Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Little Home

Pen and ink sketch,  before the watercolor

The finished house portrait, watercolor and ink

The reference photo

Just got finished with this little house
portrait.  The client is giving it to a
friend as a gift.  I believe this is the house
where they grew up...sweet.

For info on House Portraits:

Very reasonable; great gifts; fast service

Monday, April 10, 2017

CPSA Bound...Hopefully

I entered these two colored pencil drawings in the Colored Pencil
Society of America's juried show recently.  They only allow 2 entries
and will only accept one per artist.  The competition is very stiff.  The works
also have to be 100% colored pencil only.  We will see if I get accepted this time..
It has been several years since I have been in the show.
Fingers crossed!



Family Fun

Once in awhile, I get to use my talent in my own family.  This was
the case with this caricature.  My sister in law has been hosting Sunday
lunch and holiday gatherings at her home for 30 years.  My husband's family
all lives in the area, so the whole gang has regularly attended church and
then enjoyed lunch at Becky's house.

She recently made the decision to move into her father's house, and
has since then, sold hers.  It was bittersweet to meet together one last time
at her home, and eat Sunday dinner together.  Our family has changed over the
years: we are missing some, and we have added others.  So, I decided to draw
the whole bunch, and then we posed for this pic...in the same order we are
in the drawing...lots of laughs as I set the timer on the camera, and ran
to join the group!  Everyone signed the back, and it will be treasured
momento in her new place.  Fun, fun

If anyone is interested, I can draw a cartoon of your
family or group...inexpensive and quick.  Just let me


A Cherry on Top

I have always wanted to make a trip to Washington, DC to photograph the
cherry blossoms.  It has been on my bucket list for awhile.  How surprised I
was to see cherry blossoms in full bloom while in Nashville last week?!
It was overcast, but I still got some images.  The trees were
beautiful, and all over the downtown area.  I would like to use some
of these in some scripture photos.  Pretty....check!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017


A pet portrait finished for a client..bassett hound 

A happy customer with an original painting..watercolor on canvas
"Road Warrior"

A pen and ink commission for the Winnfield High School Reunion

I am always working on projects.  I just forget to post them at times.
Here are just a couple of things completed lately!  The dog portrait
was for a client.  The dog had recently passed away, and the portrait is
for her husband as a surprise birthday gift.  She said she knows he will
cry!  Karla is a very good customer, and owns several of my originals.  She
bought this one recently, saying she loved the bright colors.
It is a watercolor on canvas.  And our high school in town holds an annual
reunion for all classes every June.  They wanted a sketch of the stadium to
be used on some advertising, etc.  I am going to get a few of these printed,
and then paint this original.

I am finally putting a watermark on these images.  I had an
incident recently with someone downloading and using an image.
I guess it's time!


For info on Pet Portraits or House Portraits...
email me or call the gallery
Pea Patch Gallery   318-628-3560

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Joe's Show

We hung a small photography show in the gallery this week.  Joe Stroud is
the photographer.  He was an art student of mine, and went on to
major in Photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
He shoots mostly wildlife, but also does some landscapes and people.

These images are huge!  They are stunning in person.
The detail in the feathers is amazing.

He told me that he was very excited about seeing the buffalo.  They were at
a national park in North Dakota.  He said they were awesome to be close
to..you could feel their power.  They are quite majestic, and this photo
says, "America" to me!

The show will be up through the end of April, so if you get a chance, come by
and see these beautiful photos in person.
Gallery hours:  10-5 Monday - Friday   10- 3 on Saturday
Pea Patch Gallery and Cafe  109 S. Abel Street
Winnfield, LA  71483    318-628-3560

All images are for sale.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Early to Rise

I first went to Italy 10 years ago; it was one of my first trips when I retired from
teaching Art and Art History.  I was anxious to get to paint there, and  take photos
of all the iconic locations.  Venice was my favorite destination during the trip.  I always
knew I would return.  While there again this past summer, I was eager to take more
photos, especially of the famous Piazzo San Marco.  I knew this time that the square is
usually FULL of tourists during the day, so if I wanted some great shots, I would have to
get there early.  So, I rose before the sun, and made the 1 mile walk to the square from my hotel.
In the early morning light, this cat and I were on a mission.

The alley ways were mostly empty.  Most of the activity involved men making deliveries
to restaurants and stores, restocking the items that the tourists wiped out the day
before.  This woman was an employee on her way to work.  I love the various architectural elements in the shot.  I like her dark figure silhouetted against the white church, and the pigeons perched on the street lamp.

I arrived at the square, and just as I hoped...it was empty.  There had been a little shower the night before, so there were a few puddles, reflecting the buildings.  The sun was already up, and the sky had a hint of pink among the clouds.  

When looking at images of Venice, I had seen similar shots as this many times.  The gondolas are parked here overnight, and some of the gondoliers where just arriving, and uncovering their boats.  You can barely see one far to the left.  The water is calm, and the bay is not yet full of activity.  The water taxis and other boats are not stirring yet.  I love the gondola reflections in the water, and the pink and blue sky, echoing the blue of the gondola covers.  The poles and the church campanile add some nice vertical elements to the composition.

