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, $400. 
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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.
 

Rose Covered Trellis

This painting was completed en plein air during the Independence Botanic Garden event in March, 2019. 12″ x 9″ oil on panel, $400 + shipping.
 

The Nest

A friend posted a photo of beautiful bird eggs in a nest perched in a shrub.

Waiting, Pastel, 12″ x 12″ framed, $300

She was happy to let me use it as a reference, and in later weeks posted images of the baby birds and finally the empty nest.

Newly hatched, these babies are waiting for supper. Newbies, Pastel, 12″ x 12″ framed, $300
And then they were gone! Empty Nest, pastel, framed size 12″ x 12,” $300

The series depicts the anticipation of birth,  nurturing, and finally the release of the young into the world.

Arlie’s Paperwhites

Painting an interior with sunlight spilling through the windows is very much like painting en plein air…the light will change quickly. When I saw the shadow patterns created by the light, I just had to paint it. Happily, I was invited back to my friend’s home a few days later and was able to capture this scene.

This painting recently sold!

Arlie’s paperwhites add fragrance and life to her living room on a sunny but cold winter’s day. Unframed oil on panel, $325 + shipping.

 

Cinclare Plantation

A road at Cinclair Sugar Plantation in Port Allen, Louisiana. 12″ x 9″ oil on panel, $300 + shipping.

 

The Baton Rouge Plein Air group painted at Cinclare Plantation in Port Allen, Louisiana at the tail end of the sugar cane harvest. It was a cloudy, humid morning, and we spent quite a bit of time looking for a paintable scene. There were several white houses along a gravel road that led to another cane field. The structures appealed to me, but it was the color of the leaves and the road leading to a neutral colored field that made an impression on me. Fall color appears late in the season in SoLA, and as long as there is not a lot of wind, it hangs around for a few weeks. Knowing the trees would be stunning just as soon as the sun broke through the clouds, I blocked in the shapes, pushing the color where I believed it should be (and because it’s what I do) and waited.

A grey day will not keep me from jazzing up the color of the foliage. This is the initial block in.

Finally, the sun appeared, throwing light on the yellow, orange and red foliage. The clouds disappeared, and I was able to put some blue in the sky. Happy Day!

 

 

 

 

Bouquets of Joy

I enjoyed painting these bridal bouquets filled with sunflowers. I hope the brides and their families will enjoy them for many years.

Painting these sunflowers was such a joy.
Sunflowers = Happiness