Friday, September 30, 2011

inspiration strikes!

8"x8" WIP

... now I just have to pull it off. From my imagination. I really need to go out to my parents' house and build some proper boxes....


Thursday, September 29, 2011

almost there.... and yet not quite.

8"x8" WIP

This is proving to be one of those oddball paintings, where it feels good but there's no 'pop' or something... it's just leaving me flat. Any bright ideas floating around in the ether?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

White and Gold

6"x6" click here to purchase

I enjoyed yesterday's so much I just had to try it again! And if you're a painter, wanting to work on your grasp of lost and found edges, fish are a great subject. Also, the colors.... so magical. Maybe because they feel shimmer-y?


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fishy Fish


This one was amazingly fun to paint- totally worth being looked at like I was nuts for standing in the pet store taking pictures of the fish :) It is also Nugget's current absolute favorite painting, and the forst one she has provided a title for. Since I usually don't like titling my paintings, that may be the beginnings of a trend :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Close Up


Me, my brother, and of course Her Tiny Nuggettness went out to Benjamin's Vinyard, and across from there we saw a horse, which led to walking over and feeding him some grass and taking lots of pictures.... one of which inspired this :)


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Oceanscape - Foam

20" diameter

Round canvases are awesome. Almost as awesome as painting water... though it does require an awful lot of patience...


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Flower Shadows


.... and here she is again. I really think I made a portrait-painting breakthrough with these two pictures, especially with the colors I use for painting fair skin tones in natural light. There's a Light Portrait Pink I'm very fond of, and mixed with Raw Sienna it gives you a wonderful, sweet, warm color... and then Napthanol Red for where the skin in more flushed, and a little grey or Light Blue Violet to tone it down where that needs to happen...

Friday, September 23, 2011

Wisteria Crown


This is my tiny Angel, my Nugget.... with some wisteria from the yard all wrapped around her little head. I loved doing this painting!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Papaya Half


I am such a flake sometimes. You know I just accidentally posted this on the Whimsical Women blog? Not sure how I managed that....

But loving the whole papaya thing :) Beautiful colors, rich textures, all sensual and curvy.... what's not to love?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Broken Shell - Twilight


I finally got my September Studio Newsletter out today! Which means that I can share the pictures in it, which is wonderful fun :)

This one is really so much a portrait of an individual shell, a gorgeous one I found on the beach... it just has so much personality, you know? Or maybe character is a better word. And then the overall effect with the background is so surreal...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Knife and Shadow


Yep, knives are simpler than forks. But I still like spoons better- I think I've just got a thing for shiny curved things :)


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Fork and Shadow


Dude. Forks are hard to paint! I miss just doing a silver spoon... but I've got this idea for a set, a fork a spoon and a knife that will all go together, and you kinda have to have a fork for that. I guess we'll find out if the knife is any easier tomorrow!


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Blood Orange Slices


Well, if it's going to feel like frikkin' winter outside, at least we can have the bright side of winter as a still life subject- wonderful citrus :)


Friday, September 16, 2011

Snooty Flamingo


This one makes me laugh :)
And on a seperate note, what on earth is up with it being winter all of a sudden today? It's not fair! Even though it is supposed to be back up around eighty by Monday, so I guess it's not that awful.... but still. Ugh. Brrrr. I'm going to keep painting my summery things and wearing flip flops, thank you very much, Denial is the key to bringing back civilized temperatures- it works for me every year. Eventually :D

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Flamingo - Lawn Ornament Pose


Having fun with the flamingo thing :) The colors are so much fun, and they're always kindof pushing that line between goofy awkwardness and surreal grace....

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Flamingo in Waiting


Went through some pics from our last trip to the zoo today, and I guess this is a very Ali-Cavanaugh-influenced piece, with the radiant white background.... I love the feel of it! The way the feathers fall on a flamingo's body, though, it's the most fascinating thing... I think I'd have to actually pet one to figure it out. They're really not much like any other bird, are they? But really cool, nonetheless!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Erin's ear

detail, wip

See what I mean? How is it that I've never noticed that my cousin Erin has those cute little attached earlobes until I decided to paint her in profile? It's the darndest thing...

Monday, September 12, 2011

Anna's mouth

detail, wip

It never ceases to amaze me how much detail I miss on a day to day basis- sometimes it seems like I never get to know someone's face until I paint it! I have something similar to share tomorrow, too :)


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Measuring Spoons



This started as an exercise in shadows- tricky little devils- but of course then you have to get caught up in the little nesting shapes, and the silver. I'm definitely going to be revisiting these guys! Not like I use them often anyways- I just eyeball the teaspoon and tablespoon sort of measurements, it's the bigger ones that I use the cups for. Now that'd be an even more challenging subject...

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Flying Cupcake II


... continuing with yesterday's fun idea. I'm wondering if my work is getting more playful just in anticipation of the Whimsical Women Show on November 19th, or if it is a more permanent movement. I hope it is the latter :)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Flying Cupcake I


Allright, it seems that silliness is invading from all sides lately. I like that, though! Flying cupcakes... the bonus of that being, how could anything so 'light' possibly be bad for you?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Little Piggies


Something sweet and playful and very silly! The 'grownup' pig is a terra cotta one that hangs around the studio, and the baby one I made up on a whim because it seemed like that painting was missing something, and who doesn't love a baby terra cotta pglet playing peek a boo?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

and another WIP

20" diameter


Another one I recently started. I do so love the water... and these round canvases are so cool. I'm hoping that by the time I finish this one it'll feel like the water is about to splash right off the canvas at you :)

Monday, September 5, 2011




The idea is a raven's feather floating in front of a wodden box full of smooth river stones. It's proving to be devilishly tricky to pull off- it's that 'floating in front of' illusion that's mostly throwing me, I think :-/

Sunday, September 4, 2011

in the beginning.....



A painting I'm working on.... that I'm really excited about :) It's a broken shell I brought home from the beach, and then in the background the shore at twilight, with the pier lights way far away and a couple of stars just coming out....

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Little Green Acorn


One of the acorns blown off a big oak tree in our front yard by Hurricane Irene. Nugget is fascinated by them, so we seem to have started a collection :)


Friday, September 2, 2011



commissioned portrait

Animals are so much fun to paint- got to love the fluffiness! And isn't Kitty's coloring just amazing?

Thursday, September 1, 2011



commissioned portrait

What a fun painting to do! I'll be posting a one of Dixie's "sister" tomorrow :)