Wednesday, July 27, 2016

07/27/2016 Can you hear me now?

When cell phones, regular phones, the internet and other systems are down or overloaded, Amateur Radio still gets the message through.  Radio amateurs, often called “hams,” enjoy radio technology as a hobby. But it's also a service –a vital service that has saved lives when regular communication systems failed. Most of the major hospitals have an Amateur Radio in their communications room. It is put to use when major accidents and disasters happen. Ham Radio is the ability to communicate -- across the street, around the world, or even with people and satellites in space!  Even when the power's out, and the land lines and cell phones don't work, with a battery, a radio, and a wire, ham radio is there. This painting is inspired by local Amateur Radio Operators setting up an antenna for communications. The ability to get an antenna high enough to get the signal out there is made easy with the air cannon you see the subject using. It fires the weight above the tree line and enables the antenna to be lifted to the required height with ease. In 2005's Hurricane Katrina, radio operators were functioning three days before landfall. At the request of the American Red Cross, radio operators then supplemented communications at 200 shelters. Seven-hundred private radio operators were working by Sept. 6. In New York City, a loosely organized national group called "Amateur Radio Emergency Service" (ARES) was activated within five minutes of American Flight 11 crashing into the north tower, the first attack. Private, non-government radio operators, called "Hams" or "Amateur Radio Operators" worked in shifts for two weeks. I am a licensed Amateur Radio Operator and I hope you enjoy my impression of this awesome hobby. This is 16x20 oil on canvas panel. KG5LOJ-Nina Stephens

                                                     16x20 Oil
                                            Can you hear me now?

Monday, April 25, 2016

04/24/2016 Windy Day 2

This is the second "Windy Day" painting. I think they look great together. I'm flexing my impressionistic muscle.
                                               Windy Day 2
                                             Oil on Canvas

Sunday, April 24, 2016

04/24/2016 Windy Day

I was watching Robert Hagan, and decided to use one of his provided reference photos and follow along, since I needed practice on my waves. This is my effort.

                                                          12x12 Oil
                                                   Stretched Canvas

Monday, April 18, 2016

Family Portrait

It's been a very long while since I officially finished a commissioned piece. The lovely job I had left me no time for anything. Joyfully, that is no longer the case. If I can just get the garden and animals taken of now...LOL This is my first official piece and what a way to jump back into painting. I enjoyed the challenge, though. This is 22x28 oil on stretched canvas.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

And Then There Were Two

Hello Friends,

Those of you that know me, know of my short time of having goats. I obtained 4 of them. They were wonderful! Three females and a male. The females were all pregnant. These ladies were so much fun and had such personality. I would walk out my front door and they would call to me. "Hello!", "What do you have to eat?". I woke up one morning and one mother had had twins overnight. The next morning, the next mother had the little boy in this painting. He would jump around and play with the twins. So cute! I had to sell them, since I didn't know if I would have to relocate due to work. This is an 8x10 painting in oil on gessoed panel, and is available with free shipping.
                                     And Then There Were Two
                                                  8x10 oil

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hard At Work

Hello again, Friends,

I have been checking on my hives, again. My son and I have 5 hives now. Getting my Bee Venom Therapy! LOL It never fails, I always get stung. I'm used to it by now. Did you know that the Honey Bee accounts for 80% of all insect pollination? Without these ladies, we would see a significant decrease in the yield of fruits and vegetables. That's my bit of information for today. I love my bees, and chickens, and gardening. You can tell what is going on in my life by what comes from my easel. I hope you enjoy these peeks into my life in the forest. I certainly enjoy bringing them to you. This painting is 5x7 oil on gessoed panel, and is available.
Hard At Work
5x7 Oil

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Taken For Granted

Hello again, my friends,
Oh Easel, how I've missed you! As most of you that know me, know I have chickens, and bees, and 3 acres. I've even had goats...for a minute. The work, sometimes, seems never ending. In the Louisiana summer, the heat can make it almost unbearable. This painting was inspired by yard work. It's a routine part of life here, with all the grass and animals. The picking up of debris before the mower is even cranked is the normal way of things. Some things just should not be taken for granted, like my friend, Mr. Wheelbarrow. You don't realize how much you miss the small things until you have a flat tire on the wheelbarrow, and have a 50 pound bag of chicken feed to unload from the vehicle. This is a small painting and is 5x7 oil on gessoed panel.
Taken For Granted

