Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Getting hung

My generous friend Carl has offered to host an art show/cocktail party for me. We're shooting for late February, but making no firm plans due to remodeling issues. We all know what that's like!

These photos are just to give you an idea of the display. Better photographs of each individual painting will be taken by somebody besides yours truly. As a photographer I make a good gardener.


Monday, November 10, 2008

John's Sunflower #2

13 1/2 " X 11" oil on gessoed masonite. $150.

My second attempt is much more to my liking. I feel like I achieved what I was after. Of course, as soon as I finished it I thought "I need to do this one more time."

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Head full of ideas

I sold 4 paintings this weekend.  The art sale was sluggish, due to crappy weather and crappy economic mood.  However, I sold 4 more paintings than I would have sitting home.

I got back at it today.  While sitting there listening to the shoppers' remarks I thought of a zillion things I want to paint.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

John's Sunflower

16" X 20" oil on canvas.  Unframed $250

I tried something a little different this time.  It's big and sort of controlled.  I want to try it again and get jiggy with it, but for the first bat out of the box (sorry it's World Series time) I'm pretty happy with it.  I love the background.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Aubergine #3

My favorite of the three paintings!  5" x 7" oil on masonite, $75.

For some reason this one just talks to me.  Maybe it's the composition? 

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Aubergine #2

5" x 7" oil on masonite, $75.

The 2nd time around was a whole 'nother story. The background made the colors in the eggplant look very different.

This one is smaller than #1, but due to the wacky way this site is managed, it inhibits how the pictures show up. Alas. But hey, if you're interested, email me and I'll send you a gianormous one.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Aubergine #1

Solanum melongena! 9 1/2" x 4 1/2" oil on masonite, $75.


New color, new challenges. I managed to get several eggplant portraits from this gem before it rotted. I like a tough vegetable that can pose for hours under the hot lights.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Lemon Large

20" x 18 3/4" oil on masonite, $300.

It's big, well for me, well for my fruits and veggies.  Dramatic?  It's fun and it makes me want to do more big paintings of small things.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Guest Soap

This painting was a the result of Ger saying to me "we need a painting hanging on that empty nail in the downstairs bathroom".

9" x 9" oil on masonite. Private collection!

I can't help but grin every time I look at it. I'm so happy with how it turned out. You might be seeing a lot more of the little dish in the future.


9" x 9" oil on masonite, $175.

Lemons are so much fun to paint. I think I could spend the next 20 years painting fruits and vegetables. I never get bored with them, they offer something new with each visit.

Misty Morning

Abstract painting 32" X 16 3/4" oil on board, $250.

I've been working and thinking and the two don't mix. This was three different things before I loosened up and calmed down.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Four Squared

Mixed media, 17" x 17" x 1 1/2" on masonite.  $250

This piece is framed in lathe, painted black.  I got the germ of the idea from some website long forgotten.  I didn't even bookmark it, just wrote down "squares".  The "tiles" are floating in the shadow box.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Mz. Mikey

This painting is a gift to my cyber-pal, Curtis.  He posted a photo of his little dog on the J-Walk blog and I was mesmerized by the shadows. 

4"x6" oil on masonite.  Private collection.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Big Chunk

10" x 10" oil on gessoed masonite, $90.

Every time I think something is going to be easy...it is NOT.  I was trying to get lose and kept making sharp edges.  I finally stood back and squinted and decided I could live with the in-between.  Then I ate it.

The Hint

11" x 14" oil on gessoed masonite, framed $200.

I named this the hint because it seems to be alluding to something.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Lemon Quartet

8" X 10" oil on gessoed masonite.  Private collection.



This is my favorite of the 3 "D.C." paintings.  Fell off my brush.

Yellow Lillies

8" X 10" oil on gessoed masonite.  Private collection.



More glass.  The light coming through the water and making designs on the left is my favorite part.

Green Apple Slices

8" X 10" oil on gessoed masonite.  Private collection.


I got back in the saddle while we were in D.C.  While everyone else was doing their thing I started chopping up fruit and slinging paint.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Bright Night

5" x 5" oil on gessoed masonite, unframed.  SOLD


I've had a big lapse in painting due to traveling.  It's spring break time for the grandkids and we're zipping back and forth across the country.  I've taken my gear with me but haven't found the time or mind set to produce anything.  THIS HAS GOT TO CHANGE.  I have lots of things trying to get out of my head and onto the canvas.

Monday, March 24, 2008

White on white

While we were in Dallas I did three paintings and tried to keep it very simple. White objects on white background, colors on white and everything placed on white fabric. Two of the paintings were very slightly damaged coming home. Ger had made me a rack to fit in a box and I stuffed paper at the edges thinking it would keep them from shifting. Didn't work. Some guy at Wet Canvas said he uses pizza boxes to transport. I might give that a try. I will attempt to repaint the little scratch marks left by the pegs in the rack.

Empty White Cup 6" x 6" oil on gessoed masonite. Not for sale.

Lemon Trio 8" x 10" oil on gessoed masonite. Not for sale.

Orange Trio 8" x 10" oil on gessoed masonite. Not for sale.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Afternoon on Kimberly #2

6" x 6" oil on gessoed masonite, unframed $75.

This is a the second painting from a photograph that Ger took last fall. You can see the influence of Bruce Docker. I plan to do this same scene at least one more time. There is much to be learned about the levels of light and the perspective. SOLD

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Blue Glass on White

5" X 5" oil on gessoed masonite, unframed. Private Collection.

