Tuesday, December 31, 2013


7 x 5"
oil on panel

It's New Year's Eve and I'm gonna get a little personal for a change.

My year started with an evil gall bladder that eventually was removed.  I lost my brother who died too young.

A couple of months went by and after bracing for the third bad event to strike - I realized time was passing me by and I needed to dust myself off and get back to being positive again.

From that point, everything got better.  It always does.

This new painting is from one of the best moments of my year - as simple as it was.  I returned to my mom's family, after years had gone by of neglect.  My aunt and uncle still live on a peaceful, beautiful farm in Roxie, Mississippi - a place I visited all through my childhood.  My uncle took me for a spin on his ATV, out in the fields, through the woods, down to the creek and just as the sun was sinking, he stopped.  I didn't have to tell him how beautiful it was - the shadows, the oranges and golds, the peace.  He relishes this every day.  It was just a wonderful moment in my year.

~ Happy New Year to you and may you always relish the beauty in life's simple moments.

Friday, December 27, 2013


6 x 6"
oil on panel

The trick to actually getting a painting finished - a crock-pot.

Homemade split-pea and ham soup.  Yum.

From the landing in the Art Institute of Chicago, a woman takes a break on a bench.

Annual Making A Mark Best Artwork on an Art Blog

Katherine Tyrrell's Making A Mark blog has it's annual nominations posted and you are invited to cast your vote before Monday night, the 30th.

Katherine is a UK writer and artist - her blog is one of my personal favorites - read about art, drawing, painting, art news, artists and painters, exhibitions, art competitions, art blogs, the art business, the art economy, marketing, art history, techniques and tips - it's amazing how helpful and informative her blog is to artists.

And I am very proud to be a nominee in the category of Best Artwork about People on an Art Blog,
for my painting 'O'Keeffers'  - thank you so much Katherine.

Please make it a habit to read Katherine's blog and cast your vote on your favorites for 2013.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

May your days be Merry and Bright

Wishing you Peace & Love

Saturday, December 21, 2013

"Blind Date"

6 x 6"
oil on panel

I painted in shorts and a T-shirt today.

On the first day of winter.

From the second floor in the American Art Gallery in the Art Institute of Chicago, a couple spends the evening together enjoying the art and each other's company.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

"200 Faces, No. 131"

4 x 4"
oil on panel

A new addition to my ongoing series BUST-ED.

More Calendars are Here!

calendars are temporarily SOLD OUT-
more available in the New Year.

Thanks to all for your purchase!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"That Toddling Town"

6 x 6"
oil on panel

I have a great feeling of achievement when I can complete a cityscape like this.  I hold my breath a lot when I tackle the buildings and the traffic.  You can hear me chant 'just keep swimming, just keep swimming' the whole time.

Monday, December 9, 2013

"The Grill"

6 x 6"
oil on panel

I'm in the mood to paint scenes in Chicago - starting with a waiter working at The Local - Chicago, a great restaurant I frequented during my last visit at the corner of E Delaware and Mies van der Rohe.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

"200 Faces, No. 130"

4 x 4"
oil on panel

Finally back to the paints with a new addition to my ongoing series BUST-ED, painted on a lipsticky-red ground, so great for skin.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A New Book

Hello to all ~

I took an extended break from painting to truly enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.

I cooked a lot, ate a lot, slept late, watched a marathon of Cash Cab, watched corny holiday movies on Hallmark and Lifetime and just when I thought I'd start painting again, I started creating a new book. 

Once I start, I obsess about it until it's done.  So here it is  -  titled  'Scenes Along The Lincoln Highway and other roads taken.'  I just L-U-R-V-E it. 

The book is 7 x 7", premium lustre paper with color images of 66 paintings I've done - the first 24 images are from my series The Lincoln Highway,  followed by 42 images of paintings of roads, avenues, bridges, streets, drives and highways from the East coast to the West coast.  I picked some of my personal favorites and I hope you enjoy this collection.

It is now available on Blurb, along with 8 other books previously published which are now ALL ON SALE

And thank you for your patience if you've been looking for new paintings - I'm squeezing out the palette as soon as I finish this post.