Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Two Hearts

At the Black Creek Arts Festival my neighboring artist was telling me about how she is intrigued by naturally occuring heart shapes like some leaves or petals. I had never given it much thought, but when I was posing these plums, I realized that they were both heart shaped at certain angles. Then I posed them to take full advantage of their shape.  Thus the name "Two Hearts."
Oil on 5"x7" canvas.
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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Montgomery Museum of Art

 Anna and I spent the day with friends Devin and Trudy at the Montgomery Museum of Art.  What a wonderful day!  This was my first trip there, and I was quite impressed.  This is the beautiful rotunda of the building. They have some really interesting pieces in the permanent collection, an awesome gift shop and a surprisingly fun exhibit of flatware. (Yes, forks and spoons).
One of Anna's favorites was a painting by Zelda Fitzgerald.  She had studied the early twentieth century in History and English this year.

I loved the color and loose brushwork in this work by southern artist Margaret M. Law from 1915.

Sweet tea and chicken salad for lunch. No southern ladies' day out would be complete without it. Devin, Anna and Trudy in the museum's cafe.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Sleepy Bee

My entry in the Daily Paintworks Insect Challenge.  This bee was napping on the purple coneflower by my mailbox.  The hot, humid weather makes even the bees feel lazy.
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Thursday, June 21, 2012


A couple of weeks ago at the Black Creek Arts Festival, I took commissions for several dog portraits.
This is Ganner. His portrait was for a Father's Day gift.  Ganner's mom wanted to give her husband this portrait because Ganner is their "baby" together.  What a sweet gift.
I worked from this photo.  What a cutie.  I can work from your photo as well, to immortalize your "baby".  Contact me by making a comment.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Libby, the Decorative Accessory

This is our cat, Libby hanging out in the living room on an end table.  She looked so sweet, I snapped a photo. She has a thing for sitting on top of papers, thus the magazine.  She has since been replaced by some candlesticks.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Max, the Dog

This guy is from a photo I've had in my inspiration stash a long time.  I have always been so drawn to his face, especially the eyes.   I have no idea what his real name is, Anna just said he looks like a "Max".

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Several people have asked if I do custom dog portraits.  I do, I work from your photos.  Contact me for sizes and prices by posting a comment here or through my gallery on