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

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.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Falling Marble

5"x7"
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When in doubt, fall back on a favorite subject. And a very strong light source.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Golden Hen

5"x7"
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Pretty birb. I guess it is mostly about the eye!

Ibis

5"x7"
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Another beautiful little bird. And some experimentation with brushstrokes, I really learned some things here.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Pekin Nightingale

5"x7"
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A wonderfully bold, curious little bird that absolutely glows in the sunlight!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Drifting

10"x20"
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Oh I hate to see this one go anywhere, but I'm not surprised she found a home right away <3 p="">

Flamingo in the Light

5"x7"
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Beautiful, beautiful sunlight. I have t remind myself periodically that the light is what makes a painting.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Pink Lily II

5"x7"
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Pretty little lily, the same as yesterday- I was expecting it to change more, but apparently that takes a lot longer for lilies than for peonies! So, out of the shot glass and under the light in a different pose today.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Pink Lily

5"x7"
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Last year I received a lovely little lily plant for Mothers' Day- this year it is back and much bigger, with at least a dozen blooms. I went out in the rain today to pick one to paint.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

All the way Open

12"x12"
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I brought picked a magnolia flower from the tree on the way back to the studio to paint, and it smelled so wonderful. You can really sense that from the painting I believe.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Frankincense Tears

5"x7"
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Sometimes I have absolutely no idea what to paint for the day. Those days I go rummaging on the bookshelves.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Treasure Island

8"x8"

My painting for a group show at Thumbprint Gallery out in La Jolla, California.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Brighter

5"x7"
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Yes, I'm working on another one of those still-life-with-jellyfish pieces! When in doubt, paint something magical.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Pink Iris

5"x7"
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Something pretty, that's all. The siberian irises in my yard are all yellow or purple- this beautiful pink one is at the botanical gardens in Chapel Hill.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Avocado and Shadows

8"x8"
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Because avocados are really wonderfully paintable. That is really the only reason. Also I've been playing more with color and changing up the colors while keeping the values consistent.

Cruising Altitude

5"x7"
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Beautiful blues on a tiny little painting.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Cypress

7"x9"
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A little waterscape from Florida, the sun shining through the cypress at Manatee Springs.

Monday, May 7, 2018

White Flame


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The exact same peony, just a day later! Didn't move as much this time, thank goodness. And I experimented a bit with the textures and some of them came out beautifully.


Peony

9"x12"
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I knew a peony would be really hard to paint- all those delicate pale petals, all that subtle contrast, the darn thing moving around the whole time..... but it was even more of a challenge than I expected! Well, it is good to have challenges. As a general rule.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Morning Light

5"x7"
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A deer quietly gazing into the sunlight.... she was wonderfully unafraid, it's usually harder to catch one casually looking away from you!