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Sunflowers and Daisy

Christmas is over and the New Year is rapidly approaching. While visiting in Oregon I walked through a terrific flower shop with an outdoor floral market. There were buckets of beautiful fresh flowers. The red gerbera daisies caught my eye as well as the large yellow sunflowers. It wasn't difficult deciding what I would paint after a week long absence from my easel.

Garden Rose

Apples and Umbrella

In searching for a subject I turned to the 3 bags of apples that I had stored in my refrigerator. I knew that I wanted to paint an image with many multiples. The silver tray has been in my husband's family for many years and provided a good surface for the apples. I liked the reflection. The umbrella I have had for several years. I at one point envisioned suspeding them opened from my ceiling. I decided that wasn't a very logical solution in my stufio which is small. SOLD

Orange Rose

Roses! I have become obsessed with roses, any color of rose. The orange in this rose was rich and vibrant. It is a long stem rose, but, the petals are large and billowy. This was a challenge to paint because of the intricate value range and structure. I can't believe it is only a few days before Christmas! I have a ton of things to do so I hope that I'll be able to paint and post. This oil painting is 6 inches by 8 inches on Raymar canvas panel. If you are interested in purchasing any of my work please visit my Etsy shop. There is a link below.

Gala Apples

I am starting a larger painting using apples. These apples looked so pretty on the silver platter that I painted a small one. The weather has been dark and rainy and the natural light in my studio has not been good. The studio has been quite cool so my hope is that the apples will survive long enough to finish the still life. I wish the rain were snow but there isn't much chance of that happening. I miss the snow!

Rose III

SOLD I have been painting a series of rose paintings. This oil painting is 6X8 inches on Raymar canvas panel. If you are interested in purchasing any of my paintings please visit my Etsy shop or email me through Etsy.


Appreciation, "Thank you", Grace, Perfect Happiness, Admiration, Gentleness, "Please Believe Me". The various meanings of pink roses. This oil painting is 6X8 inches on Raymar canvas panel. Pink roses are my favorite rose color. Long stem roses are descendants of English Tea Roses dating back to the 1800's, having been brought from China. They are valued because of their sturdy single stem and their fragrant beauty. If you are interested in purchasing any of my work please visiting my Etsy shop. You may reach me by email through Etsy. SOLD


This was my first full petaled rose and I am pleased with the way it turned out. I thought that it was going to be much more difficult that it was. This day has been so beautiful. .sunny and cool. I was in the mood to paint.

Apples on White Plate

We had a frightful storm last night and I was all cozy in my studio with this painting. Sometimes things just seem to flow. It helps when you take a break for a couple of days and then feel a fresh spark for painting. I love jig saw puzzles and spent my time between putting a few pieces together and then painting. It was great!


Yellow is such a difficult color for me to work with. . .I think it is because of the difficulty in defining values. I set these bananas against an aqua glass vase. I am not so sure I captured it so that it looked like glass. The vase is a flat and not round object and that made it even more difficult. Sometimes when I see it on the screen I can see it better. Any suggestions on what I could do to make it appear more transparent? I welcome all comments!

Copper Dish and Peppermints

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I had just enough time today to post this painting. Peppermints may be found in the stores all year 'round, but, to me they represent Christmas. The copper dish with the bakelite piece I found in a great antique store in Cheyenne Wyoming. Oh how I miss the antique markets in the west. The red dish I found in South Carolina in a thrift store. They are such a vibrant red and have great shapes.

Cactus Pears

These cactus pears looked great in the grocery store and their color prompted the purchase. Now that I have them I have no idea what to do with them. If anyone knows how to eat them will you let me know?

Peppermint Candy SOLD

I had no idea what I wanted to paint. Yesterday was shopping day and when I saw the grocery store loaded with bags upon bags of beautiful looking candy and I knew I had found my subject. This painting is 4 inches by 4 inches on stretched canvas. SOLD

Grapefruit and Asparagus on Red Plate

Oh my gosh! I don't even want to talk about what a time I had painting asparagus. With the third try and using only 4 stalks rather than the whole bundle I achieved something. It may not look exactly like asparagus, but, it is. I added the grapefruit for a little contrast. I am not sure I'll ever try asparagus again! SOLD

Still Life with Bubble Gum Machine

It has been some time since I have painted any larger than 11 by 14, but, this painting is 24 X 36. I had a great time painting this painting.The mums are the last ones from my garden, and yes, I have a pink bubble gum machine that sits in my studio with gum balls. It seemed too tedious for me to paint the gum balls. I like it without them. It kind of reminds me of a crystal ball. I didn't intend it, but, I like it anyway.

