Thursday, December 25, 2008

Mia's Shoes

Merry Christmas!

I was commissioned to do this shoe painting for a friend of mine by her husband. I heard that her friends had wanted to purchase one of my other shoe paintings, but they had all sold, so I told them that I thought it would be more special to paint some of Michelle's own shoes to make it that much more personal to her. I knew she had some fabulous shoes! So, I received an email from her husband asking me to paint this for Christmas for her. I asked if he could shoot the pictures of the shoes and gave him very specific instructions on how to shoot them (at eye level, in a row, maybe turning one around, etc.), and he came back with great pictures for me to work from. I made this composition up by mixing her athletic shoes with her dressy heels. I can hardly wait to know her reaction! I hope she was pleased!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sledding Fun! (Encaustic)

I have done some sledding-themed peices in oil in the past couple of years but wanted to try one in encaustic (beeswax + pigment). I loved how this turned out with some relatively smooth areas and some "crunchy" areas just like real sledding snow. I toned the board in darker colors and in blue tones first then layered and torched several times with white tones. I did this one for the Art Open House event, too.

8x8 encaustic on clayboard, $495 SOLD

United We Stand ("Pear-sonification series...)

This is one of many pear paintings I've done and have created titles that personify the pears. The one before this one was called, "Help a Sista!" in which two pears were side by side standing, and the third one had fallen down. The inspiration from this painting came just a day after the election and the feeling that we all need to come together for the greater good. I painted this will a palette knife to acheive some really thick areas of paint and a richness to the color. My intent was to paint differing varieties of pears (colors) to coincide with the title. This was for my recent Art Open House event held this past weekend.

10x20, oil on canvas, $595 SOLD

Monday, September 15, 2008

My 3

This is a painting I've done of my 3 children as an example of a "figurative landscape" painting for the Dodge Nature Center's fall benefit gala this weekend. I'm the featured artist this year and will be auctioning a commissioned painting of your children painted loosely that captures their character and energy in a setting. As I started this painting before there was any detail on the figures, my students easily could identify which child was which when it was in a sketchy state. I'm happy to have captured my 3!

18 x 24, acrylic on canvas, NFS

Thursday, August 14, 2008


We are going to northern MN to Orr for our annual family vacation - last one before school starts. I'm really looking forward to some outdoor time and R & R. I'm planning to take my painting supplies and paint away! Look for some new paintings in the near future...

Be well!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

You've heard and seen all about it! It is here! Join us tonight for the Twins & Friends Art Show and meet both Carole & Claire and their Chicago friend Jean Basse who has brought her awesome handmade jewelry. We are looking forward to a very eventful evening full of specials and deals and seeing YOUR smiling face. See you at 7 at Carole Foret Fine Art Gallery in downtown Athens!

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Another cow! I found this cow image and slanted it to paint it in a gesture like it was peeking or craning it's neck to see you. I liked using so many colors for this one and still being able to capture lights and darks. Squint your eyes and see the colors blend!

10x10, acrylic on canvas, $450 SOLD

These Little Piggies

I've been wanting to paint more pigs since "Rose and Petunia" last year.  I found a picture I liked and did this painting on Friday.  It all clicked!  I've really enjoyed kicking the color up in my last few pieces and with my flat brushes, I find it easier to stay loose.  I would love to know your feedback!

10x10, acrylic on canvas, $450 SOLD

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Stare Down

Just finished this one Saturday. My last one in oil for the show because I must ship my paintings by mid next week, so I will be using acrylics until then. They dry super fast painting out on my back porch! Wow!!!

I loved this cow! What else can I say about them. So much fun - love Holsteins, too. A huge cow lover bought this one and the "Peaceful Graze" yesterday! Thanks, Heidi!!

30 x 15, oil on canvas, $1400, SOLD

Yellow Earrings!

I have to laugh when I see this one!  I loved the fun distortion of his big snout checking you out.  So much character!  

