Friday, February 29, 2008

The last Japanese Magnolia this year.

"Japanese Magnolia"
8"x10" acrylic on stretched canvas

We're going to lose them all tonight, in a hard frost- they're such sensitive, fragile flowers. But they're so beautiful, wonderfully rich... I had such fun with the petals on this one. It's been a good day, and I'm happy- hope you are too!

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Back to the beauty of Spring

8"x10" acrylic on stretched canvas

I've been wanting to do some flowers in this wonderful little mug, but the daffodils just wound not cooperate. And since the redbud were so beautiful and delicately intense, I tried something else different, with the warm wall behind them and everything smaller and a little more towards eye level. I hope you like it! Isn't the reflection of the flowers on the table, there in the side of the mug, isn't that just wonderful? I love seeing little things like that in life.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A drink for a cold February day

"The Last Sip"
8"x10" acrylic on stretched canvas
I'm enormously proud of myself with this one- these daily paintings are such a source of joy, and they are such constant teachers! This is the very last of a scotch on the rocks, distorted through the thick, faceted glass, and I love it! A vice a day lately, hm? That's okay- the redbud trees are out now, so I think that's on the agenda for tomorrow.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Something old, something new

"Gin and Tonic"
8"x10" acrylic on stretched canvas

I don't know why, but as I sat down to do this post, it's like all the words just flew right out of my head. I had a couple of requests for another Gin and Tonic, and since I do love requests and they're a wonderful thing... here we go! I really love this one- practice is definitely helping my lime slices, and the bubbles trailing up the inside of the glass are just so much fun to do. You guys have a wonderful night!

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Monday, February 25, 2008


8"x10" acrylic on stretched canvas

Wonderful, wonderful colors- and another "what was I thinking?" moment. You don't have any preset formule for how a starfruit is supposed to look, really, which is a good thing. But it's also a really odd shape, and very translucent, which is difficult for me. Still, it came together with the details, and it's always good when we challenge ourselves, right?

I really love the light peeking under that top slice, where you expect there to be shadow, and the delicate brown edges where you can see how it sat under the lights- it's such a delicate fruit, really beutiful. And delicious.

"Escape" 16"x20" mixed media on canvas

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Bright Sunshiny Day

"Bright Sunshiny Day"
6"x6" acrylic on stretched canvas

Today I was mulling over what to paint for my daily- pears, starfruit, that other gin and tonic that I'm planning to do.... and these caught my eye and were just irresistable. They're my husband's Raybans, my mother gave them to him for Christmas a couple of years ago and they've hardly left his face since :) The polarization of the lenses gives off come really great colors- they didn't show up very well in this picture, but they're there- and the shadow really drew me in for some reason. Don't you love the paintings that just sort of find you?

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Back to the kitchen

8"x10" acrylic on stretched canvas

This is one of those paintings where, about halfway through, you look at the canvas and ask yourself "what in heaven's name were you thinking?" A foreshortened view of a freakin corkscrew... but it came back together in the end. The chrome was a lot of fun, too, with all of the little reflections and constant changes in colors.
Well, Mark and I are heading out to play tonight- you guys have fun!

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Liquid Fire

"Good Kentucky Whiskey"
8"x10" acrylic on stretched canvas

This one was fun. It's been a long, long day, with way to many frustrations and inconsistencies and changes of plans, so it seemed like a good night to break out the liquor for painting time :) And it's such a beautiful, rich color- now I want to try rum, and amaretto, and circle back to a different type of tequila maybe... all in good time, hm?

At any rate, I tried really hard to keep the brushwork loose on this one, not fussy but still capturing the light and those crazy shadows. Who wants to have a shot with me?

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

More Daffodils :)

6"x6" acrylic on stretched canvas

Okay, last of the daffodils for a little while :) Don't know what it'll be tomorrow night....

I love this one. I really wanted to do these backlit, really glowing on a dark ground, and I think I got it- by way of a lot of unexpected colors and endless staring at the flowers themselves. At any rate, I'm content, and I'm very happy tomorrow is Friday, and I was actually just thinking this morning that next spring I'll be revisiting all these same subjects in my dailies, and I'm really looking forward to comparing the ones I'm doing today to the ones I'll do a year from now- the bloggers that have been doing this a while, you can click back on their little monthly-organizer-things and see such a big difference that it's always really inspiring...

I'm babbling, I'm sorry. Sleepy and emotional, which is never a good combination. Good afternoon, good evening, and good night!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008


8"x10" acrylic on stretched canvas

I had a wonderful time painting this one, and really do wish that I could somehow paint smells- daffodils have the most wonderful scent, especially under the lights :) Not thinking much else at the moment- have an early morning tomorrow, and spent entirely too much time trying to upload this image and getting disconnected repeatedly. Well, at least Clearwire has wonderful, alert, english-speaking customer service. That makes up for a lot.

