Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Ring Around the Rosy

How do people paint and get ready for Christmas? I do not know. For me, it's one or the other. I'm enjoying Christmas more after the fact than before. All the hectic-ness is over and this week between Christmas and the New Year is always a nice reprieve for us. It has snowed twice, which slows things down even more. My favorite Christmas present: time to be still and quiet, time to reflect on God's goodness and what Christ did for all of us...every living soul.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


This was a fun painting to do. I have a very large collection of pretty paper and it's about time I use it up (so I can buy more!) I call it Happiness because I was happy working on it and it makes me happy to look at it. I hope it does you, too.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Slice of Summer


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It's freezing here and I'm longing for the days of flip-flops and cantaloupe. And eating cherries on the front porch, spitting the seeds out into the yard, hoping a tree will come up...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


I don't have a lot to say about this painting except that I love turnips and I love these colors together!

Monday, December 7, 2009

In and Out

Limes. One of my favorite fruits. I love it squeezed in my water, all over any kind of Mexican food, and especially in a real fruit, pulp-and-all popsicle. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Bucket of Roses


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I made this arrangement for my daughter's graduation party several years ago and painted the picture from a photo. I always liked these colors together.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Out Back

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This round bale is in the meadow behind my house. I love how it looks in all kinds of weather and have countless pictures of it in snow, fog, etc. This picture was painted in the late afternoon when the sun was lighting up the tops of the grass in front of the bale.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Bathing Beauty

sold I finally did it. I've opened an eBay store and will begin listing my paintings for auction as I get them painted. It is time to get serious about my painting career (other than just in my mind) and this is the next step. This painting is my first listing. And this post is my trial run for linking, etc. Here we go........

Monday, November 16, 2009

in with the old

"Antique Breeze" 6"x6", oil, $120. Available at River Oaks Gallery, Abilene Tx

I love old things, usually more than new. Old fans are prettier and quieter. This one reminds me of spending the night at my grandmother's house with my cousins when we were really little. We'd all sleep in the same bed, facing the same direction, scratching each other's backs. Then, everyone would turn over and repeat. I think Mamaw was always in the middle so that her back got scratched from both directions. She deserved it. Window open, fan blowing, sweet memories....

new mexico apple

"New Mexico Apple" oil, 6"x6" $120. sold

My daughter and her fiance' brought a sack of apples back from his hometown in New Mexico this fall. I nabbed this one because of the still-attached leaves and it waited patiently in my refrigerator until I had time to paint it. Too pretty to eat.

Monday, October 19, 2009

roses from my garden

My rose garden is bursting forth with blooms these days and I am loving having fresh flowers on the table all the time. And the smell! The Peace rose is intoxicating. Enjoy...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

foggy morning

The mornings lately have been like this. I love how the weather changes the landscape and hope to paint some of these foggy scenes soon.

This (above) is my favorite.

My studio with its new yellow door.

Cookie and Kitten.

Minnie Mae is always so accommodating - posing just right. Oops...I forgot about my empty pots. Add to tomorrow's list.

By the time I had walked all over the property with my camera, I was as dewy as this rose.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

new and improved


Well, I just couldn't let the cow rest in peace. It never felt finished so, even though the photo I was painting from showed smooth, new grass and no shadows (the morning was hazy), after lots of contemplation and good advice from my art teacher, Paul Friske, artistic license was taken, texture and shadows added. Here is the finished cow. May she rest in peace.

Monday, September 14, 2009


"Breakfast" oil, 8x10
...a finished painting. After all this time. The photo is crooked - the horizon line is straight in the painting and I probably should have waited and taken a better one, but I'm impatient and ready to get back in the swing of things. This is my first attempt at a cow and I really enjoyed it so I will do more, I'm sure.

Friday, August 28, 2009

happy news

Our family is about to be blessed with another wonderful son! Garrett proposed to Anna at a picnic on our farm that he carefully planned and prepared.

Off they went with a picnic basket full of goodies and a ring in Garrett's pocket. (We weren't spying. Really, we weren't. But I knew she'd want a picture.)

The charm bracelet, which he gave her first, spells out "Marry Me," but she was too excited to read it. On to the next step. Down on his knee, he asked.

She said yes!

We are planning a June 5th wedding for this sweet couple and are thanking God for His goodness and good gifts.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

the girls

Besides our pretty cows, we also have pretty chickens. Don't I have great subject matter for paintings? Soon, they will be laying pretty eggs; blue, green, yellow and brown. More food to paint, then eat.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

my cows

My husband called me a couple of weeks ago to tell me that our cow-man friend, Garland, knew of some cows for sale just like I've always wanted; Oreo cows. They were at a sale barn about an hour from here and would be auctioned off the next day, possibly headed for the meat packing plant! I wish I could have bought them all, but could only bring these two home, a mother and baby which I have named Cookie and Kitten. Aren't they pretty? As with all our animals, they are now spoiled rotten. I can hardly step out the door without them right by my side mooing for cow cubes. They sleep just outside the front yard fence like great big dogs. They are supposed to help with the mowing though I can't see much progress.

