Monday, March 31, 2008


"Denim no. 1"
5"x7" acrylic on canvas

Well, not for sale because I'm not happy with it, not at all, but it is my daily so it's getting posted *wry grin* The blues turned out wonderful, and it's at least identifiable, but my goodness, have you ever tried this? I figured it was doable because it's wonderfully easy to make it look good in a pen drawing, but in acrylic, good night.

That just means I'll have to try again. Have to learn something, trying a subject that challenges you this much.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Sunday evenings....

"Champagne Roses"

A painting of some beautiful spray roses I got for the weekend, and the petals are just beautiful, faint shades of greens and peaches..... happy. Nice against a black background too :)


Saturday, March 29, 2008

Just the gin this time....

"Tanqueray no. 10"
5"x7" acrylic on canvas

My most recent bottle of gin came with this little airplane bottle attached to it, some kind of promotional item, and it was just the most irresistable thing, with it's lovely tapered shape and brilliant green color, and I was even very good and rendered the little emblem on there and everything.

So now I'm wondering if I could do a closeup of a larger bottle, right there with the wax seal on the side of it, that deep red wax against the pale green glass would be amazing.... oh, well. Soon. For now, I'm really enjoying this one- I've gotten a lot better with greens and am very proud of it. Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend!


Friday, March 28, 2008


An older one, because I couldn't muster the energy to paint tonight- it was a perfectly beautiful summery day, and I've been wound so tight for so long that it felt just amazing to relax and be lazy. Don't worry, I'll be back tomorrow :)


Thursday, March 27, 2008

Summer's a-coming

"Summer Fields"
5"x7" acrylic on canvas

Believe it or not, I drew inspiration from Klimt for this one, too. I'm going to have to try again, though, because as much as I love this one, it just doesn't capture that amazing, breathless subtlety of his landscapes. Now, it does a better job than this picture shows (why can't digital cameras pick up on everything we can see?), but even here.... those fat little chickens, content in the soft greens of the field, trees silhouetted against the soft-bright sky. It's one of those paintings I just want to crawl into, live in that world. I love those.


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Drawing on Klimt.

"The Lute Player"
5"x7" acrylic on canvas

This one was inspired by a stylized little lute player in on of Klimt's friezes- isn't she lovely? And gold metallic paint can be so much fun to play with... *happy sigh* There's days when you have to be so happy that you have a painting to come home and do, something new to learn or discover. Just let me know if you want to bring this one home- till then she is definately remaining on my wall :)


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The last and the sweetest.

"It's all good"
6"x6" acrylic on canvas

Well, these four have been very fun. Trying to figure out what comes next... I've been in the strangest mood lately, hard telling why. Maybe I'll backtrack and do some alcohol... or try posing something on tinfoil, Carol Marine ( ) did the most fascinating piece with lemon slices on tinfoil, playing with the reflections. Fun.


Monday, March 24, 2008

Three's still company.

Still delighted by the whole strawberries and chocolate thing- and posting surprisingly early today, I know. Going to head out and deliver a few paintings later this evening, and I knew I wouldn't feel like posting after I got home, I've just been too tired today for all that. It's good to come home and relax, anyways.... think I'll go get a Rasberry Smirnoff Ice out of the fridge, actually. You guys have a wonderful evening!


Sunday, March 23, 2008

Part Two.

Hm, isn't this fun? Chocolate is so delightfully rich, and strawberries... strawberries are some kind of essence of summer, as far as I can tell. Beautiful.


Saturday, March 22, 2008

It's all good.

One of four chocolate covered strawberries paintings, which were absolutely delicious, by the way. Well, the edible versions were delicious. The acrylic and canvas versions just are giving me chocolate cravings issues. Fun, huh?

They'll all go on eBay together on, well, Tuesday evening. Hope you're having a gorgeous weekend!


Friday, March 21, 2008

Just a little something.

Just a summery daydream- not painting tonight, having some different sort of fun. Don't worry, I'll be good and get lots done tomorrow :)


Thursday, March 20, 2008

The little things.

"Girl with Doll", study
5"x7" acrylic on canvas

Another study of one of William Merritt Chase's portraits. I love working off things like this- I learn so much. All sort of little details, the shadowy crinkles in the most unexpected places, the relaxed angles of her body. I'm content tonight. And I need to get to bed- Mark is fast asleep on the couch, waiting for me to finish up with this :) You guys have a good night!


