Friday, December 30, 2011

Throwing Pots..

I threw pots and played a bit with clay in high school.  So long ago and such a surprise that my hands didn't forget how to.  Was like embracing an old friend.
These are my first practice pieces with no real character to them, but its still been fun trying to manipulate the clay to obedience.  Playing in the mud legal like was a bonus too.  Several of the last pots were actually pretty nice.   A VERY welcome distraction while my studio is getting finished up.   Almost there. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Pelican, Florida

Pelican Florida
5x7 Oil on Hardboard
  Holidays are winding down and though my studio is still in flux I'm trying to paint.  Its not the best place to paint right now, to much funky reflective light bouncing about.  So I have just been doing little paintings for now.

Pelican is an example of how the ambient lighting effects the palette.  He turned out ok but he is much orangery than I was expecting.  I'm not good enough yet to compensate when mixing.  Though compensation may not even be possible but, since I didn't read that book either, I think I'm going to give it a go.
Been in a bit of a "I hate everything I paint slump"  Even my drawing has been affected.  The painting 'Dancing In Light' is causing most of my discomfort.  What I learned from the handling of light and shadow really took me to a higher level in my painting.  Now I'm struggling to master what I learned.  Makes for lots of wasted paint and a grumpy little painter.


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Re-do.. Till its done..

18X24 Oil on hardboard
Well its time to move on.. Getting tired of painting far away rocks.. ;-)  But the study, though a bit tedious, has been worth it.  I tried to show the immensity and distance.  Which meant that I was dealing with values that are very close.  Also that shapes are not well defined due to atmosphere.  So learned a lot from this one. Its signed and on the wall drying.
Studio is starting to shape up and I hope to be able to paint in there soon.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Dancing In Light

Dancing In Light
5x7 Oil on Hardboard
This one started out as a quick oil wash sketch.  I do these little ones as warm ups but usually never paint them.  This one was different.  He stared and whinnied at me all day demanding to be finished!  Well maybe that is a bit of an overstatement but its sure what it seemed like.  Since I had some left over paint on the palette I put a brush to him.  I'm a little excited that he turned out so well.  :-)

Oil Sketch- Horse

Oil Sketch

Been staring at this guy's reference photo for the last month and have him pegged for a large format painting.  Problem is I am a bit apprehensive on starting it.  Perhaps doing some smaller studies will help get me in gear.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Chapel Duet

Chapel Duet
5x7 Oil on Hardboard

Joe stayed up till 2am Thursday night to put up the walls so I could paint.  Didn't pick up a brush for the last three days.  Was busy getting ready for the Mid West Art Auction, so it didn't bother me until I got back from the show.  He had it up and heated for me today.  What a guy. :-)   

Oh... The show didn't go all that great with people not showing up due to the weather.  Worked out ok though as I still sold quite a few and got to really sit and talk to those who bought my paintings.  I hope they enjoy them as much as I did in the painting of them.

My contribution to this months Southwest Challenge.  Thanks for hosting Kay and excellent choices for the month. :-)  .  Hope to have time to do more.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Studio Re-do

Been itch'n to paint.. But the studio is in a bit of a flux mode right now, as you can see!  Started painting downstairs since I was going to work on bigger pieces.  Didn't realize that the basement would get so cold.  So hubby to the rescue.  He is finishing the downstairs and putting heat in.  Never really noticed the cold while I was painting, but when I took a break, DANG I was cold!  With getting ready for the Mid-West auction and show this week the itch was not to bad.  Think I'm going to have to take some watercolors up stairs.  Now if I can only find them!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Navajo Monument
11x14 Oil on hardboard
Another painting from Don's hosting of the WC Southwest Nov. challenge.  Thanks for the wonderful ref. photos Don.. It was fun!

Navajo Monument is far more successful a piece than that of Shiprock below.  Mainly due to the feedback from other artists, and my never ending desire to do better work as an artist. 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Shiprock Revisited
22x24 Oil  on hardboard
 Its a challenge to be an artist that is never satisfied with their work.  The  drive to do better creates such a strong internal tension that I just can't leave it alone.  The painting of Shiprock below is no exception I could not leave it as it was.   The immensity of the area called out for a proper representation of the scale and depth.  So my goal was to learn how to represent these elements.  Thanks to a few suggestions from the Southwest artists I was able to incorporate what I learned into the painting.  A few elements  are not to my liking and I'm still not pleases with.   Joe, says "Sign it." and is  not wanting me to dab anymore paint on it.  My thoughts on that are.. He has to go to sleep sometime.  ;-)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Shiprock Arizona

Oil  20x24 Linen Hardboard

  The reference for this painting came from Don's hosting of the November Southwest Challenge at Wet Canvas.   Thanks for hosting Don!

