Sunday, May 19, 2019


This is another kitty I couldn’t resist painting. I usually do plain solid backgrounds, so it was fun to try some furniture and throw pillows. I may touch up the chest fur a bit, I’m not sure it’s quite right.

Annie - Acrylic on 6x8 in. gessobord 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019


This was a tricky commission. The photo the owner wanted to use had lighting that made the dog look like a chocolate lab, but the other provided photos showed - and the owner confirmed - the dog was actually charcoal gray. I guess the old "value is more important than color" held true, by trying to keep the values consistent but change out the color I was using I think I was able to pull it off! And as a side note, I really should learn Photoshop or some photo editing magic tricks to modify the reference photo up front rather than having to do the conversion in my head. :)

Zoey - Acrylic on 8x8 inch gessobord

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Irresistible Focus

I saw this kitty and just HAD to paint it, such great light and focus! I’ve had a few paintings I’ve felt very “meh” about lately so I was really happy to feel excited about how this one turned out. It was also really fun to paint on a black background again, it’s been a while old friend.

Focus 2 - Acrylic on 6x6 in. hardboard panel

Monday, April 29, 2019


I've been obsessed with Holly Lombardo's tree paintings for a while now,  I love her use of color and simplification of the nature scenes she paints.  I've been inspired to try some tree scenes of my own. This is from a reference photo on Paint My

Sunlight - Acrylic on 5x7 in. gessobord

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Cadmium Comet

This was a paint rescue mission! I mixed some paint for another painting that ended up going south, and I realized the colors were right for this boat I’ve been wanting to paint. Lots of cadmium colors in this one.

Cadmium Comet - 6x8 in. on gessobord

Friday, April 19, 2019


This sweet boy is Lance, he crossed the rainbow bridge in December and the painting was commissioned as a Mother's Day gift.  I was glad I'd painted a few German Shepherds before, their variegated (is that the right word?) fur can be tricky and I felt more confident going in.

Lance - 8x10 in. on gessobord panel

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Happy birthday Kari!

I painted this little guy (gal?)  for my friend Kari's birthday, she loves bats. Thanks to Piotr Naskrecki for the permission to use his beautiful reference photo.  I'm still diggin' painting on a pink background.

Kbat - Acrylic on 5x7 in. gessobord