Archive for February, 2014

23 – Major Taylor

February 23rd, 2014 No comments

majortaylorI know, I know, I’m supposed to be painting faces, but if I didn’t show this guy on a bicycle, you wouldn’t know who he is. Major Taylor was one of the best cyclists that ever lived. He was born in 1878 and died in 1932. He broke numerous world records and broke the color barrier to even be able to compete in the first place. Today there are numerous organizations using his name that promote cycling as a sport to underprivileged and children of color. And lest you think the color barrier is gone, it is not. It’s still harder for black cyclists to get anywhere in the sport.

This painting is for sale, at the amazing low price of $50.00. It measures 6″ x 6″

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22 – Mississippi John Hurt 1892-1966

February 22nd, 2014 26 comments

As much as I love a good face, I love a good story too. John Hurt was discovered in 1928 and made a few recordings. He was much appreciated, but the depression struck, and he was forgotten for 36 years. He worked as field hand, picking cotton or corn, and working cattle. It wasn’t until 1963 that the world found him again. For the last 3 years of his life, he enjoyed a measure of fame including a featured spot at the Newport Blues festival.
My husband introduced his wonderful earthy music to our family in the early 1980’s, good music to raise children on. This is being reposted from 2012, as this painting is still available.

This is a hand-painted watercolor, 8.5″ x 11″ and it is for sale for $175.00.
If you’d like to buy it, use the paypal button below or contact me. All money received goes directly to endangered species conservation.

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21 – Enza, my cat poses again

February 21st, 2014 3 comments

enzaposeI thought I would take a picture of Enza posing, and draw from it later, but she wouldn’t cooperate. She wanted me to sketch her live or forget it. Every time I lifted my phone to snap a picture, she moved. So I settled into the sketch, marveling at how she had all of her toes in a row, black, cream, black, cream. Adorable. She held the pose for me while I multitasked (eating breakfast and sketching) good cat. she was rewarded with a kibble.. or 3.

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20 – Dog in a box 3

February 20th, 2014 3 comments


Ghett the wonder dog will do just about anything she’s asked. Here she sticks her head and front feet into a little wooden frame. She looks like she KNOWS it’s a dumb idea, but she does it anyway. I loved painting this one. It was a lot of fun. I will sell this painting, which measures 6″ x 6″ for $50.00 All proceeds go to endangered species conservation programs.

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19 – Dog in a box 2

February 19th, 2014 4 comments

doginabox4I started painting this doggy the same way I did the last one, but as I got close to finishing, I heard Stella’s words in my head and went back and added a bit more color. I have a wonderful model for these paintings. Isn’t she fun? This painting measures 6″ x 6″ and is SOLD! More money going to Endangered species conservation!!!

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