Friday, December 23, 2011

Glad Tidings!

Behold, I bring you glad tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior which is Christ the Lord! Luke 2:10-11

Take time this Christmas season to remember the true reason we celebrate.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, November 5, 2011


It has been soooo long!

This is the third of my mask series with just one more to go.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Projects time gets away from me!

I have been working on a few projects for my friend to take with him on his mission trip back to Ecuador this year. The largest piece is a timeline of Biblical prophecy, 3.5ft by 6.5ft, in Spanish.
The next project is a much smaller, 2ft. x 3ft. map of the seven churches in Revelation. I'll be back when these are completed!

Thursday, May 19, 2011


I love these Iris and their purple color!

They grow in my yard and I have intended to paint them for several years but have never taken the time...until now.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

This is my Mom when she
was about 27 years old.
I am so thankful that she
is still with me and will
celebrate her 84th birthday
later this month.

Happy Mother's Day!

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Swan

The Swan...I'm pretty happy with the outcome.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Small Details

I will be working on the small details for a few more days. I'm not sure that I will achieve the "glittery" look I was going for but this has been quite fun and I have learned so much!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Gettin' There

Well, I'm gettin' there. I've tightened lines, added washes, I've dibbled and I've dabbled. I have started shading on the white part of the mask and am just about ready to remove the masking. That is the part I really enjoy, when I get to work on the final, small details.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Color Study

I am still working on the swan mask but couldn't wait to start working on the next one. This is a small color study (6x6). I'm glad I decided to do this first. I will probably leave off the collar and change the head dress. This is by far my favorite mask.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Ugly Duckling stage

Here is a photo of the ugly duckling stage. Hopefully this will emerge as a beautiful swan.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Swan Mask Progress

This is a progress shot of the Swan Mask I'm working on. My goal is to have this look like gleaming brass, sparkling crystals and glitter!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Swan Mask

This is the line art for the next one which is a laser cut, brass, Swan mask. When I have some good natural light I will post shots as I add color. It is coming to life!

Friday, April 1, 2011


Here is the final painting..."Musicale." I am sure that if I left it in place for another week I would be working on it even more but I am considering it finished.
The line drawing for the next mask is on paper and the highlights are masked.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Unmasking the Mask!

I am removing the masking as I work my way down the painting. Unmasking the to speak. I seem to mask way too many places and end up covering most of them as I paint!
I have had moments of panic, well...that may be a little dramatic...but I did have a very strong urge to call my former instructor and ask for her help.
I love her but I didn't call and am very pleased with myself that I am pulling this one off.
This will be finished in a couple of days and then I will have the next one on paper by the weekend. I will post the final painting when it is ready!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Musical Mask Progress

Choosing the right colors for the background is always stressful for me.
These will definitely be adjusted but this is the progress I've made so far.

Otherwise I am enjoying this painting.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Venetian Mask

I'm having a lot of fun with this Venetian Mask. I was struggling with the golds being bland and boring until I added the Alizarin Crimson....Now it sings!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Venetian Masks

This is the line art for the first of the series of Venetian Masks.
I have included notes from one of the music books I use in handbell choir. I love these masks!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Kraft Foods

I wonder if Kraft Foods would be interested in producing Chili Pepper flavored JELL-O...
A friend of mine saw the last post of three peppers and said...If you drew an E shaped pepper and placed it between the first and second peppers and placed an O shaped pepper on the end...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Third in a Series of Peppers

Here is the third pepper painting of 4 that I have been working on . One more and then on to a series of Venetian Masks. The image is more Alizarin Crimson and Winsor Red than it appears.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Chili Progress

Another progress shot of the Chili.

The plate is more turquoise than shown here.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Chili Progress

This is after several layers of various "reds," such as Winsor & Newton Alizarin Crimson, Winsor Red, Opera, Cadmium Red, Brown Madder. I have also used New Gamboge.

Next I will be working on the plate and the background colors.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Chili Beginnings

This is the beginning stage of my latest Chili painting. It occured to me when I started this how much I enjoy painting chilies. The more texture they have, the better, and the reds, there are so many that can be used.
10 x 13
140lb Arches cp

Monday, January 17, 2011

And the Winner is......

Lisa Reed

Send me your information and I will send this your way!

Thanks to all of you for participating.

I enjoyed this so much I am planning my next give away!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

This is the cover art for a local church choir directory, another of the projects I have been working on in my absence from posting.

Remember to leave a comment for your chance to win the Red, Hot painting! I will accept entries through Monday the 17th.

Monday, January 10, 2011

A Winters Slump ~ Red Hot GIVE AWAY!

I am in a winters slump!

Yes I said SLUMP!

Don't you think slump is a funny word? It struck me as sounding so funny I wondered if it really was a word, so I went to the old Funk & Wagnals...actually it was looked it up. Indeed it is! I knew it was but I get this way sometimes, like when I am in a slump! Am I the only one? Surely not...

To help my mood I have decided to give something away...


8 x 10 ~ 300lb cp

Here is how it will work...

Leave a comment on my blog about how you "get out" of a slump when you have one...then post on your blog about the give away including a link to my blog. You will be entered in a drawing to win this painting. One entry for commenting and one for including a link back on your creative!

Saturday, January 8, 2011


Here is some of the art I was working on during my "lack of posting" days. This photo is of the Andes Mountains where my friend Carey serves as a missionary for two weeks each year. He teaches a class of pastors, preparing them to share the Gospel with the KeeChee (not sure of the spelling) Indians in this region. Carey asked me early last year if I could create visuals to help the pastors gain a better understanding of the scriptures. The work had to be painted on something that could be packed in a suitcase yet large enough for the entire class to see. I painted on white muslin.

This photo shows some of the work I did. You can see the "bride" and part of the "building" on the wall.
These are the pastors who were in his class for two weeks, shown in their classroom.

This is the entire group shown in front of the art. Carey is on the front row in the light blue shirt.
I have a few friends who go on mission trips regularly. One friend has taken art to two areas of Russia and I expect to begin work in the next few months on visuals for this years trip to Ecuador.

Well, I am out of space so I will share my "red, hot secret" with you in the next post...soon!

Monday, January 3, 2011

...and Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!
I apologize for being away so long...
I've been working on various art projects and will share them with you soon.

If you are a painter of florals there is still 9 days to enter the International Artists Floral and Gardens Competition by going here. I entered the Poinsettia..."It's That Time of Year," and the crystal roses, "Spring Enchantment."

Check back in a few days...I have something to tell you...