Paint what you see, that's the mantra while painting objects that seem difficult to capture. Disengage the "should" part of your thinking and look.

This little piece of art glass has been sitting around here for weeks. I was planning to paint a trio of glass objects but decided to let this one solo.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Memories of 6th Grade

Our 6th grade building had a fruit machine! Yes, how 21st century is that? I would buy lemons. As in "boy am I lucky I have any enamel left on my teeth". I love lemons.

5" x 5" oil on gessoed masonite, unframed $80. SOLD

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008


4" X 5" oil on gessoed masonite, unframed $75.

He's on three legs, this cute little red pepper. I hope to paint him one more time before he goes to mush.

Thanks for looking. SOLD

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Little Cluster

5"X5" oil on gessoed masonite, unframed $80.

What's in your lunch box?  Remember those old commercials where they called grapes "nature's candy"?

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

View From Mt. Mitchell

12" X 15" oil on 1-1/2" deep gessoed gallary wrapped canvas $200.

We drove around last fall to enjoy the fall color and took several photos.  However, the lunch was the best part.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Marlon Brando's Mouthpiece

6" X 6" oil on gessoed masonite, unframed $80.

Remember Vito Corleone's death scene where he's chasing his grandson around with an orange slice stuck in his mouth and the kid is playing with an INSECTICIDE sprayer? Then he croaks, Vito that is, not the kid. It was probably the bug spray that did it.

A Blue Streak

16" X 20" oil on gessoed, stretched canvas, unframed $120.

This is one of those paintings I call happy endings.  It started out life as one thing and became something else entirely.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Orange Trio

4" X 12" oil on gessoed masonite, unframed $100.

This just fell off my brush and I couldn't be happier.  Navel oranges are so pretty, they make me forget that I always say orange is my least favorite color.

I wish the picture was larger, but if you like it I can email you a larger image.

Thanks for looking.

Peanut Butter and Jelly #1

6" X 6" oil on gessoed masonite, unframed $80.

It was a good painting weekend.  After a few days of working on other things I got busy.  This is the first of what I hope is a series of PBJ's.  I paint 'em, then we eat 'em.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Fresh Radishes

12" X 12" oil on 1-1/2" deep gallery wrapped canvas, unframed $150.

This composition was the result of me playing around with my lighting.  Luckily for me I have a lamp with a flexible neck.  I want to use this set up again soon, it presents all sorts of interesting possibilities.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Under the Old Wallpaper

14" x 11" oil on gessoed masonite, unframed $80.

When we redid our condo we must have scraped off 12 layers of paint and paper.  It looked a lot like this.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Waiting for Fatima

6" x 6" oil on gessoed masonite.  Unframed $75.

The title refrences Ray Stevens lyrics, my attempt at subtle humor, but it also lends a certain cache to the fruit.  Unlike my previous pomegranite, this one has not a hint of impasto and is sort of dreamy in it's blurred approach.

I continue to tinker with this site.  I can't seem to make paragraphs in my profile and apologize for the conglomeration of info over there.  It may improve.  Then again, it could get worse.  Hang on.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Four Little Peppers

3-1/4" x 5-1/4 oil on gessoed masonite, unframed.  $50

They're little, but they make a statement.


I read on another art blog how the artist felt silly asking the cashier at the checkout stand to be gentle with the produce because she wanted to paint it.  I'm the same way.  I hold them in my hands, tuck them into my purse instead of risking putting them in a shopping bag.  Ger is getting very adept at picking subjects...er produce.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Pomegranite on White

5" x 5" oil on gessoed masonite. $75, unframed.

I always make a mess when I eat them. Drop a tablespoon full of these beautiful seeds into your champagne flute.

Red Wave

9" x 9-1/4" oil on gessoed board.  $75, unframed.

If you wish to purchase a painting, click on "view my complete profile" to the right and you'll see where to click to send me an email.  I take check or PayPal.

Thanks for looking.


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Papaya and Kiwi

6" x 6" oil on gessoed masonite.  $100

I have several white napkins that are too stained to use at the table any more.  Usually I throw them in my rag box but realized that the changing of color due to age and use lends them properties that are perfect for a "painterly" drop cloth.  Oh how I love to recycle.

Cantelope and Grapes

6" x 6" oil on gessoed masonite.  If you like it, make me an offer.  This one was an attempt to loosen up and paint very quickly using a timer.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Carrot Askew

6" x 6" oil on gessoed masonite.  $75

I wanted to use the greenery but the leaves are so far away from the root and by the time I got them home they went limp.  Maybe next time.

Grand Finale

12" x 3-1/2" oil on gessoed masonite. $100

They are not the pits. In fact, they make me smile every time I look at them.


Sunday, January 13, 2008

Red and Green Pepper

6" x 6" oil on gessoed masonite.  $75

The pepper adoration continues.  I love these jewels of the produce section.


16" x 20" oil on gessoed masonite.  $150

Think of Paul Simon lyrics and how many times he uses the imagery of falling.  The dream, that jolt that awakens you as you are traveling through space.

Chunks o Lime

3" x 5" oil on gessoed masonite "postcard painting". $50

These are ready to toss in a gin and tonic. SOLD

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Sans Gin

4"x6" oil on gessoed massonite.  SOLD

I have been painting sporadically the past few days.  I'm sort of glad the holidays are over so I can get busy.