Friday, November 23, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

The First Dance

 Josh and Jordan, I hope that you enjoy this portrait of "The First Dance" as Mr. and Mrs. Raynor. You had a beautiful wedding and your reception was a lovely magical night full of celebrating the beginning of your new journey together.  When I saw the two of you dancing, I knew right then what I wanted to do for the two of you.  May your life together be filled with beautiful colors.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Wam Squam

So why has it been almost three months since my last post? I've been at my trusty easel working on commissions, hopefully soon I'll be caught up and will post them.  Here's one painting that I finished just last week, and oh it brings so many memories.  The Wam Squam was quite the hot spot for our little White Lake community and for the seasonal tourists.  I feel like it helped bring up my boys, I would stop there many times for breakfast and gas before going to school, we loved their sausage and ham biscuits!
The Wam Squam, which means "white water" was a major White Lake landmark, I can't remember how many times I gavc directions and used "turn right at the Wam Squam". A wonderful place to catch up on the latest gossip and get ice cream and candy.
Oh Wam Squam I miss you, you will always have a place in my heart!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

February 16, 2012

Rain and cold weather prevented me from painting en plein air today so I attempted painting alla prima, Italian for "first attempt" or wet-on-wet.  This painting technique requires the artist to paint layers of wet paint over layers of wet paint and it dates back to the Impressionists period.  Monet and Van Gogh were known for their "on the spot" painting, usually finishing a painting in one sitting.  "I Love You" is a painting I started this morning, painting very quickly, in the warmth of my home studio.  The subject (very popular at this time of the year) was painted from the dozen red roses my husband gave me for Valentine's Day.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

"Happy Valentine's Day"

This Valentine's Day I am offering a series of hand-painted Valentine cards for your sweetheart. These high quality fine Strathmore cards have deckled edges and come with white envelopes, they measure 5"x7" and can be given as a card, then framed if desired.
Crystal fluorescent pinks, roses and reds are accented with white ink and silver foil.  No two cards are identical.
Truly special.

"Heart of the Ocean"

 This sweetheart mermaid is the "Heart of the Ocean" as she bobs along the turquoise ocean crafting a Valentine floral garland.  Adorned with a big sweet shiny heart crown, she really is the heart of the ocean.
11"x 14" acrylic on canvas panel, suitable for framing or display on a shelf

"Turtle Kisses"

 "Turtle Kisses" is my third painting in my 2012 Sweetheart Mermaid series.  This little mermaid loves turtles and they love her.
acrylic 5"x7" painting on canvas panel, perfect for display on table or desktop

"Under the Violet Moon"

My second mermaid "Under the Violet Moon" floats effortlessly in the ocean. She carefully displays her hugs and kisses Valentine heart for her sweetheart.
5"x7" acrylic on canvas panel, perfect for desktop or table

"Daddy's Little Girl"

A sweet little blonde blue-eyed mermaid swimming around the blue-green ocean with her peace heart close by. She's all decked out for Valentine's Day with her pearl and peace sign necklace and her colorful cheetah print top.
This mermaid painting is a 5"x7" acrylic on canvas panel, perfect for desk top or table and is part of my 2012 Sweetheart Mermaid series.

Saturday, January 14, 2012


What's wrong with bringing 2012 in with some zebra and a monkey?  Oh what whimsical fun I had creating this for Regan! The hot pink cross and Phillipians 4:13 shines brightly on a hot lime background.......Happy New Year!
16x20 acrylic on canvas

Monday, January 9, 2012

"Sweet Baby Reed"

Introducing a new series of sweetheart mermaid paintings, this little one was inspired by a photo sent by "Sweet Baby Reed's" mom.
5"x7" oil on canvas

Thursday, January 5, 2012


Several months ago when Bailey, a precious Yorkie,  passed away I received a phone call from my friend Sharon asking me to paint his portrait for her sister-in-law.   Those of you who have pets in heaven know that emptiness that losing a dear snuggly tail-waggin' friend creates in your heart.Bailey has a sweet smile that is infectious, and it was an honor to paint him.
 I would love to have been there on Christmas when Cheryl received this gift from her family. Here's to YOU Bailey!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


"Lily" is a beautiful cocker spaniel.  She was commissioned by a friend as a Christmas present for her mother.
I fell in love with "Lily" when I painted her eyes. 
5"x7" oil on canvas

Sunday, January 1, 2012

"Joshua 24:15"

 "Joshua 24:15" is a celebration of what's important in this couple's life. Saundra and Teddy have been married for forty years and have just recently built a new home. This porttrait was given to them as a Christmas/Anniversary present from their daughter Christy. Congratulations Teddy and Saundra!