Thursday, February 9, 2012


6x6 oil on panel click here to bid

Yesterday I painted an apple using just burnt umber and value.....Since it was dry today, I figured I would just paint over it with my imagination.....sometimes it's fun to just be creative, even in the simplest of ways.

One of the things I LOVE to do, as my kids would say, is to "creep" on other artists blogs.  And when I creep on them, the first thing I do is go to their very first post.  I get so much inspiration by seeing where artists started and compare it to their current work.  In the world of daily painters the progress and advancement of their skill comes fast and it gives me so much encouragement to just keep painting every day.  So whenever you get discouraged and think you're not making any progress, it helps to check out all the other artists that felt the same way!   I didn't start this blog until a week or so after painting daily but I can assure you, my first painting is agonizing, but at the same time, priceless.   At one time I had it for sale for $10 for at least 9 months.  No takers.  At some point  near the end of my self inflicted year of daily painting, I realized I never wanted to sell it, as it was a priceless memento of where I started.  It hangs proudly in my studio now.  Today, I creeped on Jeff Mahorney's Blog.  He started in 2008 and I am amazed at how quickly the quality of his work grew.  Be sure to check out his very first post and then look at now, I am amazed!  I'm going back out to my studio to paint......see ya later.


  1. I love the freedom you allow yourself. I am still struggling leaving things so brushy. You have a great balance of realism and painterly in all of your work.

  2. Thanks for mentioning me Kristen! Yep! I agree, those first painting ARE precious building blocks along the way of learning. Yes, it hurts but that's the path and it's also what lets you know that you are on your way. BTW- Beautiful apple Kirsten! I love the colors and the brushwork is exciting! :)