Thursday, May 25, 2017

Green Cat

Oil on 5x7" panel Click to Bid
Painting cats helps me with painting. Painting can be very difficult, and it can be fun. Painting for fun and might seem lackadaisical, but whenever I'm painting I'm learning, and as long as the paint is flowing there's adventure and I'm right on track. Thank you for visiting!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

Rizada Mustang Feral

oil on 12" panel
My husband Stock and I are still on Kay's 9M Ranch, in Borrego Springs desert. And loving it. The M stands for Mustangs. The ranch is all about horses, though, I believe it's been awhile since the place has been in full swing as a horse ranch. There are two beautiful mustangs left of the 9 and both were foaled right here on the ranch from wild Mustang mothers. Rizada has never been broke and she is considered feral. But, she's sweet and comes running if you have a carrot. And beautiful, omg! Stunning. In all four horses and a donkey live on the ranch. I hope to paint them all while I'm here. Got 3 so far. I've painted Nevada twice.

Sunday, April 16, 2017


oil on panel
Lance is the oldest horse on 9 Mustang Ranch, he's 30 and in people yrs that's equivalent to 90 he is also an Arab not a Mustang...I'm sure there's a story there. It's been such a gift to be here among the horses.

Kay's Mustang

Oil in 12" canvas
Our host, Kay has five horses and a donkey that have all been here from birth some 30 years ago, for one old timer that would be 90 in horse years. It's been a treat to be around them and totally inspiring.
Painting horses is something I've wanted to do for a long time but pulling an image off the internet didn't quite make sense to me. The whole experience is what inspires.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Navado no. 2

12" oil on canvas
This horse has my full attention. He's a sweetheart and I will continue to let him inspire me for as long as we are here. This painting will be part of Sedona Art Center's fundraiser. Another one coming, just around the bend.

Friday, April 14, 2017


8x10 oil on canvas, I started this painting in plein air and tightened it up with iPhone photo.

Stock and I are finally back in California after a year of being on the road painting plein air. We're staying at a friend's ranch in the Anza- Borrego desert. It's beautiful here, the cactus are blooming and the temperature is mild and Kay has horses! Now is my chance to get some horse studies in and a little r&r...

Monday, August 29, 2016

Ronan's Kitty

Acrylic on canvas
6x6" -sold
Since we left town on our journey across the country I've seen more kitties than I normally do. Which is a pleasant surprise, of course. We're currently visiting the Reynolds family in Colorado for a few days and in this lovely household lives four extraordinary people, consisting of a pair of two year old twins named Ronan and Logan Reynolds, a beautiful mommy named Carol and a handsome daddy named Jason and one beautiful tabby kitty named Tarzan whose often referred to as Cat Face.

The relationship the one twin named Ronan has with Tarzan is really cute, they play together like good buddies, It's been amazing to watch.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

"Coco" Katherine's cat...maybe.

Oil on panel.
I've been on the road for almost four weeks with my hubby Stock. Our plan as you may know, is to spend a year traveling across the country and paint as we go. I figured I'd see some kitties along the way and paint a few. Well, they're coming out of the woodwork! A young gal I met in Cove while visiting my friend Katherine said "take it as a sign" I liked hearing that! Coco sits on Katherine's front patio all day and night although he belongs to the neighbors...cats will be cats.

Monday, June 13, 2016

"Misty the camp kitty"

Oil on 5x7" panel.
Tomorrow marks one week on the road! We arrived in Cedarville yesterday and decided to stay at an adorable little RV park with all the amenities. Which is quite nice after a few days of roughing it. This sweet kitty was eager to meet us and this morning at the crack of dawn, she let us know she was still around. Ever hear a cat demand attention, it was pretty cute. Thank heaven for little kitties!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Oil on 10x12" panel
I painted Stock's kitty, Elvis 16 years ago, when I used my maiden name Snyder. This cat was a legion, as Stock tells it, "The fighting-est cat you ever saw."

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Little White Frock

Acrylic on 5x7" panel
Click to bid sold
I must say I love this one and surprised it's still available. Maybe it's her sinister glance? Why some paintings sell quickly and others of equal or even higher value take more time just confirms my belief that paintings are destined to be owned by specific people.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Kitty Queen and Cat R, puppets by Lida Penkova...

I  rarely post artwork other than my own on my blog.  I've made an exception here because it's too amazing. Hearing of our travel plans my friend Lida made the blue cat puppet for me, with the intention that the cat helps me with some of my posts, to keep things lively and fresh. I think it's a cool idea and I'm a huge fan of Lida's artwork, I love that her paintings tell stories about other cultures, in a quirky and humorous style. The puppets have so much personality, like Lida herself. A storyteller and trickster! Click Lida Penkova

Friday, April 15, 2016

Cactus Color

I'm revisiting some paintings from last year's trip to Joshua Tree. I enjoyed painting from life very much. It'll be great to get back on the landscape -painting outdoors again. It's a rush to chase the light and have to make choices quickly.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

"Rainer" with Adobe oil filter...

I can't help it I love the looks of this filter. I may start a whole new card line using images tweeted this way. I'll print one out to see if the quality holds up.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Stock and Rachel at The Arcata Marsh 2005 Photo by Tyson Ritter

Stock and I will be leaving late May for a year-long journey across the country. We hope you'll follow along, and maybe we'll even see you on the road!

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~Happy Trails!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

"Sighting" with Adobe Photoshop oil filter!

In it's original form Sighting is 24x24" oil painting on canvas. -sold

I painted it last year after one month in 29 Palms with friends and fellow painters. And now I look forward to another great adventure! My husband Stock and have managed to manifest our dream of taking one year on the road with our little trailer, painting our way across America. One year gives us plenty of time to camp out and paint the places we love.

For our adventure Stock and I have created a blog at the blog posts to our Plein Air Passage FB page you can also find us @pleinairpassage on Instagram and lastly we've created a Plein Air Passage Patreon campaign . Being a patron lets you contribute to and be part of  the adventure. As incentive we off many exciting rewards! It's a long road ahead and we expect some challenges but mostly it's going to be amazing and we hope you'll be with us! If you have questions FB message us. Thanks guys!

Monday, April 4, 2016

The one that got away.

I've been cat wrangling for twenty years and I am finally confident that my handwork is paying off...