This is a bit of a redo to be honest.  I did the challenge.. Liked it one day.. Then the next day didn't like it that much at all ::sigh::.  So had to repaint it and for now this is the finish.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Mule'n Around

Here is the finish. I learned quite a bit from doing this on.   The kind folks in the Southwest forum at WC really helped me move this piece along. Still a few things I see need a bit  of attention, but it is time to move on.  I hope to be doing many more  southwest themes as I do enjoy it so.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Bill Baggs Lighthouse- Florida

Bill Baggs Lighthouse
11x14 acrylic
I'm really going to miss Florida...  Bringing a piece of it home.  Joe requested this one and for a quickie I think it turned out ok.  Sometimes I wonder just what everyone sees when they look at my paintings.  

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Flowers For Ruthie

Flowers For Ruthie
Watercolor 7x7

These flowers were painted for a special friend here in Naples.    The painting doesn't come close to the beauty of the flowers she has given me.  Thanks so much Ruthie!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Acrylic on linen
Acrylic on linen
Love vacation time!  I get to paint what ever I want.  Sometimes you need that..  A lot less like work when your painting for yourself not for others.  Not that I mind commission work and while I do enjoy painting what others like.. I find I'm more connected to the subject.
Here are two that I have been wanting to do for a few weeks. Its raining here.. but that is ok. .More time to paint!

Monday, October 10, 2011


  A little note to for those who sent emails wondering if I had stopped painting. Nope.. I have been busy painting and getting ready getting ready for this show.  Hope be posting pieces in a few days or so.  Thanks for asking.. :-) 

Also.. I wanted to thank everyone who attended the Olgelbayfest and of course the Olgelbay Stifel staff as well.  It was a great time and I sold quite a few of my small works and all of my roosters but one!  Got a handful of commissions so all in all it was a good show.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Texas Longhorn II

Acrylic, 11x14 Linen Hardboard

You might recognize this guy.  He was painted back in July.  I entered him in the Canfield Fair and there was a wee bit of a mix up by the fair people, the painting was sold twice.  Compromise was that another was to be painted, and here he is.  I was surprised to see how different the two paintings are.
(Thanks Jill.. I hope your bf likes him.)

Been busy learning watercolors and I have not gotten them to obey me yet.  I was told they never will and to go with the flow. Very hard thing to do.  But several are finished and hope to get pictures up.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Oil 5x7 Linen Hardboard
Little 5x7 oil.  Will I tried.  
WDE painting for this week.  Thanks for the ref. pics Mike!
Will have to get a better picture up on this one.  Bad camera.. or perhaps bad photographer!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Atwood Lake

11x14 Acrylic
Canvas hardboard
     I did a few quick sketches on canvas when we went fishing at Atwood Lake.  It was such a pretty area I had to bring my paints, but I forgot my white.. Oops.. One color not to forget so sketches it was.
     I have been using a very limited palette lately.  Tit. Wht, Lemon Yellow, Cad. Yel. Med., Alizarn Crimson, Ult. blue, and since I have not been able to find the tube of Chrome Oxide Green.. well I guess its even more limited.  ;-)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Highlandtown Lake- 3

Highlandtown Lake-3
5x7 Oil on Linen Hardboard
  Again, a little painting from a plein air sketch out at Highlandtown Lake, Oh.
  The camera didn't pick up the subtle blues and lovely pinks that are in this painting.  Why? Cameras are limited about 4000 colors rather than the roughly 6 to 10 million the human eye sees. A viewer's eye loves to play inside a good painting or drawing, being attracted to the colors, shifts in values, sense of line, and emphatic undertones that is found there.  Whereas a viewer will only scan a photo long enough for the brain to pick up what is needed to identify the subject. The "Ah.. I get it." moment.  There are exceptions to this though. Photos that create an emphatic feeling for the viewer also give the viewer pause and the brain allows the eye to linger and play.  When I paint I always ask myself if I am having fun on the playground, and do my paintings sing to the eye?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Old Ohio-- East Liverpool

5x7 Oil Linen Hardboard
Hope to be back to a painting or so a day.  There are so many paintings I would love to get started on, and I plan to.

