Monday, September 30, 2013

My journey with mentor Abbey Ryan...

In April, I participated in a mentorship with Abbey Ryan and it was very uplifting and rewarding. In June, my husband and I traveled to Sedona, Arizona, where I spent 5 wonderful days attending a workshop with Abbey. It was a beautiful setting for a workshop and we learned so much. After returning home, I continued studying with Abbey through her online mentorship weekly. We would discuss the paintings I had done for the week from pictures I uploaded to her and then by use of Skpe we met in my studio and hers. The meetings were invaluable as she could see my setup in my studio and make suggestions on lighting, etc. Here are just a few of the many paintings I did. You may follow me on my blog or on my Facebook page...

Sunday, July 14, 2013

A New Journey

Abbey Ryan and Debbie Denstorff

 I started a new journey with my painting in
April 2013. I had been an admirer of Abbey Ryan's paintings for almost 5-6 years and have had the opportunity to purchase a couple. In April, I took the opportunity to take one of her Private Painting Mentoring session and there is where my journey has taken me. Through this incredible mentoring, I was able to find out my strengths and learn that I wanted to paint more from life. The majority of my paintings up until now have been from photographs I have taken. I feel I have had the opportunity to see things in a whole new way. Abbey has a wonderful way of teaching and if you have every considered something like private mentoring, I highly recommend it.

I can't say it has been easy, but it has definitely been fun and I look forward to going to my studio as often as I can. The two paintings below were painted in Sedona, Arizona, where I attended a workshop with Abbey in June of this year. I have continued to work on still life paintings and will be posting them later in the week. Let me know what you think.

Friday, May 17, 2013

in a jazzy mood these days...

Sorta been in a jazzy mood these days...

Just dropped off two new paintings to Lagniappe Frame Shoppe

Second Line - 18 x 24 on Birch Panel

Jazzy Reflections - 24 x 24 on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Let me know what you think. I sure had fun painting these. 

Both are New Orleans based paintings, can you tell?

Monday, February 25, 2013


Blessings was painted for those who volunteer their time and help to benefit the Rural Life Museum and Burden Horticulture Society in Baton Rouge, LA.  

my website is all new!

I haven't posted anything in quite a while and owe it to Nanci Charpentier  for getting me back on track.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

HOP ON THE BUS GUS..................

Sweet Retirement Days
I'm so excited. I've finally seen the light! I haven't done much plein air painting. This is my first one in oil that I painted at my husband's hunting camp.  I have always been a photographer, taking pictures from a very young age. Lighting has always been a fascination when taking pictures outdoors. But now I have actually seen the colors in the light and they are amazing! I am looking at things with a whole new perspective. Looking at the way the light changes the colors of things and really seeing was a big eye opener. What an amazing and beautiful world our Lord created for us to enjoy!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre
This one is SOLD
My daughter took the picture for the above painting. It's been a joy to paint  photos she has taken from her travels all around the globe. What a lucky girl she is and a lucky Mom I am to have her as my daughter.  This painting is being shown at Dixon Smith Interiors. Our opening for the show was Thursday evening and it sold opening night. Wow, what a rush it is when that happens. We had an exciting evening!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

One of My First in Portraits from a Photo

Best Pals
My neighbor and dear friend, Chester, celebrated his birthday yesterday. He had taken the photograph for the above painting himself with his beloved, Rusty, sitting on his lap. I decided to surprise him and paint the photo for his birthday. He was so overwhelmed when he received it he almost cried. Now that's when you know someone really loves something you have done for him. He was overjoyed and it thrilled me. This was one I enjoyed painting and actually one of the first portraits I've completed of someone I know. Now I'm back to birds. Have a great week everyone.