Love you guys!

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008


"Gin and Tonic"
8"x10" acrylic on canvas

This one was fun to do- Gin and Tonic returns, by popular request! This one was for a specific collector, but I'll be doing another for another round on eBay, to satisfy additional requests. I feel special :)

At any rate, I've come to believe that green and purple should be complements, somehow. Or maybe I feel that way because I used a reddish purple, and a lot of the greens are tending towards gold, so that would make it a sort of neutral-complements something, I guess.... I need to look this one up, don't I? That should be fun. Any suggestions?

At any rate, I'm very pleased with this one, and I really am loving the whole painting-a-day thing. It's a wonderful system/discipline/idea :)

Monday, February 18, 2008

Peace in the Valley

"Peace in the Valley"
6"x6" acrylic on stretched canvas

*sigh* I love daffodils. They're crazy difficult to paint, such weird little shapes, but they're just so gorgeously springtime that it's irresitable. I'm kind of obsessed with springtime lately, aren't I? Well, you'll have to forgive me- I'm not much of a winter person. And besides, flowers are wonderful. This weekend I am so definitely going out to Duke Gardens to take loads of pictures to use as reference for my bigger stuff- everything here is supposed to be strictly painted-from-life :)

Anyways, it is seriously past my bedtime (up late working on a commission), so I'm going to bed. Sweet dreams, everybody!

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Sunday, February 17, 2008


"Japanese Magnolia"
8"x10" acrylic on stretched canvas
I'm sure you guys have got to be tired of hearing about this, but gr! Stupid image took at least a dozen tries to upload, after I'd gone back and resaved it as a much smaller, lower resolution file!
So that was my brief vent. Done for the evening, I promise. Because I'm just tickled about this whole thing- I love those Japanese Magnolia trees, even though the blooms don't keep for anything in a vase- they're just so big and springtimey and enthusiatically graceful, and when the petals fall then everything is covered with these huge saucer-petals in cream and pink and warm purples.
And the daffodils are in bloom too- they keep better in vases, so I'm going to find a way to bring some home, a big vase of sunshine right in the middle of the kitchen. Very good plan to brighten up a Monday, isn't it?

Saturday, February 16, 2008

And number three

"Presence of Time III"
8"x10" acrylic on stretched canvas

Last happy little watch for a little while, I promise. The Japanese Magnolias have come into bloom, so now I'm dying to have a go at them. And I've got a request for another gin and tonic, too, so that's percolating in my head :)

Going to see Tim Cifers band at Randy's Sports Bar and Cues in Creedmoor, right now like should've been gone- I've been trying to upload for a good bit now, still with the disconnecting problem. Grr. Hopefully that will be all fixed soon. Well, I'm going to go put my face on, and my biker boots, and a shirt I feel all sexy in- happy Saturday night!

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Friday, February 15, 2008


"Presence of Time II"
8"x10" acrylic on stretched canvas

I'm having fun with these paintings- even though I was bound to have fun with the one for tonight, just out of gratitude to the day for it being a Friday. Metal is always interesting, though- it really does seem like there's an infinate number of shades of grey available to paint with.

And here is yesterday's- a successful post! Curiously enough, after my little rant yesterday Clearwire emailed me and then called me twice today, asking if I was having any troubles with their service and what they could do to help.

Not that I think the one was the result of the other. I mean, it's a remarkable coincidence otherwise, but still... it seems conceited to presume a connection, you know? Maybe. I don't know.

Well, the way I was raised causes me to lean towards being overly polite and never cussing, and besides the guy on the phone was very nice and seemed very helpful and carefully apologetic, so my response was not "You can wave the @!**?^& cancellation fees, because the whole %?@@#^! situation ?^%!!# ?#*^!@@&" (is there a system for doing those little cuss-wordy things?). Instead, we had a nice conversation where I told him about the problems we're having and he explained what they're going to do to fix it, and that if I have any more trouble I should contact him immediately and he would put the engineering team on it right away.


All of this is astonishingly civil for a big company, which is why I'm saying all this- I'm not deleting yesterday's because well, that was all true too. At any rate, Clearwire would probably be ideal for someone who travelled a lot to places that didn't necessarily have wireless, or something like that.

Happy Friday, everybody!

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Clearwire is evil...

