Friday, September 22, 2017

September 22, Otter Eyes

Seems to be more like summer today in Minnesota- humid and hot and sticky, when being an otter would be a lovely thing today!  Maybe we need to go swimming when I get home...
And here's a face for you~ I think it may be more of an Otterly October~  and then perhaps a "Home-vember"-  how's that sound?

8x8 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
$145 plus shipping
click HERE to snag this one!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

From Last Saturday...

I teach at an Episcopalian school, and last weekend we had a Blessing of the Animals Ceremony outside just before Homecoming, which was a great way to make sure we had a crowd!  My fellow art teacher and artist, Carol, joined me in sketching people's pets as they were either going to be sanctified or returning from their holy encounter and these are a few of the beasties I got to paint!  We did both live and stuffed animals and apparently there was also a llama on the grounds but I don't think either of us got the chance to paint him!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


This is a commission I've been working on, along with a few others in the past few weeks.  I am surprised at how much I enjoy painting fluffly white dogs now, when my past favorites were sleek black shiny dogs... I've also been much crazier busy than I'd expected, and I think this probably happens every fall but I just keep forgetting...  I have to admit I am really unhappy with my "30 Dogs in 30 Days" 2017 books and I'll be working on creating another version of them, and that I am considering doing some kind of "30 Houses in my Neighborhood in 30 Days" project for this fall as a way to get me back on my daily painting track because I've wavered badly off.  I mean, I'm painting every day, mostly commissions, and I'd like to paint some of my fun stuff too!  We'll see what happens- maybe the houses don't have to be in my neighborhood, maybe I'll decide I really should try horses for a month...
And I do have a painting class this Saturday, if you've been wanting a One-Day Experience!  Sign up HERE~  and I do also have openings in the Six Week Painting Lessons Workshop this October and November- You can also go HERE to sign up for THAT!  I am so grateful that teaching is as fun as it is!

Oh and I'm also giving a short art talk at 801 Gallery this Sunday at 2pm along with my other Art Car Artists friends!  Come on by!

8x8 acrylic on wood, sold

Friday, September 8, 2017

September 8, Lilac Moose

What's really nice about these tiny paintings is that I can do them fairly quickly and it still feels really good because I'm PAINTING.  I do want some bigger chunks of time soon for a bit more painting time...
This is a little moose, and the background was furzy and blurred and vegetation-ish so I went for purples and yellows~  I like it!  love those antlers too!

And I've got my Fall classes posted HERE if you are interested in joining me in my studio!  Actually, tonight I've got my First Friday Painting Party if you'd like to join me!  I'll be there from 6:30-9, painting away, and you are invited to pop on in and paint too if you'd like!  Bring your own stuff or I can set you up for a couple bucks or a donation. Though I will be painting too, so I won't be teaching!

Oh and tomorrow, Sat Sept 9 I'll be at the Art At Rice Creek Fest just North of Downtown Minneapolis on the East River Road!  Come see me! 10-4 and you can pick up this moose in person!

4.5x4.5 acrylic on wood, $45 click HERE to hang this somewhere eye-catching!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Yup.  I think that's a pretty clever title, myself~ I love the sculptural quality of these faces!  So yummy to paint...
I had a pretty busy weekend with several one-on-one private lessons~  It really is a great thing to be able to meet and work with someone towards their own goals.  Not something I ever thought about doing before but it is certainly fulfilling!
And I'll be at Banfille-locke this Saturday from 10 to 4, with a number of these little paintings and other stuff for sale!  Come on out!  Buy this one now, or come snag it on Saturday!

