Saturday, November 24, 2007

Hummingbird Topiery

I made this topiery over this past summer. I just recently put together the flower pot for Thanksgiving as the hummingbird looked as though it needed some flowers. Living in So. California you can have flowering pots outside pretty much all year. Even the hummingbirds are still buzzing around their feeder. I enjoy mixing my creativity with gardening and home design. I'm so happy with the Rosemary plant that I used as it is filling in quickly.

Saturday, November 17, 2007


This is just a fun painting of our family dog, Roxie. We adopted her about 5 years ago and is now such a big part of our family! She's a border collie mix (mutt)! She's a great dog who enjoys running with us, playing tug a war and loves a great treat!

"Painting" A Portrait

Yes, I'm just calling it "painting" a portrait again! I enjoy a challenge. That is what this has become. I know I'll get it of these days.

Thursday, November 15, 2007


This is the portrait that I've been "retouching". This isn't even a current picture of it. I took this picture yesterday morning but later "retouched" it. Yes, I'm about to "retouch" it again. I guess I should just say "painting" at this point. I'm liking how she's looking now. I don't think I like the background though. Sometimes I need to stop painting a picture and walk away from it for a while to see the mistakes. I'll post a newer version tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

3 More Small Paintings

Today I've been getting 3 more paintings ready to send back east. My favorite is the apples. I've been trying to incorporate antiques in some of these small still lives since they'll be hanging in an antique store. These panels are 5x7 and mounted similar to the other ones I did. I've been enjoying painting the details of these small works. I've been talking to my dad about making frames (from old wood) for me for these small paintings. I think by adding a handmade old rustic wood frame would add more charm.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Still life Paintings

6"x8" canvas panels framed

Here are several small still lives I painted for my friend's antique shop back east. The "Rooster" has sold. I had fun painting these. I cut to size canvas sheets and painted those a golden color. I gave the canvas sheets an antique leather "look" to them. I then spray mounted the panel in the center. The frames are store bought and I just removed the glass. They look quite nice once put together.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

My First Post

"Winnie and Matthew" 14"x11" oil on canvas - nfs

This painting is one that I have previously done. It's of my mother-in-law and son. I love this painting and wanted to share it with you. I love painting portraits! I did, however, put aside painting portraits for awhile to paint a few small still lives for my friend's antique shop back east. I'll post a few of those later. I have just started a new portrait and I'm retouching another.
I love to retouch! Or should I say I never know when to stop.