Thursday, December 27, 2007


Here is my latest commission piece for a very nice lady I met at an Art Fair. I will be sitting on this one for a few months while it is drying. I like it so much that I am going to hang it over the fireplace in my dining room so I can enjoy it before it is shipped to it's new home in Florida. Usually, I hang the drying oils in the basement and that does not make for good viewing.

Now I am off to work on the other two commissions I have been sitting on. I am excited that I am getting to revisit my "Fly Fishing" Series for a couple in Dallas. This painting is in the middle stages and I hope to be finished sometime in the next week or two.

Plus, I have my most important commission to date to finish, my "Jay" painting. My sister in law has requested a painting in my late-nieces favorite color, blue. It has been the hardest to paint, my feeling are so caught up in this piece. Jessica was such an amazing girl, she had a way of bringing happiness to all those around her, simply put, she was a shinning star. To loose her at such an early age is hard to comprehend.

Thursday, December 20, 2007


Is a very long time to wait, but it's finally over. Verne has landed a full time gig. He has been freelancing and temping but you never knew when and how much was going to come in. I am mainly excited for the insurance and steady income that can be budgeted.

I could go on about how crappy insurance is for the self insured family. It's insanely expensive and doesn't cover that much. For daughter fell while skating and we thought she might have broke a bone. One emergency room visit and one x-ray is still going to cost us over $500 and we were insured. I knew it was going to be expensive and I am still irate that I had to even think about if we could afford it. My only thoughts should have been about my daughter and not about how little the crappy insurance would pay. Don't even get me started on cobra......$1200 a month was what we ended up paying until I could get this other lame insurance. Every time I submitted a claim in those two months was a NIGHTMARE. I had to even call about a strep test for my kids because they did not want to cover the cost.

I am happy to say that that my daughter's arm was not broken but she was in a good deal of pain for about a week. Lots of love and hugs helped make her feel better.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Daily Paintings

I just got in my bulk 40x60 sheets of matt board and foam core this past week. I spent two afternoons cutting everything down for the Daily size of 11x14. I know am sitting on enough 11x14 matt/foam to make 325 Dailys. Now if only a magical elf would come and cut out all the center, window sections.

I have been enjoying my off season from shows. I am so happy to simply be at home with my kids and have the freedom to paint and paint and paint.