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'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!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Newt Cute

"I believe in kindness.
Also in mischief."
Mary Oliver

Newt | oil on linen | 6" x 11" | commission
What's not to love here?
Miss Newt is the companion piece to Miss Ida.
cute cute.
They're my dear friend Judy's family and they were a delight to paint.

Ida | oil on linen | 11" x 6" | commission