Friday, December 25, 2009


'Mengs' Adoration of the Shepherds'
copyright © kay eneim 2008

Friday, December 18, 2009

'Early Dawn Peeks Into the Barn'

'Early Dawn Peeks Into the Barn'
9 x 12 . oil on gessoed board . 2009
copyright © kay eneim 2009

"The Best & The Brightest" Juried Fine Art Exhibition and Sale 2010
February 18, 2010

These wooly ones were resting, all cozy and content, as the early morning sun peeked through the barn door.

I was on a mission that chilly morning while in Vermont one Fall day. I got up bright and early to make it to the barn first thing. I had hoped to see some little newborn lambs. I missed their births by about an hour... but what an experience to see those new babes!

"Early Dawn Peeks Into the Barn" will be included in "The Best & The Brightest" Juried Exhibition and Sale 2010 and the "Celebration of Art" from January 15th to March 28th. Both events will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The photo shown below of the babies didn't make for a very good painting.
However, I did get a good photo of the 'ladies' resting nearby... it was used for 'Early Dawn Peeks Into the Barn.'

What a great morning it was!
Twins... just born. How beautiful!

copyright © kay eneim 2004

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


'Orchids' . oil on linen panel . 11 x 14 . 2009
copyright © kay eneim 2009

Painted from life, what stunning colors and shapes lay in the buds of these orchids. So ethereal. They just jumped out and took hold!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

'Not So Mellow Yellow'

'Not So Mellow Yellow' . oil on linen panel . 18 x 14 . 2009
copyright © kay eneim 2009

... Sunflowers painted from life in the studio.
When watching coverage of the Tour de France cycling race this year, we could see acres and acres of them in the fields of France. What it would be like to see them like that! They must be sooooo spectacular!
Sunflowers and whistling...they just make ya feel happy!

Monday, November 16, 2009

FIrst Place! in 'Fresh Paint' Beaux Arts Miniature Fine Art Show and Auction

'Pear and Manzanita Berries' . 5 x 7 . oil on linen panel . 2009
copyright © kay eneim 2009

This little painting was awarded First Place! in the "Fresh Paint - Emerging Artists" category of the Beaux Arts Miniature Fine Art Show and Auction, to benefit the Scottsdale Artists' School. With this award came a $500 scholarship towards any workshop at SAS! I was thrilled! It was a great event.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Cover of Catholic Digest December 2009!

"Of Bouguereau's 'Madonna and Child with St. John' "
by kay eneim

On the Cover of the December 2009
Christmas Issue of Catholic Digest!

copyright © kay eneim 2004
Private Collection

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Mengs' 'Adoration of the Shepherds'

" ' Mengs' 'Adoration of the Shepherds' " . oil on canvas
40 x 30 . 2008
copyright © kay eneim 2008

Anton Mengs' rendition of the birth of Christ is a truly grand piece with the Holy Family surrounded by the angels and animals as well as those you see in this painting. I chose to paint the Nativity with those you see here. I loved the way Christ is looking at us... with the light and the warmth coming from Him.

Friday, October 30, 2009


My Garden in the Spring
copyright © kay eneim 2009

I think homegrown flowers are the most beautiful to paint, and I think it's good for a person to get down in the dirt and dig... so gardening is good for me. Time flies when I'm in the garden.

Well... a few weeks ago I had a rude awakening. I was greeted...up REALLY CLOSE and a rattlesnake!

He had been hiding in the overgrown herb bed. When I started watering the bushy plants he was hiding under, he decided to pop his head up out of the bush, about a foot above, and he just looked at me. He then slithered over and down to a clearing. That's when I saw the rattles on the tail.

Surprising to me, he never coiled and he never rattled. Thankfully, he didn't strike. I might easily have begun digging in that spot. It happened on the Feast of the Guardian Angels. I am very grateful to mine.

Not being any sort of expert on the subject of rattlesnakes, I can only guess that, with the cooler weather, he was starting to get sluggish for his winter sleep. I've heard that rattlers don't always warn you with their 'rattle' when they are around, but I was pretty shocked to have experienced it.

