Monday, January 31, 2011

Lemon in Harmony

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That was Nugget's contribution to the post, if you were wondering. An I always mean to post early in the day, but it never actually happens....
Anywho. I'm loving this one- that pink was so much fun, and it works so well with the brightness of the lemon....

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Full Moonlight

It was a beautiful day, the sort of day that makes you believe that springtime is here, now, right at the end of January. I wish. We went to Duke Gardens today, first trip of the year, and that was wonderful.... and here's some pretty moonlight to keep the day going :)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Silver Skull III

I tried to come up with a creative title for this one, honest.... ok, gotta go, Nugget is squawking at me :(

Friday, January 28, 2011

Backlit Lemon

Much better! Nothing I'd do in my bigger pieces, it's too loose, but I think I really got the 'feel', you know?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Apricots on Windowsill

This one.... I dunno. But we learn from everything, that's why we do dailies, right?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Key Shadow

Here's a daily for you! It was inspired by a David Brega piece from back in the seventies, I saw it in this last American Art Collector and just loved the idea and tried it on my own, got a bunch of reference pics over at my parents house with an old dresser of theirs... I think you'll be seeing me use it again :D

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Hand of Time

Sorry I missed the last couple of days! I've been all obsessed with a couple of non-dailies and haven't been doing my little bitty ones like usual.... and, well, I wanted to share these anyways :)





Saturday, January 22, 2011

Pressure and Reflection

This piece, for me, is related to the one I shared yesterday... same size, same mostly subdued colors, and the nut-thing is from the same bin at my mechanic's :) The mirror ball you've seen before, the c-clamp is something from my parent's house...
You know how you read articles about great still life painters, and the interviewer mentions that he or she walks in the studio and sees all of these objects that seem so familiar, because they've seen them in a bunch of the artist's paintings? That's always made me smile, I guess because I know it'd be the same if someone came over here, and because it would be so, so cool to go over to the studio of a still-life painter I really admire and see the real objects and compare them to the artist's idea of them, you know? Scale and color intensity and if maybe one things has been painted so many times that it has become something entirely different in its painted life than it is in reality...

Friday, January 21, 2011

Study in Circles

Yay for a more complex still life! The two metal washers and the dark sphere (the head off the gear shift for a lawn mower, believe it or not) are things I bummed out of my awesome mechanic's awesome bits and pieces of randomness bin while I was getting an oil change, and combining them with the beautiful little flask shaped glass vase and some water... Beautiful, and completely unexpected.
And in case you're actually wondering- no, soooo not a daily :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Forest Dawn

This was done as a commissioned piece- I had been wanting to paint from this particular batch of reference photos but hadn't worked up the nerve- they looked so difficult! But it was a real joy to paint, and it is happily installed in its new home now :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Blue Tractor

Weird for me, I know. Really different. But I love the feel of it, and I'm thinking about trying it again, but way bigger. Like three foot by four foot. I'll let you know if I work up the nerve for it :)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lady Apples

Yes, these little guys had to be shipped all the way across the country.... but they're so adorable I couldn't resist. And they're so small that Nugget will pick them up and eat them like a really tiny for-real apple! It's so cute...

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Blue Marble

I am having way to much fun with the I-get-to-paint-tiny-little-things-on-tiny-little-canvases thing...

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Pecan Halves

Hahaha, post number one thousand one hundred and eleven! Now wouldn't it have been cool if that had happened a few days ago on January eleventh 2011?
'nother one of those tiny little stretched canvases, so I get to paint life-sized pecan halves, which is so cool! I had an awful time keeping the baby away from them while I was working on the painting, though....

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Close Up

I'm doing my best to bring summer back, aren't I? No, this isn't an import- I got it at the farmers market over the summer and took a bunch of reference pictures. Looks lucious, doesn't it? I think I might finally be getting a handle on how to do the stem part of an eggplant...

