Thursday, December 31, 2009

BIRD SERIES - "Hummingbirds In Flight"

"Hummingbirds In Flight"  

This is an oil painting of hummingbirds in flight I just finished on two gallery wrapped canvas.  The top piece is 12"x 36" and the bottom canvas is a 36"x 36"  to make the overall size of 48"x 36".   I painted the clouds around the edges so the painting can be hung with a few inches of space between them.  I thought it would be a little more interesting this way and with a more "contemporary" look.  The top gold band and the bottom section of the painting were created with various layers of texture.  I did a random leaf pattern embossed into the texture and allowed it to dry that way.  Once the paint was applied it created a nice "old world" look.  The sky was fun to paint and I was hoping to create some "drama" with the hummingbirds in flight.   

This  painting will be for sale at my upcoming show at the Celebration of Fine Art.  You can contact me if you would like more information about this painting at:
Your comments are welcome.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

BIRD SERIES - Quail "Dan"


We have so many quail out here in the Southwest.  They are so fun to watch.  The little babies will follow their mother anywhere.  They just scoot on out across the road in front of you in such a hurry.  I remember one quail family followed their mother right on into my sister's house when the door was left open.  Once they realized that was not where they wanted to be, they scattered all over the living room absolutely terrrified!  I guess it took hours for them to find the courage to run back out the front door, but eventually they did. 

This little oil painting I just finished is actually a California quail.  He is part of my "bird series" and I named him "Dan."  It is painted on a 6"x 6" wood panel, and will be framed and for sale at the Celebration of Fine Art show on January 16th.  ( )

You can contact me for more information at:

Sunday, December 27, 2009

TRAVEL JOURNALS with "Poste Vaticane" stamps



These are a couple of my new "Travel Journals."  The first "Travel Journal" is 12"x 4" and includes an old "Poste Vaticane" postage stamp.  The small one is only 4"x 4" and also includes another "Poste Vaticane" stamp.  Both are on the deep gallery wrapped canvas.  The edges of the canvas are painted black.  The stamps are from a collection of my grandfather's.  The stamps are really interesting and work well with the images of St. Peter's dome.  I incorporate things from my travels as well as old maps, illuminated manuscripts, gold leaf and whatever else I can collage into them to help tell a story or to create a memory.  They are fun to make, but are extremely time consuming and tedious.  There are many layers of paint and collage elements, texture and of course the right stamp.  They are finsihed with two coats of varnish to help bring out the colors and to preserve them.  They will be for sale at the Celebration of Fine Art show which opens on January 16th.
For more information you can contact me at:

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Bella Raphaella

Wishing everyone a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a peaceful new year.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


We are all counting the days until the 20th Anniversary of the Celebration of Fine Art opens.  Art & Antiques Magazine calls us, "one of the biggest art markets in the West."  There is the opportunity to meet 100 working artists in their studios to watch the creative process.  Visitors can meet the artists and watch them working in all media and styles from realistic to impressionistic, western realism to contemporary, landscapes to still life.  We will have more than 40,000 square feet filled with works by known and emerging artists.  It is such a wonderful show to be a part of.  This will be my 5th year participating.  The Celebration of Fine Art is in the heart of Scottsdale, Arizona. 

Save the dates - opening January 16th - March 28th.  Located on the Southeast corner of Scottsdale Rd and Mayo Blvd.  (Just south of Loop 101 off Exit 34, in the big white tents.   For more information about the show you can visit the website at:    or contact me at:

I will be in studio#224 and will be displaying my latest works in oil from my "Bird Series" as well as my "Travel Journals".  Hope to see you there!     

Friday, December 18, 2009

Landscape - "Autumn Dance"

"Autumn Dance"

This little oil painting measures 7"x 11" on a wood panel.  The autumn colors are some of my favorite colors to paint.   There is something special about the way the trees change color at that time of year, like flames of gold.

