Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Open Mic Nite

Let's Celebrate!
'tis the season:)

Open Mic Nite  9x12 oil on museum board

Happy Holidays to all and wishing you a spectacular New Year!

Music is one of the things that Austin does best.
The painting above is Juan De Hoyos
on Open Mic Nite
at Poodies Hilltop Roadhouse.
You can learn more about Juan here:
and hear his music here:

Over the years The Hilltop has hosted music legends such as Willie Nelson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Asleep at the Wheel, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kevin Fowler and Toby Keith ( among others).

Announcing my BIG ADVENTURE in my next blog.
Please stay tuned.
(hint)- part of it involves Santiago!

Until then, continue to sparkle with delight in the season of light!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Pecan Pie   
 oil on museum board

Happy Thanksgiving!

Savor the moment:)

Thanks for following along and I appreciate
your comments!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Music and more....

The Continental Club
9 x 12 oil on museum board

Enjoyed some music recently with friends at the
Continental Club in downtown Austin
where we got to hear Redd Volkaert.
Redd used to play with Merle Haggart back in the day.

I've got your chair waiting for you so we can relax
and catch up again:) 

Yes, it's been more work than expected, yes we made a huge mess,
and yes I am happy that the make over is finally over.
We went from this to this to this in what seemed like forever but
actually wasn't.

 Big, Big sigh of relief:)))))
We'll be able to see more of each other again!

Thanks for viewing my paintings and following along:)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Carol's Awesome Book!

Carol's Awesome New Book
Daily Painting  by Carol Marine

I got my copy today and it's awesome!
Thank you Carol:)
Of course I couldn't read it all yet because it's so
filled with helpful info.
Carol generously, clearly and honestly shares
her knowledge in her latest book.
You can pre-order your copy

It's a must have!

Thanks for following along.

Monday, October 13, 2014

AIS Show

AIS Show
  Thank you to AIS Pres- Debra Joy Groesser,
the AIS V.P.- Cheryl St. John.
and especially the show chair  Becky Joy
for hosting a fantastic show.

They had arranged a demo by Clayton Beck,
workshops, paint outs, museum tours, 
presentations on materials and marketing
and a great opening.

There were so many wonderful paintings there
that I couldn't even pick a favorite to vote for in the
peoples choice award.

 I met so many
artists and hopefully made some new friends along the way.
My experience couldn't have been any better.
Plus red dots are always exciting!

For party pics click here.

Thanks for following along!

Friday, September 26, 2014

You're invited!

Abend Gallery
2260 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, Co. 80206
303- 355-0950 & 800-288-3726

If you are in the Denver area please stop by to see
all the wonderful paintings included in the show.
I'll be there and would love to meet you in person.

If you are unable to attend you can view the works online.
or visit www.abendgallery.com

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Old Friends

Old Friends  6x6 oil on museum board

I just loved the gesture of this old woman walking and 
her dedication to come and feed the birds
They seemed like old friends and
really kept each other going.
That's what friends do:)

I do love the juicy paint in this one and would like
to try it larger and see if I can keep
the same paint quality.

I'll keep you posted.
Thanks so much for following along and 
letting me share my art/life with you.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Show Time

Show Time:)

Time to ship Porch Swing off to Abend gallery
for the AIS show.
You can click here to see a list of the exhibiting artists or
visit the American Impressionist Society website.

While in Europe I didn't have access to these great shipping boxes.
Shipping overseas made them super expensive so I 
always made my own.
One of the many reasons I love being back in the states!

It was really easy to pack and cut out the center foam panel
to give the painting a soft comfy place to snuggle in 
for the ride.

Friends tell me these boxes really hold up well and if you have
any comments about this, I'd love to hear them.

Thank you for following along and viewing my paintings.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Three Wheel Drive

Three Wheel Drive 9x12 oil on board

I ran across this old tractor while I was out painting recently.
It immediately inspired me and brought up fond

I spent part of my
childhood on a farm, way back when, and this looked
just like the tractor I used to drive when I was a kid,
(and way too young to drive). 
I remember I had to stand up to reach all the pedals
and the gear shift.
It was so much fun and I felt soooo grown up!

