Friday, May 30, 2008

And more shells


Just glad that it's Friday, at the moment. Had fun with the shadows one this one, all the little ridges and peculiarities. And right now I'm having a fantastic time being half drunk and watching Jeff Dunham- freakin awesome comedian, absolute must watch. Love all of you, and looking forward to tomorrow's painting too, huh?

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Fade Away


More of the pale on pale- it's really drawing me in. Oh, and if you're curious, I posted all of my dailies that involve shot glasses over on Moment by Moment ( ) Not that many of them, really, but I was curious and thought I would share.

At any rate, a tiny starfish- looks like it's reaching up, doesn't it? I focused more on the play of light this time, rather than the texture and all of its intricacies- save that for next time, I guess. Hope you're all having a beautiful evening. Me, I'm glad the week is almost over.


Wednesday, May 28, 2008


6"x6" acrylic on canvas

All about the pale-on-pale lately, aren't I? Nope, no idea where it's coming from, but I like it- pleasent, and makes me looks really hard for all the colors within the whites. Like all the greys and greens and browns in this magnolia blossom.... and once again I find myself wishing that I could paint smells, that flawlessly rich and yet delicate, citrusy magnolia scent. It's intoxicating.

And in case you hadn't noticed- yep, it's in a shot glass. Had it in a wonderful big bistro shot glass, but changed my mind and moved it down to a regular one- it played the blossom itself up more, that way. We'll see what tomorrow night brings.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

And goodbye again.

6"x6" acrylic on canvas

Came home from my Aunt's funeral, and my orchid had started shedding blossoms- and this one, sitting there on top of the bookcase, looked like it would be a good challenge. Well, it was a challenge at any rate. More cursing of those tricky little flowers centers- and an ever growing appreciation for the alchemy of light, how it transform everything. And now, thank goodness, I am sleepy. So I'm going to go turn my incense off, take a shower, and crawl into my nice soft bed- and I'll think about tomorrow when it gets here. Good night!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Ghost Tree

Peaceful, but lonely. And a beautiful, hopeful light shining through.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Work in progress, though probably almost done- isn't that a great sense of atmosphere? And the light coming through.... as to why the queen anne's lace is pink, well, I have no idea. Perhaps it'll be a little more traditional when the painting is finished :) Until then, well, I'm here in the shadows.


Monday, May 19, 2008


6"x12" acrylic on canvas

Trying to figure things out- or maybe that's just what I'm telling myself because I want to explain away this dismal mood, act like there's no reasons behind it. Bleh.

At any rate, those same peonies from last night, donw much bigger and all focused on the flowers instead of the whole bouquet and how it relates to it's surroundings. Loved the idea- not thrilled with the painting as it is right now, and not for sure on why. Oh, well- there's always tomorrow's. And I ceratinly got an appreciation for how impossible peonies can be to paint- and I thought roses were tricky!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Stormy Springtime

8"x10" acrylic on canvas
Got these be-e-a-utiful peonies at the farmer's market on Saturday, and the whole apartment smells of them right now. It's funny, because I usually would have gone with white ones with the getting-flowers-to-paint thing, but I fell into temptation with these glorious, overabundant violet-red beauties, and I love how it turned out with this painting, how these seem to fly above all that dense foilage, the heavy glass of the vase, the fragile tracery of the shadows..... seeing so much tonight, and it's nice.


Saturday, May 17, 2008


"Saturday Morning"
8"x10" acrylic on canvas

Spent much longer on this one than I originally intended, but I just got too engrossed in it to do otherwise. Isn't red a wonderful color? And then the little espresso set had that thing going where something that is white and shiny is actually every color except white, which is just infuriating and fascinating and wonderful.

Grateful for weekends, tonight :)


and Friday.

6"x6" acrylic on canvas

I used to wonder how people could paint the exact same thing over and over again.... well, no more. Even if the pieces themselves aren't better each time (thoug if you look at it more overall than individual picture, I'm definately getting better), I learn something new each time, and that in itself is immensely encouraging.

Now I just need to find a way to add a few more hours to each day. Can we vote to slow the earth's rotational speed?



6"x6" acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Happy Tonight

5"x7" acrylic on stretched canvas

Ridiculously pleased with myself on this one- called out my favorite shell, and didn't use a speck of true white until the very end of it, and got the most wonderful, glistening surface on her as a result- very proud :) The most lovely cool greys.... ought to try to find a more iridescent spiral one like this, to try. Or maybe try some oyster shells, I know I've seen some other artists trying them and it looks like a fascinating challenge....
Ideas, ideas, ideas. *happy sigh* Well, it's time for sleeping right now- there's always tomorrow.