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hen Party

Hello Friends,

These are my "girls". You knew I would get around to painting them, right? They give me a reason to come home and give me fresh eggs in return for the love and attention. They are such sweet ladies, sometimes. :)
This painting is 14x18 oil on Canvas.
Hen Party
With Free Shipping

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Hello Friends,

You can just about tell what is going in my life by the paintings that come from my easel. This is another Bee painting. These are objects that are important to every bee keeper I know. The gloves, for obvious reasons. No bee keeper wants to be stung. LOL The hive tool is another item used to separate the frames inside the hive, among other things. The main object in this still life set up, is the smoker. It's used to calm the bees, so you don't get stung. The things that are important to me, at any given time, are what come from my easel. This one is 12x12 oil on stretched canvas. The edges are painted so that it doesn't have to be framed. It's available for $120 with Free Shipping. Thanks for looking.
12x12 oil on stretched canvas

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Bee Study

Hello Friends,

I would like to share with you, my newest painting. It's a small study in oil done to experiment with color and ideas, for a larger painting later. This is my Bee Study. It's 6x6 done on a masonite panel. Enjoy
Bee Yard
6x6 Oil on masonite

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Man

This is the "Man" around here. He just struts his stuff all around the chicken yard. All the girls just love him. He came to me as a couple. I named him Fred. His wife, who came with him, I named Wilma. Sadly, Wilma passed away soon after I got the couple. So, Fred is a Widow. It didn't take long for him to start chasing all the ladies. This painting is 11x14 Oil on panel. It is available for $125 with Free Shipping anywhere in the United States
The Man
Oil on Panel

Saturday, November 9, 2013


Hi everyone,

I thought I would let you know about my latest painting. It's a small one, 6x4 oil on masonite panel. This is a great way to start a collection of art or add to your collection. I called this one, "Rising". He's just about to break the surface of the water and the reflection of him on the underside of the water surface is what drew me to this photo. I hope you enjoy. This is available for $40.

6x4 oil on masonite panel

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Meet Logan Gerald Wade

Hello everyone,

I would like to introduce you to my new grandson, Logan Gerald Wade. He'll be here somewhere around February 16th to the 23rd. I decided to do this painting for my daughter for the nursery. It's the ultrasound image that was done of him. I think the blue tones are appropriate for boys. I hope you enjoy reading of my painting adventures and journeys. This one is 11x14 oil on stretched canvas.

Logan Gerald Wade

If you have someone who would like a painting done of their bundle of joy, contact me for pricing.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Healing Ceilings tile, "Bayou Bass"

Woop! Woop! I finished my first ceiling tile for the  Cancer Treatment Center in North Carolina. These are ceiling tiles that will be installed in the chemo rooms for the patients to look up at while they receive their chemo treatments. Wouldn't you love looking at all kinds of art work instead of plain ceiling tiles? The "Art Heals" movement from the group, "Healing Ceilings", has artists donate their time and artistic talent to paint these ceiling tiles and I am so honored to be a part of this. I didn't paint flowers or birds, being from Louisiana. My idea was to give the patients who are fishermen a place to escape to. I know, being an avid fisherwoman myself, that I could imagine catching this bass in the lakes of Louisiana. Here's to hoping that my contribution will allow someone receiving chemo treatments to relax and enjoy viewing my art while they get well. God Bless!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Spirit of Fortune Hunter

This one is almost dry enough for delivery. Fortune Hunter is one of Collins Natural Hormanship's horses. The reference photo was kinda washed out and taken in a pen, so I looked at other photos of Fortune Hunter to judge the color better. The background is so much better than an old yucky pen, don't you think? The rider is Dave Collins. I'm glad he can keep his seat. I couldn't remain there, that's for sure. This one is 16x20 Oil on Stretched Canvas.
Spirit of Fortune Hunter
16x20 Oil on 
Stretched Canvas

