Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Mike B.

This is a commission piece that a friend had me paint of her fiance. Working from a photo. I researched tattoo paintings and found some inspiration from an artist named Shawn Barber who paints portraits of tattoo artists. Over all I think she was very happy with the painting. It was a challenge, I treated it as a regular portrait, painting his torso and then layering the tattoo on top. My photo is a little blurry. This is a large piece on stretched canvas. 24x30 oil c 2008. NFS

Monday, December 8, 2008

Remember Us

When I was in high school I won a contest sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. It was called a poppy poster contest because the auxiliary sells little paper poppies to raise funds every year around memorial day for vets in their local communities. I painted a pair of boots very much like these, The title was Remember Us. I was presented with a beautiful silver charm bracelet with a poppy charm on it which I still have, 39 years later. When I saw the photo from Karin Jurick 's Different Strokes From Different Strokes Blog I decided to paint the boots as a memorial tribute to our troops to remind us of the sacrifices made and the sacrifices our young men and women are still making today. Take a moment to remember them. Please Support Our Troops. 9x12 oil on board c.2008 Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


My entry for the Different Strokes challenge. I really enjoyed the process on this piece. I like the light effect. oil on linen 9x12.

Monday, November 17, 2008


This is from the weekly challenge of Karin Jurick's Different Strokes Blog. 95% of this painting was painted upside down (no i wasn't upside down the canvas was) It was really a great learning exercise. The shapes are so abstract that it was realtively easy. I did not get a good photo of the painting and I apologize for that. click on the title of the painting to go to the blog . 8x10 oil on board
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Silent Silos

I have been driving by silos for years and suddenly I have become fascinated by them. These happen to be small ones but the large ones remind me of skyscrapers out in the country. There is an area between Little Rock, Ar. and Memphis, Tn. around Wheatley Ar., where the land is very flat and there are some huge silos rising up out of the rice patty's and wheat fields. The first time I saw them almost 40 years ago I actually thought it was the skyline of Memphis! lol I love the picturesque ones next to barns as well. So, I am looking out for silos everywhere now. These were painted with my very favorite adopted, artist, mentor, son, Elio Camacho in Tennessee. Aren't I lucky!! 6x8 oil on board 2008

Saturday, November 8, 2008


Different Strokes From Different Folks Blog

A fun challenge for the weekly Different Strokes Blog Go over and check it out. 6x6 oil. 2008.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Magic Meadow

I have been outside trying to paint a lot over the past few weeks as well as clean up my yard. I haven't made a lot of progress in either project. I did however catch a bad cold and I now have TMJ. I can't even bite down on an apple it hurts so much! So, I have not been posting much. Please continue to pray for my mothers recovery and for my sisters who have been sacrificing their own lives to care for her. Here is a small landscape 6"x8" oil on board. I tried to use expressive brush strokes to tell the story of the beautiful day and meadow. 2008 Private Collection

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Best Canvas

Remember being uninhibited when creating art, just having fun? As an adult those are the days I love the most the days that I just let it flow freely. 8x10 oil on raymar board.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Plum Line

I really tried to capture the deep burgundy color of the plums. Of course they aren't that reflective in real life so I had to create the reflection and the highlights are brighter than they were from the light. 6x6 oil of gessoed ampersand board. $110

Friday, October 3, 2008

Cloud Gate Sculpture

The weekly challenge painting from Different Strokes From different Folks

I was hesitant about this challenge because it looked difficult but it was really so much fun. KISS=keep it simple stupid! Something I kept saying to myself while painting. 8x10 oil on hard board
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Have You Seen The Little Figgys?

Brush strokes! So fun to create with bold brush strokes. This painting has a very contemporary look to it. 8x10 oil on hardboard.
I hate prep work but it has to be done. I am preparing panels for painting by gluing linen to the surface. I am experimenting with gatorboard and also using birch panels. Although it takes up time I think it is worth it in money saved. My husband cut the gatorboard and birch for me in various sizes. I bought primed linen at Jerry's Artarama with a 40% off coupon. Cutting the linen is the biggest hassle. But I will have loads of beautiful panels to paint on. WooHoo!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

A Room With A View

A beautiful landscape just before the leaves turn and fall off to expose the harsh cold winter. Take a walk down the road through the village and back to the inn for a cup of tea and homemade blackberry scones. 6x8 oil on hardboard

Friday, September 26, 2008

Three White Guys for Different Strokes From Different Folks

Three white pumpkins for Karin Jurick's Different Strokes From Different Folks weekly challenge. This challenge is something I look forward to each week.The bright sun was beating down on these pumpkins washing out alot of the variations in values. 8x10 oil on hardboard

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Baby Sitters

I like this composition. These little fruit still life's are so much fun to paint as warm ups. 6x8 oil on hardboard.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Lonely In Venice

More and more I feel figurative work is the direction I need to go. I love plein air but to really enjoy landscapes or city scapes I need to incorporate people doing every day things in them. I am most happy when I am painting figures.This painting is 9x12 oil on hardboard.
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Monday, September 22, 2008

Job Shadowing

Today is the first day of fall. Time goes by too quickly. This is a still life of granny smith's and purple plums 9x12 oil on hardboard.$175.00

Friday, September 19, 2008

A Man Reading A Newspaper from Different Strokes Blog

This is my version of the weekly painting submission to Different Strokes From Different Folks Blog from Karin Jurick. I am having so much fun participating in this weekly challenge. It is always amazing how Karin can choose a simple photo of an everyday person and Interpret it into a special painting. I think the white edge is too white around the bottom of the newspaper so I will correct that later. 5x7 oil on board $110.00

