Sunday, September 21, 2008


Boy, oh boy! I have a special treat for you tonight! I don't do portraits- they scare me- but I did two tonight! Well, I did one last night and finished tonight then did the second one. I did them completely different from each other so please comment and tell me which painting style you prefer. Also, I am wondering about the background colors. If you think either one should be changed let me know that also.

Okay, meet Peyton.

She is 18 months old and completely chock full of personality! She has captivating blue eyes which are even brighter against her ruddy complexion and copper hair. Her sister gave her the nickname Pey Pey, so that is what we call her.

Pey Pey
6 X 6
Oil on board

Now here's Saige.

We've been calling her Saiger Macaroni for as long as I can remember. In fact, we ask her what her full name is and she responds, "Saiger Macaroni Curzon." Her middle name is really MaRee, but we love our little macaroni. She is all girl- loves to dance and sing and loves her shoes! She has long eye lashes and super red lips naturally. She's adorable.
Saiger Macaroni
6 X 6
Oil on board

check out the photos of these little darlings at

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Newspaper man

We'll start with the painting for the Different Strokes blog. The photo this week was really fun to work with. I love the highlights on the man's head, hands, knee, and shoe. I also like the way the light shows through his bag and on the corner of the newspaper. Go to to see everybody's renditions.

Catching up
aprox. 4 X 10
oil on board

New Paintings

Oh boy! I am so excited to show you what I've finished lately! However, I can't seem to get a good picture of anything. I guess that's probably because I keep trying to take it at midnight and the flash just distracts. Looks like I'll have to wait til morning. But, I do have one snippet to show you. This is from a portrait I've been working on of my friend and his wife. Their anniversary is coming up, so shh... it's a surprise. That is why I cannot show you the full thing at this time (even though I don't think they even come to my blog, but just in case...)

Detail- Chris and Bethani
12X9- full painting
oil on canvas

I also have an apple, a cupcake, and a figure painting of a man reading a newspaper- for Karin Jurick's Different Strokes blog. I know you are all now so excited to see what's to come! It's been a great couple of painting days!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Janae's birthday

Today was Janae's birthday. Being the awesome family that they are, the Howards (Janae's parents) invited us over for birthday celebrations including delicious food and cheesecake. There was no passing that up! It was awesome and I hope Janae had a wonderful birthday. I took Janae this little painting of a birthday present. You all know how I've been into painting presents lately. Her favorite color is green and I thought this was pretty cute. I used acrylic this time because I needed it to dry quickly. But it ended up being more difficult to maneuver with my too big paintbrushes than I was anticipating, so it's not quite as detailed as some of the others. Oh, and- I took the picture a little crooked, so it just looks like the present is a little cock-eyed. Nonetheless, this one's a keeper!

For Janae
5 X 3
Acrylic on board

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Beach house

I decided to be a part of Karin Jurick's blog called Different Strokes From Different Folks She posts a different photo each week and whoever wants to can create a painting based from the photo. It's fun to see each person's own unique representation of the photo. Here's mine:
The Beach House
6 X 8
Oil on canvas

Monday, September 8, 2008

September 9 is a special day- a very special day indeed! That is my mother's birthday. Many of you know my mom and can attest to her talent and awesome personality. She's a great mother, grandmother, sister, wife, and friend to all. I hope her birthday is as spectacular as she deserves. This is the painting I did for her birthday. I got the phone call today to let me know that it arrived so now I can post it and not ruin the surprise. Happy Birthday, Mom! I love you!

12 X 16
Oil on board

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Oregon Coast

I don't normally paint landscapes. But, Mike and I went to the coast last weekend and I snapped a few shots. I didn't get anything really that great, but I liked the serenity in the photos. More than painting the scene, I wanted to paint the feeling. It's pretty neat out there on the coast. I'm pretty happy that we are a mere hour and a half away from such a beautiful place!

Seaside, Oregon
12 X 9
Oil on canvas

Kiwi Fruit

I love love love fruit and think I should paint more. We'll start with this kiwi fruit.

Kiwi Halves
9.75 X 5.5
oil on board