This was from a plein air sketch.  The Ohio River on a lazy afternoon.  Fish were lazy too!  Not one nibble but lots of scribbles.  :-)

Garden's Doorway

5x7 Oil on Linen Hardboard
Guess everyone can tell I'm more of a landscape artist, huh?  .. ;-)

To many interruptions the last few days to paint proper and there is a deadline looming in October.  It is also an honor as well. Olglebay Institute of Art chose me to receive one of the two Up-And-Coming Professional Artist Scholarships that they offer to artists.  I was floored as well as pleased!  My booth fees and any charges will be waved for the Olglebayfest Oct. 7-9th. 

Now I really do have to paint faster!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Mountain Trails

Mountain Trails
18x24 Acrylic Gallery Wrap Canvas
Lately I've had an interest in reflected light from more of a physics standpoint than through an artist's eye.  I want to understand how light works beyond what ones mind allows the viewer to see at specific moments in time.  When one views a breathtaking scene the eye picks up the little nuances or sparkles and shows the brain, the brain never really shows these on an intellectual level.  Instead the viewer gets an emphatic rendering of the scene rather than all of the information that is really there.  The viewer enjoys the scene but can't pick out specific reasons why.  If you don't think this is true ask yourself why the human language contains so many phases along the lines of, "To beautiful for words?"  See how many more you can come up with. 
As an artist I want to invoke those feelings that the brain imparts to the viewer, I think this is what makes art far more appealing than viewing a photo. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


11x14 Acrylic on Linen Hardboard
  The mast, rope lines, and reflections were a daunting addition that I was reluctant to add in.  So, after having it on the easel for 6 weeks I decided that if it didn't turn out I would just paint another.  I have a real fear of adding finishing touches on paintings.  The addition of just one color next to another, color relativity, can change the whole painting.  Been there done that.  ;-)  Thankfully those mistakes are becoming fewer and farther apart.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Highlandtown Lake II Plein Air

Highlandtown Lake II
5x7 Acrylic
   Painting has always given me respite from physical pain. Now I find the focus it requires gives solace from other kinds of hurt.  So quietly painting the last few days.  The last week has been very trying and sad. I  pray that the worst fear I have doesn't come to pass.  Lord willing dad will be with us a little while longer with a measure of health. In this I pray.
    Funny how one marks things in life's cycle.  One year and full circle today as I put a few paintings in the Columbiana County fair.  Last year it was the first place I started out. Fearful and anxious that my paintings would be looked at by others.  Now this year I'm expectant of perhaps doing well.   Ha!  If that is not a 180 deg. change in tune!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Red Rooster
5x7 Watercolor
Roosters are such fun to do and this little game rooster was no exception.  Just a quicky as I was trying out watercolors for the first time.  I have only used watercolor pencils and it was much different to start with a brush.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Texas Longhorn

11x14 Acrylic on Linen Hardboard
The reference for this piece came from the Wet Canvas Southwest Monthly Event. Probably going to adjust his horns and hair-do a bit.. But he is done.. Thanks for hosting Kay.. may have time for another one! 

Plein Air #5 Highlandtown Lake

Highlandtown Lake
Oil 11x14 on Linen Hardboard
Plein Air in oils on linen hardboard.  We went fishing.. Nice relaxing evening.  One thing about the oils though they are messy to bring home.  Joe is still chiseling a bit of paint here and there from the car.. ;-)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Redwood Forest

11x14 Acrylic on linen panel
The older redwood forests have a powerful dynamic thrust which tends to obliterate long patterns of light and shadow.  This is a young forest and while the trees are still large by any standards the branches are more open and allow such a wonderful stream of light to cascade in.  I tried to capture that.
 Thanks Jack for the many pictures..  Keep taken those wonderful vacations! 

Monday, July 11, 2011

YSU Arts Festival

Setup for the YSU Show.
    I had a wonderful 1st Festival, The YSU Festival of The Arts, in Youngstown, Ohio.
   To all that stopped in to view, comment, and take a painting home, "Thank you!"
    There are no words to express my appreciation and thanks to all the artists, who helped with little gems of wisdom, and also to the staff and volunteers who excelled at making this show a wonderful event for both the public and the artists. A heartfelt thank you to all.

   Last month I imagined art as a melody and song, and I hoped my melodies would sing well to others  This weekend I found that they do sing and resonate.  I am honored by all those who heard my song..  Thank you.


