Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Another Day




"Another Day"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 4x4 in




I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles. - Audrey Hepburn

Thursday, November 19, 2015

My Voice




My Voice
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 4x4 in



If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint - Edward Hopper

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Pensive




Pensive

acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in



The human heart has hidden treasures, In secret kept, in silence sealed; The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures, Whose charms were broken if revealed - Charlotte Bronte

Friday, November 13, 2015

Will You Like Me?



Will You Like Me?

acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in


As a child you want to be liked and included.  But then you grow up, and wanting to be liked isn't as important as it used to be.  Or maybe that is just something we tell ourselves.  Social media is filled with like buttons.  Perhaps at the heart of it is that desire to still know "Will You Like Me?"

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Shoes Off


Shoes Off
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 6x6 in




With the "shoes off" it becomes less about them and more about the child who wears them.

Acrylic Artist, Winter 2015


Acrylic Artist, Winter 2015 features "Less is More" a 10 page article sharing my small (but powerful) portraits! This magazine is a fantastic resource for the acrylic artist or those wishing to try it. Download the issue in digital format immediately http://www.northlightshop.com/acrylic-artist-winter-2015-di… or pre-order the magazine issue at http://www.northlightshop.com/acrylic-artist-winter-2015.
Thank you to Patty Craft (editor) and Brett Ortler for writing such a fabulous piece!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Heavenly


Heavenly
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 4x4 in




Every act, every deed of justice and mercy and benevolence, makes heavenly music in Heaven - Ellen G. White

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Color Washed


"Color Washed"
acrylic on ampersand gessobord - 5x5 in



The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts. - Marcus Aurelius

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

She Paused

She Paused
acrylic on gessobord - 5x5 in

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"He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed."
Albert Einstein

Friday, September 18, 2015

Trying For Patience


Trying For Patience
4x4 in, acrylic on gessobord



"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." 

John Quincy Adams

Monday, September 14, 2015

Awaiting My Turn


Awaiting My Turn 
acrylic on gessobord - 5x5 in

"Awaiting My Turn" because even though what I long for seems slow in coming, I wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Tell Me Again

Tell Me Again, 4x4 in, acrylic on gessobord

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I need you to "Tell Me Again" that when truth is present, the most amazing strength comes, and I learn to sing in the ordinary days and ways.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

I Just Have To Think

I Just Have To Think, 5x5 inches, acrylic on gessobord
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Sometimes I just have to think...

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Borrowed Memories

Borrowed Memories, 5x5 in, acrylic on gessobord
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"Keep all special thoughts and memories for lifetimes to come. Share these keepsakes with others to inspire hope and build from the past, which can bridge to the future."

-Mattie Stepanek

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Nurture

Nurture - 4x4 inches, acrylic on gessobord

My heart is yours.  As long as I am here, I will "Nurture" you with everything I am.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Dog Days Of Summer

The Dog Days Of Summer, 5x7 inches, acrylic on gessobord

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of the summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone. There is no thunder, no relieving rain. These are strange and breathless days, the dog days...” 
― Natalie BabbittTuck Everlasting

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Savor The Moment

Savor The Moment  - 5x5 inches, acrylic on gessobord 

Hours, days, and weeks can fly by as if they were mere seconds if I forget to "Savor The Moment." 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope - 5x5 inches, acrylic on gessobord

Life is full of gifts.  Simply open your eyes to the constantly changing patterns and sequences of objects and colors.  Your "Kaleidoscope" before you!

Friday, July 31, 2015

I Will Build It Again

I Will Build It Again - 4x4 inches, acrylic on gessobord

I built a sandcastle on the beach of my dreams. The elements came and knocked it down. Like a child, I will smile, and "I Will Build It Again."

Saturday, July 11, 2015

In Paris

In Paris - 5x7 inches, acrylic on gessobord

It seemed like such a good idea at first - that is until my shoulder and back begin to ache.  How could I go to Paris and not carry my fantastic, but incredibly huge and heavy camera everywhere.  As I was sitting, thinking that perhaps I could have left it at home, I looked up and there she was.  I simply had to paint her.  Light, colors, everything perfect - not to mention that she was "In Paris" and so was I, with a camera that was suddenly not nearly as heavy!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015

June's Memory


June's Memory - 5x7, acrylic on gessobord

"And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days." --James Russell Lowell

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Lost In Thought

Lost In Thought - 4x4 inches, acrylic on gessobord

"Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves" -- Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Take Notice


Take Notice - 4x4 inches, acrylic on gessobord


People are all around - hoping for someone to "Take Notice."

