Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fox and Prey

5"x7"
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Kindof a value study, kindof not, since we tend to loose colors at night.... painted from a wildlife cam flash photo, which is an idea that REALLY intrigues me. More exploration to come, for sure!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Asparagus Sketch

5"x7"
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Harvesting asparagus spears from the garden out back! Just had to sketch these beauties :)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Little Owl

9"x12"
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Ok, I'm happy with her! Again. Now.
*sigh*
I don't know if I love or hate the paintings that I keep coming back to again and again to tweak and play with!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cthulhu's Daughter

9"x12"
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Do you ever get the feeling that you're following your own mind a little too far down the rabbit hole?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Fruit Tart

5"x7"
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Still playing with familiar themes, but with my new focus on edges.... I like how the shininess really comes out on this one. And the way the kiwi slice glows :)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Princess and the Frog

9"x12"
sold

Having fun, getting ready for the Whimsical Women show- coming up on May 3rd in Chapel Hill!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Iris Sketch

5"x7"
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Still experimenting with edges.... I think that experimenting with edges means that I will love some parts of a painting and really not love others. Strange.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

WIP


 12"x12"
Just puttering along.... part real still life, part fantasy :)


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Cat Skull on White

5"x7"
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Soft edges make me happy.... and backlighting is so very tricky to pull off, but when I do get it right, it makes me very happy too. That kindof glowy thing....

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Two Apricots

5"x7"
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Beautiful sunny Saturday, painting some fruit.... and about to literally unplug my internet for the rest of the day because I have a lot more painting to get done!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Pink Tulip

5"x7"
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The edges got away from me a little bit with this one, but I'm in love with the light and the subject matter! Yay, springtime...

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Girl in Profile

12"x12"
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Just a beautiful girl.... sometimes you see something beautiful and a little different, and it needs to be painted!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Broken Shell

5"x7"
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A beautiful little shell, still experimenting with lost and found edges, detail in some places and none at all in others.... and  a beautiful thin halo of blurred paint around the whole. Thinking of summer.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Marble on Black

5"x7"
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Having fun, old favorite subject matter, new approach to painting it!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Rabbit Skull

5"x7"
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I am having such an awesome time playing with edges, even if it does being out the Control Freak in my. Guh. Can I say "so tactile" when it's just paint on canvas?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

Golden Pear

5"x7"
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I was experimenting with soft edges, still feeling like there was something there that I just wasn't getting, you know? I think I fell over the soft edges line into lost edges, though, and I love the result! Need to continue playing with this :D

Sunday, March 23, 2014

WIP

and now, for a rousing game of "is it done yet?"
the answer always seems to be "never". I do love her horns, though.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

sketch of my Squishy.....

back when she was little, and not an all-grown-up four year old <3 p="">

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sacred Lotus

16"x20"
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I was feeling very out of sorts today.... so this seemed like the perfect painting to work on. So peaceful.

Monday, March 17, 2014

getting started on something odd....


Dark Water

5"x7"
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And another beautiful mermaid. Trying to get us to summer, here!

Blue and Gold

5"x7"
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Mermaid! The beautiful and amazing Kailani the Mermaid, even- she swam with my daughter at NC Merfest, and was so wonderful with her that Naomi still enthuses about it :)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Discovery

6"x8"
sold

Feeling good today! Last weekend-and-then-some was taken up with camping out at Mama's house because we had no electricity, and then chopping up trees and stuff- especially since on tree fell on the front of the house. No painting going on!

And then this weekend we finally got around to replacing the floor in the studio. Seriously, I'd been balancing on the joists when walking around in here to keep from falling through the floor, which isn't fun, so it needed to happen.... but cleaning out the studio, tearing up the floor, putting a new one down, and moving everything back in meant another couple days of no painting at all. So it felt very good to get back into it today. Love to you all.

The Bridge at Night

5"x7"
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Near the farmers' market in Durham there's a bridge, and the streetlamps glow like magic around it at night.

sketch of Naomi

I definitely want to keep going with these brown-paper doodles :)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

my Naomi.

but it is cold outside today, and that is making me sad. Naomi doesn't mind though :)

still sketching....

and I think my Painting Brain is coming back!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

sketching.

Sorry I disappeared!

Thursday night it started raining. And then raining and icing and all this happening below freezing so all the twigs and pine needles and everything on all the trees got covered and very very heavy. So Friday morning I woke up to a tree falling on the house.

No damage done, no worries there, but we lost four trees in the yard, and the tops fell out of five others! Oh, and of course there was no power. Because there were three other trees- one of them HUGE- that had taken down power lines just on our street alone! And one of the power poles had just broken clean off about halfway up- I still have no idea how THAT happened.

So the Baby and I went and stayed with Mama for a few nights till the power came back on, and I came back here during the day to try to get the yard cleaned up. We're down to one small brush pile and some stray logs, which is wonderful! Also happy that the garden will be getting a lot more sun this year.

BUT..... and this is a huge but.... I forgot how to paint. Lol, there's a reason I paint every day, if I don't use it I really do lose it! So this is me sketching and trying to get my Painting Brain back. More to come.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Lights Under the Trees

5"x7"
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Still trying to make those peaceful summer nights come back. So far it isn't working :(

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Road Home

5"x7"
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Working on my color vocabulary for nightscapes.... and trying to force summer to come back to us :)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Glowbird III

5"x7"
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Coming back around to this wonderful little idea, experimenting with it since it's not like I have something "real" to go on :)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Anatomy Lesson

8"x16"
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So many textures! And the clear plastic shell.... don't know WHAT I was thinking, but I love how it came out.

Friday, February 28, 2014

WIP

and a beautiful blue-eyed fawn in progress. so in love with this one that I *really* don't think that sharing will kill the love :)