Friday, July 1, 2011

Mountain Ruts

Mountain Ruts
18x24 Canvas Acrylics

In the high mountains early sunrise.. The colors are spectacular.  In trying to capture this concept of color, rather than the realistic view, I got a little lost.  This has been on the easel for a month.  Today was the day to finish it.  

Quiet Seas

Quiet Seas
12x16 mixed media
Started this painting at a workshop.  I had never gone to one before and was very very sadly disappointed.  But.. Lets not go there.
  I sketched in the main points.. and sponged in the values and shapes with acrylics.  Took all of about 25 mins.  I quit as I was a bit disillusioned and decided to take this home and finish it in oils. So that it would not be a wasted day I studied the painting and made mental notes as to how to complete it.  I have been trying to do the mental painting more often.  To help my brain really see what is there in front of me and not what I think I see.
  This is the final result.


Thursday, June 30, 2011

Rock and Flower

Rock & Flower
Mixed Media / Oil & acrylic
Finally got to go out and play outside. Been a bit under the weather lately so it was a nice little outing,  Did a acrylic under painting plein air of one of my backyard flower beds. Then finished it in-studio with oils.
    I'm finding it a real challenge to paint outside without an audience.  But, when unexpected company shows up, well I just wanted to hide.  So when very sweet young man of  12 or so showed up suddenly to see what was going on. I panicked..but since dashing away would have really look silly, I stood my ground. I must have had the deer in the headlight look as my Joe was watching from the pier with his 'amused country boy grin' on.
  Braced for the worst.. as the visitor unabashedly sauntered up with his fishing pole.  I watched in slow motion, it seemed. As he checked out my painting...  "Lady... That is a really nice painting!"   I could barely sputter out.. "Thanks."
   Then Joe let out a deep rumble of heartfelt laughter. "Now are you going to believe me Honey?!"  I smirked and grinned.  Sure did make me feel a whole lot better about painting in front of strangers.
  If I attend the YSU Festival Of The Arts, July 9t & 10th,  I signed up to do painting at my booth.  The intent being to help me get over painting with people watching.  I think they have  pysc program there.. ;-)  I may need counseling afterwards... ;-)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Mountain Trail

9x12 Acrylic
18x24 Acrylic
Had some fun today with a photo from the Southwest Monthly Challenge.   I did this one to help me get warmed up to finish the large one. ::Sigh::

I started this one earlier in the month in a bigger format as well as in a different style.  Here is sits...  I'm stuck..  Should have finished it immediately.  Now I'm afraid of it.. LOL..

  To me the center is done.  The left and right corners have been the areas pitching me fits.  Mentor Bill says to get bigger brushes and knives.
Feel free to comment if you have a suggestion.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Plein Air Chalange #2

10x12  acrylic
Always wanted to paint outside.. hard to do on ones own.  So a few of the Wet Canvas people are doing it virtually.. Pretty cool.  We are painting 100 plein air to get a good understanding of subject and composition,values, hue, and chroma.  This is #2.  Three hours..  its harder than it looks.. ;-)

Pelican In Flight

Oils 9x12
I enjoy painting birds and this one was no exception!  The ref. photo was for this weeks Wet Canvas Weekend Drawing Event.  This was going to be a warm up for me to get a rhythm going.  I have three pieces on the easel that need attention.. But this one was to much fun to stop.. ;-)
  Beth (SignChick) is hosting this weeks event, and she put up quite a few ref that I really like.  Might just see another painting from me from her WDE. Thanks Beth!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sunset II

Sunset II
Oils 11x6 on hardboard

 Taken, again, from Eye Paint's wde-  Challenge was to use knives didn't even use fingers.  ;-)  Learned a lot about softening edges with the knife, long ways to go on that front.  Looks better on the easel cause I give up photographing heavy impasto.
  A side note here..  We got our fishing licenses and since some of us on WC are doing a new project "Paint 100 Plein Air Pieces"  I hope to have many landscapes with lakes and old farm ponds soon! (Catch and release cause Momma hates to cook fish in the house!)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Blue Heron

Oils 5x7 Hardboard
Just a little 5x7 taken from the Wet Canvas Wee3kend Drawing Event.  Finally got one done early!  Eye Paint is the host this week and again.. lots of wonderful ref. photos.  I even did the challenge, which was to use knives.  What country gal doesn't like to play with knives.  ;-)
I hope to get a few more little ones done today.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Yellow Rapeseed

5x7 Acrylic Linen Hardboard
I love old trees with character.. Not that I can paint them well.. But I do try.. This was a WDE hosted by Scatty.

