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Christmas Cactus -- a prickly little hope

Christmas Cactus -- a prickly little hope

I am excited about Christmas and I can't figure out why. Stuff is hard right now. But I want to "Believe" like Ted Lasso  says. So I am painting ho...

Reflections for Texas PTA

Reflections for Texas PTA

It's a tradition for both my girls to enter into the Texas PTA Reflections contests. As a kid (and even adult) I always loved art contests. It give...

Xtra Love they Neighbor

Xtra Love they Neighbor

One day when AC and I were on a walk several years ago, we saw a gal walking her dog. Ac was still so little so she quickly got away from me to go ...

Christmas Horse, of course!

Christmas Horse, of course!

A friend was working on a collection of cowgal items and asked if I would consider doing a tea towel with a Christmas theme. I am always grateful t...

A dog named Bruce

A dog named Bruce

He was as sweet one and dearly loved.    Need a pet portrait? Click here for sizes and prices  https://xtralove.us/collections/dog-art/products/cus...

Channeling Moira Rose

Channeling Moira Rose

A collector of mine expressed in this painting so I finished this one up. I’m such a big fan of #catherineohara as #moirarose that I almost kept th...

Are we collectively taking fewer things for granted?

Are we collectively taking fewer things for granted?

Do you find that the things you always enjoyed seem more special now?Are we collectively taking fewer things for granted?I think I’m just getting w...

Where's your faith?

Where's your faith?

For some reason quick watercolor studies give me a quick pick me up. It’s embarrassing how much anxiety I’m feeling. A confronter recently ask...

It's National Dog Day

It's National Dog Day

I’m old enough to remember how it might have seemed ridiculous or over the top to have a portrait of your pet painted.But now it’s kind of ridiculo...

A lesson about acceptance

A lesson about acceptance

When someone asked me to paint this for his wife, my first thought was “who do you think I am that I could paint this?” Technically, it is difficu...

Seascape Escape

Seascape Escape

It's hot as heck in Dallas and I am missing the beaches in North Carolina. August is a great time to be by the sea because when you go in, it feels...

Abstract-ish to please

Abstract-ish to please

I tell my daughters that when they are doing their art that they need to please themselves —making art that they like — not trying to please the o...