Friday, February 16, 2018


8x6" Oil on linen panel

Subject: Sophie is our newest addition, rescued from our yard after she spent several days crying out to us that she was hungry, tired, and sick. We didn't want another cat (we already have three!), but she stole our hearts--and our wallets. She was sick and had to be kept away from the other cats after we rescued her. It was difficult but she's well now and spends her days alternately chasing and being chased by the other cats.  She's still a young cat and gets into things constantly. Tonight she played with the radishes I was painting for a still life! 

Her eyes are incredibly blue--and when she looks straight at you, she is cross-eyed. This is part of her Siamese heritage. But her most endearing trait is her affectionate nature. She loves to be near her humans and is so happy to have a home that she won't even set foot on the screened porch with the other cats! See another photo of Sophie enjoying the good life with her roomies below.

Materials & Process: I used a beautiful Raymar Art Belgian linen panel for this painting and the paint went on so nicely! Painting whiskers is tough but I found that the best brush for me is a flat with a nice edge to it. And a steady hand, thanks to the mahlstick that my husband made for me! 

Sophie with Sammy, Jimbo and Binkie

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Autumn Still Life with Apples & Lemons

20x16" Oil on canvas

The concept: 

This still life began from a class studio set-up and completed mostly at home. I have decided to keep this one in my personal collection because I loved doing it and feel it is one of the best I've done.

Just a note about class paintings:

Paintings created from a classroom set-up cannot be viewed as original. I have done only a few of these and posted them in the past. It is legal to sell this type of art, but the buyer needs to know if it was created even partly in a class.

Recently I read another artist's blog that said you cannot even ask someone to critique your work and afterwards enter it into a competition--even if it's your own in every way! Wow! I guess my husband is out of work, not to mention my other family members and neighbors who comment on my work before I'm finished. You can see that in the world of art, competitions that give out money are getting a bit crazy.

Nevertheless, there are good reasons for most of these rules--though I do wonder if any of the old masters would have been able to enter theirs in today's competitions since they used apprentices to complete some of their works.

Here is a photo of the work framed.