Friday, April 29, 2011


7 x 7
watercolor on paper

My grandad used to live in Naples, FL. It was a pretty fun place to visit... to say the least :) Naples has one of those beaches that one dreams about. Crystal clear water, white sand, seashells and sand dollars. In fact, my husband's first gift to me was a sand dollar from Naples with a quote that he had handwritten on the back. {sigh} yes, I'll marry you.

Sorry for the mushiness :) Maybe all this royal wedding craziness has me in a romantic mood. Just got a text from my mom that says we'll be having a brit style tea time and pimms cocktails tonight to celebrate! Haha ;)

Anyway, I'll definitely be doing more watercolors of Naples. It's fun to paint a place that brings back such fond memories.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Snake River Watercolor

Snake River
6 x 8
watercolor study

I am finding that it is very different photographing watercolors. If anyone has any tips let me know! I'm finding that the colors are quite different and the whites are quite gray. OH watercolors, I will conquer you.

This is a {slightly grayed} study of the Snake River painting that I posted below. Hope you all are having a lovely spring. Thanks for checking in!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Watercolor Studies

Up the Mountain
6 x 8

I've been working on some watercolor studies lately. Watercolor painting does not come naturally to me, although I do enjoy it. It is like thinking backwards if you compare it to oil or acrylic painting. It's also not so easy {if at all possible} to fix a mistake! I suppose that is good for my brain. I have many more to come so stay tuned...

I've also been working on pet portraits and I have a couple commissions that I need to start! Mike is in his full swing of landscape season and I occasionally get to help him color or ink a design. Things are getting busy but fun around here :)

Saturday, March 19, 2011


10 x 10
oil on canvas

This is a sample pet portrait I did to display at Long Dog Fat Cat :) Gotta love those puppy dog eyes! This is my uncle's family dog, Charley! Named for Hurricane Charley. What a sweetie!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Meet Tucker! We've been busy getting to know this beautiful boy over the past week and a half! He is great and we've had so much fun with him :) I think he's getting used to our routine and his new cat sister Jesse. She keeps her distance but is starting to come around more and more. Hopefully I'll be starting a painting of Tucker soon! I'm currently working on a couple of other pet portraits to display at Long Dog Fat Cat out in Village Pointe South. They are so sweet there and very helpful! If you have a dog or cat with special diet needs or you just want to upgrade your pet food, I would highly recommend this store! Everything is corn and grain free. It's easier on their tummies :)

Back to work!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Re-hab Furnishings

I'm very proud of my husband and his "winter" company Re-hab. Check out the website if you get a chance! We're still adding content to it, of course. He has been designing, making and selling tables for a couple years now and it's really starting to flourish! He absolutely loves doing it. Here is one of his most recent tables:

This table is called the 'Tucker' in honor of our new dog that we'll be getting this weekend! It's made of solid Walnut and recycled steel. Isn't it beautiful? It's currently displayed at Pearson & Co. here in Omaha along with some of my art! If you have a chance, check out this store! It's beautiful! They have really nice furniture, art and decor. They are out in Legacy and the owners are super friendly :)

New little painting

oil on linen
8 x 8.25

available for purchase at my etsy shop!

This little painting was a fun one. I think I'll do a larger version soon. I've been working on a couple landscapes lately that haven't been going so well... let's just say they're very purple. Not that there is anything wrong with purple, but they are very purple. I haven't even been able to look at them in a week. So I've been working on smaller paintings and painting the edges of older paintings, sketching, writing down ideas... anything to not work on these other dreaded paintings!! I know I can always start over, but there's just something in me that wants to be able to finish them! I'll keep you posted...

Monday, February 7, 2011

A recent pet portrait

Abbie & Jackson
Oil on Canvas
16 x 20

Here is a recent pet portrait I did for one of my oldest friends! Her sister commissioned it and it was a surprise which was fun! I really enjoyed this one. I enjoyed the challenge of painting a black dog, the texture of their fur and painting all the grass. Aren't animals so fun? We are currently in the process of adopting a dog from a rescue... pretty exciting!! A new subject for my paintings :)

Check out some of my other pet portraits on my facebook page! Become a fan while you're at it!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Painting Update

A short post today as I am busy painting and cleaning... but here is a painting very much in progress. Sorry that I couldn't figure out how to get the pic on my blog! I took the picture with my phone so it's not the best, but here it is anyway! It's a big one so I have a ways to go! I'm enjoying painting the ocean in the middle of January :)

I have not blogged in so long and I feel like I have lots to update! So stay tuned! I'll be posting some new ideas... what I've been working on... what I will be working on... some inspirations...

OH! and check out my mom's new blog, Ink Wash Letters {very exciting!} about our family history, Omaha history and the arts in Omaha with a focus on a WWII pilot that was an amazingly talented artist {my great uncle Bruce}.