Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Canoe Trip

Oil on Canvas

I found this image in a magazine while I was in class...i thought it was interesting so I decided to paint it. Notice the instruments in the people's hands!

White Pumpkins

"White Pumpkins"

Oil on Canvas

This image came from the Different Strokes website. I worked on this painting for two class sessions. It is one of my favorites!

Does This Ear Tag Make Me Look Fat?

Oil on Canvas

I painted this in class as my second required painting. Cows are such an interesting subject!

Elkmont Bridge Complete

"Elkmont Bridge"

I recently got this painting back from the art gallery at school. I finished it back in May.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


About 12"x10"

Oil on Canvas

I finished this painting last week in class. I never got a chance to enter it in the Different Strokes Challenge:( The camera angle makes the horizon line look out of level...i need to work on getting that right next time

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Bag of Groceries


Oil on Panel

The Art Club met today and discussed plans for a silent auction to raise money for a trip to the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga. I painted this little 8x10 in about 2 hours and will donate it to the auction.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

"Corn is Good"

8" x 10" Oil on masonite
Well I finished the latest challenge on the DSFDF blog. This week it was a plate full of Georgia grown veggies...makes me want a big ear of corn...Mmmmm!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Oil on masonite panel
Well, I continue to use the Different Strokes from Different Folks blog to gather ideas. This is a previous post of Karin's dog Jack. I think this has inspired me to paint my brother's Boxer, Ceasar. He loves to pose for photos!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Alabama Cow

12" x 16"
Oil on masonite
Yesterday I was looking at previous challenges on the Different Strokes site and came across the Alabama cow. I had never painted a cow before so I decided to take a jab at it. I was skeptical at first, but I came through and finished it. It took about 4 hours to complete.

Pennsylvania Farm Land


Acrylic on masonite

This is my first attempt at the Different Strokes challenge. Every two weeks Karin Jurick (she hosts the blog) posts a photo for everyone to paint. All the completed paintings are then posted for everyone to see and compare their work. It's a great idea, especially if you want be motivated. There are so many great artists who participate.
This week she posted a black and white farm scene. We had to determine the color based on the values in the photograph.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Final painting for class

We had two painting classes left and I hadn't started my final painting. I had forgotten the visuals material I wanted to use at home, so I had to look through magazines in class for my 4th painting. I found a photo of a golf course and this is what I came up with. I didnt have time to worry about details, only values and quick brush strokes. This might be my favorite painting from that class.

Grand Teton National Park

This is the view outside of the visitors center for the Grand Teton National Park. I snapped the photo while on a western road trip in October 2007 and decided to paint it for class this spring.

I finished my design project

This was a very fun project to work on. I am very pleased with how it turned out.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Progress on the Minotaur

I have established the value and now it is ready for detail. This is due on Wednesday

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I wish summer would get here...

When I got home from class today, I started this little 6x12 painting. I had bought this canvas board a long time ago and thought it would make for a perfect beach scene since it was so elongated. The cold weather and snow flurries we are having sure does make me want to find a spot like this soon!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

My Neice and Nephew

I finished this drawing about a month ago of Mackenzie and Madden:) They are the coolest kids! I gave it to my brother and sister-in-law as a surprise. It's about 8 1/2 x 11

Friday, April 3, 2009

Design Class: The Minotaur

We had to choose a mythological creature and come up with our own design by combining visual materials and written documention of what features the creature exhibits. I have the basic line drawing complete and now I have to add the detail.

Yellowstone 2007: Black and White

When I found out that our first painting for Painting I was to be in black and white, I immediately knew that I wanted to paint a scene from my trip to Yellowstone National Park. There were so many reference photos to go through. I eventually decided on this one of a lone bison grazing in front of Old Faithful. He must have grown accustomed to the large crowds, because he never really cared that we were there. Overall, I am very pleased with this painting.

Elkmont Bridge Painting

I started my third painting for class on Wednesday and this is how far I have gotten. I have laid most of the colors in and got the arches fairly accurate:) This bridge is located in the Great Smoky Mountains NP in an old logging and resort community called Elkmont. My grandmother was born very close to this area around the time the park was being formed. We actually have a family cemetery up the road between the abandoned houses where descendants of the Trentham family can still be buried. I have uncles, aunts, and grandparents laid to rest there. It is so peaceful.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

High School Art

These two paintings were assigned in art class back in high school. We had to recreate two originals. The first one is widely recognized as Van Gogh's Cafe Terrace at Night. The second painting is The Garden by American artist Melborne Hardwick. I completed these sometime in 2002.