Saturday, August 31, 2013

Kashi Skull

so.... it seems I'm writing a book. well, creating one, since it's at least as much drawing and painting as it is writing.
all about monsters. this is a progress shot of part of one page, a Kashi skull- a monster from Africa that has a human face in front, and a hyena face, usually hidden by an elaborate hairstyle, in the back. cool huh?

Friday, August 30, 2013

Shadows and Transitions

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My little muse, and a cow skull :)
I love how something so simple can be so much more, you know? It's like the fact that the play of light over her ribs is what drew me in initially, but there's just so many amazing shapes and contours happening. And I think this counts as continuing my exploration of masks, and most definitely magical realism....

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Two Persimmons


Just a little bit bigger than the 5"x7"s :)
Apparently I really love painting persimmons.... and I wanted to not only try two of them together, but have them doing something a bit... magical. Like flying. Flying persimmons. Or maybe jumping.
Makes perfect sense.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Persimmon on Grey


Had to paint it again! I was really trying to create a rounded, tangible form here, where yesterday it was more about atmosphere and perspective, I suppose.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Persimmon Rising

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It's been feeling an awful lot like fall, lately.... and persimmons are so beautiful. Well, all fruit is beautiful, isn't it? Like it's there just to draw our eyes.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Little Strawberry


Look what I picked out in the garden this morning!
*happy dance*
It's impossible to run out of things to paint- there is just so much beauty in the world :)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Antique Wrench


All about the greys! Textures and shades of grey come together and make magic, right?

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Avocado Half VII


So.... I guess what I really want to say is.... I like to paint avocados.

That is all.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Waterlily Pond

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Happy little lilies- it's all summer today! Experimenting at Duke Gardens, trying to keep things really abstract and get the contrast between the sun-bright lily pads and flowers, and the dark water.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sketch of Alcide


Ok, so..... I watch True Blood. And I have discovered that the pretty people on the tv will hold still for you if you press pause, making them relatively easy to sketch ;)
Joe Manganiello (hopefully I'm spelling that right) plays a character named Alcide Herveaux (maybe I'm spelling that right too?) on True Blood (well, at least the name of the show itself is easy), and I had a lot of fun with this sketch. It started off as just graphite on gessoed canvasboard, because graphite feels amazing on gesso, but I couldn't manage his lovely salt-and-pepper beard in graphite and the acrylics started sneaking in somehow. And dripping. I love the dripping.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

One Reading of Ophelia

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I almost don't want to sell this one.... She just came out so perfect. I'm loving the shades-of-grey background, and then going back in and infusing all the different areas with subtle color is lots of fun.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Seeker

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My beautiful, amazing little girl again :) Continuing with my exploration of masks, definitely, but I am more in love with the light in this painting than anything else!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Cherokee Purple


Yay, tomatoes! More specifically, yay Cherokee Purples. They're the best tomatoes EVER, even if they are a little bit funny looking. Lots of fun to paint though :) The ones in the garden haven't done too well this year, what with all the rain and cool weather, but they've done allright, and I just got this little beauty off the vone yesterday!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

and another sketch!

headed off to the farmers' market now :) hope you all have a wonderful day!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Poet

Have I shared this one before? I can't remember. She caught my eye, up on the wall, and I'm doing some more painting on her now :)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Summer Peach


I don't think I've painted a peach yet this year, somehow! I could be wrong, you know my brain....

Still, they're just irresistable. Lumpy fuzziness, vibrant colors, all the promise in the world knowing the juicy numminess that's inside :9

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tequila and Lime


One of those weeks! But at least beautiful little paintings can come out of all that, right? I would have liked to do the salt thing, but that just seems like it would have been impossible to paint!
Also, I don't dip glasses in salt. Quirky, I guess, but I don't like mixing savories into sweets or beverages. Sugar on the rim, now that I could do, but it wouldn't be any easier to paint.....

Monday, August 12, 2013

Approaching Storm

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Just a beautiful thundercloud that rolled through this evening!
And while the cloud itself was quite real, I took creative liberties with the setting. I wanted to see how she'd look looming over wide open spaces, as opposed to the trees, trees, and more trees we have around here :)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Sketch of Cara

I'm doing #drawingaugust over on twitter (@kelliehill, if you're on there too), and this is what I drew today..... I lurve that my friends will pose for me!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Sunset Road

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Spooky time of evening, even when you're somewhere beautiful :) Wide open sky, and you can hear the ocean but you can't see it, and everything on earth is just.... fading.....

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Rain Puddle

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Still at the beach, just not on the shore..... something about this just pulled me in. Well, reflections always have that effect on me :)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Green Wave

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More escapism :) Waves are so much fun to paint, though, so many wonderful textures and shapes. Also fun to swim in!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Golden Goat


Goats are funny looking. Fun to paint, though, especially when the sun is right!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Swimming Forward

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Still going with the idea from yesterday :) I really missed doing these swimmers! This one is my cousin Anna, though of course it's impossible to tell that here....