Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Gray is Back

Kitty Hawk
South Carolina

There is a side of me that had hoped the snow would remain throughout the winter. I know the white stuff can be hard to get around in, but the wet, muddy, lifeless view out my window is certainly not a better option. This is when we all need to look inward to find that spark. The passion that keeps us alive, while all around us appears dead. For me that passion is my painting. I pulled out the photos and notes that I took this past summer in the Outer Banks and felt alive. Images of great past memories are always able to crank up the juices. It doesn't seem to matter in what way those images are stored. I spent some time this afternoon starting a few new pieces from my trip. I could almost hear the surf as it hit the beach and feel the salt as dried on my skin as I walked towards the pier.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Decembers Pears

Green Pears and Cup

This is a 6" x 12" oil on gallery canvas. It is finished on all sides and ready to hang on your wall.

Pears are such a great fruit to work with. Their sweet, buttery taste comes through in everything you use them in. I will miss working on their plump bottoms and slender necks. They would sometimes remind me of little old ladies sitting on a low wall, chatting away the afternoon.
Be sure to stop by next months open house to view January's new paintings. I have all the recipies selected and have already started on the new pieces. Hope to see you on January 28th and bring a friend to share the recipes with.

Studio 313, Pendleton Art Center, Cincinnati ,Ohio

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Final Friday At The Pendleton Art Center

Golden Pears
This is a 5" x 5" oil on a stretched canvas. It comes framed in a Black 1" gallery Frame.

Yesterday wrapped up the last of my Christmas shows for this year. The "Pear Bread" that I baked and took to "Final Friday" went over very well. The recipes for the bread and pear preserves is available on my newsletter; The Fine Art Of Food.

Sunday, December 5, 2010


I have finally gotten into the mood. Yesterdays snowfall was enough to help me cross over the line. This afternoon I'm headed for my first Christmas concert of the year. The tree is up and the lights are working, which is always a good sign. Now all I have to do is start the baking. This is the only time of the year I bake cookies. My mom had a recipe for these delicate little cookies we called "Snowballs". There was so much butter and sugar in them, they melted the moment you put one in your mouth. Yesterdays gentle snowfall reminded me of Moms' cookies and the fun time we had baking them, all four of us gathered around the old kitchen table, barely enough room to move around in the kitchen. I hope this season holds many warm and cherished memories for you.
Always happy to hear from you.


Friday, December 3, 2010

First Snow Fall

Cardinal in Winter Storm SOLD
This a 6" x 8' Oil on Primed Paper

I love this time of the year. The weather has chilled down and we are beginning to have light snow flurries. The birds have been at the feeder everyday, looking for food. A number of pairs of Cardinals have been here this year. They perch on the branches near the feeder, waiting their turn. Their color stands out so intensely against the dull, brown background of the garden. They always remind me of bright, red Christmas ornaments on the tree. I hope you will come see this and other pieces at the December 17th Holiday Show at the Pendleton Art Center, studio 313. I always look forward to hearing from you.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Please join us at the Essex Studios, Fri Dec 3 and Sat Dec 4 from 6-11 pm each night, for this annual sale to benefit a mission project promoting Life, Health and Education to three small villages in Tanzania. Dr Chris Lewis leads two week missions to this area twice a year. The group is in the process of building a permanent clinic in the area. Additionally, the focus of the mission is to initiate and support self sustaining practices to promote a better life for the people here.

The website for VLOP is:

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Your Type Of Art

              I recently brought home a number of pieces of art that I had loaned to my Chiropractor. She was moving to a new office and preferred that I move the art work myself. I got to thinking about the role art plays in different settings. For many of her clients the pieces I had selected for her office were calming and peaceful. I had hoped they would lend an air of relaxation which would help in preparing her clients for their visits. I have observed the close relationship between the type of art work and the business it resides in. Most doctors and dentist offices go for the calming effect. Many restaurants try to reinforce the type of restaurant they are; for example  I would never expect to see western art work in an Italian Bistro. 

            So , if businesses try to reinforce their niche, how do you go about selecting your Art? Is it related to your color theme?  Do you have a thing for flowers or landscapes?  Do you need for it to speak to you? I recently went shopping with a friend of mine. She was looking for a new rug and wall art. I knew, without a doubt, what type of pieces for her new home she would like. She has a very specific preference for art. If you know what you like, do you share this information with the sales person or artist? I watch people come through the studio every Final Friday looking at pieces of the different artist within our group, listening to the conversations around me, and seldom do I hear anyone express a particular preference for a specific theme. 

