Saturday, March 29, 2008

Gallery Patron

Oil on Canvas Panel 8" x 10"
This lovely gallery patron happened to have been my companion recently on a trip to Annapolis, Maryland with our husbands. Annapolis is full of wonderful shops and art galleries. We took in quite a few and especially enjoyed the bakeries and coffee shops while we were there.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Yellow Warbler

Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 6"
This little Yellow Warbler, also known as the Dendroica Petechiais, is a songbird and has a wingspan of only 6 to 8 inches and feeds on insects and spiders. Yellow Warblers sing sweetly from the branches of the trees where they build their cup nests. I find that I really enjoy painting birds and learning about them. This one was particularly fun to do!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Pink Poppy

6" x 6" Oil on Canvas Panel
To be listed on Ebay
After painting animals for a bit, I thought it would be nice to work on a floral painting. I love poppies and especially love to paint backlit poppies so this one was fun to do. I hope the dramatic background isn't too much. Happy Easter!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Clark's Nutcracker

6" x 6" Oil on Canvas Panel

The Clark's Nutcracker, named after Captain Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition, is a member of the crow family. Did you know that the male incubates the eggs? He actually develops a brood patch on his chest similar to a female, and takes his turn keeping the eggs warm!
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Monday, March 17, 2008

Assateague Lighthouse

8"x 10" Oil on Canvas Panel
There are endless possibilities for paintings here in the Mid-Atlantic region of our vast country. Assateague Island, Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge is especially rich in material and artistic opportunities. This is a close-up view of the lighthouse on the Island. I enjoyed my time there as a child, playing on the beach and now as an adult recording the beauty of this magnificent area and the creatures that inhabit it. My husband and I recently hiked the trail to the foot of the lighthouse and this is my favorite view of it.
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Thursday, March 13, 2008


8"x 10" Oil on Canvas Panel
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The time when your children are babies is a special time. To be sure, there are frustrations, exhaustion and some worry, as well. For my husband and I, and to probably most parents, that time was a magical period in our lives filled with blessings, humor and an abundance of learning experiences. I hope you like today's painting. I enjoy portraiture and especially love to create paintings that convey a mood or sentiment.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Grazing on the California Coast-Big Sur Cow Series

8"x 10" Oil on Canvas Panel
We recently took a week to drive up Highway 1 along the California Coast to San Francisco and stayed a couple of days in the Monterey and Carmel area. On a drive along the Big Sur coastline, we saw this herd of cows grazing the land with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean adjacent to Big Sur. This big fellow seemed as curious about us as we were about him. It seemed quite a site to see these cows ambling along on this gorgeous and valuable landscape. I plan to do several paintings inspired by our Big Sur excursion.

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