Saturday, December 15, 2012

Grand Canyon

This is a large painting for me. I've tried a few paintings since my eye surgery, but they were pretty bad. I'm hoping this one will be better! It's the grand canyon, painted from a photo from our trip there a few years ago.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fort Mill, SC Neighbors

I love painting my sun/shadow effects on my neighbor's houses. It's also great to paint from my front yard! 8x10 acrylic

Old Town Rock Hill SC

Plein air painting of Rock Hil, SC. My studio is on this street. Rock Hill has done a great job of revitalizing this area. There are now buildings with artist studios, new businesses and restaurants opening. 11x14 acrylic SOLD

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Near Lake Wylie-Plein Air

Had fun plein air painting with my friends today! We parked at T-Bones restaurant and walked around the boat launch area. There weren't many boats out today so I painted this tree instead. 8x8 acrylic

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Red on Green

I'm selling my paintings on Please take a look! 6x6-oil

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Lots of green

In continuing my practice with oils, I completed this today. It was harder and took me longer to complete than I thought. It also came out differently than I intended, but I still like it. Practice, practice,practice.... 8X8 oil

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Green Apples

I think if practice with oil paints every day for a month I will adjust to them...this is my first attempt. 6x6 oil

Plate slices

More practice with oil paints. 6x6 oil

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Lake Ontario, Rochester NY

This is an older painting but I realize I never posted it. This is Charlotte beach in Rochester NY. 11X14 acrylic

Pittsburgh Alley

This was my dad's first childhood home in Pittsburgh. He tells me it was a status symbol to have an awning over your front porch. They were very proud to have the only awning on the whole street! My dad lived here in the 1940's and were fortunate to eventually move to a lovely brick ranch in the suburbs.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Lemon Bowl

My lemons almost rotted before I finished this one. I like the colors and may try somthing similar in the future. Acrylic 11X14- SOLD

Keuka Lake Shed- In Progress

I did this plein air painting at the house we rented this summer on Keuka Lake, NY. This was the lakeside shed that held all the toys, rafts, etc. I want to touch it up a bit and then mail it to the homeowners. Most of the houses along the lake are set on steep hills with lots of stairs down to the water. 8X10 acrylic

Monday, April 30, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

McGill Rose Garden, Charlotte

A great day at McGill Rose Garden in Charlotte. This small garden is a hidden gem in the uptown area of the city. I was happy to complete 95% of this on location. It took about 2.5 hours.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Spring in Baxter

This is a neighbor's home that has gorgeous gardens and landscaping. I was looking for a scene to paint and picked this one. I wanted to paint the other side of their house, but it was completely in shadow in the early morning, so I had to quickly pick a new scene. I was happy that I completed most of it in "plein air", got the perspective fairly accurate, and only had to do some minor touch ups at home. Their daughter is sitting on the porch and I hid the names of their two boys in the painting. This one was fun to paint!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Baxter houses

This painting was in the "unfinished" pile. I pulled it out for practice and completed it with Easter colors. It's a bit bright, but it was fun to do. While I was originally painting this, the water sprinklers turned on and I had to quit or get soaked. This is Tuckerton Street in Baxter, Fort Mill, SC.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Charlotte Suburbs- Waxhaw NC

Fellow artist Yvette invited us to her lovely home in Waxhaw NC for a day of painting. I did most of this outdoors, but then had to alter some colors once I got it home. Almost done- some of the gardens still need to be completed.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Glass Bowl

Mixing the whites/ off whites is still challenging with oil paints. This was good practice.SOLD

Thursday, February 9, 2012


More practice with oil paints....really enjoying them. The knife is my favorite part of the painting because I drew it straight on the first try!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Practice with Oils

Painting with oils is new to me, but I am enjoying the learning process. After a few more still life paintings I think there will be an improvement in my technique.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Charlotte Museum of History

I'm experimenting with oils and starting to finally like them. I found a medium I liked and this made all the difference for me- 2 part linseed oil, one part stand oil and one part turpenoid. This is the first "plein air" oil I have done in a long time.

This house was the home of the Hezekiah Alexander family when they came to Charlotte. The corner stone says 1774.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Newport Beach, California

I visited this area of Southern California about four years ago and took lots of photos. I started this painting in a new art class I'm taking with Greg Barnes, here in Charlotte. Finished this at home- I like it, but that big rock is pretty close to the center, even thought I thought I moved it enough. It felt great to do a very quick, loose painting after doing the house portraits that require much more perfection. I tried, really tried, oils paints for my class, but I quickly went back to acrylics. I just like them much better.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

House Portraits

Here are two house portraits I did as Christmas gifts. Both were done from photos. The green house ( 18X24) is in my neighborhood and the red house (11x14) is in Mississippi.