Lost Black Pug on Black Velvet



Black Velvet Janet Yellen



Tazi at Paradise Cove



Young Stud and the Sea


My first official attempt with oil painting (in process)

I’m learning that I prefer acrylic over oil painting. Oils take too long to dry! This has become a “back burner” painting… I’ll keep you posted!


Scupper and Alki Lighthouse

Scupper and Alki Lighthouse


In-Laws as Out-Laws

InLaws as OutLaws

Santa… was my Dad!


Yep… I based my black velvet painting of Santa on a photo of my Dad which was taken at my wedding dinner reception.  “Based” is probably the key word… but it was really nice to have Dad literally hanging around at Christmas this year since he left us (RIP) two years ago in December.  Dad loved Christmas and enjoyed “playing” Santa when he could.

Just for fun, I submitted this painting to Daniel Smith’s 11th Annual Art Contest and it actually made it through the weekly entries… now it’s in the monthly competition for January.  I’m hoping folks are so tired of Christmas that they over-look this painting and consider voting for it. 🙂

If YOU would like to vote for this painting during the January competition (no pressure!) you can do so by clicking here and search “rhonda” – my painting should come up!

UPDATE: This painting was one of the winners in the January competition and has moved to the annual competition. Once voting starts, I’ll be sure to let you know!

Painting my Black Velvet Lady

I began by starting on a much smaller black canvas so I could see what it’s like to paint on black.  It’s a lot like doing watercolors except instead of planning your whites, you’re planning your blacks.

You can also see in the photos below how my husband created my black velvet canvas for the wine lady who is the size of a door.

The Wine Lady (I’m not sure what to call her) is a recreation of a Cognac painting by Mucha. I’ve done my only little twists, including painting her on black velvet, as this painting is for our home.

Enjoy!  PS: I don’t know why some of the photos are sideways… sorry about that!