Friday, November 30, 2012


Games, 12 x 24, oil on cradled board

One of my not-so-secret desires/loves/addictions is vintage toys. That includes games. I've been wanting to include a game in a trompe l'oeil painting for a long time but have been pondering on the 'right' composition.

I finally decided on stacked boxes. I like the geometrical design of rectangles and squares stacked on top of each other with a few little 'surprises' thrown in.

Of course, these pre-owned games have been played with over the years and show the knocks and bruises of life.

And I love all the color!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Games - Work in Progress

Games, Work in Progress, 12 x 24

This is just a small bit of the tromp l'oeil oil painting I'm currently working on. I'm having so much fun with it, I couldn't wait to show it to you.

As you probably know, I'm addicted to vintage toys and thrift stores. As I was whining to Hubby one day about all the tape they use in thrift stores and how it ruins the boxes he said "Why not paint the tape too?" Duh! I paint tape all the time in my tromp l'oeils and here it's already been added to this Rook card game.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Ride 'Em Cowboy

Ride Em' Cowboy, detail, 18 x 24, oil on canvas

Ok, my secret is out. I love vintage cowboy figurines. Alright, it wasn't much of a secret. I collect them. I display them. I love them.

The background features a silk scarf with a wonderful picture of a cowboy on a horse.  Each ceramic cowboy has his own palomino  horse and a cactus to show us he is in the Southwest.

I like the hard, shiny figurines against the soft texture of the scarf and rug.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Capturing the Sun

Capturing the Sun, oil on linen, 30 x 20
 I rarely paint flowers but I had the desire to paint these sunflowers. To me, sunflowers are the symbol of summer. I love the way the sun shines through the translucent petals. Have you ever stopped to look at the way the glass causes a distortion on flower stems? And battenberg lace has always been a favorite of mine. For purchase information, click HERE