            As an artist, I of course want to sell and market my art. But an even more important personal goal is to develop a relationship with the person who enjoys my art. That task is made so much easier when I have gotten to know you and have a good understanding of the type of art you enjoy. 

            I always enjoy hearing from you and reading your comments.



Thursday, July 15, 2010

Time Well Spent

For the past five days we have been visiting the OBX. The morning sun shimmering off the water is a great way to start the day. There is a small Crows Nest which is part of the cottage we are renting. One of us has been getting up every morning and downloading photos of the suns climb into the sky. They are beautiful. I was able to start painting this morning with the arrival of my equipment. Hope to post some new pieces in the next few days.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Two Pears #3

It has been a while since I have done any Pears. The recent crop available for purchase has not been all that great. I'd get them home and they would become over ripe within 24 hours. In the end I'd have to cook them before I could get to paint them. These two have a looser stroke than I usually use, but I like the way they turned out. They're similar to the two apples I did this past winter. I hope you enjoy.

This painting is done on an 8"x 10" stretched canvas. If you are interested in purchasing this piece I can be contacted at;



Tuesday, June 29, 2010

#1 Yellow Eggs

I found these two small eggs that had been abandoned in one of my large flower pots. I usually bag these types of things and save them for my science class. They were really small and instead of the usual blue green color of a Robin's egg they were more whitish and speckled. From what I can tell they might be the eggs of a Chickadee. The more I walked past them today, I had this tug to paint them.

This is a small painting of what the nest might of looked like if mom had chosen a more suitable spot. This 5" x 5" original oil is done on stretched canvas. It will be shipped ready for faming. This piece may be purchased securely for only $40.00 + shipping.
I can be contacted at with any questions.

Close Up

I bought a new camera about six months ago and have not had time to really sit down and play with it. Well, today I finally managed to get a number of things figured out. I originally bought it for close ups of the miniature paintings I do, but used it today out in the yard. Wow, I had too much fun shooting close-ups of plants and their frequent visitors at this time of the year.
The other thing I had yet to work out was how to edit the RAW photos I was taking. Mission accomplished! I was blown away that I can actually see the pollen on the body of the bee. Zoom in on the photo. This sort of thing usually becomes tedious and I become frustrated, but today was time well spent.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Silent Solitude

The snow had been coming down all day. The plow hadn't arrived yet, which ment we were going no where. This fairly large bird was sitting all by itself in the totally silent world outside my studio. It looked so perfect on the phone line. Its feathers, all puffed up to help keep it warm against the blowing swirls of snow. There it sat, regal and and proud in its appearance.

This piece is 11" x 14" oil on stretched canvas.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Spring Wheat
Oil On Stretched Canvas

The sun is out today in all its warmth. Hello old friend! It feels like it has been a long time since our paths have crossed. The piles of dirty, brownish ice still edge the road. Melting during the day and becoming a perfect ice rink at night. I took a short walk through the woods this morning and noticed that the early spring wild flowers are gently emerging from their winter slumber and soon their color will dot the landscape. The brightness of the sun and the warmth upon my back as I walked reminded me of springs past.

The above painting is a 10" by 20" piece of the popy fields of Europe. I love their vibrant color and gentle swaying movement in the wind. I hope you enjoy this piece. S'anna

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Bowl Of Tangerines

5"x5" oil on Canvas Board

I hope you enjoy this painting. It comes matted and ready for framing. If you are interested in purchasing this piece I can be contacted at;


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Two Apples

5"x7" Oil on Canvas Board

I hope you enjoy this painting. It comes matted and ready for framing. If you are interested in purchasing this piece I can be contacted at;

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Two Tangerines

5"x7" Oil on Canvas Board

As a child, Christmas always meant oranges in our stockings. I so prefer the sweetness of tangerines. This seasons tangerines have been so sweet and juicy. The skin breaks so easily and the juices change the air almost instantly. I have eaten through most of them, leaving only a few for painting. I tried to portray just how plump and juicy these tangerines are. I hope you enjoy this painting. It comes matted and ready for framing. If you are interested in purchasing this piece I can be contacted at;

Monday, January 4, 2010

Golden Pears

5"x5" Oil on Stretched Canvas

I have enjoyed doing these little pears. The smell of them baking after I complete the paintings is so comforting.
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