Monday, November 17, 2008


It was nice to just concentrate on the face this time and not worry about clothes and hands. His mom commissioned the portrait as a surprise Christmas gift for her husband. I hope he likes it!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Vivian #2

Chubby little fingers are challenging, but there's nothing like some pigtails to raise your spirits. Vivian is one of my son's best buddies and it's been a joy watching her grow up. She's quite the little lady.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Self-portrait with Umbrella

I'm really not that vain, I swear. I just really like participating in David Ohlerking's fabulous self-portrait shows and he has them frequently. That, and I can't really afford to hire models anyway. Figuring out what to do with them is a little tricky. I've thought about giving them to family members as gifts, but how presumptuous and vain is that? Here ya go, just what you've always wanted, a big picture of ME! Guess they're destined for the garage...

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Arte y Pico

An art award, Yay! I'm honored to accept and pass along this award I received from Carol Marine.

FYI...The Origin of The Arte y Pico Award and Rules if you choose to accept. You might be interested in the origin of the "Arte y Pico Award" The designer of the award puts it like this..."The Arte y Pico Award has arisen from the daily visits that I make to many blogs which nourish and enrich me with creativity. In them, I see dedication, creativity, care, comradeship, but mainly, ART, much art. I want to share this prize with all those bloggers that entertain and enrich me day to day. Doubtlessly, there are many and it will be hard to pick just a few."

Here are the rules:

The Rules:
1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award through creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogger community, no matter of language.
2. Each award should have the name of the author with a link to their blog.
3. Award winners have to post the award with the name and link to the blog of the person who gave them the award.
4. Show these rules and the paragraph (above) explaining the awards origination.

Here are my picks:

1) Justin Taylor
2) Leslie Sealey
3) Sandra Flood
4) Sarah Fox
5) Liza Hirst

Oh, and I'm working on a new self-portrait that should be up in a few days so stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


My good camera is in the shop so this photo doesn't really do the painting justice. I think I'm going to experiment with acrylics or practice drawing for the rest of the summer (unless I get commissions, of course. Anyone?). It's an oven in my studio/garage and I despise sweating. So who knows what kind of art I'll be posting next...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Backyard Guitar

Note to self- musical instruments are HARD to paint. Well, it's about 100 degrees in the garage I call a studio and fans just don't help much so paintings are coming along slowly. I do have another toddler portrait coming up so stay tuned.......

Friday, May 16, 2008


Here's the latest little munchkin. I hope I keep getting these toddler commissions. They're so sweet!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Samantha and Christopher

Well that was way too long a break! Hopefully I've defeated all my obstacles for now and will get my momentum back. This is a portrait of my niece and nephew. My sister is moving to Germany for three years in September and I will miss their sweet little family greatly. She's trading me this portrait for a trip to visit them so I'm definitely getting the better end of the deal!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Austin Figurative Gallery

Here are some photos from my little art happening last weekend. It was fun, but I'm ready to get back to painting!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Shirley Manson

This painting of Justin Taylor's inspired me to paint a musician. He's awesome, you should definitely browse his blog. I had originally planned to paint Blondie but couldn't find an image I liked of her, and besides, Shirley's just as cool.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


This is my awesome son. I suppose I should be painting things I can sell, or would even be willing to part with but I figure all those artists making gobs of money are wishing they could paint whatever they felt like. So I guess I'll just get ones like this out of the way before the fame and riches come rolling in.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Breakdancer II

Whew! Another challenging one, but at least this time I knew full well what I was getting myself into. I've always liked paintings of crowds but I think I'll let other people do them for a while.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Dori in the 80's

After getting all frustrated over those piano keys, I felt like doing something fun. This is my sister when she was about 16. This really doesn't represent her well because she doesn't wear much make-up, is somewhat bookish and is now a doctor, but I always thought she looked so glamorous in this photo and thought it would be fun to paint. And it was, especially since I rocked out to my favorite 80's bands (The Smiths and The Cure) while I painted. I don't imagine it selling, I just figure this is one I did purely for my own enjoyment. I love my sister and I love the eighties so it was a great experience. I just hope she likes it.

Friday, January 25, 2008


Ackkk! Piano keys! What was I thinking? That's about the third time I've said that on this blog so I'm going to make a special effort to start thinking long and hard before deciding on a composition. I just hope all this pain and suffering is making me a better artist.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Girl and Butterfly

I felt like painting but didn't have a plan, so this one happened.