Monday, May 8, 2017

Beach Bloom

"Beach Bloom"
8 x 10 inches oil on board
Prickly but pretty yellow blooms leading the way to the beach. A haven for the birds and bugs. I like the natural beach best with the dunes left untouched.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ocean Sky

The wind and the waves and the clouds drifting by, taking all the cares of the day with them. Layers of oil paint with texture scraped away and layered again. I can almost feel the sand in my toes.
oil on deep gallery wrap canvas.
36 x 36 inches

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Yucca Fields

Sometimes when painting plein air the wind and bugs are so overwhelming that by the end of a painting session I am incredibly underwhelmed by my painting. I woke up this morning with the answer to my struggles. This is my studio piece created from my day painting yucca at White Rock.
Yucca Field
Oil on canvas
10 x 10 inches

Friday, April 7, 2017

Bluebonnet Time

Ahh, bluebonnet time in Texas, the time of the year that all True Texan bleed blue. The annual trip to find the best field of bluebonnets. I didn't have to travel far for this one. This lot where an old house once stood is now covered with bluebonnets for the neighborhood's enjoyment. My daily walk takes me by this lovely scene.
oil on canvas
9 x 12 inches

Monday, March 6, 2017

Austin Airstream

"Austin Airstream"
Just sitting there all alone, an abandoned dream, or maybe hoping for future explorations. A symbol of the American dream. Airstreams always remind me of Tom Robbins and Skinny Legs and All.
Pastel on paper 6 x 6 inches

Friday, February 17, 2017

New Mexico Overlook

More beautiful New Mexico Skies. Gold and blue, the clouds and blue skies go on forever in the distance. The clouds blow by with the wind in your ears.
pastel on paper 6 x 6 inches.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Pecos River Overlook

The Pecos River, a breath of life running through New Mexico on the drive into Roswell. Just a quick stop but the life giving water fills the landscape with color as it winds through the parched land.
pastel on paper approx 8 x 8.5 inches.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Somewhere in New Mexico

pastel on paper 6 x 6 inches
Somewhere in New Mexico, the long drive, the amazing scenery, heading north from Santa Fe. It's easy to get lost in the subtle colors here. The sky goes on forever with the shadow of the mountains as a baseline.
Auction with daily paintworks

Saturday, February 4, 2017


Pastel on paper approx 6 x 6 inches
My drive every morning but some mornings the scene awakens with golden light amid the morning rush.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Happy Hens

pastel on paper 6 x 6 inches
set up in online auction through dailypaintworks
I had the honor of spending a beautiful but chilly morning at the Paca D'Lites Ranch with chickens, alpacas, phoebe the pyrenees, ducks, rabbits and more. The alpacas were adorable with such personality and I can't wait to paint them all. One reminded me a little of Prince but I can't remember her name. Just chickens for today. These are happy lucky chickens that roam free and only lay eggs if they feel like it, pronouncing their victory for all who will listen.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Blaze of Glory

Found this tree hanging on in a blaze of glory on its tiny island at Seven Islands State Birding park in East Tn. I had hoped to make it back there with painting supplies in tow but working from photos will have to do for now.
Pastel on paper aprox. 5.5 x 5.5 inches

Monday, December 19, 2016

This Old House

"This Old House"
pastel on pastel board
5 x 7 inches
This old house, stripped down to light and shadow, old boards and memories. The wood holds the scent of the past and memories of a different way of life.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Just Beachy

Just the beach on a warm windy day. Sun on my skin and wind in my hair. Sea salt in my nose. Love it every day and in every season. Good therapy today and every day.
oil on deep gallery wrap canvas.
24 x 24 inches

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Just a Tree

Just a tree by a lake on a fall day in Dallas, Texas. Sailboats sitting hopeful in the background, waiting for the wind to pick up enough to be taken out for a sail.
pastel on paper
6 x 6 inches

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Rain Delay

Daily painting 6 x 7 inches
pastel on paper
The crowd and rowers endure the drizzle and wind waiting and hoping for a break in the rain to continue the day's races. Rowing, a brutal sport, not for the faint of heart or fair weather sports fans.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Watch the Rigger

Daily painting
5 x 5 inches pastel on paper
Summer rowing at the boathouse. It heats up fast in Texas but if you get up early enough it isn't too bad. At least the sunshine comes early and then it's time to retire inside for a tall cold glass of water.
Not a bad way to start the day with the slight breeze and flat water.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Lobster House

"Lobster House"
pastel on paper 5 x 5 inches
unframed $100.00
Lobster cages piled up waiting for their chance to go to sea. There is always work to be done here for the lobster fishermen who wake up early to drop their traps onto the ocean floor and return later with high hopes for dinner or their daily haul.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Calle D Santa Ana

pastel on paper 5 x 5"
unframed $100.00
A hot day in New Orleans, not a breeze in sight. Crossing Calle D Santa Ana now St Ann Street.  There is definitely some history in this old city and I bet there would be some tales to be told if the walls could talk!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Plein air by Night

pastel on board 5 x 7
Plein air by night. Overlooking the beach from the condo balcony when the crowds have dissipated and the sound of crashing waves replace the cacophony of voices and bird cries.  I think I may like the beach even better at night than during the day. Peaceful and not as hot, a place to unwind and let life's responsibilities float away.

Friday, July 22, 2016


Daily painting
5x5 pastel on paper

There's nothing like a day at the beach to relax and read and just chill from the weeks events - or in my case the years events. Any beach requires almost a full day of driving from Dallas, TX, but once I arrive, I leave my troubles behind. Even with crowds and sweat, it's worth the effort. Hot, crowded and sandy but good for the soul.