Thursday, December 18, 2008

These are two commissioned pet portraits I have just finished for Christmas presents.
One is Cody and the other is Little Dude. I hope the recipients are happy with their gift!
I am presently working on a house painting commission for a home that Travis sold. It's a little tedious. I think I prefer animals!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Holiday Gifts and Art Sale

This Saturday is the Holiday Gifts and Art Show at 111 Mt. Erin Pass right across from Trinity University. There will be watercolor and pastel paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography, designer florals, gems and more. Hope you can come!
Here is a painting I just finished to put in the show.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sweet Stella

We are headed to Oregon for Thanksgiving to visit my stepdaughter and her husband. I had told her I would paint her new puppy for a birthday present (in July) and she finally sent me a photo. I painted this to take with us. What a cute puppy! Can't wait to see them all!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Election Time

It's Election Time again, and I don't know about you, but I will sure be glad when it is over! Whew! It sure can get nasty!
This painting is for all the young men and woman that have given us the freedom to be able to go to the polls and elect the candidate of our choice! God Bless them all!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

"Rise and Shine" and go to the Trinity Art Show

This Saturday is the Trinity University Alumni Artisans' Showcase from 11:00 to 1:00. If you are out and about, please stop by!
I'm back to painting roosters again. I named this one "Rise and Shine"
since the sun is hitting it's chest as it's about to crow!
Hope to see you at the show!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Honey Crisp Time

I love this time of year! The weather is cooling least at night and honey crisp apples are in the grocery stores! They are so good!!
Yesterday I decided to set up a still life in my kitchen and painted all day! I would love any of my artist friends (or others) who see this to critique it...good and bad. I know the picture is hard to see compared to the real painting, but maybe you can see things that I can't. I know I need to crop it....just not sure where yet.
There are lots of art activities and shows coming up, so I want some good paintings!
Thanks for sharing!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Pastel Art Show

This weekend was the pastel art show at Coppini Academy. It was so much fun and very successful. I sold my "Tiger Eyes" and "Red Delicious".

Thank you to all that showed up....friends and family!

My "Eye of the Sunset" seemed to be a big success, even though I wasn't crazy about it. I am including it in this group of pictures.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Enice Hundley Workshop and Upcoming Show

We had a great time at the workshop this Saturday at Coppini Academy! It was a one day workshop with an overload of information. We worked on portraits, still life and a photo. I decided to stick with the still life and try to get something finished. I'm still not completely finished with this one because I'm waiting to get the photograph of the apple basket taken at the workshop. (I forgot my camera, like a dummy!) But I am happy with the vibrant reds in this painting.
Hopefully I will have it framed and at the Student Art Show Sept. 5-7 at Coppini. I will be sending out invitations and hope you can come. Friday night is great because it's the reception with music, wine, and food! So please put in on your calendar! Hope to see you there!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Tiger Painting

I painted this from a picture on a card my husband gave me. He thought it would be a good one to paint, since he knows I like animal faces. I plan to put a black mat around it and then frame it. It might even be good for the Trinity Art Show in October since the tiger is their mascot!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Morning Walk on the Beach

Long time, no post! I've been busy traveling, visiting family, and doing other things! Currently I'm stepping out of my comfort zone and trying beach, water, and sunset scenes.
This painting of two eqrets was from a picture I took at North Captiva Island in April. I loved all the birds and wildlife! I'm working on a sunset but will post that soon.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Two Giraffes

I seem to be into doing zoo animals lately. I loved this picture that was taken at a wildlife ranch, and had to paint it. They were hanging over the wagon looking for food.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Leopard Father's Day Present

I'm about finished with this Father's Day present...still trying to decide on the background. I added some yellow to the blue-gray but not sure if I like it. Any suggestions?
This is for my audiologist friend's husband who likes to hunt.
Hope eveyone is enjoying their Memorial Day Weekend! Thank God for our military men and women!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Girls

My tennis friend, Sue, wanted me to paint her girls for their new house they are building. She says it looks exactly like the pictures, so I'm glad she likes it.
I'm working on a couple other Father's Day presents that I will get up in the next couple days.
Hope everyone is enjoying this hot Memorial Day Weekend and not having to drive too far!!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Travis and Stephanie's House

Since I'm working on houses/landscapes for a change, I painted Travis and Stephanie's house. It has so much charm with the cedar post fence and tool shed Travis built, the bench in front, sun, and all the cute little female touches from Stephanie. It was fun to paint! I'm going for more of an impressionistic look but probably got a little too detailed. It was hard not to with all the little extras.

