It was a stunningly beautiful day today, all the more so coming after yesterday and Hurricane Irene! And I'm super excited about this one, mostly because of the shadow- shadows are so important, and so very hard to get right!- and the glow of the glass :)
You know, I've never tried a flower just floating like this... what is it? Surreal? I think I like it, though.
Oh, and in case you didn't hear, we had a freaking EARTHQUAKE on Tuesday- it totally freaked me out! Some egghead at State said it was the equivalent of a 3.0 in this area, which I know is nothing to folks who are used to that sort of thing, but I have never felt anything even a little bit like it, and hope to never again. Hurricanes I'm fine with- if I had the gas money I'd drive down to the coast Friday to get reference photos as Irene comes in, but earthquakes.... *shudder* But, everyone here is fine, that's the good news. And if we follow the pattern history has set forth, I'll be dead long before another one hits the area.
Sorry I've been AWOL this weekend! Things have been crazy, and they may have just gotten crazier, since I'm currently trying to decide if yahoo just sabotaged my studio newsletter! Grumble grumble grumble....
I know this is totally the wrong season, but I was going through some older daily paintings and I decided I really wanted to rework this one! Maybe someone in the southern hemisphere will buy it... or just a hardcore asparagus lover :)
And this is another seascape I'm working on.... or, more accurately, glaring at while trying to figure out what else it needs. Because it does need something.... maybe it'll feel right once the sand really feels finished, but right now I keep trying to visualize actual objects, something to inhabit the foreground. We'll see....
Summetime is a beautiful thing! I finally got this one finished, and it found a home, and it is there now, and all of that makes me so happy! I thought it was finished before, but lowering the horizon line added a lot of drama to it, and refining the foreground made it feel a lot more real- both very important things :)
I think I was definitely inspired by some of Jeffrey Hayes' old work on this one (his stuff is amazing, you should really check it out), with the clear glass cropped all close and set against a black background....
I would go longer with the peach, but as soon as I cut my beautiful model here in half the Tiny Princess ran off with one half and nommed it down. I'm glad she left me the one with the seed in it to paint!
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 .