Friday, December 24, 2010

Baby Wading

Merry Christmas Eve to all.  I had some palette knife painting time last night and this is the result.  Email me if interested in purchase after the drying period.  Hope everyone enjoys the holidays!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Please Tie My Shoe

12 x 16 inch palette knife oil on linen board.  ($150 plus tax and shipping)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Ornament #2 - SOLD

Pastel is one of my favorite things but I don't use them that often.  I decided to bring them out for fun and this is on a very rough sandpaper made with a mixture recommended by a great pastel artist, Susan Ogilvie.  Merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Free Wheeling! - SOLD

10 x 10 inch oil on rough cotton canvas board.  Very interesting surface to work on!  But, I am pleased with the loose interpretation.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010


This is a bit more realistic than my usual.  It is a 9 x 12 inch portrait of Old Saint Nick.  Just started with no real idea of what he would look like when finished.  What fun to just let go and see what happens!

FOR SALE - $150.00 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


This is a small 5 x 7 on Raymar panel.  This work is my favorite way to paint...very impressionist with lots of loose juicy strokes of vibrant oil paints.  This young chef was preparing lunch in one of my favorite restaurants in Hendersonville, NC.

This is for sale and will be on my Etsy site or just email me if interested.

$75.00 - Artist will pay shipping in U.S.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Cherry Lemon Sundrop???

If you don't live in my area, you will probably wonder what in the world this is about!  In my hometown of Concord, NC, they have a homegrown softdrink call SUNDROP.  And, if you go to the local What a Burger, you can get it with cherry and lemon.  The month of December, the local art guild has asked for paintings to display in an exhibit that is about our area.  This is my take on local art...the Cherry Lemon Sundrop is art to my son Corey.  It was always his favorite thing!  This one's for you Corey!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Bonnet Monet

If the title makes no sense to you...let me explain.  My daughter and her husband (Jason and Alison Bonnet) are viewing a Monet.  12 x 12 inch oil on gessoboard.  NFS.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Artwork for the Holidays

A wonderful way to share the holidays and your artwork with your friends and family is to make your own holiday cards.  I decided to get an early start and painted this small oil to use for my cards this year.  Hope this gets the season started....

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Beach Readers

This is another one from the workshop.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

My Favorite from the Workshop

We all painted quite a few paintings last week, and some became "learning experiences"...but, this one is my favorite of those I completed.   I struggle to leave out the unnecessary information to make a good composition.  I like the simplicity of this one and the crop.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Overview of Karin Jurick Workshop

All good things must come to an end....  What a great experience I had last week! I was so fortunate to spend a full week painting with very talented painters from all over the US and Canada.  The video below highlights some of the great work done during the week by my fellow artists, and of course, Karin.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Day Three and Four

Painting by Susan B. Hecht

If you ever have the opportunity to study with Karin Jurick, take it!  First, we have had a great time with some talented artists.  The one above is from a Raleigh NC area artist.  I found her work to be very interesting.

It would be impossible not to improve your artwork in this class.  Karin is very giving and helps you throughout the day.  I highly recommend this to oil painters.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Day Two of Karin Jurick Workshop

On day two, it was the student artists time to paint.  We were given a photograph exactly like the one Karin painted in the demo of day one.  It was interesting to see how some artists free hand drew the "beach lady" while others were very slowly graphing it.  Then, the painting began with the flat brushes and the many colors.  My version is shown here.  I walked around the art studio and can honestly say, each and every artist did a unique but equally beautiful version.

Then, we watched a short demonstration of a portrait done from....a mugshot!  Karin drew it freehand and painted the mug in no more than thirty minutes.  Very fun to watch!

This portrait is only 4x 4".

Then, the student artists were invited to wine and cheese at the Morris and Whitesides Gallery in Hilton Head to meet the owner, get advice on gallery representation, and the opportunity to view the gallery without anyone but the student artists invited.  What an opportunity!!!

Days One of Karin Jurick's Workshop

Day #1 - I was so excited to begin the learning process at this Hilton Head, SC, workshop conducted by Karin Jurick of Atlanta.  I have admired her figurative oil paintings for years.  I first learned of Karin through her painting challenges and have been a faithful blog follower ever since.