Taken a little later...the sun is out a little more now..shining on the church
across the water.

This is the famous, Bridge of Sighs.  It connects the courthouse with
the jail, and the prisoners were said to "sigh" as they crossed over to their
confinement.  I like it in black and white...makes it appear timeless.  I like the
single occupant in the boat, getting ready for the day, contrasted with the light on
the water.

Another view of the whole square...with only two tourists in red shirts.  I
waited until they were under the arch, and I love the way they mimic the two
red poles in the square.  The reflection in the puddle is great and really
adds to the composition.  

As I lingered in the square, more activity began to take place.  There were
several street sweepers that showed up.  The brooms looked hand made...very crude.
I tried to position him under the awning..but it was just ok.  

This angle was much better.  I used a shorter depth of field, so that just
the closest chairs and table are in focus.  The sweeper is now in a good
position.  I like the red, yellow, and blue colors and the repetition of the
curved arches and the curved arms of the chairs.  The lighting was
still soft and there is a nice effect of the wet pavement...and NO TOURISTS!
This was my favorite vantage point of the day.

It was such a delight to be at one of my favorite places in the world, early in
the morning.  To see it begin to wake up...smell the coffee beginning to brew..
hear the flap of the pigeons' wings as they began to stir.  I will never forget the
feeling of being there, and the experience of these photos.
It was a great morning.

I own a Canon EOS Rebel T5i, and shoot mostly with 24-105mm
Canon lens.  It does the job for me, since most of my photography
serves as references for my paintings and drawings. I recently heard
about the Vantage Point project, sponsored by the Light camera
company, so I wanted to share one of my favorite vantage points and
resulting photos.  They make a new camera, the Light L16 compact camera, that
is smaller and would be easier to tote around all day.  I'm going to
check it out, and it may become part of my equipment and
help make new memories and images around the world.


                                                              Light L16 compact camera,

Monday, February 13, 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Earth Patterns

Last August, I presented an inservice for the Art teachers down in Calcasieu
Parish (around Lake Charles).  The group had to complete a project using
skills learned in the session.  I received their finished product today!
The theme was Earth Patterns, and they designed coloring pages based
on nature.  The selected designs were published in a coloring book...so neat!

They did a great job, and I am very humbled and pleased I was
part of it!



Monday, February 6, 2017

New Egret

I have been playing around with some modeling paste,
canvas, acrylic paint, and colored pencil.  When you have all the
stuff...why not use it?  I love these white birds...paint
them all the time.  I wanted to do some canvas pieces instead
of paper.

The reference photo was taken at the egret rookery near
Alexandria.  I textured the canvas with the modeling paste
first.  After it was dry, I painted it with the tan colors and white.
Then I did the bird and branches, and added the last details with
some colored pencils.  The design wraps all around the edges.

I like it...it is different for me!  I am working on a second one..will
post soon.


Bird and Branches   10 x 10   $120

Friday, February 3, 2017

Prints of "Peace, Love, and Beignets"

My prints of this drawing were delivered today...so happy with them.
There are two sizes:  21 x 21; $85.00  and 10 x 10; $45.00   I can ship them if
you are interested.  Great for a kitchen, or a gift for someone who has
visited Cafe du Monde!  

Pea Patch Gallery and Cafe
Winnfield, LA  71483


Thursday, January 26, 2017

More Doubles

Just finished these little canvases...they are 4 x 4 and 1 inch deep.  They
are done with some sculpting medium (like gesso), and then
painted with acrylic, with a few colored pencil accents.
I plan to take them, and a few more, down to Breaux Bridge to
the Louisiana Marketplace Shop.
These are the kind of subjects that sell well down there in South

Double Trouble

During the holidays, I was asked to do this double portrait of these
two children.  I agreed, but it was kind of a rush job.  It was not very large,
and she knew I might not be able to finish it in time.

But I did the best I could, and had it finished by the deadline.
She was so pleased, she cried when she saw it!  Wow....very
humbling when your artwork means that much to
someone.  I wish I had had more time..could have
added a lot more.

Children's Portraits     Colored Pencil
Email me for details:

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Eagle has Landed

I have been working on this eagle for awhile.  I stopped to do some
of the artwork for the Lake Charles show.  So, I just now came
back to it and finished it.  The feathers were very tedious, as was
the pine needles.  I decided to blur the background...makes the bird pop
more to the foreground.  This is a commission piece.  The
client gave me the photo of the eagle.  He collects all
kinds of "eagle" things.  I will deliver it to him tomorrow.
Hope he likes it!


Monday, October 24, 2016

"Birds in Art"...New York Style

I just returned from a trip to New York with a
friend.  Since I love to draw and paint birds, I am always
looking for them.  This eagle is on Grand Central Station

In the Met, Egyptian carvings of geese

The Egyptian God, Horus, the hawk

In Central Park, at the boathouse, they keep a ledger recording
bird sightings of the day...cool

The Bethesda Fountain in Central Park...with pigeons

"Day"...the rooster on a column in Central Park

"Night"...the owl on the other column

This is my friend and I, reflected in the glass as we
take our own picture!

Seagulls out at the Statue of Liberty

Seagull and the skyline, in the fog