Thanks so much or letting me share my artwork with you.
Your comments are welcomed and appreciated:)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Flower Festival

Flower Festival  9x12 oil on board

I did this plein air painting in France last spring when I took
a workshop with Ovanes Berberian,
a true master painter and student of

There were only four of us in the workshop
which was great!  Very unlike the large groups
he has in the states. It was wonderful to get so much
personal direction from a master's perspective.

The best thing about a workshop IMHO is
to be able to focus on painting and not worry about
anything else.
With so much going on about my house I really
relish these memories of the moody French
countryside and just painting, painting, painting!

Thank you for viewing my artwork, your
comments are encouraged and appreciated!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Shed at Wenmohs

Shed at Wenmohs 9 x 12 oil on board

I loved going out plein air recently and meeting
some new painting buddies from 
(my link should be on their website soon:)))

We met at Wenmohs Ranch
which hosts some fantastic art workshops.

There was only a handful of us there, probably due
to the 100 degree plus weather forecast.
I had a wonderful time, despite the heat,
and found it peaceful and quiet.

It's been pretty loud around my house lately with the
extensive remodeling going on.
Drills, jack hammers, saws, and more add to chaotic musical mix.
Looks something like this on the outside:

And this on the inside:
Unveiling to be announced sometime in the future.....
Exciting!  The storm before the calm.

Thanks so much for following along.
You comments are welcomed and appreciated!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Man Up

Man Up  12 x 12 oil on museum board

Did I mention where I've been lately?
Did I forget to tell you that we are in the middle
of a ton of reconstruction?
Tons and tons, you get the picture;)

Thanks for following along and viewing my art!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Best Wurst

 Best Wurst
8x10 oil on museum board

I am crazy about these crazy little food trailers
that are popular all over Austin. 

It's lots of fun getting to know this city with
 such a great sense of humor.

It's given me a sixth sense-
I see paintings everywhere.

Thanks for following along and viewing my art.
Your comments are welcomed and appreciated:)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Wiggy's Wooden Indian

Wiggy's Wooden Indian
9 x 12 oil on museum board

I thought this painting of a local liquor
store would be appropriate for a Friday post.
It a hide and seek title 
about the cool wooden Indian
that I like so much.

Thanks for viewing my blog.
Comments are appreciated and welcomed:)


Monday, July 14, 2014


Porch Swing 12 x 12 oil on board

This painting was accepted into the
American Impressionist Society 
 Annual National Juried Exhibition 
Abend Gallery, Denver Colorado 
October 2 – November 1, 2014 

Saying I'm excited to be in this show would be an
understatement.  I'm THRILLED!
If I had a bucket list this would be on it!

I was inspired to paint this after visiting my new friend
Dena Wenmoh who lives close by.
She is a wonderful artist and runs world class workshops
that you can check out here:

Thoughts about competitions:
My feeling is that the most important thing
about painting is to be inspired and enthusiastic
about your own personal journey.
That being said, the occasional external validation
does feel encouraging! 

Thanks for viewing my art and following my blog,
comments are welcomed.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mean Eyed Cat

Mean Eyed Cat Bar
12 x 12 oil on museum board

Getting to know my new home town a little better.
The Mean Eyed Cat Bar is popular
for Bar B Q, booze and beer,
with a Johnny Cash kicker.

When in Austin, check it out!

Thanks for following my blog and viewing my paintings.
Comments are welcomed and appreciated:)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tacos on 5th

Tacos on 5th  
12 x 12 oil on museum board

Austin is a city with a sense of humor and a funky style.
I really love all the wacky architecture I see
around town.  This painting was inspired by
old bus, painted blue and repurposed as
a taco stand.
Why not?

Thanks so much for viewing my artwork,
comments are welcomed and appreciated!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Porch Swing

Porch Swing 12 x 12 oil on panel

Happy summer to all!
I'm back to my painting and loving every minute.

