Tuesday, August 19, 2014

'Little Lezzeno'

There is this sweetest of villages on Lake Como.  This is another of my 6 x 6 studies completed after we returned home which was scraped away.  The burning of the memory is enduring.

Monday, August 18, 2014

'Stuck on Rozzo'

Guess you might think I am stuck on this subject matter.  In a sense, it is so true.  My time spent in this beautiful little alleyway made quite an impression.  What I find interesting is that there is enough significance for this neighborhood of maybe 14 homes to have its own sign from the highway.  I'm not certain of the special designation but it clearly is special.

I gave myself a limited amount of time to paint this 6 x 6 then forced myself to scrape the entire thing off the canvas.  What do you think of that?  Gone.  But not forgotten.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rozzo in Black and White

This is the neighborhood scene I painted earlier.  I mixed my own greys and tried again to capture the tiny spot on the map.

Monday, June 30, 2014


This is the little jumble of apartments and inns around Lake Como.  We were there the first week of summer. At our Albergo Aurora was a wake boarding camp for girls from all over the world.  The owners' daughter has recently won the World Championship in Wakeboarding in her classification.  In addition to painters all over town, there were wake boarders taking off from the dock each day.  Interesting combination!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Kindness of Strangers

Do you know how to paint a feeling?  I surely do not know what this means, but this study will forever evoke a memory of the kindness of strangers.  Susan and I were painting in the shadows on a little street in Rozzo, a small neighborhood of the village, Lezzano.  It was a very warm June day and the neighbors were all about, going in to church, sweeping the balcony, walking or driving!!! down this tiny street.

From the apartment on the right a lady came down with a beautifully arranged plate of fresh fruit, raspberries, cherries, nectarines.  What a lovely gesture.  We were later invited up into her apartment to see a drawing she had of her very corner of the world where there exists a 16th century fresco still intact on the building next door.  Let us remember to always share with those in our midst.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Lake Como in the Afternoon

There are many little villages around Lake Como, all connected by a winding road running the entire circumference.  This particular afternoon we painted in a spot where families also gathered to bathe in the icy cold water of the lake.  The far mountains are Switzerland...still snow-covered on top.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Termezzo on Lake Como, Italy

This beautiful little spot on Lake Como was the site of our painting trip with the wonderful Kenn Backhaus.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Lezzano Afternoon

This is the little village in Italy on beautiful Lake Como where I had the good fortune to paint with Open Air Italy and the inimitable Kenn Backhaus.  What a wonderful time we had at Albergo Aurora Lezzano.  The air was thick with atmosphere!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

'4 Across'

In addition to growing beautiful roses, my daddy is a crossword genius.  Here he is in his usual afternoon pose, right before 'Jeopardy.'

Thursday, May 29, 2014

my nubian neighbor

This is another of the neighbors out here in the country.  There is a population explosion going on out there.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Saint Harry Potter

There is so much to say about this pup.  He pulled up beside me in a pickup and posed for me.  Completely relaxed and drooling.  What a doll!  I left off the drool, but concentrated on his fabulous coat.  He is one hairy beast.  I tried to convey how very regal and saintly and ready to assist he seemed.

Friday, May 16, 2014


Repose has a dreamlike quality often felt when a young mother finally has a chance to put up her feet, which was the case here.  Lovely Heather...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

No Time Like the Present

This just might be my favorite from Carol's class.  We were always so excited to receive a golden gift from Navarra's.  It meant something special was inside that little box.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Rose

This is from Day 3: the rose.  In Carol's class, she says the third day is the hardest for everyone.  I believe it has to do with the close values and hues.  Sally in our class whined and gnashed her teeth but completed a very nice rose.  Another Carol painted a rose which looked just like the teacher's.  She said she just followed instructions!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Egg and I

This is the Day 2: still life from the workshop with  inimitable Carol Marine last week.  She paints like no other and speaks to the simple set up for still life painting. I think this one works.  (The original is not quite so purple.)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day Party

This silver set is ready to party.  I love the handles, sturdy and simple.  Happy Mother's Day to all my friends.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Jr. Cowpoke

These are the cowboy boots my little cowboys each wore when he was about 2 years old.  All three are now completely grown and fathers of little cowpokes.  I painted with the excellent Carol Marine this past week.  This was painted on Day 1: shoes.  What a great teacher and fabulous workshop.

