Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Double Trouble

Birthday Girl | oil on Belgian linen panel | 6" x 12"  Flanegan  commission
Last week a friend and I were talking about projects we've worked on together and about plotting ventures in the future. Then I thought about this painting she commissioned last year and realized I hadn't posted it.

My tendency is to amp up the saturation so this was a welcomed exercise in muting the scene, tightening the values on this cloudy day. The reference photo depicts a race at the Heart of Texas Regatta. The red buoys mark the last 250 meters of the course where many a race is decided, merciless in revealing the fitness of the athletes.

Austin's Lady Bird Lake is a rower's paradise. I was a competitive rower in what seems like a lifetime ago and I miss my crewmates. :)

Thursday, August 31, 2017


breathe | oil on cradled panel | 8" x 18"  Flanegan  $425

Monday, August 28, 2017

Harvey Fundraiser

When you pray, move your feet.
African Proverb

Good Morning Barton | oil on panel | 10" x 8"  Flanegan | sold
On August 25th, Hurricane Harvey made landfall over Rockport as a Cat4 storm.
The Rockport Center for the Arts lost part of its roof causing major damages
to the interior and porch.
Plein Air Austin has organized an online sale to help our neighbors along the coast so they may continue serving their community with upcoming classes and shows. PAA artists have donated 100+ paintings to be sold for $100ea. The entire purchase price will be sent to the Rockport Center of the Arts to help them rebuild. This collection of original works will be exhibited now through September 30th at Joel's Coffee House.

breakfast | oil on panel | 6" x 6"  Flanegan  place your bid
This painting is listed on Daily Paintworks' Harvey Fundraising Auction.
100% of this painting's purchase price will benefit those devastated by merciless Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. Please help and pray for these families.

Sunday, June 18, 2017


the giving tree | acrylic on cradled panel | 6" x 6"  Flanegan

Friday, June 16, 2017


"There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate."
Linda Grayson

I was asked to paint more chocolates. These minis are 3"x 3"x.75", quite fun as each one seemingly takes on a personality of it's own. This photo is from a previous post.

Chocolates (detail) wip | oil on panel Flanegan
Speaking of chocolates, this duo was too adorable not to paint. The piece has been in my rotation for a couple of months now...sometimes paintings flow easily and other times not so much. There was no reference photo of these two posing together, but I love a challenge. You just need to have faith and don't give up.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Neighborly (detail) wip | oil on panel | 12" x 16"  Flanegan
This stand of trees was particularly striking to me with trunks saturated by a recent heavy rain. I'm not finished with it yet...it'll reveal what it needs soon enough...or should say not soon enough.
Gracious, painting outdoors is harrrd. But those times when i get it right - as few as they may be - keep me going. Nothing good comes easy, right?

I see something beautiful and want to share it, but how best do I convey that? There are a bijillion options. Each one is like solving a mystery and i just need to persevere, which is why it's necessary for me to have a few paintings ongoing.

Mixing it up helps. Seeking refuge in the familiar and then getting back out there to be brave and tenacious, like a dog with a bone. So for now, it's back to my comfort zone, four-legged wonders.  :)

Saturday, June 10, 2017


Caboose | oil on panel | 12" x 12"  Flanegan 
I must have set up and moved my easel four or five times...but I was determined to celebrate this beautiful day in paint...hanging out with some of my four-legged friends. Thumper says hi!