Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Cowpoke - SOLD

Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas, 9x12

Thanks to Heather Kohorst on Paint My Photo for the great reference photo!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Autumn Walk

Autumn Walk
11x14 Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Painted as part of a challenge in a painting group I belong to. A reference photo is chosen and everyone 'makes it their own'. The photo had no people in it but I felt it needed a 'story', so the girl and her dog was my choice.  I have a lot of fun painting the leaves in multiple layers of color, which unfortunately does not so up as rich as it looks in person.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Water Lily I - SOLD

Water Lily I
8x10 Acrylic on Panel, $50.00

Called this Water Lily I because I plan to paint many more. I love the light on the pads.

Friday, October 23, 2015


8x10 Acrylics on Sintra Panel


What attracted me to this set up was the light patterns coming through the crocheted curtain, through the leaves, through the window. So many people have left comments on my FB page that it makes them happy, too. 

Pink Hydrangeas - SOLD

Pink Hydrangeas
6x6 Acrylic on Panel

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Cheeseburgers: So Bad, So Good

So Bad, So Good
5x7 Acrylic on Panel

When I'm on a diet, I am compelled to paint food. Doesn't taste as good, but better for me.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Red-Headed Flower Girls

Red-Headed Flower Girls
6x6 Acrylic on Panel

This is a reference photo from PMP-art.com that I have always loved. 
Rosalind Amorin is the the photographer who captured such a sweet moment. 
The girls in the photo are blond, but I'm partial to red-heads.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Ruefus, the Wire Haired Dachsund

Ruefus, Head Shot
6x6 Acrylic on Panel, Commission

Ruefus, Dreaming of Oregon
9x12 Acrylic on Canvas, Commission

Ruefus was a commission for a woman who is from Oregon, now lives in Arizona and misses Oregon.  I love Doxies so this was big fun to paint. I had a smooth haired Doxie when I was growing up and painting this brought back memories of when she'd run away and we'd have to chase her all over the neighborhood, coaxing her home with hot dogs. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Eyelashes - SOLD

9x12 Acrylic on Canvas

Isn't he adorable?


11x14 Acrylic on Wrapped Canvas

Roses a la Mollica

Roses a la Mollica
6x8 Acrylic on Canvas Panel

I bought a painting instruction course by Patti Mollica as I love love love her paintings and want to do more in that looser style. This was my first attempt not to pat, pat pat the paint onto the canvas but to do few strokes and leave them alone. It has a freshness, don't you think?

Summer's Over - SOLD

Summer's Over
12x12 Acrylic on Sintra Panel

When I saw this reference photo it brought up such nostalgia, even though I've never been to a place exactly like this. Art can do that sometimes. I find it peaceful to let my eyes rest on the horizon and relax, as though I'm swaying on the tire swing.

A Moment in Time - SOLD

A Moment in Time
12x12 Acrylic on Panel

Steve Lyddon is a photographer on PMP-art.com that captures the most beautiful shots! I just fell in love with this photo and it went into my "must paint" file. I live in the country and love the drive to work because I see the cows and horses out in the beautiful Maryland countryside. But I'm too lazy to go plein air painting.....so thanks to Steven Lyddon!

Pancakes for Dinner

8x8 Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

My mom used to make pancakes for dinner sometimes. I don't know why they taste better at night. But they do.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Blossom, the Gorgeous Yorkie Terrier

Blossom, 8x8 Acrylic on Linen Panel

A commission ordered as a birthday present for her daughter. 
Doesn't her name fit her sweet personality?

Monday, June 8, 2015

Garuda Aviary Fundraiser - Seamus

Seamus - 6x6 Acrylic on panel

This was given as a Gift Certificate by the donor to a relative. I was so happy to paint his sweet face and the owner got it and said, "Oh, my, she really captured him!" Yay.

