Thursday, June 2, 2022

Colorful Cliff


 Colorful Cliff
8" x 6",  pastel

Fall color is rare in these parts. Lost Maples State Natural Area usually offers a bit of color if you can visit it a the right time. We were blessed to get to see the lovely color when we visited several years ago. 

Monday, May 2, 2022

Corona Arch


 Corona Arch
11x 14, matted watercolor

Have not had the opportunity to visit this landmark, but my son graciously allowed me to paint from a photo he took on vacation. This was challenge to get the depth in a fairly monochromatic scene. Love a good challenge.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Easter Meltdown (until I can decide on a new title!)


 Easter Meltdown
12 x 16, pastel

This photo is a number of years old and I have loved it each time it has been shared. It is just so precious and typical of little ones....things can go downhill so fast in a photo session. 

I have been in a painting slump of late, nothing enticed or interested me. Had enough of critters and landscapes. Then Easter approaches and this photo is once again shared by grandmother and family. This is one I have wanted to try since the day I saw it. But I 'knew' that I couldn't paint good enough to capture all three cuties. Well, this year, I swallowed my fear and asked if I could attempt it. They graciously said yes. This was the most fun that I have had painting since I painted my oldest son and his first child last fall. There was no pressure, wasn't trying to please a client, just pure joy of creating or recreating the essence of children being children!

Hope you enjoy it, too!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Vicolo Italiano


Vicolo Italiano
10 x 8, pastel

This is an alley across from the domo in Orvieto. Even alleys are beautiful in Italy! 

 

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Rocky on the Run


 Rocky on the Run
8" x 10", pastel

Few may catch the cartoon reference to Rocky and Bullwinkle, but that is a much nicer name than they often get called! They are a pain but sometimes they are fun to watch as they chase each other round and round the tree!

Monday, January 31, 2022

Regal in Red


 Regal in Red
6" x 8", pastel

These guys are just so gorgeous, but they seem to be even more so in the winter. Perhaps it is because they stand out more against the gray leafless trees.

Evening Ember


Evening Ember
20" x 10", pastel

I just love the sunsets we get to enjoy here in Texas, as I have said multiple times. This was the scene on an evening walk in the neighborhood back in the fall.
 

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Texas Trio


 Texas Trio
18 x 24, pastel

This was a painting that was created from a number of photos that I took near my home. I am definitely not a "longhorn' fan (Gig'em!), but I loved painting these. All the angles, shadows and bone structures were a neat challenge. It found a home this past weekend and I hope they enjoy it as well.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Baby, It's Cold...


 Baby, It's Cold.....
8 x 6, pastel

This little titmouse was so very cold this past February when we experienced our 'snow-magedon'!!!
I was constantly putting birdseed out and water.....until we lost our water for days!! 
Think he/she is just too cute!!

Monday, October 25, 2021

Along the Fence Line


Along the Fence Line
12" x 9", pastel

Another typical scene in the spring in the Texas hill country. Love to drive the roads in search wild flowers in the spring.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Splendor in the SKy


 Splendor in the Sky
10" x 20", pastel

This was the scene one evening as I was heading home from the Gallerie at Gruene. Just had to give a try at recreating the splendor of the sunset. Fortunately, an art patron wanted it in their home!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Cactus and Cedar


 Cactus and Cedar
8 x 10, pastel

This is a typical scene across quite a bit of Texas, at least here in the hill country. This was another of those that just sort of painted itself, perhaps because it is seen almost daily. Loved the cactus shapes!

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Who Invited You?

 

 Who Invited You?
8" x 6", pastel

Frequently, the bird bath gets a little crowded around here. Happened to catch this cardinal with a less than pleased expression....at least in my opinion. It is rare to catch a titmouse in the photo reference, they do not stay in one place very long!