"There is a time for everything,
And a season for every activity under heaven.
     -Ecclesiastes 3:1

For more information on this painting you can contact me at:

Monday, December 14, 2009

Floral - "Sunflower with Pears II"

"Sunflower with Pears II"

This oil painting was painted on gallery wrapped canvas, 10"x 30"  I set up a "still life" with some beautiful sunflowers and lovely pears.  I photographed all sorts of arrangements on a pretty fabric and had lots to work off of for future paintings.  This one is no longer available, but I love to do commissions.  I also have giclees available of my "Sunflower and Pears" in a square format.  (On a previous post.)  You can contact me for information at:

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Landscape in Oil - "Autumn Reflections"

"Autumn Reflections"

Autumn landscape in oil.  (SOLD)  This painting is 36"x 48" and I sold it at my show last winter.  It was an "impressionistic autumn landscape".   I painted it on gallery wrapped canvas and the oil paint was applied thick over a reflective background.   I have worked on some more impressionistic landscapes like this on a smaller scale for my upcoming show in January.  My main focus will still be the "still lifes with the birds" however I also enjoy painting  other subjects from time to time.  For more information you can contact me at:

Wednesday, December 9, 2009



Mixed media oil painting on wood panel.  (SOLD) 
This is from my "Contemporary Icon" series.   As I am preparing for an upcoming show in January, I haved moved into a more "realistic" style of painting than when I was doing these "abstracted icons."  I did have success with this series and I still enjoy doing them from time to time, and also will do commissions.  They are fun to paint and I only have a few left for sale from this series.  I have often been criticized for painting various subjects instead of having "one consistent style of work."  I suppose I look at this as an opportunity to show another side of me.  I love to explore various things and I learn something each time.  Sometimes my mood is to paint "landscapes" other times figurative.  Most recently I have been working on more realistic still lifes that include "birds."  I am very excited about my new direction and I will be posting the new work very soon.  They are extremely time consuming, but I have really enjoyed the challenge and am getting excited about the opportunity to get a response from the new work. 


Tuesday, December 8, 2009



This is a mixed media oil painting on canvas.  It is a painting in my "Contemporary Icon" series of an angel.  It is framed in a very ornate frame that I think works very well with the piece.  The halo and wings are done with gold leaf.  It is available at one of my galleries.  You can contact me for in information or visit my "links" page.

Saturday, December 5, 2009



This is a mixed media oil painting on a wood panel.  It is from my "Contemporary Icon" series.  It has gold leaf and also gold mica around her face.  This one sold however I have others available and also can do commissions.  I had it custom framed with one of my favorite mouldings, it kind of reminds me of angel wings.  For more information you can contact me at:

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

FLORAL SERIES - "Crimson Blossoms"


This painting is on gallery wrapped canvas and is 36"x 18".   The red roses are painted in acrylic and the border was created with gold leaf over a red underpainting to create the "old world" look.  It is available at one of my galleries.   You can contact me for more information at:

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

FLORAL SERIES - Red Poppy -"The Language of Flowers"


This is a painting on canvas of a  "red poppy".   36"x 18".  The background is filled with calligraphy and the border is gold leafed over a red underpainting to create an "old world" look. 

For more information contact:

Sunday, November 29, 2009

FLORAL SERIES - "Lily of the Valley"

Lily of the Valley

This painting is really from my "Old World" series, but also fits into my "Floral series" of paintings.  I did this one years ago, it was a series of three 44"x 30".   I have started to become interested in doing more in this style again.  I love to create interesting backgrounds first and often will add gold leaf elements.  In this painting I created the border in gold.  I always start with the "red" underpainting so that once the gold leaf is applied, it helps to create the "old world" feel.  Many layers of paint are then washed over the surface and wiped off again numerous times to help create the aged look.  It was painted in "casein." 

For more information or commissions you can contact me at:

Saturday, November 28, 2009

FLORAL SERIES - "Peony On Gold"


This is an oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas.  30"x  10"  It has a gold leafed background behind the peony.  This is one that I sold during one of my art shows, but I have some new ones in the works in this style that will be available at the upcoming "Celebration of Fine Art show" as well as on my website.
(Commissions are welcome)

For show information see:


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Bird Series - "Uh-Oh"


This is an oil painting on canvas of a Black-crested Titmouse.  The egg has just fallen from the nest, "Uh-Oh"... as he has been up to some mischief.  
The size is 30"x 10".  It is a kind of a "feel good" painting, and is from my "bird series."


