Friday, July 17, 2015

orange you happy?

Zinnia with Gomphrena | 6x 6" oil on panel Flanegan nfs

I was asked to look after a friend's home and cat while they were on vacation recently. What a joy it is to explore another's garden, especially those of my creative friends. Zinnias have always been one of my favorite flowers. They're a festive little firecracker of a bloom.

Zinnia's make you smile and so do good friends.
: ) 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Umlauf's Pond

Umlauf's Pond | 11x 7" oil on panel Flanegan $290
I began painting this outdoors and finished it in the studio yesterday, a year and a half later.  A friend's comment had given me pause, rightfully so. It's good and necessary to periodically discern what we're trying to say with our work.

Some say water lilies have already been done. This may be true, but I learn so much while painting them. And I'm not competing with the Masters anyway - what if we all gave up painting subjects that have already been painted? What a loss that would be.

Hopefully we learn from the Masters, but make each composition our own. I love that the sound of rippling water from the fish surfacing for food still lingers with this painting. 

Here's her twin {I chose to split the panel} posted in January of last year.  In my painting above I used a reference photo with the sun behind the clouds as you can see with the tighter range of values as compared to the sunny skies with the linked painting.

Happy to see that I've loosened up a bit, with a little help from my friends.
: )

Saturday, July 4, 2015

happy independence!

dog gone these pie tins that flex! Incidents and all - Jeannie's apple pie will still be delicious! I hope you, too, will be gathering with family and friends this holiday weekend.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Pretty's pasture

Where's Pretty Girl? | charcoal study Flanegan 

Today was my birthday and it was wonnnderful.
: )

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

sleeping beauty

slumber girl | 6x 6" oil on panel Flanegan
My dainty little napper.
: )

Monday, June 22, 2015


Dutch | 10x 8" oil on linen panel Flanegan commission

Dutch, a work in progress
This painting was a gift for Barbara, a dear friend and mentor to many. Her companion, Dutch, is a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. He's a precious soul and was a joy to paint.

As artists, once the composition and values of the painting are determined, we're taught to block in the dominant hues before addressing further details. But for me, I can't seem to complete the eyes soon enough. When I'm able to look into the eyes of the subject, it allows for a dialogue and the painting becomes a more collaborative effort. i love painting animals. They're delightfully authentic spirits who greatly enrich our lives.

It was truly an honor to have been commissioned by my generous buds and fellow classmates. Many thanks.

: )

Sunday, June 14, 2015

charming gardeners

love note #33 | 7x 7" mixed media on blended panel Flanegan $90
Our scenic Hays County was devastated by recent flooding over Memorial Day weekend. A record 44' wall of water surged down the Blanco River claiming 12 lives, over 320 homes and damaging over 1,150 residences. Times like these reveal a community's strength and inspire acts of kindness and generosity to others - warms my heart.

'Love Notes' is an ongoing series of wooden constructs reclaimed to send a message. A third of the purchase price benefits the Flood Relief Fund at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and School in Wimberley.