This painting "Jr. Cowpoke" is available for purchase in DailyPaintWorks Gallery.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Snow Day in Alabama

These two little Southern boys rarely get to sled.  What a great day when it snows and is icy and school is out.  Ice, ice, baby.

Thursday, February 20, 2014


Here is another neighbor who lives on the other side.  He is very happy just to enjoy the warm sunshine of a Central Texas February.  Bluebonnets can't be far behind.

Thursday, February 13, 2014


There are patterns of dark and light in composition.  In this particular painting, I'm trying to create this pattern and to show the heaviest texture in the light.  The shadows are thin, transparent paint.

Friday, February 7, 2014

My Daddy's Roses

My father has been a rose-grower since I was a small child.  All our pictures were taken in our rose garden located along the side of the house where I grew up.  These past few years, Daddy has gardened the neutral ground across the street from his home.  There is a long stretch where he has installed crape myrtles, zinnias in the hot summertime, impatiens and other low-growing seasonal blossoms all beneath his gorgeous roses.  I picked this bouquet of antique roses, the old-fashioned fragrant varieties.  We just celebrated his 87th birthday.  Gardening and his volunteering and bridge group have kept a spring in his step.  He is an inspiration to us all.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


For Christmas, I received a new camera which color corrects.  I decided to repost 'LUCY' because she shows off so much better with the right coat.

Thursday, January 30, 2014


This is a neighbor of mine out last week for a stroll.  Quite the beautiful cow, the hereford.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Spoon Knife Fork

OK---not so much texture.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Fork Knife Spoon

I'm trying very thick application of paint here to get an effect of texture.  The basis is drawing, as usual. What fun to paint with great piles of paint and to aim for design in the process.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Out of Bounds

These happy two pups are the loves of my friend, Carol.  They are actually both black, but the fellow on the top has turned a little brown, I notice.  They were frolicking in Cypress Creek.  Love the pooches!

Sunday, November 24, 2013


My hydrangea and reflected-light exercise gave all the beauty and much distress.  I believe it was worth it!

Friday, November 22, 2013


The little teaspoons danced right into my painting.  I like the way the shadows worked out with the overall design.

Thursday, November 21, 2013


This is part of my orchid series.  The structure and shape of the orchid petal is my latest obsession.  This one is part of a glorious couple of stalks of very prolific orchids.  Grocery store, of course!

Sunday, October 13, 2013


We are enjoying the last blossoms of the Tecoma Bells of Fire, a heat and drought-hardy plant which flourishes here in Austin landscapes.  Because of a little recent rainfall, we are blessed with many beautiful wildflowers out here in the country.  Lots of purple and gold, my two favorite fall football colors.  Geaux Tigers!

Saturday, October 12, 2013


I love her so well that I painted her again this week with a high-key palette.  These eyes seem not only more accurate but more soulful.  Sweet puppy!  Getting to know her has been fun.  I'm not a whole-hog dog person, but I do love a dog who will hold a pose like Lucy does.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Very Near

These last four paintings done in California were all painted on Arches Huile, a paper made especially for oil painting.  I loved trying this paper, most of all because the paintings were so portable.  This is painted in Carmel at the end of one of the streets.

Thursday, October 3, 2013


This pretty girl belongs to friends.  I've painted her as a surprise for Christmas...Shhhh!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Breakfast in Bed

Yesterday was my birthday.  I was surprised by breakfast in bed.  Mr. Wonderful went to the top of my list (his permanent spot!).

Thursday, August 22, 2013


We are all vessels, some upright, some rotund.  Some more fragile than others.  This painting gave me more ellipses to negotiate.  I'm looking still for the glow from within.

Friday, August 9, 2013


This orchid represents grace and light and a quality it is very difficult to express.  It seems to be lighted from within.  Nature provides the example.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Evening Roses

Here is my newest work.  I'm enjoying cool summer nights in Birmingham.  What a wonderful city.  The roses love it, too.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Morning Has Broken

Morning Has Broken---these beautiful orchids have cheered me on these long, rainy Birmingham days!