Black Patent Leather Shoes

My 5 year old trusty camera died yesterday and it has been a real experience trying to find one that takes great photos. I finally found the perfect camera. What a loss when your camera dies a sudden death. These shoes were a gift from my sister. She gives me a pair of unique shoes for my birthday each year. I love these patent leather shoes! I placed them on a swatch of black floral fabric. I am not sure of the color scheme, but, I just couldn't work any more on this painting. SOLD

Still Life I

I wanted to paint this larger but, I have been working small for an extended period of time and the large canvas intimidated me. This small painting is 5 X 7 inches. SOLD

Red Delicious Apples SOLD

Ruby Red Grapefruit in Pottery Bowl

Drawing XVI

Grapefruit in Yellow Bowl

This painting makes me feel really happy. Sometimes when I paint an object it just makes me smile inside and this beautiful Ruby Red grapfruit did this for me today.


I have been wanting to paint this coconut for sometime, but couldn't figure out how to get the coconut open. I used a hammer and screwdriver, unfortunately the coconut milk was sent flying all over my kitchen floor. I did this preliminary sketch before I will start the painting to explore the forms and composition.

Red Flower in Glass Vase


Drawing # IX

I am continuing with a series of drawings exploring flowers and flowers in containers. I am going to produce 100 drawings and it will be interesting to see the development during this exersize. It is much the same as daily painting, but, not done on a daily basis. I intend to use a variety of media. This drawing is 11 by 14 inches on bristol board and drawn with pencil. If interested in purchasing any of my works you can go to my Etsy shop.


I have begun a series of drawing where I want to explore one subject matter through 100 drawings. I don't know where this will lead me or what effect it will have upon my painting, but I am excited to explore. These drawings below are a couple from the first series of 10.
Drawing # VI SOLD

Purple Flower and White Cup SOLD

I have had to take a break from paiting for a couple of days and today was my first day back. I just needed some time to do nothing and I felt much better today. I love this big chunky cup.



Pomegranite SOLD

I am struggling with color. I see it in my mind and yet find it difficult to translate into paint. I think more as a tonal painter in my application. I desire to grow a little and take bigger risks. SOLD

Two Apples

Pencil 6 X 61/2 inches
6X6 Oil SOLD

Umbrella SOLD

I searched all over for tiny party umpbrellas and found packages of 3 and 4, but I just kept looking and ended up purchasing a package of 144 because they were only $2.00 more. Now I have pary umbrellas for life. 10 inches X 10 inches Oil


I bought these bautiful flowers and just fell in love with all of them especially the large sunflower. 11 x 14 Oil
I just wanted to share a tip that I have found on cleaning my oil painting brushes. I have been using a 98% Vegan lye soap and it cleans my brushes beautifully and leaves them supple. I happened onto it by accident and have used this ever since. I only use the vegan soap not the animal fat kind.

Flowers IV


Flowers III


Star Fish

I am keeping this one high on a shelf so that Sky my golden retriever doesn't eat it. Honestly, he ate several legs off of one I had on display several years ago.

Sliced Tomato and Knife

My dog sat under the still life and monitored the painting. He is a big time tomato lover. Until I figured out what was going on, he used to steal the tomatoes off the counter in the kitchen.

Pretty Tea Cup

I searched a long time to find a very nice tea cup and saucer to paint. I loved this one because it has a wonderful shape and delicate appearance. I remember my grandmother having a hutch with many different styles and kinds of thin white china cups just like this one.

Stacked Cups

I went shopping for things to paint and just kept finding cups to purchase. The thing is they were mostly all white. Honestly, I found all white with the greatest shapes and one black one which will make it into another painting in the future. I also really enjoyed working with a very limited palette. SOLD

Sparking Lemonade SOLD

. . .loved this beautiful bottle of lemonade. . . If you are interested in purchasing any of my paintings please visit my Etsy shop. Leave a comment if you would like to. Thanks! SOLD

Sky and Stella

These are our two babies. Sky is the older golden and Stella is smaller female. We had lunch next to the salt marsh sheltered from the sun in this little gazebo structure. It was such a fun day.

At the Beach

I took this photo of my husband and our two golden retrievers at the beach. I am just beginning to paint landscapes. I did join a plein air painting group and I should get plenty of practice.

Sliced Oranges

I have been really struggling with my painting lately. I had a really difficult time with the background in this painting and am not sure that it is working.

Pear on Blue

I can not tell you how many times I painted this little painting. I wiped it out and did it again and again. I still don't think its what I had in mind but I have to live with it. I now know that I prefer working on cotton canvas as opposed to fine linen. I like the tooth of cotton canvas. SOLD