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Sunshine


Sunshine - 4x4 inches, acrylic on gessobord

'Keep your face to the "Sunshine" and you cannot see a shadow.'
- Helen Keller 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Underneath It All


Underneath It All - 4x4 inches, acrylic on gessobord

So many expressions to wear - happy, sad, afraid - to name a few.  Who is "Underneath It All?" - I am.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

One Day Soon


One Day Soon - 5x5 inches, acrylic on gessobord

So close - not long now.  Always waiting, always ready; because "One Day Soon" your moment will come.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Memphis Dreaming



Memphis Dreaming - 5x5 inches, acrylic on gessobord

There is nothing quite like "Memphis Dreaming!"

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Handle With Care


Handle With Care - 4x4 inches, acrylic on gessobord

Walking into a department store, I have often seen the stickers on fragile merchandise.  I cannot help but wonder what life would be like if "Handle With Care" stickers were placed on every living thing - in my mind, they already are!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

What I See


What I See - 4x4 inches, acrylic on gessobord

Look around. Take it all in - then look again - only this time see "What I See."

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Impression



Impression - 4x4 inches, acrylic on gessobord

The email should have never been opened. It began 'Dear Daughter, I am writing this to tell you what a disappointment you have been, you who were our pride and joy when you were born.' It was nothing new - a lifetime of trying to please without success. But true love makes a stronger "Impression" and gives the power to overcome.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Closer Look


A Closer Look- 4x4 inches, acrylic on gessobord

Oh what amazing color and form! One brushstroke says so much. There is no way around it - one must lean in and take "A Closer Look."

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Farm Girl




I love seeing the progression of a painting- from the excitement of the first stroke up until the satisfaction of the last.  It is a journey unlike any other.  The best part- I get to start it all over again!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Companions

Companions- 4x4 inches, acrylic on gessobord

Give me a quiet nook in nature, along with a good book, and I will have found my "Companions" for the day.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Explore With Me


Explore With Me - 4x4 inches, acrylic on gessobord

Open your eyes and you will see beauty all around - butterflies coming and going; sweet and fragrant grass; flowers lifting heads toward the sun. There is no better time than this to "Explore With Me."

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Confidences


Confidences- 4x4 inches, acrylic on gessobord
Cherished memories held deep in my heart, full of life, taking me back to a sweeter time when "Confidences" were exchanged and kept.

Friday, April 3, 2015

What I Kept


What I Kept- 5x5 inches, acrylic on gessobord

Though much was lost throughout the suffering, "What I Kept" was considerably more - dignity, honor, courage, hope, faith, and love.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spontaneous


Spontaneous- 4x4 inches, acrylic on gessobord

Her hair was pulled back oh so pretty, however, a bow was needed. The clip was undone, to find one with a bow, and her loose hair cascaded over her face. Wait! That's it- "Spontaneous!"

Friday, March 27, 2015

Expectations Unraveled



Expectations Unraveled- 4x4 inches, acrylic on gessobord

This was not the painting I intended on doing. The image planned in my mind did not match up with the image on the surface in front of me. All at once I knew that "Expectations Unraveled" had turned out to indeed be a good thing.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Freckles


Freckles- 4x4, acrylic on gessobord

You are special and unique! No one else is exactly like you- even your "Freckles" are one of a kind.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Persevere


Persevere- 4x4 inches, acrylic on gessobord

I will not become discouraged. I will not let obstacles hinder my purpose. I will not give up. I will continue steadfastly and I will "Persevere!"

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Heart Within


The Heart Within- 5x5 inches, acrylic on gesso board

"It is never too late to be wise."- Daniel Defoe
Life is a great teacher to "The Heart Within."

Friday, March 6, 2015

A Baby's Portrait


Finished commission 11x14, acrylic on linen canvas

a bittersweet experience- painting a dear baby who left this earth too soon

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Paint Me, Please


Paint Me, Please- 4x4 inches, acrylic on gesso board

I look, and I am moved to a place of wonder. Colors, textures, lines and form all arrest my attention. A voice is calling and I must listen- "Paint Me, Please."

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Red Hair Bow


The Red Hair Bow- 4x4 inches, acrylic on gesso board

A rainbow of colors to wear in the hair- blue, yellow, pink, orange, green and purple just to name a few.  But there is none to compare to "The Red Hair Bow."

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sweetness


Sweetness- 4x4 inches, acrylic on gesso board

Pleasing, agreeable, delightful, amiable, kind, gracious, dear, and beloved. Whatever word one chooses, life is made beautiful by those that introduce "Sweetness" into it. They are perfume to the soul!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Out-of-doors


Out-of-doors- 5x5 inches, acrylic on gesso board

Outdoors is still a happy place. Fresh air, wide open spaces, green grass, and lots to do! It seems to me that when looking for boys, most often they can be found "Out-of-doors."  Click here to buy!