I will definitely keep the garden trimmed closer from now on so those critters won't have a place to hide anymore because I still love... truly LOVE... living in the desert!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Howard/Mandville Gallery 19th Annual Invitational Small Works Show

'Roses IV' . oil on canvas . 14 x 11 . 2009
copyright ©kay eneim 2009

Green Pomegranate' . oil on linen panel
6 x 16 . 2009
copyright ©kay eneim 2009

These two little paintings will be shown in the Howard/Mandville Gallery 19th Annual Invitational Small Works Show
in Kirkland, Washington, from November 5 - 30, 2009.
The sale will be held on November 14, 2009.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pear and Manzanita Berries

'Pear and Manzanita Berries' . oil on linen panel . 5 x 7 . 2009
copyright © kay eneim 2009
sold through Scottsdale Artists' School

A pear... and, most importantly to me, manzanita berries from the mountains a couple of hours drive away. The berries are a beautiful 'apple' green when fresh. They then dry to a warm golden coral color... a treasured little gift from the Manzanita!

This painting has been accepted into the juried "Fresh Paint" segment of the Beaux Arts Fundraiser to benefit the Scottsdale Artists' School, to be held on November 14th. The proceeds from this painting will be donated to them. The Scottsdale Artists' School is a tremendous resource for artists. I am very grateful to be able to attend one of the finest schools in the country.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Honor Finalist Award - Fine Art Views Competition

"Fig and Manzanita Berries"
copyright © kay eneim 2009

"Fig and Manzanita Berries" has just been awarded honor Finalist in the August 2009 competition held by Fine Art Views!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

My Studio

copyright © kay eneim 2009

...A peek into my studio on a sunny day. It's always a sunny day here. Love that.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Fig and Manzanita Berries

"Fig and Manzanita Berries" . oil on linen panel . 14 x 18 . 2009
copyright© kay eneim 2009

...slice of a fig from the garden...

When I bought a twiggy little bare-root fig tree three years ago, the nurseryman told me it probably wouldn't fruit out if grown in a pot...that it would probably need more room for its roots in order to bear much fruit.

I wanted a fig tree in a pot because I thought it could provide some shade and be movable to spots in most need of shade while, at the same time, be pretty as a potted tree.

As it turns out, this little tree had close to fifty figs this summer...and still counting... and it has really large 10" leaves for shade...and it is a very beautiful little tree in the glad I tried it.

Our Dog 'Harry'

copyright © kay eneim 2009

We had to put our dog 'Harry' down today. We weren't ready for that. He was 10.

He was one of the greatest of the greats, in the realm of dogs. He and our youngest children grew up together. 

He belonged to these two. Our son used to tease his little sister and say he had the front half and she had the back half! But Harry was really our son's dog...he trained him, took care of him. He did a good job.

Even while so sick, Harry still wagged his tail when you came home or when he first saw you in the morning.

We will sure miss our dog, Harry.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Of Elizabeth Tolley's 'Between Showers'

Of Elizabeth Tolley's 'Between Showers' . oil on linen panel . 6 x 8 . 2009

While away for a couple of days, I was trying out a limited palette of colors that I don't usually use. I decided to practice with the colors that I had taken with me. It was nighttime and I was too antsy to wait until the next day to paint I started to try some mixtures.

Elizabeth Tolley, whose work I very much like, has an instruction book for plein air painting: "Oil Painter's Solution Book-Landscapes". Her book is filled with her paintings for the purpose of allowing the reader to try to emulate and thus learn from her process. Though I did not use her palette of colors, I did use one of the paintings from her book.

...I'm still deciding on a plein air palette, but I like this little one.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Sitting Pretty

"Sitting Pretty" . oil on linen panel . 16 x 20 . 2009
copyright © kay eneim 2009

Squash and a red onion...makes me wish for the winter. We have had some scorcher days here lately!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

My Previous Studio

copyright © kay eneim 2004

My studio in our previous was great to have a room for a studio...but without a north light window, I struggled with the lighting. This south-light window provided an ever changing light source.

A north facing window gives a beautiful cool light that remains fairly constant for working with a live model or still life set-up. I have yet to be able to work with artificial lights. To me, they seem harder on the eyes. It seems using only natural north light is an's pretty tough to beat what God has provided...can't, in fact.

