Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn ~ 6″ x 6″ oil on hardwood panel

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” ~ Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn, the epitome of woman, the bombshell…she always supported women and celebrated their successes. She’s been a favorite of mine to paint, and this is my second little painting of her. I’m playing with thick paint again in this one, which makes it a bit more difficult to scan. As usual, it looks better in real life! This painting goes up for auction at 12 am CST, at

Going Away

I’m absolutely thrilled to have finished this painting, for the second time. The first time was a little 6″ x 6″ panel that I sold on DailyPaintworks, way too quickly and way too cheaply! I’ve missed it ever since. Some images stick with you for life, and this is one of them. I have to admit, it is not my own, and I so gratefully borrowed it with permission from HaoJanChang on Flickr. I fell in love with it when I saw it, and had to paint it immediately. It speaks to me of longing, of nostalgia, of yearning and mystery. Ever since it sold, I’ve wanted to do a larger version, and maybe keep it for myself. Unless there is someone out there who loves it more than me!

It’s oil on 16″ x 16″ cradled panel, an inch and a half thick. It shows some nice juicy brushstrokes, and the color is better in real life. I hope you love it!

Help for Australia!

Koala Fundraiser – signed Fine Art Giclée Print, 8 x 10 inch

As many of you are, I find myself distressed and horrified by the terrible state of emergency that Australia is in, and the horrible impact that the fires are having on the wildlife there. I’ve decided to create a series of Australian wildlife portraits in watercolor, for which 60% of the profit from the sale of the prints will be donated to WIRES (

You can buy prints directly from my Etsy Shop at

A Little Blue

I feel like I haven’t painted in weeks! I was starting to feel guilty, depressed and even questioning why I bothered!! Crippled with indecision about style, medium, and subject matter…I finally know from experience that the solution is to pick something, just anything, and start painting. First the ground, then the sketch, and suddenly I’m “in it”. Time disappears and the silly self doubt disappears. I started this one last night from a reference photo by Velinar Ivanovo from @Unsplash, a great resource for artists! 

I chose this image first, for it’s simplicity, because of my self doubt, I knew that I had to choose something easy, so I didn’t “shoot myself in the foot”. Secondly, I love the sense of mystery, the delicate fabric of her robe, her melancholy. It tells a story, and I want to share human stories…

Vulpes Corvum~ Raven Skull

I’ve recently joined a daily painting challenge with Facebook Friends, and fantastic artists, Corey Matthews and Jan Little. 365 days of painting! I haven’t been entirely successful in painting every day, but I did decide that when I was able to fit in a little one, that I would like at least half of them to be practise from life. Here is a Raven Skull, generously gifted to me by a friend who knows of my love for ravens.

It was very interesting and satisfying to paint from life, to see the different colors in the white of the bone, caused by the light bouncing around the room and off of various surfaces. I hope to do a lot more of painting from direct observation in the future.

Who else out there, working as an artists, feels like they don’t have time to practise?! I feel like I have so little time to paint that I have to make every painting count, but I know the folly in that. If I’m ever going to improve, I know I need to slow down, observe life around me. Paint the color in the shadows!

Cute Animal Prints are ready!

I’ve had a lot of fun with these cute little critters. I plan on developing a line of greeting cards with them to sell in my online and Brick and Mortar shops. They also look great in a little frame and would suit a nursery or child’s room very well. The prints turned out very well, and you can hardly distinguish them from the originals! Drop me a line if you’re interested!

New Nursery Prints Coming Soon!

I’ve been having a lot of fun switching media this week. I felt like I needed to freshen up and breathe after a long week oil painting in the studio. With the sun finally back in my yard after a brutally long winter, it’s much nicer to paint at the kitchen table, so instead of hauling all of my oil painting stuff upstairs, I decided to dabble in watercolor. These little guys are the result.

I’ll soon have them available at Dragonfly Studios in Hagensborg as framed Nursery (or anywhere) prints, and I’m hoping to do a series of Birthday Cards with funny sayings with them in the very near future. If anyone has any idea which printing company to go through for the cards that ships in Canada, I would appreciate your input. I have a feeling, with the return of the sun, that you’ll be seeing quite a few more of these little guys!

6″ x 6″ oil on panel

I love this guy’s fluffy face and his kind eyes…and so continues my love affair with painting horses. He’s available over at DailyPaintworks for as low as $75 right now. Get your bid in before he’s gone! Update! He’s SOLD to a lovely buyer in North Carolina!!

  When I was twelve, I wanted a horse so so bad. But my parents were poor. We lived on a bit of land, but it was treed with young willows, and wasn’t landscaped at all. They told me that if I built a corral, then I could get a horse. Never underestimate the determination of a 12 year old horse-crazy girl!! I did it, enlisting my siblings to help saw poles and posts. I dug the holes with a two handled post hole digger, and even helped my dad build her shelter. They took me to visit this gorgeous quarter horse, Miss Peeti Poco. She was from a famous bloodline, but wasn’t able to conceive, so she was no use as a brood-mare. Our 13th birthdays were 8 days apart. I was in love. She lived a long happy life with us and we had many adventures together. This photo, used with permission from the fabulous equine photographer, Karen Broemmelsick Photography & Art , reminded so much of her. I just had to paint it. It’s SOLD to a lovely buyer from Duncan, B.C.