Friday, November 20, 2009

"Red Tulip"

"Red Tulip"

This oil painting is on gallery wrapped canvas 20"x 5" with a gold leafed background.  I have several available in this size for the holiday season.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Travel Journal "Torso of Aphrodite"

Here is one of my new "Travel Journals" on 7"x 5" gallery wrapped canvas.  The edges are painted black and it features "The Torso of Aphrodite" with a beautiful postage stamp from Paraguay.    My interest in stamps started with a few binders of gorgeous stamps that my grandfather had.  He was a stamp collector.  A few of the binders of stamps were tucked away in storage for many years after his passing, and were never really discovered until my adult life.  I always thought they were interesing and many were quite beautiful.  I started to collect them from my own travels and over the years started to incorporate them into some of my paintings.  I now have a few collectors and friends that mail me interesting stamps to use in my artwork.  It is always fun to create a memory for someone and to place one of the beautiful stamps into the piece.  These make wonderful gifts.
$ 75.00


Monday, November 16, 2009

Travel Journal Series - "Poste Vaticane"

Travel Journal - "Poste Vaticane"

This is one of my new Travel Journals on canvas.  The size is 7"x5".  I have a beautiful collection of stamps and some are very interesting and are from the Vatican.  I incorporated this one with St. Peter's Dome to go with the "Poste Vaticane" stamp.    This mixed media collage painting has lots of interesting elements and is embellished with gold leaf and the beautiful stamp.   They make great gifts and are nice to display on an easel. 
$ 75.00

For more information or to purchase you can contact me at:

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Old World Style - Reclining Figure

This piece was also painted in casein.  The original was 30"x 30" on artist cotton rag paper.   This beautiful soft fabriano paper works fantastic with this "old world" effect.   A layer of texture is applied quickly over the paper as a primer, careful not to cover every inch of the paper.  Leaving areas unprimed will help to create all of the wonderful patches and shadows once I apply the paint.  The paint is absorbed into the unprimed areas quickly and helps to create this wonderful aged look.  Several layers of paint are applied and rubbed back out with a rag, over and over until the desired effect is achieved.  Then the figure is ready to begin.     I painted so many of these back when this "old world" look was so popular.  It must have been about 15 years ago, because my daughter is now 16.  I remember doing a lot of these during that time.  I am seeing a bit of a come back to this "old world" look, or maybe I am just hopeful because I love to paint  them.  I am starting to see this style in some of the magazines as well as in many of the luxury homes I get to see while doing installs from the gallery I represent.  My original painting is long gone now, but prints are available in small sizes only.


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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Old World Style figurative painting

Another figure painting with casein.  

I did this painting a long time ago when I was often working with casein pigments.  It works so well with this "old world" style.  I came across some of my old sketch books and also found some photographs of  my earlier work.  I can't remember the title I gave her, but I just really enjoyed painting these figurative pieces.  Back in the day....I painted a lot in this style for the art company I worked for.  An idea or a pose would be taken from one of the "old masters" and then incorporated into a new "old world" style  painting.   It was part of my training I guess, and I loved doing it.  I am currenly working extra hard and long as I am preparing for the next Celebration of Fine Art show which opens in January 2010.  It is such a fabulous show to be a part of, bringing 100 artists together from all over the country to exhibit and work together for the ten week show.   I am also working as a part time art consultant right now and am dividing my time between the gallery job and my own painting.  As I am moving into a more detailed and realistic style of painting, each one can be quite time consuming, so I will occasionally post some of my earlier works until I complete my new series.  If you are interested in reading a little bit about the Celebration of Fine Art show you can see the web page at:    This year will be the 20th anniversary of that show, and it will be my 5th year participating.  I can hardly wait, however I have so much to do before it opens.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Old World style painting "Classical Dance"

"Classical Dance"

This painting was painted on 100% cotton rag paper.  (30"x 30").   I started by applying a texture medium over the paper first which helps to create a distressed look once it drys.  It was painted in casein which also works well for this "old world" effect.  Casein is actually a milk based pigment, and is water soluble and permanent.   It drys with a matte-like effect.  I don't paint with casein as often as I did some years back, but it is a wonderful medium to work with when trying to achieve the "old world" look that I love so much.   The original "Classical Dance" sold, but I have prints available in a variety of sizes.  You can contact me for more infornation at:

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Sunday, November 8, 2009



This is from my "Travel Journal" series of mixed media paintings.  It was created on a gallery wrapped canvas 8"x 8" and the deep edges are painted black.  I love to include a beautiful postage stamp, and this one has the Botticelli Venus.  I have included pieces of an old map, music paper and touches of gold leaf.   These look wonderful displayed on an easel and also make great gifts.  If you have a special stamp or remnants from one of your travels, I am happy to create one just for you.
$ 150.

