Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Gold Trim

5"x7"
nfs

Harumph. It is almost midnight and this spoon just will NOT act right. Trying again tomorrow. Goodnight my loves!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Orbits

11"x14"
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Something spooky- revisiting these two little baby dolls.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Shades of Blue II

5"x7"
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I love the beautiful swirls inside the marbles..... although I guess the magic for me really is in the roundness of them, and the beautiful things they do with light because they're these wonderful spheres of glass.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Shades of Blue I

5"x7"
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Just something pretty. Shiny things in the light of those interesting new LED ball thingies. You know how I am about marbles!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Explorers

11"x14"
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I've learned that it is best to just not ask myself too many questions. It means that interesting things are free to happen.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Transitional Creatures

12"x12"
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A little water-goat fairy creature came to me, and graciously agreed to let me paint her. Isn't she adorable?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Eye Contact

5"x7"
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This is me, trying to figure out how to paint a goat's eye. Once you get past the weirdness, they're beautiful!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January Afternoon

5"x7"
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Trying to decide if I ventured too far from my comfort zone in this one. Well, that's what dailies are for!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Pale Hen

5"x7"
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And out strides a Pale Hen. Love how this one came out! It started out being all about that wild glow to her eye, but then there were the pretty soft pale feathers and just textures in general....

Sunday, January 18, 2015

White Lines

5"x7"
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Pretty kitty at Swanfire Farm.... in case you're wondering about the title, something about the white stripes of the chair and the white whiskers and eyebrow hairs. It totally made sense at the time.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Patchwork Colors

5"x7"
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I got to go over to Swanfire Farm and take lots and lots of fun reference photos! A whole new rabbit hole to jump in!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Garlic and Shadow

5"x7"
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Sometimes you just want to paint something simple. But still sculptural or whatever. And sometimes your friend Cara came over for a cooking day, and her approach to taking cloves of garlic off is apparently quite different from yours and now you really just *have* to paint said garlic.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

French Press

5"x7"
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Shiny stuff!
Better yet, shiny stuff that is involved in the making of coffee! I was totally given the world's cutest french press.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Corset Back

5"x7"
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My neutrals are really coming along, lately! Also- yay textures.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sliced Orange

5"x7"
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Trying to keep a feeling going from yesterday, focusing on the light..... more color made it into this one, I'm not sure how. It doesn't seem like orange would be a particularly sneaky color. Still, it feels bright!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Snowman

5"x7"
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A snowman who needs no introduction- you know I like painting my daughter's toys, and this was lots of fun!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Skull and Spheres

8" diameter
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Some more "smooky"ness! I'm experimenting with new light sources here with some LED spheres, and my beloved go-to still life painting props- skulls and marbles. This painting went straight up on the dining room wall after being finished!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Shadows II

5"x7"
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I keep trying and trying to figure out how to imagine light into a painting instead of just painting what is there, how to create a glow on things that might not normally glow.

Like deer, for instance. Not normally glow-ers.

I feel like I had a breakthrough with these two!

Shadows I

5"x7"
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Blue

9"x12"
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Experimenting with colors, all those beautiful blues and some neutrals over that ridiculous red- and I LOVE it! So vibrant.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Dreadlocks

9"x12"
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My daughter has a friend with magical hair. The first time I tried painting it I couldn't even bring myself to share the result, and you know me, I will almost always share my failures...
*sigh*
But this came out much better! Now I'm just not sure if I should approach this as a painting to be finished, or a finished piece all on its own. Maybe a prepatory sketch.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Artist's Sister

9"x12"
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Ok, so I saw this gorgeous Rembrandt at the Small Works Exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art on Saturday, and it reminded me of just how much I love doing stuff like with, with the whole washes of vandyke brown thing and the sketchy brushstrokes and just augh, right? And the spouse got me a few art books and I'm wallowing in them delightedly, and generally feeling like my head is going to explode from all the potential awesome going on. We'll see.

The Artist's Child

9"x12"
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Braids

5"x7"
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Yesterday we went out singing to fruit trees on a friend's farm.... and of course there was inspiration to be had at such a wonderful event!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Red Bow

5"x7"
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It's technically tomorrow, so I am going to go ahead and post! Doubt I'll have time for it in the coming insanity anyways.... humans are strange, man. The things we do in the name of tradition.

This was awesome to paint. Like yay, shiny things! And then losing my mind because the shape gets so, so, so complicated.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Wonky

5"x7"
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I was taking pictures of cattle, and this was a lovely photogenic critter.... except for the horns, running off in different directions! Had to do a painting anyways, just too interesting.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Blue Shadows

8"x16"
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Really, no one is safe. My friend's daughter was just sitting there, innocently getting some fairy hair put in, and, well...... beautiful. Just had to paint her. Soft blue shadows and overhead lighting and pretty shapes made by her hair.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Morning Light

5"x7"
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Sketching, just a greyhound in soft morning light. Trying to create a glow, but with just values, not colors.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

Altered Book page....

Experimenting in.,... well, I guess it's a new medium! Or a new substrate, at the very least. There are nice textures and new thought processes.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Just a Little Open

5"x7"
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Ok, at this point I guess I'm just reveling in textures and the whole blue/gold contrast thing. But there's nothing wrong with reveling.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Two Persimmons

9"x12"
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I may be a little obsessed with persimmons- I can't help it, they're just so beautiful. I do wish I could find an asian persimmon tree that wasn't grafted, though.... ah, well. I'm sure I'll get all obsessed with painting gooseberries when they come in, or what have you. Can it be spring already? Please?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Four Persimmons

5"x7"
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It's been a strange sort of day, but persimmons were painted. They have the strangest glow, even for a fruit.... and a totally different texture and everything else from the asian ones. It's fascinating.