4.5x4.5 acrylic on wood, $45

click HERE to nab this guy!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

September 2, A Commission

This is Miette, a bit of a work-over of a previous commission that needed a bit of work. I'd painted the original in 2011, and I appreciate the chance to play with something again.  And it was a real challenge for me because I could see that I hadn't had the proportions right initially, and I played with that for a bit and ended up doing a lot of gessoing out and starting over.  Funny how that seems to be the best way to go.  Though it was a bit nerve wracking at one point when I felt I'd gone too far to go back, and realized that maybe I should've done the redo on another panel and NOT on the original painting, just in case...  but I had thought it would just be a bit of a touch up here and there.  You never know!
I cant find the original, darn it....
12x12 acrylic on panel

Thursday, August 31, 2017

August 31, Tiny Moose On Green

I believe it is the season of the moose.  I'm still in the mood to paint tiny paintings, so here's another one for you!  I'm pretty happy I was able to fit all that massive rack into such a tiny little space! There will be a hook on the top for hanging- someone suggested these could make super sweet ornaments for a Christmas tree!  Time to be thinking ahead, people!

3.5x5 acrylic on wood, $45 click HERE to purchase!

yes, I know- suggesting Christmas shopping at the end of August goes against my grain too~
but what the hey?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

August 28, Grama Bear on Fuschia

She looks near-sightedly up, into the cool fall breeze, her precise intelligent nose selecting the scents for her...
I really love bear's noses-  all those muscles working together... they have SUCH sensitive lips!  You'd think they'd be a bit more cautious around bees!
4.5x4.5 acrylic on wood, $45 
click here to purchase! ready to hang~

Sunday, August 27, 2017

August 27, Little Bear Behind

I'm thinking I've used this title before, but I like it, and the size is probably different anyway, so there!  I just had to paint a bear...
There will be more sheep and chickens and an alpaca from the fair!
Did I make a rhyme?
Maybe next time...

6x6 acrylic on wood, $75
click HERE to purchase!
and FREE SHIPPING!!!  On this one only!!!  just because!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

August 26, Tiny Otter

It's been a busy week!  I had workshops all last week and the first day of school is on Monday!  Wahoo!  I think sometimes the teachers are as excited to get back as the kids are...
And this is a Tiny Otter I managed to paint in between all the wonderful craziness~  we still need to go get some new school shirts for Max- he's in love with these red and blue synthetic shirts we bought him at Target earlier this summer, but both of those are nearly destroyed with 8 year old energy and I'd like him to not look like a ragamuffin on the first day!

I love painting these tiny things!
Oh and I AM working on this year's 30 Dogs book- it's just taking second place to too many other things!  AND I am working on scheduling Painting Lessons for this fall-  for SURE there will be a six week class starting Saturday October 14 from 9:30-noon, and I'm planning two One-Day classes for September 23 and 24th, just to keep it on your radar!

4.5x4.5 acrylic on wood, $45 
click HERE to purchase!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Sunday, August 20, 2017

August 20, A Cute Kitty...

SO, my sister has moved back to Minnesota, and has acquired a couple of adorable kittens, as well as a house, and an older cat too. Her kittens are named Max and Maddy, and of course, MY Max is in love with her Max and we go over to play with them every chance we get. We were over there this afternoon as a matter of fact.

This is Max.

6x6 acrylic on wood, $75
click here to purchase this imp!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

August 19, Brown Bear on Blue

What a lovely weekend this is!  Yay for Saturdays at home, cleaning and painting, doing the laundry and hanging it out, and having time to paint too~

This is another one of my wee little tiny paintings, sweet little nuggets of color for that little wall space that wants just a bump of interest!

4.5x4.5 acrylic on wood, $45!  
click HERE to purchase~

Friday, August 18, 2017

August 18, Shotgun Seat Sharing

This is what I see when I drive to and from my studio with Teddy and Sally.  They are seriously adorable terrier-mutts, and Sally looks like a Mini-Me to Teddy- they are great friends and love wrestling and running and loving each other up.

Thank you everyone who came to Diamond's last night!  And it was so great because TWO dogs showed up!  Kong, maybe one of the biggest dogs I've painted this time, a poodle with a beard, and Louis, a Chiuahua!  It was so fun to walk in (I was late! Sorry!) and see these dogs already there!