But aren't they pretty?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


"Happiness" mixed media, 6"x6" $60.00
I haven't picked up a brush in weeks so thought it wise to warm up with something fun and easy. I used paper from my huge collection, oil paints and pastels. Had a lot of fun and can't wait to get in the studio and do some more.

Monday, August 10, 2009

art opening

Austin, me, and Becky in front of her beautiful mural-size painting.

A great turn-out - over 200 people.

Here, you can see Becky's work on the back wall, mine on the right and Austin's pieces on pedestals.

It was such a fun evening...lots of food and good friends. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and thank you to all who have supported and helped me in so many different ways. Family and friends are two of God's best gifts!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

opening reception

"Slice of Summer" oil, 6"x8" $130.00 framed

Hello, everyone! Austin, Becky and I are having a reception to open our show at River Oaks Gallery in Abilene Frame 'n' Art Shop, Friday, August 7th, from 6:30-8:00. Lots of pretty things to look at, nice people to mingle with, and good food to eat. We would love to see you there.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

bird bath

"Bathing Beauty" oil, 6"x6" $120.00 framed

This bathing beauty was at the bird bath in my backyard. Cowbirds are not my favorite, but she sat there a long time and I got lots of good pictures of her. She makes a good subject. She just better leave the painted buntings alone! They have a bit of a competition over food and nests.

Friday, July 10, 2009

my house

I painted my house the other day. No, I didn't paint the house - just a picture of it. I've said before that I love houses and had hopes of becoming an architect when I was younger. My 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Allsup, used to stay after school to look at the house plans with me that I had cut out of the Sunday paper. Wasn't that nice of her? I'll never forget it. Anyway, it became apparent that architecture might not be my thing (math: bad) so I'm happy just painting pictures of houses. No math.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

grain elevator


Another landscape for today. Hope you are having a great weekend. We're cleaning out the garage - which doesn't make for a great weekend, but it will be great to have a clean garage.

Friday, June 26, 2009

yellow-headed blackbirds

"Flock" oil, 6"x8" SOLD

My friend, Trudy, spotted these birds in her yard, knocked the screen out of her window and took a picture. Way to go, Trudy! These birds do not live here and were just passing through. So glad she looked out the window when she did and caught these pretty visitors.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

round bale

This round bale of hay is in the pasture behind my house and I love how it looks out there. It is about to fall apart so I knew I'd better paint it soon. I plan to make a few more attempts at it before it's gone and forgotten.

Monday, June 22, 2009

red pepper


Another vegetable. I feel more like the food network than a painter because I want to tell you about the hummus I made and ate with the pepper. It was delicious. Okay, back to painting...this pepper was almost luminous and so juicy - I hope it looks that way.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

turnip on polka dots

Here is a turnip for you. Pretty to look at and good to eat. If you've never tried them, you should. My sister-in-law, Kristina, makes the best.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

western kingbird


I'm an avid bird/nature watcher so it is only natural they/it will find their way into my paintings. I am having fun trying new things, but have to admit to suffering when things don't turn out. That is where painting everyday comes in - it is easier to be emotionally detached when you know you will start another one tomorrow :)

Friday, June 12, 2009

crepe myrtle

This was a bit of a challenge and I can see things I'd change, but in order to paint a picture everyday (or almost), I'm moving on. Well, for now anyway. I know I'll try to fix it someday.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

just picked

"Just Picked" 6"x8" oil SOLD

This is the first painting I've done on my own since the workshop. I kept hearing Carol say, "Paint everyday" "Don't be afraid" "Squint." So, that's what I did. Imagine my surprise when it turned out the way I'd hoped. This radish was straight out of the garden. I had just washed off the dirt and it was shiny and the prettiest red. It tasted good, too.

new art


value studies:

brush stroke excercise:

for fun:


To say that I am excited would be the understatement of the year. I just got back from Carol Marine's workshop and am on a cloud. I feel as if the door has been unlocked and flung open and that I can finally, bravely walk through it and pursue this life-long artistic dream of mine. Thanks to Carol, one of the nicest, most helpful, knowledgeable, talented people I've ever met. And, thanks to the fun, nice fellow-artists in my group. I'm pretty sure it's unanimous - Carol is a wonderful teacher and we all learned a lot and had a great time! I know I speak for Roxanne - has she ever NOT had a great time?