The 'Open Box M' easel here is designed for painting outdoors (en pleinair) but it worked just fine then as my studio easel. I still put it to use in my present studio, from time to time, and for pleinair painting. It proved a worthy first purchase...oh, and there are lots of paint blotches on it now!

Friday, July 10, 2009

There's No Place Like Home

'There's No Place Like Home' . oil on linen panel . 14 x 16 . 2009
copyright © kay eneim 2009

These two nests, belonging to a pair of hummingbirds and finches, were nurtured outside our home.

The little hummingbirds built their nest at eye level on a hibiscus bush. It would swing around like mad in the was unbelievable that the two little eggs stayed nestled in their warm little bed. Their tiny eggs hatched and three weeks later the babies were on their own.

The finch's nest was also found at eye level...but after a year passed, we figured the eggs weren't going to hatch. The mama must have discovered us walking around the area and decided to abandon them...very sad. But what a beautiful thing to see, the precision of the nest and those perfect little eggs.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

When They Were Little

copyright © kay eneim 2009

When our kids were little... we have five... there wasn't much time for art study.

Often I would stay up into the 'wee' hours working on a creative project. I would pay for it the next day.

We were very fortunate that I could stay home with the children. What a gift.

I miss those days...and I think children keep you young...always did think that.

Gambel's Quail

copyright © kay eneim 2009

I love nests...and painting them. We live out in the desert and every spring we have a lot of nests, from all varieties, showing up around the house. (We get plenty of bobcats, javelina, and coyotes, too!)

This was a nest of Gambel's Quail that we accidentally discovered last spring. 

A 'Mama' quail burrowed a nest in the humid soil. (The nests are built in the soil for the humidity. If the eggs dry out they won't hatch.)

She layed an egg or two a day, stockpiling them in her nest.

When all was said and done, she had a total of eleven eggs. (They often lay as many as twenty eggs, each about an inch long.)

The Mama would leave for the whole day, feeding alongside the 'Papa', and return to her nest at night while the 'Papa' stayed nearby to guard their nest.

This nest was particularly remarkable for us. We happened to be at a nearby window when it was time for the eggs to hatch. It was incredible. Within ten minutes, every egg hatched and the little chicks dropped down to the ground, scaling down a dangling plant, and gathered around their Mama. One little chick after another popped out of the plants and toppled down. It didn't seem to matter that the eggs were layed in the nest on different days, they all were ready to be hatched at the same time.

In no more than ten minutes, literally, the little babes were with their parents, striding off into the desert...the brutal desert with bobcats, coyotes, and snakes. Incredible.

Our visiting family from out of town were there that morning to catch the whole thing on camera. It all happened so fast. My brother-in-law didn't have the lens he wanted for some sharp photos...I'm grateful he had the camera handy. We couldn't believe what we had witnessed!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Lisa II

'Lisa II' . oil on linen panel . 14 x 11 . 2008
copyright © kay eneim 2008

This is of the model and artist, Lisa. (If you click on the label 'portrait oil painting' on the right of this page, you can see the other portrait of her in the July 2, 2009 post.) This, too, was painted in Chris Saper's workshop last summer.

I spent much less time with this one, but enjoyed it.

We had a week with Chris and Gamblin's 'Torrit Grey' oil paint! Every year Gamblin Artists Colors cleans out their air filtration equipment (Torit Air Filtration system) and they give away the paint that they gather. They call this color their 'Torrit Grey'.

Each year this Torrit Grey is different and not for sale, but is given away for their annual contest. All of the entries must be painted with no more than Torrit Grey, black, and white. Chris' theme for her workshop was to assist her students in submitting a painting for the competition.

I had great plans to study portrait painting in greyscale that week. I lasted no more than a few hours. I needed to work with color! Chris was happy to let me be a 'rebel' in the class.

As it turned out...Chris deservedly won the Gamblin national contest that year!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Bouguereau's Madonna and Child with St. John

" 'Bouguereau's 'Madonna and Child with St. John' "
oil on linen panel . 14 x 11 . 2004
copyright © kay eneim 2004

My first completed oil painting.

