Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Oh, My! A Bear!

#Lions and #tigers and #Bears, oh, my! I named this loveable fellow 'Oh, . For sale. 

I'd already painted two lions and a tiger, it just seemed to follow I should paint this guy. :)

My Palette!

My palette. For a girl named Color Cat, I sometimes eschew darks, but what they really do is make those brights sing!! Using these dark neutrals in a commission I'll call Danny Boy. 

I'm just going to start posting about that commission, so watch for it!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Peter Pan Re-Imagined

Watch the trailer, and you'll want to get tickets!

This is our daughter's show and it will blow you away!

Before Never. Peter Pan

This show is entirely from our daughter's mind and we are so proud. Opening night is Thursday!! Get your tickets here!

Art Students

Oh, my goodness, we have so much fun. A couple of my students have blank looks on their faces; I couldn't resist pulling them out of their concentration for a pic. Mixed media can take you deep. Love these guys. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Bernini's Elephant

We found #Bernini's elephant #sculpture in Roma and I had to draw him. For sale: 

I really love this guy; I did him with graphite and string on cardboard!

Picasso and Me

Picasso and his pet owl, me and my #carved owl. #ilovecarving !

Saturday, March 26, 2016

A Moment. Horse Painting

I love my beautiful horse! This is a big one, too. Details are on my site. 

'A Moment,' that tiny breath of non-movement. For sale at

New Self Portrait; Crawfish!

Oh, yeah, we are rocking the #crawfish.  I consider this a self portrait of sorts. 

Animal magnets for sale!

Magnets of six of my #animal #paintings for sale at Nice gift... for yourself!

Friday, March 25, 2016

My Palette

Ahhhh.... Luscious stuff!  You can find out what I've been painting at 

Sold! Chrysanthemum Wower!

Sold! This beauty is a complex layering of colors, a leaf print from one of my big root beer plant leaves, and in bronzes and golds on top a mono-print of a chrysanthemum I lovingly carved from a wood block. Thanks, Mandi! I wish you many years of enjoyment!

A close up of this complicated piece...

Blown Glass and other Creations

This is the love that all artists out into their creations. This is why art is special. 

Curious Self Portrait

Had to get a pic in front of this establishment. Would you eat here?

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Einstein Quote

Here's an Einstein quote on my painting. Love it. And so true!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tiger for Sale! You need a Friend!

My #tigers are pretty bright! 'Circus,' for sale at 

An Artist's Desk, The Continuing Saga

Wow. Unprecedented. Clean artist's desk. It'll last as long as it takes for me to post this. 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Big Ben for Sale

Well, not the real Big Ben in London Town, but that's how it goes. 

Adjusting to spring time? I named this painting 'Reconstructing Alice,' after our daughter's previous show. '  For sale at 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Middle Ages Cathedrals

So they've found that Middle Ages churches actually were brightly colored, like this! Who'd a' thunk?

Friday, March 18, 2016


What a fun year I've had with these kids. Here are some of my students:

It's been a good year. 

The Vitruvian Man?!

The Vitruvian Rocker. #arthistory that had 2 happen. Hahahaha!!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Artist's Desk, Continued

The continuing saga of.... 'The artist's desk.'  Brimming with ideas, experiments, commission work and proposals. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Testing Art Materials

Doing some testing with new materials, and learning how to say Cadmium Red Light in five languages. 

Saturday, March 12, 2016


Had the best crawfish I've EVER had downtown today. Mmmmm.

Michaelangelo Quote

I love this quote. It's on top of a photo I took on one of my bike rides.  Still at this point I'm trying to identify this tree. Any guesses?

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Art with Kids-Always Fun

The many steps in mixed media. Fun with my students!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

New Painting, 'Hidden' for Sale

This is my new painting 'Hidden,' for sale on my site, I've shown several closeups here; for an indepth description, it's at 

Upside Down Classroom

I keep my students at this. Drawing from an upside down picture gives surprisingly good results. It's all in comparing proportions, and it removes preconceived notions of what something looks like. 

This drawing isn't very good, but I did it in probably one or two minutes. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Teeny Tiny Art - Emile Zola

Once again, it's... teeny tiny art time!!!! An inspiring quote by Emile Zola on a multi-layered piece. 

Birds for Sale!

Watercolor birds for sale. Discount if you come to my house, plus a free studio tour! 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Tribute to My Dad

Allow me a moment to give my dad a small tribute.  Here he is in 1943, age 22.  He was behind enemy lines much of the time, held bridges, got strafed, was yelled at by General Patton, captured Nazis by himself ("Hanenburg, NOW what are you up to?") freed prisoners from concentration camps, and watched many friends die.

He looks like my brothers and my sons. Here I see a strong man.  Honest, intelligent and determined.  All of these years he has encouraged me and had my back.

Now at age 94, his body is becoming feeble. It is so hard to see.  But don't worry, dad, I've got your back.  I love you.

Birds for Sale!

I just listed these sweet birds on my website.  Made to order, I paint any bird of your choice and colors.  Sweet!

These adorable little feathered peoples are all sold, but give an example of the work I do.  My parents cultivated my love of birds by putting up feeders and bird baths, keeping the feeders stocked, and having a bird guide and binoculars handy at all times. We all grew to love them. In a Where are you?, my bird paintings are a tribute to my parents. 

Enjoy these, and dig into your own mind to find your favorite bird.  You choose any bird and colors, and I will paint it on heavy cotton paper with watercolors and ink.  $150.00.  The website gives details.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

It's ... Teeny Tiny Art Time!

It's ... Teeny Tiny Art time! This tiny painting celebrates my crazy painted boots. And my Cinderella wand, which was given to each orchestra member when we played Cinderella. 

'Life' for sale

This lovely lady is coming to life as she goes onstage. For sale.

There is a lot of gold in this which reflects and shines. Love!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

M. C. Escher Waterfall

From one Dutch artist to another, I love this guy.  M. C. Escher.  We had the privilege of wandering around the square upon which his home is located on a beautiful day in den Hague, Netherlands.  I loved visiting there, by the way.  One reason was that the land was filled with 'my people,' freckly, frizzy-headed people.  Just made me happy to be among my own.

Anyway, his home is now a museum, and we delightedly took a wander through it, all of its glorious three or four floors, jam packed with his work.  

Here's his Waterfall.  One of my favorites.

Which way is it flowing, anyway?

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Jose's Boys Watercolor

This is a sweet little watercolor of my friend's sweet boys, backpacks and all. 

It's funny, but this one was a long time coming.  They were so cute that I asked my friend if he'd photographed them from the back with their backpacks.  The answer was always no.  Ever week, "Jose, did you take the picture?" "No."  "Jose, did you take the picture?" "No."  I knew that one of these days his oldest would leave off with that backpack, never to pick it up again.

I finished this painting yesterday and gave it to him today.  He told me his oldest son grew out of it and had to get a new one.  

Just in time.

Yes, I can paint your family.