New sketchbook!

openboundsketchbookWhat is more fun than getting new art supplies? I bought a new sketchbook to keep in my car this week. It looked like this:

Pretty boring, even for my car scribble sketchbook. I thought about sketching something cool on it but didn’t want it to become too precious since this one really does get scribbled in. Gluestick and magazine clippings to the rescue!

Now it looks like this:

sketchbookcoversketchbookspineI may add more to it as I use it but now it is much more me.

Sketches & Red Shoes

red shoes waitingSorry I’ve been neglecting the blog a bit, lately! This is my latest painting, Red Shoes Waiting, 12″x12″ oil on panel. It’s currently in a local show but will be available in June.

And a couple of sketches for Sunday Sketches, too! Hubby and I stopped for coffee amidst the errands yesterday. Well, he had coffee and I had a bottle of water. It doesn’t look like him, (he said to say that) but I didn’t have my glasses with me. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it. The pooch is our ancient Boston Terrier, Sophie. She’s about 200 years old but still chasing lizards and crickets. She just takes very long naps in between.

cheap thrillssophie

Winding Road


What is it about winding country roads? They are just so much more inviting that a straight road. Not much fun to drive on when you get car sick though, LOL. But so nice to look at. This is 6″x8″, oil on 3/8″ thick hardboard backed canvas. It is available on my Daily Paintworks page.

ETA: I realized the photo wasn’t as clear as it should be so I retook it. My camera always tells me I am shaking, so for once I actually dragged the tripod out of the closet and used it. Guess what? It still said I was shaking! That thing hates me.

On the Rocks

rockswaterwebI am so ready for spring! I enjoyed painting this water but thinking about dipping my toes in made me shiver. This is 8×10, oil on gessoboard panel. You can see it larger, and even buy it if interested, here. And that would be great because I badly need some new paintbrushes, LOL. Hope you like it!

If I can’t have sunshine, I’ll have red tulips.

redtulipswebIt’s been cold and gray and wet. I’ve been working on some paintings for a workshop I’m taking that have not been to my taste or style. All dark backgrounds and chiaroscuro effect still lifes. It was getting me down a bit. I decided I needed to paint something small and bright and cheerful to get out of my funk. This is the way I like my tulips best, not standing straight and tight like regimented soldiers but open and blowzy and bright. I feel better now. :)  You can see close-ups or buy it at Daily Paintworks. 6×6 oil on panel.