Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Powdered Sugar Donut

4x4 acrylic on hardboard panel
And now the donuts really are all gone :) I do love how this one turned out, dont you?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Chocolate Donut

4x4 acrylic on hardboard panel
collection of Hilda Guillen
See, this is why I dont take my husband to the grocery store with me! These are almost all gone now.... had to get one painting in before they disappeared completely :) I think a powdered sugar one might be in order for tomorrow, something that would work really well with this one as a set or something. Yay donuts!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Teddy Bear

5x5 acrylic on panel
Yay, warm and fuzzies, yes? Teddy bears are always good things :) And the painting of them... I just dont get why artists get so bent out of shape about the dangers of overworking a painting. I mean, it usually means that I spend way too much time on stuff, put its worth it. Like this one- when it was still loose and really brushy I liked it, yes, but it was many layers and scrumblies later when I really started enjoying it, when it got enough colors and textures to really seem fuzzy and foldy and huggable. Am I making any sense at all?

Sunday, September 27, 2009


16x20 acrylic on canvas
Enjoyed myself thoroughly on this one- dont you just love that red? And the wonderful, amazing texture of her afro, and the pattern of the highlights... love it.
And, my due date was today.... no baby. Obviously. So if I disappear, you know where I went :) And I will be back, promise!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Two Red Pears

8x8 acrylic on stretched canvas
Back to my new favorite fruit... Lumpies and bumpies and divets, highlights and reflected lights and that wonderful red color underneath it all.... available in my Etsy Store, of course :)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Summer Tomato

8x8 acrylic on stretched canvas

Told you Id share the other tomato picture with you this weekend!Arent the colors just amazingly vibrant? I discovered that Nickel Azo Gold makes kind of an iffy glaze, but is amazing when you mix it with white, and even better with a little bit of Cadmium Red. Love those little discoveries and happy combinations :) Now, Ive got to finish posting this before my laptop battery dies on me! Oh, and its in my Etsy store- heres the link....

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Red and Gold

5x7 acrylic on panel
Proof that the seasons are changing, huh? Im going to miss summertime, yes, but autumn is looking good :) I dont think we will get a whole lot of color, though, with all the cool rain... but this leaf is just lovely, and I am happy.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cappuchino Cupcake

5x5 acrylic on panel
More sweet tooth indulgence :) and coffee and chocolate, for that matter, without even having to go to Starbucks or anything! And this one needs to find a home, because its sitting over there tempting me as we speak....
In other news... still quite pregnant, though we may be a little closer. Feeling peculiar, at any rate, but we wont forcibly evict Baby until probably October 12th, so who knows?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Red Pear II

5x7 acrylic on hardboard panel
collection of Richard Gilliland
Trying another pear, here.... lumpy and flawed, and that makes it just that much more fun, huh? I love how this one turned out!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Tomato and Gold

5x7 acrylic on panel
Yay for vibrant color, and the fruits of summertime :) Did a really gorgeous 8x8 of this same tomato today too, Ill have to show you this weekend or something.... you know I believe this is the first time Ive tried a tomato? Cant imagine why I waited so long.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Garlic Sketch

I love ultramarine blue! And then just hints of permanent violet and burnt sienna, and warm greys in all the shadows formed by the layers of cloves and papery coverings.... garlic is lots of fun to paint, it seems :)
In other news- Im 39 weeks pregnant today, so if I disappear for a spell, I promise I have a good reason! I also promise I will be back shortly, especially if our little angel likes to take naps. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Corkscrew II

8x8 acrylic on canvas
collection of Lynn Fontana
And today we take a big step back from colors and sweets and do a nice black and silver wone bottle opener :) Geez, I miss alcohol!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Chocolate Cupcake

6x6 acrylic on cradled hardboard panel
Well, Im too late getting this done to put this in on Karin Juricks wonderful Different Strokes from Different Folks (thats a link, click on it) project.... but I had to try it anyways, she posted the most wonderful, irresistable photo for people to work from for this challenge :) Apparently Im hitting a bit of a sweet tooth bender here at the end of the week, huh?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Orange Lollipop

5x7 acrylic on hardboard panel

Went to the bank today, and wouldnt you know it, they had lollipops! For some reason I found them absolutely irresistable, and figured I was allowed to take one, seeing as how Im toting around a full term mini-person :) So here we go, folks- my first lollipop painting! Really a fun subject, what with all the transparent/translucent stuff going on, and all the non-color surrounding this bright burst of color....


