Painting in the Studio

Detail of a recent bottle still life commission

Detail of a recent bottle still life commission

I recently painted a  9×24 still life commission of bottles. This is a detail from that painting. The client is a professor of Gender Studies, and the bottles are my rendition of multiculturalism.  What does an old elixer bottle, a jar of Vegemite, and a bottle of tabasco have in common, other than sharing the same space?  There does not seem to be any unifying factor.  The client requested that the painting include a bottle of Mcilhenney’s, and a jar of Vegemite.

She also wanted the paint “glopped on like Thiebaud”.  It will take a long time to dry!

I will be out in the coffee houses painting today…


  1. Posted December 6, 2008 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait to see more of your work.
    I really like your style.

    and even though I’ve been delinquent on my comments, I’m enjoying reading your starving artist story!

  2. Posted December 6, 2008 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    Hope you had a great day in the coffee houses.

  3. Posted December 7, 2008 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Hi, Grace.

    So glad to see you pop over. I know that you are very busy. I hope that people are going over to see your wonderful coffee blog – I have learned a lot from you about coffee.

    I know that you are very busy being a mom, wife, and coffee shop owner, so I am grateful for the time that you spent to see what I am doing.

    ~thank you!~


  4. Posted December 7, 2008 at 9:32 am | Permalink


    How are you? Did the surgery go ok? Send me a report.


  5. Posted December 7, 2008 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Lavanna, kind of you to ask.
    Surgery happens this coming Friday morning at 8AM. Woo hoo. I had another attack but skipped the hospital and endured the pain. Details about that in brief and a new illustration are on the blog 🙂

  6. Liz
    Posted December 7, 2008 at 10:08 pm | Permalink


    Lisa – my best friend – told me about you and I absolutely love your work!! Both your stills and portraits are fabulous. I love the color, depth, and above all, I think it captures spirit. Keep posting your work – its a joy to view!

  7. Posted December 8, 2008 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    Hi, Liz.

    Thank you for looking at my blog and taking the time to leave a comment – and such a nice one, too!

    I know that I am a sloppy painter, but I really try to let the subject’s personality shine through. Sometimes, I hit the mark, and other times, I totally flub it. I have lots of failures. 🙂

    Thank you!


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