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Monday, April 21, 2014

finally gorgeous outside!!!!

so here's the deal.....after 4 and a half inches of rain over Friday and Saturday and lots of sloppy weather sunday...we FINALLY saw the sun today!!! and blue sky!!!!..and warmth!!!! THIS is the Georgia I remember!!!!! yesterday Davey and I played Jekyll island..pine lakes..sloshed through a chilly, cart-path only round...i think I lost my seven iron somewhere...but these pictures depict a very strange happening!...we walked off one green...saw these four guys over something..we weren't sure what!..looked like they were tending to someone who was injured..with all the supplies laid out near them...turns out they had snagged A SIX FOOT ALLIGATOR!!!...yep!!..I asked if this guy could do some damage and.."yes, he can"..we'd heard earlier that someone had caught an alligator or two and shipped them off the island...but these guys were from the "applied wildlife conservation lab and greg was doing his master's (I think) project...he's the one in the black hat (turned backwards) sitting directly on top of the critter..i think it took all of them to snare and corral him..the alligator, not greg...)..then he was tying this GPS system right in the middle of the gator's shoulder blades...the idea is to track their behavior while in the environs of humans..(I think) that was yesterday...and today we played Frederica...a very exclusive course..i think 12 of the touring pros live there...(we didn't see any)..and on the back nine...a par four severe dog-leg to the right..there on the bank of the water..happily sunning himself was a least...needless to say we gave him a very wide berth...if your tee shot went anywhere near that sucker..we just dropped a little more to the left!!! was a wonderful day...lots of sunshine and warmth on our skin..

Saturday, April 19, 2014

finally here.... here's what we're dealing all the years we've owned this place..we've never..i mean never seen the street flooded like this!!!..the parking lot behind the house is also flooded...the rain has surely had its way and we are just held's ok..i did a bit of painting...we showed the house at 4:30 and went out for oysters and a cocktail...we buried st. joseph around noon and we're letting him work his magic!!! much as we have loved this place, we think it's time to put her on the market and let someone else enjoy her as much as we have...sort of melancholy...but if the weather permits, we plan to make the most of this visit for sure!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"Summer Calm"...SOLD

30x30 original oil on gallery wrap canvas
so last week I got word from the Venue, my gallery in Bloomington, that a couple was wanting to spend some time with this painting...they took it home over the weekend and today I got word that they were buying this piece!! humbling and what a thrill!  

Monday, April 7, 2014

"Race to the Finish!"

16x20 oil on stretched canvas
so this is my homage to the "little five"...a famous bike race held every year on the IU campus in may remember the movie "Breaking Away" daughter led her pi phi house team many years ago...and even may have caused a small skirmish, if I remember right...I may tweak this a bit as far as values but i'm pretty happy with it!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

"...a little lamb"

8x6 oil on panel
so here's a little homage to Easter...a little lamb...this will be going to the carmel midland..

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

on my easel

this is a painting of the lighthouse on st. simons progress...I really want to show the glow of the setting sun but with lots of color..i'll finish this tomorrow...more paint..more paint!!!!

Friday, March 28, 2014

chocolate cupcake for sandi...

6x6 oil on canvas panel
my friend sandi helped me so much when I was hanging at s.i.c.a. ...I couldn't have gotten my show hung without her this is my gift to's just a little thing but she liked one i did a couple years ago..thanks again sandi!!

Thursday, March 27, 2014


oil on canvas panel
so this little dress was hand-made by my friend carol pennington...she posted it on facebook and I knew I had to paint it..asked permission..and here it is!! impressionistic version of course...picked up my paintings from s.i.c.a. today...we had a very successful show..sold several pieces and really enjoyed meeting the folks there...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Newest Harbor painting...

this is probably 15x15 or 18x18...I need to measure it..i found an old frame and cut a piece of Masonite to fit and then prepared it with several coats of gesso..this will be on its way to Simon's in Georgia..along with several other nautical themed paintings..

