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May Nature Desktop Calendar: My Mother’s Columbines

Another piece borne of January inspiration in my seed and flower catalogs, this little bunch of columbines was so joyful that it stayed with me. One of my favorite flowers, it is also a favorite of my mother, and I gave this painting to her as a birthday present one year. She has since passed […]

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Featured Feline Artwork and April Desktop Calendar: Two Cats After van Gogh 10th Anniversary

  It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since I saw the exhibit “Van Gogh Up Close” and came home with a head full of ideas—and that evening sketched Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine on the landing for my first “Cats After van Gogh” sketch, a theme and style that’s stayed with me for over […]

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April Nature Desktop Calendar: From the Ground Up

I followed my little black cat Mimi into my neighbor’s yard, just across the fence line, no fence, from our yard, and looked up at the tall maple tree that I see out my back windows all the time. What a great view, all those colors and shapes and little bits of sky, I guess […]

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March Nature Desktop Calendar: Blue and Yellow

It’s an interesting coincidence that I titled the reference photo I used for this painting “Blue and Yellow” back in 2006. It was all about those two color complements, the warm sunny yellow forsythia and the cool deep blue of the Blue Willow pattern. I remember thinking at that time that the title was another […]

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Featured Artwork and February Desktop Calendar: Sally’s Profile – The Creative Cat

  “Sally’s Profile” is an ink drawing from 1987, drawn from a photo I took in 1984! But it never grows old to me. I also like to feature black and white artwork in January or February, and while there’s a lot of competition in black and white art, this year I decided I liked […]

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February Nature Desktop Calendar: Creek Study in Snow

  I call this “my private beach” along Chartiers Creek in Carnegie. You can’t keep me away from water, not even in winter. When the creek is low, this area is above water level, ranging from a few inches to several feet wide, right at a bend in the creek. The opposite bank is a […]

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Featured Feline Artwork and January Desktop Calendar: Winter Afternoon

  The inspiration for this sketch was that black cats are easily camouflaged on the old wool afghan, and it made me laugh. Look closely and you’ll see four cats in this sketch. Basil, Bella, Bean and Mewsette spent the entire long, quiet winter afternoon on the wool afghan my mother made in 1946. Register […]

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January Nature Desktop Calendar: Avoiding the Photographer

I’m welcoming the New Year with a new painting, “Avoiding the Photographer”! I think that’s an accurate title since the girls were hiding behind my scruffy little hemlock while I was hovering around in the snow in the back yard trying to get their photo this past February 2021. It’s a watercolor, about 12″ x […]

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December Nature Desktop Calendar: Snowbird

There’s a bird, and there’s snow, and this also happens to be a “snowbird”, or a dark-eyed junco, clinging to a forsythia branch in my backyard. Their small rounded shape with white bellies have always looked to me as if they were dipped into paint. I truly love winter paintings because the light is wonderful […]

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Featured Artwork and December Desktop Calendar: Waiting on Christmas Night – The Creative Cat

Mewsette often sits in the window and waits for me, but years ago, when I had the candles in the window for the holidays, she was always the one who was waiting for me when I came home after vendor shows or holiday activities. I put together years of photos of her to create this […]

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