Tribute to Monet # 14 Oil on canvas panel

This serene water painting is an Oil painting done on a canvas panel. The size is 24 by 30 and can be purchased for only $400.00. As it’s on a panel it can easily be mailed directly to your home ( continental US) for $5.50 USD.

This painting is part of my ” Tribute to Monet” series, it’s slightly more grayed down than many of my usual more colorful water paintings. I think the warm yellows are set off very nicely by the grayed down blue of the water.

Tribute to Monet series “Dark waters ll”

dark waters ll monet

This 8 by 10 (inch) oil painting on wood is for sale for $95.00. I love the mix of colors and the dark colors next to the lighter & brighter colors. Its part of my “Tribute to Monet” series and I find this method of painting complicated and yet simple. these paintings tend to be very heavily pigmented and usually take at least a week to dry because of the amount of paint used to achieve this look. Its done with palette knives and a special little tool I made, which looks like a spatula. the surface seems rich. I enjoy painting in this style but cannot decide how it will work with anything other than water.

Monet series, Fantasy Pond

Monet series

Acrylic on wood, 8 by 8″ $50.00  s & h $5.50 … for purchase information,   Pay pal, credit cards and checks accepted.

This is another painting from my blue Monet series.  I wanted to add a little lavender color to the blue and see how I liked it.   Lavender somehow makes me think more of a fantasy world.  These paintings are a bit soft and I didn’t allow too many hard lines and I think this makes it a bit more surreal.


I’ve been very busy with my other projects and I have really had to plan and stay up late or wake up early to get these daily painting completed. I will up date you on those project as they are completed.







6 by 6 gessoed masonite

For those that have been following my entry into the Cal show, I didn’t win any awards but I am thrilled to have my work hanging in the show along with so many other great artist’s work.

The show had a good variety of art and I feel there was a good mix of mediums and subjects. Landscapes, figures, sculpture, realistic work and abstracts were well represented. I noticed the judge had a preference for work which left something for the viewer to determine.  Art where everything wasn’t spelled out seemed to be the theme of the show.   Also: artists who used a variety of edges, ( although one piece which won an award was all hard edge) and or used a veriety of textures seemed to be well represented. 

You can”t really sum up a show because there were the exceptions for all of these things… but if I were to sum up the show… I would say…less is more.


Little bit Koi painted in watercolor on textured clayboard

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Textured clayboard. 6 by 6 watercolor sealed with spray fixative.  No need to frame under glass.  $40.00

Yesterday I was ready to start tackling the yard and cleaning up my deck, today when I woke up it was raining and 49 degrees. It will have to wait.

It isn’t everyday you get to visit with friends and so I should be happy because I see friends for a few hours each Thursday. The tega Cay Art League was started by me and two good friends, Nance Presson and Martha Mannco. There are 15 local artists in the group and we meet down by the marina in Tega Cay. We get together each Thursday to go over all the current events, share news of awards and shows, exchange books, new ideas, mediums or paints. If any of us hears of an opportunity we share it so all of us can take advantage of it. I was so proud of our little group when I learned that three of us have paintings in the Charlotte Art League show. ( its tonight) It can be difficult to get into the show and it gives me a certain amount of pride to know our group is such a power house. Although I thought at least one more person should have at least gotten into the show who’s work was declined, I feel its based on prejudice. That’s the way these shows work. Quality of work or level of difficulty seems to run a distant third behind creativity, and the judges personal preferences. Of course I can’t say I don’t agree with that. Expertise in technique is important, I just can’t say its should be the most important in judging shows. Otherwise your shows would be filled with excellent draftsmen and very few abstracts. Its true everyone has prejudices and preferences. I know that I have preferences when it comes to art and when I see certain combinations of colors or textures I’m more apt to like the work. How can a judge not choose what he or she personally likes. This can be difficult for the artist because they don’t know what to enter, should I choose figures, or still life, abstract or realistic work. People say pick you best work. Its like picking your best child, they all have their strengths, which will be appreciated for their strengths?

I know that I have discussed this many times because this judging thing is hard for us artists who wear our hearts on our sleeves and allow ourselves to be judged.

My Husband who is a master shooters says its not like his shooting competitions where you hit the bulls-eye or you don’t, there the judging is simple, no one can deny if your the best or the worst.

