Monday, August 21, 2017

Cherry and Glass

5"x7"
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Cherries are beautiful, aren't they? Perfect color and size and sheen, nice simple shape.... *sigh*

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Cherries and Creamer

5"x7"
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Remember this adorable creamer? The last time you saw it, it had hyacinths in it. So that was a while ago. It came out beautifully here though, I just had to remember to be very disciplined about my use of white!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Cherry and Silver

5"x7"
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Coming back inside for a few still life dailies. Cherries are always wonderful fun to paint, and I found some beautiful ones.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Horizon

9"x12"
private collection

Portraits definitely don't have to look like traditional portraits- I love this one!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Bird and the Fish In Love

16"x20"
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A bird may love a fish, but where would they live? Obviously, they'd both get super useful helmets and trade off in each other's worlds.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Reflecting

Yes, it's a painting on a brick. Which is IMPOSSIBLE to photograph, by the way. I don't know how the other artists are doing it.

What other artists, you ask? Why the 149 other artists who are also donating paintings to BUILD HOPE NOT WALLS. Which is a Totally Awesome Thing you should definitely check out!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Winged Stag

8"x8"
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This one feels really special. Probably in part because of the square composition and the fact that I finally managed to successfully use to metal leaf!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Silver

5"x7"
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I found this at a little secondhand store for a dollar, and just had to have it. Something shiny to paint.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Through the Trees

5"x7"
sold

Lots of tiny little landscapes in my life lately!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Two White Deer

5"x7"
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I always feel like I need to say something about the painting, but really I'm not much good at saying things about my paintings, the whole point is that they exist as something visual, not verbal. It's more open.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Lunar Eclipse

11"x14"
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Night falling, magical things happening. An enormous beech tree and my daughter.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Agave

5"x7"
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I brought in another potted plant to paint! This one is going in the ground soon though.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Playtime

5"x7"
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More irresistible cuteness. Not sure where this is going.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Blue Ringed Octopus

5"x7"
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Not my usual thing at all, I know, but I had an idea that just wouldn't go away.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Junebug



Obviously I painted this little critter MUCH larger than life! I held them up a couple inches from my eyes and just..... worked over and out.... it gives the whole painted bug a really cool, mobile quality I think. And I never really know what something looks like until I've painted it, so it's always a cool experience with something new!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Perched

11"x14"
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I love watching the hummingbirds in my garden- they are wonderfully curious creatures.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Late Rose II

5"x7"
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The whole studio smells like this rose, as it slowly starts dropping petals....

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Late Rose

5"x7"
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I have a wonderful rosebush, and Mme Isaac Pereire. The flowers flood out in May, perfuming the whole yard. There's rose petal jam to be made and generally late spring beauty to wallow in. She put out one very late bloom this year as well, and I just had to try and paint it! Roses are HARD to paint though, especially the old fashioned kind!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Water Drops

5"x7"
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It rained today, and I brought on of my succulents in to paint when I saw how gorgeous it was!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Dragonfly

5"x7"
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Something beautiful and delicate I brought in from the garden today..... really this little painting is all about the shadows!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Porchlight

5"x7"
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I love a beautiful blue evening, but goodness it can be difficult to capture.

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Dahlia

8"x8"
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Beautiful flower from the garden, posing in a little box in my studio..... with a couple of whimsical friends!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Bright

5"x7"
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THIS is why daily paintings are so important! I learned so much on this one, and it's not a subject or lighting style I ever would have tried otherwise!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Pink Zinnia

5"x7" 
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Pretty little still life. Zinnias move a surprising amount after being cut, it was rather a tricky one! I quite like the little dark green apothecary bottle though.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Moonlight

5"x7"
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At this point I think I'm painting the air itself! It helps that it's so humid. Makes everything more tangible, lol.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bonfire

5"x7"
sold

A much simpler cloud tonight. And a fire off in the distance.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017

Lightning Bugs

5"x7"
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Experimenting with the whole lightning bugs thing. Trying to figure out how to paint the magic.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Lantern

5"x7"
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Experimenting with a light effect that has always fascinated me, and I believe I actually managed to pull it off!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Gardenia

5"x7"
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Something simple and beautiful. Gardenias are my favorite flower, but they're devilishly hard to paint!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Dahlias III

5"x7"
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Rotated yesterday's bouquet a bit. Dahlias have the most wonderful petals....

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Dahlias II

5"x7"
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I brought some more dahlias in from the garden to paint! I'm really enjoying this approach to dailies, I'm even sketching in the large forms with a brush which is new for me, and feels wonderful.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Hummingbird III

8"x8"
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Ok, last painting of this little dude for a little while at least. Just beautiful.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Hummingbird II

8"x8"
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I got so lucky getting excellent references of this little male! And he's so dramatic and sparkly, all the hummingbirds are like tiny jewels.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Hummingbird I

8"x8"
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I painted one of my hummingbirds! I have been a bit obsessed with hummingbirds forever, and recently got a feeder. We have at least five individuals coming by regularly, and of course I have to paint them!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Amanita

5"x7"
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Recent thunderstorms brought out the mushrooms in the yard! I picked this beautifully tattered one to bring inside and paint.

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Berry Thicket

9"x12"
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The rabbit family who lives in the mass of honeysuckle across the road has expanded into the berry thicket by the driveway! The inhabitants of the thicket have been most agreeable about posing.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Sunlight

5"x7"
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When I came home yesterday the rabbits who live in the honeysuckle thicket were out posing beautifully! They couldn't figure out why I was so interested in them though.