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Nancy Chaboun Workshop

This is a quick study I painted during a Nancy Chaboun workshop. We worked from a beautiful live model. I am sorry I have not gotten back into the swing of posting new paintings to my blog. It has been a hard couple of months. Life happens. I may go back and paint a more finished piece from this study. Nancy Chaboun is a wonderful teacher from Scottsdale, Arizona. She is so knowledgeable and fun. NFS 9x12 oil

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Odd Man Out

A quick study for my daily painting. Loose, expressive. Juicy tomatoes. 6x6 oil on hardboard. $95.00

The large tomato on the left needs some correction and I will go back to it later and fix it.
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Monday, September 8, 2008

It's Not Easy Being Plein 4

I had high hopes for this painting but I couldn't please myself with the result. I will consider it a good practice painting. I had the most trouble with color temperature and actually photographing it. the painting is 8x10 oil on hardboard freshly painted $150.00
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Friday, September 5, 2008

Dear Jack

My dear friend Karin Jurick lost her sweet friend Jack. Leave it to Karin to make something so painful into something positive and including others with her generosity. Karin introduced a new blog this week Different Strokes From Different Folks where she posts a photo and invites other artists to interpret it and send the results to her to publish on the blog. The first photo is of her baby Jack who recently passed after a brave fight with his illness. Isn't this the most wonderful idea? 6x6 oil on hardboard $125.00 ( the money from the sale of this painting will be donated to our humane society here in Huntsville,Al. in memory of Jack Jurick)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

It's Not Easy Being Plein 3

This painting is from the plein air painters series. I especially like the way the light on the artist turned out. Painted from a borrowed photo. Thanks to all who offered prayers for my mom. 12x12 oil on canvas board c/2008 $275.00
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Monday, August 18, 2008

Miss Edna

I posted this painting of my mother last month. My mother is 91. She fell on Sunday and broke her hip and will have surgery this week. She lives in Arkansas. I will not be able to paint or post at this time. I ask for your prayers as she has many complications. Thank you. Sincerely, Nancy
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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Peanut Butter And Jelly

This woman reminds me of someone enjoying a quite moment on the beach, perhaps she is enjoying a sandwich while she watches the waves come in. 6x8 oil on board 2008 $110.00

Thursday, August 7, 2008


I always wanted to be a dancer. When I was in college I took ballet, about 18 years too late! We had to dance in The Music Man. While I was struggling to learn the dance I heard the instructor say, "Oh God, that redhead is going to ruin the show!" I quickly learned the routine and luckily I didn't ruin the show but that ended my dancing career. This is a little fellow in New Orleans dancing for people in the street. 2008 6x8 oil on board $110.00

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Little Spys Among Us 3


I like the bright light in this piece. I do plan to do more in this series but today I will move on to another subject. I am taking another workshop next week with Elio Camacho. This one will be a floral workshop, indoors. Thank goodness!My goal in my figurative work is to be loose and expressive and to still capture a realism of the subject. I wish I had the patience to paint a photo realistic piece but I don't, it makes me feel tense to try. When I look at other artists works and try to learn from studying them, I think wow they have their own signature style and I never felt I had that. Now, I think that I finally can see my own style coming through. Karin Jurick is my inspiration and mentor. I love her as a person and of course as an artist. She is just so gifted, it all comes natural and instinctive to her. 2008 8x10 oil on board $175.00
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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Little Spys Among Us 2

The second in the spy/binocular series. I always have a difficult time when I am painting a lot of grass. Difficult in that grass is boring to me and in the summer here in the south, if you are a plein air painter you (I) get sick of soooo much green. On the other hand it gives the artist a great opportunity to show creative brush strokes, light and different hues. 2008 8x10 oil on board $175.00 Purchase at

Monday, August 4, 2008

Little Spys Among Us 1


This is a series I am working on of children looking through binoculars, always looking and learning. 6x8 oil on board 2008 $125.00
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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Miss Brooks Lonely Vacation

As I was painting this piece it began to take on a story to me. A story of a woman who has never married, she is British and perhaps has been a nanny and has spent her whole life in service to others. Now she is older and taking some time for herself. Where has time gone? She is alone on a beautiful island....The colors are subtle and soft in this painting. Giving it a vintage feeling. 8x10 oil on board 2008 $210.00
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Friday, August 1, 2008

So That's A Speedo

An older women at the beach enjoying her day spy's her first speedo suit. Is she totally disgusted or enjoying the view? You decide. I added walnut oil to the paint mix and it flowed on so juicy. I really like the piece. This must be my aqua summer, because I can't get enough of it. 8x10 oil on board 2008 $200.00
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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Deep Thoughts About Cookies

Every time I paint a picture of a small male child from a photo they seem to have some familiarity about them that I can see my son when he was a little boy. I miss those times. He was and is the cutest little boy in the world, only now he is 24! This little fellow is just like him. Although this painting may look fuzzy, it is the way it is painted not the way it was photographed for a change! The painting is 6x6 oil on hardboard. 2008 $110.00
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008


I found this wonderful photo in the free photo library at WetCanvas. If you have never been to, it is a vast resource of information as well as an artist community to choose from. I have been wanting to paint an underwater scene for a while and I thought this would make a great painting. I think it turned out well. The colors of the reflections in the water with the sun coming through were amazing to paint. 2008 12x12 oil on hardboard. $500.00
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

New Friends

A chance encounter of two women on a walk at the beach leads to a new friendship. Have you ever had that happen? Just meeting a person and your intuition tells you they would make a wonderful friend, and they really do! I wonder if is is just a coincidence or fate... 2008 6x8 oil $125.00
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Monday, July 28, 2008


Mr. Tattoo is a wonderful subject to paint. The colors in rooster feathers are as varied as the different breeds. Beautiful metallic colors like you fine in natures most precious metals,the brightest reds, blues and earth tones. 2008 6x6 oil on hardboard $110.00
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