Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Lazy Daze Sketch V

Yay, all caught up! Friday and Saturday were perfectly crazy, and then Nugget and I came down with one very unpleasent cold- not fun :( Just doing some acrylic sketches on cardstock now that we're feeling mostly better.
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Hope you guys are having a wonderful week!

Lazy Daze Sketch IV


Lazy Daze Sketch III


Lazy Daze Sketch II


Lazy Daze Sketch I


Thursday, August 26, 2010


This is a beautiful little blue glass bird I recently found.... right now it's set up in my still life area with some amazing milkweed pods I brought home from the Museum of Life and Science where I found them outside of the butterfly building yesterday... I'm not sure it'll work, but I love the idea :)
And now I've got to go- Naomi just took off with my phone, and I'm sure she'll call Timbuktu here in a minute!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Moo Cow

8"x10" acrylic on stretched canvas
Also not a daily.... but I love it! It's based on this adorable toy of Naomi's by Anamalz, and I actually went out to Maorgan Imports today to get some more similar reference material :)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Choo Choo

9"x12" acrylic on strecthed canvas
Ok, obviously not a daily.... but something that I really love and wanted to share. It's available for sale or for rent, of course, but I dunno, I think it's one of those turning point pictures. A serious painting about a loved and not at all serious subject, and a different approach to the background, and even more of a focus on the tactility of the subject...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sunshine Straight Up

Just a little bit of summer for you, in a highball glass. I love that the water feels so liquid-ey because of the thin glaze of phthalocyanine blue on it, and how the yellow of the sunflower itself ran into that wash creating a glow.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Toy Cow

Sorry about yesterday's post being a day late- I went to a wedding yesterday, and time just didn't work out quite as I planned. It was a beautiful service, though, and the reception was a lot of fun, seeing great people I hadn't seen in ages and following Naomi around as she explored and generally stayed in the middle of things :) Best wishes again, Lane!

Teddy Bear II

I'm really enjoying the effect of this sketch and then wash/scrumble thing... there's something casual about it, yes, but I dunno... genuine? Yeah, that feels right :)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Cat on the Go

...continuing with the toys thing. This is actually part of a larger toy, a mouse chasing a cat who is chasing a dog, and I just started a painting of the whole thing :D

Little Bug

Back to the ink drawing and glazing/scrumbling thing.... this is one of Naomi's little shower toys. For some reason I'm atrting to be really attracted to her toys as subjects :)

Marble Egg

I borrowed this little beauty from my Mama :) I guess it's really just another variation on my whole egg 'thing' but this one required a very different approach, paint wise!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Red Flower Blue Vase

Trying something new here- I sketched the image out with ink, like I did for the watercolorey paintings a little while back, and then I filled it all in using my usual combination of glazing and scrumbling. It's a fun way to do things :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Egg XX

You know, I liked yesterday's and I loved doing something different with the whole egg thing.... but I love this one. I think it's the way the light reacts with the egg white being all mounded up the way it is, and brown shells are always cool.

Sunday, August 15, 2010


Another egg, just a little bit different, cracked just enough for the light to be totally glowing through it. I really like it this way :)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Cow Skull Sketch II

8.5"x11" graphite on cardstock
Further exploration. It always amazes me, that period where you have to get used to a new object, the way every little curve and quirk surprises you and how you really have to think about where every single thing happens relative to every other single little thing. This probably isn't making any sense....

Friday, August 13, 2010

Cow Skull Sketch

8.5"x11" graphite on cardstock
Just getting to know my newest still life thingy.... isn't it awesome?

Indian Yellow

Named for the dominant color, which is a wonderful one, but it definitely doesn't come across as a one-note painting, you know? I'm always in love with that rounded feeling objects in a painting can have, where you just want to reach out and cup your hand around something...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Stackable Rainbow

Anyone know what this toy is actually called? Naomi and I love playing with it :)

Silver Skull

And here's the skull thing itself! I am really proud of this one.... this painting and yesterday's silver ball both have that effect where you think they're real objects for a second, you kind of do a double take, and with this one it's really because of that wonderful dull gleam on the metal.
It's funny, now I'm wanting to get one of those truly awful fake crystal skulls off of ebay to use as a still life object. I should be able to resist, though- hopefully I'll be getting a real squirel skull, though, and that'll be really cool.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Self Portrait and Skull

Two awesome new things in the same painting! I found some more shiny silver balls, these without the rainbow color and much bigger, and this cool little decorative silver skull. I set them up next to each other to paint- you'll see the skull painting tomorrow- and when I saw the reflection in this one, I just decided to roll with it.
Oh, and I'm sitting on the floor by the table, that's why my face is so low in the reflection. Yes, I wanted it at eye level, but honestly, the baby is happier when I'm on the floor with her. And if she's happier I'm happier- and much more productive.

Monday, August 9, 2010

White Tulip

Hard to believe this is post number 950, isn't it? And for today, I've redone this tulip painting. Again. But I think I've finally got that elusive glow! It feels great :)

Sunday, August 8, 2010


Engle collection
Anybody remember this one? My, how it's changed since the last time it was finished! Went a lot darker, for the sake of some drama and mystery, and once again with the reflections... I think they help the eye "flow" through the painting, or whatever magic it is that really happens...


Saturday, August 7, 2010


available for sale or rent
So very, very, very not a daily painting.... but something I'm proud of and wanted to share. Probably more of the same tomorrow :)
I'm still loving reflections, they can do so much for a composition, but the real beauty here is just the simple white paper- the way the light shines through some areas and on others, the shadows along some of the folds- I love it. I'm thinking of doing something a little more playful with the origami crane idea, maybe something involving an eggplant, but I'm not sure yet.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Teapot Arrangement IV

After midnight again.
Do you ever feel like you're absolutely overwhelmed, losing-your-mind busy, but when you look at it objectively that feeling makes no sense? I hate it when I get like that.... I mean, it always passes, but still. Gr.

Teapot Arrangement III

And back to the red again- I'm really not sure which I like better :) I ought to try a super-bold color like this as the background for one of my larger pieces, even though I do love all the wonderful shades and possibilities of greys...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

Teapot Arrangement

This one... I wanted to do something deceptively simple, I think. Overhead light, single white object- a beautiful teapot- and a dramatic background color. I think I'll do something similar tomorrow. Maybe a set of some kind...

Sunday, August 1, 2010


This one was just for fun :) No attempt at rendering surface texture, no worrying the details to death- just working with a few colors over a base of brilliant, transparent red. Let the sun shine in, you know?