Grand Goudine

For years I drove past this pasture filled with yellow flowers and thought how much I would enjoy painting it.  I realized the property backed up to a subdivision near my home so I would get out for a few hours to paint. I met the owner as he was cutting the field as I was painting it. I asked if I could paint the  front of the property, and he and his wife were happy for my painting friends and me to spend time working there. It has become our go-to place during the stay-home order this spring.

This property has become one of my favorite landscapes to paint. 11″ x 14″ $400

 

Crazy Cats

I enjoy making fun paintings of cats as much as I do watching them play.

For the Love of Dogs

Maggie Mae was a beloved member of her family.

The love a dog has for his/her human is second only to that of a mother for her child. Even though I don’t consider myself a dog person, I know this is true. Growing up, we had several dogs and cats, but we were not really a pet family. One of my sisters loved horses and dogs, and  since we could house a dog more easily than a horse, we had dogs. My sister also likes cats but is highly allergic to them, which is sad, because her name is Cat. But I digress.

Dogs are loyal friends who think their owners are the Best Person Ever. “Be the person your dog thinks you are” is a great mantra. When  a dog passes, a part of the owner’s  heart is lost as well. I came to better understand this as several of my friends’ dogs crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I felt their sadness as well.

The first painting I ever did of a dog was part of a family portrait. Unfortunately, the person who commissioned  the portrait thought the dog looked better than her children. I still have that painting. One day the children in the painting will look like her sons. Anyway, I found painting pets to be extremely satisfying, especially when the picture filled a space in the owner’s heart.

Baby was always happy to see me because I played fetch with her.

I commented to my husband that it seemed odd  people would commission a portrait when there were probably hundreds of photos of their pet on their phone. He said (wisely) that having a painting was a memorial. A memorial to love second only to that of a mother for her child.

Cotton Fields

Cotton Fields, 16″ x 40,” $1650.00
 

This painting was made from a photo taken in Baldwin County, Alabama. Painting a cotton field is almost a requirement for artists of the deep South.

Windswept Beach II

Windswept Beach, 30″ x 40,” Gallery Wrapped.

This large version of the beach near Port St. Joe, Florida, was made using  a plein air painting as a reference. I found that enlarging smaller paintings is more challenging than I expected.

 

St. Joseph Street Sidewalk

The hibiscus along the sidewalk on St. Joseph Street in Beauregard Town, Baton Rouge, were the size of dinner plates. People stopped their vehicles to jump out to take a photo of them. 9″ x 12″ oil on panel, $350. 
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Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae was a beloved member of her family.

Maggie Mae was the beloved pet of my friend, Kathy. She was, according to her Human, a “special needs” child, requiring shots twice a day for diabetes. In addition, Maggie Mae was allergic to grass. Kathy never used the word, “dog,” when speaking of Maggie Mae. She was a member of the family.

After a long life, Maggie Mae finally crossed the rainbow bridge, leaving a vacant space in her mamma’s life. For years Kathy talked about owning one of my paintings with zinnias. (Southern women have a thing for zinnias, but that is a topic for another day.) But for now, she needed a painting of her Maggie Mae.

Kathy sent dozens of photos for me to use. In the picture I primarily used, Maggie Mae appeared to be smiling, something I imagine she did frequently. The painting came together easily but needed one extra element–a zinnia for Kathy.

When the painting shipped, I texted Kathy that I wish I could be there when she opened it. So she did the next best thing and made a video. It was truly emotional. 

We have our fur babies for a short while, but memories for a lifetime. 

Windswept Beach

I made this on a windy afternoon at Plein Air South in Port St. Joe, Florida. I set up my easel in the shadow of Rock Star Painter, Quang Ho. 9″ x 12″ oil on panel, $400 + $10.00 shipping.