Tuesday, July 28, 2009


This painting was from a photograph I took in a workshop with Gladys Roldan de Moras. We worked on a pose (picture below) for a day but during the model breaks, Carla would roll onto her back, shut her eyes and rest. I asked if I could take a picture and she agreed.

The blanket was her family heirloom and was just gorgeous. The embroidery on it was delightfully complex. I repainted it several times trying to get the tones right. Definitely needed a photograph to keep me on track.

Carla was actually reading the book during the class pose which is why her resting pose struck me as poignant. When I read a book that affects me, I do that to... hug it to my chest, close my eyes and savior the words.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Mr. Blue Jeans

This is another Different Strokes from Differnet Folks challange. This is a figuartive painting challenge; trying to get the "weight" of the figure correct, not a portrait. I am pleased with the way he turned out. The denim of the shirt and pants were a challenge being that they are about the same color and value but they turned out well. I bet you can tell from the title what is my favorite part. (Plus, it reminds me of Mr. Green Jeans from Capt. Kangaroo. I used to love that show and the magic drawing board.)

Saturday, May 30, 2009


Oh baby Hayden! This adorable munchkin is a friend's baby. He's about 6 months old in this picture. When his mama was showing me his latest pictures, I tenatively asked if I could try to paint a portrait from the photo. She said "Sure!"

I had never painted a baby, a baby with yummy checks, a baby with an intent stare.... oh those EYES! They are really that blue. And his lashes are destined to entice any female that looks at him. I just love the way the painting turned out.
So did his mama :-)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Farm in Pennsylvania

I am enjoying the latest challenge from Different Strokes from Different Folks. Provided was a black and photo of a farm scene and the challenge was to add color based on the values. What fun!! I had the afternoon off without work and decided to see what would happen. About 3 hours later I am happy with the results.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Steve Irwin

My youngest has wanted to be like Steve Irwin since he was in first grade (he's finishing up 7th next week). When Steve tragically died, my youngest asked me to paint a portrait for him. After looking at a lot of photos, youngest chose the picture that was on the cover of People magazine. I finished this about a year ago but didn't have a blog to post then. My favorite part is his hair... I just loved the sun streaked blonde.

PS ~ My son still wants to be like him. What a great role model for kids.

Sunday, April 26, 2009


I have a confession. I haven't painted in over 3 months. Yeah. I would look at my "studio" and just think "some day." Well, I had to chop part of my geranium plant and decide to paint the trimmings. Easy, right? Pink is notoriously hard to paint, glass is challenging because it's all tones and values, and the blue? Well, I just love the color manganese.

Here's a picture of my studio area...
(also know as the other half of the computer room). It was either paint or clean it up. Notice how the floor is not shown. Yep. I would rather paint.

A Companion of Diana

This drawing was done from a photograph provided on the blog Different Strokes From Different Folks, where artists are encouraged to paint or draw their own interpretations.

It was a lot of fun spending time just drawing, picking up a pencil, putting it to paper and just draw. It soothed my soul to return to what I know best. Drawing, for me, is usually pretty effortless... it just happens. Not the case this time. I've been known not to use an eraser but I sure did this time. Still, I'm happy with the result. And am pleased that by the end my session, the pencil felt at one in my hand. Plus I finish off several shows on my DVR that I've been meaning to watch. Win-win!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Jefferson Memorial

I've been following a fantastic blog named Different Strokes from Different Folks. Karin Jurik is a wonderful artist and photographer who will post a picture for inspiration. Artist from all over paint their interpretation of it, send her a jpeg and the weeks results are posted. It is facinating to see the different takes on it.

This is the first time I've submitted a painting. I went into this with little expectations... dark, a monument, blah attiude. But I love it how it turned out. I had a lot of fun working darker than I usually do, the glowy lights, the misty atmosphere. The hardest part? Not looking at Karin's blog until I was finished so I wouldn't be influenced.

Sunday, January 18, 2009


My cat is huge, a 15+ pounder. She adores cramming her body into small spaces such as this box. I love that. I have kitty beds all over the place and she chooses a box. She stayed in there all day.