Sunday, January 31, 2010


12x24 acrylic on panel
Going from extreme vertical and muted colors to something brighter and much more horizontal :)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Black Cat, White Scarf

12x24 acrylic on panel
And a portrait of my little sister, with the cat trying to distract her from posing :) As you can see, she got all the fashion sense in the family- my brothers and I are hopeless in that regard.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Billy Hall

11x14 acrtlic on panel
A portrait of my Papa, with all the colors played down so the skin tones really glow, looking really fragile and soft againt all that black and grey....

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Evening Tea II

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
Ok, to be perfectly honest... this was a daily painting, destined for eBay... and now I'm all in love with it and really don't want to cast it out into the cold, cruel world of online auctioning :-/ And I can't even put that down to weird hormonal fluctuations, since Baby is three months old. So I'm going to put it up in my little studio / painting corner as inspiration, and if you really really love it and want to buy it, email me ( .
Oh, and something else: how do you put up that little "my Blog List" thing with the blogs you're following and the images and whatnot for the most recent posts? I'm sure I'm missing the obvious, but I can't find that application anywhere...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Black Cat

A doodle that I wasn't planning on posting, but Her Royal Tininess is out of sorts today, and of course she takes precedence...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

White Cup and Shadows

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
Ok, can't gossip long, I've got a squirmy baby in my lap, but I love how the multiple shadows thing came out, I'm going to have to do this again!

Sunday, January 24, 2010


New discovery: Light Blue-Violet mixes really well with Burnt Sienna. It was a total still-had-it-on-my-palette impulse mix, but I love it, especially with my new fixation with interesting greys. Grays. Greys. Does it drive anyone else absolutely batty that there's two possible spellings for that? I mean, there's rules for like their there and they're, and for your and you're, but grey and gray.... I dunno.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Red Apple

Muahaha, this turned out even better! And apples are good. I need to work up the nerve to try more of a multi-colored one, but haven't quite managed it yet....

Friday, January 22, 2010

Chocolate Glazed Donut

Yay, sweet stuff! Trying something a little different here with my sketches, drawing it all out in ink and then glazing with acrylics.... fun, simple, pretty sure I like it!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Garlic on Blue II

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
*sigh* I am loving this weather! Nothing in the world like being able to leave the doors open and having a fresh, soft breeze through your house in the middle of January :) And going for walks in flips flops. Ande sitting outside to paint this. so Baby had lots of pretties to look at.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Jelly Donut

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
There! New subject and everything :) Also tried something else different- painted the donut as I knew it was under all that powdered sugar, then painted the sugar on top of it. I like it- makes it feel more real while you're doing the painting, even if it does violate the "Paint only what you see" commandment.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Peppermint Candy

Again, just a quickie, warming up while I work on a bunch of other stuff :) I'll do a larger, proper one tomorrow.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Dandelion Puff II

Geez, these things are tricky. Just a little bit of leftover summer for you, this lovely, rainy Sunday morning :)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Bottle Cap

More doodling. Spent a lot of the day out at the Eno River taking pictures.... lots of pretties and good idea. Rocks and tree trunks and such, mostly. Baby loved it- lots of colors and shapes and sounds, of course, but also a lot of people out enjoying the 60-degree weather after that dratted cold spell!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Purple Calla

Just a doodle :) Spent most of the day on a larger project.... ought to be done with that by the end of the month, though...

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Cloud Study VII

Just a church spire against high, thin clouds.... this ridiculous cold weather is finally starting to crack! Soon we'll be back to typical NC winter conditions of alternating pretty sunny days and 45 degree rain.
Also wanting to share a link- - Antti Rautiola's blog- she has a really amazing way with color. I especially love Blue Dream, posted December 28th :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

White Tulips IV - Windowlight

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
Same restricted palette thing again, totally different scale. You know how Duane Keiser will do pretty little vases of flowers against a big tall expanse of wall somtimes? Well, I wanted to try something a little bit like that....

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

White Tulip III - Gradation

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
'Nother white tulip :) Yesterday, today, and probably tomorrow are all being done with just three colors! Now you know I'm not one for the whole limited palette thing, but an experiment is always interesting... Prussian Blue, Medium Magenta, and Hansa Yellow. And white, of course.
And our little Wuggins is 3 months old today :)

Monday, January 11, 2010

White Tulip II

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
Not sure how I feel about this one.... so I expect I'll leave it set in a corner till I decide how to make it perfect, or decide to paint over it :-/ The white tulip/ white background could be lovely, I'm sure....

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Half a Tangerine

... and then half of it :) I am really loving this Cadmium Orange color, I have to say. And Prussian Blue, too. Oh, well, I love all colors, don't I? Silly me....

Saturday, January 9, 2010



Orange and blue are wonderful together, aren't they? Happies :)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Tea and Spoon - Payne's Grey

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
.... and it's a 5 day auction starting at like 10 tonight. I was trying for harmony, but something to really make the tea "pop" too, so there's some paynes grey in everything- which was particularly great with the spoon. Lots of fun. Maybe I should do more flatware? Anyways, I'm posting with a naked almost-3-month-old on my lap, so I probably ought to go... :)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Early Spring Sketch

From some photos from Duke Gardens about a week ago, I believe. I imagine they're all frost-bitten now :( The blue is Primary Cyan and Titanium White... I tend to overlook Cyan, I don't know why, but it's a lovely mixer for so many colors....

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Daylily II - Gold

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
Little bit of summer time here in the middle of this crazy freakin' cold front. Truly Crazy. I mean the weather lady said the last time it got like this was in '77.... since I wasn't born till '82, I'm allowed to think that's a long time, right?

Monday, January 4, 2010

Calla Lily

Wow, isn't this just an amazing background color? Not entirely sure how I wound up at a purple-blue background for a mostly green-gold flower, but I think it works! Now I want to try the same thing larger... but that's the idea with all of the sketches, I know. Like yesterday's apricot, seeing what something would look like set against the super-dark background, all high and kind of to one side. And here saying hm, weird colors, but maybe.... and then huh, that worked!
I'm not making any sense this evening, am I? Can I blame it on the Monday thing? Post holidays something or another?

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Apricot V

More about the composition than anything else, here. Enjoying the tinkering... and still having trouble believing it's already "next year", honestly. 2010 sounds so sci-fi, doesn't it?

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Red Pansy

The colors came out kind of violent, didn't they? But I like them. Purple shadows are always interesting.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Cedar Sketch


Just a doodle from Duke Gardens, an interesting tree.... I really simplified the background, though. Wondered how it would look with just the tree there, I guess.