Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kitty and a small.

Still getting the space settled. Meanwhile, here's an 8x10 commission cat.
And a 4x4 inch warm up.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dust settles.

We moved. It was a heck of a Saturday. Movers were hired in Fairfax, and a bunch of people showed up to help unload us in Richmond. Thank powers that be for family and friends.

During the actual drive up, El drove the 17 foot U-Haul with Mushka-the-howling-menace-kitty, and I followed in the regular car with a pile of plants and the other two cats. Traffic on 95 was... well, just like traffic on 95 usually is.

First night in the new place was.. loud. We're located right on the outskirts of an area with a lot of night clubs, so there was a plethora of loud walking idiots, along with an occasional sighting (hearing?) of loud idiots in cars. It was interesting to say the least. Thankfully, night noise levels during the rest of the week seem to be quite reasonable.

First morning was lovely, though. Woke up to sounds of starlings and robins in the huge hackberry tree out back. There were dozens of birds, and they were all quite feisty.

Since then, we've been trying to get the building in livable order. Lots of hauling stuff up and down the stairs, putting up shelves, and what have you-s. Did manage to find the time to finish another hummingbird set (#3) commission yesterday; with the amount of construction needing to be done for the shop (as well as painting, both downstairs for decorative purposes and basement for water-proofing purposes), I don't think this is going to be a terribly productive fall.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Betta fishie.

4x4 incher with a male betta. Thinking about packing paints away now, since we're officially moving on Saturday...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Must of photography still MIA.

Conflicting cardinals. 6x12 inches, acrylic on board.
I think I may need a light booth.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Paintings from tonight.

A few things-for-agent from tonight.

8x10 underpainting for another pet portrait.
A pair of 4x4s, Jerusalem artichoke and trillium.

And last but not least, another 5x7 Creeper Trail. Apparently the first one sold (along with Solomon's Seal, from the same batch), and someone else wanted a copy for their wife.

 Sitting here, I'm suddenly struck by how much I love what I do. 

Bettas done and a guppy.

5.5x7.5 warm-up study.
12x48 inch panel. Still looking for a name for this one.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Chicken study and betta progress.

So.. we got the building as a studio/to live in. Life is about to get interesting.
Meanwhile, 4x6 inch chicken study.
And a 12x48 betta in progress.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Relaxation #12

11x24, acrylic on board. Based on mourning cloak butterfly, eastern hemlock, and mind in turmoil.

Took about a hundred photos of this thing before settling on this one, and still don't have the color quite right... The iridescence on blue spots and seeming transparency on the red bits just doesn't come across.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

11x24 inch in progress. Relaxation #12, based on Mourning Cloak butterfly.
And, the butterfly herself. (Picture is not mine.)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cat and birds.

8x10, acrylic on board. Commish's are delicious~.

And a pair of hawks has been hanging out around here for a couple of days now. Broad-winged or red-tailed, I think..?(EDIT: The hawks turned out to be of a red-shouldered variety. :D)