Thursday, July 28, 2011


This is Rosebud. Blogger friend Haley sent me this photo of her mother's Boston Terrier Mix.  Rosebud was adopted from the Lynchburg, VA Humane Society.  When I began to paint her, I just felt her to be full of color.  I love that one ear is standing up and the other is flopped over.  So cute.  As with my other pup paintings, this one is also available on Fine Art America.  You may purchase Greeting Cards and reproductions HERE.  A portion of the proceeds will  benefit Animal Welfare Organizations.

I am still looking for great pet images to paint...and not just dogs.  I'll paint cats, kitties, birds, really anything.  Please feel free to send me you pet pics or other cute animal pics.  My email address is

I hope everyone is having a great day.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Zoe and Pauli

This is Zoe and Pauli. They were both adopted mutts--Zoe from a Humane Society in Virginia and Pauli from the Animal Protection League in Cleveland, OH.  They belong to Haley, who heard that I was looking for pet photos to paint. I'm so happy at how they turned out.  As with Liza Jane from my earlier post, I will be posting this on Fine Art America, with some of the proceeds going to support Animal Welfare Organizations.  You can purchase greeting cards and reproductions HERE

And, if you have some cute photos of your pets and would like to see them painted, please send them to me at

Here's hoping you all have a wonderful day!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Liza Jane Waiting For Her Brothers

This is Liza Jane.  Liza Jane belongs to my new blog friend Becky and her family of humans.  This is the first pet portrait that I have listed on Fine Art America where those who desire can purchase prints, canvases and greeting cards, while some of the proceeds from the sales of the paintings' benefit Animal Welfare such as the Animal Humane Society.  Here is the link: Greeting Cards/Reproductions

I will always be looking for new pets to paint; dogs, cats, birds, so please send your jpg's to my email address at

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sweet Sammy

I've been so full of nostalgia lately, painting Eric from an old photo, and now a painting of Sammy, our pup from years ago.  We didn't have Sammy for very long as he got sick and died, but we remember him fondly and we remember him often.  This painting was from a snap taken shortly after he got sick.

If you have a digital jpg of a pet, I'm looking for new images to practice with, and to possibly sell as greeting cards in the future.  Proceeds from sales will benefit animal welfare organizations.

Have a wonderful day!   To purchase Greeting Cards/Reproductions  A portion of the proceeds will benefit animal welfare organizaitons.

Monday, July 18, 2011

My Son.....23 Years Ago

I don't know why, but I decided to go through my photo albums of when my son was a youngster.  I remembered this photo immediately.  It was taken down in Sanibel where we went for Spring vacation every year.  Taking these vacations will be forever etched in my mind because Eric loved being down there so much.  He especially liked swimming in the "blue pool".  Anyway, I decided to scan this 4 x 6 photo in, enlarged it, enhanced in photoshop and then painted in Corel Painter.  He was such a sweet, happy kid.  While painting this, I was remembering all the fun times we had when he was a kid.

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Papou and Granddaughter

We recently went to the amusement park at the Mall of America with our daughter and her family... and actually remembered to bring our little point and shoot.  This is one of the pics I took of the hubs and our granddaughter, Mari.  The hubs, of course, said:  Couldn't you get rid of my double chin?  I told him that digital painters aren't allowed to do plastic surgery.  He did like the painting, though.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Baby Golfer

The other day I followed the hubs to the driving range to meet our son and grandson to practice hitting golf balls.  Of course, I thought to bring the camera and was able to take several pictures of our baby golfer.  By the way, he just turned two!  I can't believe how he's able to stay focused! In addition to golfing, he has a great throwing arm.  He's amazing, and sweet too!  Love him!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

A Flower in Your Hair

Sweet baby girl and her Mom.  So photogenic and easy to paint.  I hope she never tires of Grandma Jane constantly taking photos.  Love you, Mari.

This is a painting done for a challenge at Digital Whisper.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Butler Greenwood Plantation

Today's painting is from an image I took while down at the workshop in Louisiana.  I actually combined two images for this painting.  In keeping with what we learned at the workshop, I used the Sargent brush to add paint and then blended the whole painting with this brush, as well.  I next went through three stages of muck ups using Scott's Sargent Brush, Den's Funky Chunky, Sharon's Dry Edge and a several other messy brushes, and eventually did an emerge to bring back some of the painting.  Finally, I made adjustments and blended several of the different layers together using different composites. 

It seems like ages ago since I went to this workshop, but it's only been about a month.  This is the plantation we stayed at which the heir and owner developed into a bed and breakfast.  Together with the cook's cottage she built several other cottages that serve to house those who are staying with her.  My cottage was called the Tree House.

Another tidbit of information is that the owner, Anne Butler, was shot five times by her husband about ten years ago and he then stood over her for several hours waiting for her to die.  She didn't, of course, and he was eventually convicted and sent to prison where he died of natural causes.  Another interesting fact is that for several years, he had been the Warden of Angola Prison.

Anne butler has written a book, which I purchased while down there, called "Weep For The Living" which details her ordeal and what she has had to go through to survive her injuries.  Anyway, this painting is from images taken right outside the front of the main house.  The style of painting we learned lends itself to the plantation's surroundings, I think.  Anyway, thought you might be interested in a little history.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Mother and The Queen for the Day

Continuing with the Father's Day paintings, I just realized that I had forgot to post this one.  This is our daughter Dena and, of course, The Queen for the Day.  Honestly, I didn't take a bad photo that that's a first.

At the moment, the Hubs and I are up near Nisswa on Gull Lake...something we do for his birthday/Fourth of July celebration.  We stay at a place called the Quarterdeck and love it.  We just got in from a morning of boating on this large lake.  Mark threw in a line, but sadly, no catch.  I was able to take quite a few pics, however, I've not processed them yet.  Will hopefully post some paintings from this mornings images in a day or so.  Til then, I hope everyone is have a glorious day.