Friday, November 17, 2017

11/17 Kim's Evening House

I like the light in this one, and the leaves on the ground, and that fall-ish sense of the light... the yellow planter and some of the light in the windows contrast nicely with the darker blue of the house~

8x10 acrylic on cradled wood
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Nov 16, Gina and Eddie's!

This is my friend Gina's new house!  Pretty darn cute, ain't it?  Say hi if you drive by!
And I thought maybe I'd post a sorta Official Kinda List here, so this is what I've painted and what I'm planning on painting-
and I think I'll just go to the 28th~  maybe I'll paint a couple after that, but I'm getting behind on commissions and I gotta make the bacon too!
And I may or may not paint one on Thanksgiving...
Oh and I'll be hanging all these up at Diamond's on the 30th of November, through December, and we'll have a little "House Party" (get it?!?!) on Thursday Dec 7th from 6 to 8!  Come if you can!
List follows the painting~

8x10 acrylic on cradled panel
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11/1- The Old Chapel Schoolhouse 
11/2- Kris' Friend's Treehouse 
11/3- Wisconsin Dane Co Blind  
11/4- The Umbrella (Lori Jacobson) 
11/5105 Year old Finland Homestead (sold) 
11/6-  Joe Larson Moorhead home (sold) 
11/7- Robin's Prior Home (sold) 
11/8- Lismore Lighthouse, Scotland 
11/9- The Purple Door (Kerry C) 
11/10- The Creek (Wendy R) 
11/11- Linda and Joe! 
11/12- The Elm Tree 
11/13- Dad's Spirit 
11/14- Mary W House- SOLD 
11/15Ellen S winter whites (sold) 
11/16- Gina G 
11/17Kim M
11/18Julie SC 
11/19Sandra S's mom's Art House 
11/20Kendra W's vacation place 
11/21 Laura J- Oregon Lighthouse
11/22Lisa S's cheese factory 
11/23 Home
11/24Kate T 
11/25Julie P's parents' house
11/26 Nancy A's Ship 
11/27- Sandra E's family home

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Nov 15, Ellen's Winter Whites

I was meant to do this one yesterday, but somehow I havent' been keeping as tight a rein on this project as my past ones, and I don't really have an Official List, and so I've kinda lost track of who wanted to be painted when and I've been painting the houses that I wanted to!  Though I DID want to paint this one too, of course, because it's pretty darn fun trying to get as many colors of white as possible!
I also really loved the way the photo is taken through the archway over the walk... and you can just see the edges of it at the top corners of the painting!  Isn't that fun?!

8x10 acrylic on cradled wood, sold

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Nov 14, Mary's House

I am feeling a bit better about painting today... dang, but it is tricky, figuring out what you want to spend your precious time on~ there's these wonderful people I want to be with and talk to, and even more wonderful people I haven't met yet, and those wonderful people I love who live too far away to be with that I want to communicate with, and it's coming on to the holiday season, when all that emo gets poked to the highest lever...
Anyway, this is a sweet house, and I had a good time painting it.
Thank you so much~

8x10 acrylic on cradled wood
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Monday, November 13, 2017

Nov 13, "Dad's Spirit"

This is the two year anniversary of my father's sudden death of a "heart event", and this has been a tricky time for me and my family.  So it seemed appropriate to paint one of dad's favorite home-away-from-homes, his last camper, an Itasca Spirit.  This is from our big family trip to Grand Marais' Municipal Campground in July of 2014 for mom and dad's 50th Wedding Anniversary.  It was a great trip, we all had so much fun!  It was also mom's birthday and she and most of the crew went for a kayak tour around the bay.  After seeing everyone off, I stayed at the campsite with dad, my son, my youngest nephew and my older brother.  Dad was very worried about mom going off in the kayak, even though she was in a double with my athletic and fit youngest brother and she spent the whole time taking photos.  He loved her very much, and was so delighted at their return across the bay, he had tears running down his cheeks.
We have many great memories of road trips and "short cuts" with dad~

8x10 acrylic on cradled wood

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Nov 12, The Elm Tree

Man- it is really really hard keeping this project going! And I know that's what so many of you say when I talk about painting every day... this is a commitment, to myself more than anyone else, though knowing that you all are following along does kick me into gear, you know~ but I know that these challenges are good for my growth as an artist...
Does it sound like I'm trying to psyche myself up?
The answer would be YES.

