Monday, September 29, 2014

Teatime

8" diameter
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My little one dressed up an old monkey doll passed down to her from my sister.... and I just HAD to paint a portrait of the result!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Blueberry Thicket

5"x7"
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Venturing outside my comfort zone for this one! But it makes me happy- the light is beautiful, and I am always happy when painting my Baby.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Skull My Father Gave Me

12"x16"
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This was pure self indulgence. All the marvelous little shapes in the skull, and the rich soft silk, and the dark background.... I am tempted not to even put this one up for sale!

Cradles and Reflections

11"x14"
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Oh my goodness, I am loving these still life pieces! I tried to stay very loose with the pink silk, and gradually work up to the more delicate areas.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Persimmons in Soft Light

5"x7"
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Beautiful soft edges. I learn so much from these daily paintings. And persimmons seemed like the perfect thing to paint on the first day of autumn!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Garlic Clove

5"x7"
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Just something simple to paint.... learned a lot about highlights, today!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Two Thai Eggplants

5"x7"
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I would sit here and type something out properly, but the Tiny Human is standing behind me asking me to go outside with her and catch lightning bugs! Love y'all.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Come Together on the Water

9"x12"
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Just something simple, and pretty. Folded paper and a mirrored sphere, things I've been painting for a long time now, brought together with softly flowing cloth.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mason Jar on Black

5"x7"
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Having fun sketching- it has been a very full weekend over here! We shall see how it influences the artwork :)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Green Glass

5"x7"
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Look! Something shiny!

I swear, all my daily paintings are basically "Hi! So this caught my eye, and I experimented while painting it, and learned a lot, and pretty!"

Friday, September 12, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Early Morning by Lamplight

8"x16"
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Gah, I am so in love with this painting! Naomi's toys inspired it, of course, she was fast asleep with one of the dolls and the other was lying nearby and inspiration suddenly struck.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

Before the Rain

 11"x14"
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I've been wanting and wanting to do more still life stuff, and some produce actually made it past my daughter and all the way into the house- so I jumped on the opportunity! Love the colors, and the shapes the cloth made running all around and under the jumble of things. I have all this amazing stuff on my bookshelves, but when I've been taking it down to do a just-one-thing still life it just feels so static that I lose heart.... all together like this it feels really exciting.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Quiet Morning

5"x7"
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Yes, another teacup. This weather is really messing with me, it's not supposed to turn cool and rainy this early in the year! So hot tea actually makes a lot of sense at the moment.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Black and Gold

5"x7"
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Yesterday's painterly teacup was so much fun that I wanted to try something along the same lines.... but this cup has a LOT more going on, with all the gold patterning on the black background!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Teacup Interior

5"x7"
sold

Dude. I am so impressed with myself right now- I think I might actually be "getting" this whole soft edges thing!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

you haven't seen her for a bit, have you?

Still plodding along.... don't know why she's taking so long, but it's ok!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Full Ripe

5"x7"
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Poblano peppers make me happy. Poblano peppers that I pick from plants in my backyard make me even happier! This one is destined to become part of a soup tomorrow.

*happy dance*

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Gardenia on Grey

5"x7"
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My favorite flower! Just so rich and creamy and perfect, totally capable of being all awesome and sculptural even against a pale neutral background like this.

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Season for Patience

11"x14"
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And I am back to painting unicorn skulls again! Not the more deer-like species I have been painting, a larger horse-like species of unicorn this time. With peaches, of course. I think I should give myself some rule that I always have to include perishables in any still life, love the feeling...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Cut Pear

5"x7"
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Just beautiful light, and beautiful fruit. The end of summer makes me sad, but there is still so much to love about it.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Day Old

5"x7"
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The rain brought the dandelions back, beautiful little short lived flowers that they are.... I love them! And Naomi loves them even more. I'd never painted one like this before, after blooming but before fluffy seedheadedness.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Behind You

5"x7"
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I've been missing these wildlife-cam type paintings.... no glowing eyes this time, but I love it anyways!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Flight

8"x16"
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I've really been missing still lifes lately, but hadn't been sure what exactly I was missing about them, so I wasn't sure exactly how to jump back in in the non-daily-painting still life capacity..... at any rate. Origami is always fun!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Naiad

9"x12"
sold

Remember her? Yeah. I love this painting, and she's always a big favorite when I go to art shows or wherever, but somehow no one has gotten around to buying her yet! So I'm sitting here and she catches my eye and I wonder, what would make it better as a painting? And so I made the shadows deeper and the scales shinier and the pearls bigger, and somehow her hair got longer and fuller along the way....

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pumpkin Top


5"x7"
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Late summer.... when you can have watermelon and pumpkins both sitting there begging to be painted. Loving this one- I discovered some new oranges, and the way it curves up into the frame is wonderful!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Watermelon Slice

5"x7"
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I may be getting a teensy bit carried away with the fruit. It is August, after all.

Peach and Marble

9"x12"
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TEXTURES! This is my textures happy dance....

Good thing you can't actually see me. Yay, fuzzy, yay, shiny, yay, glowy.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sliced Lemon

5"x7"
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Not my most creative title, I'm sure, but I don't do well with titles.... Colors, now, colors I can do. And interesting shadows. And texture, shiny dimpled lemon skin texture.

The Edge of the Pool

5"x7"
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Somehow I wound up playing around in the photos I took at Merfest- and just had to paint this one of Kailani!

creeping along...



Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sliced Plum

5"x7"
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Just painting/sketching fruit for the heck of it I guess. Like look, shiny! Look, ROUND! Oooooh, and if I cut into it then it's juicy and that's even more fun to paint!

The Happy Couple

5"x7"
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Eggplants, because I just can't resist. I really am going to have to grow some of my own next year, they're just too beautiful....

just started!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Portrait Commission

16"x20"

I love this one so much! The subject wanted to be Elsa in her portrait, and then she wanted to be a unicorn, so she got to be both.

Skull and Windowsill

5"x7"
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I wanted to challenge myself with something very subtle, where it's all tricks of little value changes, and I'm so proud of the result!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Blue Moon

9"x12
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Little white-haired children are so striking.... I know I'll never have one, so I'll just have to be content borrowing them for painting every now and then!

Two Strawberries.... again

5"x7"
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Feeling seriously out of sorts today, so I just played with an older daily, softening edges and blurring some parts, adding detail in others.... please, somebody take this one off my hands.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Glass Knight

5"x7"
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Trying to paint something that is barely there, visually.... is harder than I thought it would be. It also cast a much darker shadow than I expected. Lots of fun, though!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Pink Rose on Grey

5"x7"
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Pretty pretty flower from the yard. Pushing and pushing towards soft edges.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Garlic in Shadow

5"x7"
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Another weirdly cool, rainy day.... so I retreated into the familiarity of a nice daily painting. Of garlic. Of course. Sending hugs out into the world along with some vampire repellent.