This is a cropped and adapted version of William Bouguereau's well-known painting depicting Christ extending His hand down to His cousin, St. John the Baptist.

William Adolphe Bouguereau (1823-1905), a French painter, was one of the most prominent painters of his time. His abilities as a Master have been in dispute by some ever since. Some critics claim his figures appear static. I think they are beautiful, none the less.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Roses II

'Roses II' . oil on linen panel . 20 x 16 . 2006
with Sherrie McGraw
copyright © kay eneim 2006

Flowers from the garden a few years ago.
The white rose buds in the upper left were painted by Sherrie McGraw. Beautiful brushstrokes. The rest were mine.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

copyright © kay eneim 2008

Happy Fourth of July!

'God bless that I love...stand beside her, and guide her...
through the night, with the light from above...'

Friday, July 3, 2009

Green Pomegranate

'Green Pomegranate' . oil on linen panel . 5 x 16 . 2009
copyright © kay eneim 2009

Pomegranates are such an incredible green before they become ripe.

This was from a dwarf tree in the garden. The dwarf variety isn't good for eating, but they are beautiful!

Thursday, July 2, 2009


'Lisa' . oil on linen panel . 20 x 16 . 2008
© kay eneim 2008

Chris Saper is one of the finest portrait painters today. She was the reason I began oil painting...well, one of the reasons. I happened to come across her book "Painting Beautiful Skin Tones With Color and Light" and was thrilled to see that she lived in my city. She introduced me to the Scottsdale Artists' School and to much more.

Chris has been generous with her time and help...always. She is a wonderful, wonderful teacher. I always come away from her workshop with a great deal.

I painted this painting in one of Chris' workshops last summer. It was a joy. Her workshop was again fantastic.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Roses III

'Roses III' . oil on linen panel . 20 x 16 . 2009
© kay eneim 2009

These flowers are from our garden.

Every year I bring a collection of flowers from our garden to the Scottsdale Artists' School to share and to make my still life arrangement for a workshop with Sherrie McGraw. This year was my fourth year to study with her. Sherrie is truly a master artist and teacher. I have been very fortunate to study from her.

Many of Sherrie's students return every year, without fail, for her workshops. Since most of the fellow artists travel from all parts of the country, they are often waiting for these roses to compose their set-ups. I love sharing them.

As it is, these roses are a dickens to we all come away with a lot learned.

Thankfully, the 'Abraham Darby' bushes are usually in full bloom when Sherrie comes to town in the spring. They make exquisite bouquets...very frangrant. If you like to grow roses and have lots of room for one of these Austin roses, the 'Abraham Darby' rose is a real winner.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Mary With Child

'Mary With Child'. oil on linen panel . 20 x 16 . 2007
copyright © kay eneim 2007

Pere Serra, a Spaniard and one of the most important Catalonian painters from the late 14th Century, painted the Blessed Virgin Mary surrounded by the apostles in a painting he named 'The Pentecost' (1393-1394).

I loved everything about his image of Our Lady, but preferred her isolated from Serra's painting. His painting has her surrounded by the apostles and saints...a stunning image...but here we have Our Lady with Child, presenting us with her 'fiat'.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sarah at 12

'Sarah at 12'. oil on linen panel . 11 x 14. 2008
copyright © kay eneim 2008

Our daughter, Sarah, is our youngest of five. She is now 16.
Painted last year from a photo taken when she was 12,
Rich & I could see that our 'little Sarah' was growing up too fast!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Murillo's Immaculate Conception

" Murillo's 'Immaculate Conception' "
oil on linen panel . 20 x 13 . 2008
copyright © kay eneim 2008

Bartolome Esteban Murillo (1618-1682)
was the youngest of fourteen children.
To make a living as a young man,
he painted 'sargas', cheap paintings
on rough canvas sold at country fairs
and shipped to America by traders.
This is how he gained a reputation in Spain
for the later commissions he was given.

Murillo's images of Our Lady are some of my favorites.
This painting I began in 2005.
I would put it aside from time to time
and finally completed it last year.
It was painted with the aid of the silent teacher,
Murillo, one of the masters of old.

Ave Cor Mariae!