Thursday, December 31, 2009

Portrait of Leslie Lockhart

I want to say right off the bat that I accidentally mixed in some acrylic paint with my oils in the early stages of this one, hence the flaky look to the surface. If it were a commission I would have started over with a new clean canvas but I wasn't even sure it was my final version. (this being the second attempt) So, thank goodness tonight is the final deadline or I was tempted to start again with a third canvas. This is 11 x 14 oil (plus acrylic :) on gallery wrap canvas. Happy New Year to all!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Fat Fender Chevy

My husband has been wanting a 1955 or 1956 fat fender Chevy truck like this since he first laid eyes on one. He likes the split window and wants one in International Harvester Green. I'm not sure he'll ever really buy one because he enjoys dreaming about it so much. This particular truck is by the side of Highway 71 between Austin and Houston. I think my husband knows where each one of these is, all over Texas. So I thought I'd paint him one. But I can paint him another one if anyone buys it at the Maranda Pleasant Gallery Artbox Show this Saturday night. :) $100 with a portion going to charity. 12 x 12, acrylic on 2 inch deep cradled wood panel. SOLD

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


This is Mutt (of "Mutt 'n Jeff" -- another painting from a few years ago featuring a seagull and penguin who were hanging out together in Port Aransas). This will be at the Maranda Pleasant Gallery Holiday Artbox Show on December 5th here in Austin. 12 x 12 x 2 oil on cradled wood panel. SOLD

Saturday, November 7, 2009


I wanted this to be super loose to convey the movement of my friend KK's dog Shiner having fun with his tennis ball. I had it even looser than this but, you know how that goes! This is really small for me but I may do a 12x12 oil of it for the Maranda Pleasant show in Austin on December 5th. 5x5 acrylic on canvas. Private Collection.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Portrait of Kelli Bland

November 2, 2009 -- When I'm not sure what to paint sometimes I'll take out an old AFG sketch and try to flesh it out some. Having to try and recall what the model looked like is tricky so as always, it's not an exact likeness. For example I don't recall she really had patchwork hair. 16 x 20 oil on board.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Gimme Some Cow Candy

We visited our friends' family farm this weekend and I got to photograph cows being fed. One came up to me and got her face right up under my camera so I snapped her picture. She thought I had cow candy, then turned around afterward to see all the other cows with bowls full of it. Well, I didn't trick her on purpose. Her eyes were so big as she tried not to get her horns caught, lifting her chin up. So cute. 16 x 20 x 1.5 oil on gallery wrap canvas.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Umbrella Girls, WIP New Detail

The complete painting (previous version) is several posts below but here is a new detail as of last night. I'm having trouble getting a good photo. My next task is to alter the fearful facial expression -- I think both my girls were enjoying the rainy night and the cool wind sweeping past them. Remember, this is Texas... we love our rain, when we get it! 20 x 16 oil/canvas, Not for Sale.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Portrait of Honoria Starbuck - WIP

I have a big collection of my earlier paintings done in acrylic at Austin Figurative Gallery. I intend to rework and finish out as many of them as I can, as most of them are pretty much sketches (often done in 15 minutes or less). This portrait started that way; one night at AFG the model didn't show up so we all took turns sitting. This is the Austin artist Honoria Starbuck. I might turn the background into an indoor or abstract setting and her blouse is just mostly blocked in. From the bottom up are: the original sketch (I like the fresh colors and spontaneity of it) and then yesterday's oil version, and at the top, today's version with a face close-up. 20 x 24 oil on canvas.

Friday, August 7, 2009


Today I wanted to try a new painting place in my house since my studio is feeling uninspiring to me. The light in one bathroom is really bright with big white counter space. I kind of liked it :) So I just did this little setup of three grapefruit (which sat at such a nice height on the bathroom shelf). It's a mostly white bathroom and I have a feeling I may end up painting my studio all white and working on the lighting. I need as few visual distractions as possible when I'm awaiting "the Muse." The main thing is that I'm just trying to get in the swing again so this was what the doctor ordered... a little warm-up, back to oil painting today. Busy weekend ahead and then Monday I'll see about working on my umbrella girls portrait. The next day, Madeline (little umbrella girl) comes home from 7 weeks in Paris! woohoo! I cannot wait! 8 x 10 oil Private Collection.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Addie In Her New Home

I was so happy and proud to get this photo of my portrait of Addie in its new home. It is now installed in the Johns household of Dallas, Texas (where I grew up and where most of my family still lives). The canvas is almost 2 inches deep with edges painted a lacquered brownish red but that doesn't show in this photo. Anyway I think it blends very nicely with the setting, and it inspires me to do all the animal portraits I can. I love the idea of making more people happy with permanent memories of their beloved pets. So, that's a goal -- more practice in that direction. I think I'll see if I can find a photo of our yellow tabby cat Henry we had when the girls were little... he was like a dog, and that's a high compliment from me.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Time Out

It has been over a year since I painted in acrylic so I thought I'd see how that felt again. Wasn't thrilled with how fast it kept drying and I missed the smooth stroke of an oily paintbrush. The good thing was that the colors stayed separated. Might try it again in oil for comparison but I already sent this one in to Karin Jurick. 11 x 12 inches on canvas. Private Collection. (afterthought -- do any of you ever paint an entire painting again over a completed acrylic one?)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Pennsylvania Landscape