Contact me at:
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Friday, November 6, 2009

Travel Journal Holiday Gifts - Bookmark Tags

Travel Journal style handmade bookmark/cards

With the holidays right around the corner I have been working on some smaller items for sale in my "Travel Journal" style.   Each of these is painted on artist 100% cotton rag paper, with gold leaf elements and always includes a beautiful postage stamp.  I have all kinds of designs available.  Each one comes with a beaded tassel and with an envelope for gift giving.  You can contact me if you would like to see more designs:
$ 25.00 each

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Ascension From The Garden

This is a mixed media oil painting with collage elements in the underpainting.  It is from my floral series, but also ties in with my Travel Journal series of paintings.  There is a lot of interesting elements included like gold leaf, script, St. Peters Dome and many other hidden surprises.  This painting sold however I love doing commissions for people that incorporate ideas and memoirs from their own travels.  This was painted on canvas, and the size is 48" x 24".

For more information:

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Monday, November 2, 2009

TRAVEL JOURNAL SERIES - Angel with Magyar Postage

Travel Journal with Angel and Magyar Postage

This is a mixed media collage painting on canvas.  The size is 16" x 20" and it includes a raised gold leaf pattern for the border that took many layers to create.  I then wash several layers of paint over the gold leafed area to create an "old world" feel.  The interior of the "travel journal" has lots of interesting elements and includes a beautiful Magyar postage stamp.  The edges of the canvas are painted black.

$ 295.

Contact: for more information

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Old World Style Floral - "Autumn Song"

"Autumn Song"

This is a mixed media oil painting that I did on artists cotton rag paper.  The paper is 44" x 30" but with the elegant frame, it measures 51 1/2" x 38".  (There is glass on it)   It has an "old world" feel to it and includes lots of interesting little treasures under the texture of the painting, like pieces of old maps, script, gold leaf, and of course a beautiful postage stamp from Rome.   This painting has many layers in the underpainting before I began to paint the bouquet of flowers.  I actually did this one quite a number of years ago, but someone suggested that I post it.  I have had it hanging in my home now for some time and am ready to part with it should it find the right home. 

You can contact me for more information at:

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Friday, October 30, 2009

HUMMINGBIRD - Broad billed "Ode To Joy"

Broad-billed hummingbird, "Ode To Joy"

This painting is on gallery wrapped canvas and the size is 24" x 6".  The extra deep canvas works well with my hummingbird series of paintings.  This oil painting sold, but I have several new ones in the process of completion that I will be posting.

For more information, you can contact me at:

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Floral Series - Orchid

FLORAL SERIES - "Orchid" I love orchids and this is the season for growing them and painting them where I live. This is an oil painting on 24 x 18" canvas. contact:

Monday, October 26, 2009


This is one of my Travel Journals from the set I painted
for a show last year. It is a companion piece to my previous
post titled "Botticelli Venus." The size is 24 x 12" and it
has lots of beautiful collage elements with pieces of an old
map, script, design elements, and gold leaf embellishments.
It includes a beautiful "Polska" postage stamp. Although the
set sold, I will continue to post more of the new
Travel Journals during the next few weeks.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

TRAVEL JOURNAL - "The Three Graces"

TRAVEL JOURNAL - The Three Graces, with Paraguay postage
This is a mixed media painting on gallery wrapped canvas from
my Travel Journal series. It includes gold leaf and collage
elments like Raphael's study for The Three Graces, and a
beautiful postage stamp from Paraguay.
The size is 8 x8" and the edges are painted black. It is
lots of fun to create a memory for someone from their own
travels. I love to collect beautiful stamps from different parts
of the world. My grandfather was a stamp collector and I
remember discovering that long after he had passed. I really
enjoyed looking through all the pages of stamps and thought of them
as little treasures. I started to collect them mainly to incorporate
into my Travel Journal series of paintings.
$ 150.
For more information:
See more on my website at:

Friday, October 23, 2009


TRAVEL JOURNAL with "Algerie" postage stamp This is one of my new mixed media "Travel Journal" pieces on gallery wrapped canvas. It is 12" x 4" and the edges are painted black. I love collecting beautiful postage stamps, and this piece includes one from Algerie. You can collect a series from your favorite places. (Commissions are welcome.) contact: $ 125.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

PARISIAN THEME - "Memories of Montmartre"

"Memories of Montmartre"

This is an oil on canvas of a Parisian theme painting that I
did for my winter show last year at the Celebration of Fine Art.
(It sold, but I did receive a commission off it and decided to also
do some "giclee" prints.) I can do them in a few different
sizes, so please contact me for prices at"

The original is 30"x20". It depicts Sacre'-Couer Montmartre
up in the right hand corner of the painting.

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