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mountain Sunset - Color Fantasy

6x6 acrylic on hardboard panel
Something peaceful and soft, now just before the leaves really begin to change and the mountains would have to be done in totally different colors :)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Caffe - Autumn Light

6x6 acrylic on hardboard panel
Very much a black coffee set against white china sort of piece, very simple and glowy... Very fun to paint, with the subtle cools and warms (mostly ultramarine blue and quinacridone gold) in all of the greys. -hugs-

Monday, September 14, 2009

Summer Peach II

5x7 acrylic on hardboard panel
collection of Janine ODonnell
.... and we are right back to summer again. This week, at least, I'm glad to be living in a state that has two seasons- Summer and Other. Other, by the way, includes frequent excursions into Summer, resulting in the occasional New Years party with everyone wearing tank tops... but I digress. Obviously. Peaches totally kick butt in the adorable-summertime-fuzziness department, and I just wanted to paint another one today :)

Sunday, September 13, 2009


30x30 acrylic on stretched canvas
Hm.... this one just would not photograph well. I dunno, maybe the size? Im going to try again tomorrow, at any rate, see how different light helps the situation. Its certainly the biggest painting Ive completed in ages and ages :)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Pink Tulip II

Its always fun, seeing all of the almost-abstract shapes formed when you really zoom in on a flower, even one as seemingly simple as a tulip. Especially one as seemingly simple as a tulip. This is backtracking to springtime, to some flowers I took oodles and oodles of pictures of at the time.... glad I did :)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Plum Sketches

One plum and a set of colors.... it seems I am playing with composition here, always a good thing for an artist to do :)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Red Pear

5x7 acrylic on hardboard panel
collection of Maryann Knipscheer
Long, long day, seems like.... it was fun though :) And my little sister did very well in her volleyball game.... did you know that volleyball games are actually multiple games, and whoever wins three wins? And you play the first four games (if applicable) to 25 points, but the fifth one to fifteen points?
Who makes up this stuff?
Anyways, it was fun to watch, and baby either loved it or hated it one, from how much she was moving around :) And here is my first autumn-ey painting of the year.... there were some wonderful red pears at the grocery store when I went earlier this week, and I just had to bring one home to paint. Hope you enjoy it!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Cappuchino on Pale

5x5 acrylic on hardboard panel
collection of Janine ODonnell
Glowy white coffee cup, morning-light white background, pale frothy coffee.... happy :)
Oooh, and I got Peaches and Pale, and Magnolia on Gold both up in my Etsy Shop (, if anyone is interested! And now Im going to run, because Baby seems to be trying to crawl out through my belly button, and that is a bit distracting.... funny little creature :)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Egg IX

5x7 acrylic on hardboard panel
I liked the raw egg on the countertop sketch so much that I came back to the idea again.... included the shell, this time. For sure thats the most difficult aspect of this painting, something about how they have to look so fragile and still be hard-edged and geometrically correct, solid and shaded but still like the light is shining across the outside and onto the inside... and a little bit through the inside and appearing on the shadow-side outside. Fussy little things :) Still, as always, it was fun. And interesting. Rich yellows show up so wonderfully against pale and pale and pale, its so nice...

Monday, September 7, 2009

Cow Sketch III

And back in town again! It was fun, but I am very, very glad to be home :) Apparently being out of town does strange things to my sense of color and fun, because these.... I haven't done much of anything with cows before, they're such funny, ungainly creatures, and somehow the crazy colors seemed to suit. Blue cows, that sort of thing. Hugs to everyone!

Cow Sketch II


Cow Sketch I


Friday, September 4, 2009

Peaches and Pale

8x8 acrylic on cradled hardboard panel
Sitting here with husband and mama and little sister, watching Lewis Black on tv... loving that it is Friday night and happy and at home. Hope youre all having a wonderful night too!
Oh, and.... Im gone for the weekend! So dont worry, baby hasnt gotten here yet, Im just in Virginia, and will be back Monday or Tuesday. Happy Labor Day weekend!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Magnolia and Gold

8x8 acrylic on cradled hardboard panel
All fuzzy around the edges today, not really feeling like myself.... but enjoyed painting this magnolia blossom. I love their rich waxy petals and citrusy scent, their wonderfully summertime, um, aura sounds way too flaky, doesn't it? Ok, blame it on baby brain.... I'm going to run spell check and sign out for the evening :) Hopefully this wasn't too incoherent.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Summer Peach

5x7 acrylic on canvasboard
collection of Maryann Knipscheer
I think I am more proud of this one than any daily painting Ive ever done. I actually got the fuzziness! And the sunlight on the fuzziness... and the colors under the sunlight on the fuzziness. Dude.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sushi IV - Glow

5x7 acrylic on canvasboard
Hey, I warned you! I do love painting sushi... and, as with seemingly everything that I love to paint, its the colors that draw me in first... and then theres the wonderful shininess, all the rich colors in the fish and the wonderful reflective properties of the seaweed-wrappy-stuff... its kinda funny, raw eggs and raw fish both having that wonderful pull-you-in translucence. Hm.