As I was nearing the end of painting this tonight I started hearing Kenny Rogers singing "...You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away..." ... Not a good sign considering I know I should have walked away sooner. I waited until about 6 PM tonight to start this after a busy last several weeks. I thought I should at least go ahead and face the challenge and if I missed the deadline, oh well. It was those silos that were putting me off... I kept getting tired of seeing them and then I wasn't sure what the focal point should be. So I decided just to paint it for the experience of trying to capture the patterns receding into the distance. I think I learned a good bit and it got me thinking about things I'll need to know when I paint landscapes with a distant horizon. It will take lots of practice -- sure is harder than I thought it would be! Oh well, it was painted in a rush -- that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. 12 x 12 x 1, oil on gallery wrap canvas

Friday, May 15, 2009

Umbrella Girls - WIP

This portrait is a work in progress (detail at top). These are our daughters about 19 years ago. I have been looking at Dana Cooper's and Paula Villanova's beautiful portraits. They are both amazing, inspiring painters. 16 x 20 oil on canvas, NFS.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Our Woodshed

This is my first attempt in a long time to do a landscape. 24 x 20 oil on stretched canvas.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


This was a 3 hour attempt for Karin Jurick's current challenge. I have other projects waiting so I'm sending it in and moving on! 20 x 16, oil on canvas.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Addie, Done!

I'm calling this girl done! 30 x 24 x 1.5, oil on gallery wrap canvas, NFS.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Addie Commission WIP

Yes, I'm still working on Addie; This is day 2's effort on Big Addie -- 30 x 24 x 1.5.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Diana's Companion

This is my Karin Jurick entry for this time. 11" x 8", graphite on paper. The original sculpture was done in 1724 by Jean-Louis Lemoyne.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Last Tweak

This study is finished, next the big canvas...

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Addie Study Tweaked

I decided the driveway looked like an extension of Addie's head so I turned it into grass and did some value/hue tweaking today. I'll probably leave this alone now and move on to the final canvas which is now going to be 30 x 24.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Painted Study of Addie

Here's my first study, 10 x 8 oil on canvas paper.

Sketch of Addie

An old friend since elementary school in Dallas has commissioned me to paint her dog Addie. This sketch is based on the photo she gave me.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


I love the look of a Patron bottle (and the way the tequila makes margaritas taste). yyyyyyummmmmm 10 x 8 oil on canvas panel.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Beach Girl

My husband is a big fan of paintings of pretty girls so he loves this one. 10 x 8 oil on canvas.

Friday, March 20, 2009

20 Minutes I'm SO Glad I Spent!

If you are a creative person who has *ever* experienced even one moment of anxiety over pursuing your artistic endeavor, I hope you will watch this 20 minute talk by Elizabeth Gilbert. It may be some of the best 20 minutes I've ever experienced -- exTREMEly helpful to me and I hope it will be for you also.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

"How Can I Thank You?"

March 3, 2009
For Karin Jurick's challenge... 16 x 12 oil on canvas board.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Horses Playing

February 27, 2009
For the purposes here, this is done.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Horses Playing - Still in Progress

February 19, 2o09
I'm just posting this to get credit for my many hours of work on it today.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Horses Playing - Work in Progress

February 18, 2009
I started these horses today. 16 x 16, oil on ampersand board.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Horses Playing

February 12, 2009
I'm going to paint some horses that a friend of mine considers family. This is a preliminary sketch from a photo of two young males, Squall and Pickle, who like to play.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


February 9, 2009
This is my friend Amy's dog Casey. 11 x 13 oil on panel.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Lava Lamp Moon

February 3, 2009
My daughter has asked me to paint the moon for her. So here it is, a 24 x 24 canvas. She found a neat space-view photo showing the terrain and cloud cover and the various 'potholes.' I abstracted a lot of it -- had a lot of fun.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Painted Lady's Cry for Help

January 30, 2009
I painted this for Karin Jurick's site. Underneath this woman's face is a real tower with rectangular windows -- but it morphed into this painted lady, wanting out. Long story. :)

It Started With These Drawings

January 30, 2009 - Preliminary sketches for the San Francisco Victorian house which ended up as the Painted Lady's Cry For Help.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Rio Again

January 24, 2009
This is our golden retriever Rio again (who died several years ago) . I always love to revisit his cheerful ever-present smile.

Friday, January 23, 2009


January 23, 2009
My nephew Zach who plays in the band Black Joe Lewis. I deleted all the other photos and entries to save space, but thank you all for your comments, I truly appreciated hearing them! 48" x 36", oil on canvas, NFS.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Photos of my Portrait Process

January 8, 2008
My final version is shown above. It is oil on gallery-wrap canvas, 9" x 12"
Below was the second day's progress --
First day of painting her, below. I was just trying to block in the forms of course, and it was a challenging angle for me to get right.

Below you will find my photo inspiration for the above process...

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


January 7, 2009
This final painting sure went through a lot of morphing :)