Friday, May 23, 2014

It's All Right - Small Sunflower Painting Original Acrylic Small Format Art

It's All Right
4 x 4 inches
acrylic on gessobord panel

One more little floral for the Newburyport Art Association gift shop. And yes, I was thinking of the Beatles "Here Comes the Sun" the whole time I was working on this:

"Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
It's all right, It's all right"

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Classic Colors - Small Floral Painting Original Iris Art by Debbie Shirley

Classic Colors
4 x 4 inches
acrylic on gessobord panel

A little break from the larger commission I am working on for two little florals for the gift shop at the Newburyport Art Association. Of course I am starting out my spring florals with my favorite flower of all - the iris. So beautiful - and  they always remind me of my grandmother's garden....

I was looking at purple Benjamin Moore room paints recently - there is one called "Spring Iris". But what  made me laugh is that one of the purples was named "snugglepuss"! Who comes up with this stuff??

Monday, May 19, 2014

Pick a Peck - Small Still Life Painting, Original Art

Pick a Peck
6x6 inches
acrylic on 3/4" canvas

Another commissioned piece.
I really like painting these close-ups of piles of things. Fruits and vegetables are always fun, but it could be interesting to try out piles of other kinds of objects, too. I may do another one of these peppers, only larger. So many things to paint, so little time......

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Original - Small Still Life Painting Kitchen Art

The Original
6 x 6 inches
acrylic on canvas

This is part of a commission I am just finishing up. It is to go with the Tabasco bottles that I painted earlier this year. Fun little paintings to hang in a kitchen for some hot sauce lovers!

I have a bunch of hot sauce affectionados in my household as well - 2 out of my 3 kids love hot sauce, my husband and I enjoy it quite a bit as well. It is kind of embarrassing how many bottles of the stuff we have around.....

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Summer Sweetness - Original ACEO Painting Botanical Art Strawberry Still Life

Summer Sweetness
2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

The companion to the blueberries! I'd love to do some raspberries, too, but I'm not sure I have the time at the moment. I have plans to do a few flowers in this kind of format also - on watercolor paper with the background left plain - maybe a little larger on 4 x 6 paper. Now I just need some flowers to  bloom so that I have something to work with.....

This piece will be available at West Village Provisions in West Boxford, Massachusetts - where I will be painting live on Friday, May 16, 2014 as part of their anniversary celebration.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Early Blue - Original ACEO Painting Blueberry Art

Early Blues
2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Keeping it really simple for a few little ACEOs. Can you tell I am thinking summer?!!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Rushing In - Mini Beach Painting Small Seascape Painting

Rushing In
4 x 3 inches
acrylic on 3/8" canvas

A tiny little seascape!

Actually I did a whole bunch of these:

for the Spring into Summer fundraiser. It seems kinda silly to post each one individually here on the blog, so I think I will get them added - well, at least the ones that are left! -  to my DailyPaintworks gallery (and eventually to my Etsy shop) so that if you are interested in individual ones, you can see them there.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Get Right Back - Small Still Life Painting, Colorful Kitchen Art

Get Right Back
4 x 4 inches
acrylic on 3/4" panel

Aha - more cherry tomatoes, right?!! I like this composition - another one that I would like to try larger. This is the last piece donated to the local Parent Teacher Organization silent auction. I hope it found a good home.

A few days of a lull...and just when I think I have it under control, things get kinda crazy again! Do you ever have weeks like that? A whole lot of commissions under way (yay!) and a few deadlines moved up - I'm gonna be one busy gal for the next few weeks!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

On Blue - Small Acrylic Painting, Kitchen Art Still Life Painting

On Blue
4 x 4 inches
acrylic on 3/4" cradled panel

I love the clementine on the bright blue plate. Something about those complementary colors! I keep finding myself going back to the blue plate or a blue bowl when I set up still lifes with orange fruit. I will have to try to get myself to try something different....

I have been prepping some more panels today - some slightly larger sizes and some long rectangles. I have an idea for something I want to try out on a 6 x 12 inch panel - and it is not a fruit or vegetable!

This painting also went to the local Parent Teacher Organization for a silent auction. The event was last night, so I look forward to hearing how these little guys did  ;-) I love these colors and may try out this composition in a slightly larger format - maybe on a canvas? We will see.....

Saturday, May 3, 2014

I Will Wait - Small Acrylic Painting, Fruit Still Life Kitchen Art

I Will Wait
4 x 4 inches
acrylic on 3/4" cradled panel

Back to some more of the kitchen art pieces. So many things to paint, so little time! I am hoping to do enough of these 4x4 panels to spread around a little to my local shops, but they are disappearing pretty quickly. I have a couple of commissions to work on, so after a finish a few more of these, I will have to take a break from them for a little bit.

This is one of three that I am donating to the local PTO for a silent auction to raise funds for our local schools. And speaking of fundraising - a great crowd came out last night to the Spring into Summer Handmade Market and Art Show raising funds for Team Anthony (
For those of you are who are not local, I will continue to donate a percentage of sales from my Etsy shop through the end of the weekend (until May 5). Thank you for your support!