Monday, June 30, 2008

Three's just one of those numbers...

collection of Alden Hall
And part three, all my little jewels. I'll put them all up on eBay together tomorrow night- just a little procrastination to stretch things out a bit. And the painting for tomorrow night- well, it is soooo not a daily, but it's almost done, so very nearly there, and I'm just in love with it... can't wait? Well, tune in again :) I'll give you a hint- it's a freakin 'nother flower. Just can't get away from those things, so perfect and fragile....


Sunday, June 29, 2008

At the Eno

collection of Alden Hall

Part two :) there's so much to love about doing these, it's amazing to me... and isn't that green just amazing? Just a thin scrumbling of Sap Green, nothing crazy, and then blues in the shadows and some transparent gold tones where the sun was shining through the water a bit more, on that larger stone with the tip peaking out of the water...

Okay, going to bed now, before I get totally obsessive over the details. Again. Sleep tight!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Down by the River

River Rock
4"x6" acrylic on canvas
collection of Alden Hall
One part of the tiniest triptych ever, and it's just the cutest thing, all the beautiful colors and fun textures and weirdness with trying to figure out how on earth to portray partially submerged river rocks.... seriously, though, in love with these guys. And now, you don't get to see them all till, well, one tomorrow and one Monday. And then they'll go on eBay, and that'll be fun.
Till tomorrow, then. Love you guys, and sleep tight!

Friday, June 27, 2008


"Grains of Sand"
5"x7" acrylic on panel

Something out of my head, for a change. Turned out pretty well. So does this mean I spend too much of my day watching the clock? Could be, but the passage of time just seems to be a general obsession.... and all the fascinating little bits and pieces that go into old style watches.... I think I ought to try and find one of those old pocket watches, the windy-uppy kind with all the little gears and stuff visible in the back when you open up a little door.

Where on earth do I get all these pictures in my head? No idea, but it works out all right anyways. You guys have a good night- it's finally officially the weekend!

Thursday, June 26, 2008


5"x7" acrylic on panel
And this one is kind of a repeat- didn't sell the first time around, but I was completely in love with it, the white-light feeling coming through the petals and everything, so I fiddled around and made some changes, and now it's even stronger, so we're reposting.
You guys have a wonderful evening!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Can't get the stupid images to upload- the internet signal is too weak, the images are too large, blah blah blah. Gr. Promis I'll post tomorrow night- and if you simply must see them tonight, well, I uploaded to eBay before my signal strength totally vanished, so they're over there. Or rather here, if you want to click. Hope you're having a wonderful night- and it's past my bedtime, so that's where I'm headed.There we go! Tomorrow afternoon, but eh, whatever.


Tuesday, June 24, 2008


I never get sick- ever ever ever. Which is part of why I'm at a complete loss to figure out why I'm suddenly and miserably light headed and nauseous. So here's an older pretty to look at, and know that I'll be back tomorrow. I think I'll go back to do some more roses on the little 5x7 panels- missing that. Have a good night! Hope you feel better than I do!

Monday, June 23, 2008


In the sketchbook tonight, playing with the roses from Duke Gardens, having fun with layers. Trying to figure out what to paint for tomorrow, because for some reason I totally drew a blank tonight except for my doodlebugging here. *hugs*

Sunday, June 22, 2008


Work in Progress of a lovely bunch of my favorite flowers- the whole apartment smells wonderful from them, and it's enough to make me smile in and of itself. Very nice. Isn't that shadow going to be amazing? And those rich, creamy petals.... not yet, I know. But I'll get it up here again when it's done.


Work in Progress, of a little key lime tart and that wonderfully tiny espresso cup. And a spoon kind of tying it all together.... nowhere near "there" yet, but promissing nonetheless. I think I'm most looking forward to doing the close work on the whipped cream and little lime slice on the tart, at the moment.


Work in progress- some very pretty roses, or at least the beginnings of them. Love how translucent some of the petals feel, and the background turned out a really wonderful dark neutral. Happy.

Thursday, June 19, 2008


Considering it was just yesterday I was complaining about a distinct lack of black or white paint in my studio, and since I certainly don't have time on weekdays to run to Raleigh for art supplies, this may seem an odd choice. Unless, of course, you're in my head. (scary place. wouldn't recommend it.)

It's all charcoal and gesso on canvas. If you don't put fixative on an underdrawing in nice soft charcoal, it gives you the most wonderful soft grey-to-black lines and shadows- something I've often enjoyed, but never used quite as much as this time.

I'd been wanting to do this one for a while anyways, and been scared of it- rightfully so. It's a fossil thing I got at a First Friday a while back, a rounded black stone that had been split open to show this wonderful imprint of an old spiral type shell..... love them anyways, and I've got an additional fondness for fossils, but so far I'd only smiled at it and petted it (yes, I'm serious), not tried to make a painting subject out of it. Well, I don't think it's too bad for a first attempt!

Other than that, well... it's Thursday night. So tomorrow is Friday, and then it's the weekend. Smiles, everyone!


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sketching Today

Partially because I'm irritated with myself for running out of white paint. And black. Not quite out-out, but close enough that you don't really want to use that last bit of it.... Oh, well- it's a wonderful reason to go out to the art supply store.