Koi Curiosity Watercolor on Gessoed Masonite

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 Watercolor on gessoed masonite  $38.00, This piece is sealed so it may be framed without glass. I gessoed this and made the texture sort of go in a vertical pattern .   I painted it Brown and Red and a Wine color.  Then I pulled out the fish and painted their local color back into the spaces.  I sprinkled water on the surface and pulled a towel across the surface which gave it a little bit of texture.

 This isn’t 6 by 6 because my brother was cutting these boards for me and when this one went thru… I guess it got stuck and he had to recut it so the edge wouldn’t have a gouge.    This artist thing isn’t as simple as painting a picture, there’s lots of prep work.  I can see why artists had apprentices. I usually get my brother to do the cutting and sometimes he does the gesso work too.   

Its been a busy day, I did books or about 5 or 6 hours and then  I’ve been out cleaning the yard. Its spring and the trees look great with their new buds.  I don’t have any excuse ( I hate cold weather) ,  Now that its warm, I have to get my porch cleaned off and my pots washed, you know the routine.   I have a wood deck so I’ll pressure wash it and clean up my Terra-cotta pots, buy some potting soil for my flowers and work in my beds.  I bought some seeds & I want to get them started so this summer I’ll have some flowers.  It may take me a week cause I also have to clean up my brother’s place.    I store stuff over there,  he only lives across the street, boy, it seems like I need to get rid of some junk.  I give the stuff to goodwill,  of course, my accountant says I should get receipts for my goodwill donations but I never do.  I guess I’ll take some things over and get one, if only just to make him happy.  

Koi Solo


This is on gessoed Masonite, (watercolor) Its for sale for 40.00
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Turned in my painting today for the “spring into Art” art show at the Charlotte Art League, lets hope it gets into the show. Since these things are subjective, its hard to know what will get in and what won’t. Sometimes I select the wrong piece to enter for the wrong judge. Once when I was helping out with a show I overheard the judge say to his assistant, well, now I have to pick an obligatory nude. True to his word, he only chose one nude to go into the show and it wasn’t one of the two that I entered. You never know…. I also put in a still life which I didn’t think was as good as either of the two nudes and it got in…

Red Koi, green Water


This is painted on smooth clayboard 6″ by 6″ $40.00 In intertested… go to for pay pal check out.

I spent the afternoon prepping boards and getting things ready for my entry into the Spring show. I try to enter several shows a year, because it helps keep my work fresh and I look forward to seeing what everyone has been painting all winter. I’ll post a picture of my painting if it gets in. cross your fingers!

Fast Moving Koi


8 by 8 sold To Marnie in Texas, Thank You

I ‘ve been getting our pool ready by getting the gate repaired, painting the fence and ordering new signs. Any day now people will be calling me because they want to lay out. Unfortunately the water looks like pond water. It isn’t too inviting to look at. Now if it were a Koi pond, I’d be right out there. I don’t lay out any more just because it seems my skin only wants to freckle ….Hey are those age spots? Ya think? Man, a girl can’t get a break.

I’ve been studying sail boats because I want to paint a scooner, if you have any good photos, let me know… I was down at the Marina today ( in Tega Cay) but of course all the sailboats are more like Dingys.

Spring Koi

6 by 6 watercolor on gessoed masonite $40.00 for pay pal link

I wish I knew how to say no. Lately, I’ve had lots of people asking me for things, big and small… like teach a class at the local high school, hang a show in the fall, chair another art group, write a magazine article, loan them some money for beer, mentor college fine art student for thesis project, assist national artist for their workshop in Charlotte, attend grand opening meeting. This are only the requests for the last week or two.

Now, one of these may stick out as a little different than the rest, sure its easy to spot, its the beer money. I guess I look like the type that will not dismiss them and will at least be nice when I say no if I do say no. Of course I have not been able to say no to any of these folks. Not just the person who comes to me for my spare change but all the others. This is why I tend to rush from one thing to the next. So,…..this year is my year to say no. I’m going to try to cherry pick these tasks and figure out which ones I really enjoy and which one are helping others. I do believe in providing service to others and volunteer to several groups now. The problem comes in when one groups hears you do something for free and they want in on it.

Now that I have written this plan down, I hope I can stick to this plan, I’ll still do things for others and yes I’ll still give my change to people who are down on their luck, (no,don’t write me for money, see I’ve already started))but I won’t say yes to everything that is asked of me.