Friday, September 5, 2008

"Melon Row"

This melon wasn't very sweet, and I would hate to throw it away. This was an exercise in speed painting. I had a friend years ago who is no longer with us who used to say "we need to paint with "raw abandon" and that dosen't come in a tube!"

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Hi everybody, pleaes excuse my absence. All I can say is I am glad August is over. Iv'e been busy with some larger paintings and I get so single mindedly focused I can't seem to change gears. School has started, yeah! I have also been working on a newsletter that I got in the mail today. I am working hard on self promotion and that takes extra time.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

"Red and White"

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I have been doing my daily painting, but I have not been posting because my computer had the Trojan virus, so I have been without it for several days. When you have a teenager on the web it gets risky. You never know what you might get. Good to be back, I really missed not having the computer, five years ago I would have laughed at that. Oh well, you have to keep up with the times.

Monday, August 18, 2008

"Blue and Gold"

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This is one of my new favorite color combinations, love it! Had a great time painting today. It makes me feel bad for those who hate their job, what misery to watch the clock all day. Today flew by, I was almost late picking the boys up from school, I had to drop the brushes and scoot.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

"Tea with Lemon"

I feel like I have learned so much since I started doing these daily paintings. I have painted for a long time, 24 years, but by compressing all the steps of picture making into one hour, give or take, it forces you to problem solve, deal with new composition, and color theory everyday. It's like doing your scales in music, it keeps you mentally and physically sharp. No pun intended.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

"Fresh Sliced #2"

I enjoyed painting the first one so much, I thought I'd do another one. They could hang side by side, I think that would be neat.

Monday, August 11, 2008

"Fresh Sliced"

The tomatoes are in abundance right now. Don't you just love home grown tomatoes. They are one of my favorite parts of Summer.

Friday, August 8, 2008


AC fixed, Iam back in business. Any more time off and I might have to clean house.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


I haven't been able to paint because the air conditioning in my studio is on the fritz. I know I should suffer for my art, ha! It is 103 degrees in Oklahoma and my studio is on the second floor of the garage, basically an attic. So, I'll be back asap.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

"Summer Sun"

I just love painting Sunflowers. I think I'll do a few more. I wanted to do a plein air painting but the thermometer hit 103 here today with no change for tommorrow. I think I'll stay in and just think about painting out. Ha!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

"Earthly delights"

I picked these up at the farmers market, they were irresistable. They served double duty last night, after I painted them I cooked them with dinner. My boys gobbled them up. I swear they did! How you ask, well I sliced them thin, threw them in my cast iron skillet with some butter, yes butter, evoo would be healthier, season salt and pepper. I cooked untill just tender, topped with parmasan cheese and popped the skillet under the broiler untill cheese is golden brown. Good stuff and good for you.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


After painting so many 6"x6" paintings, a 12"x12" seems big. I am trying to figure out how to set up a "sign up for my blog space like so many other daily painters have but I'm not tech savvy. I would also know how to have a "click here to bid" button. Can anyone help me?

Sunday, July 13, 2008

"Purple Orb"

This was actually part of a larger painting that didn't turn out, but I did like this part, so I cut the painting into pieces. Is that cheating?

Sunday, July 6, 2008

"Coral Kiss"

It has been busy around here the past couple of days. My son turned fourteen yesterday, hard to believe he's been hanging around here that long. Lipstick paintings go really nice in the bathroom, why not have art everywhere?

Monday, June 30, 2008

Saturday, June 28, 2008

"Hot Stuff"

I did this one a while back. I am consumed by this big painting and have had a hard time pulling myself away. I did do a small one today and I will post it tommorrow.

Friday, June 27, 2008

"Two Fish Blue Fish"

I always wanted a bowl with a fish design, and recently Gail, my painter friend gave me a real one. This one I made myself, artists are always thinking of ways to find what we need for our paintings. Carol Marine another daily painter has started to stamp her own fabric for backgrounds, as well as sew pieces together for striped fabric. The bowl Gail gave me is on the home page of my website,

Monday, June 23, 2008

"Tic Tac Toe Peas"

Still working on the big painting, it's like trying to put togrther a giant puzzle. It's neat to start seeing it as a whole.

Friday, June 20, 2008

"Granny Smith"

My 10 year old was in the studio today , so I asked him if he wanted to paint. He of course said yes, what kid dosen't want to paint. I did this apple as a demo, and then he dove in, lots of questions and an hour later he was done. It was a special afternoon for me to be able to teach my child a little about how to see light and shadow, to think like an artist.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

"Apricot stack"

We have an Apricot tree in our yard, they are pretty wormy but they are just fine to paint. I am on day two of painting the large canvas I stretched the other day. It is of a carousel with all the horses, and a little girl riding one. So far so good.

