Monday, November 13, 2017

Madame Butterfly

Madame Butterfly - 6 x 6 - Oil on Panel
In September, I participated in a group show with 11 other artists called “Inspired by…” in which I had seven portraits.   Madame Butterfly was one of them. We had so much fun with this show, and because the opening went so well, we have decided to do it again next year.  I will try to be more vigilant about getting the information on my blog in a timely manner! 

This painting also made its way into the Northville Art House Small works show and I’m happy to say it won first place!  The show will be up until mid-December if you are in the area and want to check it out. 

On another note, I have a new website!  The address is  Please take a look.  I have some of my larger pieces that have not made it onto my blog or my DPW gallery.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Socialite - Oil on Canvas - 11 x 14
Well I guess it's time to come out of hibernation now that the weather is starting to warm up and really kick into gear with the painting!  (I know I should have been painting more, not less, but you know how it goes :P)

But I haven't been completely lazy, I have been painting a bit.  And I'm happy to announce that my painting above came in third place in the Village Fine Arts Association's Poetry Art Night.  The poem (written by me:) that accompanied the painting also won third place, so I am pleased and honored.

The show will be up at the Suzanne Haskew Arts Center (SHAC) for a month, then it will travel to the Milford Township Library for another month.  The reception is this Saturday, March 11 at the SHAC starting at 6 pm.  There will be food, drinks, art and poetry readings... always a fun night! (P.S. you will have to come to the SHAC to read the poem!)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

November Sky

November Sky - 6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord
This painting was done from a photo of a tree that I planted in our front yard several years ago.  It was a seedling sent to us from the Arbor Day Foundation - one of about 10, and the only one that lived (due to user error, I'm sure.)  I'm not sure what kind of tree this is - if it looks familiar to anyone, let me know.
I have always loved berries and leaves, and liked the look of these against the stark overcast November sky.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Girl in Red, White & Blue

Girl in Red, White & Blue - 16 x 12 Oil on canvas
This is a painting started at my weekly figure painting group, and finished at home.  I am happy with everything except her face.  It is a good likeness, but I just feel like it doesn't have the same painterly quality that the rest of the painting has.  Overall I'm pretty happy with it and have entered it in a local art show.

I have missed a lot of days for the 30 in 30 challenge, and will miss some more I'm sure due to the craziness of life, so I am not going to worry about finishing it, I'll just post when I can.  Possibly I will try again in January.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Demo #1 - Honeycrisp

Demo #1 - Honeycrisp - 6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

30 in 30 day 13.  I started teaching a beginning oil painting class for the first time yesterday.  I was a little frazzled, but I think it went ok.  The painting above was the demo I started there (and finished at home.)  I'm not 100% happy with it, but I guess it's ok for being so nervous.  I have always been a studio painter, and not used to painting in front of people.  I know, it's something I need to get over -- and I'm sure I will over the course of the next 7 sessions, hopefully.

So I kinda fell down on the 30 in 30.  I missed days 10, 11 and 12.  Hoping to get back in the saddle again now that the class is prepped and underway!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Park Bench

Park Bench - 6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

30 in 30 day 9.  This is a quick painting of a photograph that my husband took at Kensington Park a few years ago.  There was a little (baby?) red-headed woodpecker sitting on the park bench, presumably waiting to be fed.  It is a spot where bird-watchers go to feed the birds, sometimes right out of their hands.  It is a beautiful spot and we are fortunate to live only a few miles away.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Portrait of Cecilia

Portrait of Cecilia - 6 x 6 Oil on Arches Oil Paper

30 in 30 day 7.  This is actually a portrait I did a few weeks ago at my weekly figure painting group.  I was having trouble with my canvas, as I had only applied one coat of gesso, and the paint was just getting sucked right in.  So I pulled out my Arches Oil Paper, which I had not had occasion to try yet.  Well, it kinda sucked the paint right in also, but I kept going and I am pretty happy with it.  Her face looks like oil, but the surrounding areas look like watercolor.

Another thing I found was that the paper doesn't take varnish well, it sucks the varnish in too.  So the areas with thicker paint are glossy, and the surrounding areas matt.  Well, I guess it was a good experiment.  I am still going to enter this one into a local show, along with another figure painting.  I haven't entered any shows in over two years, so excited to get back into that too.