Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pear on Pale

I got some Golden Open paints, and I am loving them! Longer drying time, which is especially handy for the lovely green gold that features here and usually dries way too fast. It'd be kinda cool to know the science behind why each color behaves a little bit differently, but I haven't gotten around to researching that yet...

Eggplant in Cigar Box

Doing the box thing again, and really enjoying it. Some things about it are crazy difficult, yes, but because it creates this contained environment for your still life subject it forces a further measure of thoughtfullness, and creates a satisfying illusion.
In other news, tomorrow I'll be dropping off Hover, Geometry, Ballet, Evening Tea II, and Ocean Glass at my new Durham gallery, Bull City Art and Frame- these are some really great pieces, and if you're in the area you should definitely come by. They're in Brightleaf Square, which is a wonderful place to visit anyways. Mt Fuji is right next door, they have the best sushi, and Morgan Imports is across the street and that is the coolest little has-absolutely-everything store ever.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Striped Eggplant

Gr. I was all happy with this one since I felt like I finally got the striped effect right- surprisingly tricky, that- and then I couldn't get a decent image of the stupid thing! Serves me right for photographing paintings at midnight, I guess :) Continuing with my willingness to use weathered wood in a painting, as well, I'm enjoying that...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Broken Shell in Cedar Box

Wow. The thousandth post.
I've learned so much, grown so much artistically, tried so many new things. Even had a baby along the way, can't forget her.... :) Eleven months old now, sitting next to me drawing a picture right now. I did another broken shell piece tonight (the shells were amazing at the beach there for a few days, what with the crazy currents from the hurricanes and whatnot). but this time in a cedar box I got from the Durham farmer's market a while back. I hadn't thought to use it like this, since it's always been horizontal, filled with stuff, and with its lid on, but there's something to be said for moments of change, huh?
And thank you very, very much to the wonderful Making a Mark and to the NC State Alumni Blog for helping me to celebrate my thousandth post!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Broken Shell

Back to the ocean!
I think this is my first attempt at rendering wood, and I know this is my first time showing a really weathered shell like this... and I love it! When conch shells break and reveal more of their interior structure, there's something really beautiful and minimalist about them, and really familiar, like bone or something with the graceful curves. And then of course with an imperfect shell it's no longer something that a tourist went and bought at some oceanside strip mall that was imported from Indonesia or something, it's something personal, that has a history, both in the ocean and as a discovery, and then as a painting subject as well. Beautiful.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Autumn Leaf - Indian Yellow

Ok, this isn't really in keeping with my sudden attack of beach-y-ness, but it began life as a proper daily a little while back, and has just now gotten where I'm happy with it. The vibrant indian yellow really glows againt that cool grey, and there's this kind of delicate floating feeling that was only available from this angle, you know?
In other news, can you believe how close this blog is to its 1,000th post? It's been a wonderful going-on-three years, that's for sure!

Shell Fragment II

Same as last night :)
Well, one addition- everyone should go for nighttime swims in the ocean with a full moon- it is an incredibly beautiful experience!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Shell Fragment

Ok, can't get this on etsy at the moment, because I'm at the beach with no photo editing software, but I am loving this trip! I think I'm getting more interested in weathered shells, ones that have more of a history, you know?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Evening on the Sound

Down at the beach- happies! Also wondering- I don't think I've seen many paintings where light pollution plays a big factor- like distant light pollution like it this one, with the sky over part of the horizon glowing yellow. Do you suppose that's just because nocturnes tend to be painted either in the middle of nowhere or right there in the middle of all the light effects?
And on a somewhat unrelated note, have you ever looked at Whistler's "Falling Rocket"? (I was really really unfamiliar with his work and had never even heard of it, but I just finished a biography on him recently and it's pretty interesting stuff) It is such a cool painting, and all about crazy lights at night. I am so going to try and get some ideas next Fourth of July!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Eggplant and Shooting Star

I got to thinking about yesterday's eggplants, and how wonderful and purple they are and how I wanted to play that up, make it more... magical, or something. And how better to do that than a really beautiful almost-night sky? Ok, really weird, I know. But I'm really liking it, all the same... and I don't know why I'm so proud of this, but it was painted without any black!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Two Eggplants

Still in my usual corner, this time with eggplants :) I really enjoyed the extreme-horizontal format, even though it's not terribly view-able on the computer screen....

Halved Avacado III

Wow, I think I'm in love with this avacado.
Seriously, back to my usual still life situation, but this background is so much better! I used the fluid retarder like I did with that sky a little while back, and really tried to work the values of it so they wouldn't interfere with the avacadoe itself, all that wonderful color...

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Peach on White II


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.... and the computer is being retarded again, making the "enter" key double-space everything, and I have no idea why! Gr.

