Aug 18, 2015

First Day of School

Chanel with Mint Julep Cup and a Rose, 6"x8" Oil on linen Panel
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The first day of school and I have butterflies in my stomach---I thought I was over that. Yikes. It's exciting to be going back and feels as though a new adventure has beginning. My only fear is that I will not be painting as much, making the experience feel a bit bitter-sweet.                                    
Bees on Honey Frame, 5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
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Aug 9, 2015

Last of Summer Paintings

Antler with Rose Still Life, 5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
SOLD 

Private Collection in Solano, NM
Honeybees, 5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collection Tigard, OR 
Papaya Still Life, 5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
SOLD

Private Collection Tigard, OR 

Aug 1, 2015

Summer Paintings

Chanel Book with Roses, 6"x8" Oil on linen Panel
SOLD

Private Collection in Pearland, TX
Raspberries in Blue and White Bowl, 6"x6" Oil on linen Panel
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Seashell with Blue Feather, 5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
SOLD

Private Collection in College Station, TX 

Jul 27, 2015

Continue to be Inspired by the Rose Master-- Henri Fantin-Latour

Pink Roses with Green, 5"x7" Oil on linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collection in Lebanon, IN
Nest with Robin's Egg, 6"x6" Oil on linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collection in Tacoma, WA
Berries in a Teacup, 6"x6" Oil on linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collector in Doddinghurst, UK
Tiffany Bag, 6"x6" Oil on linen Panel
SOLD

Private Collection in Lebanon, IN

Jul 21, 2015

A Winter Quinceañera in June

My beautiful quinceañera. She was really born in December, but with all the icy winters we have had in the last few years, we thought it best to wait until summer to celebrate. One of the first posts I ever did was of my oldest's quinceañera. It seems like just a few months ago. But five years later, this is where we are.

Nautilus Seashell Still Life, 6"x6" Oil on Linen
SOLD 

Private Collection in Windham, NH
Raspberries in a Teacup, 6"x6" Oil on linen Panel
SOLD

Private Collection in Chelmsford, MA 
Ezri and her dad. I'm hoping he doesn't catch me posting that photo, but I love it so much.
We were thrilled to find beautiful Italian lace in the perfect shade of pink to make her dress. I spent two days. I'll have to take a photo of the back. It had a big satin bow with crystals sewn on the center. 
Ezri and her damas and flower girls.
My nephew and nieces.
My two wonderful girls who I love with all my being.

Jul 3, 2015

Summer Paintings

Roses in Glass Vase,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD 

Private Collection in Lebanon, IN 
Hydrangeas in Glass Cylinder,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD

Private Collection in Rockford, IL
Rainier Cherries with White Bowl,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
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Jun 28, 2015

The Apple Tree that Could

Peonies in Glass Vase,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collection in Lebanon, IN 
Green Apple,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD

Private Collection in NewCanaan, CT 
 This little painting is of an apple from an apple tree on our property. I've been babying it for about four years now. To my surprise, last year it finally gave apples. However, after a couple of days of seeing the tree with lots of apples adorning its branches, I took my daughter to see the little miracle, but ALL the apples were gone. She looked at me as though I was trying to pull her leg. This year, the tree was filled with even more apples. I hope they mature well so that I may share with my neighbor that's been admiring it. 
Still Life with Chanel,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD

Private Collection in Pacifica, CA

Jun 16, 2015

The Queen is Here


Queen, My Queen,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collection in Pendoylan, UK 
My bees are home. I have recently acquired two bee hives (photos are below) and I have really had so much fun watching them do all their bee things. An experienced beekeeper came by to check on them and gave me a permission to take a photo of one of my queen bees. The painting about is a sketch of that photo. She is beautiful!

