Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Dogs are fun! I've been working hard to get these guys done before Christmas and now I deserve a holiday break. Happy holidays, everyone!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


This painting and the next one are going to be gifts for people who lost their dog last year. I never really had a dog, but I can imagine it is a great loss and this will warm their hearts on Christmas. I'm getting quicker!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Friend of a Friend

It was nice to do a pretty young woman for a change. Makes me wish I could afford to hire models to paint. There is more pressure to get it right though, because you really want their beauty to come through in the painting.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


There's something so cute about them when they are all bundled up for the cold. I was a little concerned when my son asked if he was an astronaut on the moon, though.

Friday, November 6, 2009


My first animal portrait! I was worried about painting a black animal, but what I got stuck on was the meadow background. This is for my best friend from 6th grade who found me on Facebook. Her mother raises cattle and she's giving this to her for Christmas. I hope she likes it!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Swim Boys

Here's the second in a series for my son's wonderful swim instructor, Nora Martin. What a challenge! Seven little bodies are very time-consuming to paint. I have to thank Nora for pushing me out of my comfort zone. I kind of felt like I could only paint portraits and it's liberating to learn that it's possible for me to paint all kinds of things.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Nora's Yard

This is my son's wonderful swim instructor's yard. I was a little worried about taking this on since I haven't done anything like this before, but I'm really glad I did. Trees have a lot of character and I love the shadows branches make.

Monday, September 21, 2009


It was nice to do a close-up this time. No hands or detailed clothing, just a big ole happy face. I was a little worried about painting teeth because most of my portraits are of the non-smiley sort, but it wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be. I'm hoping that's the case with the next few, which are not portraits but scenery and landscapes. Wish me luck!

Monday, September 14, 2009


My first baby! I kind of always thought it was better to wait until they are a little older but now I've changed my mind. They are only this little for so long, why not capture that moment forever? This guy was very sweet and fun to paint. Off to start on his big brother!

Monday, August 24, 2009


Well, I thought I was going to experiment with some acrylics but I got some commissions so I'm sweatin' it out in the garage with oils again. Not complaining though, it's nice to have some work! I really love painting these little guys.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Yay! Back to portraits, my comfort zone. This one was a lot of fun because it came together quickly and naturally. I'm going to try experimenting with acrylics next since it's just way too hot in Texas right now to paint in the garage. So I guess that means I'll be leaving the comfort zone again. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Three Boys

Well, I learned a few things with this one. The boys were mostly in the shade, which made getting a decent skin tone difficult. I'm also still figuring out how to improvise and accept that it's okay to be representational and not literal. The boy on the left was wearing a sling so I had to guess how things would look without it and I changed the scenery up a bit to suit me. I also learned that I just don't like working big (this was 24"x30"). What I realized most is that I miss doing portraits and would really like to just do a big ole face!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Jumping Again

Well, I don't know what to say about this one except I'm glad it's done. I was excited to continue with the jumping idea, but this canvas was bigger than I'm used to working with so it seemed like there was too much space to fill. For some reason I have a really hard time just quitting a piece and starting on something new so I just kept sinking more time into it without really improving it. I guess I learned that sometimes it's best to just call it done and move on.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Last Figure Study

This is the final study of my class. Obviously, I didn't get around to finishing it but there never seems to be enough time. The class was such a great experience and I'm really bummed it's over. I can't begin to tell you how much I've learned, but hopefully it will come across in my next paintings.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Skin Tone Study

I think the quick studies in class have definitely sharpened my drawing skills, but usually when time is up I haven't had enough time to do all the things we are learning about. For example, those little bits of white in his face really make a difference but that's something that's saved for the end and I never got that far during the short poses in class. Therefore, I took a picture of my trusty model so I could practice all the things we are learning in class without time constraints (although it was under an hour).
Oh, and I promise, I'm not avoiding feet! In the Audrey painting I liked them going off the painting for some reason, and in the picture for this one his feet were chopped off.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Jumping In

I started this painting around the holidays and kind of abandoned it to concentrate on my figure painting class. I really hate to waste paint though, so I started using what's left over on my palette from class to finish this one.
This is my cousin's wife Audrey (hi Audrey! I hope you like it!) jumping off a large rock in Leakey, Tx. I started to try to paint the rock and foilage but quickly realized A) that's a whole different world of painting and I'm not sure if I could pull it off and B) it's not really something I want to paint anyway. I feel like I've recently abandoned my abstract ways to become more of a realist and this way I can combine both worlds. I also like that it's more symbolic of what it feels like to jump into something.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Value Study

Well, I hesitated to post this since it's so rough, but I felt like it was high time I posted something on this blog. This is a five minute value study I did in the figure painting class I'm taking with Jennifer Balkan. I'm really thrilled to be taking this class and I've learned so much in the first two classes. Maybe this will be the thing that catapults me into fame and fortune....