Sunday, September 1, 2019

Watchful Eye


This majestic eagle reminds me of Spirit, Auburn's much loved mascot, who has entertained the Auburn faithful with her pregame flights in Jordan Hare Stadium since 2002.   When she was found in Florida at the age of 22 with an injured wing and beak,  she was brought to the Auburn School of Veterinary Medicine for rehabilitation.  Her flight is one of my favorite Auburn traditions!
I understand that we have a new addition to our official eagles this fall.  She is a golden eagle and her name is Aurelia.  Maybe she will make her first game day flight next weekend.

Watchful Eye has been on display in the show house for The Legacy at Cary Creek.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

This Ole House


This is a recent commission of an old homeplace that had been neglected.  While making the decision  to tear it down, the owners were able to salvage materials to be reused in a new home that was built nearby on the property.

I was given license to imagine what the home may have looked like when a family lived there. It made me think of an old country song entitled "This Ole House" recorded by Tennessee Ernie Ford.



My client sent me a sweet note and the above photo to let me see my painting in place.  I am grateful for the opportunity they gave me to work with them and honor the past!  




Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Mend the Heart




I stopped by the Auburn Chamber of Commerce this week to drop off  my painting, Cocksure, for Mend the Heart 2019 Tornado Relief Benefit.  The art auction will be an evening event from 6-8 PM on August 13 at the Jule Collins Smith Museum.  Hors d'ouvres will be provided by local fine dining restaurants and music by Muse.  Advance tickets can be purchased at the Auburn and Opelika Chambers, or at EAMC.ORG/MEND.  All of the proceeds will go to repairing and rebuilding recovery efforts in Lee County.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Sweet Memories



What a treat it was to travel to the Plein Air South artists' convention recently with a talented group of plein air painters. We received inspiration and instruction from 20 invited artist/instructors and from each other.  We were offered demos both inside and outdoors in this beautiful setting of Florida's Forgotten Coast.  Even after surviving the destruction of Hurricaine Michael this past year, the community welcomed us with open arms.

Sweet Memories is my painting of a beach home in Mexico Beach in her former glory.  She hosted many fun family times and celebrations.  While the home was damaged, the memories last forever!



Sunday, June 2, 2019

Auden and Langston


These dog brothers have the same parents, but came from different litters.  They live in California.    They were ring bearers in their master's wedding!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Nowhere To Be

These lovely ladies had nowhere to be today.  I snapped their photo as they were heading out to walk on the beach last summer.  This painting is available at Vignettes on Magnolia in Auburn.



Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Chloe


Chloe is a Bichon Frise.  The husband of her owner commissioned this painting for a gift.  He tells me there was a tearful moment of joy and surprise when his wife opened her present.  These are words to warm an artists's heart!  I so appreciate him sharing this with me.
Vetstreet describes this breed as a lapful of charm in a cotton ball cloud.  I loved painting the curly hair on her ears.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Living Coral


Each year the Pantone Color Institute declares a color of the year.  Their selection has quite an impact in the realms of design and décor.  Pantone has announced "Living Coral" as its 2019 Color of the Year.  It is described as "an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge."

I wonder how the color analysts create their descriptions, but this one well suits a painting I recently completed.  This painting is much more design oriented than my usual style, but I really loved seeing it come to  life.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Twin Sisters




These beautiful little girls are great models for their handsewn heirloom dresses.  They were photographed in their grandmother's garden.  I love how the sun highlights their pretty red and blonde hair.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Bruiser


 Bruiser is a beloved pet and life companion to his owners.  
As I paint commissions, I send progress images to my client so that they can help me by critiquing to produce the portrait they desire.  Bruiser's owners sent me a lovely thank you, along with this timeline photo collection of the individual images I sent as I was painting.  We thought you might enjoy seeing how his painting progressed in my studio.  On the left is the original photo my client provided, then the progression from drawing to completed painting.  Thank you. Jim!


Monday, January 28, 2019

Winter Invitational - Auburn Arts Association





I am honored that my painting, Family Outing, was accepted into the Winter Invitational Art Show sponsored by the Auburn Arts Association ongoing at the Jan Dempsey Arts Center until February 25.  It is a treat to be in the talented company of these 18 women artists.  I hope you will come by and join us for an opening reception Friday, February 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.




Saturday, December 29, 2018

Daisy


Daisy was the sibling or housemate to Lucky from my last post.  I love how the owner chose to let each dog have her own portrait!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Lucky




I have been busy this fall painting commissions of children and pets for Christmas.  I appreciate my clients allowing me to paint their precious family members.  I am sad to say that Lucky died recently.  I hope that this portrait will bring back loving memories for her owners.