Sunday, May 2, 2021

I had a hard time photographing this painting. Paintings are always so much nicer in person. This is Miller Spring at the end of March 2021. How time gets away. I've been busy with family and working on a new website that I will unveil soon. Life gets so busy and we must make time for painting! It was a windy day and this painting blew over and some dirt was mixed in with the paint. I finally put a bungee behind the painting and hooked it to the easel to keep it from becoming a sail!
12 x 24 inch
Oil on Linen Board

This Painting is available - Framed and Ready to Hang
Click below:


Friday, March 12, 2021

Yard Work

I’ve been at my brother’s house and decided to paint and draw the other day.
It’s the simple things you know, and when you have the chance to do something
you care about, you should.

Yard Work
9x12 Oil on Canvas


Wednesday, March 10, 2021


This is your average lower middle class fifty year old home that you might see in
any town you drive through in America! If you look at this house you might not see
anything really wonderful about this structure. An ordinary “no place” you might think,
but houses have stories and memories no matter how big or small.

This is my brother’s house and he has lived here for more than 30 years. As I think about
this place and all the living that has occurred here I can think of much love, joy, sorrow,
work, rest, gatherings of friends and family (fellowship), parties, food being prepared
and consumed, the tool shed that has been used to build a business, and a well-planned
garden that has been incredibly bountiful year after year. I think of the many people and
dogs that have lived there in the past.

The tree that is casting the shadow on the yard and on the house is one I planted more
than 30 years ago. Of course, it was small when I planted it.

405 Dogwood
16 x 20 Oil on Linen

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Armadillo Trail


Armadillo Trail
11 x 14 Oil on Linen
This painting is available at the link below:
This is Texas! Last week we had below-freezing temperatures, a foot of snow and ice on the ground, and no electricity for five days. Yesterday it was 75 degrees outside and some of my painting buddies and I went to Miller Springs Park in Belton, Texas to paint. It was a wonderful beautiful time. Many people were out walking their dogs and enjoying the day. It was like taking a long breath in and then out again. As I was walking along the well-laid path I stopped here at the Armadillo Trail. I couldn't really see where the path leads, it looked like it ended at the rock wall and I didn't venture down it to see where it went but just wanted to make sure I remembered the name. We never really know where the journey takes us. We can make plans and take action, but really we just continue on, trying to do our very best every day.
I didn't see an armadillo!
P.S. I haven't posted on my blog for a while so in the interest of catching up I am going to add a post every day, whether it is the painting of the day or an old painting. Please check out my Instagram and Facebook Page to see the latest work! Thank you! Susan

Monday, June 1, 2020

Morning Shade Tree

Spring Plein Air Painting

16 x 12-inch oil on linen board. 2 hours.
This is off Farm Road 935, Falls County just outside Belfals, Texas.

When you travel out to East Falls County Texas you will find the corn
is tall and so is the wheat. The wheat is golden as a contrast to the
very green tall corn and green tree foliage. This is a morning painting.
It's a peaceful painting in turbulent times.
This painting is available, click for more...

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Lemon is Yellow!

I did a color study yesterday and I had a lot of extra
wonderful colors on my palette. My mom was painting 
still life in the studio and I went after it. I needed to use 
the beautiful colors I had created. Thanks for looking!

This painting is available! $65. Click here for more information

Saturday, May 2, 2020

American Dog

16 x 20 Inch Oil on Canvas
"American Dog" is a commission that recently was delivered.
16 x 20 Inch Oil on Canvas
I had a great time with this painting and subject. I have done
many commissioned pet paintings but this painting wraps them
all up into one that speaks to America's pets. 
Check out more of my pet portraits at this link: 

Sue Grein Milliken, Margaret Sterle

Friday, May 1, 2020

Open Rose

8 x 8 Inch Oil on Canvas
Yesterday I painted the closed rose and today now the open rose. 
Did you know flowers move?

Monday, April 20, 2020

Single Red Rose

Always a good day when I'm painting. 
8 x 8-inch oil on canvas. This one is available - $150 unframed.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020


This is "Red"! 
11 x 14-inch oil on canvas.
Painted him last week! Dogs and people are my favorite subjects!

Dogs are such awesome companions! So much love!!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Dancing Tree

Wishing all my friends a very blessed, 2020.
Happy New Year everyone!
12 x 24 Inch Plein Air Oil on Linen Board.
This tree is located on Wilson Valley Loop in Temple.
This painting is available.

Saturday, January 18, 2020


16 x 20 Oil on Linen Board
Merlin was another Christmas commission.
I am very honored to be able to create Christmas gifts that hopefully
will be treasured for years to come. My goal is to bring the animals
I paint to life on the canvas. I hope I have succeeded somewhat

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Rainy Day

12 x 24-inch oil on canvas
I have been working in my plein air painting
and travelled to Decatur, TX the weekend after Christmas!
It rained and it seemed like such an opportunity to catch
the calm of a rainy day! I really do enjoy painting dogs but
I also enjoy painting other subjects as well and painting outside.

In this painting, I tried to convey the lonely grey day.

This year, my plan is to paint larger and also paint
more portraits of people. Thank you for viewing my art
and let me know what you think.