Friday, January 14, 2011

Broken Shell and Golden Mean

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Like a lot of artists, I'm a sucker for texture. And the broken shell idea... it has everything, right? Texture, subtle color shifts, a sense of history and place, the beautiful balance that comes with the shell itself...
The spiral thingey in the background is meant to represent the mathmatical perfection of something like this, even in its worn state. Maybe especially in its worn state. I have it framed and up on the wall in my studio right now- I'll try to post a picture of that sometime soon, it just glows :)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tuberoses Detail

Still all icy- so not leaving the house today. I am quite certain I've gone three years here in North Carolina without seeing a flake of snow, and this is our fifth round this season! Wild.... Anywho, more wishful thinking in the form of flowers today. Even though tuberoses are more of a late summer thing...

And my tiny princess is 15 months old today. All grown up :)


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Longing for Spring

Truly, this has got to have been the coldest winter ever... and it's only January! So here's some wishful thinking, in the form of a pretty pink tulip.

Monday, January 10, 2011


I think this is my favorite raw egg piece so far! Probably because of the shell- the depression where it's all cracked somehow came out just right.... and the multi-layered pools of egg white are kind of cool, too. I think I mostly got lucky with how this one cracked and stared to pour out :)

Sunday, January 9, 2011


I love how blue and gold go together....

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Avacado Half

And now my more usual view of an avacado. A lot of green gold and naples yellow goes into the flesh of an avacado when I paint it, and you have to be really careful to keep that wonderful, creamy consistency- nothing like the crispy texture of that apple shalf from a few days ago, for instance. I think I do it mostly through the thickness of the paint- you let it kind of sparkle across the underlying texture of the canvas for the apple, but you keep it as smooth and rich as possible for something buttery like this...

And a picture of my little Nugget- I realized it's been a while since I posted one of these! This is her all passed out in the carseat, with the snow-tinted sunlight shining in...

Friday, January 7, 2011

Whole Avacado

Couldn't resist the light on this one :) I'd never painted an intact avacado before- the inside is so much prettier than the outside- but the outside has a certain charm.
I can't see one of these things anymore without reliving this moment I had while reading Hemingway.... he was talking about feeding one of his cats "alligator pears" and how odd it was that the cat liked them, how it would ride on his shoulder as he walked around outside and how much he loved it, and I was having this tickle in the back of my mind, knowing I should know what an alligator pear was, and then bam, I remember that it's an avacado!
So of course I thought about a cat who eats avacados and likes riding around on shoulders the whole time I did this painting. It made me smile.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Soda Top

This was an impulsive choice for a still life subject, that's for sure, but I kind of like it. Metal is always challenging, especially flat greyish stuff like this, and I love painting things life sized (like this) or sometimes larger...
And someone- "a painting friend"- posted a comment on my tequila shot painting giving me suggestions on photographing these little bitty paintings, and it was a lot of help- this one definitely came out a lot clearer!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Halved Apple

Hehe, post number eleventyhundred... this apple half, it kind of reminds me of Orinana Kacicek, and since I absolutely lovelovelove her paintings that is a happy for me...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Red and Green


Experimenting, a little bit. The white background is actually just the blank canvas, and the pear itself, the color is a combination of quinacridone magenta and green gold, very beautiful transparent colors that work surprisingly well together, and then the neutrals are vandyke brown, paynes grey, and just a little bit of white. Maybe my goal was to do a really transparent, set it and forget it sort of painting, and I guess for me it is- you can go back and fuzz but so much with all transparent colors and no paint on the background :) It's got a nice glow to it, this way...


Monday, January 3, 2011

A Little Seed

Isn't this adorable? I am so in love with these tiny little stretched canvas- they're so adorable, and you can paint tiny little things like acorns life-sized without making them feel all lonely like they would on a larger canvas :)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Put a Cork in It

Hehehe... same stupid problem with the fuzzies, but this was so much fun to paint!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Tequila Shot

It's next year. As usual, I don't feel anydifferent.
But the blog is three years old now. I wonder if it feels any different?
A little better with the fuzziness issue... but I would very much appreciate any suggestions on photographing these little monsters! This is such a gorgeous painting, honest...