June 30, 2019

Who Do You See?

My husband and I were driving home from dinner last night and spied this fantastic cloud formation.  I simply had to stop the car in the middle of the road (luckily no one was behind me) and took a photo.  I can't decide if the formation looks more like Elvis or The Donald.  Who do you see?

June 29, 2019

Art for Social Justice

I'm thrilled to be part of this invitational exhibit on Social Justice - as you can see, I'm keeping good company!

June 10, 2019

Let's Agree to Disagree...

Mixed Media painting...working on a "not quite a profile" face is a challenge...getting those eyes right...it's a challenge for sure!

June 3, 2019

Bird in Hand

She's finished - love her!  Isn't the bird's acorn cap the sweetest ever :-)

Acrylic paints - several layers - dried thoroughly before addition of more paint.  One more layer should do it.  By then I should have a clearer idea of what the foreground will be.

May 27, 2019

Art Takes Shape #2

Family in town; art show to take down - lots going on.  Finally back in the studio to play with this new sculpture of mine.  I found a sweet little acorn cap on the ground while walking the other day - my little yellow bird loves it's new topper!  She may need some tweaking paint-wise - then the final antiquing wash tomorrow.

May 14, 2019

Art Takes Shape...

The beginnings of a new art doll...working intuitively is fun, but also a real challenge.

April 22, 2019

Accentuate the Positive...

Having fun with mixed media: acrylics, oil paint sticks, oil paints, charcoal. 

Accentuating the Positive - she POSITIVELY has a big nose!

April 15, 2019

I Found My Voice...

I've been so busy getting ready for my solo exhibit at the Naples Art Association, I have not had much time to blog.  If you're in the area, please stop by and say hello on May 3.

March 26, 2019

Red Heads...

I loved red - one of my favorites colors!  Mixed media piece (acrylics, oil paint, oil sticks) 18x24.

 Two Redheads 


March 11, 2019


Most often I draw/paint a single figure.  This time I wanted to try painting multiple figures.

Once again, I gessoed over an existing painting.  After a relatively quick line drawing and some added details, I chose to do the underpainting in unusual colors (acrylics)

Addition of some stenciling on background

Finished the piece with acrylics - hair done with oil sticks - I'm very happy with these two.  Maybe next time I'll go for three!!

March 8, 2019

Brrrr..it's cold INSIDE!

I'm having so much fun playing with cold wax medium (Gamblin) mixed into oil paints.  My substrate is Arches cold pressed oil paper.  (To keep myself from thinking too much, I started watching the Sopranos while working!)

taped oil paper to work table

mark making with R&F oil stick

layering with oil paint cold wax combo

more layers

removing tape is magical!

I pinned these works onto my design wall to dry

Decisions to be made - add any additional layers once these have dried - something to mull over

February 2, 2019

Decisions Made!

I gave a lot thought to what to do about the hair in this new work.   Actually, I love the shape of her head, the intensity of her eyes - all of it...

I decided to darken the background, adjust size of head on right side to accommodate ear, clean up ears...the pinkie finger need adjustments too.  Now that that's done - I made the decision - NO HAIR!  I love her just the way she is.

February 1, 2019


What to do - what to do - pondering her hair.  Mixed mediums over an existing painting.  I love the immediate gratification of the "old" layers of paint showing through - the texture is great! 

January 28, 2019

Something New from Something Old...

Even though I have tons of unpainted canvases lying about - lately I find myself painting over older works - texture for free!

Background painted with combination of white and turquoise acrylic paint to cover up existing artwork.

quick charcoal sketch and some acrylic paint

Having fun creating texture with oil paint sticks - using my fingers as "brushes".  It's messy, but someone has got to do it!

January 27, 2019

The Joke's on Me!

Have you ever taken a selfie with your phone and wondered who in the heck is that?!  My selfies are always terrible - I need longer arms.  The face gets distorted - well, you know how it goes.

I decided to go big and bold and paint my selfie - the joke IS on me!

20x20 mixed media

What I did:

January 25, 2019

It Never Ends...Go with the Flow

Practicing continuous line drawings today...in anticipation of starting a new painting.

large piece of foam board - layered with gesso - line drawing using Stabillo all marker pencil

gesso over top of first drawing - second "go" at it

line drawing, charcoal, over newsprint

another layer of gesso over top of original foam core board, line drawing with Stabillo


I finished this piece yesterday.  A friend of mine thought the figure looked pensive - thus the title!

January 20, 2019

Pull Up a Chair...WIP

My oil paints were calling my name.  I took a few selfies...I decided to gesso over an existing painting and create a new work.


gesso over canvas, acrylic paints just to add some color to background but not totally cover up the previous work...charcoal sketch


January 3, 2019


Machine stitching now complete - time to start the handwork.  Extremely time consuming and a mindless activity.  I like to watch movies when I'm doing the handwork.