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Thursday, March 31, 2016

it's that time of year again...

so this is a very rough start on a new horse painting.. don't know if you can tell but it's large.. 36x36..when it gets to be derby time, I think "horses"..but this year I'm not doing derby horses..just horses.. I have a few in mind..hope I can get a bunch accomplished in time for them to dry before the derby!!..maybe 3 or 4?..heading back up to my studio tomorrow before we head to indy for a tax meeting and then dinner with good friends mike and judy and  ben and cindy...stay tuned!!

Monday, March 28, 2016

"Sample Gates"

18x24 oil on canvas
Happy Easter!!!...I'm thrilled to announce that this painting of the Sample Gates in Bloomington, Indiana has been accepted into the Venue's first ever juried show entitled "Art and Soul of Bloomington".  there will be a reception on April 2 at 6 p.m.... i was really hoping I would have to miss it because we were following  the hoosiers to the final four...sadly, they ran into a buzz saw in north Carolina...four three pointers by one guy in the first five minutes??... really??....and they weren't a good out-side shooting team??? really??...ah well.. that really simplifies out lives a bit because we were going to have to figure out how to get from texas to augusta for the masters!!!.. we are so excited!.. going for the practice round on Wednesday along with the par three tournament on the prettiest little piece of property you could imagine!!...then we'll be there for the opening round on cell phones allowed at all.. camera only on Wednesday so we're breaking out our cameras..we went for one day in the early nineties..saw arnie, jack, and the boys.. long before tiger's time..the whole place is so green..even the food, which is very reasonable, is served in green wrappers..and so quiet!! you just can't possibly understand the elevations from the view from the tv cameras..
very happy to finally deliver a long-awaited commission to my friend jan on Friday..she has been so patient with me and I think she really likes it..she says she will think of her grandmother every time she looks at "meme's peonies"..thanks, jan, for enjoying my work.. it means a lot!!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

"Danny Dakich the Legend"

"Danny Dakich the Legend" honor of our upcoming game with North Carolina...the tournament game in 1984 in which dan dakich helped hold jordan to 13 points on the way to upsetting the tarheels!!.. we were in florida that long ago i can't remember if it was televised or not..but boy was THAT fun!!!! way to go danny boy!!..hope this year's team has that sort of defensive effort!.....Go Hoosiers!!!! you can obtain your own personal print of my original

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


oil on linen panel
so this is Shiloh...another doggie gone to heaven...what's extra special about this piece...he reminds me so much of our beloved rufus...who died in 1992...he was ever-present to help our kids make their way through the trials and tribulations of high school!! shiloh looks a little bit like rake..whose name was "rufus" when my friend judy found him in the want ads in the paper..a good companion to our cubby..a golden-doodle before there were golden-doodles...who went to heaven in 2000...rake died in 2001 and we got Nellie, our oldest golden, in the fall of 2001 so...she helped raise our two oldest grands..willie and Tillie..nels will be 15 this year and she has managed to stay young with the addition of ruby in 2010....a very bossy and brash golden!!..boy we love our animals, don't we??  who's with me????

Sunday, March 20, 2016


6x8 oil on canvas panel
so this is Larka...she belonged to my friend Jane Anne's daughter...this is my donation to our local kids' commons..something i do every year..this year jane anne bought in fact we are both donating to that great organization!..

Saturday, March 19, 2016


oil on gallery wrap canvas
so this is friend Susan's doggie who has gone to heaven..he looks like he must have been such a peach!!...she's been so patient with me to finish this project..but I will deliver "Bugs" next week!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

"Meme's Peonies"

24x24 oil on gallery wrap canvas
so here's a commission for my good tennis pal jan...this was done from a couple photographs she gave me of her grandmother's peonies...she has been patiently waiting for this for months..but i wanted to wait til after I took this wonderful workshop with Nancy Franke in st. simons..I have yet to post stuff from that workshop..but I loved every minute of much fun and wonderful to watch this woman work her magic!! I incorporated a few of her tricks of the trade in this piece...jan wanted me to add a little lady bug on one of the petals..can you find it?

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


oil on canvas panel
it's been a while!!!.. it's not that i haven't been painting..just too busy to post!!.. this is a painting for my friend rick...nikki's gone to heaven and i wanted to do a little remembrance to honor this fine pooch!!