Thursday, June 25, 2015


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I painted this picture from another photo taken on the University of Oklahoma campus.  I've been thinking lately that I should stick with one type of thing to roses or apples or some other subject and practice, practice, practice.  I'd probably learn a lot but I'm always seeing something new that I want to paint.  Good thing I'm painting a little (almost) every day so that I get lots of opportunities!  

I'm getting ready to start a painting that a friend commissioned me to do and I have family coming to visit this weekend...yay!  So I might not be posting much for the next several days.  

Original acrylic painting on 8x8 wrapped canvas.  

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Gone Fishin'

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My daughter is taking a long nap today so I was able to paint this picture from start to finish in one sitting.  I love it when I'm able to do that!  This painting is part of the daily paint works challenge that I mentioned in my blog yesterday.  It is a weekly challenge and my second one to complete.  I'm so glad I came across it because it's really pushed me to try new things and been a great opportunity to learn from others.  Once it is reviewed, it will be posted online here

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Walk on Campus- SOLD

Zach and I took this photo one evening while taking a walk on the University of Oklahoma's campus.  We took it the same night that we took the photo of the magnolia blossom.  I still have more that I want to paint from that night but I'm hoping to work on another daily paintworks challenge tomorrow and get that posted soon!   This painting definitely has its flaws but I like it overall.  I thought it would be so fun to paint the red phone booth!

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Magnolia Blossom

My husband and I snapped a picture of this magnolia blossom a couple of weekends ago during a date night.  We grabbed pad thai "to go", ate outside on the University of Oklahoma's campus and took a walk!  We actually took several photos that night and I'm hoping to paint more from our walk soon.  I already started on a painting of a red phone booth on the north oval, but had to stop because the little one woke up from her nap!  Plan to finish it tomorrow!  

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

White Picket Fence Challenge

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I've been working on this painting for a couple of days because I haven't had as much time to paint this week!  Busy with my little one and my part time job.  I painted this to enter a painting challenge on the website  You can check it out here  This website posts weekly challenges.  From what I understand, you don't win anything, but you get to post your painting on their website.  For me, it was also a good opportunity to try something new! 

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Side Yard

I never really pay attention to the side of our yard, but over the weekend I pulled into our drive way and thought "Hmmm...maybe I could paint that!"  Didn't like how it was looking when I started out but it got better as I added more and more shades of green.  I love green...such a peaceful color!  Another fun fact...I'm learning more about color mixing.  I painted this whole canvas without using any green paint.  Just mixtures of blues, yellows, reds and white!

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Companions- Sold

I've had so much trouble trying to paint anything red but I finally found a color that I like...Cadmium Red Medium.  I used that and some Cadmium Red Light for the more saturated parts of the tomatoes.  
When I bought these tomatoes at the grocery store I really only needed one but I thought I should keep them together.  They looked like little me!

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The initial sketch of this painting

A few people have asked me how I got into painting. About 25 years ago, I took oil painting classes for a year or two (ugh...shows my age!)  Every once in a while I would talk with my husband about how I would like to paint again but there just never seemed to be a good opportunity or space to try it.

This past Christmas he gave me acrylic paints and brushes as a gift.  I was really excited but completely intimidated!  I barely looked at it for over a month.  Then a woman at my church hosted a "Word and Palette" session one afternoon and my friend and I decided to go to it together.  It was my first time to use acrylic paints.  The painting below was what I made.

That experience gave me the little push I needed to begin experimenting with the paints that I'd received for Christmas.  The painting below is the first painting I did at home with my new paints.  It has a lot of personal significance to honor of my son who passed away at 8 weeks old.  It's the hope that I've clung to over the last few years as I've walked the path of grief and loss.  

After that I started creating some paintings that were inspired by Rifle Paper Co.  

But I had the itch to try painting more loosely and so a couple of months ago I sat down at my kitchen table (aka my "studio" ha!) and painted this.  

It was so fun!  So I kept painting more freely and haven't looked back!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Citrus Bouquet- SOLD

Painting bouquets of flowers feels the most natural of all the things I've attempted to paint (which isn't much yet!).  I think it's because there is a lot of grace and not a ton of precision.  I love the pops of orange in this painting...and the green...and the white.  I guess I like it all!  

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Thursday, June 11, 2015


I should have painted this picture before "Summer Slice" since this was the watermelon before I opened it up!  Thankful for summer, though looking forward to cooler temperatures next week!

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Summer Slice

My second attempt of a still life done at home.  Snapped a picture real quick while cutting up some watermelon for lunch the other day.  I like that the colors are cheerful in this painting.  Gets me in the mood for summer!  And yes...I do have slightly purple countertops in my kitchen...yikes!

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Cup of Joe

If you know me, you know that I love waking up to my morning coffee.  Probably a little too much!

This painting was my first attempt to set up a still life at home.  The setting up and picture taking was done very quickly because I had my two year old daughter "helping" me.  Ha!  She loves anything to do with a camera.  

It was also my first time to paint a coffee cup.  I have so much to learn but I'm glad that it actually looks like a cup!  I would love to paint my next still life on a different surface though.  Don't really love the darkness of the wood.  

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Purple Bouquet- SOLD

Finished this painting last night but had to wait until daylight to snap a pic!  I also painted another bird a couple of days ago but didn't like how it turned out so it didn't make the blog.  Ha!  

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Coming Storm

This painting is my first in what I hope to be a series of daily (almost) paintings.  I'm excited and a little nervous but look forward to learning and growing a lot as an artist!  Drove through rain off and on as I traveled to Texas this past weekend.  I never like driving in the rain but the landscape was beautiful.  

Original Acrylic Painting on 8x10 wrapped canvas.  Available for purchase here