If you're feeling like I've gotten off track with the whole daily painting thing.... you might be right. Life feels very very strange right now. So come along for the ride, and I'll keep sharing beautiful and interesting things, I promise. I also promise I'll get back to more traditional dailies just as soon as I make it out to Raleigh and buy some more of those adorable little canvases :)
This, my friends, is a newly hatched fairy! I don't know how she managed to hatch out of her chrysalis fully dressed, and she didn't stick around to tell me- one of life's great mysteries. Perhaps with further study I will figure it out.
I seem to have an ongoing fascination with goldfish.... ongoing fascination, weird obsession, whatever you call it when an artist does it. Eccentricity? I also don't know what you call the silly little big-bellied goldfish, but this just made sense to me :)
See, I told you, something finished! And very cute and silly.
Not from personal experience though. First off, because I'm not an owl, and second, because although I would like to sometimes, I don't actually sleep in a nest. Also, my little girl loves to sleep, and is amazing at it. Just like everything else :)
And back to the wonderful weirdness! Naomi modeled the hands for me..... and obviously, we have been spending a lot of time on garden-type-stuff lately :)
We even planted some more seeds today! I'm afraid we might be going a bit overboard, but it's fun, and I'm sure you can always find good homes for plants. Today it was marjoram, chamomile, and lime basil. And I kid you not, the lime basil seeds are already swollen a bit and looking gelatinous.... I'm a little afraid we're going to have little lime basil tadpoles or something!,
I do love this one :) Really, I've loved all of them in the series I've done! But my art seems to be going in a different direction, so fair warning, I believe this will be the last one like this. Not saying I'll never paint an apple again, but no more simple, An-Apple-Alone-Wint-Her-Thoughts type compoaitions, and least not for a long time,
I do so love the light..... especially today. I spent the morning hauling five gallon buckets of horse poop from my truck bed to my garden through the rain. So now I'm all wore out, but in a happy, dreamy, horse-poop-covered way.
Silly little puppy from last Spring's Whimsical Women Show. Dogs are friggin' hard to paint! And not necessarily because they have no attention span, because I obviously cheated and used a photo for this one.... I think it's all the fur. Hair. Whatever. Apparently I prefer painting skin.
And NO, that does not mean that the next painting will be a hairless cat. Both of my little shoulder-voices are telling me that would be even more difficult, lol....
Sometimes a day, or a week, or something just isn't any fun. Gr. Sometimes it's just lovely until a certain time of day and it all goes downhill.
But there's always cute little piggies to make you smile again :)
For those of you about to tell me it's actually still winter.... *fingers in ears* LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LAAAAAAAAAAA.....
The daffodils are blooming merrily here, and this painting came to me and just demanded my attention! Love it :) Of course, I always love painting my wonderful little Naomi :)
Hope you guys aren't sick of this composition.... it's just so much fun to paint! Pretty colors, great textures, the seed is so wonderfully rounded with the light coming down like that.... sometimes you just gotta play favorites :)
And now I've got to run around and get legos picked up before naptime.... then back to painting, I promise. I'm working on another old-favorite bit of subject matter....
Part of being an artist, especially a self-taught one, is being on this endless quest for your "voice" or your "style" or whatever you want to call it. And of course, I've felt like I was in a state of "almost there" for my entire artistic career :) But I'm really enjoying this piece!
My Little One, in an egg, a white raven watching over her. Both of them waiting.
I've never tried to paint this teacup before- always been intimidated by it! Starting out with a close up sort of sketch is usually a good strategy for me :)
In other news- I've got worms! On the way to take Her Highness to dance class today we stopped and picked up a pound of earthworms, so now I have pets that eat my compost. They live here in the studio now.
A fun little portrait :)
I was thinking "Payson in an Easter Hat" or something, but it was at her birthday and not Easter.... "Payson in a Sun Hat" but the brim is all wrong for that....
Ooh, I should paint a kid in a sun hat!
Anyways, eventually I reminded myself that it's just a sketch, and that's always an ok thing to say in the title. Titles are silly, aren't they? I mean, I'm a painter, not a writer!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .