Vacationing in the English countryside

Happy news!!! our newest grand son was born 15 months ago to our daughter and son in law who is British. They live in the west midlands and have a dog kennel and cattery business. There were 125 dogs in equal amount of cats in the kennels. Plus they own two great Danes and a chocolate lab so we heard some barking occasionally.

The brick manor from late 1800s

and the brick kennels next to the field.

St Marys Cathedral in Warwick

Lunch at an old mill that was turned into a restaurant near Warwick.

This is Bones. He is 185 pounds of joy.

Art Show with charity in mind

Standfast Asset Management in Ponte Vedra asked me to hang a show in their office with a champagne reception opening. I will be donating a portion of any sale for this show to the new project of getting an aquarium built in downtown Jacksonville.

Of course, before the show I did some new pieces relating to underwater and Ocean themed paintings. We had a great crowd at the opening and met a lot of nice folks who are trying to get the Aquarium project off the ground. You can contact them for more information. The paintings will be up until the end of the month.


This has been a successful week as I finished one of the commissions that I have been working on and sold four original paintings. The top two are being shipped to London on Friday. I will post my tips on shipping paintings soon.

Welcome to my studio! decade ago my sweet husband built an art studio for me in the back yard. It has air conditioning, wood floors, windows and two skylights. (Actually it is raining right now and I realized one of the skylights has a leak. Always something huh?)

It has become my favorite place to be. It is 14 x 10 feet which has room for two large easels and all of my paints and gear. While painting and listening to music, I find myself smiling. Say “happy place”!

Sometimes ideas change

I started this gallery wrap with some modeling paste over their canvas and I sculpted shapes and ridges with my palette knife. The next day, I made a mixture of sienna browns, metallic micus oxide with glazing medium and brushed that over the dried three dimensional plaster. I always let the layers of my background textures and colorings dry completely.

The original idea in my head was to use these darks as an interesting texture underneath a very light abstract background with a huge Nautilis shell ghosted into the lights.

As I worked I realize that the Browns that I had put in the underpainting were quite lovely as they were ….and so my vision changed to this more robust and vibrant painting. The last stages were tweaking a few details and highlights and adding more metallic gold to certain areas. This painting is 24 x 24″

After I finally put the hanging hardware on and a final varnish it will be ready for sale. Check out my website at

Small accent paintings

Even though my paintings are getting larger these days, I still enjoy working on smaller accent paintings. Still I paint what I am drawn to…ocean related. These are all 12×12″ except for the Octopus which is 14″. The shell paintings are a series of three, sold together for 295.00. I also think that the shells would make nice images printed on fabric for pillows.