Morning Waves

Peaceful morning stroll down the beach. Can you hear the gentle crashing of the waves rolling in?

11″x14″ Oil painting on canvas panel.

Paintings go thru a life-cycle like a child.  First the idea is conceived. The painting is born as the first bit of paint is slathered onto the canvas. The artist is like the mom and has high hopes for her new born. Mom guides the child thru its life to become a mature beautiful painting. When grown the painting moves on to a new life. Mom never forgets her baby and continues to have high hopes that it will always enjoy life.

The image above is the adolescent stage where nothing quite fits, the sizes and colors are a bit off, but mom still has hope and continues to encourage her child to blossom into a beautiful creation.

The process is difficult, challenging and a little scary, just like being a mom. Well worth the effort.

Take a break from your busy schedule and take a dip in the beautiful refreshing waters of the Gulf.


12×16  Oil on canvas

I recently had the opportunity to take a painting class with Dorothy Starbuck 

She taught the class how she paints waves. It was a great learning experience for me. I was transitioning to oils and having issues with technique, so I got a lesson in oil painting and a lesson on how to paint waves.

I love to paint clouds (Florida mountains) and believe I have found my second favorite thing to paint, waves.  I have completed 2 paintings with 2 more on the way.


11×14 canvas panel, oil


Silly Sister Fun

Silly Sister Fun makes me giggle every time I see it. It brings back such great memories of hanging out with my twin and getting into something fun.

It is great to have a sister especially a twin . This painting evolved from a distance memory of one Halloween while we were attending the University of Florida. Looking for an inexpensive costume, we braided our hair and wove bent coat hangers thru them to make the pigtails standout. We dressed in silly matching outfits, drew large freckles on our faces, had a shot of Tequila and proceeded to the college parties. It was great fun until some frat boys decided that they could mess up our hair. ARgh!


Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Portrait of Pru

This painting is titled “Portrait of Pru” (26″ x 24″). Her real name is Prudence. She is a great high energy rescue dog, and a massive handful for Danny and Bri. The painting depicts her at a very restful, sober moment, which may not exist in her reality. She is like your child that will never hold still for a photo.

So… did I mention invention? I am currently frame challenged, with that heavily weighing on my mind (we should all have such horrible problems), I decided to paint a frame.  The painting and frame is one piece of wood.  I painted a bit of a 3-D affect and added some bronzy, gold leafy, decorative frills and voila a frame.  I just need to attach a wire and it is ready to hang in the most persnickety of homes.

There’s No Place Like Home

Thanks to all that followed us on our journey. We arrived home late June and it took me some time to adjust to being back home. There were many reasons for us deciding to come home but the biggest deciding factor was Luke had become concerned about hurricane season. Oh Lordy, I am so glad he decided we should go home, otherwise we would have spent our summer running from storms.

I have mixed feelings about being home and during quiet moments pangs of

Big Sky II

Big Sky II – Look East from dock

wanderlust creep into my thoughts. The winds are calling but I have found that,”there’s no place like home”. I sincerely thank my friends and family for all of their visits and support while we were cruising. We discovered that it takes a village to keep a boat moving continually  forward. I love my village.

We met so many interesting folks along the way. The places all seem to run together but it was the people, the sunrises/sunsets and the weather that standout in my memories.

We have now been home over 4 months. Luke is reemployed and I am painting. I feel so fortunate to have been able to take our journey on Nice Lady. I am also fortunate to have a home to come back to.

If you ever have the opportunity to take an extended vacation somewhere out of your comfort zone, do not hesitate – GO!





US – Me and Luke. Self portrait.

A little ditty I painted for our bathroom. I used a Tetrad color scheme of Blue-Green, Blue-Violet, Red-Orange, and Yellow-Orange.

I love doing this type of painting. So much fun to just play with color and try to capture an emotion or moment. So, what is this painting saying?

Yes, we are still sailing…

We are now in Gulfport, Florida just outside of St. Petersburg. May 1st we started heading back home. We may be back by July 4th, we never know where we will be or when…

We have been to many wonderful places and seen so many beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

I have decided to just post a couple of photos and when we get home I will complete the story. Using WIFI is a must and we only have limited access.  I hope you have enjoyed our journal, someday I may tell you the rest of the story.  🙂


Some of you have already seen this article. I never got around to posting it here until now.

After posting a note on facebook about my onboard studio, my friend, Joan Vienot, was contacted by Plein Air Magazine. They asked her for my contact information because they wanted to do an article about me. It was a fun experience. Below is the link.

Outdoor Painter

Thanks Joan for making me famous!

Enjoy. Brenda