Monday, June 1, 2020


Hey My friend,  Hope your part of the world is as lovely as here in SW Va. in the Blue Ridge Mtns.  This is Mason's Creek, which is pretty close to I81 and at the intersection of Rt.311 and Rt.419.
It is a beautiful creek but too chilly to get in right now.  My GranBabe, Nic waded and threw stones.  He was very patient while I painted.  He is my art critic too.
This is the scene I chose.  Let me express my frustration with moving water.  Don't believe I will ever get it onto a canvas.  I think I'm aware of my limits but I will try again.  Sooner than later.
Didn't have to wear a face mask out here thank Heavens.  A couple of people came by and we chatted and I never even thought once about social distance and masks.  Slow learner, I guess.

Hope all are well and happy.


Friday, May 29, 2020

DUH.....Can't figure out how to edit

Hi My Friend, Had to give up  on the previous post with Baby Bella smiling at you.  Was driving me nuts trying to figure out how to add what I wanted to say.

I have figured out a few things about myself but now I don't want to talk about it so I'll wait until the mood hits me again.

The painting above is from a trip made with some friends to Natural Bridge, which is just north of Salem on I81.  Yes, the famous 81 that everyone hates.  Apparently the VDOT got enough complaints that has made them start working on the crazy High Way.  Looks like they will make it wider, thank goodness.

Back to the painting, it is a foot path that leads to a Berry Patch.  Beautiful scenery, indeed.
It is listed on my newish website on Fine Art America.
It is 8" x 16" painted with oil and cold wax on a canvas panel.

More to come and hopefully with out so much aggravation.


Sunday, May 17, 2020


Hi My Friend,  I know you are busy, like me, will try to keep this short.  I added new work done during the quarantine to my Ebay store and DPW.  The top piece was a humor problem I have ...everything is supposed to be humorous!   If you had as trouble as I did finding toilet paper and sanitizer you may not think it is too funny, but that is my problem.

The other two were done from memory.  Mom's old mail box she keeps gloves and tools in for the garden and the old shelter/shed that could fall any time.  Just junk under there mostly.  Lots of times we put the old golf cart under there.

Hope you will sign up for email updates her because I intend to give away small original paintings this year.   I wish all of you a long healthy, happy life.


Thursday, May 14, 2020


Hey My Friend,  I decided to start a short series that will be called "Bella's Neighbor Hood".  I spent 3 months with my new GranBabe  after she came home. 

 And several walks happened.  One, Bella tried out her new stroller and her Mom came along.  Took lots of photos.
 It is an older neighborhood with lots of tidy yards and some not so tidy.  And lots of sheds and dogs and old vehicles.
This is my favorite paintings so far.  Love the blooming Rhodi

Hoping to be at the Tea House in Salem tomorrow to plein air with a couple of buddies.

Happy Trails

Saturday, May 9, 2020

YEP, I didn't really mean to take this much time off!

 Hello My Friend,  You know how amazing time is?  It slips by with no warnings!  It's been over a year since I published a blog.  And in Feb. my Beautiful Bella Baby was born.  She is only 11 weeks old and already holds her head up just fine and she's trying to stand.  LOVE!

Next summer she will help me paint.  I hope she likes to be out side as much as I do.

I have been painting some, not as much as I would like, but that's life.  I had hoped to do a lot of camping this year BUT this crazy pandemic has shut everything down .  Not to mention how awful the weather has been.  Cold, freezing here in SW Va. or rainy.  So I hope to see some warm temps and sunshine soon.  I'll be ready with my paints in the car.

Here is one I finished recently.  A view when leaving Green Hill Park back to Main Street.

Happy Trails

Saturday, February 2, 2019


Hi My Friend, I have not had a chance to say much about this new piece.  I was showing a friend some work on my phone and she saw this one and wanted it !!
So I will deliver tomorrow.

Funny how those things happen.  Here is a shot of it's beginning.  Don't look related do they?
I am practicing videos so I will sign off and get on it.
Be Back Soon.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019


Hi My Friend, I have played just a couple times with a video and I'm trying to do better.
Gonna try more today.
If you have any pointers, suggestions please let me know.

Just so ya know, I was holding phone in one hand and knife in the other.  A tripod would be better.  Does anyone have anything to say about the GO PRO?


Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Well, Hey My Friend,  I finished a couple new abstractions last night,  Photographed them today.
Then did a bit of cropping and resizing.

No color adjusting was needed because I was outside.
But I did put some on the walls in the Oh My Prints Ap.
This piece is 24" x 18" and is listed for sale in my website HERE.
And while you are here go to my FaceBook Page and like me! 'Cuz ya do, Right?

Hoping your week is going great.

Thursday, January 17, 2019


Hey my Friends,  FINALLY, I am taking time to paint.  I have started several new originals.  This piece on paper is a paint-over or a Do-Over.  I put Utrect gesso (the best kind) over an older piece that I finished up a month ago.....I did not like it once I saw it again.  So it can be a good thing to postpone showing something to the world.  It will happen again, I'm sure.  No Biggie.

I started 2 more with Prussian Blue, that's my color for Jan.  Can you see the little thumbnails up top?
It has been less stressful doing these mini-thumbnails first.  I get these from looking at older/other paintings and just putting down the dark areas.  You can do that with anything.  Magazines always have photos, so try that.

I have been taking/working hard with on line business classes. So that's why I haven't been posting or painting as much. 
I may never finish this class but I will not give up my painting.

Hope your winter has been tolerable so far.  It is snowing again here in SW Va.  And my lusting for a warmer clime will never go away.