Saturday, April 15, 2017



   Snooping around and found this 
wonderful blog Altered Book Lovers and it's drinks challenge.  
The little file cabinet in my head pulled up 
a couple of paintings that I did 
a few years back.
 So I thought I would submit them for y'all to see.

Wine and grapes. Acrylic on canvas panel, 8x10" 
and a wooden disk magnet painted with acrylic.

A frosty cool one for the summer days,
 and I know we all love cats.

Hoppy Easter Every Bunny

The best Easter Tree ever!
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Friday, April 14, 2017


Linking to Paint Party Friday

     It has been a month I think since I last posted.  I always think  of a confessional when I say this. 
What have I been doing all this time.  I wish I could make a painting every day like some people do, but I am slow and it is spring.  The beautiful mornings make it very difficult to stay indoors.


The lady above is one of my latest paintings done for the "Paint Your Heart and Soul" online  course. I used watercolor, which  I have traditionally avoided for various reasons. However, this one I am quite pleased with.  I call her "Listen To Your Inner Child". I did cheat a bit  by using opaque watercolors on some areas as well as some pastels.  

Drawn with colored pencil  from a photo by photographer Jeanne Tessier.  She follows a herd of mustangs of the 
Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota and takes wonderful photos of them. This handsome beast was one of the herd stallions which unfortunately crossed to greener pastures recently.

My Girls. 
 The black one is Desi and the little gray is Gizzi.
Acrylic paintings on 6x6 inch canvas.

 I do not have many flowers in my yard.
This is the flower of an aloe plant.
The flowers are quite small.  For these photos,
I used one of those lenses that you clip on a iPhone camera.

Beautiful moth on my deck.

Happy Easter every bunny.

Friday, March 17, 2017

My First Show


I am so elated, psyched, excited - 
I entered two paintings in the 
Art League of Baytown Spring Show.
One of them earned a first place
 in the mixed media category.

Pyrene - Gouache, colored pencil and collage.
 The other painting received an honorable mention.

"Lost" - Acrylic and collage
And this is my latest painting made with the inspiration and guidance of the online art classes by Olga Furman.

"The Heron" - Acrylic and pastel.

 Thanks to you all for visiting 
Happy St Patrick's Day!

Linking up with Paint Party Friday

My FB gallery - Paint and Pencil

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The End of February

A face a day for 28 Days.  28 Faces in February 2017

These will also fulfill my challenge to make
 a sketch a day for 365 days.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017


My version of an alien horse inspired by the movie "Avatar". 
 Acrylic under painting with details in colored pencil.

These two were done with the inspiration of Olga Furman. 
 I am taking her course "Paint Your Heart and Soul". 
 The theme was "Butterfly Dreams". 
My first one went way beyond the lesson but I love it. 
"Dawn" pulling away the night moon and stars.
For the lesson, we were supposed to use a vintage photo.
I used one of my mother when she was very young.

A drawing in graphite pencil, Ebony pencil and colored pencil 
of the lovely Helen Murin. 
I used a photo from the cover of AARP to draw this.   
Guess I gave my age away with that confession.

Linking to Paint Party Friday
See more of my portrait drawings at Paint n' Pencil  

Thanks for visiting.

Monday, February 6, 2017


A week of faces for  28 Faces in February 

A freckled boy with a very suspicious expression drawn with charcoal on a page painted with tinted gesso.  The splotches are made by sprinkling water drops on the wet paint.  After it dries, the page is blotted with a paper towel with removes the drops and the still wet paint under them.
Frida Kahlo, daring


drawn in charcoal on a white page that I washed with tinted gesso.


Bearded football player drawn with Ebony pencil and colored with colored Prismacolor pencils.

Who is he?

Steve Jobs, intelligent

Steve Jobs drawn with black and white charcoal on heavy brown paper from a grocery sack.  I love drawing on that stuff.


Indira Gandhi drawn with Ebony pencil on a page splashed with tinted and thinned gesso. 

I am feeling burned out so I loosened up.  A couple of scribbled drawings.  The "Medicine Woman" was drawn with in on a page my grand children had "drawn" on.  Thus we have a scribble on a scribble.  The second is a man with a very angry expression drawn with Sharpie pen on my fave, the grocery sack.

 Linking to Paint Party Friday
 Sketch a Day for 365 days.
And be sure to visit my art page at Paint n' Pencil

Friday, February 3, 2017


I almost missed this and I am so glad that I did not. 
 I have only done one face so far
 but I hope to catch up soon. 

