Friday, February 27, 2009

Loves Me Not, Loves Me

"Loves Me Not, Loves Me"

14 x 14 x 3/4", Original Oil on Gallery-wrapped canvas
$200.00 + s/h

Yesterday the weather here in the DFW area was warm warm warm - AND I wore sandals in February! I don't like the cold and having to wear layers of clothes! I know I have some readers in Australia who are having incredibly warm weather and some of you in the North are hating me for this beautiful weather - but hey - here in Texas we say, "if you don't like the weather - wait 10 minutes"...So we're supposed to have cooler temps today and this morning, the sun has disappeared and it's cloudy...

Aaah but warm, Spring-like weather lifts my spirits and so do Daisies.

My high school alumni friend and artist, Sheila Tajima of California has listed her artwork on Ebay. It's hard to get noticed when you first start on Ebay because of a lack of "feedbacks" from other buyers. I started selling on Ebay about a year and a half ago with the help of my good friend and artist Filomena Booth who has been selling quite successfully on Ebay. She taught me the ropes. She then put a bid on one of my first listings. That bid encouraged other buyers, who were strangers to me, to bid on my paintings. Having bids really is helpful because it turns people who are just looking into buyers. It's that "Ebay psychology".
So if you're reading this, take a moment and check out Sheila's Ebay listing for her cute Affirmation Angels ACEO art listings - Click Here. (Just don't out-bid me I have my eye on a couple of them! - well OK - if you must outbid me...)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Scent of Lilacs

I was experimenting with a new medium "Medium 5" (butter) by Lukas - it was new to me - it may have been around for awhile. It speeded drying. I loved the purples in the iris and couldn't resist painting another purple flower - the Lilac. This painting is so loose and almost abstract that if I'd not told you it was of lilac flowers, would you have known?

"Scent of Lilac"
14 x 14 inches, Oil on Stretched Canvas

I've also discovered a new ecommerce site for art. It is called eCrater. I have a widget to it on the side - I've started listing a few paintings on it. If you're an artist, check it out and let me know what you think - thanks.

Trees, Once More

The trees along the horse trails just outside my property are still bare and the remains of a flood we had two years ago scar the trunks. I have a feeling that when Spring comes there will be fewer trees as some will not come back to life; but Spring will come and in a month or so the fields will be full of wildflowers. The bluebonnets seedlings in my front yard are starting to emerge.

"Trees, Once More"
14 x 14 inches by 3/4", Original Oil on Canvas

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Serene Chaos - a painting of irises

I'm giving my paintbrushes a break and picked up the palette knife to paint. I know the title of this painting is a little bit of any oxymoron like "jumbo shrimp" but sometimes a word gets stuck in one's mind and the word for me has been "chaos". It's almost like a song that you hear over and over in your mind and can't get rid of until you try ever so hard to sing another song...
I'm looking at my desk - it's a chaos...I think I'll need to do some filing to get my mind off this word. But until I find another word to obsess about, this painting of a profusion of irises is titled:
"Serene Chaos"
10 x 8 inches, Oil on Raymar
$60.00 + s/h

Monday, February 23, 2009

A Place of My Own

"A Place Of My Own" 6 x 6 inches, Oil on Raymar Board
$40.00 + s/h

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Take Me Home

"Take Me Home"
5 x 5 inches, Oil on Board,
This is a photo of "Max" I found on the Metroport Humane Society's petfinder dog pages. He just looked so sorrowful. I named this painting "Take Me Home". The are too many dogs and cats that are put down every year. A simple solution is to Spay and Neuter your animal. The Metroport Humane Society offers low cost Spay and Neuter Coupons that can be used at participating vets. And if you're in the market for a new pet - please check your local humane society first. You'll be saving a life and getting a wonderful companion - I have two "found" dogs.
The auction is still going on for those interested in bidding for the painting of the black and white cat posted below.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Metroport Humane Society

Just a reminder - the auction of "Willie" for the Metroport Humane Society will begin at 8:00 am CST on Saturday February 21 and I will accept bids for it until 8:00pm Monday February 23. Please email to with "Willie" in the subject line and the dollar amount you wish to purchase the painting. There will only be one winning bidder.

Thank you and happy bidding - it's for a great group!

Friday, February 20, 2009


Click here to bid.

Cheryl Cardon of Metroport Humane Society sent along photos of several cats to use as models and this is one of them, "Ally" a silvery, gray cat with beautiful green eyes. She looks like she's planning a revolt...Mice beware!

It is beautiful here in the DFW area - the sun is out but a little nippy, for us (if you're reading this blog and you live in the North - it's balmy) but the weather forecasters said that next week we're to have 80+ degrees! YAY! Though I complain about the heat in Texas in August, I love warmer weather and longer days.

Tomorrow morning starts the auction for "Willie". Please be sure to write "Willie" in the subject line when you send me an email at Thank you.