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Studying the Masters

"At the Window", study
5"x7" acrylic on canvas

Sargent is still my absolute favorite, yes, but I really, really love that small piece by William Merritt Chase, "At the Window", a portrait of his daughter Alice. The feeling of sunlight in it is wonderful, and I feel like I've caught that in this study, or at least I hope so. Of course, I was working from a black and white.... wonder if that helped the "capturing the light" thing or hurt it? Hm....

Anywho, it's been another long day, parts of it very difficult. Hopefully tomorrow will be better- either way, I have a lot to be grateful for, right? Good night!


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

What a day for a daydream

what a day for a daydreamin boy
what a day for a sweet dream
dreamin bout my bundle of joy...
doop pe doop pidi boo boop
doop pa doo....

"On the Road Again"
6"x6" acrylic on canvas

Long, long day leaving me kind of fuzzy, here, but that's cool. I've never been so happy with the greens in any piece I've done, I'll go ahead and say that- nice and soft and fading away, but still having that feeling of sunlight.... sigh. I like the haziness of it, and the simplicity- someplace I just want to sit and think. Sweet Dreams!


Monday, March 17, 2008

Gizmo the Cat

6"x6" acrylic on canvas

Wow, I had fun with the colors on this one. And the striping. And those marvelous eyes. I don't know why, I'm in a mood tonight where I wouldn't usually be painting at all, but I really am enjoying how Gizmo here came out. Thanks to David and Sheila for letting me come over and take pictures of the critters, and thanks to the critters for being such wonderful, compliant models. Mostly.

And then there's the fact that I don't have any practice, really, painting cats and dogs- but I definately want to learn, and from there on it's practice and experimentation. Wish me luck!


Sunday, March 16, 2008

Pretty things.

8"x10" acrylic on canvas

Not sure if she's done yet, but I'm happy with what I got done today- she looks playful, I guess, and her skin is just wonderful on some parts. People are so tricky! But beautiful, yes, you're right.

Well, it's getting late, and Monday morning comes early. Best beginning-of-the-week to you all!


Saturday, March 15, 2008

Something a little different- again.

"Figure Study 1"
8"x10" acrylic on canvas

Since changing it up right now just means, well, anything that isn't a rose. Don't worry, I'll get back to them- they're entirely too much fun to pass up for long, but a few figure studies seemed like a good idea for right now. Have a good night!


Friday, March 14, 2008

Another Red Rose

"Waiting for You"
5"x7" acrylic on canvas
Flowers in shot glasses. You can always count on me, hm?
More tinkering with this new, layered sort of background. It's been a very odd day, but I got this little one finished for you guys, and I'm looking forward to a nice long day of painting tomorrow. After I drive myself crazy obsessing over various things- I often wonder how the "Normal" mind works, if it's possible that most people can actually sit and think nothing for long periods of time, where it seems like my mind is always spinning, even if I'm just making up stories for myself.
Maybe someday the scifi writings will become true, and we'll be able to see one another's thought. That'll be a scary day, won't it?

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Just for tonight.

5"x7" acrylic on stretched canvas

Tonight, well, I had intended to do something fun and simple, with a bright colored background- but ended up with something a lot more emotional, with a lot more visual depth. I love this background, and there's really a feeling of light coming through that I treasure. Hope you guys are having a good night.


Wednesday, March 12, 2008


5"x7" acrylic on stretched canvas

I'm tickled with some parts of this one, very much so- the highlights are nice and rich, and I finally, finally got some colored papers to use as backgrounds for my still lifes, which was a wonderful idea. Look forward to some more fun colors :)

And I've got to be in to work early in the morning, so you'll have to excuse me for the evening. Have a good night!


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Hope, I suppose.

5"x7" mixed media on canvas

Don't like Tuesdays, not one little bit. But, well... what can you do? At least the paints still work the way they're supposed to, and the sun still behaves in the usual fashion, even though all of the clocks are an hour off. Good night!


Monday, March 10, 2008

Worlds and worlds

"The Orchard"
6"x6" acrylic on stretched canvas

I am just in love with this little one- it's much prettier in person- and since my eBay paintings haven't been getting any love lately, if you want my half-Duke-Gardens, half-fantasy little landscape here, contact me at .

I'm loving the delicacy of the branches, and the feeling of strengthening sunlight glowing through the soft blossoms. Enjoy it with me? :)


Sunday, March 9, 2008

Two roses tonight

"The Opening Act"
8"x10" acylic on stretched canvas

Ridiculously pleased with myself on this one, all the pretty colors and curves in the petals- or I would be, if I wasn't so terribly disoriented by this whole daylight savings time thing. Ah, well, the weekend is over, and I'm sure soon the niceness of having long evenings will counter the fact that I'm going back to driving to work in the dark. How about you guys? Anything interesting?


