Saturday, January 21, 2017

Missing Baby

This is my best baby. Ever. And she has gone missing. Although my feed is dedicated to art, you will find her in many posts because she acts like a dog and shadows me. And because she is so beautiful. She embodies art. 


My baby is gone and I am a wreck.  She followed me everywhere and I can hardly operate without her.


I choose present tense in hopes that she comes back. She sleeps with me and stumbles to the bathroom for morning exercises. She eats with me. Paints with me. Critiques my work, as you have seen in previous posts. Gardens with me and walks to the mailbox with me. Wherever I go, she follows and parks herself at my feet. If she's outside and I come home, she runs to my car and jumps in. If she's inside, she comes running and meowing as soon as she hears me. She lays on my iPad and our card games, and parks in the middle of big groups. She continually trips me because she is always there. She cries if she can't find me and comes running when I call. My baby.


Art critic extraordinaire.  Always there.  


She was happy when she was with me.



But she is no longer there. There is a tangible empty space around me. I move and she is gone. My hand reaches out to empty air. My shadow is missing. I call out to an answering silence. Tears tears tears, I have made myself sick with tears. My baby, you who scolded us every time we left the yard, please come home. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Tardis, continued.

Here I am with the couple that bought my Tardis, see previous post.

Doctor Who, The Tardis

I painted this Tardis for Habitat for Humanity as a fundraiser. Because it was forma home building organization I painted it on a door!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sausage Sketching

You know, it's important now and then to do a quick sketch of sausages.

That's it for today! It's all you need.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Bear Painting

Beary new year! Find this loveable friend at my site!  His name is 'Oh My!  ...lions and tigers and bears.... oh my!  Get it? Get it?


Friday, January 13, 2017

Newest Painting, 'Enter'

When I'm getting close to the end of my creation process, I often carry the painting around the house and look at it in different lighting situations.  Here I am having a good stare.  This will go on for a couple days, sometimes up to a week.

During this time, I will add a brushstroke here, a dash there, getting increasingly smaller (there's a contradiction of terms for you!) as I go until I'm satisfied.  Most of these changes are not observable to the naked eye, or really, I should say, to any eye other than mine.  These tiny strokes, however, are often the cohesive glue that holds the entire painting together.

And below, my Inspector Extraordinaire.  She's checking it out, too.


Here's the final.  As you can see, this resolution isn't very good.

And following, some small details.  In this one, you can see from the side lighting that there is a lot of texture that is not brought out by just color.

I used a VERY limited palette - really, only four colors.  Naples yellow, ghost green, indigo and black.  I'm really enjoying these more muted colors this winter.

The patterns and the way I applied paint really give a great feeling of movement throughout the painting.  I like it!


You almost feel as if you're looking IN to the painting, with the dark background.  It feels as if you could walk right into it, thus my name, 'Enter.'

Oh, man, I love the splatters!  And I love the way the colors are mixing right on the canvas.

I can see I need to take some more photos in different lighting.  That's always an adventure, too.

Here I am.  After that last brushstroke, I'm always washed with satisfaction.


Sitting next to it to give you a sense of scale.  36"x48" doesn't sound all that big, but this baby makes a very big presence in a room, and really lends its feeling of peace to its surroundings.  Trust me on that one, I've been carting the heavy thing from room to room to examine it!

And yes, it's iced tea.  I'm a Texas girl.  No sugar.  I take my sugar in solid form, thank you very much.  This painting is for sale and can be found on my site,


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Woodblock Carving

This is the woodblock I carved to make #chrysanthemum #prints . Find my #chrysanthemums at

I hunk my woodblock is a thing of beauty in itself.


Here's a portion of one of my flowers for a closeup view of the textures and layers.




Find the entire painting on my site.