Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sketch of Bella on Blue


Just having fun.... she has the most amazing hair. And an adorable little profile :)

And cute ears. Well, almost all ears are cute. And lots of fun to paint! It's not like I've ever tried to paint anyone with a bad case of cauliflower ear or anything, so I'm not speaking from an infinately large pool of experience, but.... ears are fun to paint. They hold still, and no one ever says "the portrait is beautiful, but the ear is just a little off...."

It was Sargent that said that a portrait is a painting in which there is something just a little bit off about the nose. Sargent! I mean, that man was a miracle with a brush, but even he had disgruntled sitters, I guess.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Gold and Green

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Something pretty and warm and bright, for this beautiful but blustery day :)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pomegranate Top


Pretty, pretty, pretty! I just fell in love with the way the shadow fell across the top of this lovely little pomegranate :)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Strawberry Cupcake

More noms!
The ice is mostly gone, and I'm feeling more cheerful.... though of course I'm still craving and painting sweets. Some things in life are constant. Doesn't this look delicious? I know you want it hanging on your wall!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Lemon and Pistachio II

The rubber ducking ice is still here. Gr. Does anyone reading this blog live at the equator? And if so, can I move in with you?
In other news, the last Lemon and Pistachio painting I did made me want to do this one- going from a doughnut from Monuts to the actual ingredients. Nom.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Alien Abduction


The ice.
Oh, the ice.
It's North Carolina, and the whole world is shut down, and I am seriously pouting because I didn't get to go to the farmers' market this morning like I always do. So my response is to paint something very silly, and very sugary. Take that, weather!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Tea and Paynes Grey

Yay, tea! Especially in this ridiculous weather!
And, you know you're an artist when you're planning on photographing your friend's tea stuff, because it's fascinating and beautiful and you want to try painting whole-leaf tea now.... and you're a little worried about weirding out said friend by setting up still life in her kitchen, but hey, we do crazy things in the name of art....

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Teacup and Shadow

I dunno about the rest of the planet, but it has been coooooooooold around here lately! I can't wait for summertime to get here, but in the meantime here is something warm to wrap yourself around!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Silly Goat

Goats are weird looking! But fun to paint. Tell me you can look at this girl without smiling :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Shadow Side

Just reworked her, and loving the additional details :) You know I'm a freak about reworking paintings, though..... what do you suppose I'm going for here, anyways? Haunting? Spooky? Thoughtful? Memonto morte?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Field of Flowers

Something much warmer for you today! I LOVE how she was in the perfect pose- except for that tail....

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Ice and Dogwood


We had a great big winter storm here- almost got a whole inch of snow! Naomi was so happy, and I got to paint this interesting little piece :)

Saturday, January 19, 2013


Inspired by my little Naomi's cousin Aly, who is just beautiful and definitely has that just-growing-up look. I just love the shapes her hair makes in this one, and the light by her eye.... and of course ears are always fun to paint!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Razor Blade


Random, I know. Every now and then it's nice to paint a tool :)

Thursday, January 17, 2013


I'm not sure about this one! In a way I love it, and in a way I feel like it doesn't 'belong', even though I love painting corvids and am fascinated by them....
And guess what? It's snowing outside! I personally hate snow, and cold, and winter in general, but I'm thinking I ought to take the Tiny Terror outside to play in it, just because it would make her so happy and because this is probably the only snow we'll get this winter *fingers crossed*

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Zoey again :) Curls are so hard to paint! So I wanted to do a daily that really just focused on her hair- we never grow if we don't challenge ourselves :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sufganiyah and Reflection

Apparently a Sufganiyah is a Jewish sort of jelly donut.... awesome. Gotta love Monuts for providing deliciousness, and helping me learn new words!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Lemon and Pistachio


Num, num, num! Lol, it amazes me how some of these wonderful sweets from Monuts are so very easy to paint, and some of them are incredibly challenging! What's life without a little challenge, though?

And if that challenge should come in the form of a donut, I say count me in!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sketch of Zoey

I love, love, love painting redheads! And kids. So this was doubly fun :) I love the way her blue eyes were hiding underneath the sunstruck fair eyelashes, and wanted to do a little painting about that. I love how it came out!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Chocolate and Earl Grey


This has to be the most delicious donut I've ever had, and that's saying something :P If you're getting tired of my Monuts obsession you're going to have to let me know, because it's showing no signs of slowing down on its own!

Friday, January 11, 2013

the world's worst donut painting

Gr. I guess it makes sense, that if I started feeling a little too smug then a total fail would come along. I had hope for this one till I started trying to add the sugar, and realized it was doomed! It has been wiped off now, and tomorrow there shall be more donuts at the farmer's market to inspire me :)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Raspberry Mousse Tartlet


Perfectly delicious little bit of sweetness here. I've been accused of wrecking a few New Year's Resolutions, with all these paintings of wonderful sweets.... but these are zero-calorie paintings, I promise!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Chocolate and Browned Butter

Another one from Monuts! One of the absolute best donuts I've ever had :)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Om nom nom nom!
Another bit of wonderfullness from Monuts! Lots and lots of fun to paint :) And now I'm going to bed, because it is laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Ruffled Tomato

Seasonally appropriate? Not in the slightest. But I miss summertime, and tomatoes, and figured I'd do a little wishing for them during my painting time today :)

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Peacock Sketch

Peacocks are funny birds. At my house, the neighbor's peacocks come over and clatter around on the roof, eat the cat's food, and play tag with the baby. And by that, I mean they run like the dickens while the baby chases them :)
I didn't know this before moving here and getting to know them, but the boys shed their tails completely every year, and then grow them back in gradually. This is how they are looking now- I really think they make for some interesting shapes and patterns!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Teacup Edge

Yay, images!
Boo, I had to install Google Chrome on my computer to get it! Just because I really, really hate change. And because Chrome doesn't play well with Outlook, and I use Outlook to send out my newsletters.
All together now: CURSE YOU BLOGSPOT!
Ok, I feel much better. And I'm thrilled to pieces with this painting.

Now, I'm off to add the appropriate images to the last two days' posts! Love y'all!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Boston Creme

RUBBER DUCKER!!! did I put some kind of hex on myself by saying I'd been doing this 5 years? I'm sorry sorry, folks, I'll be getting in touch with Blogspot's help line tomorrow to figure this out :(

AH-HA! TRIUMPH! Seriously, though, sorry this wasn't up yesterday....

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Hyacinth and Vanilla

the blog isn't giving me an option to upload my picture! this sucks :( it is a beeeuuuuuutiful little cupcake that the Baby got me for my birthday..... *sigh*

4 hours later/....

ok, I'll try back later, I promise. until then, it's at the link :)

curse you, blogspot.....

2 days later.....

MUAH-HA-HA-HA.... what?

Well, it's up but it's not centered. Oh, the joys of learning a new browser system.....

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


It is so amazing to me that I've been going with this blog for five whole years now! Epic.
And no, I'm not saying that as a prelude to some kind of "and now I'm going to move on, start posting less often...." thing. Don't worry! I love doing my little dailies, and sharing every day keeps me responsible. Well, as responsible as I'll ever be :)

So.... for today, another toy! I think this was actually mine once upon a time.... lol, now I'm feeling really old!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013



Happy next year, everyone!
This.... well, apparently it's supposed to be a bee. Which makes sense. But I see an owl. We'll see if it looks any different if I paint it again once it's half empty....
Oh, and it is wonderful honey! Local, of course- I love going to the farmers' market :)