Sunday, January 5, 2020


14-inch x 14-inch oil on canvas
Riley is a Christmas commission. 
Had a lot of fun with this painting.
Sometimes I want to keep all the dogs!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Merry Christmas from the Farm

I am offering 11 x 14-inch canvas prints of this
painting for $75 each. Shipping is available
and tax does apply, The painting is also for sale!
It is a 12 x 16-inch oil on canvas, $275.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019


11 x 14 inch oil on canvas
This is Cindy! Had a blast painting this one, because Cindy is such a clown!!
This is a commissioned painting.

Monday, November 25, 2019


I had a great time painting precious Lilly for my
good friend Carol Cordiner Nelson. 
12-inch x 12-inch Oil on Canvas

Friday, November 22, 2019

Dash & Bella

16 x 20 Inch Oil on Canvas
I love the pose Dash and Bella are in and it shows they
really love each other. Love is what it's all about! This is a commissioned
painting I delivered to the customer on Sunday. They really did love it.
It is such a fantastic privilege to be able to present a painting that 
 can be a treasure for years to come!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Three Herding Dogs

Three 9" x 12" Oil on Canvas
I have been painting a lot of dogs lately and really enjoy it.
I was commissioned to do this set of paintings of three herding dogs,
Australian Shepherds, from a friend who is giving them as a Christmas gift
to one of her employees. I don't know a lot about these companions,
but they are loved dearly. Dogs certainly have a way of touching our hearts
and can make such a huge difference in our lives!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019


16" x 20" Oil on Canvas!

Katie is the second part of the Killeen Free Clinic fundraiser I participated
in this year where I donated a painting to raise funds for this very worthy cause.
The customer wanted a second painting done to represent
their second important fur baby.

Friday, October 11, 2019


8 x 10 inch oil on canvas.
Last night during class I painted some salt shakers that
were on the table. This painting is available for sale. Having fun!!
Everyone worked hard in class and we had a lot of fun!

Thursday, October 10, 2019


So this is Merlin!

11" x 14" Oil on Canvas!
Merlin is part of the Killeen Free Clinic fundraiser I participated in this year where
I donated a painting to raise funds for this very worthy cause. I had a blast painting
Merlin with his expressive eyes and mischievous personality. Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Portrait of "Sport"

11 x 14 Inch Oil on Canvas
I had a lot fun painting this one. 

"Her level of artistry is unmatched... Mrs. Sterle captures her subjects
with detail that elicits emotion and memory. When our beloved dog passed, 
we commissioned her to create his portrait. The result was breathtaking
and incredibly moving for us. Thank you so much for giving us back a piece of him."
                                                                       Kristin Barkley Childress

Monday, October 7, 2019

The Barton House - Salado, Texas

Late in September UniquelySalado held a Plein Air contest. 
This was my result for the day. I had a great time in spite of the heat. 
The Barton House in Salado was the subject.
This is a large 18 x 24 inch painting and is framed. 

This painting is available. Message me if you are interested.

Thursday, September 5, 2019


Commissioned paintings make great Christmas gifts so get
your project started now. Don't wait until the last minute!
Email me if you are interested.
12 " x 16 " oil on canvas

Monday, August 19, 2019

Fast Paint - Temple Depot

I wanted to give a big shout out to the City of Temple for hosting
"Celebrating a Summer's Night of Art & Jazz 2019". There were some
fantastic artists as vendors and who participated in the 2 Hour Fast Paint!
I am truly honored to have won first place in the competition!
Thank you for the opportunity you are providing to local artists! 

This painting is available for sale!
18" x 14" Oil on canvas

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Three Guards

12 x 16 inches Oil on Canvas

I was driving to East Texas to see my mom and happen to see
some incredibly beautiful horses near the road. I usually have my camera
and captured the horses keeping guard. There was no getting through. :-)

This painting is available for sale.
Please email me if you are interested.

Monday, June 10, 2019

McClaren Barn

16 x 12 Oil on Linen
Plein Air Painting
Last Saturday morning I traveled down to Cameron, Texas
to my Friends land and painted his barn. 
This painting is available, $300 unframed.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Powers Chapel Church, In the Morning

18 x 14 Inch Oil on Canvas
This morning my friend Kay and I headed to Rosebud and met at Pattie's 
 house at 7:00 am. Pattie prepared some fantastic biscuits in an iron skillet.
We had butter and homemade jam with the most beautiful breakfast.
What a treat! We headed to Powers Chapel Church shortly after trying
to catch the morning light on the front of the church. We painted until it was time
for Sunday School and then joined the group for a bible lesson.
A truly blessed morning with good eating, painting, and fellowship!

It started getting hot and windy later on in the morning and my
painting kept falling over and in quick response, I tried catching it,
a couple of times. I was covered in paint at Sunday School!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Cactus in Cameron, Texas

8 x 10 inch Oil on Canvas Board
Cactus in Cameron, Texas
This painting is SOLD.
This painting was a fun one. Worked on my warm
to cool colors and 
more deliberate with my shapes.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Still Retired

12 x 16 Inch Oil on Canvas Board Plein Air -2 1/2 Hours Saturday I traveled to Cameron, Texas and painted outside in a friend's pasture. It was pretty windy but a beautiful morning painting in the shade.
This painting is sold.