Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sweet Anna

Feeling a little melancholy...the weather is rainy and chilly.  A reminder that winter is soon to come.  I shouldn't complain, I know, especially since we could live in New Jersey or Vermont.   The destruction out there is something else.  So, I painted Anna to cheer me up.  Enjoy!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Myah and the Lily

Had to take advantage of this sweet little pic of my granddaughter.  She does look sweet here doesn't she?  I did a simple painting this time.  I tried some post processing, but it didn't look right.  Sometimes you should just let things be.

A beautiful day in Minnesota today!

Monday, August 22, 2011


This is Leo.  Leo hasn't been feeling well lately.  He was just diagnosed with Lyme's Disease and he's also getting up in years--15 years old. He was looking pretty haggard in the image I was working from, so I made sure to restore him to his former glory.  I'm posting three different crops, two of which I did a lot of post processing on...those are posted on FineArtAmerica.  You can order greeting cards and prints HERE.  Anyway, I thought he had such a sweet expression, I just had to paint him.

We are having beautiful weather here in Minnesota, although we will be getting super hot in the next couple of days.  I just can't get over how quickly life is passing by--it's almost scary--and, only 4 more months til Christmas.  Oh My Goodness!  Anyway, I hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

Friday, August 19, 2011


This is Lady.  It is thought that Lady is half Doberman and half Grey Hound and is a rescue. Her human mom says this about Lady: "She does not have an aggressive or mean cell in her body. I could take a steak out of her mouth and she would let me. She’s very sensitive and runs and hides if she thinks we’re angry at her or anything else. When she does screw up and she knows it, she will slink over to you and put her head in your lap....her way of apologizing."  

You can purchase greeting cards and prints Here.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit animal rescue organizations.  If you are interested in having your pet portrait done, please send me a digital (jpg) copy of the image at I'd love to paint your pet.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Barn at Afton

I've been itching to paint a landscape and thought I'd go back to the images I took while down in St. Francisville.  This barn is situated on what is left of the Afton Plantation which is now a huge botanical garden.  I remember the day I took this hot and the humidity was so high.  They were also in a drought even though the flood gates had been opened on the levees, and miles and miles of land and homes were underwater.  Anyway, here is a painted version of the image.

We are having an awesome day today.  I actually have the house open and there is a cool breeze coming in, and I'm off to babysit the grand kids.  I hope you are having a lovely day.

Monday, August 15, 2011


Well, I had to paint Winston again, this  time I chose a more neutral palette.  I've been trying to come up with other methods and styles.  I will again be offering greeting cards and reproductions here.  If you would like to see your pet painted, just send me a nice jpg via email. A portion of the proceeds will benefit animal rescue organizations.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

I realized I hadn't painted Myah for awhile, so I nabbed this photo off our daughter's blog from a recent vacation they took.  In addition to rowing, Myah is becoming quite the fisher-woman and a regular water-bug as well.  I thought she looked rather fashionable here with her stylish pink shades and her curls glowing in the sun.  She is and will always be one of my favorite subjects to paint.  So here she is.

Just a reminder that if you would like to have your pet portrait painted, please do send me a cute digital jpg.  Proceeds from the sale will benefit animal rescue organizations and I will also send you a copy of the portrait as well.

Here's hoping everyone is having a awesome day!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Miss Molly

This is Miss Molly.  Miss Molly belongs to a blogger friend who graciously allowed me to paint her precious pup.  I have to admit, however, that she was easy to paint as the image of her was so wonderful to begin with.  Molly's owner, Kate, says that  Molly is almost 7 years old and is a very sweet girl.  "She loves to run and her favorite thing to do is to try to herd us over to her food bowl!" Kate says.  I can just see her trying to do just that.  Don't we have such clever animals?  Anyway, here is Molly's portrait. She's a beauty!

If you would like to have your pet portrait painted, please send a jpg image to me at  Proceeds from any sales will benefit animal adoption/rescue organizations.  I will also send you copy of the painting as a thank you for allowing me to use your image.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Ciara's Last Day of Soccer

So, we finally made it to Ciara's soccer game. Good too, because it was her last.  I brought my camera with my telephoto lens and set up down near the goal.  The mosquitoes found me promptly...millions of them.  So, in the midst of all this I see her traveling toward me, I put the camera to my eye and start shooting, my setting on continuous. And then my battery died after 12 shots.  But...I think I got the shot even though I had to remove a player that was covering half her body.  So here it is.

I  hop everyone has a wonderful day!

Saturday, August 6, 2011


This is Winston.  Winston belongs to my son, Eric, and his wife, Anne.   Winston is a mixed breed--Pug and Pekinese--or Puginese for short.  He's still a puppy and according to Anne, is still quite exhausting.  I think he's just cute, cute, cute. 

You can purchase prints or greeting cards HERE.  As with my other animal paintings, proceeds will benefit animal rescue organizations.

I hope everyone has an awesome weekend.  Happy Saturday!

Thursday, August 4, 2011


This is Oscar.  Oscar belongs to a former neighbor whom we miss very much.  Oscar has been known to dress up for Halloween as The Oscar Meyer Wiener.  Oscar is a Toy Dachshund and so, so, cute. 

You can order prints or greeting cards HERE.  Proceeds from sales will benefit Animal Rescue Organizations.  If you would like to have your pet portrait painted with proceeds benefiting rescue  organizations, please send me digital jpg's of your pet at .  Please include information about your pet also.

I hope everyone has an awesome day!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Baby Anna Renee

Introducing Anna Renee, our newest grandchild.  She's about 4 weeks old now and I'm looking forward to painting more of her.  By the way, she's our fourth grandchild.  Her mother took this image along with several of her big brother, and I thought this painting is representative of how we see her mostly...sleeping.  So, here we go...Anna Renee...Love that name!

I hope everyone is having an awesome day!  We are having a great weather day-low humidity.YEA!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Cody Girl

This is Cody Girl who belongs to my blogger friend, Kimmie.  Kimmie is the owner and administrator of Digital Whisper where challenges are posted in several different groups each week.  You can find a button for Digital Whisper on the right, if interested.  We have a great time over there and learn a lot, too!

As with the other canine paintings, you can order greeting cards and prints from Fine Art America.  And part of the proceeds will benefit animal rescue organizations.

I hope everyone is having an awesome day.  We had torrential rains earlier today...lot's of thunder, but it did cool things down a bit.