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!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Stargazing

7"x9"
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Something strange. I can't decide if it is more powerful for being so loose and brushy, or if the same sense of emotion would have stayed through further refinement....

Anole

5"x7"
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A beautiful, fascinating little summertime creature.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Summer Sunlight

5"x7"
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I planted this coral honeysuckle for the hummingbirds and sphinx moths, but it has gotten enormous and covered in blossoms that are enjoyed by all kinds of different pollinators!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Existing at the Boundary

12"x16"
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When I saw this I knew I had to paint it, there is something amazingly beautiful about a swimming snake. And of course with all of my water creatures flying around on land in my paintings, a land creature flying at the surface of the water just makes sense. The fact that this snake chose to swim right at the edge of the sunlight and shade made it all more complicated to paint but also more wonderful.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Capture

9"x12"
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I am just in love with the details here. I knew I wanted to continue exploring the whole jellyfish and glass Thing I have going, and it has been a little while since I painted any marbles, so they seemed like a good thing to bring together.  But the shadow from the tentacle, and the reflections from them, and the way you can just barely see them through the glass of the jar....

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Source

12"x16"
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Something magical. My sister took me to see this waterfall, a pilgrimage through the forest and then coming out to this, it was wonderful and overwhelming and at flood stage, the air was saturated and all you could hear was the roar of the water.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Lightning Bug

5"x7"
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I finally figured out how I want to paint lightning bugs!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Anemone

9"x12"
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Something magical. The last time I worked with this canvas it was the first time I had ever tried to paint anenomes, and revisiting it taught me a lot. The clown fish really were there, yes, but I can't deny a bit of Finding Nemo delight in painting them!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Waterlily

5"x7"
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Waterlilies have always fascinated me..... waterlilies themselves, and I'm pretty sure Monet had a hand in it as well. A point of transition is always wonderfully fascinating, and the surface of the water is exactly that.

Fairy Circle

18"x24"

Painting the Tiny Human! In her nightgown. In the yard. And a rather larger painting than I'm used to, and I believe the first time I have mustered the courage to do a figure laying on something as intricate as the grassy mushroomy leafy ground! It will be going up for sale tomorrow in the Strange Dreams Art Collective's Seasons exhibit along with the goldfish-and-succulent painting I shared a couple of days ago.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wayfaring


9"x12"
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A beautiful early morning on the shore, the light making everything so delicate and high-key. And a beautiful whale shark on a pilgrimage back home.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Late Spring Rain

8"x8"

A little bit of magic for the Strange Dreams Artist Collective's Seasons exhibit, which opens on the 15th.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Juneberry

5"x7"
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This is the first year I've had a juneberry, and the flowers are these fascinating composite things, forming wonderful shapes and they're the perfect sort of dense white petals that glow a bit when the sun sets.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Summer Hollyhocks

9"x12"
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Wandering around the garden, enjoying the bright June sunshine and the wonderful flowers. June is such a wonderful month, everything feels like summer but it is still early and all washed new.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Aster

5"x7"
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Little bitty daily painting of a very happy pollinator. I love the contrast between the gold of the bee and the purple of the aster, and the little bits of pink uniting them.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Beech Tree

5"x7"
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Trees are seriously intimidating subjects, there is just so much going on. And then all those wonderful greens. I have usually been shy about doing landscapes because it is just so hard to know where to cut off the level of detail, but I really just had to paint this gorgeous beech tree down by the eno river, and I am ever so glad I did.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Juvenile Plumage

5"x7"
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Birds are always so wonderfully paintable... this one posed beautifully, holding so very still while waiting for a fish to come close. That beautiful sharp head silhouetted against the dark water.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Napping

5"x7"
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Focusing on the wonderful bright sunlight, and the way it makes some of the shadows on a sleeping flamingo absolutely glow red.

Pekin Nightingale II

5"x7"
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And right back to birds again! Wonderfully bright-colored bird that I've only painted once before and definitely find irresistible.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Avocado Highlight

5"x7"
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Look, it's not a bird! Not even an animal, something edible! Lol, something creamy was just meant to be today. Also I was making salsa verde. and wanted to play with dramatic brushstrokes.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Puma

5"x7"
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Having another daily painting go at an awesome, intimidating, wonderfully sculptural wildcat.

Liftoff

5"x7"
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Capturing all of the excitement of a group of flamingos flapping dramatically, splashing in the sun.... it is quite the challenge, especially when the painting is so tiny! The colors and activity were just wonderful though, I had to try.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Doves

5"x7"
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Something special. I LOVE mourning doves, they have the most subtle colors and the sweetest little sounds. There's about six of them now that come to my front yard, but they stick very closely in pairs.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Hummingbird in Soft Light

8"x10"
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One of my darling little hummingbirds. She is wonderfully vocal, and of course so shimmery.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Spoonbill

5"x7"
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A beautiful little spoonbill, absolutely glowing. They are some seriously freaky looking birds though, don't let the magical colors fool you.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Green Glass

5"x7"
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A wonderful little bottle, because I need to work on my grasp of greens, and because it's shiny. Of course. With a delightful round stopper thingie.