10 x 20, acrylic on canvas, $650 SOLD


Well, I've stuck to a farm theme with all the cows and now roosters, I think!  The bodies look more like hens to me, but the heads look like a rooster.  Help me, here, if you know for certain what these are!  I loved being able to go to town with so much color in the feathers.  I've had this photo for at least 2 years, and I finally painted it.  I love how it turned out!  This will be at Carole Foret Studio next week for our show togther.  I will have more cows, too!

2' x 2', acrylic on canvas, $1500

Peaceful Graze

I loved this image of such a common site, cows grazing.  I loved the dramatic sky and colors.  It's more of a landscape compared to my other cow-themed paintings which I will post soon.  I can't do enough cows.  I've sold a couple before I was even finished.  There's just something about cows... 

Peaceful grazing, indeed!

8 x 8, oil on cradled panel, $275 SOLD

Monday, June 23, 2008

Bob and Katie!

Just finished this commissioned piece of a couple Bob and Katie!  Katie commissioned this portrait to give to Bob for their 25th wedding anniversary.  It was a surprise!  I had so much fun working on it and trying to convey a likeness yet keeping it full of color.  They love it!  I'm thrilled!


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

I'm finally back! It's been a long time since I finished a painting with so much going on at the end of the school year and having a new puppy! Life's great, but I sure miss the painting. This painting came from an image I took in Feb. at the Starbuck's at beautiful Rosemary Beach. Carole and I were sitting in a little vignette area enjoying our lattes, and I loved the comfortable look of this man reading the paper. I'm intrigued by the light of the outside coming in casting more cooler tones of light along with the warmer-toned lighting of the incandescent lighting in Starbuck's. I love working both kinds of lighting to paint this scene. I wanna be there!

6x6, oil on gesso board, $175

Friday, May 9, 2008


... to Carmel, CA this weekend all thru the end of next week to learn encaustic painting with the wonderful people with Artista Creative.  Check out their whole site to see what a wonderful experience it will be as it encourages women to connect creativity with all body, mind and spirit!  Just up my alley.  I will be posting more work before too long.  End of the school year has been very busy along with finding a potential new family pet.

Peace all!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Coffee & News

Another Italian scene that is all so common! Seeing the regulars getting their morning paper and espresso before heading off to work. This is a piece of another image that I will make into 2 separate paintings. I loved the lines and subtle changes in whites in this image. The sunlight on the ground to the left was fun, too. That warm Italian light is sumptuous!
6x12, oil on canvas, $125, $10 s/h SOLD

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

"Fairly" Thirsty!

Oh, how I wish it were this warm here in MN! I shot this image 3 years ago from the Washington County Fair that we took the children to on a hot, summer day. Just thought it would make me feel like I'd experienced a more summer-y day than winter. I loved this little concession stand off the beaten path of most of the activity of the fair. It was right near the barn with all the farm animals - one of our favorite places to visit.
8 x 10, oil on canvas, $125 plus $10 s/h SOLD

Monday, March 31, 2008


Finally, I'm back with much more painting time after our 2-week spring break! We had a spring day of about 6 inches of snow here in MN, so it was a great day to be in the studio finishing this painting. My client wanted me to do sort of an impression (without details - only suggestions) of her husband and son and daughter. Mom is a gorgeous woman whose parents are from Sri Lanka, and the husband is Caucasian. The two children have the beautiful mocha, olive skin their Mom has, and we wanted to portray that. I did a few other abstract paintings about a year ago that can be seen on my site, and my client wanted something much like those.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Sorrento Street

I finally finished my client's Italian street scene from the coastal town of Sorrento. I was there in the summer of 1994, and it was so very charming and beautiful. I tried to keep a looseness throughout and put lots of color and energy into it as requested by my client. Hope she likes it!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


I've made some progress in my painting commission this week. Hard finding the time! Kids are on a two-week spring break, so it will be sketchy. Just wanted to show you the work so far. My client wanted some kind of street scene, cafe scene - something with people and color. It needed to be a vertical for a 40x30" for the space the client wants to put it. I've reworked the right side tables and people 4 times now finally getting them positioned with the right perspective. I will be adding a few more people and action more in the background and will be working the architectural elements more, too. I'm trying to keep it loose, colorful, and with fun textures...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


...on that big 30x40 street scene! I will post a picture soon when I make a little more progress on it. Hope to get more done tomorrow. Check back in the next day or so!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Sorry, no new posts...

