Friday, December 30, 2011

After Glow

16"x 20"

Oil on Canvas $200

This is an area off Route 205 near Paluxy, Texas that has goats. I particularly liked the way the tree branches slumped. Painting an abstract landscape is delightful. I love the freedom of choosing colors and shapes. For me it is truly a creative experience.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Stream on Edwards Road Paluxy, Texas

10"x 8"
Oil on Canvas Panel $150

I went back to the low water crossing on Edwards Road near Paluxy for the second time this week. Vickie Guthrie met me there. We were both determined to paint a plein air at the site. It is hard to paint quick enough and then to say the painting is finished. But the times I have tried to finish up a plein air painting in the studio are rarely successful. They tend to loose their freshness. I am not totally pleased with this painting, but I am pleased with the learning process.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Low Water Crossing, Chalk Mt. Road

8"x 16"

Oil on canvas


I painted this from a small plein air study. Sheri Jones, Olivette Hubler, and I were checking out future places to paint when we drove by this low water crossing on Chalk Mt. Road near Glen Rose. We couldn't pass it by without doing a quick painting. It was a perfect October day. I tried to capture the feelings the scene created for me.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

After the Fog

8"x 10"

Oil on canvas panel NFS

A week ago Monday, I went plein air painting with Linda Popple and Linda Reedy near Bluff Dale, Tx. It was a wonderful foggy day which turned the familiar to mysterious. There were wonderful contrasting colors of cool wet grasses and dried warm grasses.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Morning Light on the Paluxy

10"x 8"

Oil on Canvas Panel


This was painted about 8:30 am Saturday on the Paluxy at the Big Rock Park in Glen Rose. The early sunlight highlighted and intensified the colors. The weather was perfect. I painted with two excellent Plein Air painters: Olivette Hubler & Sheri Jones. It doesn't get much better in Texas in October.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pasture Road

5”x 7”
Oil on Canvas Board
I have been on vacation for several months. Each summer my husband and I leave for Alaska to fish for Sockeye Salmon at a gillnet site located in the Cook Inlet. We have been fishing this site since 1984. This year our son, Josh, came to help his dad fish. I spent the summer cooking, washing, and making bread for them. But even more I enjoyed the beautiful scenery, walking on the beach, and some gardening. We are in a remote area with no computer or phone access except for a satellite phone. I took a break from oil painting, but did continue to observe and think about art.
This year my husband, Eric, and I drove to Alaska in April and back to Texas in October by way of New York. (Our two sons and their lovely wives plus our grandchild live there.) We have a Casita Travel Trailer which is delightful. It was a wonderful road trip. We plan to drive up again this coming April.
Now that we are back in Texas, I am so ready to get back to painting in oil. This little painting is from a photo reference of a pasture road. There was a house behind the trees which I left out and I rearranged some of the bushes. Now I have repainted the first painting and replaced it with this one.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Conte Crayon on Paper
This is a portrait of Linda who is one of the regular artists in our Monday morning drawing class. The volunteer model didn't show up, so Linda volunteered. The artists who were using color loved her lovely skin colors. She is definitely a beautiful woman. We all loved drawing her classic features. The portrait is not for sale since we give our work to the model.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pasture on Pear Orchard Road

8"x 10"

Oil on Canvas Panel


The pasture grasses are lovely this year. They contrast with the Live Oaks and Cedars. There are many roads in our area that lead you off into beautiful pasture lands with goats, cattle, and longhorn cattle. Granbury has such a variety of landscape areas to choose for painting.

Monday, March 14, 2011


12"x 9"
Pastel on Paper
On Monday mornings a group of artist gathers to do portraits. We ask our friends and even strangers to model for us. Our one requirement is that they can breathe. They are volunteer models, but then we give them our drawings. So far they have all been very pleased. This drawing is of Frog who runs the restaurant "Pam II" in Acton, Texas. He is such an interesting person and was an outstanding model.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bishop's Beach

5"x 7"
Oil on Canvas Board
Bishop's Beach in located Homer, Alaska. This is actually a tidal pool that opens on to the beach. Homer is located on Kachemak Bay. I painted this for my friend, Fran Moore. I met her when we first moved to Alaska in 1977. She has remained a constant and delightful friend.

Wetlands Anchor Point, Alaska

5"x 7"
Oil on Canvas
When we are in Alaska, May through September, I love to paint the wetlands and beach at the Anchor River in Anchor Point. Our place is one mile from the beach. We go most days to check out the waves or walk on the gray gravel and rock beach. It is always an inspiring place. We will be driving to Alaska this year. I look forward to the beautiful drive up to and through Canada.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Windy February Day

7"x 5"
Oil on Canvas Panel
$50 Sold

Sheri Jones and I took advantage of a warm windy February day to paint outdoors. We were waiting for the sun to go down. I painted a small panel to capture the grass colors with the cedars greens. I didn't capture the sunset. That painting became a "wipe out". Not every plein air is a keeper. I like this one because it was completed on site.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Pasture on Cripple Creek Road

9"x 12"
Oil on Canvas Board
After two weeks of icy cold weather, we are having a week of partly sunny days in the 70's. My painting friend, Sheri Jones, had the day off, so we went in search of an inspiring place to paint. We found it on Cripple Creek Road. The goats were watching us as we watched them. It was very windy, but sunny and warm. It was an exhilarating day for Plein Air painting.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Winter Fantasy

16"x 20"
Oil on Canvas
I have been thinking about how I want to do abstract landscapes. Linda Miller, a painting friend, has a place on the Paluxy River where I have painted several plein air paintings. This abstract is based on a group of trees on her place.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Mug with Oak Leaves and Grapes

10"x 8"
Oil on Canvas Board
With the cold weather, I have been enjoying painting still life setups. This is one of my favorite cafe ware mugs. There are not many green plants this time of year, but one can always count on the Live Oak to produce interesting branches and leaves. Seems like I always have grape around and they are fun to paint.

Friday, January 21, 2011

White Plate with Orange

8"x 10"
Oil on Canvas Panel
These clusters of blueberries are lovely this time of year. The small white plate makes a dramatic addition with the dark background and colorful orange.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Cowboy for life

10"x 8"
Oil on Panel
Another wonderful model from our Monday morning drawing group at the LGAA Shanley House. I painted this portrait later in my studio from drawings and photo I did that morning. He still dressed the way he did when he was younger. A working man, a cowboy for life.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Interior Study

Oil on Canvas Panel
This study was the last set up in a workshop which centered on strong color and dramatic light.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Road to Pearl, Texas

Oil on Canvas Panel
I was with Terri, a painting buddy, and we were driving away from Pearl. With the storm behind us, it felt like we were out running it. I used a pallet knife to express the stormy sky and dark green landscape.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


10"x 8"
conte crayon on paper
On Monday mornings, I join with a group of artists who meet at LGAA in Granbury to draw from a live model. This is a conte crayon drawing from one of our wonderful volunteer models.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Fall on the River

Oil on Canvas Panel
I used both a pallet knife and brush to add texture and color to this interesting place on the Paluxy River.

Saturday, January 1, 2011


14"x 11"
Oil on Canvas
I have taken two one day intense workshops from James Spurlock ( ) on painting portraits. This is a study done in his second class. He is an excellent teacher; I learned so much. Now I want to do more portraits.