Monday, January 27, 2014

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I love painting siblings, because it’s fun to discover their similar features as I go along. Yesterday was a treat, because I got to paint an entire beautiful family. As the morning went on, I found myself thinking things like, “Oh, I know the shape of these eyes—I just painted them in his sister!”  

Friday, January 24, 2014

Sunrise

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The sun was just starting to come up behind the cedar swamp on this morning; it hadn’t yet reached the snowy marsh. Later in the day we discovered coyote tracks heading purposefully south out on the ice. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

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I haven't had a chance to photograph what I've been working on these last few days, so here is another cute little boy from before the holidays.

Tarzan spent some time sitting on my shoulder while I painted today. As you can see, however, he likes to have my undivided attention.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ski Trail

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Sometimes the light on the marsh is just spectacular. This was a super-dark sky above the sugar bush, with sun coming through a few clouds to light up the marsh in the foreground. (You can see a little ski trail coming across the snow toward home.)


Monday, January 20, 2014

Glancing Back

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As I was skiing home across the marsh, I turned and looked behind me toward the west. The clouds were backlit by the sun on its way down, with everything in shadow except their glowing edges.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Cedar Swamp, Late Afternoon

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This picture is from one of my last days in Michigan last week, coming back across the frozen marsh at the end of an afternoon ski, with a sky ranging from pale turquoise on the horizon to deep sky blue up above, with a faint, tiny crescent moon high over it all. This is one of my favorite spots on earth.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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I think what I liked best about painting this girl was her pleasant self-assuredness. This is how I imagine Anne of Green Gables looked. 


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Pet Portrait No. 2

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Here is the brother to yesterday’s doggie. This little guy is a bit smaller, but with just as much personality. I found that it’s fun getting a dog’s expression right.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Pet Portraits!

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I now do pet portraits! This pooch is a Papillon, and his enormous ears do look like butterfly wings. I’m not often drawn to small dogs, but this little guy and his brother were so full of personality and so adorable that they won me over.

Speaking of pets, our household has a tiny new member—Tarzan! As you can see, he’s making it a little difficult to focus on my painting.


Friday, January 10, 2014

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I’m thrilled to announce that I am now represented by the online art gallery Fifty Artists. Fifty Artists sells one-of-a-kind paintings for under $500, and they have some really wonderful art on their site. Please check them out!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Half-Hour Portrait

I've neglected my blog for the last few days--we've been spending lots of quality time in lines at the airport. I still haven't made it home, but I am with family and am warm and cozy. Here's another pretty girl.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Half-Hour Portrait

It's always easier to paint someone when they're not talking. But for whatever reason, I find myself initiating conversations with some people as I paint. And then I have to ask them to be quiet and hold their mouth still so I can paint it. I don't know why I do that. This man was one of those. Just fun to talk with, I guess.