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.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Pastel Toiletries

Pastel Toiletries - 6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

30 in 30 day 6.  I have decided to call this my toiletries series, and here is one more painting in the series.   I am liking the little bottles of colored liquid!  I have to admit that I pushed the pink a little bit, but it worked much better with the color scheme.  This will be hanging in The Menagerie Room Gallery in South Lyon later this month through October.

I found this quote that seemed appropriate: “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” —Pablo Picasso