Monday, December 28, 2009

Favorite fruits

These are two of my favorite still life paintings, unfortunately both sold within an hour of me listing them, I kind of miss having them around.

oil on 6x6 inch wood panel - SOLD

oil on 6x6 inch wood panel - SOLD

December 28, 2009

I didn't realize that I hadn't updated my blog in so long. Here are a few of my latest paintings, all are still for sale on my etsy site ( The second one down is my favorite, when I finished I didn't want to stop looking at it, it was exactly how I wanted it to be. I might be a little sad when it sells. The first one was painted from a photo I took while Zach and I were relaxing in Jamaica. There was a thunderstorm every afternoon, which is one of my favorite things. It turned the sky such an amazing color, especially in contrast with the sun so bright on the sand.
oil on 6x6 wood panel

oil on 6x6 wood panel

oil on 6x6 wood panel

Monday, December 7, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December 2, 2009

I've been so distracted with my new etsy shop that I've completely forgotten to update my blog.
This whole etsy thing has gone a lot better than I expected. I've sold 9 paintings already and I haven't even been open for two weeks. There are a few new paintings that I'm excited to post, but I have to wait till they dry, fortunately I live in the driest climate ever and that happens pretty fast. For now here is one of my newer ones:

Oil on canvas panel, 8x8 inches


Monday, November 16, 2009

November 15, 2009

The walls in our new house are still completely bare. So I was brainstorming about ways I could fill them. The thing is it's hard for me to have my own work up on the walls day after day, it makes me want to change things, or somehow make it better. So whatever I put up there is going to have to be something I really love. Today I completed a very small version of something I might want, I would change a few things, but I think this has potential.


oil on canvas panel, 4x8

Sunday, November 15, 2009

November 13, 2009

I love painting pears. They're always a different shape, they're usually a wonderful green color (at least the ones I pick are), and I think they have more personality than any other fruit. I think these two could have speech bubbles depicting their conversation.

6x6, oil on panel

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

November 11, 2009

Today's painting was much more successful, in my opinion. It was my first attempt at painting on a masonite panel. It had a very different feel than canvas, but I loved it. I chose another photograph that I took at the Santa Barbara courthouse, since I really liked how the other one turned out.

oil on panel, 6x6

Monday, November 9, 2009

November 8, 2009

oil on canvas panel, 5x7

I'm going to try painting a few on hardboard. I think the texture of the canvas panel is really throwing off my groove. Maybe it will be amazing. Till tomorrow:

Thursday, November 5, 2009

November 4, 2009

I thought I would try my hand at another night scene. It's not my favorite one, but I did learn a few things that will help me next time.

I'm working on a series of paintings now that will all be painted pretty quickly. I want the brushstrokes to be very loose, and I want the colors to be more vibrant than they would be in real life. I also want to chose subjects that have extreme dark and light areas. I've learned that these are usually things that drawn me to a particular painting. It's also a fun way to paint.

Oil on canvas panel, 6x6

Monday, November 2, 2009

Snow day

Last Thursday was a snow day, my first one ever. And I discovered that snow is much more fun when you get a day off work, and have unexpected time to pursue happier things.

oil on canvas panel, 6x6


Monday, October 26, 2009


I painted this from a photo I took at the Santa Barbara Courthouse, when Zach and I were there getting our marriage license. Mostly I just wanted to paint the sunlight on the bushes, it just looked fun to me.

oil on canvas, 6x6- sold


Things have finally settled down after the wedding and moving to a new home. My new studio is all set up, and super cozy, the perfect place to paint.

oil on canvas, 5x7 - sold
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September 1, 2009

This painting might be my favorite, and it's not very often that I'm satisfied with one of my own works

oil on canvas panel, 6x6

Monday, August 31, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

Morning chair 5x7

I wish I could do a painting everyday. I've been reading some blogs of artists that do that, some are really amazing... maybe I could be amazing too if I got to work on it every day. I love this view from my window in the morning, something about how the light reflects on the building and the chair is interesting to me. One of these days I'll figure out how to actually photograph a painting, maybe a scanner would work better...


Zach let me have a much needed painting day yesterday. I'm working toward a new look, I know what I want it to look like in my head, but putting it on the canvas is more difficult than expected (I guess my brain pictures are fuzzy). I think I touched on it a little by the third painting. I like the bottom left part of the second painting. I'll get it eventually.


Friday, June 12, 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Testing out brushstrokes

The look I had pictured in my head works much better for figurative work than landscapes. Or maybe it's just that I'm SO bored with painting landscapes.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Mandarins 16x20

On this piece I was focusing mainly on brushstrokes, trying to keep them loose and consistent. I feel like the more I work on a painting (or the more I like it) I tighten up my brushstrokes, and the painting loses all of it's energy. I guess that could also be why I usually like my paintings halfway through, and then hate them at the end. I do not hate this one, I finally feel like I touched on something that I want to pursue. I was also experimenting with using more medium, and I'm really glad I did, it made everything look so much also made everything shine a lot more, and that's always a good thing :)


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Works in progress

I think that watching paintings evolve is entertaining so I've decided to keep track of this new work. I think it's finished now, but I could always change my mind in a few days.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

More Santa Barbara

I loved how bright these umbrellas were

oil on canvas

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Monday, February 9, 2009

Day 5

Peaches are tricker than I expected them to be

oil on canvas

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Day 3

I never realized how fun lemons were to paint until today!

oil on canvas

Friday, February 6, 2009

Day 2

The experiment continues:

oil on canvas


The results are better today, I think.