And get some more of those cute little panels, and some more of those larger ones.... don't know why I'm so enamored with painting on firm surfaces after all that time on canvas, but I'm really enjoying it. Taking pleasure in the little things, thankfully :)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Water soluble pencil and acrylic paint and some gesso and scratching and generally having fun with more stuff with the roses from Duke Gardens. It's a good, peaceful feeling at the end of a very pretty day.


Thursday, June 12, 2008

the pretty things

5"x7" acrylic on panel

Roses from Duke Gardens again, looking at some ones I'm doing a larger piece on- and really trying to focus on the light coming through the petals, how wonderfully bright it has been here lately. It surprised me by looking kind of pastel-y in the end, very pretty and feminine. I think I'm going to try her out in a frame tomorrow- beautiful.
Oh, and I'm going to be out of town this weekend- down in Georgia for my aunt's wedding :) Really looking forward to it, but I'm not planning on doing any painting in the hotel room, so I'll probably be posting sketches when I get back instead. Love me anyways?
Resounding snores are echoing from the bedroom, and morning comes early- goodnight, ya'll!

PS- just figured out how to do the linking thing- ridiculously pleased with myself, especially when you consider how simple it is. hehe.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


5"x7" acrylic on panel

Well, it's been a very productive Wednesday, all things considered- a bit odd, but you accept those days as they come. As for this painting- quite unlike me, isn't it? And yet I think it came out beautifully, very much the little punch of color. I'm content, this evening- hoping you are, too.

And now Dixon has gone and climbed in bed with Mark, and I'm thinking it's about time I follow him. Provided, of course, I can get this blasted image to upload.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Seashell Silhouette

Or however you spell that. Finished on lovely piece, started on another I am really looking forward to seeing finished- and kind of experimented on my daily here. But that's what they're for, right? (If you want to see the other two from today, then ) Goodnight, everybody!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Lime Wedges

Fun with greens today :) Aren't they wonderful and bright and glowing? Lots of fun. Backlighting citrus fruit is a wonderful thing.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

and Sunday

5"x7" acrylic on panel
collection of Kelly Wallace

Happy little painting for a beautiful day- everything this weekend was from pictures I've been taking at the farmers market- it's a great place, yes? The heat has turned the light all silvery-white lately, and it's leaving me perfectly relaxed- and unfortunately a bit lazy. But I got a lot done today, and hopefully we'll have some beautiful new stuff for tomorrow night :) Took some gorgeous reference pics at Duke Gardens today, especially of the roses, braving triple digit temperatures for them. It was beautiful.


5"x7" acrylic on panel

And, again, unfinished. As of yet. Noticing a pattern? Well, tonight's is finished anyways. Coming up next :)


5"x7" acrylic on canvas

And still waiting to be finished- bad me.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

In the sun.

5"x7" acrylic on canvas

Went with a dried rose as a subject tonight, of all things- no real formula for it, it was so hard in some ways, but I really enjoyed it, and I really love the result- and how about those colors? and the strong shadow? Love love love.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


"Blue and Gold"
5"x7" acrylic on canvas

Back to something more summery, brighter. More hopeful. Not sure if it's actual optimism or just trying to force the issue, but I feel good about the painting, the textures and the way the shadows play off the rounded shapes of the lemons. And there's always believing that tomorrow will be batter than today. *hug*

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Cup and Saucer

Cup and Saucer

Fun with blues, and a little bit of brown.... they makes for the most wonderful greys, don't you think? I believe I messed up with the ellipses, but I'm quite proud of some of the modeling, and those fun little highlights there at the bottom of the cup, those are very nice.

Bits and pieces, always. Sometimes I'm very happy with the whole, but sometimes I wonder what it would be like to be terribly in love with every inch of the canvas. Maybe I'll find out at some point :) Until then- in love with certain parts, and varying degress of satisfied with the rest. That's still a good thing- I've got that I'm my own worst critic thing going, usually.

And a happy Tuesday. It really felt like it ought to be later in the week, but of course the calender is somewhat more reliable than my fickle emotions. Good thing we have calenders.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Apples and Other Things

5"x7" acrylic on canvas
Something a little different tonight, going back to some higher contrast still life stuff. And probably going to do some sketching after this, to try and work up the nerve to do some more work on a beautiful commission I'm working on. Gr. Hate it when my own paintings intimidate me.
Here- like I said, something a little higher contrast, but still with very neutral colors. The flesh of the apple was particularly fun- I feel like I've learned so much lately about all the little bits of color that hide in white. Happy Monday, everyone!

Sunday, June 1, 2008



Daydreaming. Summertime and getting away, watching the seagulls on the beach. Sitting in the sand making drip castles and chasing sand fleas. Then spending most of the day floating in the ocean, ignoring the entire world. Listening the the pull of the waves on the shoreline.

And just getting away from everything. It's a nice idea, isn't it? Wonderful. And yet, tomorrow is still Monday. Oh, whatever. Happy tonight anyways.


The Chapel

Just thoughts and memories already. Sad, and soft, and experimenting with greying down the colors, seeing how to create a complete impression without adding all that detail and contrast- it just felt wrong, on this one. But it turned out right, this way.