Sunday, December 30, 2007

Mad Blue Bird

Birds have suddenly become a thing with me. Just before Christmas my husband and I visited the Town Of Mineola, Texas which is only about 26 or so miles from Canton and went into a store that sells all kinds of bird gifts and books and such. There was a garden flag with a photo of this adorable bluebird called Mad Bluebird that I just fell in love with, so I just had to have a picture of it. And then I just had to do a painting of it for my bed and bath. As a matter of fact I have decided to make cute birds the theme for each one of the rooms starting with this mad bluebird. I plan to buy all of the mugs, pillows, and garden flags of this little guy to decorate the first room, and of course, do a larger painting of him too. There is a whole story behind the photo of this little bird and the man who took the picture and I will come back later to give more information about it. But I am out of time to work on the computer right now, so see you later!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Little Orange Breasted Bird

Although I usually paint from photos, this is painting was done from a printed page a friend brought me that she found on the internet. I don't know who the original artist is, but I sure wish that I could take a lesson from them. My interpretation is no where near as wonderful as the original. I can only hope to be as good a painter as the artist who did this little bird originally. Because this is a reproduction of another artist's work it is not for sale. This is just a study for me to learn from. I painted this in oil on a 9" x 12" page from a canvas pad. I will probably frame it and hang it in one of the rooms of my Bed and Bath which I am redecorating.

I found the cutest little bluebird photo and decided to do a theme of different cute little birds for each of the four rooms. I am sure that is why my friend brought me this little bird to paint. I just hope that the guests I have at the b&b will like my new theme as well.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Water Lilly

Water Lily is approximately 4" x 4" oil on canvas. Price is $45.00. I found a photo of this water lily in Texas Highways magazine. White flowers are a challenge for me to paint. I struggle with finding just the right color for the shaded areas. I do think it turned out nice. The actual painting is much prettier than the photo shows.

If you would like to purchase this painting email me at

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Coral Mountains

One of my students brought me this wonderful photo and I just had to paint it. It is a 9" x 12" oil on unstretched canvas. Price is $95.00. To purchase email me at Please put "PAINTING" as subject for your email.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

This is the same rose I had painted earlier in a deep red. I decided to try it in brighter reds this time. The photo does not do it justice as you can't see all of the detail and color variation that is in the actual painting. The deep red one is now sold. I hope this one will sell as well. It is a 10" x 10" oil on canvas panel. If you would like to purchase this painting email me at with "red rose painting" as the subject of your email.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


"Serenity" is a 16" x 20" oil on canvas. Price is $125.00. It is one of the paintings I did for the class I teach on Monday nights. The lesson for the students in this painting is learning to paint reflections in water. To purchase this painting email me at . Please put regarding painting as the subject of your email.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sculpture of Belinda

As a change of pace I thought I would post a picture of one of the sculptures I have done in the past. This lifesize bust was created using a white ceramic clay that was kiln fired. Then a patina was applied to give it a bronze appearance. This sculpture of Belinda was on display at The Warehouse Gallery in Fort Worth, Texas where it was purchased by the building owner for her private collection.

Creating portrait sculptures for individuals by commission is what has been the mainstay of my art career for the past seventeen to eighteen years. With the economy the way it is right now I find myself doing more painting than sculpting lately. I do have a portrait sculture of a child in process at the moment, so I will post a picture of it soon. Okay, enough posting for today. I have to go paint now!

If you are interested in having a portrait sculpture done email me at with "portrait sculpture" as the subject of your email.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Macaws and Orchids

My friend and also art student, Sandy, brought me a blouse and asked me to paint something tropical or exotic on the back of it. Knowing her love of bright color I chose these two Macaws. They are painted in acrylics on a chambry fabric. The picture just does not show the true brilliance of the colors, but at least you can see most of the detail in the painting. Sandy was ecstatic over it. I hope it brings her much joy when she wears it. It certainly was alot of fun to paint.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Cowboy Sunset

Being the Texan that he is, this is one of my husbands favorite paintings. (I can never seem to do enough western style art for him). Sunsets with the forground subject in shadow is a favorite thing for me to paint. It turned out pretty good. I may spend a little more time with this type of theme in the coming weeks.

oil on 11" x 14" canvas panel $65.00. To purchase email me at

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Frozen River

Frozen River is a 16" x 20" oil on canvas. Another one of the paintings I taught to my Monday night oil painting class. Just about all of the studentss went home covered in blue paint. I guess it is part of the process to learn how to keep your elbows off of the paint pallette. Still, they have so much fun and are learning alot about color and brush technique.

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