Sunday, March 23, 2014

"In the Harbor"

12x12 oil on panel
so i'm starting to prepare some stuff for my gallery in Georgia...I think they've sold just about everything and they are needing some paintings..this one is done from one of the photographs I took while we were visiting mike and ginny in florida a couple weeks I think!..meanwhile..i was so torn watching witchita state play Kentucky...I absolutely hate Kentucky but I also wanted IU to remain the only unbeaten college team...after watching wsu I really liked them..liked the way they play..even liked the coach's wife!!..then Kentucky won! - rats!!!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Girl in a Straw Hat...homage to mary cassatt..SOLD

20x16 oil on canvas
so today I parted with one of my favorite pieces...a copy of mary cassatt's "Girl in a Straw Hat"..i loved painting it and will try and paint her again..but the second try is never quite the same...take good care of her, promised i could come and visit her from time to time!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Homage to Elizabeth...SOLD

24x18 oil on canvas
so yesterday was "tax day"...we arrived home Monday from Arizona where we visited our good friends tim and Katie...had such a good time as usual!!..then spent all day tuesday finalizing our tax stuff..yesterday we went to indy with mike and judy for our annual tax/shopping/dinner outing...finally ate at ocean prime which was absolutely gorgeous!!! we arrived home around nine and I checked my the most pleasant surprise..a fine fellow had purchased my "homage to Elizabeth" from my website.  he's also interested in a painting i have hanging at s.i.c.a..."big city"...and perhaps a few others there..also my "girl in a straw hat" from mary cassatt..also on my website....i love that painting and not sure i'm ready to sell her...but what a thrill to find a sold painting..always a thrill when someone likes your work enough to have it in their home!!! thank you doug!!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

In Arizona

Arrived in Scottsdale yesterday to visit our friends tim and katie ...watching the Hoosiers getting ready to lose the first game in the  big ten sad...but we're heading to golf as soon as it's that a good thing...I'll post some pix of this beautiful area!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

"Missed Opportunity".....opening on Thursday....

this is a painting that I dearly love which sold several years I had a good digital made and this is a giclee.  it will be available at the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts in Seymour...opening this Thursday from 5:30-7....come if you can!!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

today's effort...tillie in the garden

this is a small one..either 7x5 or 8x6..i've painted this before..much larger.. since this is one of my very favorite photos..Tillie was a toddler and loved to roam around in the garden in the back yard..heading to the show in Seymour...
6x6 oil on panel
here's another little floral I did the other day..starting to get excited about my show at the southern Indiana center for the arts.  the people there are lovely and seem to be excited to have my work...

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

white flower

6x6 oil on panel
this is a little ditty i did today..looking toward my show at the southern Indiana center for the arts in Seymour..i went today to check out the space..found a lovely painted gourd by Martha sechler that I just had to have!..her show closes on friday and mine goes up on Tuesday...

Sunday, February 23, 2014

on my easel

this is another of todd hoover's photographs...I used only burnt sienna and ultramarine blue and white for the greater part of I was nearing the finish I added another blue..seeing usual I see things I need to change..nothing beats taking a picture or holding something up in a mirror...if I want to go strictly by the photo...hmmmmm......

Monday, February 10, 2014

happy "umbrella" day!!!

10x8 oil on canvas panel
I heard this morning that it was "National Umbrella Day"...whatever that is....but i had this image in my studio that I've been wanting to paint for a long time...and what better time than NOW!!...I think i'm going to call it "Chinatown in the rain"...not sure why...this will most likely be it for a while..we're taking a little jaunt south to spend time with our friends the Hiltons...a little golf..and I really need to refocus and get my priorities straight...painting is going on the back burner...for now...

Sunday, February 9, 2014

"Is it My Turn?

11x14 oil on canvas panel
so here's this little ditty a bit more..not sure i'm quite finished with's at that stage where i have to stew a bit and see if i'm satisfied with the's done in a limited palette so it should have pretty good color harmony but design is so important..i already see a few things I plan to fix...but tomorrow...i'm heading to the couch!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

on my easel...a new beginning...

so this is what i'm working good friend Katie has a bunch of grands..I think this may be her oldest when she was a little girl..i'm honing in on it..I've had this black and white photo..taken by timmy, her hubby and my oldest living friend...I have done so much painting lately..i almost said...not today!..but then I heard the siren's call...


this painting sold at the venue opening last night...I've been searching my files to see the exact size and I can't seem to find it..i'm thinking it's 9x12 and I know it was painted in Georgia...maybe I never did get to post it..anyway..a fellow i'd met at the venue a couple months ago came to the opening..he's an amazing artist his own self..paints beautiful sets and lots of sports stuff..and thank you to him. we had a good time..even though the weather was frightfully cold!  the show stays up til the 20th but unfortunately I won't be here for the reception next Friday..we'll be in florida with the Hiltons!!

