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A Horse of a Different Color

Previously, my work has largely been in shades of blues and purples. Not exclusively, by any means, but significantly. This piece is in a color I have rarely used on it’s own: White.

This is my newest piece. The photo isn’t the best. That is something I’m going to work on in the new year: good photographs of my paintings. Anyway, this piece came from a rediscovered song. It danced in my head for several days before it became this. Overall, I’m rather pleased.

Acrylic on Canvas with Bottle Caps. 24"X36"

Acrylic on Canvas with Bottle Caps. 24″X36″


They’re Playing Our Song

I’ve always been a huge fan of music. A song will get under my skin and I can’t stop listening to it over and over again. I can’t stop singing it as I’m doing other tasks. Occasionally, I’ll find myself so into a song that I just have to paint it.

I posted last month about a song by Gotye called “Somebody That I Used to Know.” I’ve finally completed the painting that it inspired.

Shadows of Somebody I Used to Know

24″X24″ Acrylic on Canvas with Adhesive.

Thanks Goyte for the inspiration.

A Bit of Hope

 Love Takes Flight 

This isn’t a great photo. I need to look into some decent lights and remember to use my tripod, but it is a new piece. In any case, it is a new painting. It’s small, only 10″x10″, but it just a bit of hope to hang on my bedroom wall. I don’t think this one will be for sale. I think I need to hang onto it for a while. (Acrylic on canvas with Scrabble pieces, lace, card stock, & a key).

Happy Valentine’s Day. I hope that you all have a little bit more love in your life today.

God Laughs

There is a saying that every time humans make plans, God laughs. As my plans for this weekend were rather small, I thought I might be able to slide them by. I was wrong.

I originally planned to finish my newest piece, “Drowning by Starlight,” this week and take photos of it over the weekend to post. Issues have ensued with the varnish, which have defiantly canceled those plans out. I didn’t think that matte varnish could actually be TOO MATTE.

I know, I know. I should have known better. I’m trying to think of this as a learning experience and know that I should always go with gloss varnish from now on. C’est la vie.

In any case, I’m still plugging away at my paintings and searching for locations to show them. Anyone reading this who is actually in Portland, I’d love your input.

Starlight Rain

Portland Nights

I have always loved the rain. The sound in makes on the roof or in the trees. The way it cools everything.

In Oklahoma, it either rains, or it doesn’t, but here in Portland it is totally different. It can be raining and not raining at the exact same time.

This piece is 24″X36″ Acrylic on Canvas with Bottle Caps

Second in the Series


Thursday: Turned on My Head

This is the second of 3 (possibly 4) pieces in the “Boxed In” Series. The third is well on it’s way with only the border left to paint. This piece is Thursday: Turned on My Head. The photo is not the greatest, but it gives you an idea.

10″X10″ Acrylic on canvas with adhesive.


I work with a medium that helps acrylic paint flow. I love the liquidity and the motion it gives my paint. However, it doesn’t always move the way you expect it to move & often does exactly the opposite of what you want at the time. That being said, it is also makes things interesting and has given me some wonderful surprises. I had a teacher in high school call them “happy accidents.” Sometimes, they just don’t work.

But I have discovered something else in this process. It’s just paint. Like a bad haircut, the canvas doesn’t have to stay the way it is. If I don’t like what I’ve done, I have the option to paint over it. I don’t try to flatten the surface. In fact the first layer adds texture to the piece. I’ve found that I enjoy this extra dimension to my pieces. It makes my two dimensional painting literally stand out.