A friend told me about an artist who, for their birthday each year, paints a self portrait. I love painting portraits and I love that idea. So, here it is, my 2015 birthday self portrait. I painted this alla prima using a mirror.
It's amazing - with the rain comes mushrooms. I photographed all of these mushrooms, around my house in NorCal, since the beginning of December. Some of them are the same mushroom, but in a different stage of life and-or show a different view. I don't know enough about mushrooms to confidently identify these beauts, so let's safely assume they are all inedible, proceed with caution and simply appreciate their beauty and diversity. Click a mushroom for an enlarged slideshow :)
This afternoon I packed up my supplies and headed to a friend's studio to paint lemons. I hadn't planned to paint the lemons on the tree, I'd imagined the lemons would be in a bowl or something, but I was pleasantly surprised by the process and outcome of painting a lemon tree close up.
I LOVE this new rooster painting!
As someone who fantasizes about keeping a small chicken coop, it should come as no surprise that I had A LOT of fun creating a little rooster friend!
I, of course, love black and white stripes, but I also love the combination of green and orange- it reminds me of Christmas. Every year I slice oranges, roast them in the oven to dry them out, then hang the translucent oranges on my green tree with twinkly white lights. It's beautiful!