Friday, February 7, 2014

potato creek morning

16x20 oil on canvas panel
so here's more of "potato creek morning"...taken from one of todd hoover's the design..

opening at the venue tonight...

36x36 oil on gallery wrap canvas
so tonight's the big opening at the venue in's at 114 s. grant st...and it's freezing cold out there!!  the gallery walk includes 9 galleries and i'm sure everyone involved is praying hard!..I've worked so hard getting ready for this..thank you to my hubby for being so patient and supportive..and yes..he's coming with me...

Monday, February 3, 2014

today's effort

so this is the start of "potato creek? old friend todd hoover, a fabulous photographer who happened to be my first boyfriend..lives and teaches in south bend, Indiana and has been posting his photographs on facebook..he has several so far that i'd like to paint and I've gotten his here's this afternoon's effort..still needs some tweaking but I had a great time and the day went like a flash!!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

green crocks

8x10 oil on panel
so here's a little ditty I did today...still looking toward my openings in the next few weeks...I delivered a bunch of stuff to the venue yesterday...getting excited...
36x36 oil on gallery wrap canvas
this is the first large horse painting I's been drying and I spent last night varnishing all the things I could...I have to wait til they're dry to the touch before I can coat them..sometimes I spray retouch varnish but it's been too cold for I coated them with liquin..something I learned from c.w. mundy...

Thursday, January 30, 2014

"Boxer Puppy"

8x10 oil on canvas
so i was trying to get everything framed today...and of course.found some things I needed to tweak a bit..i am so damn tangential...i was on the floor of my studio cutting some backs for my paintings and saw this canvas that I had was a perfect excuse to do another boxer puppy painting..i did a little 6x6 one and someone stole it right out of the downtown midland...must have been a dealer..they now have cameras all over the place..thanks to here's my second attempt and I  like this one even better!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

finally got outside to take some pix...almost frost bitten..."Waiting in the Wings"

30x30 oil on gallery wrap canvas
so this is my ballerina painting..i had some fun with this one...this is also going over to the venue in Bloomington..big opening next friday night!!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

"Photo Finish"

40x30 oil on gallery wrap canvas
this is one of the large horse paintings I've done for the gallery walk in blooming on the's coming up quickly and I've been busy busy!..i'm going to head over there later this week to take some work and check out the space to see what all I can hang...

Monday, January 27, 2014

new "love one another"...not quite done

so this is still in need of some work..i painted this years ago from a photograph my father-in-law found..but I wanted to try it in a square format..which I've really been loving lately...when you photograph a piece, you can really see past what your eyes should have told you all along..back to the drawing (painting) board tomorrow...see if you can see the differences....

Sunday, January 26, 2014

i truly have been painting...

this is another image I've been working on...I think I've finished all the really big stuff and now i'm working my way through some smaller things..i only have two weeks left..actually less..for my gallery walk in Bloomington..starting to get a little angsty...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

started another..

so I found a great image of keith smart's final shot to beat Syracuse in 1987...I wanted to do this for my show at the venue in Bloomington...just getting started...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

did a painting today...

30 x 30 oil on gallery wrap canvas
so i finished up one horse painting today..i think...haven't taken a good pic of it yet..snowed again and i can't photograph outside...but i thought i'd give this a try..i'm running out of days to get all these ortiginals done so they can dry..i may need to tweak this but i'm pretty happy with how it turned out...

Sunday, January 19, 2014

another large painting in the works

so this is my newest derby painting....lots of glare of course and lots more to do...we got our new freezer today..just one of many things that have conked out around here in the last few weeks...I guess that's what you get when you live in a house as long as we have...does that make us "old"???...NOT!!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

another derby painting...just a start...

24x18 oil on stretched canvas
so it's not that I haven't been painting...we've just had a lot of stuff going on with the house and with personal stuff....all is well now and this is another horse painting I've started...I think i'm going to like how it turns out...

