And back to the around-the-house wildlife. I really do hope we'll be moving out in the country somewhere when our lease comes up... at the end of March. Life is about to get really outrageously busy for a while.
Ah, the things that hang around an artist's house... the teddy bear yesterday was Nugget's. This is one of the million things I have around the house that I really want to paint, but it's a hard one to pose.
I hope I'm not jinxing this by showing an in-progress shot- that's what usually happens, but these cats were just so irresistably beautiful I jumped right in on the painting..... and the spots were so crazy that I had to do a pretty detailed drawing!
Went to the zoo today! It was so much fun.... I'll probably be sketching from that all this week... way outside of my comfort zone! The bobcats were one of my favorites, probobly because the tiny princess kept calling them kitties and trying to pet them through the glass :)
And a skull piece. I love painting bone, and skulls are pretty much universally beautiful. The teeth will drive you absolutely up the wall, trying to get the details right (what was I thinking posing the lower jaw like that) but the eye sockets are always so gracefully formed it brings everything back together again :)
Sorry this is getting posted a day late! The tiny princess is still being high maintenance, poor thing.... she's in the living room trying to wake her Daddy up from a nap on the couch right now. Yep, I'm having a super-romantic Valentine's Day :)
I LOVE doing these reliquary pieces! Mad time-consuming, but so complete and meaningful-feeling....
And another one I realized I hadn't shared, and absolutely had to. I'm thinking about changing the light on the vertical foreground, making it seem more... I dunno, just better somehow, and maybe adding some detail to other parts of the peel, but the orange peel that is obviously the focal point, that curve that jumps out at you.... isn't that so much fun! I love how the texture came out!
I was digging around in the computer (trying to be a little more organized, though I know that to be a basically hopeless case....) and realized that somehow I never shared this piece with you guys! Simply had to remedy that situation :)
I love doing these detail-oriented pieces! Like where the wood is weathered, where your fingers would rub against it as you turned the key to unlock the box? And the bubbles in the glass sphere? And the scars and age on the wood, and the way you can actually tell the wood in the background is pine? Oh, that stuff makes me so happy!
Yes, I'm a total dork. I know.
But it is cool, letting a painting evolve like this. Like the blue color of the box? Total surprise to me- I just kept glazing and experimenting and tinkering until suddenly it felt right, you know?
hm.... I'm doing some revisiting of themes here, aren't I? I don't think that's a bad thing, though if anyone has anything they'd particularly like to seen done as a daily I'd probably appreciate the ideas :D
Hello, everybody! Prettiest day ever... I know spring isn't here, but it sure feels like it! Maybe this title came from a bit of premature spring fever... but I think it was the floral pattern of the teacup circling around the upright of that wonderful spoon.
If you've got a thing for tea, I recently discovered a fun blog all about it- actually, she discovered me, but I'm following her now too :) http://teatimetales.blogspot.com/
Hellooooo, February! This is one part of a two part commission (I'll be sharing the pther part tomorrow) that I really wanted to share- they just came out so well! I've never painted the little painted-on floral details that come on teacups sometimes, and I was scared to death of it this time, but... it's a nice feeling, doing those details. Making it a for-real portrait of the particular teacup with the for real spoon that goes with it....
I am an artist living and working in Hillsborough, North Carolina, and have been maintaining this blog as a daily painting project since January 1, 2008. Each of the daily paintings and studies posted here is available on Etsy. My larger and more involved works can be rented from me or purchased through Etsy, from the Broomfields Gallery in West Jefferson, North Carolina, from Bull City Art and Frame in Durham, North Carolina, or from me directly by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org .