Ah, well. I think yesterday's pic inspired me to try the same subject again, playing with really subdued colors. Yes, I LOVE bright and sparkly colors, but what if I allowed neutrals to permeate an essentially bright subject, how would it "feel"?


Peach Against the Sky

Experimenting with color, I guess.... usually I'm pretty literal about it, I guess because I usually stick to lighting conditions that allow red to be red, yellow to be yellow, that sort of thing, but I really admire artists that can pull off something looking exactly like itself despite being in an unusual situation, visually... just trying to grow, I guess :)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Note in Red

This one was a lot of fun to paint, and it came together into something pretty striking, I think. You know what my favorite part is? The reflection of the cut part of the apple half in the side of the whole apple, that little streak of paler color. Too cool, something I never would've noticed if I hadn't been painting it :)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Study in Blue and Green

That same beautiful float from "Ocean Glass", but all by itself this time, and bigger.... I love it. Especially the shadow.
A lady at Lazy Daze told me that my work was abstract, because the objects and people in my paintings seem to be so much more themselves. That got me thinking, especially about the whole magical realism idea, and I think this painting really embodies that, you know? Without throwing anything really obvious in there, but there's the history and the imperfections in the glass, and the amazing light that's in it and shining through it, and then there's my whole studio, really, coming through with the just hints of reflections. Happy.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Evening Rising

Took a cue from yesterday's piece and used a lot of retarding medium or whatever it's called, trying to get some really smooth wonderful transitions, and then going back and layering some colors, the weird light on the land and the glow around the stars, and it's like I'm not sure if it worked, because glare is such an issue, apparently, with nocturnes. I mean, it looks gorgeous in person, but have you ever tried to photograph something like this? Augh!
No, seriously, have you? Because tips would be much appreciated :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Ok, you know that landscapes are not really something I'm comfortable with, definitely not something that I feel I'm naturally gifted with.... but after our little excursion into Virginia recently, I've got some images in my head that I can't get rid of, insisting on being painted. So I'm giving it a shot :)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Tomato VI

I don't know why tomatos keep cropping up in my dailies.... probably something simple, like how pretty and bright red they are :) and how good they taste! And how summery they are, which I guess means they'll be cycling out of my paintings for the winter all to soon.

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Red Cushion

There's not many things more peaceful that a sleeping kitty cat...

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ocean Glass

12"x12" acrylic on cradled hardboard panel
I wouldn't have ever thought that an empty tequila bottle, a blown glass float, and a dragonfly could come together so well... I think the float thing is my new favorite still life subject, though. I have several of them, and they're just beautiful! Now I'm wondering if maybe one of them has a hole in it, I could fill it half full of water and that would change the way the light comes through... ok, off to check :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Naomi Sleeping

14"x14" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
This is a portrait of my beautiful, perfect ten month old daughter Naomi :) The skin tones came out amazing on this one- I discovered how wonderful Quinacridone Red and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide can be together- and the painting just glows! Also, I'm just in love with the way her little mouth smooshes up when she sleeps, and this caught that just perfect... and the light plays up her little bitty nose and the way the light reflects on her left cheek....

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Pomegranate IV

... and the other one. My understanding of this fruit is that it forms kind of like a rose hip, right? With the fruity part being around each little bitty seed, and maybe that's why the flowery end still has obvious flowery parts attached, little stamens peeking out of the end of a fully formed fruit.... but the most appealing part, for me, is that wonderful color and the way it's played up by the almost leathery exterior. I don't mean like tough leathery, but like slightly shiny and softly textured leathery...

Monday, September 6, 2010

Pomegranante III

The other day I was wandering through Whole Foods and the pomegranates just looked delectable... not to mention that I'd gotten a request for pomegranate paintings at Lazy Daze :) This is one result, and I've got to say they are an awful lot of fun to paint, though I'm still too scared to attempt and interior shot...

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Plum Suspension

This is a commissioned piece, to go with a strawberry I did a little while back, and it came out beautifully! I do love the suspensions thing, though I never would have thought of using a plum except for this commission...

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Little Green Apple

The colors came out just wonderful with this little guy... that's part of the reason to do daily paintings, I guess, to discover little things like this that you want to use in larger works :)

Friday, September 3, 2010


16"x20" acrylic on stretched canvas
Another one with my beloved marbles- I swear these things just keep getting more and more interesting! I wonder what the next step in their evolution will be...

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Cow Skull with Red Thread

16"x20" acrylic on stretched canvas
I am so loving this skull!!! The red thread was something to brighten up the composition.... it was inspired by Vermeer's Lacemaker, but my friend Amna very accurately pointed out the blood symbolism. I just think it was so, so much fun to paint, to really make real.... this is exactly life sized, too. Which is funny, 'cause it feels bigger.


Another installment in the series of overwhelming cutenesses that are Naomi's toys :)