Tuesday, January 30, 2007


I have revised this painting by changing the background color, adding a little more gold to the leaves and redefining the sky holes. I still need to work a little on the background trees and the left side of the maple. Enjoy.

Sunday, January 28, 2007


We celebrated my daughter's birthday by visiting the Louvre Atlanta exhibit at the High Museum of Art on Saturday. The "King's Drawings" were amazing. There were several sketches which had never been exhibited before. I had to keep reminding myself that these works were 400 years old. Above is my favorite painting of the collection. Over the next three years the High Museum will be the home to many more paintings from the Louvre.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

"SUNFLOWER" 12 x 18

I have wanted to paint this sunflower for a long time. I took the reference photo while on a trip to Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia several years ago. I love the contrast of the bright yellow petals and the clear blue sky. We were visiting Mr. Cason's vegetable garden early one morning. It is the site for the PBS "Victory Garden" show and they always have beautiful flowers and vegetables. All of the sunflowers were illuminated by the sun. This sunflower was the tallest one in the garden. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Golden Maple

This Golden Maple is located in downtown Woodstock, Georgia across the street from Tea Leaves & Thyme. I passed it early one morning last fall and had to turn around to snap a photo. It looked like it was on fire that morning, the color was so brilliant it looked like it was glowing. The railroad tracks are directly in front of the tree along with a little birdhouse on a post. This painting was painted with soft pastels on Canson paper.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Niki in the Garden

Niki in the Garden
soft pastel on Canson
10 x 12
I was looking through my photographs and decided to paint a picture I took while visiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden last summer. The exhibit featured sculptures by Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002), a Paris born painter and sculptor. The whimsical sculptures seemed to be playing in the fountains and hiding around every corner of the gardens. The sculptures were covered in multicolored mosaic pieces that reflected all the colors of the garden. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Diamond Head soft pastel on Wallis 8 x 10

This painting was done from a reference photo I took while on vacation in Hawaii a few years ago.