Thursday, January 16, 2014

6x6 oil on panel
been really busy and trying to keep up with leslie's 30 in 30 challenge...a bit behind...

we've had some stuff going on...and some ballerinas...

oil on gallery wrap canvas
so we have had some stuff!!!...with all the cold weather last week..we had our electricity cut off for a while..only a matter of  hours but it lead to our freezer conking out in the last day or two...our pipes burst under the kitchen and no hot water for a while..but that's here's another painting i've done for my upcoming openings..some pretty ballerinas waiting in the wings..can't decide what to name it exactly...

Monday, January 13, 2014

starting another fun painting...

so this is going to be FUN!!!!'s not as big as the derby painting ..this one is 30x30..and i'm very happy with the beginning...I also did a small painting of some fancy shoes but after I photographed it, I saw some things I need to fix..funny how that works sometimes...had a very productive day..doing house stuff...walking the girls..and ending up in the studio...that's a good day...

Saturday, January 11, 2014

getting close...

36x36 oil on gallery wrap canvas
so I think i'm sneaking up on this...I need to photograph it in natural light..(outside) far i've only taken pix in my can always see thing that need to be fixed when you take a photo and use a fresh yes..i see some things i need to work on...but that's the fun of it, right???

Thursday, January 9, 2014

such a day...

no paintings to post today...this is the 43rd anniversary of our engagement and we are still standing!!!..broken pipes, no water, no heat, no electricity ( a few days ago), workmen in the house all day..(and thank god for that)..I think we are finally on top of things and we are happy happy!!!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

day 8...

6x6 oil on panel
so this is day 8...also my youngest granddaughter's 8th birthday....thought i'd do a little horse painting in her honor since she is really into horse-back riding...

sneaking up

so I'm sneaking up on this...photographed in my studio so there's a glare...but I also see some things I need to work on...this is so much fun...we're talking about maybe doing a little five painting since i'll be in Bloomington...maybe I haven't mentioned but I am going to be one busy little gull (jimmy- speak, my aussie son-in-law)...first of all, I was asked to do a one woman show at the southern Indiana center for the arts..(started and funded by john mellencamp and housing many of his works..many just prints) this will be for the month of march..with an opening right before the big ten tournament...we may not even CARE about the big ten tournament when the time rolls gallery in Bloomington, the Venue, asked me to be their feature artist for the first Friday gallery walk on February 7th...and they want all originals and some large i'm's a fun busy...but now our house seems to be coming apart at the seams..yes the house is 45 years old..but I was talking to a client in boston today who lives in a brownstone from way, way back...all of a sudden, the gas fireplace in the kitchen is shot..the ice maker is shot..we have no hot maybe the water heater is shot..we have no cold water in the kitchen so maybe the pump is shot...are you seeing a pattern here???...we went out for a whirlpool..(still working) but I closed the fireplace screen extra tight...could you just see the house burning down while we were licking our wounds in the spa???....actually right now this all sounds many people at this very moment would love to have a house falling down around their ears...(i'm remembering the homeless people we saw in new York city in November...) forgive my ramblings....i'm just happy i'm able to do some good with the paintings I donate!...gleaners, for one...and if you haven't heard of gleaners...they do remarkable work...all will be better in the morning....

Red Onion

6x6 oil on panel
so this was day seven...I really wanted to get going on my big horse painting which i posted yesterday...can't wait to get back at it...sometimes, when I have something really fun going...i actually paint in  my sleep...

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

working on a VERY LARGE derby painting...

so this is a large painting in progress...I love to do the stages are easy to see..this is 36x36 and it's in preparation for two openings I have coming up...


we've been without power since sometime in the middle of the night...very cold in this house!!..57...back on now and slowly warming..this is day 6 of the 30 in 30 challenge..yesterday's painting..i still have time to post it though..i'm thinking maybe the movies this afternoon...

Sunday, January 5, 2014

day 5.."old boat"

12x12 oil on panel
this is day 5 of the 30 in 30 challenge...i did a larger version of this a while back that sold..but I love the image and i'm painting for a one woman show coming up...this available on my website...(  looks like we dodged a bullet today with the weather!!

Saturday, January 4, 2014


12x12 oil on gallery wrap
this is a painting i did for my friends larry and phyllie...their beloved dog Dunny passed on to doggie heaven a little before Christmas...fifteen years old and a perfect member of the family...