Maybe I'm easily frustrated tonight, but Clearwire Internet Service is the most infuriating thing I have encountered lately. Seriously, I'd rather be uploading images on dial up, but I've got ten more months on contract with these people... wondering if the cancellation penalties would be worth it, honestly.

There, it just wouldn't upload again. If I plead technical issues, can I post tomorrow? It's a 5X7 of one of my husband's watches- I'm doing another set of three, for some reason I've really been drawn to them lately. On a darker grey background, too, something a little different for me.

Okay, I just restarted the computer and the internet-connection thing, and it's still not working, and I'm waking up in seven hours. I'll post both of them tomorrow, I promise.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Flowers for Valentines Day

8"x10" acrylic on stretched canvas

Well, it's not Valentines Day until tomorrow, but... I felt like flowers, and there were some beautiful, inexpensive Ranuculus at Whole Foods. It's got me thinking about zinnias from the farmer's market this summer.... you know zinnias turn the water orangey-red? That would be interesting in a painting, as long as it didn't just look like I was seeing things or trying to turn the flowers funny colors, like in school studying circulation and making white carnations turn red white and blue.

Anyway, burgandy ranuculus in a cordial shot glass.

On a totally different note, I just got a blog going for a wonderful art group that I'm a part of, the Whimsical Women- not many posts so far, but it'll be a wonderful lot of information about a wonderful bunch of artists soon! It's at if you want to come by- especially if you're in central North Carolina for one of our shows, it's definitely worth coming to.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

And number three

"Summertime III"
5"x7" acrylic on stretched canvas
Well, actually can't spend long on this one- hubby wants the computer, something to do with his music collection. Suffice to say, I love seashells, and it was fun doing these three with the same palette idea... I think flowers tomorrow, though. Love ya'll!
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Monday, February 11, 2008

Turns out yesterday was part 1...

"Summertime II"
5"x7" acrylic on stretched canvas

This one was a lot of fun too! The crop is a little awkward, sorry about that.... maybe I'll get industrious and post a new image of it. The weather turned colder again today, but the seashell thing felt right anyways.

I'm really proud of the colors on this one- I used a lot of them to make some neutrals that turned out just wonderful, and the light-and-shadows effects turned out really nice because of it. Maybe next time I'll get up the nerve to paint the speckles that are actually on this shell. Hopefully. Patterns on surfaces that already require color changes for the whole light and shade thing- that makes me really nervous.
*warm fuzzies*

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

All wind and sunshine today

5"x7" acrylic on stretched canvas

I'm so happy with this one! The colors were fun, and it really feels like the form just came together... one of those painted itself pieces :)

And besides, it's a seashell, and seashells are a very happy sort of thing. Now, I'm going to putter myself into the kitchen and whip up something chocolate, which officially makes the evening even happier.

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Saturday, February 9, 2008

no cookies....

"Glass of Milk"
8"x10" acrylic on stretched canvas

It's been a good sort of Saturday- pretty, quiet, and productive. The stupidhead computer might be acting up again, so- this is a glass of milk, in another biproduct of my trip to Morgan Imports. This just about drove me crazy, with the whole white on white thing, but I'm ending up being really pleased with it.

Only thing I'm thinking right now is that it'd be wonderful if weekends lasted three days instead of two. But what's that old phrase? If wishes were horses then beggers would ride. Humph.

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Friday, February 8, 2008

good afternoon, good evening, and good night!

"Quiet Times"
8"x10" acrylic on stretched canvas
Hm... I hope the image appears when I post this, because all I'm getting right now is one of those weird little boxes with a red x in it.
Anyways, revisiting the whole chamomile tea thing, but this time at the end of a good day, and in my brand new tea cup that I got from Morgan Imports today, which is a totally awesome store. It's got all the really great I-must-have-this random stuff in it that you would expect in an overcrowded semi-sketch junkish store, but it's clean and well lit and everything is spaced out well enough that you don't accidentally knock over anything fragile with your butt because you take a step backwards to appreciate the sunlight shining through a particularly pretty cup onto the wooden display table thing.
Warm fuzzies for everyone!
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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Introducing Dixon

"Something Shiny"
8"x10" acrylic on stretched canvas

This is our kitty, Dixon- a bell on his collar, his eyes wide as he notices some sparkly bit floating in the air. Hehe- maybe the next picture of him will be the pounce. Right now His Highness, king of the red blanky and canned tuna, is actually chasing his tail in the corner, after the tiring business of approving of this painting :)

And oh my goodness, Dean just dreamed himself up a doppleganger on Supernatural- am I the only one who's totally in love with this show? It's fast paced, well researched, has that hot car, and then Dean and Sam aren't too bad either...