Monday, September 23, 2013

En Plein Air in Tennessee

Hello Friends,

I just returned from the most wonderful trip to Tennessee. I met the "crème de la crème" of artists. These women have been my very close friends and mentors. The support and advice is non-stop. They will give it to ya straight, if you ask for it. That's the most anyone can ask. I spent a week together painting in the studio and en plein air.
This is one caught in the mirror, so the painting looks reversed. I learned so much, it's unbelievable!
Below is the finished painting. It's 11x14 oil on canvas panel. I call it, "Poppies and Tea".

One of those days was spent painting on location in a park en plein air. When we returned to the hotel, I asked one of these ladies to assist me with my painting. I needed to adjust the values and the advice I received was priceless. I will always look at these paintings and remember the friendship that evolved over the span of a very short time. The following is my painting on location. It's 11x14 oil on canvas panel. I call it "Plein Air Tennessee River"

We had another day in the studio with another still life set up. I had a long time artist watching my canvas as I made my brush strokes. The approval was awe inspiring. The following is the finished painting. It's 11x14 oil on canvas panel. I call this one, "Around and Together".

Here is where these paintings will inspire me on a daily basis. This is my desk at work. I can rest my eyes upon my work and remember the lessons and inspirations, while I'm buried under operative reports and drudgery. LOL

Friday, September 6, 2013

Something is Missing

Hello again,
I know the tail is missing, but, trust me. There is a method to my madness...Lol.
         Have you ever went to a birthday party as a kid? I mean, one of those cool birthday parties, where there's all that cake and lots of ice cream? The ones with a whole bunch of kids, all running around, playing all those fun games. Well, that's how this painting came about. Collins Natural Horsemanship has some Gorgeous horses. They also have birthday parties out there for all the kids. So, Dave and Anna needed a donkey for pin the tail on the donkey and I volunteered. I had this piece of luan in my studio, so I decided to paint the donkey on that. I sealed it really well, so all those little hands in the cake and ice cream wouldn't affect the donkey's nose or ears. LOL And now, the little kids have a donkey to put the tail on...pretty cool, don't you think? I do.

P.S. I also met the most beautiful Blue Bell I ever saw, but that's a story for another day. ;)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Color Checker for sale

Hello friends,

Heads up, my artist friends. I have made 3 color checkers. I have them available for $25 with $5 shipping within the United States. It's used to check the color on your palette against the color on your object you are painting. I have included a link to the video on how to use it. If you are interested in having this Fine Hand Made tool, please feel free to purchase. Have a great day, my friends!

These have all been sold.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Plein Air Painting

Shared from Debra Bryant:
Charter members of the Triskele Art Guild will be meeting in Spring City, Tennessee, from Sept 13th - 20th, and participating in the 11th International World Wide Paint Out. The group formed through online friendships, with members in Florida, Louisiana, Texas, South Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee. Their love of all things art have bonded them online for years and now some of them will be meeting face to face for the very first time! Among the group are a jewelry designer and accomplished painters in multiple media and disciplines. Much time will be devoted to painting together, cementing friendships, and gathering painting reference photos from surrounding communities.
Find more information on how you and/or your group can participate in the International Plein-Aire Painters' Worldwide Paint Out, visit the IPAP website:

To see work by Debra Bryant:

To see work by Barbara Pask:

To see work by Laura Pace:

To see work by Marilyn Harman:

Trust is Earned

Finally, I got to deliver this painting today. This painting came about by following a Facebook page of He has the most beautiful photos of horses on his page. I've been wanting to paint horses, so I sent him a message and asked if he would allow me to use some of his photos as references for paintings. He, graciously, agreed. So I decided to do a painting for Dave and his fiance, Anna. This was to say thank you, and show him my work. I delivered it today, and they love it! I am so excited! I can't wait to start my next one! This is 16x20 oil on canvas. I call this one "Trust is Earned". The trust that is displayed between this gorgeous animal and this girl speaks volumes, don't you think?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Hog Heaven

This is a commission that has finally been delivered. This is a camp that is shared between two brothers. I just love that idea! One brother's nickname is "Hog". This was ordered as a gift from one brother to the other. Makes me want to cry! He loved it! Do you notice who is on the rail? Yep, you guessed it...Ethel!! YaY! another fan of my work!

