting study of colors and temperatures and I'm pleased with the results.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

MORNING LIGHT oil on canvas,12x16

3/21/10 Almost plein air... I painted this from my hotel room window early Sunday morning. I started out the door and saw this bautiful scene, but it was about 36 degrees with a very strong wind, so I didn't paint outside, but through my window. I hated to leave this beautiful place, but I packed up my things and drove back to Lufkin--about 3 hours away.

BRENHAM BLUE oil on canvas on board, 8x10

Still in LaNell Arndt's studio in downtown Brenham on Saturday, I painted this from a photo taken by Marchita Priest. We didn't see very many bluebonnets--guess we were a little early.

Saturday evening, we all met and showed our paintings from the past 2 days and then went to dinner together in a nearby restaurant.

CRUMBLING WALL oil on canvas on board, 8x10

3/20/10 I painted this in the studio of LaNell Arndt in Brenham. On Saturday, it rained and stormed all morning and then continued to get colder and windier, so about 16 or 18 of us painted here. I was looking out the window at this very old wall behind her studio with the rain collecting in front of it. So, this isn't quite a plein air painting.

CLOUDS MOVING IN oil on canvas on board, 8x10

3/19/10 plein air painting. I drove around again and found this scene, set up my easel, and painted. The beautiful weather of the morning was turning into mostly cloudy and very windy for the afternoon. the sun kept going behind the clouds and the whole scene would change. I finally was able to finish this and pack up my things and go to my hotel.

SUNNY POND oil on canvas on board, 6x8

3/19/10 plein air painting. I attended an OPS (Outdoor Painters Society) paint out in Brenham last weekend and had a wonderful time. This is the first painting I did on Friday morning. The weather was beautiful and I drove many back roads in the Texas Hill Country searching for the perfect subject to paint at a place where I could pull off the road and set up my easel.

Monday, March 15, 2010

HEAVENLY FINCHES, 6x8, oil on canvas on panel

In Memory of Bill Pennington
My dear friend, Bill, passed away this morning. He always had a cheerful word and a hug for me and I will miss him terribly. These finches are for him. Maybe he can see them.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

WINDY DAY AT WINSTON RANCH oil on canvas on board, 8x10

I had a wonderful morning painting at Winston Ranch en plein air on Friday! I must say that plein air painting is sometimes challenging, though. The sun was shining and it was about 55 degrees, but the wind was blowing 15-20 mph (so the weatherman says...but I think it was at least 50 mph!). I fastened down my canvas and held on to my supplies and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I had on a hooded sweater and a coat, and the wind was at my back, so I wasn't cold. I didn't really do everything I wanted to on this painting, but...

Friday, March 5, 2010

WAITING oil on board, 8"x10"

This is a study for a larger painting. I actually started the larger one first and then decided to work out the problems in a small study. So, now I can complete the other painting. There are a few things I'll change, but it will basically be like this one. I combined several photos that I've taken and really enjoyed doing this painting.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

CACTUS IN THE SNOW oil on board, 4"x6"

We have snow again, our third time this winter. It's really unusual for East Texas to have snow, and I'm so glad we do. This is a study I painted from a photo I took of our beautiful snow. I plan to paint a larger painting of this scene. I stretched a 16x20 canvas and will begin painting it tomorrow.

Friday, February 19, 2010

OFF BOXCAR ROAD oil on canvas on board, 6x8

This is a plein air painting I did this morning. The weather was beautiful--cool (about 60) and sunny. I didn't have to drive far from my home to find this place.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sunshine Award

I am so honored to receive the Sunshine Award!!! Thank you, Becky Joy! The Sunshine Award is for creativity and positivity in blogging.

In order to accept the award, you must:

  • Link to the person from whom you received this award
  • Put the logo on your blog or within your post

  • Pass the award on to 12 bloggers

  • Link the nominees within your post

  • Let the nominees know they received this award

The following are my nominees, in no particular order.

  1. Jala Pfaff
  2. Susan Carlin

  3. Rob Ijbema

  4. Tom Brown

  5. Betty Dalsing

  6. Cooper Dragonette

  7. Alex Perez

  8. Lisa Daria

  9. Mary Maxam

  10. Laurie G. Miller

  11. Pam Holnback

  12. Xiangyuan Jie

FIRST SNOW oil on canvas on board, 5"x7"

This is a study I did yesterday from pictures I took a few days ago when it snowed. I'm working on a larger painting of this scene for a show this fall.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Winter Snow 8x10, oil on canvas on board

This is a plein air painting done from my back porch of some storage buildings in my back yard. We got a rare snow last night--about 3 inches. Everything is nice and white and beautiful. I'm glad I don't live where it snows a lot, but I do like snow once or twice each winter. This is the first time I've done a plein air painting in the snow and it was a little different. My fingers got cold, even with gloves on. I'll take a better picture when the sun comes out.

Friday, February 5, 2010

ALL IS WELL oil on canvas, 10"x8"

My mother-in-law, the sweet little lady I painted on June 30, passed away on Jan. 22 and we were gone to the Rio Grande Valley for over a week. We've been home for several days, now, and I've been back painting the past few.

This is a study I did and I'm now working on a big painting (48"x36") of the same scene, but I'm not finished with it, yet.

I'm also needing a bigger studio. I've looked at several places to rent, but... I'm now considering building a studio--well not me building it, but having someone build it for me. I'll let you know what I decide to do.

Monday, January 18, 2010

WINTER SUNSHINE oil on panel, 4"x6"

Today is a beautiful day! It started out with a thick fog, but it lifted pretty fast. It lifted before I could get outside to paint, and there was just a little fog left in the distance when I painted this en plein air. I wanted to capture the cold, crisp morning with the warm sunshine.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

RED PAJAMAS oil on canvas, 20"x16"

I've been working on this figurative painting and I think it's finished.

I also have my website up and almost finished. I still have the bio to add and some more paintings, but it's presentable. Check it out:

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

BEYOND THE SHADOWS oil on canvas, 24"x30"

I've been working on this landscape the past few days and I think I'm finished. I'm intrigued by the bright light beyond the trees. That's what caught my eye here. I did a small painting of this scene a while back and have been wanting to paint a larger one.