Sunday, October 31, 2010

Something Different

Something very different, at least for me. I am so not a sculptor, but I think this little lady is close to being ready to pose for a still life :)


Moth and Cocoon

I love this moth it's just beautiful, and the cocoon... it's the darndest thing, because I really love the idea of a cocoon, the beauty and purpose of it, but it just looks like a rolled up leaf. I need to figure out a way of communicating its beauty, you know? The perfection of what it really is and how it is almost expressed in the reality of it.
I doubt I'm making any sense. But I know there's something there, that I can find it and communicate the idea...

More doodling

more of the same. She looks surprisingly agreeable for a just-arrested person, yes?

Just a doodle

I got inspired by Karin Jurik's new project and tried to look up some mugshots to sketch from... it seems I wound up with a hot girls mugshots list, which I thought was very strange but not necessarily a bad thing. I wish they'd included more of this girl's leopard-print halter top over bright pink bra straps combination, it might've been fun to paint.
On second though, it's probably better this way :)


Black and White

Just goofing around in my sketchbook- it's an interesting idea, though, changing the color of the line in reaction to the background color. Wonder how I could use it as part of a realistic painting?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Apples and Blue Sky

in a rotating private collection
See why I'm so excited? The pink blush on the one apple, the scrap of cloud in the background, the dings on the windowsill, the absolutely amazing colors and reflected lights...

Monday, October 25, 2010


Ok, so obviously and seriously not a daily painting... but I finished up this one and another one today, so I'm sharing this one today and the other tomorrow :) You see the little flower (the stamp) I put in the back, for the butterfly? And the heart shape in the wood grain? And I really, really loved painting the whole box thing in a more intense way.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Black and White

Something strange, I guess it's a values sketch, from the same batch of photos... I was really trying to avoid detail, of it really being a picture of something at all, I wanted to try what you're always told to do, with just painting the shapes, and I think I may have taken it a little far :-/

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Girl in Profile

I was totally sketchy and took some pictures of this beautiful girl this morning at the farmer's market with my camera phone...

Friday, October 22, 2010

Flower Hearts

'nother silly.
I discovered something with this one, though, that I'm sure I can use on my "real" paintings- if you paint one color over another absolutely dry color and then go over it, lightly and selectively, with a diaper wipe while it is still a little tacky to the touch- stop laughing at me, I'm serious- it's a really cool effect!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Polka Dots

Something very silly. Fun to do, though.

Studying Wyeth 2

Actually something from yesterday. I am very decidedly out of sorts today, nothing that I start is going right, and I can't puzzle out why.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Studying Wyeth

Sketching with the baby in my lap again, from my favorite book on Andrew Wyeth. I love people's profiles... I wish I was better at asking people to pose for me. On the rare occasion I work up the nerve and they agree, I have a lot of fun with it :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Apple on the Windowsill

Just a study for a 12"x12" I'm working on, trying to understand the roundness and the reflected lights...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Pine cone Contour Drawing

Yeesh, have you ever tried to draw one of these things?!? Scary difficult... I think it's the complexity, yes, but it's such an ordered complexity that you have to be really exact. And the shape, the growth pattern, it's kind of like a whole pine tree, which is really cool.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Elmer's School Glue

It is remarkable how elmer's ends up on every parents-please-buy-this-stuff list for every elementary school student like anywhere... how did that happen?
And Nugget's party went very well. She was thoroughly puzzled by the whole thing, but loved having all the people over! Wonderful people brought her fun and wonderful presents, and ate homemade chocolate cake and coconut cake... that seems like as good a recipe for success as any I can come up with :)

Saturday, October 16, 2010


One of my little angel's favorite toys... she selected it at the last Whimsical Women show by biting its nose, and that is still the preferred method of carrying it around :D It also has the added virtue of being super cuddly.
Her first birthday party is tomorrow... or later today, more accurately. I think she'll really enjoy it. I'm scared I'll mess it up somehow, having never thrown a birthday party before :-/

Friday, October 15, 2010


Just looking at this, you would swear I was imbibing... but no, sketches come out lopsided when the baby is sleeping in your lap while you're drawing :) And isn't "whisky" supposed to be spelled "whiskey"? I just went with the spelling on the lable, figuring that if you're making the stuff then you ought to have a better idea of how it's spelled that someone like me, who never even drinks it... but still.
It's just a really cool bottle, I couldn't help but want to draw it. Not sure how to work it in to a still life, but I'm sure I'll come up with something.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Singing Seahorse

just a sketch, obviously.... things are crazy right now!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Looking Up

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Well... the giraffe again. From a very unusual, for me, viewpoint. I tried to make it clear what was going on by having the little face much brighter and crisper than the body.
PS- WHY can't I get the centering vs. the left sided text thing to work tonight? I don't know why some nights the blog text gets so wonky :(

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Skipping Along

two 6"x8" panels
Naomi loves this giraffe, and I'm doing a great big painting of it, so I'm tinkering with it on a smaller scale first. I think I'm liking this double panel idea....

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Another joke Naomi can't get yet. I thought it looked kinda scary and dinasaurish. But she laughs anyways, and draws with me :)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Turkey Hands

Ok, this doesn't really need any explanation, right? Wrong month for it, but it made me laugh. Naomi doesn't get the joke yet...

Friday, October 8, 2010

Chicken and Green Squiggles


Just a doodle. I think I'll be posting more like this over the next few weeks- Naomi is feeling more needy lately, for whatever reason.... teething maybe? I can't be sure yet :-/ Poor little critter. And I'm kinda going crazy trying to make sure I'm ready for my solo show at Broad Street Cafe- I'm hanging November 1st!- so, yeah, the blog is going to be getting some doodles. And then I'll post all the beautiful paintings I'm putting up at Broad Street to make up for it :)


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Two Marbles

Well, you can see that the studio wall behind me has emptied considerably.... a bunch of stuff went to Bull City Art and Frame recently :) And I'm loving the burnt sienna and ultramarine thing this painting has going, it's a beautiful combination. Almost a complementary situation, right?

Heirloom Tomato

This tomato is the coolest shape- the farmers market is a wonderful place- and can you believe the reflected lights along the bottom curve of it?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Silver Skull II

Revisiting the silver skull, from a different angle this time, and with a more purplish cast overall. I do so love the swirling patterns, but I'm hoping to get some more real skulls added to my collection of still life thingies... probably possum or something weird like that.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Pear and Grey

Still playing with those slow-drying acrylics, and still really enjoying them :) And yes, the pear did really sit leaning like that. I love how much personality fruit has!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Pomegranate on Pale

And this one got a pale greenish background, a new color for me and quite lovely. But the main this for me was finally painting a cut-open pomegranate. It wasn't as tricky as I thought it'd be.... actually I started over on that area several times, and finally settled on a more impressionistic approach than usual. And it's the highlight on each little seed thing that really makes it come alive :)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Lemon on Pale

The green pear got a pinkinsh background, and the yellow lemon gets a purplish one....