Please check back here again soon. The sickness I had spread to family, so I've been playing nurse and covering other areas of family life and not getting time to paint. I have classes tomorrow and hope to get started on a very large commission I have (30x40). Maybe I'll work on something smaller for class - not sure, yet. Thanks for your patience!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Snow Tubin' Fun! (finished!)

I finished my client's commissioned painting of these snow tubers! He hasn't seen it yet, but I'm going to notify him tonight that it's ready to pick up. I did a study, smaller painting of the the sledder in the lower right that I was going to incorporate into this painting. I'm pleased with it. I love the happy expressions on the faces which I wanted to keep fairly loose as I wanted the whole painting to be. I've had strong compliments from those who've seen it in my studio - hopefully, from my client, too!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Check back here later. I've been under the weather and still am. Hope to get something up again sooooooooooon!!!

Update: Don't know what I had, but I felt very tired and weak starting out the day Tuesday, went on with my morning class, slept for 2 hours after, got up, felt weak, tired and groggy (worse), canceled my evening class, felt more and more feverish. One of my students who is an Episcopal priest showed up anyway for class having not received my phone message about canceling the class. She offered to lay hands on me and pray for my healing, so we did. She combined her prayers with Eastern medicine (checking my chakras and finding where my virus was.) Amazing! She said that the virus will have to take its course, but that God would heal me through the his healing light that we invited into my body. My fever spiked big time around 9:00 pm last night (had the chills for an hour and then got very warm), went to bed, and I woke up feeling about 85% and better and better all day today. I've never had a virus to go right thru me that fast! This is the first time I've been sick in the last few years. Thanks for that healing blessing, Joanie! Our Lord works wonders!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Viewing David

The David is probably my favorite of all figurative sculpture. It was almost a religious experience when I got to see him in 1994 when I spent the summer in Italy for art school. I had my painting class today paint him, too, as I'm trying to teach them more about modeling the figure and getting proportion and scale. They're doing a great job. Finished this one tonight. I'm pleased!

6x12", oil on canvas, $295, $12 s/h SOLD

Friday, February 15, 2008

Hanging the Show

I was attracted immediately to this image because of the red and geometric quality. I love gallery images, and the capture of the man hanging the large, heavy painting was something I wanted to portray - his body positioning. I enjoyed working on this so much partly because I'm back to my oils! My acrylic paints are drying way too fast in my studio these days making it frustrating to have to mix colors over and over. Slows my process...

10x20," oil on canvas, $395, $12 s/s SOLD

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Yes, Julia!

This painting is another in my "shopping" series. Julia found this awesome dress out on the mannequin and had to try it on at the Saint Tropez shop in Seaside, FL. It looked FABULOUS on her! I changed her shoes - she had on (clogs) - and put more elegant shoes on her in the painting. I entitled it "Yes, Julia!" because she had just stepped out of the dressing room looking great in the dress, and that's what we all said!

9x12" acrylic on masonite, $175, $10 s/h SOLD

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Sidewalk Sale

I shot a picture of Carole in Seaside, FL at this great boutique called Saint Tropez. I was just inside the door, and I loved the bright light coming from behind her a t 45 degree angle producing such lovely shadow toward the door. This is a first in a 2 or 3 shopping-themed paintings I will do. I haven't painted my sister in a long time! Fun!

20x10" $195, $12 s/h SOLD

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

A little more to go...

