Sunday, December 4, 2011

Back to Drawing

The Catalina Artists Studio Tour was a great experience, and I enjoyed it very much. The location was so beautiful, and the hosts were gracious and generous. Many thanks to Connie Crosby for inviting me to participate.

After the show, I have been taking a little breather from painting. Just today I got the urge to draw again, and here are a couple of pages of 1-2 minute sketches. No corrections just getting the essence without worrying about anything else. It felt great to get back to it, and now I will be painting and posting more often.

I've never tried reindeer before! These are the domesticated ones. Nor have I tried the great apes, only once or twice for lions or elephants either. It was fun!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Some Big News

I recently was accepted as an associate member of the Women Artists of the West (WAOW). This has been an ambition of mine for a long time, and I feel quite honored to belong to this prestigious organization! The website for WAOW is:

My other news is that I have been invited to participate in the Catalina Artists Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday, November 5th & 6th. I am really looking forward to this show!

Check it out at

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Old Hands

It's been quite a while since I posted. Life kinda gets in the way of art sometimes. I have been working on several pieces and this is the last finished acrylic. I call it "Old Hands" because these old boys have been there and done that. I really like the horses they were riding, very colorful roans. Instead of the corrals and other riders, I put them out on the open range with a little space. Just riding along, talking things over.

Here's a little closer look at them.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

"Just Jawing" new acrylic painting

This is 9 x 12 on a gesso panel board. Sometimes the pics I've taken over years have to 'cook' a while before I put something together from them. This is from shots taken in 2004, I believe, at a horse event here in Arizona. These fellows were just passing the time between events, catching up on the local news, perhaps. Anyway, I like the horses' attitudes, just waiting . . . so I put them in a pasture setting rather than the back chutes of the arena.

Any comments are welcome.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

"The Eyes Have It" Burrowing Owls

This is a 5x7 acrylic on a Ampersand panel of burrowing owlets. Thanks to the great reference from Alan Wilson. I remember seeing burrowing owls on our desert walks when we lived in New Mexico, and they were always charming. I could not resist this composition, each owlet with his/her own attitude, and boy do they have attitude!

They were fun to paint!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Zebra closeup in colored pencil

This is one I finished some time ago, but only now framed to hang at the office. It's about 4 inches square, with a very pale green mat and light wood frame about 3 inches wide, so the framed size is about 16 inches square. (The piece isn't in front of me, so the framed size is an estimate, lol).

Anyway, here is the piece:

It's available, contact me!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

New Miniature Painting

This is 2.5 x 3.5 inches on watercolor paper, in acrylic. So far the title is "Resting Rabbit" but a better title would be welcome! Back to miniatures, and they are quick and fun to do. This piece is available, contact me if you are interested, and thanks for looking.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Bison Head Study

This is a 9 x 12 study of a bison bull. I'm working up the last of the textured canvas supports. I always seem to fight the texture, but this was a fun piece and it's also gone to a new home. Nice to have them go out so quickly!

Thanks for looking, and I would like to hear any remarks on this one.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Golden Girls-Pronghorn Antelope

I've been working on several pieces, and some have been more cooperative than others. This one is 9 x 12 acrylic on board, and was started some weeks ago. I put it aside to think about how to finish it, and finally, last week just dug in and here it is.

I often take a new painting to work so I can view it under the different lighting there. This one found a new home on the second day!