Friday, April 11, 2008

My First Zebra

Today I joined the Texas Pastel Society and painted down at the Japanese Gardens. It was a beautiful day! I chose to paint a bridge and water scene. Notice I don't have it up? was lots of fun and lunch was good anyway!
KLRN even filmed us for the upcoming KLRN Auction. I am going to use my Riley boxer picture as an example of a pet portrait that I will donate.
When I came home I still had the desire to paint so I decided to paint this zebra picture. The picture was taken at a wildlife farm and I have had the itch to paint it. It's 20 by 16, so it's one of my largest yet. I actually treated the board with an acrylic ground for pastels and it gave it a nice texture for the fur. I am happy with it.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Bruce and Robyn

I've been working on this birthday present for the past week. My son advertised me on Craigslist (wasn't that sweet?) without my knowing! So I got a commission for a portrait for a birthday present. I had to work fast since I only had a week or so. The man who commissioned it seems to be very happy with it, which makes me very happy!
Robyn, the cat, has her tongue out, which he liked because it "showed attitude".

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Painting at La Villita

Yesterday I spent the day painting at Susan's Gallery. It was such a learning experience, again.

I had started a painting of the house on Sweetbrush, and finally grew tired of it and stopped. I think I'm finished . I am posting a picture of the house and of the painting. I'm after a more impressionistic look.

Then I started a portrait of my niece's cute son, Drew. I love the picture! The football is almost bigger than he is! With a lot of help from Susan, I got it done. was a struggle. It's so neat to paint something that looks like the person, but it is such a challenge! I definitely have lots to learn! Again, I am posting the picture and the painting.

It was such a fun day. I can spend hours doing this! It seems like I do since I'm not getting anything else done!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Another Patriotic Eagle

I've been busy painting...recently I did this eagle. Tomorrow I am going to La Villita to paint again with Susan. Can't wait! I really get so much out of that and may have to increase my sessions!

I have a new commission with two pugs in the painting. I will be posting that soon.

It's Spring Break! Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Precious Chewing Away at a Tennis Ball

I love this one! Those sweet eyes looking up at you while chewing away at a tennis ball!

It is framed in a blue 5 by 7 frame and looks really cute.

Monday, March 3, 2008


I am starting a series of 5 by 7 puppy faces. I want them to be colorful and sweet. They are painted with pastels on sanded paper and are for sale! You just might have a dog that looks like these sweet things!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Cute Little Puppy Portrait

I love painting dogs! This one was so cute and sweet!

Friday, February 22, 2008

God Bless America & Happy Birthday Tom

Tom wanted an eagle in his office to go with the elephant I painted. He considers himself an elephant hunter in his business, and he is also very patriotic.
This was his 58 birthday present.

My First Portrait Lesson

This is Stephanie, my beautiful daughter in law, in Hawaii during her wedding ceremony.

I had a wonderful learning experience with my new pastel portrait artist, Susan Carlin, at her new gallery/studio in La Villita. With her looking over my shoulder and giving guidance, I am happy with the way this turned out. Stephanie is really prettier than this, but I'm afraid to mess with it too much! I feel much more confident with pets, animals, and fur instead of skin tones. But I'm working on it!

This is very exciting learning new things and gaining confidence!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

I have a BLOG!

This is pastel painting I did of Riley, my son's boxer. It's one of several I have on my site:
Be watching for all my new artwork I'll be posting....SOON.