Meet Everly….A Christmas Portrait

Hello! Yes, it’s me again. Finally back from  the Christmas rush and craziness. A much needed break gave me some new ideas for the New Year.  Can’t wait to try some new pieces (and finish some half-done ones) that are on my list to try.

But I did want to share this portrait  which was one of two I was commissioned to do for a Christmas gift. This is Everly, and her expression gives her awesome personality away!  I couldn’t wait to try her, even though as every new painting is, looked  a little challenging.  At the end of it all, I was pleased with the result, as were they, which makes me VERY happy!

I attached  the photo here along with my finished painting. I don’t know what it is, but every time I look at her happy expression I can’t help but smile myself. Such a cutie!


The cute photo


The finished portrait

Patchwork Elephant on Etsy

I just finished this little guy the other day.  I have been trying to think of cute, little ideas for children’s rooms like abc prints and animals.  This is one of those ideas. Patchwork animals!

I really just started doing them so I really don’t know how people will take to them, but it’s fun and I love painting them.  This is the 3rd one as I have a bear and giraffe on my Etsy Shop as well.  Hope you like him.  You can find him here at my shop:


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Patchwork Elephant

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Amish Boy In The Barn

Here is another completed picture, Amish Boy In The Barn.  As I stated in my previous post, the boy was actually drawn from an old picture of my son when he was quite small.  He had the cutest face! 

It was actually a lot of fun to do.  I hope you like the result.  I plan on sending this to manufacturers of designs for the amish tourist areas in the United States. Maybe…just maybe!Image

Layla, A Springer Spaniel

This is a picture I just completed of my sister’s dog, Layla. Layla is a Springer Spaniel that could have been a show dog, but she has a slight underbite, which makes her adorable!  You can kind of see it here.  This was a gift and I love doing these as gifts, I guess, because the pressure isn’t on to finish any picture at any given time.  You can give it when you are completely satisfied, and it’s a gift!  No one will ever give the person anything like it! It’s so personal.

I hope you like it and I plan to do more dogs and pets and maybe…just maybe…start commissioning them.  Ooooo, that’s a big step, but I just may be ready.  We’ll see. In any case…enjoy! 


Santa and Snowmen, New Pictures

Sorry so long in posting…I have been busy trying to find which media to stay with, as I am all over the place.  I seem to be falling back to pastels though, as I really love the realistic look to it.

I did the snowmen pics in acrylics, which were fun…but the Santa was really fun.  I just love to blend and get the colors so vibrant!  Anyway, I hope you like these.






3 Children’s Pastel Portraits

I just finished these pastel portraits for a friend as she wanted to give them as housewarming gifts.  I did these on the smooth side of the pastel paper, unlike the one done in the previous post, which was done on the textured side.  I was afraid to try this, but I think I like this side better as the eyes and face come out so much clearer.  What do you think?




Natalynn-A Pastel Portrait

This is Natalynn, my sister-in-law’s granddaughter.  I gave this as a gift to my sister-in-law for her birthday and I must say I enjoyed making this gift instead of buying something at the store.  It was much more rewarding, and she absolutely loved it.  Trying my hand at more now. Oh no…another media to learn all over again.  I keep going back and forth!!!

Oh well, hope you like her.Image