Monday, December 21, 2009

Snow in the Fan #2

Second painting in the Winter WonderFAN series. I got lots of new subject matter this past weekend! This is the 2400 block of Hanover Ave.

About this painting:
media: oil on canvas
size: 5" x 5"
price: $130 (includes frame)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Not Painting Related - Quincy

My 14 year old diabetic kitty, Quincy, was diagnosed with a lower jaw tumor yesterday. It all started when he lost one of his few remaining teeth and what the vet and I thought was a root infection is now a tumor. Quincy had an insulin crash and was sent to the ER about 3 weeks ago and I had noticed his jaw was a bit swollen and pointed it out to the vets. They gave me antibiotics for it. I went to my vet a week later to check his blood and the swelling was still there. We talked about the infection and checking back to consult about surgery to get the root out. The vet mentioned casually maybe a tumor, but it seemed more likely an infection still. So, more antibiotics some pain meds (although he has never seemed in pain) and back home for another 10 days. I went in yesterday gripping myself more over the conversation of surgery and the cost only to be completely blindsided when the vet looked at him and immediately said, "cancer."

Aside from his lower jaw, he's his old laid back self. He's always has had quite the appetite and still does. I've never had anybody, human or pet, close in my life with cancer. This news has been extremely hard for me. Like all of you with your pets, I adore him and he's been with me through so much. I'm more needy than he is now! Please keep Quincy in your thoughts and prayers. Thanks, y'all. Court

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Snow in the Fan

On March 1, 2009, Richmond, VA finally got snow! Here's a painting from Rob's and my walk around the winter wonderFAN.

About this painting:
media: oil on canvas
size: 5" x 5"

Monday, October 12, 2009


Lily flower drawn for a family friend.

About this piece:
media: colored pencil, oil pastel on watercolor paper
size: 6" x 5"

Friday, October 9, 2009

Haystack Field in Round Lake, Canada

Haystacks in a field near Round Lake, Canada.

About this painting:
media: oil on gallery wrapped canvas ready to hang
size: 5" x 5"

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Tuckahoe Library Show

WNPG is having an art show at the Tuckahoe Library this month. Here are the pieces that I submitted. If you're in the area, come by and see our art!

Puffy Clouds in Round Lake, Canada

Here's another painting from a picture I took while in Canada. The clouds were spectacular that day. My favorite to paint.

About this painting:
media: oil on gallery wrapped canvas ready to hang
size: 5" x 5"

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Maymont Garden

Here's the second painting from my morning painting in Maymont's Japanese Garden. It will be seen in a WNPG show at the Tuckahoe Library, October 1-30.

About this painting:
media: oil on canvas
size: 10" x 10"
price: $115

Friday, September 18, 2009

Japanese Garden at Maymont

Here's the finished painting from my earlier post from my morning trip to Maymont's Japanese Garden. The flowers put on quite a show!

About this painting:
media: oil on canvas
size: 7'' x 5''

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Our Backyard Bluebird

I just finished this larger & more detailed male bluebird painting this morning.

About this painting:
media: oil on gallery wrapped canvas ready to hang
size: 8'' x 10''

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


I am doing small quick paintings to make myself focus less on details and more on loose brush strokes. Larger brushes, have also helped a lot. Today at the store I got lemons and apples to practice several still lifes. This painting I intended to take only 45 minutes. But, a hour and half later I realized I was fine tuning.

About this painting:

media: oil on canvas
size: 5'' x 5''

Sunday, September 6, 2009


This bluebird couple lives in my parents' backyard. They have had babies 3 times this summer. I love watching them as they interact with us, asking for their meal worms. It's also interesting watching the mom and dad work together taking care of the babies as they grow up. Their feathers are such a brilliant blue, especially the male bird, it was only fitting I painted them. They each are on their own canvas. I enjoyed painting them so much I plan to do more. One is in the works now!

About these paintings:
media: acrylic on canvas
size: 5'' x 5''

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Canada Landscape

Last summer Rob & I went on vacation to his family's cabin on Round Lake in Ontario, Canada. The landscape was beautiful offering so many opportunities for painting and taking lots of pictures. We went on a bike ride and the clouds that day were so big, white and puffy--my favorite!

About this painting:
media: oil on gallery wrapped canvas ready to hang
size: 5'' x 5''
price: $75

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Painting at Maymont

This morning, I decided to go to the Japanese Garden in Maymont and paint. It was a beautiful place for painting. I'll definitely go back and do more pieces. It's amazing somewhere so nice is so close to where I live. Hopefully, I'll be almost finished with the painting tonight at Wednesday Night Paint Group. (WNPG from now on)

Yesterday, I visited an art gallery and was amazed at the pieces there. I love the big, bold brushstrokes! I need to use larger brushes when I paint.

The eggplant has been completely redone. I decided it's not right; the way it's sitting next to the bowl, so la de da. The eggplant alone will look much better.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Happy Birthday, Stasia!!

Here are the 3 pieces that I made for Stasia's surprise birthday party this weekend.
They are acrylic on foam board.

bowl & eggplant

Last Thursday night, my friend, Shannon brought me an eggplant from her parent's garden. I had every intention of cooking a spectacular dinner for Rob & me Friday night, but it just didn't end up happening. So, I decided I'd cook it on Sunday. Again, didn't happen. Rob's playing tennis tonight so isn't happening again. So what to do with this eggplant?! I'll make it my first daily painting... It is still in progress, not quite feeling that it's finished yet.

About this painting:

media: acrylic on canvas
size: 10'' x 10''

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Getting an Expert Opinion

I worked more on the cats this morning. Quincy decided he wanted to get in my lap and give me some pointers.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Kitty Painting

My painting Wednesday Night Painting Group had guest pet portrait artist and teacher, Adele Castillo. We all brought in a pet picture we wanted to work on. She did a demo for us to see how to get started then walked around and helped us. I choose an old picture of my cats, Quincy & Bandy snuggled together on my bed. I've always loved this picture, but I didn't consider how hard it is to paint!!

The background was yellow and now I'm making it purple. I think the darker background makes the cats pop better. Right now, my trouble is defining their faces. I'm working in oil so it's taking a while for the paint to dry for me to continue on the next layer of paint. I have a long ways to go....I'll continue to post on it's progress. I believe for this painting, patience is key!!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Here goes nothing!

I just signed up on this blog site. Not sure who's really interested in my thoughts, ideas etc. but what the heck, I'll give it a try. I'm currently working on a painting of my two cats. It's been a work in progress forever. I keep thinking hopefully I'll get in the zone with it soon! My group (WNPG) has a couple of art shows coming up this fall so I also need to get the kitties finished for that.

After the kitties, I want to do a painting of my shih-tzu, Pepper. Next, I'll paint a gem of an alley I found in the fan on a walk one day. It was like a secret garden. Fortunately, I had my camera and took a bunch of pictures. I'll post pictures when I figure out how all this works!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

My parent's recently took a trip to Ireland. Dad took some photos and this highland cow was included in his collection.

I thought it would make a great painting for him.