Friday, November 13, 2015


Hello there, finished this commission recently and thought I would share it with you. It is 10" x 10" on a stretched canvas.  Always a bit stressful when you share it with the client but she responded "it's perfect!"  I love that. 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Nancy Franke's workshop

Hi, Wednesday we drove down to Gainesville Ga. For a workshop with Nancy Franke. I have loved and admired Nancy's work for years and tried to get into one of her workshops last year.  This was about an hour north of Atlanta so one very long days drive each way.  This was two days but I wish it had been longer. 

Nancy is just a ball of energy and I loved it.  There were fifteen in our class and she ran from person to person offering instruction and wiping things with her finger, lol. She started with a demo, I have included some photos of that.  She started with a paper towel, it was pretty much an abstract painting to start, I think that a great way to end up with a loose painting.  We painted on linen panels and though I normally use stretch canvases that may have converted me. More expensive but I like the way you can wipe paint off of them.  I came home with six practice paintings, here are five of them, the one with the four small paintings took maybe ten minutes each, all of the others are about an hour.  I made notes after the workshop so I wouldn't forget anything. I have some pet commissions to finish and then I'll be doing still life's and putting some of this into practice. Totally loved the experience and I'm hoping to get her to Cincinnati to teach a workshop. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Another little one.  This little wren painting is painted in oils on a 4" x 4" stretched canvas and framed in a custom frame. Framed it measures 7" x 7".  Love these sweet little birds with their tales in the air. This is offered on a buy now through PayPal.  Just click the button and I'll get it right out to you.$65 and free shipping anywhere within the continental US.

Have a wonderful day

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Little Cat Portrait

Hi Friends, this little cat is painted on a 4" x 4" stretched canvas and framed in a custom frame, black and gold. Framed it measures 6" x 6" .  I am offering this with a buy now option, $65 and I pay shipping anywhere within the continental U.S.

Fall is here and it's just lovely, my favorite time of the year. Thank you so much for your visit.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Palette knife kitty

Hi, I painted this cat in oil in a 10" x 20" deep gallery canvas. I based it in with a brush and then went over the whole thing with a palette knife.  I painted this for a event I have the third weekend in October called Petcaso.  It raises money for pets in need in the Cincinnati area. I'll be there set up to sell and this weekend the first weekend in October I'll be at Lakota West high school at a juried arts and craft show. I think it's like their 38th year, I know most painters stay away from crafty type shows but I am hoping my small paintings will go over well. 

This week we camped in Holmes county Ohio, it's an area with lots of wonderful Amish farms. I think I got some great reference photos that I'm looking forward to painting, watch for those. 

Thanks for coming by

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Pet Portrait

Hi there! I just completed this pet portrait, it is 6" x 6" and a commission. It's drying and the client loves it, such a fun painting to do with his nose so up close.  I would love to paint your pet, would make a wonderful Christmas gift?  I can paint this size for $65 or an 8" x 10" for $100.  I just love painting animals, we so love our furry babies don't we?  Email me at and we can work out the details.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Ballerina WIP

Hi, this is a work in progress. Oil on a 18" x 24" deep canvas. A larger piece for me, I am considering entering it in a competition to hang in a local hospital for a year.  Fun to paint a bit larger for a change. 

Busy as always, open house this Thursday night at the Artist Lounge in Hamilton and Saturday I am going to a plein air competition. I hope things are good in your life, thanks for your visit.