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Shadows and such

6"x6" acrylic on canvas

Another look at what I did yesterday, approaching the colors a little differently. Oranges are an interesting fruit to paint- surprising, more than anything. It might help if I had a decent orange paint, but yellows and reds are lots of fun, I know. Mixing colors and the way it makes you see new things and all that.


Monday, May 12, 2008


5x5 acrylic on panel

Wanted something strong and summery today, something taken straight out of someplace even more delightfully southern than North Carolina- and some beautiful oranges, stee-raight from the grocery store seemed just exactly right.
As for the blog post's title.... ah, well, who doesn't love mimosas? And now I'm off to move some clothes into the dryer, take a shower, and crawl into bed next to my adorable husband, who is fast asleep and snoring under a mountain of bed linens. Good night!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Peace in the Valley

6"x6" acrylic on stretched canvas

Content tonight, and hopeful, and rather proud of this little guy- this is the first rhodedendron I've ever tried to paint, and they are notoriously difficult, but it went very well. Trumpet shaped flowers have always been a challenge for me, and a whole group of them arranged in a ball like this, with wonderfully thin, transucent petals and an intricate shadow full of greens and subtleties was a wonderful Sunday project. Oh, and Happy Mother's Day!
Right now there is a glorious storm going on right now, and that's always nice, with the lightning and thunder and the wonderful sound of the rain.... I'm also doing a pretty good job of tuning out the car alarms that have been set off by the aforesaid lightning and thunder :)


Saturday, May 10, 2008


16"x20" acrylic on canvas
private collection

Looking forward to lots of sleep tonight, peace and quiet and rest- and tomorrow, to getting back into the dailies more. I'm thinking bones would be really intriguing, actually- like shells, except more poignant and stark. But still the shells, and the flowers, and I'd like to try some old fashioned clock components- more ideas tonight, for some reason :)

A good thing- something to look forward to, to grow into. At the show today one lady told me that what I bring to every show is so different, and that it's a good thing. That intrigues me.


Friday, May 9, 2008

Almost done.... I think.

Pretty painting, that I'm happy with. And my little brother is all graduated now, rocket scientist that he is, and my wonderful Aunt has decided to fight her cancer and looks a whole lot better- she's going through radiation, and starting some physical therapy, and I'm so glad she's being so remarkable and strong and inspiring, and I am really hoping it all comes out okay.

Hope with me :)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Kicking myself.

Managed a fairly pretty painting tonight, and then guess what I realized I went and left at work? Yep- my camera. So, no pretty picture until tomorrow night. Forgive me?
6"x6" acrylic on canvas

Yay! That's better :)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Sketching tonight

Out of sorts, and decided I couldn't manage a decent daily- one of my aunts, a wonderful woman who has always made me feel loved, someone I love and trust unconditionally, has been battling cancer for a while now, and now they're looking at hospice because it's just spread too much, and I'm heartbroken, and feeling lost. Angry at how stupid and unfair all this is, frustrated by my inability to help at all.

Sketching like this- it's simple, kind of drives everything else away, and I appreciate that.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Flowers in shot glasses again

6"x6" acrylic on stretched canvas

Sad tonight, worrying over things I have no control over. But there are always small joys- hold on to them.


Monday, May 5, 2008

Sunlight and sand

5"x7" acrylic on panel

More of a traditional conch shape, tonight, with that familiar glow coming from within the shell, and the strangely blue relected lights, the surprising ridges.... I'm a long way from capturing everything about the shell, but I'm happy with the discoveries I'm making.

Sunday, May 4, 2008


"Sweet Home"
5"x7" acrylic on panel

The same little guy as last night, with a change in position. I love the striping coming through on the inside of that curve, the rainbow color transition along the surface of the shell itself, the hollows and contours of it all, so human, in a way. Like a fossil, some sort of fetishist artifact.


Saturday, May 3, 2008

Seashells again

5"x5" acrylic on panel

It's a new one! I went and got some seashells from One World Market today, more subjects to paint, more pretties and ideas and ways to fantasize about being at the beach :)


Quiet tonight

It's a WIP of one of my larger paintings, because my daily was truly unbearable and I refuse to share it. Hope you guys arehaving a good night- as for me, I'm tired, stressed, and it's now midnight, and I've been up since five since I was at work at six.... yeah, I'm going to bed. Hoping for a beautiful day tomorrow.


Thursday, May 1, 2008

Taking a breath

6"x6" acrylic on stretched canvas

Something happy tonight, a smiling little rubber duck looking up at all of us, the contrast between the yellows and the purples just singing, and the shadows being loads and loads of fun. Smile, everyone!