Thursday, November 29, 2012

Studio | Redstarts

fledgling redstarts
These are slate-throated redstarts, little fledgling birds, sleeping in their nest.
Sometimes when I look at nests, I wonder how in the world do they all fit?
I had a fleeting thought of tiny birds packed like sardines.

palette for slate throated redstarts
Sometimes it's nice to see the palette beside the painting.
I'm getting back into the grey family. It must be winter.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Hello Monday!

A new log, a new cross section.
The cracks are more prevalent than the rings.

Saturday, November 24, 2012


Four new miniature hummingbirds flitting about my shop tonight!
Take a peek if you have a chance.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Gathering Together

There's nothing like gathering together and sharing a great meal with family and friends.
Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Hollow Stump

cowboy and hollow tree stump
birdie and cowboy and hollow tree stump
sit pretty
sit pretty II
  The adventures of Cowboy and Birdie.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Studio | Tiny Hummingbirds

my gouache palette
tiny purple throat hummingbird
 collection of tiny hummingbirds
My gouache palette and a collection of tiny hummingbirds.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sunshine and Rainbows

A rainbow of raindrops and fanciful hummingbirds.
Spreading a little goodness and cheer your way:
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More shop updates coming soon!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Humming Along

I'm humming along on my latest painting. Here's a sneak peek.
Hummingbirds are such joyous little creatures. I'll miss them over the winter.
They seemed to love the Rose of Sharon, which grows like a weed around our yard.
I will have an update in my shop in a day or two. Stay tuned!
Have a wonderful week!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Rose Colored Glasses

I am choosing to see the world through rose colored glasses.
Not just my paintings, but everything. It's easier, no?
I came across a quote by H. D. Thoreau the other day,
"One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter."
Wishing you a lovely weekend.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


I'm working on rose brambles, pink clouds and hummingbirds. I feel a bit split in two, though. 
I love these joyful colors and yet my mind is racing toward new ideas 
that would surely prompt a return to a more subtle and somber palette. 

I can't seem to paint fast enough. 
Do you ever feel like if you don't get to an idea right away it will simply vanish?
That's part of the reason I make lists and lists and lists, lest I forget what I was thinking.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Country Tableau

The annual blessing of the hounds.
Upperville is a place that truly takes you back in time.
The traditions and slow life have not changed in a very long time, if at all.
I feel like I'm living in a Jane Austen novel. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Autumn Stills

autumn stills
Yesterday I set up a naturalist still life for a little inspiration.

autumn stills no. 2
It's full of found objects and bits of nature gathered outside the studio.

autumn stills no. 4
My neighbors asked if I would teach them drawing.

autumn stills no. 5
Last night was our first class. We all had a lot of fun.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.