Hog Heaven
18x24 Oil on Canvas

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Home for the 4th

Hello Friends,

I had the chance to go home for the 4th of July holiday. YaY! Mom's other child, Ethel, was able to join us for the family get together. She is one spoiled bird. In this painting, she is waiting on dinner to be served. She loves the service here. My mom's husband, PaP, started feeding her years ago and now that he is gone, mom has continued to feed this feathered child of hers. She will come in for family functions and when she's had enough, she flies away to her home. Wherever that is. This is 11X14 oil on canvas  panel and is available.

Home For the 4th
11x14 oil on canvas panel

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Here's The Plan

Hello Friends,

I've finished two commissions, but I can't post either one of them yet. They haven't been delivered yet, but I did this one for my daughter. This is a very, VERY special subject. This boy, contemplating escape, with his partner in crime, is my grandson, Aydenn. The "partner" is mom's dog, Sport. I caught them at it when I spent the weekend with mom and had Aydenn with me. A very good friend and fellow artist helped me with the name of the painting. Thanks, Marilyn Harman. The name is perfect for these two rascals. I grabbed my cell phone and snapped the picture. Then gridded it onto the canvas. I just love it. It's 8x10 oil on canvas panel. Hope you enjoy seeing it as well.


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Heading Home

Hello Friends,
Anyone who knows me, knows that the Egret my mom's husband, PaP, started feeding years ago is inspiration for some of my paintings. PaP named her Ethel. Now that PaP has passed on, mom continues to have this other child to keep her company when my brothers and I can't be around. This is one more painting inspired by Ethel. This is 6x6 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. It's available for $30.
Heading Home
6x6 Acrylic on Canvas

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Roses Orange and Blue

Hello Friends,

This painting is a still life set up I did in my studio. I so much want my glass in my art to look like glass, so it's brush time that will get me there. This vase was a gift from my mom. I had to go shopping for the roses. I found them on sale! YaY! I love it when a plan comes together. I set them up with a dark fabric in the background. This painting is the result. It's 6x6 oil on gessoed masonite and is available. It is unframed.
Roses Orange and Blue
6x6 Oil 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Koi's Looking at you

Hello Friends,

This is a painting of one of the most fascinating fish. The Koi. Their design and colors are gorgeous. I have always wanted to have them swimming in an outside fountain. So, I decided to paint one. This is an Acrylic painting on a 6x6 gallery wrapped canvas and the tail actually goes around the corner of the canvas a bit. I loved how it turned out. He looks as if he's about to tell some amazing news, doesn't he? This is available for $30.
Koi's Looking at You
6x6 Acrylic

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Hibiscus and The Hummer

This is an earlier painting that I did of some Hibiscus flowers and a Humming Bird. I thought it was so cute! It's 16X20 Oil on an Oval stretched canvas and is available for $120 With Free Shipping within the United States.
Hibiscus and The Hummer
16X20 Oil on Oval Canvas

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Boom Boom Room

This is a Commission I just completed and has been approved by the client! YaY!! 18X24 Oil on Stretched Canvas. Using his own photos!! 

Boom Boom Room
Oil on Canvas

The Hammock

Hello Friends,

This painting is one that I did using reference photos taken from my mom's yard. The tree sits in her yard and gets cut back every other year or so, so it doesn't get out of control. She lives on the lake and I call her house, "a little piece of heaven". The hammock, she hangs every summer, so when you pass by, you can sit a spell and "rest your bones", my mom says. I almost added a boat in the lake somewhere, but I decided against it in the end. The simplicity appeals to me. Mom's swing and flowers make it a spot to spend some time. This painting is 16X20 Oil on Stretched Canvas and is available for $120.
The Hammock
16X20 Oil on Stretched Canvas