Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tucson, Arizona

A few years back, we visited Sabino Canyon in
beautiful Arizona.  We decided to hike but it was pretty hot that day.  We were enjoying all the pretty wildflowers....I believe it was 104 degrees.
(but it was a dry heat !!!! !)
We might have gone in about 1/2 mile or so when we decided to turn back...much too hot.  When we arrived back to the start of the hike there was police cars and a news truck... why?
Someone had spotted a mountain lion and they were going to tell everyone to come back.. My hair stood up and needless to say we went back to the car....jogging this time !!!!

Monday, June 16, 2014


I painted this pastel portrait from a photo.  Christina is my cousins daughter and a beautiful girl perfect for this portrait.  I painted her awhile ago with her husband on her wedding day.  The lighting hitting her face and her hair is what I love and always look for from a reference picture.

Monday, June 2, 2014


When Maggie's owner saw Maggie and Pippin's portrait, she commissioned me to paint a pastel portrait of Maggie's family.  The first dog is Maggie's Dad and the little one is Maggie's Mom.  The rest of them are family as well except for the older one in the middle who was found abused so the breeder took him in and took care of him until he died.  The reference picture was taken by the breeder as they all looked through the back window of the car.  I know I've been painting animals lately but I "really" needed to paint this one.  Don't you just want to smile when you look at this happy family?