Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Nautilus IV: Recognition

12x12 acrylic on hardboard panel
Thrilled to pieces with this one, but I don't have any great insights or anything to go with it, I'm afraid. Well, maybe that with pearlescent stuff like this shell you really want to go overboard with the colors in really thin layers... and then tone it back again with greys and whites. And then go overboard again. And then tone it back. And then- but you get the idea. Or at least that's how I have to work on stuff like this, for the texture and for that touchable look, you know? How do you do it?
And it's the end of the year.... I'm 27 today, and the Small Serious Creature, the Tiny Perfect One, is 11 weeks and two days. It's almost 2010. And on Friday this blog will be two years old. I'm feeling a smidge overwhelmed, thinking about all of this, but I'm sure I'll be fine once I'm through posting and back to painting :)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Front Door

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
... and now something cooler, old fashioned, peaceful.... but mostly painted for the challenge of trying to represent the metal. Lots of fun :)

Monday, December 28, 2009

Golden Rose

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
Little bit of sunshine, here in the middle of winter.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Red Plum

Hello! Sooooo soory about the interruption... it's funny. most bloggers seem to be posting more regularly for Christmas.... I have no idea how they manage it! Maybe as a sort of pre-New Year's resolution? Hm.... anywho, I'm all caught up now and ready to be back in the groove! Hugs and happies all around :)

Hershey's Kiss


Little Apple


Three Acorns




Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Orange Segments II

5x7 acrylic on panel
This is a reworking, actually... much improved, much brighter. And oranges are kind of a Christmas-y thing too, aren't they? Bah humbug :)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Camellias: Red and White

collection of Wesley Fisher
A commision that I thoroughly enjoyed :) Apparently Mr. Fisher grows these prize-winning camellias down in Charleston SC, and his lovely daughter Michelle commissioned a painting of a couple of them. Don't they just jump right off the canvas at you? *happies*

Friday, December 18, 2009


Love how her little ear and her visible eye turned out... but I'm not happy with it overall. Oh, well- win some, lose some, right?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Pear and Windowsill

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
'nother pear. Love these guys :)

Monday, December 14, 2009


.... one of the many cuddlies belonging to The Small Pink One.

Sunday, December 13, 2009


What the devil are these things called, anyways? Not fun to step on barefooted, surprisingly fun to draw.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Paint Tube

Ok, the brain just isn't working today at all, but I had to do something, right? And what does an artist always seem to have on hand? You guessed it :)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Rose and Wine Sketch

... just an idea for a proper painting, I suppose.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Cherry Shot II

5x7 acrylic on panel
Can't chat much, Her Royal Cuteness is going to need my hand back here in a second. Hugs all around!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Just having fun :) Shiny, bright orange, wrapped around something sweet.... how can you resist?

Monday, December 7, 2009

Diner Coffee

6x6 acrylic on panel
... and this is a re-working of "Coffee?", and it is ever so much better now. I love it when other artists have those wonderful all-high-key or all-low-key paintings that really just glow.... but I need contrast when I work. Like I absolutely love other artists who just have that marvelous virtuoso brushwork, it seems so spontaneous and fresh... and then it never feels right if I try it. I just need layers and cross-hatchies and more layers. But it's a good thing, you know? I love my style. And I can buy work from other artists who are wonderful at what they do, and then I can have it to admire, too. Best of all worlds.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Lilies II

8x10 acrylic on canvas
Back to those gorgeous lilies from Duke Gardens, trying out a composition I guess based more on an arc, as opposed to last time where I really played up the squareness of the composition... is it weird that I don't like one concept decisively more than the other? Well, it's just about sunlight on flowers anyways, and I believe I got that. Do you see the shadows from the pistils and stamen cast across the petal on that topmost flower? Surprising little details like that are so much fun :)

Saturday, December 5, 2009


6"x6" acrylic on board
on display at the NC Specialty Hospital

Friday, December 4, 2009

Egg XI

6"x6" acrylic on board
on display at the NC Specialty Hospital

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Egg X

6"x6" acrylic on board
On display at the NC Specialty Hospital

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


note to self: yellow backgrounds are fun!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Peony and Brown

6x6 acrylic on board
Wow. For post number 700, last one of November, I've got a proper daily painting that I am really proud of! the slightly off-kilter composition, the wonderful feeling of light, the mostly subdued colors that really make the flower pop.... not to mention the fact that I painted it with a sleeping infant on my lap :)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Chicken Sketch IV

... and the last of the chickens. For a little while.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Chicken Sketch I

My parents have chickens. And you know, they're a lot more complicated to draw than I would've thought! Lots more lumps and bumps, you know, not just a walking cloud of feathers. It's kind of cool.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009


And, it's Monday. Baby is happily kicking and gurgling in her bouncy seat beside me, and while I'm not actually feeling coherent yet, it's a lot closer :) Pretty old keys on pink.... have to wonder just how secure those old locks were, with the keys being this simple. Of course you can get through a lot of locks with a credit card now, so I don't guess we've come but so far.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Yep, looking forward to getting some sleep tonight! It was just the Durham Art Walk today, not both shows- lots of fun, lots of wonderful people. I'll have to post links once my brain starts working again.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Peony and Turquoise

16x20 acrylic on canvas
Hm, this one didn't photograph very well at all... ah, well. Both shows went very well, were lots of fun.... and I'm dead on my feet. Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Evening Lights

8x8 acrylic on canvas
Tonight is setup for the Durham Art Walk, tomorrow is the Durham Art Walk and the Whimsical Women Show in Winston Salem. Wish me luck!


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Peach Slice II

5x7 acrylic on panel
Waaay too busy, it's my own fault, and I'm kicking myself for it. It'll be worth it, though- I mean, I'm always feeling crazy overwhelmed before shows. Just a little more so, this time...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Little Teapots

I'm a little teapot
short and stout,
here is my handle
here is my spout!
When I get all steamed up
I will shout
so tip me over
and pour me out.

Monday, November 16, 2009


Ah, me and my sweet tooth... taking a step back here for a little while, it's going to be mostly a sketch a day instead of a proper painting. The Teacup Human is taking up a lot of time, yes, and I seem to want to spend every waking moment attached to her, but I also want to put some time and thought into how to ensure that absolutely every piece I make available is as high quality as it can be, you know? Hopefully that makes sense. The aforesaid Teacup Human is screaming in my ear tight now, and it's a little hard to think :-/