Sunday, September 28, 2014


Got a chance to work on this drawing a little more....I think
I have the hair done..yea!  The hands are the next challenge.  I may
have to use a ruler on those guitar strings.  And I am going to make
them dark instead of light.  

This is a house portrait that I have been working on for awhile.  I have
had to make several changes, and add a few things.  I will email her this
photo, and see if she is satisfied.  Hope so!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Gratitude and Light

Just some pretty light illuminating the grasses
in the front yard....Fall has such beautiful light...more golden,
more dynamic...stronger.

I get a treat in a couple of weeks of going with my photographer friend
up to Oregon to take pics around the gorge and the forests.  We may even
see some snow!  I have never been, so when she asked me, I said yes.

I have also been going through the Galapagos photos and getting some
of them enlarged on canvas.  They will be stunning...some of the landscapes
were awesome.  I am putting together a small show from the trip.  It will be all
up around the first week in November.  Our annual downtown Christmas Open House
will be the second Thursday from 5-9 pm.

I have also been selected to be the featured artist and speaker at the
LAEA (Louisiana Art Educator's Assoc) convention this fall, later
in November.  I will have an exhibit at the Alexandria Museum of Art, and
teach a workshop for the educators, on using colored pencil in the classroom.
I am very honored and grateful for this recognition. Should be a lot of fun.

Lots of busy times ahead...a lot to be thankful for, to reflect on, and to
capture in pencil, paint, and film...the life of an artist is so

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Time for Pressure!

Painted signs for an upcoming wedding...just the lettering

House portrait...Baton Rouge

I am soooo busy trying to make a dent in these commissions I have
piled up.  The house portrait is almost done.  I just have to do the watercolor
painting.  I am waiting on the client to let me know some more
info on certain parts.
I was asked to do the lettering on these boards just yesterday...they need them
this Thursday! So, I got those done this afternoon.  I still have at least four
houses to do.  I also finished up a portrait for someone this week.
I am trying to stay focused to meet all the deadlines.  At least I work well
under pressure!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Galapagos Book Ready

I have been trying to finish up the Galapagos Photo Book, and I think
I am done.  I have ordered a copy for myself to make sure everything looks
good.  It will be here next Monday.  If it all looks ok, I can order the rest for the
travelers who are interested.
If you would like a copy, they are $100.00, payable to me.  The books are 43 pages,
and include most of my sketches from the original book, and lots of photography and text.
It will be a treasured momento from the trip.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Colored Pencil This and That

I haven't had a chance to draw very much; I have had lots of company,
and have spent most weekends with my daughter and that cute
grandbaby!  But I made a little progress on this...still trying to figure out
how to do that hair?

I received some good news about this crazy piece again...
it was a finalist in the Animal Category of the Artist's
Magazine Annual Competition this year.
It will not be printed in the magazine, just my name.
But that's something I guess!

And I am still trying to get these in a show.  I entered them
both in the American Artist's Professional League show in
New York.  I will be notified of acceptance (or not!) later this
month.  Will keep my fingers crossed.

I am taking in some commission pieces now for
Christmas.  If you are interested in a house portrait,
children's portrait, or pet portrait, please let me know
asap.  There is still plenty of time.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Brides and Babies

Finished this name canvas, and got it delivered to the customer.  She
was pleased.  I hope the mother-to-be likes it too!

I also had to do something for a bride-to-be as well.
I painted the hydrangeas. leaves, and colored in the parts
of the design that were already printed on the
invitation.  This is a gift from my niece for the bride,
one of her friends.  I hope she likes it too!

It's All in a Name

Trying to get this little tri-canvas project done today.
It is a gift for a baby shower this weekend, commissioned by a
client.  I like the soft colors, and her long name will be
stretched across all 3.  I will seal it all, and add hangers on the back.
And it will be ready to go!

If you would like something similar, or want a custom painted
treasure..just let me know.  I can design something for you!

Tri-Canvas Name: $60.00

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Face in the Crowd

Making a little more progress....still needs work on the face.
Will keep going...when I have time!!

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Art of a Child

I didn't get much of a chance to work on this drawing...the main reason is in the
following photos!  I am thinking of doing this one a little more loose...a more
unfinished style.  I am back home now, and will get more chances to draw.

I have been down to babysit this little one over the weekend.  This was a really
rainy day, and we just got to look outside...not go outside.

I got to be creative with her hair!

It was fun to make her smile.  Little Clara Grace is such a blessing and
a delight.  I enjoyed the weekend, but I remember why God gives them to
young people!!