Saturday, October 14, 2017

October 14, By The Sauna

Here's another one from last weekend- I guess I am not painting otters this October, but it's mostly water which is pretty close! I do want to try the "Home-vember" idea, so I'll be sending out a note about that this week to see if I can get people to send me photos of their houses...
I really enjoyed painting this one- it was tough seeing the water and the rocks and tracking where one lead into the other, and also trying to really SEE the water, like what color is it? What shape does it make?
Oh and I had a TERRIFIC first day for our Painting Lessons!  Incredible job painting tomatoes!!
9x12 acrylic on wood, $215
click here to purchase~

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

October 11, pics from THIS Past Weekend! Dave Gilsvik's class!

So mom and I went up to Two Harbors, MN, this past Friday eve to take a Plein Air Painting class from David Gilsvik, a Minnesota Painter whose work we both admire (and own) and who I've been wanting to take a class from since I first saw his paintings~ and he's been teaching for a couple years now, through the Art Colony, and we were finally able to take his class this past weekend!  Yay!
Dave sets up for his first demo under the tarp- it's a bit English outside...

Dave sketching in his first demo.

My first attempt~ a river that diverts into a creek~

Here's what I ended up with...

My equipment~ love that basket!  It's amazing what you can cram into a basket~

A few sketches done by the creek...

I think this is upside down...

Working just past the awesome earth and wood bridge~

You can see it better in this- there's a wood structure holding the earth back with a short bridge across the top~  I love this creek!
And this one is up for auction! I haven't had one in a while~  a view of the creek with the incredibly brown water~  love it!
5x7 acrylic on wood
$25 auction, click here to bid!  And probably WIN!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October 10, Itty Bitty Otter Eyes~

Here's a sweet little otter face!  Bit busy at the mo-  more later about this past weekend!

3x5 acrylic on oval wood plaque
$45 and this is YOURS!  A Sweet face for any sweet little space in your sweet little house~
or for a sweet friend's little space in THEIR sweet little house!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Pics from The Weekend Before LAST!

Sorry!  I've had the last couple weeks chock full of really great fun things and thought I'd better pop in a note today from two weekends ago!
My sister Beaner drove up with me to Grand Marais on Friday, September 29, so I could get to Sivertson Gallery for my Artist Talk and Painting Demo on Sat September 30th!  We had a great eve at Neil Sherman's House on Friday-  It was the Art Around the Lake art crawl, and Neil had his paintings hung on the outside of his house, and a lovely campfire going-
Neil Sherman- "6 Below on the Tombolo"

And the next day we ran around!  I had a massage and we ate at the Angry Trout (YUM!!!!) and I made it to Sivertson's for my talk and demo and we had a lovely collection of people watching and helping me out by asking great questions, and I completed two paintings and sold the second one right off the easel!  Ya gotta love it when that happens!  And I sold another two paintings off the wall of the gallery too!  And I now have PRINTS of my work!
A couple pics from the talk~
Me looking at the work, up on the wall!  Wahoo!

Setting up for the first painting- it is harder to talk and paint than you might think...

The painting in progress...

The Second Otter~  SOLD!

And a selfie with the happy family who bought this! Eric Martin and Steve are the greatest kids!

Friday, October 6, 2017

October 6, Popcorn, A Commission

Well, yes it isn't an otter, is it? But there IS water in it, back behind the lovely lounging dog...
I have to admit I am rather pleased with the grey values in this one, and the tones of purple and blue in the shadows...
It is nice when something turns out good, isn't it!

6x8 acrylic on wood, sold

Thursday, October 5, 2017

October 5, Otter Diver~

I do love painting these little tiny guys- though I'm not quite sure why they aren't selling...  they are so sweet and at such a reasonable price, I thought they'd fly off the walls~
Ah well-
I can hang them all on MY wall!  If Duane lets me...

4.5x4.5 acrylic on wood, $45 
Click HERE to look at this guy everyday!

I painted this one in the hotel room last weekend up in Grand Marais- I was a little nervous about painting in public without practicing first, you know~  like I wanted to get my brain connected again~
I think it worked!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October 3, One Paw Stroke

Okay, yes, I DID say I wanted to paint an otter a day for the month of October, and I do apologize for getting off to such a slow start.  I DID have an awesome weekend up in Grand Marais with my sister, wandering around town and visiting other artists and lovely people we know- it is so much a Northern Exposure kinda feeling for me.  Really-  and my art talk was so much fun on Saturday too!  And I sold one of the demo paintings right off the easel to a lovely family who were so much fun to talk to and paint for!  I am just so pleased with the Sivertson Gallery and all the staff there who took care of me, and Jan who gave us a tour of the print shop out back.  I now have PRINTS available of my work!  I'll get some made and have them for the Seward Winter Frolic in December for sure!  SUPER excited about these- they are giclee prints, which means they are created with archival inks on archival paper, and they are numbered in a limited edition, so while they aren't as valuable as the original, they are more valuable than a simple print of my work.

And I DID paint this one just now-  I'm thinking I want some new brushes though- these kept raking open on me, making my strokes end up fussier and dabbier than I like~

Oh and I do still have just a couple spaces open in my Painting Lessons which start a week from Saturday!  These are always a fun way to pop your creativity up a notch, and I do try to have the classes be informative of some art history as well as in touch with current art events~  it's fun!

8x10 acrylic on wood, $160
click HERE to purchase this sweetly intent face!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Charlie, a Commission...

Some faces are simply made to love.
I'm heading up to Grand Marais this afternoon, for my Artist Talk and Demo at Sivertson Gallery tomorrow afternoon!  It is also Art Around The Lake so there are a lot of artists' studios open and I'm hoping to hit a few of them!  I'll be painting an otter tomorrow at Sivertsons- come on by and watch me if you are around!  I do also want to attempt an otter a day for October again- if you have any good otter photos or know anyone else who has any, and you don't mind my painting them, send them my way!

Thanks SO much for following me!  Oh, and Painting Lessons start two weeks from tomorrow!  Sign up and learn something new! Click here for more info! Or send me an e-mail!

8x8 acrylic on wood, sold

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!