5 x 5 inches, Oil on Board

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Back when I used to pay attention to the Dallas Cowboys, they'd often mention the word "two-a-day" for having football practice twice a day. I painted Tyson for my friend but liked the way it turned out so much that I decided to do another. This one isn't wearing a collar and I took away the heart which was actually a vet tag. As much as the two look alike there are differences in the two paintings. I'll have to name this painting, so if anyone has a good title, please leave me a comment.
Just a reminder. I'll be auctioning off the black and white cat painting starting Saturday 8:00 am to benefit the Metroport Humane Society. Someone asked if "Willie" was adopted by Cheryl as a forever home pet or as a foster pet - Willie is a forever pet. But there are plenty of pets on their website all needing good homes.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

It's OK to Dream and it's Free!

Was out walking with my "pointer sisters" (they're the two up front - Stella, the black and white English Pointer?? and Tina, the German Shorthair Pointer) and Mickey - a neighbor's lab, along the horse trails that skirt our property when I spotted that someone had painted this sign on an old tree.

Here's a closer look at it. Someone did a good job - there are a lot of colors in this little "sign". So, is it a sign? "Someone" telling me that is OK to dream?

How often do we seek "signs" to do something? If we only had a "sign"...and so here it is...Dreaming is Free! I've been given a sign...what fun!!

So what is YOUR dream?

Monday, February 16, 2009

White Boxer Pup

I had white on my palette after having painted Ozzy so here's a white dog. "Tyson" is a friend's white boxer pup. I thought a black cat was a tough subject to paint - white is another interesting color. There really isn't any pure white on the whitest parts and the shadows take on so many different colors. I loved painting these two white pets.

My friend Nancy Elstad sent me some quotes by John Singer Sargent. He insisted that his student paint from models and not of their friends because "If you paint your friends, they and you are chiefly concerned about the likeness." This might hold true when painting friend's pets - I try too hard to make the painting look like their cats and dogs when I should be more loose and just try to paint.

5 x 5 inches, Oil on Board

Rough Collie

I was asked to paint a Rough Collie. Hmmmm....this was difficult actually. And here's why - the long nose. Trying to get the face and all it's features into that small size. Now a pug or a kitty cat I can fit into the square and trim a little of their faces and still one can tell what it is.

5 x 5 inches, Oil on Board

Sunday, February 15, 2009


This is a painting of my friend Teresa's cat Ozzy. Yes, one green eye and one blue. I've been told that cats with blue eyes are deaf in the side their eye is blue. I forgot to ask Teresa if Ozzy is deaf in one ear, but yesterday he ignored us when she tried to coax him down the stairs. But then again, cats do do that...ignore us and pretend not to hear.
I think it's wonderful to listen. I strive to be a good listener although sometimes my ADD gets in the way. But I also think that it's Okay to pretend not to hear at times.
5 x 5 inches, Oil on Board

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Willie and Metroport Humane Society

The photo of this painting came out a little dark; I should really study the photoshop tips that R. Garriott writes about on his blog, Daily Paintings plus Photoshop Tips. At any rate, I emailed this painting to Cheryl who is a member of the Metroport Humane Society near my house. She said this cat looks a lot like her new adoptee, Willie, so that is what I'm calling this painting. Willie was at an animal shelter for 34 days, 31 days too long, when Cheryl happened to visit the shelter.

Next week-end I'm going to auction this little painting on this blog and donate the proceeds to the Metroport Humane Society. The auction will begin on Saturday, Feb 21 at 8am and end on Monday Feb 23 at 8pm. Anyone interested in this painting can send me an email with the amount they are willing to buy this painting during that time and the person with the highest bid will win the painting.

If you are interested in participating - please send me at email at with the "Willie" in the Subject Line during the auction period. I will only open emails received during the auction period and with the proper subject line. Please only write a dollar amount you wish to buy the painting for.
If I receive more than one offer of the same dollar amount, the email I receive first will be the one who wins the auction.

This is a 5 x 5 inch, original oil painting on board and will be framed.

Thank you all and thank you, Metroport Humane Society.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Angels Everywhere

I must have been feeling a little blue this weekend and felt like I needed an angel to watch over me. So here are three I painted.

6 x 8 inches, Oil on Board
8 x 6 inches, Oil on Board

8 x 6 inches, Oil on Board

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Boris, The Bassett

Oh it's a gloomy, cloudy Sunday just seems appropriate to have this little fellow on my blog telling me to smile a little.

Yesterday I stopped by to visit with Kim Norris to pick up a beautiful little bowl that she made for me. I had bought a similar one from her a while back - they have little quotes and saying on them and the one I asked her to make for me says "...and they lived happily ever after". It is a gift. : )

5 x 5 inches, Oil on Board

Friday, February 6, 2009

Hugs and Pugs

Smile! It's Friday and it's warm here!! Last night I'd finished taking photos of the hug and pug and thought - geez - I'm a poet.
"TGI Friday"
5 x 5 inches, oil on board

Thursday, February 5, 2009

One More Hug Before I Go...

I enjoy Sheila's comments to my posts - so here is another little loving couple painting. I haven't titled this one yet so if you can think of a good one - please let me know.
6 x 6 inches, Oil on board.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Little Golden Puppy

Just finished putting the finishing touches on this little Golden Retriever puppy.

"Golden Puppy"
5x5 inches, Oil on Board

Monday, February 2, 2009

My Hand in Yours

Another in a series of hand holding...
"My Hand in Yours"
6 x 6 inches, Oil on Board, palette knife work