Mint Julep Cup with Mandarin,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD

Private Collection in Windham, NH
Three Seckel Pears,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collector in Doddinghurst, UK

Still Life with Figs and Cobalt,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collection in Pacifica, CA


Jun 12, 2015

June Paintings

Still Life with Lemons on White,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collector in Sydney, Australia
Candle Still Life,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collection in Solano, NM

Jun 4, 2015

The Winds of Change

Still Life with Chanel No.5 and Rose,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD

Private Collection in Pearland, Tx

Rainier Cherries,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collector in Doddinghurst, UK

For most of my life my weight has fluctuated some. I've tried many things--some intelligent, others not so much. However, nothing ever stuck. Right after I turned 39, I decided it was now or never and that I would research and find out what healthy, doable changes I could make that would stick. After I worked and saw 28 pounds come off in 4 months ( through a healthy limiting of calories, eating more raw fruits and vegetables and jogging for 45 minutes a day---everyday), I realize that I needed more information. I need this for myself and my family, because I want them to be healthy also--not a weight issue, just a full, healthy life thing. So, I am headed back to school to become a registered dietitian. It is scary--time, tuition, sacrifices, etc. However, it's one of those "if I don't do it, I will regret it" type things.

This means, that I will paint for the next two months, as much as I as can, and then I just don't know. I hope that I will have time here and there to sneak in a painting, but I can't promise anything. After all, in April and May I hardly had time to paint and I was only teaching at the time. 
Doris Lessing's words might have to be tattooed on my hand as my new mantra.

 “Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.” ― Doris Lessing

Thank you for your encouraging words, your support, for taking time to follow and read my little blog. It means a great deal to me. THANK YOU. I hope you will continue to follow/be subscribed as I try my hardest to post a painting or two every once in a while.

Apr 14, 2015

April Still Life Paintings

Chanel N0.5 Bottle,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD 
Private Collection in Bartlett, TN.
Strawberries with Market Basket,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collection in Chelmsford, MA
Blue and White Ginger Jar with Roses,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collection in Pearland, TX

Mar 24, 2015

Spring Break Paintings

Flow Blue Cup with Daffodil,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collection in Sterling, VA
Raspberries in Blue and White Cup,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD

Private Collection in Osceola, WI 
Strawberries in Silver Cup,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD 
Private Collection in Sterling, VA 

Mar 18, 2015

Inspiration: Whistler and His More than 50 Shades of Grey

Red Pear with Pear Half Oil Painting on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collection in 
Middletown, DE 
Paperwhites in Glass,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD
Private Collection in Osceola, WI 

No, I have not read the book or watched the movie that so many have been discussing. Instead, I watched the movie, James McNeill Whistler: The Case for Beauty. It was gorgeous, funny, insightful and very inspiring. I truly connected to his concept of portraying things that are appealing and that beautify our living spaces. In paying homage to such beauty in greys, I thought to paint a couple of paintings using a limited color pallet. 
Mint Julep Cup with Cherry,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD

Private Collection in  Windham, NH

Mar 3, 2015

Is it Spring Yet?

Book Collection: Chanel with Peonies,  Oil on 6"x8" Linen Panel
SOLD 
Private Collection in Yukon, Oklahoma
This year, I have several hundreds of little things to be awaiting impatiently-- I have taken beekeeping class this winter and will soon be venturing at taking good care of a couple of hives.
* Please, note that due to inclement weather, paintings will be shipped up to 10 days (instead of the usual 5) after the auction has ended, so that they may be shipped one days with the best possible weather conditions. 

Lemon with Leaf Still Life,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD

Private Collection in Chelmsford, MA
            My anticipation for Spring time grows even stronger it seems as the days get colder. I understand that it is so very selfish to complain about our cold Oklahoma weather and our bits of snow and ice here and there seeing how bad friends to the east of the country have had it this winter. However, on this very selfish note, I  miss the warm weather, flowers in the garden and leaves covering our naked trees. I miss flip flops and the winds that smell of sweet grass. I even miss arguing with the darn bunny that has made its home in the center of my little flower bed. 
Pearl Onions with Flow Blue Bowl,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD 

Private Collection in Solano, NM

Feb 24, 2015

Snow Day Paintings

Cream Hydrangeas in Silver,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD 
Private Collection in Rockford, IL
Roses in Chanel No. 5,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
SOLD 

Private Collection in Pearland, TX
Peonies in Blue and White Ginger Jar,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
SOLD 
Private Collection in Rockford, IL