See LOVE at the Anton Art Center’s Green Show

I am happy to report that my oil painting of my cousins has been accepted into the Anton Art Center’s Show. The show will kick off with it’s opening Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm. The opening is open to the public with winners being announced at 3pm. The show will run through February 21, so if you can’t make it to the opening, come visit the show on the 2nd floor 10am- 5pm Tue-Sat. The Anton is located in downtown Mt Clemens.

Love, oil on canvas at the Anton


The name of this painting is Love. It is a retirement present for my cousin.
They were delighted with the way it turned out, and so am I. They are a beautiful couple and I enjoyed painting them. I worked from several photos which I took both at the retirement party and later at my home.

Love, 16”x20” oil painting

Painting and Poem: Budding Flower


Budding Flower 

by June Nash


She sits, quiet, in back of the room.

Wishing, wanting to stand out, flaunt her plume

Like a model walking with confident stride

In dark shadow, instead, she seems to hide

Not know, unsure, of her latent power

With smile, and pride, she’d bloom like a flower


She sits, quiet, fingers making the noise

Dreaming, waiting, to flaunt her style with poise

A pianist who plays with confident airs

In dark shadow, instead, silently stares

Not known, not shown, incredible power

With smile, and pride, she’d bloom like a flower


About the painting:

Not quite finished yet.  I like the way it is turning out though.  

I finally got around to writing a poem for it.  

I wrote two poems, but you will have to wait until next week to see the other.

Painting; Making Progress

I’m still at it.  I worked on the dress.  Making the lace and folds of this pretty dress come out was a lot of fun!

GwenAtOrgan_Draft (2)

Next step, fix the face.  The face isn’t quite done, but starting at the top and working down from there she is starting to come alive.  Her hair has lost it’s red shades, a little sparkle is daubed into the eye, and her skin tone is beginning to even out.

GwenAtOrgan_Draft (1)I am really proud of how this painting is developing!

Poetry Challenge: Piano Practice

I haven’t had the chance to write poetry for a while.   I have been too busy painting.  My latest project  is of my granddaughter.

Gwen Sketch at Organ-fullSuch a pretty subject.

I want to write a poem inspired by this photo, or the painting that I create from it.  Join me if you like.  Share a poem that is inspired by this photo and link to it in the comment section.  Or write it into the comments.  I would love to read it!


I have been documenting the steps as I proceed.

1st, the sketch:  I put this in my sketch pad.  It gives me an idea of what I want it to look like when I’m done.



Next, I rough it in on the canvas:


Added some color:


It is still a work in progress.  I will post more photos of the painting as I progress.