Saturday, September 25, 2010


11" x 7"
oil on Wood
($8.00 shipping)

This is from an image I took when the last Hurricane rolled near North Carolina. It didn't hit us but we had some really nice waves and wind for a few days. I have always loved the way the spray blows off the tops of the cresting waves. 

Well, I was supposed to be at Bald Head Island today, but last night I started to get a migraine and decided to call it off. So sad to have missed it, but when migraine calls, I listen. 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

New Painting and Show News

12" x 12"
oil on wood

I will be do a painting demo and taking reservations for portraits on Bald Head Island this Saturday at the Maritime Market - Get special pricing when you order the day of the demo. Also, Guy will be on hand to photograph for portraits too.

October 6th, 2010 I will be at Artwalk in Jacksonville Florida
Showing the Downtown Dog Paintings at NEXT Gallery and also at
Bee Gallery showing the "In Hell" painting series that I did in 2006. 

Here is more info:

Monday, September 20, 2010

Bernese Mountain Dog

12" x 12"
Oil on wood panel

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Cheshire Cat

24" x 16"
oil on fabric panel

Monday, September 13, 2010

Cardigan Corgi

12" x 12"
Oil on Wood

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Corgi Mix

12" x 12"
Oil on Wood
This is from the Bald Head Island commissions 
By the way, this dog is a rescue.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Painting Peaches Update

I'm almost done with the cloth part of this painting - still need to work on the peaches. I really love this one and am enjoying every minute. 

I have decided to change how I work on paintings. Ever since I can remember, I have always looked at the painting as more of an end result and forget to enjoy the detail of the journey. I want to take my time and enjoy the process and isn't that a reflection on how to live life? Enjoy the journey rather than waiting for the destination. It's taken me this long to have this (as Oprah says) aha! Moment. Maybe this is a turning point me. Hmmmm.

Enjoy the details of your life.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Cradled Wood Panels and Fabrics

O.K., here's a lesson in cradled wood panels, a popular surface to paint on and one I prefer.

Most of my smaller panels that I make are not cradled because I am assuming they will be framed to prevent warping, but since the client indicated she wants to hang the portrait on the wall without a frame, I need to Cradle the Panel because wood warps. I cradle all pieces larger than 12 X 12 and really big pieces I use extra cross bars to stabilize more.  

In this photo I have cut the panel, sanded and have put wood strips on the back with glue. The vises hold it together till the next day. Then I will put 2 or 3 coats of gesso on, then do a final light sanding after it dries. This whole process takes about two days if I don't forget to gesso. If I do forget it could take up to 4 or 5 days.

The fabric store was having a 30% off sale - New Fabric paintings - Yayyyy!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Paintings in Progress

Here are some photos of paintings in progress, some are almost done and some just started.