Facial Expression


Another fun, expressive face – awe- perhaps? Charcoal on Strathmore vellum bristol 11×14. I used powdered, compressed and charcoal pencils for this piece.

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Facial Expression


Since I’ve lately been playing with charcoal drawing, I thought it might be fun and challenging to draw faces expressing different emotions. I want to practice with this medium in its various forms and I think this will be a good theme to explore. This first is ‘Sceptical’. I think she looks disbelieving but possibly open to persuasion. The drawing is 11×14 on Strathmore vellum bristol paper.  I used powdered, compressed and charcoal pencils (white and black) for this piece. I have an old photo of my mother and used it as the model for the form, but this is not a very good likeness. The photo is very small, but gives enough information to see the form of the head and the eyes. I think I’ll try for 10-12 more drawings in this series – should be fun!

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Ponce Market – Atlanta, GA


My sister and I visited my niece this past week in Atlanta and we had a wonderful time. She took us to several places in the city on Saturday. Among them, the Ponce Market. An old Sears catalog center has been converted to shops, restaurants and flats and we spent some time walking and shopping there. As we were leaving, I spotted these lobsters on ice in a market case. The bin they were in was actually shaped like a little boat, but I thought it might be confusing in the painting, so I made it more box-like. Not sure if this was a shop or a restaurant, but if anyone knows please message me. Atlanta is a beautiful city for walking. The painting is a 16×20 oil on panel.

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Carpe Diem

Spring Still Life

Grateful for this beautiful day… this is a plein air/alla prima still life. This painting is a 12×16 oil on panel.

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Old Webster

Azalea House

This is my other painting from the ‘Paint Webster’ event. It’s a 9×12 oil on panel.

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Chinese Garden

This is a studio painting of the stone bridge at the Chinese garden in the Missouri Botanical Garden. I’ve painted this garden en plein air in the past and have reference photos from that and other outings. I wanted to try this subject again, since I felt the first painting didn’t do it justice. It’s a beautiful, peaceful place and I hope this piece captures just a bit of that feeling. The painting is a 24×18 oil on panel.

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Paint Webster

Peonies-Old Webster

Correction :I was honored last night when my other painting ‘Azalea House’ won the Mayor’s Choice award and the ‘Old Webster’ award at ‘Paint Webster’ in Webster Groves, Missouri. This painting is sold thanks Sara!

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Our Orchid

I bought this orchid for $2.99 at the grocery store. It was in its dormant stage and had one flower which dropped off shortly after I got it home…sad. Now it has surpassed my wildest expectations and is full of flowers! I am indoor plant challenged, so it was definitely a coup for me to bring it to this flowering stage. The painting is an 11×14 oil on panel.

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Augusta Plein Air Event, cont’d.

Farm Pond in Spring – unframed

Farm Pond in Spring – framed

Here is a another painting from the Augusta Plein Air Event. About 15 artists took a workshop with artist Patrick Saunders on April 21st. We were graciously hosted by the owners of Sadler Farm and Vineyards. I chose to work on this painting of their farm pond. The water lilies were just starting to bloom and the day was overcast with light rain. You can just pick up some areas on the painting surface where the rain made little impressions in the oil paint (a good thing). Patrick is a very patient and kind instructor and has an incredible eye. He suggested a few things to help me, among them to work the water from warm to cool going top to bottom. The sky was visible at the bottom of the painting and the light was cool that day, so it all made sense. I frequently jump into a painting and trust my skills of observation when mixing color. His suggestions made me realize that it’s good to have a strategy or game plan along with direct observation and to be more mindful of this when painting plein air, especially. The painting is an 11×14 oil on panel. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this piece. If you buy it by April 30th, part of the proceeds will go to the event. Thanks for checking in to my blog! I really appreciate your interest.

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Augusta Plein Air Event -2017

Harmonie-Verein Interior

This is one of my paintings from the ongoing Augusta Plein Air Event. It’s an interior scene from the Harmonie-Verein Legion Hall in Augusta, Missouri – 11×14 oil on panel (without frame). Augusta is a charming B&B and farming community in beautiful Missouri wine country. Dedicated volunteers sponsor this plein air event annually to support a scholarship fund and to help to maintain the historical buildings in their town. If you are interested in purchasing this piece, please use the ‘contact me’ link above. If purchased by April 30th, part of the proceeds will go to the town of Augusta to help with the maintenance and renovation of this old building. The goal of the renovation is to keep the historical elements of the building while converting it to an arts, music and community space. I’m asking $250 dollars (frame included). Believe me folks, this is a wonderful cause for some lovely people who work so hard to keep their history alive. If you would like to see more art supporting this event, there is a sale on April 30th in Augusta. For more information, click here. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend the sale this year which is why I am offering this piece for sale online. Thanks for your support and I hope you will take the time to visit Augusta this weekend to attend the art show.  There will be work from approximately 100 artists!

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