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.
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!
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.
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!
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....
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!
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?
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!
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*
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!
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!
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 :)
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!
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!
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!
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* http://www.etsy.com/shop/kelliemarianhill
4 hours later/....
ok, I'll try back later, I promise. until then, it's at the link :)
curse you, blogspot.....
2 days later.....
Well, it's up but it's not centered. Oh, the joys of learning a new browser system.....
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!
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 :)
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 email@example.com .