If you haven't seen the dogs yet, do go take a look.  I'm working on the book for this project and I'll post that here when I've got it ready and you can order a copy on Blurb!

16x20 acrylic on canvas, $640 click here for purchase info!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

August 17, Winnifred & Francis

This is an incredibly sweet pair of Basset pups, a commission, that I was so happy to paint! I can almost touch those heavy, velvety ears, and stroke those soft wrinkles on their little noggins...

I am so fortunate!  And so grateful~

And do come tonight if you can make it, to Diamonds (1618 Central Ave NE) from 6 to 8 pm for our 30 Dogs in 30 Days Exhibition Reception!

9x12 acrylic on wood, spoken for!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August 15, Gus Loves Laps

I've been working on this painting for a couple days now.  It's an 18x36 canvas, and of course Golden acrylic, and it's Max's favorite dog ever, Gus, sitting on my sister Kelli's lap, a couple summers ago before he went blind and too diabetic.
This one is part of a series I'm working through of dogs on people's laps.  There's a connection that we see in the gestures of the hands and the posture of the dogs that is suggestive of the psychological relationship as well as the physical.
I'm not sure if it is done yet.  I have to live with it for a few more days!
Do let me know what you think~
18x36 acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 15, Summer Basset

I believe I took this photo last year at Powderhorn Art Fair, when this dog and it's owner were visiting my booth.  That red is my rug I always bring along so my set-up feels more "homey", and somehow the rug seems to always get peed on.  So it is perfect for an outdoor festival, right?
I am just tickled with the expression on this fella's face, and the gleam in those eyes...

Painting is so much fun!

Oh and I'm working at getting my Painting Lessons schedule for this fall and winter set up.  I won't be starting 6 week classes till October, but will have a couple one-day "Paint Your House" or "Paint Your Pet" classes in September!  Do let me know if you are interested-  I'll have a link up on my blog soon!

6x6 acrylic on wood, $75 click HERE to own this sweet face!

Monday, August 14, 2017

August 14, Sunstruck Sleek

I just shipped this painting off to its new home this morning!  It is such a pleasure to have to go ship a painting off.  I shoulda taken a photo of the package- Duane wrapped it for me in some really stiff cardboard, so it ended up at 45 inches by 34-  the original painting is 24x36... at least it is light and easy to move around...
I love the face on this guy- and that light!

24x36 acrylic on canvas- sold!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

August 13, the Day of Rest!

Sorry to have been so quiet this week, my friends, but it's been kinda necessary to do some home stuff and be quiet for a while, after the excitement of the summer so far.  This August is feeling more like a recuperating and regathering time for me, plus an opportunity to catch up with some commissions~
new curtains!
Some of my top favorite things that happened this past week~
-I washed most of our windows in the house (first time since they were installed in 2010!)~
-I made new curtains for our bedroom from a sari I bought in Duluth on my run up with Mina~
-I organized the bills and recycled old files!
-We went to the Renaissance Festival Guest Night and now Max wants to be a fire spinner!
-I changed out artwork at Articulture (yay!)~
-I sold a big otter painting (thanks Lisa!)!

And today I am painting WHATEVER I WANT TO!  Which will probably mean otters and bears and maybe an adorable kitten or two...  we will see!

Don't forget to come to Diamond's next Thursday to see all the wonderful dogs hanging together!  6-8pm at 1618 Central Ave NE! Wine and cheese for you, friendly dogs welcome!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

August 9, Beecher!

And here is another commission I've been working on-  it's lovely to have time to catch up with these!
And this one has such an incredible smile, and that shiny coat, and that open mouth!  Oops!  I'm seeing that I didn't finish his tongue!
Stepping in to fix that~

Do come see me and all the 30 Dogs next Thursday eve at Diamond's!  6-8pm!

10x10 acrylic on wood, sold!