We started the day with a presentation of the photographs she takes and then the paintings she does from those photographs.  It was amazing to see what she can do with a photograph that most of us would consider "bad".  She then showed us what she does to improve on the photographs through the magic of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

The first day ended with a wonderful demonstration on a photograph each artist will paint on day two.  We gathered around Karin and watched the magic begin.  She only uses flat brushes and uses a pizza pan with approximately fifty paint colors.  Actually, during this demonstration she only used one brush and washed it in Gamsol after most strokes.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Off to Study Oil Figurative Painting!

I am studying all week with Karin Jurick of Atlanta.  She is a wonderful figurative artist and I hope learn great things from her.  I will post photos from the workshop as the weeks progresses.  Happy Halloween to everyone.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hope you have a Happy Halloween!

This is just for fun and to wish everyone a Happy Halloween!  It is an 8x8 inch oil on masonite.

Karin Jurick - I am pleased to have the opportunity to study under a very talented figurative oil painter for five days the first part of November in Hilton Head Island, SC.  I am so excited and will post progress as I learn from a true professional.  Karin's works are in numerous galleries and she is well known for her talent and her willingness to share her knowledge with other artists.  Stay tuned...

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Harbor View

Oil on linen.  12 x 16.  Impressionist technique with a touch of abstraction.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Santa #1 - A bit early, but....

I was shopping this weekend and found Halloween and Thanksgiving to be minor players in the decorating of retailers.  Christmas trees and all the holiday needs are already in the stores.  So, I got in the spirit of it and decided to try a portrait of Santa Claus.  This is 12 x 16 inches, oil on linen.  It is my usual loose brushstrokes.

Here we have....Santa Claus in October!  Contact me by email if you would like this Santa to help you get started.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Black Eyed Susan

This painting is a bit different in that there are abstract shapes making up with background.  The painting in on linen and is oil.  The photograph was taken of our Eleanor by my son-in-law Chris.  It is 16 x 20 inches and is for sale at my website.

My usual loose style with a bit of abstraction.

It  is unframed and can be framed without glass.

Sunday, October 3, 2010


This painting is a 16 x 20 inch original oil painting in my usual impressionist manner.  The colors are primarily soft using Terra Verte in the background, a transparent green.  The subject is a mother and a child and the obvious loving look from the mother.  I added texture with my palette knife.

This is my favorite painting ever!  I love the way the baby and his/her face came together.  Babies are the toughest of all subjects.  To gain the youthful expression can be very challenging.

This one will be for sale and you can email me for details.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Baby Time on Exhibit - NOW SOLD

Very pleased to say that my painting, Baby Time, sold at the opening of the Carolinas Got Art Exhibit.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Weiner Dogs!

5 x 7 inch oil on linen.  These two were ready to spend the day at the beach and were fun to paint.  This is not for sale but is going to a friend who loves these little creatures.  She knows who she is!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Big Catch

5 x 7 inch impressionist oil painting of two guys enjoying the beautiful September weather on Bald Head Island.  Dinner is served!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Laid Back

This original oil painting is done on linen and is a 5x7 inch portrait of a dog.  Not sure what kind this is, but he was just so relaxed with that laid back ear...had to paint him.  Met him on the way to Bald Head Island on vacation.  He just was so cute when the sun hit his flopped up ear.  If you are interested in this painting please just email me at

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Carolinas Got Art! PIECE CHOSEN!

I am thrilled to announce my acceptance into Carolinas Got Art juried exhibition at Atherton Mill in Charlotte NC.  This is a large show that was first started in the 70's.  CAROLINAS GOT ART EXHIBITION

Artists who have entered this type event know the stress as you are judged on your artwork prior to entry and then those chosen are again judged for top prizes.  The exhibition will begin October 1 for the entire month and I am looking forward to seeing all the beautiful work.  There were approximately 1800 entries this year with 181 chosen so you can see why I am excited.

The chosen piece is Baby Time which is at the top of my blog.  It is a 16 x 20 inch still life of baby items including an antique toy duck.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Football Time!

This original oil painting is only 8 x 8 inches square.  With football season starting, it is time for all the cheerleaders to get into high gear.  This little cheerleader was just too cute in her red and white outfit.

This painting will be for sale at my web site for children's rooms.  The link is to the right.  It is still wet so will be ready for an easel or a frame in about a week to ten days.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

EBAY Auction for Mud Puddle

I have never sold on Ebay but an artist friend suggested it so here I go.  The previous post of Mud Puddle is NOW available on Ebay at a reduced price.  Click here to take a look or to bid.

