Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Ornaments

Oil on canvas panel

The tree is finally decorated and a chill is in the Texas air! These vintage ornaments originally adorned my parents' Christmas trees over the years. Many broke and are just memories in photo albums. A few survived, though--including these silver and red balls. They now have places of honor in my home (and are carefully stored after the holiday season!).

Monday, December 3, 2012

Date Night

Oil on Belgian Linen Panel
This little painting attempts to depict the excitement of a romantic evening with someone special.  A single, perfect red rose deserves a kiss, right?  And how many of us have put on a luscious layer of lipstick, only to realize that blotting it on a tissue might be in everyone's best interest?  (No one wants to have a red clown mouth after that special moment!!!)  So, in anticipation of a memorable night, I present the ageless "Date Night."

Friday, November 16, 2012

Stone Crab Claw

Oil on Gallery-Wrapped Canvas
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Here it is--my first stone crab claw painting.  Being an East Coast girl, I am used to eating Maryland blue crabs from the Chesapeake Bay.  In fact, I can pick crabs with the best of them.  Stone crabs, though, are not Maryland blues.  Only the claw meat is eaten--assuming you can get to it.... 
We are not talking about gently hammering at the claw with a wooden mallet or using a lobster/crab/nut cracker device.  NOOOOOOOOOOOO.  They have to be whacked with the blunt end of a cleaver--which can be disturbing to the uninitiated. Half the time, claw manages to slip from my grip and land on the floor.  The rest of the time, I end up pulverizing the meat with shattered shell shards.
Let's just say, it is easier to paint a stone crab claw than to eat it.  Instead of singing the blues, I'll just eat them instead.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Stone Crab Claw - In Progress

Clearly, I have shellfish on my mind! I began this 10x10 stone crab claw painting yesterday; hopefully, the final details (and a little story) will be added tomorrow or Friday.  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mussels No. 2

Another delicacy from the sea....  These are difficult to obtain here in Central Texas.  I occassionally spend big bucks to buy a bag from our monopolizing grocery store in Georgetown; unfortunately, there is always a death rate of 50% or higher.  Those odds aren't worth the cost. Let's not even discuss the frozen options!  Thus, I must live with my memories of the East Coast and the shells I saved from shellfish feasts gone bye....

Friday, November 9, 2012

Clam Shell No. 4

Friday, November 9, 2012


Imagine digging for clams in the surf with your tootsies; then prying them open with your handy dandy knife to enjoy the salty, delectable morsel within. In memory of clams on the half shell!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Aermotor Windmill

Oil on Canvas
30x30x1 3/8

Welcome to farmlife!  This old Aermotor windmill is located in front of my Schulenburg, Texas farmhouse and was used by my husband's grandparents to pump water from the well beneath it.  We now have an electric well pump; but, the charm of this energy harvester remains.  Perhaps, someday,  it can be placed in service again as one of the work horses of the farm....

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Oil on Cradled Panel

While unpacking my fall decor, I came across this little painting I did in 2009.  I named it "Witchhikers" in a playful attempt to showcase the candy corn "hiking" on my daughter's Halloween witch hat.

Alas, it is time to find a new home for this piece to make room for new art.  I'm selling this on eBay at a sale price.   (Please note:  The white dots are a result of my shoddy photography work--I will reshoot, if anyone is interested....) 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Oil on Belgian Linen Panel
It may be 90 degrees outside, but autumn has arrived in my heart!  Here's another little pumpkin painting for your enjoyment (and someone's seasonal decor).

Monday, September 10, 2012

Autumn Pumpkin

Oil on Cradled Panel (museum grade)

Since moving to Texas nine years ago, I live for cold fronts.  After a 103 degree day on Friday (and scorchers in the previous weeks), my precious front finally arrived--bringing low humidity, temperatures in the upper 80s/low 90s, and thoughts of autumn.  Coincidentally, this little pumpkin found a new home in southern California too!  (Thank you,!)

The windows are now open (I don't care what the neighbors think), my hair looks great, my home is decorated for fall, and more pumpkins are on their way.  Life is good!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Sand Dollar

Oil on canvas panel (museum grade)
Recently, I spent a week in Galveston. Envision this: A small beachfront cottage on the western edge of the island. Few tourists (other than my family of three and two small fluffy pooches). A deck that runs the length of the cottage, parallel to the beach. Large windows overlooking the Gulf. Easy access to the sand and surf. A balmy breeze. The beginnings of a magnificent sandcastle started on the afternoon we arrived. Rain. Yes, rain. Lots of it. On day #2. For the duration of the trip.
The ground was saturated. The sandcastle "melted." The fluffsters were drenched. The aroma of "wet dog" mingled with the salty sea air. Eight of the nine bottles of sunblock we packed remain unopened.
This sand dollar evokes dreams of a sunny beach vacation. Next year....

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tennis Ball

Oil on Belgian Linen Panel

Spring weather and new tennis courts down the street at our local high school--a perfect match!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Play Ball! (No. 3)

Oil on Cradled Panel

This little painting was commissioned by a childhood friend/next door neighbor for her dad.  What fond memories!  Meanwhile, The Season has finally begun.  I'm looking forward to some Round Rock Express games at Dell Diamond and some TV action with the Astros.  Go, teams!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Key to My Heart

Oil on Canvas Panel

This little painting was done in anticipation of Valentine's Day last year.  Unfortunately, I didn't time its debut very well and it has been homeless ever since.  (Though, I think the message is timeless....)  The key, by the way, is actually still in use for one of my doors--it's the easiest one to find on my keychain!