Monday, January 15, 2018

Red Iguana

5"x7"
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Another iguana, I think this one turned out better. Those scales are a doozy to figure out though.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Radicchio

9"x12"
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From the farmers' market this morning- absolutely irresistible! Those purples, and the veins standing out in such lovely contrast....

Friday, January 12, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Scales

5"x7"
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Shimmery little thing....

Bubbles


5"x7"
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This is an odd one. So, North Carolina is the global epicenter of salamander diversity. Which is absolutely amazing, and the poor dears are very sensitive to pollution and definitely deserve protection. There's also some in a few absolutely gorgeous little tanks in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. I've been very much in love with all the textures and magic in those little tanks, but not any idea how to tackle all that green beauty, but it was haunting me. So here's a first go of it, focusing on a small piece, just some bubbles caught in the moss below the waterline.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Stripes

5"x7"
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As promised, a nice friendly fishy portrait. It's more glow-ey in person.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Sorolla Study III

9"x12"
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Allright, back to normal tomorrow, promise. At least a hiatus from the nekkidness because I met some interesting fish recently who really want to be painted. But this whole Sorolla thing is seriously educational, and also I now really need a shiny pink blanket.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sorolla Study II

9"x12"
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Don't hate me, this is literally a painting of a painting of a butt. Also those beautiful purple shadows and the sunlight on the water make up for it right?

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Coalesce

8"x8"
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Exploring the way light behaves underwater, and the way a transparent, constantly moving animal bends it!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Winter Kinglet

5"x7"
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A portrait of an incredibly tiny, fearless, beautiful female ruby-crowned kinglet who has apparently decided to include my back porch in her overwintering territory.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Pulse

5"x7"
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Obviously this is part of my I-just-want-to-be-warm wishful thinking.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Monday, January 1, 2018

Resolution

9"x12"
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Just something beautiful, offset by some truly wonderful swimmy blues and very selective details on her feathers and darling little face.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Sorolla Study I

9"x12"
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My goodness, I'd forgotten how much I love doing a study based off a wonderful painting! I received a gorgeous book on Sorolla recently and just HAD to do some hands on learning.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Sunning

5"x7"
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Ok, last flamingo for a minute. This one HAD to get painted though, the shape of the wings and that attitude....

Friday, December 29, 2017

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Taking Flight

5"x7"
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The flamingos were wonderful when we went to the zoo! I think you're in for a few days of flamingo studies.

Ibis and Bubbles

9"x12"
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A gorgeous scarlet ibis I met in an aviary recently.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Ibis Sketch


Trying to work my way into another largish painting....

Monday, December 25, 2017

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Monday, December 18, 2017

Cycles

20"x20"
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At 20"x20", this is the largest painting I've done in ages, and certainly the first one to combine a unicorn skull, a chameleon, and a pitcher plant. And shiny things like marbles and silver, because it wouldn't be me without that sort of thing, right?

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Jellyfish

8"x8"
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Going with big juicy brushstrokes like yesterday, and exploring a jellyfish, since they seem to be showing up more and more in my paintings.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sprocket

An adorable little pet portrait for a friend, in a rather epic frame I found in a thrift shop!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Glass

8"x8"
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I obtained this amazing solid glass sphere over the summer, and finally got around to painting it! Just wonderful....

Monday, December 11, 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The First Year

9"x12"
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A magical little portrait of one of my houseplants. I just got this pot for her, and am rather proud of the effect!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Coming Together

11"x14"
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the little creatures sweeping over the world.... I wanted to bring a little land creature in this time, show it's not just a drowned windowsill, but a fundamental change, like the animals are really existing according to new rules here.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Dream Fox

5"x7"
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It was a little landscape but wasn't working and suddenly evolved into a dreamscape.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Bonfire

5"x7"
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A cold front is coming through today, and the smoke is hanging thick and low on the cleared fields.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

From Mexico with Love

5"x7"
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I was working hard on commissions today, and rather at a loss as to what to paint for the blog.... when I noticed this just sitting off to my left, waiting patiently to be painted again. It's a tiny beautiful bowl from Mexico that I got at a wonderful local fair-trade place, the painting on the inside is lovely, and the way it's reflected through the marble caught my eye.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Cherry and Shiny

5"x7"
sold

I wasn't sure what to paint today.... so of course, fruit and something shiny. You can see the blue screen of updating limbo reflected in the silver cup and the cherry!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Black Cat

9"x12"
sold

So I was at the Scrap Exchange and say this AWESOME bottle for a dollar and yes, absolutely had to bring it home and paint it. With a cat skull. Of course.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Night Flight

16"x20"
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Another big gorgeous bird painting! A barn owl this time, and a.... glowing butterfly? Yes, it was almost a goldfish but I decided to go with something a little more delicate and airborne.

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Pour

5"x7"
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Recently we went to the Liberty Arts Iron Pour in Central Park here in Durham, and it was unlike anything I've ever seen before! I expect the experience will be popping up in my paintings for a while....

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Turmeric

5"x7"
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Yesterday was one of my houseplants, today is one of the plants I just harvested from the front yard! And yes, it is that ridiculously yellow.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Succulent

5"x7"
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I'm very grateful to be back to painting today! Feeling a bit rusty, but it'll wear off quickly.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Bluebird and Persimmon

5"x7"
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More playing with complimentary colors. And my pretty little antique glass bluebird.