Little Chestnut Mare

5x7 Acrylic on linen Hardwood
Took a day just to paint. Garden is planted and to wet to put in the rest of the flower beds.. so why not?

Scatty was the host for the Wet Canvas WDE, she had quite a few referances that I would like to do so picked two..
First was this little mare.. I didn't do her justice.. but sure did enjoy painting her.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Summer Jetty

Summer Jetty
Oils 11x14
Canvas Hardboard

Water has such an intimate draw to humans. When I watch people who stand on the coastline, I see their eyes constantly scan the expanse before them. Occasionally their fascination with the undulating rhythm is interrupted by a seagull or other creature. But soon their gaze returns to the sea. Then off come the shoes and they reach in to pat and play as the water swirls about their ankles. I am no different than those on the beach and the years have not diminished the my yearning and study of the colors and shapes are within the waves. They say paint what you know.. I say paint what drives you! Whatever the connection that we humans have to the ocean, it is a marvel to behold.    One of God's wonders laid out in all its splendor which I am driven to put to canvas.  But a shallow copy of the splendor He lays before us.  An artist can but try....

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Blue Alaska

Blue Alaska
Oil 11x14 Gallery Wrap Canvas

Alaska revisited.. A year of study changes how one perceives the world. Value, and color is not just what is put down on the canvas.  The creative mind adds harmony and the brush becomes an instrument that sings to the viewer.  I hope my paintings sing well.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Water Lily

Water Lily
11x14 Linen Hardboard
       Its been two years since the accident.  Lots of  mixed feelings and lack of interest in things, painting being one of them.  As much as I prayed for a perfect healing, I know I will never have my health back.  I thank God that the neck surgery has given me a measure of relief and the pain is now bearable. What a joy it is that I can plant flowers, and take a walk about with my Joe.
    So yesterday I decided to quit being so melancholy and paint! Went to the Week End Drawing Event at Wet Canvas.. Picked out a reference, sat down and painted!  This past week Robert (Skappy) graciously hosted.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Awaiting Renewal

Awaiting Renewal
18x24 On Linen Hardboard
Hard to believe that only 8 days have past since I started on this.  It consumed me a bit so it feels more like a month has gone by.  Hard part was waiting for the oil to get tacky enough to press forward.  For the 'moment' I'm happy with it.  Probably put this one in the Crosscurrent Stifel Show this week. 
  The reference for this came from the Wet Canvas April Landscape Challenge.  I wandered over to the forum to see last months work and liked the ref. so I decided to paint it.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Yesterday... A good painting day..

I have been very quiet. Not painting much the last two weeks.  Makes me feel guilty when I don't at least try and paint.  Made up for it yesterday though.  Painted 3 5x7s and just had fun.

Camera died.. :-/  So I am at the mercy of a not so good one..  Running up to the camera shop on Thursday to see what works well with knife paintings.  The studies of the building are from the Steubenville (Ohio) Blast Furnace Plant.. Sadly now empty.
 I really miss my camera...  Ocean Jetty... Well better than no picture at all
Ocean Jetty
Oil 5x7 Linen Hard Board

Saturday, May 7, 2011

My First Best In Show Award!

The Steubenville Art Association had their Art Show reception today. I knew I had won an award but would not find out which one till the opening. I just knew it was an honorable mention and I was super excited just to be considered at the show. I started walking down the hall looking at all the great paintings. I glanced up and became quite dumbfounded then went right into shock from there. Is that my painting? Why is it on an easel?..No.. No... Can't be... Ribbon.. no.. Yes.. Its a Purple Ribbon! My first Juried show.. and a best in show. I'll be painting on cloud nine for a few days

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Sometimes we all feel a bit adrift at times. Guess I have been busy with painting and not finishing them.  Its hard to finish a piece as I tend to freeze when it is starting to look good and I am happy with it,   There are three more on the easel and I have decided that I'm going to finish them today.. well.. maybe tomorrow..  ;-)

Thursday, April 14, 2011


I had been planning to work on a still life.  But someone ate the grapes. ;-)   Not a  lost morning though as I had snapped this little guy sunning himself at the Naples beach last year and had him tucked away in the to-do file.  Since the oils are still out.. I grabbed a knife and now he is finished.  Much more colorful in real life.. as blues and purples never are quite right in pictures.  My main goal was making this a bright, cheerful, and sunny.
5x7 Oil on Linen Hardboard