Saturday, June 27, 2009

“Low Tide Stroll”

40" x 10"

Oil on Canvas

My favorite time to walk on the beach, early morning before the tide starts to roll back in. The air is crisp and the breeze warm blowing off the water. One of the best parts of painting is the places it takes you!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

For the Love of Animals --- Sold

Oil on Canvas
30" x 15"
Just another busy day at a show in South Carolina or so I thought. As I’m busily talking with I am not sure how many people, I did not realized someone had not only come in my booth, chatted, checked out my animal paintings, made the decision to have me do a commission for her but walked the two miles back home to get the photo and returned before it could register with me she really liked my work!!

I had the opportunity to paint this wonderful animal in all of his Glory, and I must say I got rather attached. This amazing dog was homed with someone through Greyhound Crossroads, who turned him back in and was lucky enough to find the perfect loving home where he got to live life to the fullest. He now has these initials after his name: FCh, RE, JC, CGC, TDI, GCADX which I have very little idea what they mean. The CGC is Canine Good Citizen; TDI is probably therapy dog international but I am not sure about the others. JD has learned to read from Flash cards, about 15 words. Things like sit, stay, down, etc. “Really one smart dog.”

She was telling me “Last year he was diagnosed with bone cancer - left front leg. Joanne treated him very aggressively with homeopathy, and natural remedies - and herbs. He's still around. Moves slowly, but still with us.”

The painting is for her and her love of this awesome animal!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Plein Air Discoveries

Fay’s Step
8” x 6”
Oil on Panel

It never ceases to amaze me how much you learn painting from life, and socializing with other artist. Last week for the first time in a while, I went out painting with some friends just for the fun of it. Phil told me about the site I mentioned below PLEIN AIR ARTISTS. The painting above from that adventure.

I was checking out their forum on the site and found a great comment about "Thoughts on Plein air painting" and felt compelled to respond to the comments myself, which is not something I would have done in the past, before my days as a blogger!! Below is my response, if you would like to check out the forum click here.


I have been an artist all of my life but only began painting in 2003, at first I was self taught using books videos whatever I could. In the beginning all I knew was painting from photos but very quickly became restless and felt the need to become more painterly, and to understand how not to be limited by a photo.

My first workshop was in Plien Air, and I very quickly realized what I had been missing and how It would help me grow as an artist. I have continued taking workshops, both Plein Air and Studio as well as drawing classes. I have also learned a great deal by simply painting with friends and sharing ideas.

One of the great things about art is the endless supply of sources to learn, and though William F. Reese is so right about being robbed by using photos too soon, it can be overcome. It can be used when starting out as a way to build that necessary confidence to stick with it, as long as you realize what it takes to move beyond the photo. A few seemingly successful paintings can give you that thirst to want to know more. In my case it made me realize I had some talent and what I didn’t have, I could learn.

Well, I am still learning and even more thirsty than before. I am so grateful to people like yourself that are willing to share information and help point us in directions that may help us learn and grow.

No matter how unconventionally we may get there, its sites like these that help keep us on track. When it comes to learning at least, William is right, anything goes.

Sunday, June 7, 2009


I want to let everyone that has been kind enough to try and leave a comment on my page the last few weeks that I have had a technical difficulty that led to them not being posted. After a recommendation to turn on my Comment moderation, due to typo in my notification e-mail address I was not receiving notice of the comments and they were not being posted. Thanks to someone being persistent and then e-mailing me direct that there was a problem I now have it corrected!

Thanks so much for all of you support and encouraging words.


Friday, June 5, 2009


Oil on Canvas
20" x 10"

Plein Air Study
12” x 10”

I was recently invited to join a site called PLEIN AIR ARTISTS. And though I am still in the exploring stages of it I find it to be a wealth of information. I was blown away when I looked at it this morning and already a piece of my work was listed as one of today’s featured paintings. What a great way to start my day! I thought I would share the info with ya’ll. Hope you enjoy. If any of you join be sure and look me up as a friend!

The painting that was featured was the study I did standing in the middle of a river on a rock so I would be able to get the color right in the above painting. I knew a camera would never capture the vibrant colors that were in front of me.