Monday, March 31, 2014

Rabbit Skull

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I am having such an awesome time playing with edges, even if it does being out the Control Freak in my. Guh. Can I say "so tactile" when it's just paint on canvas?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

Golden Pear

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I was experimenting with soft edges, still feeling like there was something there that I just wasn't getting, you know? I think I fell over the soft edges line into lost edges, though, and I love the result! Need to continue playing with this :D

Sunday, March 23, 2014


and now, for a rousing game of "is it done yet?"
the answer always seems to be "never". I do love her horns, though.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

sketch of my Squishy.....

back when she was little, and not an all-grown-up four year old <3 p="">

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sacred Lotus

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I was feeling very out of sorts today.... so this seemed like the perfect painting to work on. So peaceful.

Monday, March 17, 2014

getting started on something odd....

Dark Water

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And another beautiful mermaid. Trying to get us to summer, here!

Blue and Gold

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Mermaid! The beautiful and amazing Kailani the Mermaid, even- she swam with my daughter at NC Merfest, and was so wonderful with her that Naomi still enthuses about it :)

Sunday, March 16, 2014



Feeling good today! Last weekend-and-then-some was taken up with camping out at Mama's house because we had no electricity, and then chopping up trees and stuff- especially since on tree fell on the front of the house. No painting going on!

And then this weekend we finally got around to replacing the floor in the studio. Seriously, I'd been balancing on the joists when walking around in here to keep from falling through the floor, which isn't fun, so it needed to happen.... but cleaning out the studio, tearing up the floor, putting a new one down, and moving everything back in meant another couple days of no painting at all. So it felt very good to get back into it today. Love to you all.

The Bridge at Night

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Near the farmers' market in Durham there's a bridge, and the streetlamps glow like magic around it at night.

sketch of Naomi

I definitely want to keep going with these brown-paper doodles :)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

my Naomi.

but it is cold outside today, and that is making me sad. Naomi doesn't mind though :)

still sketching....

and I think my Painting Brain is coming back!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Sorry I disappeared!

Thursday night it started raining. And then raining and icing and all this happening below freezing so all the twigs and pine needles and everything on all the trees got covered and very very heavy. So Friday morning I woke up to a tree falling on the house.

No damage done, no worries there, but we lost four trees in the yard, and the tops fell out of five others! Oh, and of course there was no power. Because there were three other trees- one of them HUGE- that had taken down power lines just on our street alone! And one of the power poles had just broken clean off about halfway up- I still have no idea how THAT happened.

So the Baby and I went and stayed with Mama for a few nights till the power came back on, and I came back here during the day to try to get the yard cleaned up. We're down to one small brush pile and some stray logs, which is wonderful! Also happy that the garden will be getting a lot more sun this year.

BUT..... and this is a huge but.... I forgot how to paint. Lol, there's a reason I paint every day, if I don't use it I really do lose it! So this is me sketching and trying to get my Painting Brain back. More to come.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Lights Under the Trees

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Still trying to make those peaceful summer nights come back. So far it isn't working :(

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Road Home

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Working on my color vocabulary for nightscapes.... and trying to force summer to come back to us :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Glowbird III

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Coming back around to this wonderful little idea, experimenting with it since it's not like I have something "real" to go on :)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Anatomy Lesson

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So many textures! And the clear plastic shell.... don't know WHAT I was thinking, but I love how it came out.