Sorry about that. I don't watch much tv, but the shows I do watch I'm kind of over enthusiastic about.

Anyways, it's Friday tomorrow! Yay!

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

How do you take your coffee?

"With Cream and Sugar"
5"x7" acrylic on canvas

And making its second appearance... the coffee cup!

Today was a lovely day- almost eighty degrees outside, the clouds all different shades, high in the sky and moving fast with the big gusts of wind. So it's nice, early in the morning when things still feel soft and damp, or later, at dusk when you get all of the little everning noises, to have some coffee, not too strong, softened with cream and sugar and stirred up just the moment before :)

That's a happy thought, isn't it? I'll need it tomorrow morning- having to wake up ridiculously early, and it's already past my bedtime- it's got me looking forward to this weekend. Weekends make for marvelous coffee time, don't they?

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

More Cherry Blossoms!

"Cherry Blossom II"
6"x6" acrylic on stretched canvas

Something a little different, so far as my daily painting stuff has gone- isn't it fun? It's from those same little cherry branches I brought home the other day, but a much closer look at them, and then I wanted the flowers themselves to kind of glow against a rich background.

Sorry about the glare on this one- things were tricky tonight with that, for some reason.

And I'm actually sitting here wondering what I'm going to paint tomorrow. Not that I've run out of ideas, goodness no, but the weather has been so perfect and springtimey around here, I just want to do something that works with that, you know? Today was actually almost pansies again, but these were all oranges and golds, very autumn, just didn't feel right today. I know I'm being silly, and probably self indulgent, but it's fun this way. Any suggestions for tomorrow?

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Monday, February 4, 2008

Lemon, Lemon, Lime

"Lemon, Lemon, Lime"
6"x6" acrylic on stretched canvas

Color is good for Mondays, don't you think? Cheers them up some.

Actually, I guess I'm pretty satisfied with today- went to the gym, which is good since I've missed the last two weeks, and did some cleaning today too, which can be a bit out of character. And then the whole painting thing- isn't the green reflected onto the lemon off the lime just delicious?

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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Cherry Blossom

"Cherry Blossom"
8"x10" acrylic on stretched canvas

It just seemed so beautifully springtime today, it was wonderful. So when I was driving home from work, I didn't mind at all pulling into a high school parking lot and walking over to the bus stop to vandalize these gorgeous cherry trees. The people waiting for the bus were looking at me like I'd lost my mind, but I suppose all artists get used to thos looks with time- rooting through the produce bins for the prettiest fruit, wandering through landscapes with a viewfinder and sketchbook, sitting in the corner of a coffee shop scribbling madly away, even taking pictures of our food in resturants- yes, all kinds of crazy things.

This one was a lot of fun- those round, overflowing blossoms dropping their petals in a little skirt around the shot glass, the distortion of the dark stems through the water and glass... I'm torn about my favorite part, though. Either the shot glass, or those petals all around- or particularly the one that's half in and half out of the shadow.... bah! Maybe I just like painting, and all of the wonderful little details that come with it. I wonder what this one would be like if I cut it in half horizontally? Redisplay it like that, somehow... it's an interesting idea.

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Saturday, February 2, 2008

A shot of cheer!

"Viola Shot"
5"x7" acrylic on canvas

The pansies are here for an encore! And I like today's painting so much- they stand out from the background really well, and there's all kinds of interesting stuff going on down in the bottom of the shot glass, so that was wonderful too.

Oh! And I am just ridiculously pleased with myself over another picture I'm working on. she's mostly done, and you can see the process pics (first time I've ever really done process pictures) over at my scatterbrain/studio blog Moment by Moment ( I know, I know, not a thrillingly creative domain name- but all the good ones I thought of were either too long or taken *pout*). It's going wonderfully- a piece inspired by Vermeer, and by the movie Girl with a Pearl Earring, which was just beautifully shot.

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Friday, February 1, 2008

Color again!

5"x7" acrylic on stretched canvas

I am so happy about this one! I'd been craving color, I just wasn't quite sure what to do about it... but when I went to drop the rent check off at the office (Mark and I are very much living in a tiny apartment right now) I saw these guys, and just pansy-napped them right out of the pot and brought them right home!

Used just about every shade of bottled yellow I have, just to have fun with it, and used a gorgeous Permanent Violet Dark as a base for the dark parts... I love pansies. Such a happy little flower. I think I'll do them again tomorrow, but in a different format... hm, ideas.....

Oooh, and it being February means that I've officially broken into my second month- the post number no longer matches the date! Very exciting... I guess the next landmark I get to be excited about will be Post #100?

Happy Friday night everybody! *smooches*

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