Monday, July 17, 2017

Nest 1234


Or I might have called it, This Is Not My Home. This is a hummingbird's nest that was one of many built in a ficus tree at my home in SoCal, where there was an atrium. I guess because it was protected from cats and other predators, we had many generations of hummingbirds making it home. The egg was found under a robin's nest which was built in our Colorado (my husband's home) Spruce and although quite prickly it is less protected from attack. Click to buy

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Paco Plays with Pizza


My daughter's cat, Paco loves toys and people to an insane degree. I've never met any cat like him. Garfield has lasagna and here is Paco guarding his pizza. Painted for Cute Cat Challenge on DPW. Come and get it. Gone!

Friday, July 07, 2017

Tea and Berries


A summer breakfast of berries with tea. Keeping it light for more time to paint.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Back To Basics


Bold brushwork and a basic black on a background of primary colors. I've been working on some larger pieces in the studio but it feels good to get back to the small direct studies. Available here.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Good Neighbors


Left over from our neighborhood Cinco de Mayo celebration, these little cheesecakes begged for their moment in the spotlight before being consumed. Thank you to Adele, who lives just over our back fence, for always making such lovely desserts for the parties. They were just the inspiration I needed to end my painting dry spot (and my diet).
I'm very happy that taking a month long break didn't set me back, as feared, but propelled me forward. There was a time when I didn't paint at all for many years. When I took it up again, spurred on by my painting daughter/muse, I was somehow beyond where I'd left it. Does anyone else observe, consider and quietly carry concepts and turn over solutions while it appears nothing is going on? Available here.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Glassy Again


Another go at the same glass subjects. This time with a few minor changes. Can you spot the differences? Take 15 seconds. Time's up! This time the little bottle didn't make the cut. AAww. Different spectacles and it's only 6x6". Extra credit if you could divine that last bit. But the main difference is subtle. I tried to use what I'd learned on the first and use fewer strokes and make it simpler to see what I prefer. I'm not sure. What do you think? Available here.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Glassy


I painted this as part of the Thru the Glass Challenge on DPW. I love the colors and the composition and lively brushwork. As often happens when I photograph a painting, I can instantly see it differently and imagine changes. If I painted this again I would attempt it with fewer brushstrokes and colors.