Sunday, January 30, 2011

Wendy Windshield

This is not a vintage Vespa but I thought it was a cute as a button.

10x8 oil on canvas
$65 with free shipping

Friday, January 28, 2011

Michelle's on a Mission

My neighbor runs a home based Day Care. One of the activities she has her charges do for physical activity is run around a little track in her backyard.

While the 4 and 5 year old boys were running around the track, this little 2 year old was making the rounds with her pink wagon. I just thought she looked so precious lugging a wagon full of toys around the track not caring if the boys were running circles past her. This is what determination in a two year old looks like.

8x10 oil on canvas

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Suzie Sidecar

I had a conversation with a friend I've know from high school who is also an accomplished artist. The subject matter was about what we liked to paint. I told her that I had enjoyed painting the vintage Vespas a couple years ago and she urged me to do more.

The previous paintings were plainly named "Blue Vespa, Green Vespa, etc" . I have decided to give this new one a more personalized name because Hellenne said my paintings reminded her of the animated vehicles in Pixar's Cars movie. Here you go Hellenne! Check out Hellene's blog HERE. I love how her Japanese heritage really shine through her work.

8x10 oil on stretched canvas
$100 free shipping

Sunday, January 23, 2011


Just when I post that I don't paint flowers I go to the grocery store and see this little potted calla lily proud as a peacock amongst the flower display. I saw the price was $11.95 and decided it was a over my budget. I took my camera phone and snapped a couple of pix until the manager started asking if I needed any help. I came home and painted this little plant.

8x10 oil on canvas
$75.00 free shipping

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Fast and Furious

Not as in a Vin Diesel movie but in wanting to do something quickly after struggling with several large paintings. I don't usually [alright almost never] paint flowers but this $3 sale bunch of little yellow roses were begging to be painted. So they got their way and I got a break from struggling over the larger pieces to get a 10x8 piece finished.

10x8 oil on stretched canvas
$45 which includes shipping

Sunday, January 9, 2011

"mom and me"

I was on Facebook when I saw this small grainy B&W photo pop up on my friend's profile. He titled it: "mom and me" and I'm suspecting it is an image close to 40 years old. I don't know what it is about the simple act of a mom holding on to a son's hand but I feel it symbolizes the eternal bond a mother and son have for one another. Though he will most likely love and live with another, his first love will always be his mom. Thank you David for allowing me permission to use this precious image.

12x12 oil on gallery wrapped canvas

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A Study of painting glass

and another reason why I need to paint more challenging!

6x6 oil on wood panel

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Blue Blue Crabs

I had the darnedest time thinking of a title for this. I was in a local Asian Grocery Store where fresh seafood means there are multiple tanks of live fish. The past month had a several tanks dedicated to our local dungeness crab but next to the live conch shells and scallops was a plastic bin of blue crabs. I thought blue crabs are native to the Atlantic. It appearred the transport of these guys started out chaotic with them fighting for space and now that they were near the end of their short on-shore life span it had become calm. With my camera phone I wanted to capture the crab chaos to calm, so my first title was "the 3c's.:"

Then my very talented blogger pal Don Michael Jr commented on incorporated the word blue and its double connotations. *bing* New title...thank you so much Don!

40x30 oil on gallery wrapped canvas-
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Monday, January 3, 2011

Simply Simon

One thing positive about Facebook is that you know are informed much more quickly about events involving your friends. I learned from a post that my friend has lost his companion of 17 years. I know 17 years is a long life span for a feline and I wonder if Simon and his "grumpy ol' man" attitude had anything to do with his longevity. I decided to surprise my friend with a little memorial piece. He informed me today that he received it in the mail and the painting "brought my Simon back to life! He's immortalized in your art and now more than ever in my heart! " Words like those are better than any blue ribbon at a show I believe.

"Simon" 6x6 oil on panel

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Breezy Dancer

I've always loved images of lacy curtains being ruffled by a slight wind. This is a smaller version of what I'd like to paint on a larger scale one day. Maybe not this particular image but something similar.

12x9 oil on wood panel
$45 plus $5 shipping