Apr 13, 2014

I Almost Thought Spring was Here

Ginger Jar and Tazettas,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
I was thrilled to see my tiny fig trees showing signs of spring with their lovely little, ruffled leaves. My roses are also showing off their red and green leaves, along with the lily of the valleys, which I've waiting anxiously to paint. However, Madam Winter is not yet done with us. It will be freezing tomorrow-very rare for Oklahoma at the time of the year. Maybe this means that it will make us love those hot summer days even more. I hope that where ever you are, the weather is fabulous!

Apr 10, 2014

The Enchanted Home

Roses and Hydrangeas in Mint Julep Cup,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel

Residence in Thomasville GA 
It was such a nice surprise to see that my work was showcased on a post by Trina at The Enchanted Home blog. Trina has a gorgeous blog and at the time she is hosting a incredible giveaway of skincare products. Each post on her blog is made up of the most inspirational pictures with tons of blue and white porcelain, which as you noticed I LOVE to paint. I hope you'll go by and visit her lovely blog. 
White Hydrangeas in Glass,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
Residence in Portland, OR

Apr 6, 2014

April Painitngs

Pink Carnations with Pewter Pitcher,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel

Residence in Sydney, Australia
Hydrangea in Blue and White Pottery,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
Private Residence in London, England

Mar 24, 2014

This Spring Today Winter Tomorrow has got me Feeling a Little Blue

Blue Bonnets in Glass,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
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Pink Peonies in Glass Vase,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
Daffodil in Blue and White Vase, Oil on 4"x8" linen Panel
White Hydrangeas in Blue and White Pottery,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel

Mar 17, 2014

Inspiration: Berthe Morisot and Manet by Caroline Champetier

Pink Rose and Brioche on Blue and White Still Life,
Oil on 6
"x6" Linen Panel

Private Residence in Sydney, Australia
   Yes, it finally arrived! I love, love, love beautiful, romantic movies allow me to imagine that I could be transported to their time. Berthe Morisot and Manet by Caroline Champetier is such a movie. It's been on my list of "wants" that I keep for my husband for a long while, but he seemed to have a hard time finding it as it was a made-for-TV French movie. 

          Well, not too long ago, I was surprised with it and I've watched it several times since. It is in French with no subtitles, so I can make guesses as to what they are saying. It's helped that I've read a great deal on both artists and that the movie is gorgeous, so I can't take my eyes off of it to get clues. The painting above is inspired by this beautiful movie, which I am still pinching myself to make sure that I do really get to watch it.

     REMINDER: If you are registered to receive e-mail updates regarding my latest work and have not registered in the last week, I hope you will please do so. Several of you have let me know that you have not gotten e-mail updates in months. As I tried to fix the problem, I found that it can't be fixed. So, I am switching service to MailChimp. I hope you will give me a few days after you've registered to make sure you are off the old mailing list. Once again, I thank you SOOOOOOOOO very much for your interest in my artwork and your constant inspiration. Have a lovely day.

Mar 14, 2014

Having Mail Troubles

Roses in Glass Vase and Petals,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
Private Residence in Sydney, Australia
        It has been brought to my attention that some of you may not be getting my e-mail updates, and several thought I was no longer posting or creating new work. As I was becoming more and more puzzled by the problem, I received an e-mail from another artist that said that he was also having a hard time and that Blogger was not planning on continuing the maintenance of the service.
       After a bit of help from a wonder IT friend, I was advice to use the MailChimp service. It would be an honor if you would please sign up to e-mail updates using the new sign up on the top right hand corner.
As I receive your request for subscription from MailChimp, I will remove you from the Blogger service that you signed up previously. I am so sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for you kind visits to my blog.
       Please, give me a couple of weeks to get this all figured out and all the names deleted from the old mailing list. THANK YOU.

Mar 12, 2014

Still Lifes of Figs and Roses from My Valentine

Red Roses in Mint Julep Cup,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
Private Residence in Israel
Figs Still Life,  Oil on 6"x4" Linen Panel
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Fig Half with Bird Wallpaper,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
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Mar 7, 2014

Snow Days in Oklahoma Result in Spring Paintings

Pink Roses Still Life,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel 
Private Residence in London
Pink Rose in Glass Vase,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
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Pink Rose and Porcelain Cup Still Life,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel

Private Residence in London
Pink Roses in White Pitcher Still Life,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel

Private Residence in London

Feb 8, 2014


Still Life with Mint Julep cup, Three Tulips and Pear,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
Private Residence in Jonesboro, Arkansas
Still Life with Three Figs,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
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Still Life with Three Anjou Pears,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
 The three paintings above are in celebration of my three new goals.
          It feels as though it's been years since I've picked up a paintbrush, but I've been working on other goals that I made myself before I turn 40 (this coming November). Before I turned 35 I promised myself three things:
1. Learn to paint with oils
2. Attain my alternative certification for teaching
3. Buy the house we would call home for as long as possible.
Number 2 didn't take as long as I thought. In fact, this is my 5th year of teaching. Number 3 took longer, but after two years of searching, we found it. This February will be our third year in the home we call our dream home. It sits on almost 3 1/2 acres that we enjoy every season.
I am still working on number one, but your kind visits to my blog to read about my painting journey and those of you that have chosen my artwork to add to your collections, make me feel so very honored and accomplished- Thank you!
          So, I thought it was time for another three goals. Here they are, in no particular order:
1. Complete 4 portraits-a self portrait, one of my husband and one of each of my girls.
2. Get healthy. It's been years since I've felt healthy. I've been walking 2-3 miles every day since January 1 and keeping a careful watch over what I eat using a free calorie counting website- I love that it does all the math for me.
3. Take a flamenco workshop.
Come November, I hope you will visit my blog for an update on my goals. Meanwhile, I will continue to paint and post.
Have you considered any such changes for the year?
I hadn't upholstered anything since I started teaching. It was time. This was an abandoned pretty chaise that I knew could be something gorgeous. I bought some remnant fabrics and I think it now is, although my skills have gotten a bit rusty. 

Jan 3, 2014

Lemons and Paper Whites

Lemons and Bottle,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
If you haven't yet heard the popular Oklahoma saying "If you don't like the weather, just wait 15 minutes," let me tell you, it is true! A couple of weeks ago were enjoying a day of almost 60 degrees Fahrenheit, when within hours it began to freeze! Having been taking advantage of our surprising warm weather I left my windows opened in my sun-room and forgot to close them all night, making it an unhappy spot for my little lemon tree. Fearing that I would loose the two tiny lemons I've been babying, I mustard up some courage to finally pick them. The painting above is them and I don't what I am more proud of: the painting of the lemons, or the fact that they came from my little lemon tree.
Paper Whites and Paper  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
Private Residence in Watchung, New Jersey