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!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


'GoldLeaf' is from a trip to Lake City, Colorado, to depict the beautiful aspen leaves changing from green to gold.  What a fantastic phenomenon.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Junior League of Birmingham Exhibit

This collection of my paintings was displayed along with the beautiful work of members of the Junior League of Birmingham Sustainers.  It was a rainy night last Friday but a wonderful evening of art.
Most of the paintings have appeared on my blog over the past few months.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Le Bleu, Le Blanc et Le Rouge

This painting is dedicated to my mother, Meredith Miller.  She made all the clothes for her five girls.
What a fine seamstress she was.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

This is the Day!

This is the day that the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Merry Christmas to all.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Night Before the Night Before

Home from Birmingham for a bit of a break, I am finally posting the paintings I have painted lately.  Happy little pansy face!  Nothing like the little faces of my new twin grandbabies.  Ho.Ho.Ho.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mutt and Jeff

I'm calling this one 'Mutt and Jeff.'  These are my favorite little pewter cups, one slightly warmer than the other.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Pearl Earring

My grandmother, Rosamond Ethel Dietz, was married in 1920.  We are so fortunate to have this wonderful wedding portrait.  I'm going to post a series of my progression with painting her, all young and innocent and beautiful. 

The photograph is very clear, not too many clues of the real colors.  I'm imagining she wore this blue sash.  The gown is tiered.  Love the chapeau!  So Dodie!  This was our name for her.  We loved our Dodie.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


This is just the way I feel when the sun begins to shine.  Turning toward the light!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012


This couple are looking for a bite to eat in Santa Fe?  Any suggestions?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Green Vase

Well, I guess I'm in my red phase. 

La Pivoine

12 x 12 still life with peonie

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Little Longer to Paint!

More from the workshop with Kim English.  I tried to capture Lisa above.  Thought it was quite nice.
The lower painting is my sister, Marylyn, the President of the group sponsoring the workshop.  They are called Associated Women in the Arts and have hung an exhibit at the Old Capitol in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
This is a very active group who keep their brushes wet painting and enjoying the company of the many other painters in that beautiful part of the world.  Their exhibit will open tomorrow April 18 and extend until May 28.  The opening reception is on Thursday, April 19, from 5-7 P.M.  'Views from the Castle' is the very apt name for the show, as each painting will be some composition from inside or outside the lovely Gothic structure on the Mississippi.
Quite a bit of Louisiana history took place in the Castle until it was relocated in the newer, more modern structure nearby.  It is a must for school kids on field trips.  Don't miss it if you are going that way.  You will love the building, the site, and the paintings from AWA.
Oh, and this is the vicious stinging caterpillar which I mentioned earlier.  It is a hearty girl who can overcome the pressures of plein air painting!  All around the entire length of the body and all the way around are rows of stinging barbs.  They came down on us from above.  (It becomes the Buck Moth,
 and, 'they say' it is loved by brim.)

Monday, April 16, 2012


I want to include 'Lisa' because there are some things to commend the painting.  For a very quickly painted piece, I liked the crossed ankles and hands.  Lisa posed before a Thalo Blue door while we struggled with the stinging caterpillars!  What a sight!  Beautiful site at the Louisiana Life Gardens, Windrush.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

5-Minute Paintings!

I have survived painting with Kim English!  Wow!  We did oodles of 5-minute studies of the models, painting the gestures in oil, trying with each effort to get a little more of the painting in the landscape.  Kim is the master of this beautiful painting style with lots of light in each of his paintings.  It was a thoroughly invigorating class.  Moss does not grow on a rolling stone, as they say...

The upper photo shows Kim with his 5-minute study.  Is he kidding?  The lower studies are a few of my 5-minute paintings.  Kim's reputation had preceded him.  He is a terrific teacher, tough taskmaster, relentless supporter of painters.  He seems to want all to succeed and grow and learn. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Morning Tea

A little cup of tea with a peony on the tray.  My morning starts with coffee and an ellipse.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Playing for Pizza

After hearing that Peyton Manning had rejected playing at Miami and Seattle, I realized I had a scoop!  I think he has fled to Italy to the Italian League.  The favorite son of New Orleans has probably read the John Grisham novel, Playing for Pizza.  This will disappoint fans in Denver, San Francisco, and Tennessee. 
After reworking my painting posted earlier, I believe I painted Peyton Manning having breakfast.  I could not get away from the idea.  I think this version is stronger than the first.  It is funny how the photograph will show the flaws, as if seeing it through the lens is truer than first-hand with the lens of the eye.