Sunday, June 18, 2017

Bon Voyage

I am leaving on my painting trip soon, and I always do
a travel sketchbook during the trip.  I went ahead and
painted the opening page.  We will be touring the capitals of
Scandinavia, and St. Petersburg, Russia.  I will try to post
some of the photos taken during the trip.
Stay tuned!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mixed Bag

There is a shop in Breaux Bridge (pronounced "bro") that
represents 250 Louisiana artists and their work.  They have
been selling my work for awhile. But recently, they have
sold quite a few.  They call every couple of weeks and want
more!  Yay!  So, here are four new ones that I did
quickly, so that I could take them down there.

This is a new style I have been playing with.  The background is
done loosely with watercolor and allowed to dry.
I use my own reference photos and add the birds or
object then in acrylic paint, which is opaque.  It covers
over the watercolor background, and especially makes
white areas possible.  They have been a lot of fun...I am
really enjoying them.  They combine my two favorite techniques:
loose, washy wet watercolor, and then detailed,
realistic image.  perfecto!!

Louisiana Marketshops at the 115
Breaux Bridge, LA
On I-10 near Lafayette, LA  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Blooming Work

Finished these three little mixed media pieces, from
photo references taken in Hawaii.  We visited the Hawaii
Tropical Botanical Garden...if you are ever on the Big Island,
be sure and visit.  It was stunning.  The flowers, surroundings,
waterfall, the ocean, were all amazing.

I used some watercolor backgrounds for these.  The flowers are
painted mostly in acrylic paint.  I added details and shading
with some colored pencils.  The white flowered one is 5 x 7, and the
other two are 8 x 10.  They are matted and ready to go!
If anyone is interested, I can ship anywhere.
5 x 7  $25      8 x 10  $35

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Working Vacation in Hawaii

Just spent a few wonderful days in Hawaii, with a friend
that is a photographer.  We traveled all over the Big Island,
and saw lots of beautiful scenery, waterfalls, beaches,
volcanoes, and palm trees.  I kept a sketchbook journal,
and these are a few of the watercolors that I did during the trip.
Hope to do a few more now that I am home.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Lake Martin Sunset

Just finished this little acrylic on canvas's 12 x 12.  This is Lake Martin,
one of my favorite places to visit.  There are countless birds here, and lots of
other Louisiana wildlife.  This is a sunset that I photographed several years
ago.  I have sold several prints of the photo, but I thought it would be fun
to try to paint it.

12 x 12  Lake Martin Sunset  $75.00

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 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 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 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,