Thursday, March 26, 2015

Farm on the Ridge

Farm on the Ridge
Oil on black canvas, 24x24

Feeling somewhat better, I stopped to paint a farm on a ridge. Halfway through the painting, I realized all was not well, still. I ended up leaving of the event early, and skipping a show the following weekend. 

When I looked at the painting I'd made, I did think that maybe I should get sick more often. One of my collectors bought that painting, but I decided to paint is again, as part of the Red Barn series. 

I love the colors in this one, the light and dark reds, the high blue sky and the autumn-gold fields. I love the deep shadows in the front, and the collected buildings, huddled together on the ridge. 

And I love feeling healthy and well! 

Dog of the Day

It's Jada, who lives with Elissa and her family in Stonington, CT. 
They adopted Jada, and I've always been so glad that they did. 
She loves them - and it is mutual - but like so many rescues, she's not an easy dog.

A final thought

"To succeed in life, you need two things:
ignorance and confidence." 

- Mark Twain

Monday, March 23, 2015

Woodreau - and a Grand Project

Oil on canvas, 12x12

I made this painting of Woody for Sara Harley's Paws for Charity magazine, and then, in the rush and tumble of getting ready for the Origins Painting Trip, forgot to send it to her. Sigh. 

But the mag is GREAT even without Woodreau! Here's a link to Blurb, where you can see it, and order it, too. It looks like a wonderful book, rich with paintings, photographs and stories about the animals we love, and who love us back. 

Sara Harley lives in Canada, and has created Paws for Charity publications for many years. She also created the California Calling Painting Extravaganza book, and is making a book of the Origins Painting Trip. She's an excellent photographer with an active and engaging blog - Nova Scotia Postcards - and a truly gifted publisher. 

If you want a portrait of your pet, or you know someone who does, please contact me! Prices begin at $350 for the 12x12 size. 


It's cold here, and an icy wind is blowing, but in the sunny shelter of the house, 
the daffodils are blooming as though it really felt like spring! 

Dog of the Day

I think the truck cap is this guy's doghouse..

A final thought

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal:
 it is the courage to continue that counts."

- Winston Churchill

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Down the Fence Line - and Still Point Gallery

Down the Fence Line
Oil on canvas, 18x18

So far, my recent question about flower paintings vs. other categories of paintings I make has elicited interesting and varied responses.  Some people like flower paintings best, others like landscapes, others like my animal paintings. No votes yet for cowboy paintings! 

I'm in the midst of this farm series - the Red Barn series - and I really like it. I've always loved farms, and at one point, thought I might like to be a farmer. Then I realized how much work it is! 

A FRIEND AND FOLLOWER of this blog told me about Still Point Art Gallery's regular online shows. Today, one of my paintings - "I Do" - is on the home page! All of you artists, sculptors and photographers in there might consider entering these shows. It's $25 for three images, and I believe it's fairly competitive. 

The work is shown on the website and in a lovely magazine that you can see online, or order on paper. Still Point publishes a variety of books, in addition to having the online gallery. Click here to reach the gallery's homepage. 
Dog of the Day

Saw this dog outside the Island House restaurant, 
while Jojo and I were walking. He makes me think of Sam. 

Want your pet to be the Dog of the Day? Send a jpg to me at

A final thought

"There was such a glory over everything. 
The sun came up like gold through the trees, 

and I felt like I was in heaven."

- Harriet Tubman

Friday, March 20, 2015


Oil on canvas, 12x12

Willow's family asked for her to be painted on a turquoise background - and I love it! It's a color I've never used for a background, and it makes me smile. Willow herself (I think she's a her) also makes me smile - that's one of the things about making dog paintings. I feel like I get to know the dogs, even though I'm painting from photographs. Willow traveled to Arizona with me, while she was drying. I missed her as a traveling companion, after I sent her off! 

Would you like a painting of your pet? Prices start at $350; it takes about eight weeks from the time I start to the time your painting is delivered, and start times depend on how many are in front of you in line. I love making paintings of pets - dogs, cats, turtles, goats, parrots, whatever! 

Dog of the Day
It's Woody and Smokey, taking it easy after a tough day playing in the yard. 

Want your pet to be the Dog of the Day? Send a jpg to me at

A final thought
"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
-Roger Caras

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Earth Laughs - and George!

The Earth Laughs
Oil on canvas, 24x24

This is the first time that I've used my petal-painting technique and the concrete-stained-glass background ideas together. I've been thinking about it for months, but have not had the courage to try until this painting. I think it works - what do you think? 

And while you're thinking about that, what do you think about my flower paintings in general? Do you like them as well as the landscapes and cowscapes? Better? Not at all? 

Dog of the Day
It's George - in his new harness! Or, as one of his humans says, it's George, 
dressed for his job as a crossing guard. He is paid in cookies (not really)! 

The title of the painting comes from this quote:

"The earth laughs in flowers." 

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Pulaski Farm - and the Joys of Being Home

Pulaski Farm
Oil on canvas, 20x20

I'm home, and I'm so glad to be home! 

The Origins Painting Trip was wonderful. I made paintings that I really like, I spent great time with my dad and stepmother, and with friends in and around Tubac. And I learned a lot, painting on the Navajo reservation where I was born. It was enlightening to be on the reservation for an extended period, and it was a little depressing, as well. 

The show in Memphis had its moments, but only one sale, so that was a bit of a bleak ending to the trip. But I got home safe and sound, and am overjoyed to be with Peter again, and with the dogs, and to be sleeping in my own bed and painting in my little studio. 

The spring and summer show schedule is starting to get fleshed out, and I'm happy to have a few weeks to paint and build up some inventory before it all starts. 

Here are a few of the paintings from my trip! 

Rocks, Fort Defiance, 10x10

Off Navajo Road, 20x20

Light and Shadow, 10x10

Dog of the Day

It's Jojo, the dog of my heart. Was she ever happy to see me when I got home! And it was mutual. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Iris - and Photos from the West

Iris, 10x10

This is the second iris I've painted, and I love it! There's something wonderful about a single flower on an interesting background, isn't there? I think an interesting painting might be a single iris, again, way off to one side of a larger canvas. So there would be a lot, a lot, a lot of the background. I will give it a try when I get home. 

I do miss home! Even with the snow, and the cold and the ongoing horrible weather, I miss being home. It's great to be away, to visit Dad and Paula, see new things, to paint in warm places, and to be in the Southwest. But there's no place like home, is there? 

Pictures from my Painting Trip

I did my laundry in Gallup, NM, where I was staying while painting on the Navajo reservation. In the laundromat was me, a bunch of elderly Navajo grandmother-type women, and a couple young Navajo women with their kids. I was a source of interest in the laundromat. People did not completely get what I was doing out there, all alone, so far from home. But it was OK. I like this photo of the little kid making the change doors swing. 

These are some of the rock formations around Fort Defiance. 

Cows, horses, goats, sheep and dogs are allowed to roam all over the reservation. Three people were herding this little group of cows back, on one of the main roads through the place. 

Dog of the Day

These are two of the dozen dogs I fed on the Navajo reservation. The possibly homeless and possibly hungry dogs on the reservation are a real problem in general, and were a huge problem for me, specifically. One of the reasons I didn't stay longer was the dogs. I did come to realize that most of these dogs are probably "owned" more or less by Navajo families, and are allowed to run free. Most of them are not starving - but they sure are hungry, and they're smart enough to find people like me to feed them.