This one is part of a larger painting on canvas. 
 I wish it was on paper because
 I like it better cropped like this.  
The dandelion on the left is real. 
 I found it in my yard
 and is not part of the painting...yet.

 Now I am up to date, almost.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Wolves and Butterflies

January 27, 2017

I  made two paintings last week using the inspiration 
of a lesson by Nicol Wickman 

North Lights

Broken Butterfly

Keeping up with the lessons for this online class 
has been very inspiring.  
There are days when it is a bit of a challenge to create,
 like today for instance.  
My daughter took me to see a play last night. 
 It was a very good play, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night" but I was out past my bedtime. 
 Sleepy day today.

I also completed one full month of daily sketches for 
Sketch a Day for 365 days.

Linking up to Paint Party Friday
Visit my page at Fran's Drawings

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Austin's Treaty Oak

 I was inspired by Kate Powell's  blog post about a famous fig tree in her area. I wanted to write about a treasured tree in my adopted home town of Austin, Texas.  Here is the weird (well it is Austin) story of the Treaty Oak.

Number 16/365 Sketch a Day  #365sketch2017

An article by
By Nolan Moore on Monday, April 4, 2016
"Once upon a time, the Treaty Oak was considered the finest tree in the United States. It was a truly beautiful plant, a 500-year-old Texas treasure—until someone decided to kill it. The motivation behind this attempted “murder” was incredibly bizarre and involved a twisted story of love, poison, and the occult
Located in Austin, Texas, the Treaty Oak is a 500-year-old tree that holds a special place in Lone Star history. It was one of 14 trees that served as a meeting spot for Native American tribes, long before European settlers arrived. And according to legend, Stephen F. Austin, the founder of Texas, once signed a treaty with the natives under its branches.
In 1922, the American Forestry Service Association deemed the plant the most perfect tree in America. With such a history, it’s no wonder that the Treaty Oak symbolizes ideals like majesty and beauty. But in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, it was also associated with things like revenge and black magic.
In 1989, Austin’s city forester, John Giedraitis, realized the legendary Treaty Oak was dying. Concerned, he sent soil samples to the Department of Agriculture, and feds discovered that someone had poisoned the tree with a massive amount of Velpar, a devastating herbicide produced by DuPont.
 Hoping to catch the culprit, DuPont offered a $10,000 reward, and the Texas Forestry Association followed suit, putting up $1,000 for information about the crime. Even Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot contributed to the effort, giving Giedraitis a blank check to save the tree.
Naturally, Austin locals were furious, and some even demanded that the crook be hung from the very tree he poisoned. As a third of the oak wasted away, citizens left gifts near its roots, ranging from get-well cards to cans of chicken soup. A psychic even showed up to perform a healing ceremony.
On the more practical side, Giedraitis used Perot’s money to assemble a crack team of botanists in an attempt to save the tree. But at the same time, the Austin Police Department had arrested a man named Paul Cullen. They’d learned that Cullen had easy access to Velpar, courtesy of his job, and was seen with several jugs of the stuff in his truck. The police tricked Cullen into admitting his crime on tape, and he was sentenced to nine years behind bars, although he only served three.
So why would anyone poison such a majestic tree? Well, Cullen was an ex-con, so it’s possible that poisoning the tree was a way to get back at the state for locking him up and forcing him to plant trees while incarcerated. Secondly, Cullen was in love with a counselor at his methadone clinic . . . but the feeling wasn’t mutual. Hoping to get rid of his heartache, Cullen allegedly performed a magic ritual which involved poisoning the tree. He hoped that as the Treaty Oak died, so too would his unrequited love.
Cullen passed away in 2001, but the Treaty Oak is still kicking, although only a third of the plant remains. Scientists took cuttings from the tree and planted them around the state. When one of the cuttings started to grow, they brought it back to Austin and planted it beside the “mother.” Their roots grafted together, and the little tree stabilized the once-majestic Treaty Oak. Unlike Cullen, the tree will probably be around for 100 years or more."

The Treaty Oak as it appeared in the past.

The Treaty Oak as it is today

But it is still alive and with the help of it's daughter tree, someday it may return to it's former glory.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017


Can I make a sketch a day for 365 days?

Here are my first 8 sketches.

...and the next three  (the last one is a sketch for a lager piece)

...and the last one and my favorite.
OK folks.  Who is this guy

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April    Snooping around and found this  wonderful blog Altered Book Lovers and it's drinks challenge.   The little file cabi...