Friday, August 31, 2012

Late Summer Studio Newsletter

 Blue Water and Fog
Surfacing - Green Water
I got my studio newsletter out today! And these three paintings were in it, along with a couple more that blogspot refused to upload... I've got them all up in *my Etsy Shop* if you want to head over and take a look :)
Rather proud of myself for getting so much accomplished today!
Hope you're all having a wonderful Blue Moon :)

Thursday, August 30, 2012


I have the most beautiful little sister.... can't wait to see what this one looks like when it's finished! And hopefully I'll be posting dailies again soon... well, but next week anyways :)
Actually, I just relisted a very pretty dandelion painting on etsy, if you're craving a dailies kind of fix, instead of a work-in-progress one!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


another early-stages painting of a lady swimming.... this was actually from about a week ago, I'm hoping to share several summery paintings like this at the end of the week!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cow in Profile

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Allright, this is the last cow for at least a few days, I promise! Mostly because I'm really, really busy working on some other very exciting and lovely paintings.... maybe I'll do a step-by-step on one of them for a little while. You know, until I can share the completed paintings themselves with you :)
In the meantime.... mmmoooooooooooo....

Monday, August 27, 2012

Head On

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Yesterday's little calf's mama. Unlike her baby, she was completely unfazed by my inexplicable presence and bizarre attire...

Sunday, August 26, 2012

That Age

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Wow. I can't believe this is post number seventeen hundred!
For this huge and remarkably even number, I present to you a half-grown calf giving us a "what the heck are YOU doing?" look. Admittedly, I was wandering around in her field in flip flops, hauling around a digital camera and sneaking under fences... ok, maybe the look was justified....

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Fruit Tart IV

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Something nummy for your Saturday :) I got some other really amazing stuff from the farmers market... but honestly, potatoes and scuppernong grapes just don't scream "PAINT ME!" like fruit tarts do. All the colors, all the shiny....
I like the off-center composition, too. Sometimes it's fun to do it right in the middle and as big as you can, but I really like sliding it up and showing more of the shadow and a hint of the reflection, too.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Antique Wrench and Tricolor Marble

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I'm sure you recognize these characters! I've been doing some cleaning up in the studio, and re-found my awesome antique monkey wrench :)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fairytale Eggplant IX

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The other little bitty eggplant like this I got at the farmers' market :) This one exhibited a remarkable capacity for balancing!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fairytale Eggplant VIII

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Cuteness :) There's something so irresistable about tiny eggplants like this... like they're little gnomish bowling balls in funny green hats.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


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I love doing little portraits like this! Isn't she beautiful? Little halo of baby curls, and a pink bow....

Monday, August 20, 2012

Eggplant Couple

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Three cheers for anthropomorphic vegetables! Really, though, I am loving this one :D

Sunday, August 19, 2012


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I did this one for the Daily Paintworks Challenge! This week the idea was to use complementary colors, and Her Highness has mixed my paynes grey and my phthalo blue together, so I used transparent red iron oxide and a little bit of quinacridone magenta.... pretty :) I really love the negative painting around the eyelashes...
Still mad at Blogspot, though. Uploading images is not going smoothly... though still more smoothly than switching to Worpress. I think.
Hope you're all having a wonderful Sunday night! Almost time for True Blood!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Cup of Tea III

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Ha-HA! Triumph!
I can't take the credit, though- I was still completely stumped as to how to get the rubber ducking pictures to upload, when the husband swooped in a did something to the security settings and now it works! Yay!
I'm off to add the appropriate image to yesterday's post, now :)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Cup of Tea II

Or rather, this is where Cup of Tea II WOULD be if blogspot wasn't being ridiculous and not letting me upload images. It's been doing this for a few days now, but I could "solve" it by logging out and logging back in.... unfortunately, that's not working today :(

Etsy, on the other hand, is working fine- here's a link if you want to see the pretty new daily painting! Yesterday's sold within an hour of posting, which always makes me happy!

Now, is anyone else having this problem? Can you tell me how to fix it? Or is it time to abandon blogspot for wordpress like everyone keeps telling me to do? I don't want to, but if I can't upload pictures with blogspot because of some malfunction on their part, then there's no point in having an art blog with them....

(it's actually tomorrow now, and the husband seems to have fixed my issues with blogspot for the moment. so I came back to share the pretty painting!)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Cup of Tea I

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I think I'm going to try an experiment! It's been a while since I did any paintings of teacups like this and I wanted to revisit the theme, but with a twist- I'm going to stick with just one reference photo for several paintings, see what I can do with cropping, rotating, different colors, all that fun stuff :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Cherokee Purple

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My friends, I present to you the most delicious tomato on earth.... the Cherokee Purple!
Really. These things are goofy looking, and bruise if you so much as look at them hard. But if you want to make gazpacho or a bloody mary, or just tomato juice, THIS is the heirloom tomato to get. Nugget and I made a last-minute non-spicy salsa with them one day, and I kid you not I drank the juice out of the bottom of the salsa bowl!
They're also lots of fun to paint. I don't get to break out the alizarin crimson very often :)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Persimmon VI

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I love painting pretty rounded things, there's so rewarding! And a persimmon too, such a wonderful glowing orange color.... just because hints of fall seem to be coming early this year :)
Like right now, it isn't even hot outside! Of course, it's like 100% humidity without even a breath or air moving, but still....

Monday, August 13, 2012

another WIP

if you've ever wondered what a painting of a mermaid looks like before, well, it looks like anything- wonder no more! this is going to be so beautiful I promise :)

Sunday, August 12, 2012


Just a nautilus shell, as it is being painted. Really grooving on this one.... bet you can't guess how big it is :)

Saturday, August 11, 2012


commissioned portrait
Isn't she beautiful? It's just summertime all over her adorably squishy little self! I love doing portraits of babies and toddlers :)

Friday, August 10, 2012


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Have I really not shared this one on the blog before? Obviously, my brain is not working properly :)
Nothing else to say about it, though- just a pretty little toy to make you smile!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Garlic and Pale

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Something pretty and simple... probably for a kitchen. I wanted to play with a really high-key still life today!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Teabag and Reflection

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and... out of nowhere.... a teabag!
it feels so good to be painting again :) I'd forgotten just how much critter hair tries to get in my paint, though... it would drive me crazy, but getting the hair out reminds me to study on the paintings, even the dailies, and that really helps with seeing where more details should go. for this one, it was all those wonderful crinkles in the paper of the teabag- lots of fun!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Watermelon Slice

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I just went through and repainted this one- the colors are much richer now :)
And the good news is, I spent some time messing with electricity today, and the studio is back to normal, light-wise! Yay!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Reliquary: Green Silk and Padlock

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Allright, I know I've posted this one before! But I don't believe I posted the progress shots of it, and those are always fun to look at.... especially on days when the artist didn't get any painting done because of electrical issues! Hopefully all better tomorrow :)

Sunday, August 5, 2012


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Yay, I'm back in town! This is actually a slightly reworked older painting, but it seemed appropriate for coming back from the lake :) So many beautiful visuals on this trip, I can't wait to share them!

Also, I put "Looking Into the Light" and "Bay" up on etsy as daily paintings, in case you're interested in those...