Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Final 2014 Self Portrait

18 x 14"
charcoal on paper
I really enjoyed my advanced drawing class during the Fall semester. No, "advanced" does not refer to my age or my ability. It just means that I successfully passed the first three drawing classes needed to earn my degree. I will take advanced drawing during my next two semesters while earning my BFA. Taking the class twice is a degree requirement. I will take it the third time as an elective. The charcoal drawing above is the drawing that I presented for final critique in class last week. I think that I was having a pretty good hair day!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

And the Winner is......

Thank you all so much for the nice comments. picked Jerry's comment number (1) as the calendar winner from my blog comments. Jerry, please email me ( with your mailing address. If you left a comment on my Facebook page, be sure to click here to see who won that calendar.
Several people have asked me how to purchase a calendar if they did not win. While I am flattered, I prefer painting to ordering and shipping calendars. But I will print several every year, one for my studio and a couple to giveaway. It is my way of saying thank you for all of the paintings that you've purchased, feedback that you have given, and encouragement that you have provided.
I have already got 5 new commissioned pet portraits as candidates for next years calendar. I have been secretly painting and shipping them. Some folks really know how to buy Christmas gifts! I will post them at the end of the month. I don't want to spoil any surprises!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Annual Calendar Giveaway

Happy holidays! I picked out 13 (12 months and a cover) of my dog and cat paintings from 2014 to create my 2015 studio calendar. I made 2 extra copies to giveaway to say thank you for all the paintings you've purchased, comments you've left, and support you've shared. There are two ways to win but only one calendar per winner. It's simple:
1. Leave a comment on this blog post.
2. Leave a comment on my Facebook page.
One more sneaky way...
3. Tell all your friends to leave comments and if they win, beg them to re-gift it to you.
 Check back here and on my Facebook page on December 13th to see if you won!
 Only one comment per person per location. You may comment here for one chance to win or you may comment in both locations to double your odds but please only one comment per venue. Otherwise, picking a random winner becomes tricky.
 On Saturday, December 13th, I will use to pick one winner from the comments left on this blog post and a different winner from my corresponding Facebook post. Thank you for participating, sharing, and commenting.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Hula Hoop and Life 12/6

20 x 16"
oil on canvas
(until after my senior thesis show)

I wrapped this one up yesterday, in time for it to dry prior to our final critique in my BFA painting class. My instructor set up the still life. I liked all the fabric and the hula hoop. My first still life with hula hoop and I liked it. 
Heads up just for my blog followers: tomorrow, I will announce my annual calendar giveaway! Thanks for your support!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Curves 12 x 9"

12 x 9"
oil on canvas
For the past four years, I have submitted a painting of a greyhound for an art book created by Retired from Racing, not from Life as their annual fundraiser. This year, I needed a reference photo so I reached out to my blog and Facebook followers. The response was overwhelming. I had a hard time choosing just one. Curves is the painting that I submitted for this year's art book. My model was too gorgeous to confine to my normal 6 x 6" panel. I now hope that this fundraiser goes on for the next 5-10 years so I can use all the great reference photos you provided. Below are just a few. Thank you!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


6 x 6"
oil on panel
This adorable kitty passed away recently. Her Mom sent me some good reference photographs for this painting but Paisley's eyes looked completely different in every photo. Paisley's Mom suggested that I paint them aquamarine color. The following quote is from Paisley's Mom upon viewing the finished painting.
"Oh my, that's Paisley! You nailed it, here eyes are perfect."
I love it when a plan comes together. 

Friday, November 7, 2014


6 x 6"
oil on panel
For the past three years, I have donated a custom pet portrait commission for New Rattitude's annual fundraiser, an online auction. New Rattitude is a Rat Terrier rescue group. This little cutie got rescued to a wonderful home in South Carolina and her Mom was the high bidder on my donation this year. I was really pleased with the back lighting and fun background in the reference photo that Ruby's Mom provided. And that cute little face, of course!