Sunday, March 31, 2013


private collection

A commission I finished recently- I love how it came out! Especially with the slight halo around the figures :)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Coconut Dream


Om nom nom nom..... a coconut dream donut from Monuts!

And Naomi and I just transplanted six dozen little seedlings into their little peat pots, and somehow we STILL have more to transplant- I think I may have overdone it! And for reals, Spring needs to get here already. The weekend should be beautiful, but then it's going to get cold again, and I'm so tired of winter.... sniffle sniffle sniffle..... *cue the crickets*

Friday, March 29, 2013

At the Fountain

private collection

Where did this come from? I have no idea! Sometimes a painting comes into your mind and you have to just roll with it.... I do seem to be developing a bit of a *thing* for helmets, though, don't I? Interesting.

Thursday, March 28, 2013


sorry about missing yesterday, my sweet ones! I got to go and hang out with two wonderful, amazing artists- Jude Harzer and Tim Sheaffer. It was a wonderful day, but no painting happened at all. I take that back- Naomi did some lovely paintings while us grown-ups were talking (ack! am I a grown up? how did that happen?)

so, two works in progress for you, and more to come tomorrow :)


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Naomi as a Lightning Bug


I miss summertime so much! But I'm very very grateful that I have such an amazing, inspiring, magical little model :)

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Dive III


hah! I knew it. I'm going to have to start coming up with some better titles, though, it's such a cool concept but titles are HARD.

I find it interesting that I gave a submarine robot goldfish teeth, though. much weirder than the headlamp, at least to me.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Dive II


apparently this is turning into a bit of a series! no objections here :)

now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go back to drinking my hot mint tea and whining about how springtime is neeevvvvveeeeeerrrrrrrr going to get here....

Friday, March 22, 2013


ok, it didn't actually snow last night.... but it got ridiculously cold. seriously, last year this time I had tomatoes out, and this year it's in the low 20's even though it is springtime! not fair!

maybe I could set up a kickstarter and get some help moving to the equator? I'd have a nice little farm, and build lots of little houses so you all could come and visit....

Thursday, March 21, 2013


ok, I got almost no painting done today, what with my usual pre-art-festival jitters and disorganization.... but I just did get to work on this one for a little while. it is making me very happy!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Happy Couple

gr.... you see what I mean? completely impossible to photograph well! well, I'll be taking it to the art festival in Winston Salem on Friday, maybe they will sell there and I won't have to worry about getting a decent photo :)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Fruit Tart


Got a wonderful photo this time! On the other hand, the photos of the painting I just finished of my little Naomi as a lighting bug are so bad they're almost enough to make me swear off dark background- gah!

Still.... fruit tart.... OM NOM NOM NOM!

Monday, March 18, 2013


my little Wild Thing :)

I WAS going to share a lovely little fruit tart I painted today, but all the photos I took of it were so dreadful that I've decided to just try again tomorrow- hopefully the light will be better :) I'm sure I'll also play with it a little more, knowing me.... hopefully that will be a good thing!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Spring Magnolia


We went to Duke Gardens the other day, and look what is bursting into bloom! Springtime is so amazing and beautiful :)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Scissors.... sketch....

ok, I got a grand total of NO painting done today, but it was a good day anyways. did this sitting at the table with the Little One while she was drawing, though :)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Diver


No, I have no explanation. Cute kid, start painting, and suddenly there's a golden antique diving helmet. Who am I to argue?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013



A butterfly coming out for springtime, yay! My focus was mainly on the chrysalis, honestly, as a reference for another painting I'm doing.... but I made sure to include the gorgeous blue of her outer wings peeking around.

And THIS is a little pepperoncini pepper seedling. And a green globe artichoke seedling photobombing. Aren't they so cute?

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


My little Naomi picked a hyacinth for me this morning when we were out in the yard! It smells so beautiful :) Trying a slightly larger painting, this time....
 and this is the world's smallest Meyer Lemon tree! I planted some seeds from a beautiful Meyer Lemon I got at the grocery store, and now have four beautiful little baby Meyer Lemon trees, which makes me so happy! I'll have to build a hoop house for them this fall. And I got a Blood Orange at the store today to try the same thing with :D

If you're wondering how to do it yourself- cut a meyer lemon in half, hopefully not cutting any of the seeds in the process. Fish out the slippery little boogers, and stick them in your mouth to suck off all the citrus-ey-ness. Put directly in a 1/2" deep hole in soft, moistened soil in a warm place. Keep damp, and you should see them coming up in 2 or 3 weeks. Beautiful little things....

Monday, March 11, 2013

Daffodil in a Shot Glass


My Tiny Muse brought me another beautiful flower today, and I think this painting turned out much better! *happy dance*

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Crocus in a Shot Glass


.... because it's a fail. I've been feeling super-uninspired today. I thought that this crocus that Naomi picked for me would help, and it made me feel happy, but did not bring back my painting mojo. We'll see how that goes.... love you guys anyways....

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

Red Camellia


My little girl gave this flower to me this morning :) Isn't that just the best feeling? I confess, I am hoping this one doesn't sell, and then I'll keep it forever and ever.... ok, I might even take it back of etsy. Just because I loooooove it that much....

Also, if there was a list of the ten things most hated by artists, I think glare would be towards the top of the list. Augh!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Black Cherry Tomato Seedling


Isn't this just the cutest thing? This morning the Little One and I transplanted a few of our seedlings that had gotten big enough- some black cherry tomatoes and some green globe artichokes- and I just had to paint this little one. Yay, springtime!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Gift


My beautiful sister in law had her bridal shower the other day, which had a gorgeous Breakfast at Tiffany's thing going, or something like that.... I brought home one of the favors boxes, and I think I'm going to be painting it a lot in the near future :D

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Under the Stars


And here, our marvelous goldfish submarine has risen to the surface and is cruising along under the stars. For some reason there is spy-movie music playing in my head right now. Or maybe it's Perry the Playtpus's spy theme song...

Monday, March 4, 2013



It is SUPPOSED to be springtime already! Weatherman says we're about 12 degrees cooler than normal lately, so Nature needs to get her rear in gear... pretty pretty please....

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Dive


And suddenly.... submarine fish have returned! I'm happy they decided to come back to me.

Saturday, March 2, 2013


my little Kittenfish, the most amazing child on earth....
who, me? biased? not in the least!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Starry Night


It has been a strange week.... and to top it all off, it looks like I'm going to have to head down to the post office and kick some butt next week, since a couple of packages are lost in the ether :-/ I'm sure it will work out, I've never had them misplace one *permanently* but still....

I'm ready for it to be springtime already!