Thursday, July 19, 2018

Sweet Orange Blossoms, 8x10 Oil on Canvas, Fruit Painting

Have you ever walked through an orange grove when the trees are in bloom? It is the sweetest smell, rivaling any flower known for having a perfumed aroma. Nowadays I see the groves giving in to condos and housing developments, and it's a shame, because trees and fruit are much healthier than concrete block and pavement. I remember walking through orange groves as a kid and running into these fancy-looking spiders hanging between trees in their webs. It's a Spiney Orb Weaver spider, and it looks worse than it is.


Monday, July 16, 2018

Storm Over Hopetown, 16x20 Oil on Canvas, Bahamas Seascape


This is a happy memory of Elbow Cay in the Abacos Islands. I was leaving on the ferry while a storm was approaching. Elbow Cay is a beautiful little island with gorgeous beaches and no cars. A golf cart is all you need. 


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Everglades Bird, Giclee Print on Canvas, Wildlife Painting

This painting represents a very happy memory of camping in the Everglades with my buds Cindy and Kathy. We saw at least 50 alligators, but no pythons, thank goodness. Although we painted en plein aire on the shore of a lake with a big gator resting nearby, my real scare was when a huge furry black spider got on my paper towels.

This is a high-quality print in several different sizes, on stretched canvas. 


Friday, July 6, 2018

Koi Pond, 12x12 Oil Painting on Canvas, Wildlife Art

I am very into painting on black right now. What has inspired me? Ralph's Art Supply had a big sale on black canvases! That is very inspiring. I had forgotten how much fun it is to do a dramatic painting, and I can't wait to do the next one.


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Flamingo Twist, 12x12 Oil Painting on Canvas, Wildlife Art

I love flamingos. This guy is perfectly comfortable standing on that one skinny leg, neck twisted, beak down in his feathers, doing...what? Sleeping? Looking for something, and if so, what? Or just fluffing that magnificent plumage?

This is fresh off the easel, 12 x12 inches on stretched canvas, still wet.


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Patchwork River, 20x16 Original Oil Painting on Canvas, Smoky Mountain Landscape

The Pieces of Eight were hiking in the woods on an artists' retreat and came upon this peaceful scene. This was in North Carolina, the same mountains where we went whitewater rafting and bonded over a near-death experience. Below is my drawing commemorating that scene.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Mother of Exiles, Statue of Liberty, Crying, Pencil Drawing on Paper, 9x9 inches

The plaque on the wall of the Statue of Liberty reads, in part:

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

This used to be America. It didn't say, "We will snatch your children from you and store them in an old WalMart. We will return you to your abusive husband or to be killed by drug cartels. We don't even know what we will do with your children." 

My own great-grandparents would never have  come here if they thought this would happen to their family. Have we completely lost our humanity?


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Yellow Plumeria, 10x10 Print on Canvas, from Original Oil painting

This giclee print is available in my Etsy shop in varying sizes, starting with a 10x10-inch on canvas with deep sides (no frame needed). 

I have been invited to join a blog called Ask Me Anything (AMAfeed), and my questions and answers went live yesterday. My AMA feed is all about art, and people have asked some really good questions. Check it out here.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Riley and Friend, 9x12 Oil on Canvas, Portrait of Child with Horse

This little guy just turned 10, but we all remember him as he was in this painting, when his best buddy was a horse. He is still quite the character, and tomorrow I am going across the state to see him. He gives some very impressive hugs, and never fails to make me laugh.