Ebay Listing for this painting

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Mud Puddle - A Painting with Texture - For Sale- Contact artist

This is an original oil painting on 9 x 12 inch linen canvas.  The painting is one that has textural strokes visible with the use of my palette knife.

The colors are Cinnabar Green, Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Ochre, Transparent Yellow, and a new one called Tuscan Red by Cennini.  The new one is a handmade paint I am trying out.  I think it may be a good choice for skin tones.

The subject is a toddler in a mud puddle.  What toddler can resist it?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Madame Tea Party - No longer available

There are likely those of you who know the famous dolls that are often collected.  I was no exception.  I bought these two collectable dolls for my daughter, Alison,  when she was very young and found these two in an old closet and decided to paint them.  They are small so the painting of their faces was a challenge.  The tea cup is an antique that I found in a store in Hendersonville, NC.

This painting is a 9 x 12 inch original oil on linen.

The style is my usual impressionist strokes with palette knife painting.

This painting is for sale at my ETSY.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

White Tee Shirt

I absolutely love to do original oil painting portraiture.  If I am able to get a good likeness right off the bat, it is just so much fun.  This is the portrait in oil on linen of a young girl.  I think I did attain the likeness and I also like the softness of this piece.  Colors are all muted and edges are primarily soft.  This is not for sale.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Portraits to Watch

ARTIST Karin Jurick
Oil painter, Karin Jurick, is doing something that is amazing in portraiture.  She calls her latest series, 100 Faces.  She is painting 100 faces of people from their mugshots ...yes I said help her improve her skills in portraiture.  I find it fascinating and thought I would share.  The link to Karins blog is

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Beagle Buddy - This Painting is Sold

As promised, this is a smaller version of the previous "Wanna Hold The Puppy."  This is entitled "Beagle Buddy."  It is a 9 x 12 inch original oil painting of the love of children and their puppy.  Impressionist strokes are visible.  Palette knife also used.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Wanna Hold The Puppy!

Original oil painting done from photograph taken by the artist at the Saluda, NC Coon Dog Festival.  The smallest of the girls was a little upset that the other girl would not let her hold the puppy.  Loved the interaction and drama.

The beagle was so cute and so sweet.  Gotta love beagles!

The style of this piece is impressionist and utilizing a large amount of palette knife painting as well as loose brush strokes.  Piece is 12 x 16 inches on linen.  It is not for sale at this time as it is entered into a competition.  A smaller version is in the works and will be for sale at my Etsy (9 x 12 inch).

Friday, August 13, 2010

Curtain Call Original Pastel

This is a pastel painting that I have posted before so excuse the repeat but this is one of the paintings that was accepted into the Cabarrus Art Guild juried show!  I believe that the majority of the paintings are oil and acrylic but I have two pastel pieces in the show.

PASTEL ARTISTS that I admire include two that I have had the pleasure to study under.  The first one is Alicia Sotherland.  She is not only a fabulous artist and teacher but a great friend.  Please take a look at her work.  Alicia Sotherland Website

The second one is Margaret Dyer.  She does pastel figuratives and also gave me some tools for my artists toolbox during a workshop last year.  Margaret Dyers blog

Pastels are wonderful but remember if you buy one...must be framed under glass to protect it.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

New Original Oil Painting for Childrens Rooms - Baby Time

I am blessed to have both friends and family expecting babies this year. With that in mind, I am painting a series of original oil paintings that will be appropriate for a nursery. This is a 12 x 16 inch oil painting on linen. Included in the painting is an antique pull toy I couldn't resist on EBAY. This painting is for sale at both my website ( linked to the right or my Etsy store (another right link).

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Old Clock

Original Oil Still Life.

Willow Pitcher with Lemons

12 x 14 original oil. Contact artist if interested in a purchase by

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Cabarrus Art Guild Exhibition - August 16-October 7

The Cabarrus Art Guild in Concord is opening an art exhibition in the Historic Courthouse, 65 Union St. S. in Concord. Artwork from artists living in Cabarrus, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly or Union can submit their works. I have three pieces including This Ones for The Girls (previous post) and the one attached to this posting (Blue and Gold) on display.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


9 x 12 inch oil of beautiful Molly.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Another Traditional Oil Painting

9 x 12...

A Traditional Approach

9 x 12 using the techniques of Hall Groat II and his palette. Very traditional but I like the look!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Pretty Bird

6 x 8 linen oil palette knife painting. For Sale at Etsy or on the web site.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Wednesday, July 7, 2010