Solar shades are wonderful.
That's how I solved the glare problem I had in my studio.
They cut the glare but you can still have a view.
I leave the north light windows open when I paint and put
them down while I work on the computer.
Plus they save you money on A/C-
pretty awesome:)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Welcome to my new studio!

I've missed keeping in touch with you. It's been a process with lots of things happening
around my house as I try to get settled and reclaim my creative routine.
Big hugs and thanks to all of you who have checked up on me:)

Here's how the studio project began:
 Lots of boxes....
 And more boxes, so many boxes I'm not even going to bore you with them all.
Basically I decided to just empty them all and start to organize things
into categories:  blocks, cloths, 

odd little things,

paints, brushes, metals, ceramics, books, etc.

My new computer and I are beginning to get to know each other
and play nicely together.  The only problem is that she insists on doing
every thing her way, all the time, so we're working on our communication issues.

One of the most important things is a comfy spot for Robi and I to take alot of
must needed breaks, we're pooped! Moving is hard work,
but really worth it after all.

My next post is about studio direction, lighting, color and the problem
of glare and how I'm dealing with it.
Talk soon!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Geraniums and more geraniums.

  My French Geraniums  20 x 20 oil on canvas

This painting will be available at the Painted Garden art show
at Beach Gallery in Va. Beach, Va. on April 5th. I'll 
announce details closer to the opening.  It will be running in conjunction
with Historic Garden Club week.

To warm up for the painting I did a small version that is available now
in auction format via the link below the painting.  Each painting 
turns out uniquely and there are qualities that I like about each one.
I'm curious which one you prefer?

      My Little French Window  6 x 6 oil on museum board

Thanks for much for viewing my artwork and I appreciate 
your comments.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Lucky Hat

Lucky Hat 5 x 7 oil on museum board

This was a cure for the winter blues and
to capture the warm feeling of sunlight on my back.
Thank you for viewing my artwork.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Double, double, toil and trouble....

Happy Hour  9 x 12 sold

The genie has popped out of the bottle and she's not gonna fit back in.

Secretly in my hidden French laboratory, I've been working on a magic potion to enhance
creative powers.  I've experimented with many different ideas and had some recent successes with a particular formula I'd like to share with you:

two parts your favorite beverage
one part violet liqueur
stir with magic = delight!

It's best if your favorite beverage is light and clear, even bubbly.
But it's the violet liqueur from Alzace that turns it into a wonderful
purple concoction.
It is widely known:
Most everything with a splash of lavender is downright delightful.
Works like a charm!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Window Filled With Color

Window Filled With Color  20 x 20

After and extended holiday where I took a break, I'm back to
painting and loving every minute. I didn't do absolutely nothing,
I did lie around alot and read books about 
goal setting and achievement.

I received a Fitbit for Christmas (that wirelessly tracks your activity level)
and that might have been a hint for someone special;)
It actually thought I was in a coma for a while and would
have called in a medical alert if it could have.

I'm re-energized and ready to create a wonderful 2014.
Hope you are too!

PS- prints for my European friend should go out the first of next week.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year

Grazing 8x8 oil on museum board

I'm experimenting with a new auction format for my smaller paintings.
I think the element of chance will make it fun so check it out by 
clicking the info link above.

It's always green in Burgundy no matter what the season.
Not all the cows are in the barns so I can still catch a few 
roaming the fields and grazing.

Your FREE print update:

For those of you who opted in for the print as a thank you for your support
that was offered in my last newsletter here is the update-
Everyone that is state side should be receiving their print by the end of the week.

For my friends in the UK, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland,
Spain, Portugal, Japan and Israel- (I hope I didn't leave anyone out)-oops
and Malta,
I will be sending yours out myself as soon as I have them in hand,
so hopefully you'll have them in January.
I'm sorry you have to wait a little longer but I hope it will be worth it.
Please contact me if you don't receive it so I can check the status of your order.

Oh- and if you missed out on the offer and would like info on specials in the future, 
just sign up for my newsletter on the right hand 
side of my blog that says- receive my newsletter- and you'll be
the first to hear.

Happy New Year and may this be your most creative year yet!