Tuesday, February 14, 2017


I know for sure that love saves me and that it is here to save us all.
Maya Angelou
unwavering, work in progress | charcoal on paper |17" x 14" Flanegan 
When the work day is done, I enjoy catching up with friends or drawing my girl. Charcoal value studies refresh me between commissions and sharpen my painting skills. Smearing that black powder with my fingers onto fresh white paper is cathartic.

Monday, February 6, 2017


Less is more.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Mies | oil on panel | 8" x 8" Flanegan commission
This commissioned painting was a Christmas gift from a kind, generous soul to her
boss. And you guessed it, the cat's name was inspired by the German modernist architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Mies loves playing with his human's crazy sock collection...and I have a feeling this Mies prefers the philosophy of 'more is more.'

: )

Friday, February 3, 2017

Don't Mess with Texas Women

The presidency is supposed to age the president, not the public.
Jon Stewart

At long last I was able to download these photos! Ahhhh...the Austin Women's March.
What an incredible experience! My friends and I made buttons and t-shirts and as the sign above reads, we were 'Out of Our Feeds and Onto Our Feet.' Republicans, Independents and Democrats alike - exercising our 1st Amendment and standing firm
on human rights for all.

Marilyn Monroe (on The Paramount's balcony) and Hillary Clinton were there too.

The Goddess of Liberty atop the Texas State Capitol was smiling down at us - an estimated 50,000+! I believe the president has helped roust
a sleeping giant of a movement.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


Liam Harvey | oil on panel | 10" x 8" Flanegan | commission 

I discovered Divine Canines while visiting a friend in the hospital. They provide free dog therapy to those in need in the Central Texas area. I was so impressed with this wonderful organization that I donated my services to one of their fundraisers.

This charming southern gentleman, Liam, was featured in one of the two paintings inspired by the silent auction. Many thanks to the Harveys, Liam was a joy to paint.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

joy to the world!

May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours wherever you roam.
Irish Blessing

elf | oil on panel | 6" x 6" Flanegan
Merry Christmas and Joy-filled Holidays to all! We wish you peace and safe travels.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Gratitude Pie

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation
is not to utter the words, but to live by them.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

I hope you're enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. How wonderful to gather, catch up and share blessings with family and friends. 

Earlier this week President Obama honored 21 Medal of Freedom recipients, the last of his term in office. No other president has celebrated more individuals with this distinction.

During the ceremony, he mentioned how this inspired group was special to him - how they all influenced his life in a powerful way. President Obama said, "It's useful, when you think about this incredible collection of people, to realize this is what makes us the greatest nation on earth. Not because of our differences, but because in our differences we find something in common to share. And what a glorious gift that is."

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.
Mark Twain

Thumper and Company | oil on panel | 24" x 39" Flanegan | commission
This painting, which began as a commission for a friend, grew in size and meaning to be a commission/gift combo for her and her husband. Somewhere along the way, it became a bit of a political commentary - you tell me what Thumper and company are thinking.

How could one not be affected by the presidential campaign? The pasture was painted during the September debate...I had no words for the performance, only brushstrokes. 

 May God give us strength to unite as a nation no matter who is elected President.