Sunday, February 28, 2010

White Tulip IV

5x7 acrylic on panel
'nother reminder about my painting giveaway folks- March 6th is coming up fast! Link to me from your blog or your facebook, and let me know about it by emailing me ( ). Couldn't be easier :)

Friday, February 26, 2010

Daffodil and Blue

2.5"x6" acrylic on paper
And it really feels like there's sun shining through the daffodil, which just thrills me to pieces! Not sure how much of that can be attributed to the crazy blue background.... further experimentation required :)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sunlit Rose

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
Just reveling in the colors- sometimes flowers can do the most unexpected things, you know?
Oh, and just a btw- I've set something up as , just all the blogs I'm following- it's 132 and counting- so if I haven't found yours yet let me know! I figure that the blogwatch feature is beautiful in its simplicity, a group of bloggers can have something like this without everyine having to post multiple time in multiple places, you know? Check it out :)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Cheesecake Bite

2.5x6 on paper
More with the silly dollar-bill sized paintings :) And I think the little wrapper was as much fun to paint as the cheesecake bite itself.... almost as much fun as eating it... my sweet tooth has really, really been in overdrive lately. So much so that I just finished mixing up and bakng yet another batch of chocolate chip cookies. Think I'll send them into work with the darling husband so I don't eat the whole four dozen by myself....

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

White Anenomes

5x7 acrylic on board
It's all about the lighting on this one. I had hoped spring had sprung, so to speak, but apparently snow is a possibility tomorrow night.... grrrr! So, spring is here in my artwork :)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Fruit Tart

2.5x6 acrylic on paper
Fruit tarts, much like pears and raw eggs, seem to be something that all daily painters are obligated to paint. Having never so much as looked at one before going on a field trip to purchase this little guy, I have to say they are interesting. The shininess, for instance. There seems to be something.... maybe a clear gelatin?... covering the whole tart. And there was something that I'm sure was meant as chocolate that formed a kind of cradled, shell maybe, for all the fruit... I'm looking forward to summertime even more right now though, getting some proper strawberries and trying to paint them. I actually included the little pale thread leading back into the strawberry from the little seed-points, I have no idea how to describe it better than that but I'm absurdly proud of it.
Oh, and the weird size. I saw a small works competition being advertized, and the pieces could be no larger than a dollar bill. Which seemed so odd I just had to try it, of course :)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Red and Green

Trying to figure out how to portray multi-colored fruit- perhaps not as difficult as I had feared- and having fun doing silly thing like adding the highlight via finger-painting.
And I just finished reading Barbara Kingsolver's "Prodigal Summer", and I loved it. Strange thing- I wasn't really sure about it at first, but the book really grew on me as the stories started to weave together and the characters started to take shape. It's the stories of three different people- same timeline, not one of those women-of-multiple-generations themed things that are so common now- set in what seems to be the mountains of Tennessee, and I guess the real subject is the environment, the way it changes and is affected by people. Do you reckon book recommendations are kosher as part of an art blog? Hm...

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Gladiola Sketch

More mixed-media-ness, and I actually added the white paint in with my fingers! Everyone should try it, it's really an interesting look and texture, and provides much more immediate opacity if you're going white over a darker background.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Red Pear Sketch

Colored pencils are awesome and all, but I am really in awe of you folks that do complete works with just those little boogers. Seems like it takes forever to build up colors, you know? I cheated, here :) some watercolor pencils, some acrylic.... yay, mixed media!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Peach Slices III

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
My 'different thing' for this painting was bringing one of the shadows forward, over the curve of what is actually a windowsill, and I think I really like the result.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tofee II

5x5 acrylic on panel
I'm wracking my brain to come up with something to say, especially after leaving last night completely blank, but there's nothing. Doesn't seem like there has been for a while. Or, more accurately, no real words- theres tons and tons of pictures, ideas for paintings, beautiful color combinations, and theres silly things to do with the baby, and even sillier stories to tell her, but so far as anything bordering on intelligent communication goes.... zip, nada, zilch. Is this something you just go through as a new parent, perhaps? Or maybe as a person who is a little too visually obsessed? I dunno.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Cherry on Grey

5x5 acrylic on panel
Happy little cherry. And don't forget about my painting giveaway! The drawing is on March 6th, which is closer than it sounds :) Link to me on facebook, your blog, twitter, whatever, and email me at to enter!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Daylily III

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
I love these colors! Hansa Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson.... can't have all that on just one flower and not have it be so vibrant it looks like it'll jump right off the canvas at you!

Friday, February 12, 2010


6x6 acrylic on hardboard
Tried something a little different, paint over a dark-grey background.... it does interesting things to the paint. I think I like it.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

One Red Pear

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
How do you think this one would look blown up to like 18x24? Really big freaking pear, would provide all kinds of room for details and color shifts....

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Daffodil VIII

6x6 acrylic on panel
I'll say it again- I want it to be springtime already! I really think this has been the coldest winter ever.... of course I shouldn't complain, I've become an absolute hermit :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Foot Sketch

I have weird feet, don't I? Sketched it out while the little one was in my lap napping...

Monday, February 8, 2010

Peach and Blue

5x7 acrylic on board
Ah, pretty colors :) And a reminder about the painting giveaway on March 6th- enter by mentioning my blog on your blog or on facebook, and let me know you did so by emailing me at !

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Red Rosebud

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
There! Anice little valentine-sy painting. You have no idea how tricky I find red roses to be- I'm quite proud of this one :)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Daffodil Doodle

I don't know about you folks, but I want it to be spring! This winter is just ridiculous! Not too much longer, though, I mean it is February already....

Friday, February 5, 2010

Orchid Sketch II

Mixed media doodle.... as you can see, the Teacup Human was helping, making little graphite tracks everywhere with her fingers.... thankfully, she cleans up really well :)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Golden Pear and Blue

5"x8" acrylic on paper
Pretty colors on paper :) Cadmium Orange is surprisingly helpful with pears like this.... is it a Bosc, maybe? I thought so, but wasn't sure enough to use that in the title.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Vanilla with Sprinkles

6x6 acrylic on hardboard panel
Now this one was out of my comfort zone! It was the icing, really..... I was studying and studying on it, and realized that the white sprinkles were actually the brightest white, not the highlights on the white icing, which I would usually paint as white-white in the interests of contrast or increased seeming shininess or something. So I fumed and pouted and puzzled, and finally, eventually finished the durned thing. And I'm rather proud of it, too!
Now, something else to announce: this is post #765. Post #800 will be a giveaway- whoever wins the drawing can tell me what to paint on a 6"x6" or 6"x8" scale, and it is theirs free- I'll even include shipping. Now here's how you enter- mention my blog- and provide a link!- on your blog or on your facebook page, something like that, and then email me the link at . The drawing is March 6th!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


One of Naomi's preferred toys, That Thingamabob "Bob" Hill. You know, nobody warns you about just how many scary-looking things you will accumulate post-baby...

Monday, February 1, 2010

Chocolate Glazed

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
More sweetness.... I guess to compensate for this whole "winter" thing. I guess it would be fun if the Teacup Human were old enough to play in it or something, she's cute enough to make even something as dreadful as snow fun, but she's under the weather, and I'm under the weather, and it's cold and ridiculously bright outside. I'm clicking my heels three times and wishing for summertime, when the onle ice around is incorporated into froofey umbrella drinks :D