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Woody's Hangout


 Woody's Hangout
12" x 6", pastel

Rarely, do paintings just flow, but fortunately this one did! From sketching out the first attempt, which  was a bit too big for the size I desired, to fast sketching it on the Uart pastel paper, to pastel application this one was just fun. Besides the fact that these woodpeckers clear out my bird feeders almost daily, I do enjoy them being around.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Cheyenne

 Cheyenne
12 x 9, pastel

Sometimes the most beloved family members are just not allowed at wedding venues, such is the case for sweet Cheyenne. So if she can't be there in person, she will be in spirit and art!! I was privileged to  create this image of this sweet pup so she can 'attend' the wedding ceremony. She is a sweety!

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Sunlit Hummer


 Sunlit Hummer
6 x 6, pastel

I was all set and ready to get started on a landscape that may or may not have included bluebonnets. But when I started up the tablet the photo that immediately popped up was this hummer! I have had difficulty getting photos of hummingbirds in the sun, so I am pretty sure this little guy was a visitor last year. 
I just had to paint this little guy first!!  Loved the way he sparkles in the sunlight and he just looks so sassy!

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring
7x5, pastel

Have been working on a commission and when it was completed I wanted to create something loose. Maybe the butterflies aren't loose but the grasses were a blast to complete. Sometimes a change is all you need!

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Lil' Wren


 Lil' Wren
6" x 6", pastel

Same little family of wrens and more artistic license to create this painting!

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

My Best Side...

My Best Side...
6" x 6", pastel

We are blessed with the cutest family of wrens. To be so tiny, they are one loud little critter. They flit all over the porch singing their songs at the top of their lungs. They enjoy sitting high on the furniture, but that doesn't make for very interesting paintings!! So.....a little artistic license was put in play here....
 

Monday, June 28, 2021

Lesser Goldfinch


 Lesser Goldfinch
6" x 6", pastel

We have many various visitors to our birdfeeder, supplying endless hours of enjoyment. These little beauties visit during the warm weather, so we enjoy them while we can.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Peach Sunset

Peach Sunset
12 x 6, pastel


There is something about painting a vertical sunset. I just love them, maybe because they are unexpected, just as the colors of this sunset. It was so pale but with the wisps of clouds that really looked like they wanted to bring rain.......but, alas, it didn't happen.
 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Dragonfly



Dragonfly
Matted to 8x10, watercolor

Watercolor was my medium of choice for 20+ years. Then I discovered pastel..... I still create in watercolor just not to the extent that pastel is used. But some subjects just lend themselves to watercolor and that is just what this dragonfly needed!!
 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Hill Country Scene

Hill Country Scene
8" x 8", pastel

The Texas Hill Country is known for the wildflowers that 'usually' cover the fields and sides of the roads each spring, this year, not so much. They are dependent upon the rainfall received in the fall and winter and not so much of that happened. So even though they were few and far between, I decided that I would paint them from memory. Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes are my favorite. Have to admit that name of the lavendar/ purple flowers escapes me, just know that they are not verbena.
 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Serata Italiana




 Serata Italiana
10 x 8, Pastel

It is hard to believe that it has been almost 10 years since I was blessed to get to go to Italy on a painting excursion! That was a magical 10 days, a once in a lifetime experience! To get to travel to Italy and then to get to paint was a delight. At the time I only painted in watercolor, not pastel, my preferred medium now. The pastels I have created have mostly been of the people I encountered and a few of Orvieto alleyways.

This painting is from the first evening in Citta della Pieve and is the entrance to the pizzeria at the Hotel Vanucci. I just loved the light and the cast shadow created by the lamp and vines. It is available at the Gallerie at Gruene.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Gertrude


Gertrude
6"x 6", pastel

For the past couple of months I have been working on a commission, a rather large commission, 4ft x 4ft. It has really been a fun painting to create. But no matter how much fun they are, commissions carry a good deal of stress along with them, at least for me they do. You see on other paintings, I just have to satisfy me and if I am lucky some one will like it enough to take it home with them!!! But a commission requires that you paint to the satisfaction of the buyer.

Today was the day that the big reveal was going to happen. So, to de-stress, I decided to paint this little chicken!! Years ago a neighbor tried their hand at raising chickens, just a few. They would let them roam the 'hood during the day and cage them at night. They often visited our yard and I took the opportunity of photograph them. This was the perfect painting to de-stress, loved her disgruntled expression!!!