Bluebells in Green - SOLD

Bluebells in Green
8x10 Acrylic on Panel

This was both fun and a challenge. Greens are something I'm learning to paint. Last January I moved to a house situated in the middle of a 275 acre tree nursery and it has given me the advantage of spending time on the deck just looking at "green trees". Do you know how many greens there are? And did you know "Blue Spruce" is actually a slight lavender tint? I know it sounds weird but I look at trees now and think  - "hmmmm, olive with a touch of ultramarine blue", or "just a pinch of cadmium red in that one".  Art geek.

Garuda Aviary Fundraiser - Desquartes

Desquartes - 6x6 Acrylic on panel

From the donor:

Dear Elizabeth, 

Thanks so much for this!  It is beautiful and touching for us.  We understand art takes time, and it is your contribution to the parrots that deserves recognition and thanks.

Garuda Aviary Fundraiser - Aldo

Aldo - 6x6 Acrylic on Panel

From the donor re Aldo and Lissie:

They r fantastic go ahead n varnish them
Thx so much Elizabeth

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

Garuda Aviary Fundraiser - Lissie

Lissie - 6x6 Acrylic on Panel

From the donor, on Lissie and also Aldo:
They r fantastic go ahead n varnish them
Thx so much Elizabeth

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Not So Mellow Yellow - Day Lilies - SOLD

Not So Mellow Yellow 
8x8 inches, Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Sides painted black so you can hang as is, or get it framed.

Painted for a challenge in a Facebook Group I belong to. Reference photo by Betty Gassart - thank you!
Yellow is a challenge to paint for me!
Proceeds benefit the parrots of The Garuda Aviary

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Cherry Blossom Artist

Spring Sprouts Artists
8x10", Acrylic on panel

Thanks to Laura Nelson from Paint My Photo for the reference photo and thanks to the Facebook group for the monthly challenge: "flowering trees".

Garuda Aviary Fundraiser - Watson

Watson, White-eyed Conure Parrot
6x6" Acrylic on panel
For the Garuda Aviary Fundraiser

Garuda Aviary Fundraiser - Cosmo

 Cosmo, the Mohawk Dog
6x6", acrylic on panel
For the Garuda Aviary Fundraiser

Just in case you wondered if he really has a mohawk, this is the reference photo I was sent:

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Garuda Aviary Fundraiser - Joy Beagle

Joy Beagle - 6x6 oil on panel

Yes, she is blind in one eye and the owner wanted her painted that way, just as she is...still beautiful into old age.

From her human:  

"Wow! It's beautiful! I can't stop smiling!!!
Thank you so much."

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Alaskan Malamute - Mable

9x12 Acrylics on Wrapped Canvas
Mable - Alaskan Malamute

This was a commission I finished last Summer, but the dog's human just got the gift. She was so kind to write to me how much it means to her. This moves me more than I can say.

Hello Elizabeth,

            I am an old friend of your sister Pam’s , from our “halcyon”  Ulmstead days.. and she was kind enough to have you paint a portrait of my dear dog Mable.

           It is simply lovely, and I want you to know that you caught the color and cast of her beautiful amber eyes to a T. I am not an artist...but imagine this is truly the hardest thing to capture. I am confident you get a number of these testimonials to your talent, but I wanted you to know that this work of art, goes to the top of my “what would you save, if God forbid, your house caught on fire”. The subject herself would be first ( of course) ..but your painting is a very close second. I will enjoy and treasure  it for many years to come, and it was most kind of both of you.      

                                           Thank you so much again,

Monday, January 5, 2015

Garuda Aviary Fundraiser - Bubba

6x6 Acrylic on Panel

We received the paintings today and they are even more incredible in "person"! They are so beautiful and lifelike. Scott is absolutely in love with them. I can't wait to get them framed. I have the perfect spot for them. Thank you so much!   Love.........

Garuda Aviary Fundraiser - Mouse the Cat

6x6 Acrylic on Panel
Mouse the Cat

We received the paintings today and they are even more incredible in "person"! They are so beautiful and lifelike. Scott is absolutely in love with them. I can't wait to get them framed. I have the perfect spot for them. Thank you so much!   Love.........

Garuda Aviary Fundraiser - Siddhi

6x6 Acrylic on Panel