Friday, August 17, 2018

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Monday, August 13, 2018

Blue Summer

20"x20"
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My darling child with passionflowers in her hair, and bees everywhere, All blues and purples and greens everywhere. The magic of summertime.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Antlers

8"x8"
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Bright and sculptural. I saw him in the evening, and it was wonderful to me how he decided I wasn't a threat and turned to the side like this.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Hummingbird in the Light

8"x8"
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Darling little hummingbird, from having coffee on the back porch this morning..... her feathers glittering like tiny scales, tail spread out in a territorial display, and my trying to figure out how on earth to paint wings that aren't even visible because of how quickly they move.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Ripples

8"x8"

An experiment. One that took an awful lot of time and now looks like abstract nonsense. I mean, pleasant abstract nonsense, but still. The water in the stream with the sun shining through the trees on it, it was beautiful....

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Shallow Water

9"x12"
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When the tide goes way, way out sometimes there's low spots on the beach and they fill with warm, flowing water. I call them tide pools, but I suspect that is just because I've only ever been to beaches here in the southeast. When I was a child I loved playing in them, and now my daughter loves playing in them too.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Country Road

6"x6"
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Quiet country road at midsummer, the sun coming back out but the air and everything else still saturated with rain.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Underwater I

9"x12"
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An interesting little experiment, with the sunlight so bright on the water it lights up the lily pads, and shines in ripples on the rising buds and leaves.

Three Flamingos

9"x12"
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It is amazing how graceful flamingos manage to be. And how wonderfully bright.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Waiting

16"x20"
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The rules we set up for ourselves for paintings are a strange labyrinth. For a still life I expect myself to stage it, set up the pieces deliberately. For some reason I feel like that would be too contrived in a landscape, the pieces have to really be there unless they are obviously part of the enchantment, the flying sea creatures and whatnot. So when I saw a gorgeous pink armchair sitting by the curb in front of this tiny house I knew it had to be a painting somehow, it wanted to be a painting.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Grazing

5"x7"
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A beautiful stag, grazing at twilight. His antlers were still covered in velvet, and one of the others kept dancing around trying to get his attention to challenge him.

Little Red Fox

5"x7"
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I wanted the idea of a fox, running across a canvas, A glimpse.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Protection

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An egg, green glass, and the beginnings of a nest.... or is it the remains of one?

Eggplant on Blue

5"x7"
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The same darling little eggplant as last night. I changed the perspective to emphasize that delightful roundness even more.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Little Eggplant

5"x7"
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A darling little eggplant from the farmers' market, and a painting focusing on how delightfully round and shiny it is.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Riverbank

9"x12"
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This is my sister sitting on "Baptism Rock" which is an enormous expanse of sandstone on the banks of the Yadkin River by Boone's Cave. Also a whale shark peacefully flying downriver as she watches. I'm particularly proud of the light on the sandstone in the foreground.



Six Goldfish

9"x12"
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Magic on a city street at night, a little school of goldfish clustering around a streetlight.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Salamander

8"x8"
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Darling little polka dotted water monster floating in bubbles and magical greens.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Four Flamongos

9"x12"
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This was a group of the brightest flamingos I have ever seen, and they just had to be a painting.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Bather

5"x7"
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This spring when we were in Florida we saw a huge group of vultures, maybe 50 of them, bathing in the cypress swamp. I knew I had to work from that, and this is the first of those paintings.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

All My Gaze

9"x12"
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A tiny owl, indignantly fluffy, but definitely enlightened. With the light vibrating all around.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Chippie

5"x7"
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Little chipmunk, with full cheeks and a blue shadow.

Yield

5"x7"
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A spot in Durham across from the cemetery. Great light, interesting shapes on the pavement.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Greys and Golds

18"x24"
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A beautiful set of draft horses, closely accompanied by a set of goldfish. I just loved the light, and the way the fish reflections find their way into all the shiny bits of tack.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Ruts

5"x7"
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A seldom used country road after a rain, the sky reflecting in the puddles.

Mossy Banks

9"x12"
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The light in this painting has actually started me several times now, it demands my attention just the way sunlight on water does. I'm wondering if I should just keep it honestly, there is something special here!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Afternoon Light

5"x7"
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And a friend for yesterday's daily painting. Slightly different colors and very different light!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Blue

5"x7"
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Pretty little parakeet. I don't usually use ultramarine blue, but it is the only one for this little bird!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Dream Tree

8"x10"
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A bottle tree, glowing in the faint light as a crescent moon rises. Definitely a dream tree.

Monday, July 2, 2018

The Last Poppy

5"x7"
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Poppies are curious flowers, they have to shed a leathery blue casing in order to bloom. The contrast between the casing and the silky, crinkly flower petals is wonderful.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Spawning Grounds

9"x12"
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Beautiful green summertime light for a walk in the forest, and an unexpected encounter.

Summer Tea

11"x14"
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This color is wonderfully strong, somehow the painting feels bigger than it is! And today and yesterday I made sure to leave plenty of room in the composition for the subject to breathe, sometimes that feels really wonderful. A pretty little green frog in one of my favorite teacups.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Morning Reflection

12"x12"
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The pekin robin is back! Darling little bird. On a coffee cup admiring his reflection, of course.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Flytrap

5"x7"
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Sometimes I am honestly not sure how to paint something.... and sometimes I need to jump in with both feet anyways. This was one of those times. That is the point of daily painting, after all! Venus flytraps grow here in North Carolina, and I have been wanting to paint one for years.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Smallest Things

5"x7"
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A little daily painting that is all about atmosphere. Look at how the fish glows in the light!