Thursday, April 28, 2011



I thought, "Hmm.  One little blueberry.  That won't take me long. I could whip it out no problem."  Yeah, not so much.  That little sucker is a lot harder to paint than it looks!  Babes are calling, gotta go....

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

high kickers


One day I will have more than 3 hours to paint a picture.  One day I will have more than 3 hours to paint a picture.  One day I will have more than 3 hours to paint a picture.

I figure if I say it enough, it will magically happen.  I guess I could spend more than one naptime to work on a painting....  Not that I'm complaining though.   Having such a short timeframe really makes me kick myself into high gear (no pun intended here I swear), and it is such a great motivator.  If I had more time to work on a painting, it would be more precise and tightly painted, but I actually don't even see that as a good thing.  I can probably say that I wouldn't be painting nearly as often.  Ah, the irony......
This painting took two hours and twenty minutes, and then I had to race to make dinner (fried rice with leftover chicken), all before the babies got up.  I felt like I was rushing for sure, and I can tell that I rushed it a bit, but I am really happy with the results.  This painting was ambitious to say the least, and I am very proud of myself that I was able to step up to the challenge.  Not to mention my daughter pooped for the first time on the potty all by herself during naptime.  I am so proud of her I can't even stand it.

All in all, it's been a great 3 hours.

Monday, April 25, 2011

april showers


I think my favorite parts of these little paintings are the titles.  And the titles really don't have much to do with the painting at all.  Well they do, of course.. but for me, not so much for the viewer.  Just a little peek into my state of mind while painting these- the titles have everything to do with the weather, and how said weather effects the window reflections on the egg cup.  You can figure out the rest.....

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

chocolate banana deliciousness

Ok ok ok I know...  This is a painting a day (or whenever I can summon the energy) blog.  And there hasn't been a painting on here in a while.  As my defense, we were traveling.  As my excuse, I am jetlagged.  Truth be told, my daughter is sick and I wanted to make her some homemade chicken noodle soup.

And a cake.

Well of COURSE I had to make the cake.  We had two bananas that were on their way out.  I couldn't let them go to waste.  And it HAD to be a cake, because the cupcakes only use ONE banana, and I didn't want to make 24 cupcakes.  Have you ever tried to frost cupcakes while refereeing two kids under the age of 4?  You end up with lousy cupcakes.

So a cake it was.  And I was going to use my painterly hand and add pink little florets on said cake, but instead I used my painterly EYE (see? it's KIND of like painting, right?) for a more minimalisticly pleasing composition.

Are you buying it?  Yeah, me neither.  I really just wanted to make a cake.

the face that distracts from my lack of painting

We just returned from Portland last night.  I really love that city.  I think the kids do too..  aside from all of the intestinal distress which has now transformed into the sniffles, they slept amazingly well and weren't affected by the time change in the least.  Now to get myself in order and get back to painting!  Stay tuned...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

sunshine on a cloudy day


Ok ok I know.  This is the third egg cup.  And I have one more to do.  In the 15 years that I have been painting, I have only painted the same thing twice, once.  (And yes, that does make sense.)  I don't like to paint the same thing over again.  At least that's what I thought.  Painting the same thing three times is fantastic!  I don't know if they are getting progressively better, but it's so interesting for me to see how the outside light affects the reflections on the cup as well as the background.  Of course, these are small paintings.  Let's see if I ever get around to doing a large painting over and over.

Probably not.....

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

burst of orange


Wow.  No babies crying.  No dogs barking.  No phone calls from Mother.  No strange dudes in my house talking about insurance, bugs, mice, or drywall.  The sun is shining, the wind is blowing, and I have 45 minutes left before I wake the babes.  How on earth did that happen?

Friday, April 1, 2011

flash of blue


I thought it was a tea cup.  Or a sake cup.  But I was just told it's an egg cup.  No matter, it was great fun to paint!  Just as the youngest babe awakens....