Monday, June 16, 2008

"Onions with Garlic"

They all can't be successes, so here's one that's not, I guess if I'm going to post everyday or nearly so there's bound to be a few flops.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

"The Outsider"

Love Cherries, so fun to paint. I stretched a 26"x34" canvas today, I haven't worked this big in a while and after doing so many small pieces I'll have to change gears a bit. Wish me luck, it's a painting of a girl on a carousel horse and the lighting is beautiful. Also it is so colorful I am excited to get started.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

"Cherries on Blue"

"Cherries on Yellow"

I've been busy preparing larger paintings for the Dodson Gallery opening this Friday night. The show is the same night as the opening of The Prix De West at the Cowboy hall of fame. It is an exciting night in Oklahoma City.

Friday, June 6, 2008

"Study in White"

White on white is so difficult and great practice in learning how to see as an artist.

Thursday, June 5, 2008


I went outside to look for a flower to put in this cute red globe shape thing and I saw these mushrooms. They weren't there yesterday and I figured they probably wouldn't be there tomorrow, so poison or not, they have a great shape and I will paint them. I was a little leary about handling them but I'm still here, yeah!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

"Lemon Dish"

The smell of cut lemons is so fresh and clean . I enjoy painting them. Yellow and black are becoming a favorite color combo recently. Hey it looks good on bumblebees, right?

Monday, June 2, 2008

"Mr. Honey Bear"

I had to stop the kids from finishing the honey so I could paint him. The sacrifices of having a painter mom. They can have it now. Last week a friend of the family stayed with us for a couple of days and ate my still life pears, he was confused when I said they weren't to eat. I picked just the perfect ones, the stems were just so, they stood up and didn't fall over. Oh well

Saturday, May 31, 2008

"Little Blue Cup"

I bought this cup a few weeks ago on a stop in Oklahoma City on the way to Duncan for the workshop. I just love the shape. I think it will be showing up in many paintings.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

"Inside Out"

This is been a busy week, the kids are home and lots of running around to do. Being a painter, mom and wife is a juggling act.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


I love painting still life outdoors, these yellow flowers were growing everywhere around the campground. Again the sun kept coming and gong so I had to wait on it. We can't control everything when plein air painting but that makes me work looser and faster.

"Clear Blue"

The water looked so inviting, but sooo cold.

"Blue Tent"

I had more time today since most of the scene is in shadow. The first thing I did was establish the light on the ground and tent because that would be the first thing to change. A man camped next to us asked me how I know when to stop painting, there are lots of different answers to that when I think about it. The light is completly changed, it looks like I want, it's hopless, , too cold, too hot, in this case everyone wanted to know where dinner was.

"Fast Sunset"

I literally painted this in 5 minutes. That's how fast the sun dissapeared behind a cloud. It's not pretty but it captures a moment.

"Flip Flops"

The sun kept going behind the clouds today so I did a quick study of my flip flops. Simple subject, interesting shapes.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

"In Shadow"

One more painting from the workshop last week. We will be going camping tommorrow. So maybe I can practice what I learned last week. The kids are out of school so I have to adjust to a different schedule for the next couple of months.


Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Inspiration isn't hard to find this time of year.

I kept putting the flower in the glass and it kept falling out so I went with it. It makes a better composition.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


The second day of the workshop we drove an hour west to the Witchita mountains, how pretty, they were covered with yellow flowers. I could have painted here for a week. We arrived at a river with boulders and bright sun. Painting plein air is hard work, carrying all the equipment, you really have to scale back on what is absolutley nesessary. Ask me how I know. Ugh!

"Rose Cottage"

The first day of the workshop we were at a beautiful B and B. Gay did a demo, wow. There were small cottages behind the main house. I painted Rose Cottage. I had to stand in the sun so my umbrella came in handy. Did you know you can still get a sunburn under an umbrella? I think I will spray paint the inside of the umbrella black to help with this problem.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

"Groovy Lemon"

Today's painting has the feel of summer, the fabric reminds me of something I wore as a halter top, back in the day. I have my art supplies packed and Iam getting excited about getting away for a few days. I like the atmosphere of a good workshop, meeting people, exchanging ideas and information and mostly watching a really good painter work. Have a great week!

Monday, May 5, 2008

"Rainbow Sherbert"

These colors are so Spring like they remind me of sherbert. I will be going to Duncan, OK Wednesday morning. I will be attending an outdoor painting workshop with Gay Faulkenberry. So maybe I will have some landscapes to post when I get back.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

"A Fan of Peas"

I'm not completly happy with this one. I guess that's the way it goes. I got too fussy with it and it lost it's freshness. So, I'll try again tommorrow.