I'm doing this painting for my neighbor Chris. I shot this photo when we were at there house last spring as Lucy Brown (on left) was being honored. She's in her early 80s and has lived in our neighborhood all her life. She was moving out of her beautiful home to a condo/retirement home. We miss her fun, fiery spirit, but she loves not having to worry with home maintenance and snow shoveling! Anyway, I'm almost finished with the painting and don't want to do much more. I want Chris to be more prominent and not "finish" Lucy as much, so I plan to keep a sketchiness to her figure. I'll post the end piece when finished.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


... to Rosemary Beach, FL for my workshop and show with Carole! Back late on Monday. Will have some more work up sooooooooooon!

Be well, all!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Shelf O'Shoes

This is my last painting to take for the Women's Getaway Weekend in Rosemary Beach, FL! I must mail all paintings today. Anyway, women love shoes! I love painting these sort of whimsical paintings. I chose some from a picture and pumped up the colors a bit more. Wanted to keep a looseness and fun feeling.
8x24" acrylic on canvas, $325, $15 s/h SOLD

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


I showed one of my painting students the way to start her painting by painting this image of her son jumping off a dock. I struggled with getting all of the boy's left foot on the canvas without cutting off his toes. I finally got it! We liked this stage of the painting alot. This is a point in a painting where you have to decide how much farther you want to develop it - putting more details or not. When you want to keep a looseness, then you'd stop around this point. We'll see how it turns out.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Winter Sliding - just a start

Back to winter after all the beach paintings... This is just a start of about an hour today - all I've gotten to paint all weekend. :((( This is a commissioned piece of some snow sledders and tubers. I had done one before and sold it at about the same time 2 other clients inquired about it. So, they are both commissioning snow sledding - themed paintings. This one is a 24x30" oil on canvas. More work on it tomorrow!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Beach Converstations

Another in my beach series. Image shot at the same time last summer while sitting underneath my umbrella. I wonder the conversations of the walkers by. Painting these beach paintings has taken me there, thankfully, as it's actually about 5 degrees outside my Minnesota studio right now! :((((

8x8, oil on masonite, $225, $10 s/h SOLD

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

One Last Time

This image I shot at Orange Beach, AL last summer. It shows a young family ending their day on the beach. Mom is washing out sand toys while son and daughter play on the beach's edge one last time for the day. Dad is waiting patiently... I love the long shadows and contrasting light and shadows in the late evening on the beach.
8x8, acrylic on masonite panel, $225, $10 s/h

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Out to the Pool

I just finished this painting of my beautiful, sweet niece Catherine. I shot this picture of her last summer as she was walking out to their pool. I wanted to keep a looseness but it be recognizable as Catherine. This is another in a series of beach, poolside, warmer weather paintings I want to do for my upcoming show and workshop at Rosemary Beach.
12x9, $295, oil on cradled masonite, $12 s/h SOLD

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Beach Walk

I did this painting late this evening, and it all clicked! This is the kind of painting session I love! I'm trying to get a few small pieces done for Carole's and my art show and workshop at Rosemary Beach, FL Feb. 1-3 and thought I would do some beach-themed stuff. I shot a few pics last summer when we were at Orange Beach on our family vacation. I have another one started and hope to post in the next day or so. I bought some flat brushes today to produce a different brush effect than what filberts produce. I also bought more masonite in slightly bigger sizes, too. I like the effect! Much harder to photograph, however, as the brush strokes create glare. Tell me what you think!

8x8, oil on masonite, $250, $10 s/h

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Sunday Afternoon

I shot of photo from our back stairs window that looks out onto our neighbors lovely back deck and yard area. I was so struck the beautiful light in the mid afternoon in September on my neighbor as he read underneath his umbrella. My neighbor was relaxing - reading his book with a glass of wine. Lovely! This was one of the first smaller paintings I challenged myself to do. It has a softer feel compared to the more vibrant colors I typically use, but I wanted the colors to portray the mood. I did it one day during my painting class and later.

$100, $10 s/h