Friday, March 17, 2017

Sarayu's new outfit!

A lady from California emailed me after she found my Sarayu painting on this site and we began a correspondence. She wanted to order a large print for her living room and the photo I submitted to Fine Art America did not have enough pixels to make that large a print.  Thus began a search for my long-forgotten Sony camera that I abandoned for the simplicity of using my iPad and iPhone cameras.
While making new photos I suggested changing Sarayu's sleeves for a more simple gardening outfit and the result is this second painting and possibility for a much larger print.

Thursday, March 9, 2017


March 2017...This is Amazing...I have not seen this Blog for many years and, now, since "The Shack" has become a movie ....this is back in my life.  Yesterday I received an email from someone who was roaming the web looking for some SARAYU art and somehow found this old, abandoned blog and my painting.
At her request I added this 12" x 16" oil painting to my site so that she can order a large print for her living room!!! AMAZING!!!

HERE IS THE PAINTING...scroll down to read the story.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Here are two busy students - one working on a colorful fantasy figure in pastel. She has just recently switched from oil to pastel and loves this new medium. The other gal use to work in pastel and now is determined to master oils.

For many years I have helped hundreds of students finish a portrait in a 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. class using the opaque projector to capture the likeness and learn to work in pastel or oil.  I still offer those classes since moving from Florida to Georgia..

My goal is to encourage my students to learn the basics of drawing, color, and design and to also to assist them in completing any piece of art that excites them. Scroll thru this site to see some of their work.  Now my classes are smaller...just four at the most....Maybe you can join us?

 Contact me if you are interested 
in my classes for 2017 
in my home studio in Ringgold, GA
(423) 424 6040 -

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mongolia & india

So much missionary mail comes my way with photos of needy children from all around the world.  I love their faces and the great variety of nationalities so one day I just had fun putting them on small oil canvases... Here are the results. Just sent them to Fine Art America where they sell prints of all my work at
These are my first two...hope to do many more.  Hope you like them.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

America and 9/11

Just arranged at janet-mcgrath.artistwebsites for prints to be available of this oil painting that I did when I was 19 as an Museum Art School assignment to do a "Fool The Eye" painting known as a "Trompe L'oeil".  I made the set up using the inside of my dad's old trunk lid and stuff I found around my house.  Originally I had the paper image showing a page in an old schoolbook but after 9/11 I changed it to a painting of people running from a terror attack.  The original  has a perfect rustic frame and I hesitate to part with it but am selling it for $1500.
Here it is:

Monday, March 18, 2013


Something new for me - my first stab at Christian Imagination Art.  I fell in love with "The Shack" image of the female Holy Spirit pulling out all the "negative weeds" in my life and lovingly planting the gifts from my Father - Love, Joy, Hope, Peace and this is the picture that kept flooding my mind....far from perfect..but it is a relief to get it on canvas.  As I painted the background colors the image of Father running to embrace the prodigal son out of the darkness just seemed to appear and I love seeing that motion of His being completed by His Holy Spirit working in the day to day life of the believer.  I kept wanting to find a way to complete the Trinity by adding Jesus and just now I see the possibility of putting him in the red area, on the cross, blood shed for our redemption!...but then - the resurrection!!!
Without that we would have nothing.  May you be in the scriptures this Easter season...rejoicing in that resurrection!  Would love to hear your honest thoughts on this painting...easy to get blind to something I have worked on for so long.  It is available for a print at  I must work on another with a better image of the book she is a effervesant Asian woman working in jeans and garden clothing- always busy digging in the soil of our lives.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

MISSION INN, Howey-in-the-Hills

Enjoyed a fabulous lunch a few years ago at The Mission Inn, Howey-In-The-Hills, FL and took a few photos with my new iPad.   I took photos in one of the courtyards and had  fun working out the distance and colors and adding some people in the empty chairs, along with a bird drinking from the fountain. Just posted it to my so that it can be purchased as a print - along with all my other paintings.  Let me know if you like - or if you don't!!!!