Saturday, March 8, 2008

Something different tonight.

"A Single Rose"
8"x10" acrylic on canvas

Tonight was partially the result of trying to make my dailies more in accord with the style of my larger paintings- explaining the little bit of collage and watermarking in the background- and partially, I assume, the way I'm feeling today- sad, but at peace. Some days are just like that, I suppose.

Finally getting some rain, this month, which is nice. I'm going to keep playing with these roses for a bit, I believe- but I wouldn't be surprised if I tried to through in a misty landscape, too.


Friday, March 7, 2008

Wow, I love color.

8"x10" acrylic on stretched canvas

Tried something a little different tonight, used a gel retardent on this one to get the acrylics to dry a little slower here, act a little more like oils (without all of the odors and chemicals), and it gave a really nice effect, I think. Brought the iridescent bronze in again, too, along with the tuquois, and they make for a nice contrast. Happy tonight.


Thursday, March 6, 2008

In the Garden of Eden.

"Crocus II"
5"x7" acrylic on stetched canvas

This one did not photograph well at all, and I can't figure out why. Oh, well- I'll try again tomorrow, and then change out the pictures or something.

And of course, tomorrow is Friday! Marvelous things, weekends, aren't they? I'm really looking forward to it- may go and take some pictures of the chapel this time, that's a beautiful building. And get some roses on the way home, paint from them for a while, even though I saw some dandelions out today that looked very tempting.... full of ideas, aren't I? Stay tuned!


*did change the pic out

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Return to fruit.

"Three Lemons" revisited
5"x7" acrylic on strtched linen canvas
private collection

It's been a long day. A good, productive, beautiful weather day- but still terribly long. So I'm going to cut out of here quick, and go do some practical things- packing up some paintings to ship, specifically- before going sleepy-sleep. Love you guys!


Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Beautiful Day

6"x6" acrylic on canvas

Went back to my pictures from Duke Gardens on Saturday for this one, on this soft, lovely day. You can really feel the seasons changing, running like the raindrops over your skin. The rain is coming down so hard right now that when I stand by the open door I can feel it splashing on me, and it's beautiful, being alive and able to feel everything so intensely.

Had a lot of fun with the soft bluish shadows on the flowers, it's a great contrast for the pale, buttery tones on the petals... I love being able to see all of that, and know that the more I look, the more I learn to really see, the more details and delicate little gradations of color will appear.


Monday, March 3, 2008

Monday Evening Tea

"Monday Evening Tea"
5"x7" acrylic on stretched canvas

I had fun with this one- the brushstrokes, all the warm tones with just enough blue smudged in to make for a nice contrast. I actually tried really, really hard to do this one from a steeper angle, where you were almost looking straight down on the cup, and could not get it right for anything. I'll try again soon.

It's funny, though, it doesn't even matter that that one didn't work out- you're always learning, and tomorrow will always be better. Today I realized I felt really awake for the first time in a while. It's like my moods come in waves, washing over and coloring everything, and Thursday or Friday it turned, started swinging upwards, and things are more vibrant, richer, more sensually colored. I'm content tonight.


Sunday, March 2, 2008

Revisiting Duke Gardens.

8"x10" acrylic on canvas

You know, the nightshades are underappreciated flowers- they're beautiful, very graceful. I was going through the pictures for the umpteen millionth time in the past day, and just had to do today's painting on this one. I think we'll be back to still lifes tomorrow, but for now- enjoy this one. Springtime is beautiful!


Saturday, March 1, 2008

A gorgeous Saturday

5"x7" acrylic on stretched canvas

This Today was gorgeous, and it was a Saturday, which compounded the gorgeousness. I went out to Duke Gardens and took about a zillion pictures, and this came from one of them. I tried to make it a lot more like my larger pieces, stylistically- opaque and transparent, yes, and kind of sketchy too. I love how vivid the flowers are.

Oh, and just in case you're wondering, yeah. North Carolina has got that whole weather schizophrenia thing going, and while the tulips are blooming at American Tobacco, not a couple of miles away the crocuses are just breaking through the pine straw mulch in Duke Gardens. The daffodils are blooming there too, and the quince and the winter jasmine. *happy sigh* I got lots of pictures, lots of inspiration, and it's all beautiful tonight.

The bigger pieces are going well, too- the one I'm doing for Maggie's challenge, and the one I'm supposed to be wrapping up tomoorow (um...), and a new one too. Everything just seems so full of possibilities.

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