SO I decided to paint a giant elm tree from our neighborhood-  I hate seeing them get cut down.  It leaves a huge hole in the sky.

8x10 acrylic on cradled wood
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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Nov 11, The Castle

I'm hoping this one looks good to Linda and Joe!

8x8 acrylic on wood, spoken for!~

Friday, November 10, 2017

Nov 10, The Creek

Okay, I have to admit that I am at the studio for my Painting Party, and am packing up for my art sale tomorrow at Bridget Clark's (5012 S 12th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417- for our Artist Boutique and I need to post today's painting and of course I can't remember whose house this is!  All I remember is she had a few other shots of the house, and it's on a creek, that I seem to think is Minnehaha Creek, and in this photo there was a kayaker, and I decided to cut him out of it, though he looks like he's having a great time...
So come see me tomorrow!  And maybe I'll remember whose house this it...
I have to admit too that I quite enjoyed painting this one-  it's a lot like the creek at Dave Gilsvik's I was painting in October...
I do love water...

8x10 acrylic on cradled wood
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Nov 9, The Purple Door

This is a beautiful door. I really loved the blue and the purple, and I happen to be wearing my comfy purple cashmere sweater today, which is why I chose this one, obviously.

The heart says WELCOME on it, but I couldn't quite manage that!

8x10 acrylic on cradled wood
OR $100 auction!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Nov 8, Lismore Lighthouse!

I believe this was taken by my friend Gil on her way home from holiday earlier this year of Lismore Lighthouse and I love the reflection of the tower, that glowing white in the water, the ripples, the light on the tower, the softer greys of the mountains behind...
And I don't like this photo, so I may retake it tomorrow, but it's been a long day and I'm too tired! And these paintings are still taking me a lot more work than my usuals... but a challenge is a challenge!
At least til I get too challenged out...

8x10 acrylic on wood, $165
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Nov 7~, Robin's Prior Home

I kinda loved this one too- I'd heard Robin talk about how incredibly sweet and intimate this house was, and how delightful to live in, and how sad she was after it was sold and then taken down to build a bigger house. And it just looks like a sweet home!  This is a great photo too-  I loved painting the lights and darks of it~
Really, when I'm painting a house I usually am really fixated on the sky and the plants around it, more than the house.  Though this one is just so darn cute!

8x10 acrylic on wood, SOLD

Monday, November 6, 2017

Nov 6, The Moorhead Home

Ha!  This is Joe's house in Moorhead!  And it was more fun to paint than you might think!  I really enjoyed the trees and that rock in front, and I think you can kinda see the little statue near the birdbath, right?
And it is always a little hard to determine what color house paint really is... I mean, it's GREY, right? But is it a cool grey? or a warm one? Or closer to brown?

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Nov 5, 105 Year Old Finland Homestead

This one has quite the story attached and I really really love the color of the wood and the grass and sky around it. Thank you April for sending it to me!  And I WILL be taking you up on your offer!

Hello Kat, this is in Alango Mn on the property where my husband's family grew up. His great great grandfather came here from Lapland, Finland. He started building this when he found the land that he would later turn into a homestead for his wife (Wilhelmina) to live in when she arrived with their son Eno, and her parents.
When Adam's parents decided to retire and sell their home this building was in danger of being demo-ed and burned. My husband couldn't stomach the idea so we took those pictures (along with several more) just before he numbered each hand hewed log so he could disassembled it and move it to our lake property north of Cook Mn. He reassembled it over a 2-3 year period. Log by log .
We of course made some modifications and it now our Myrtle Lake Cabin. 
The project was amazing in itself. We learned that things don't aways fit together perfectly but the beauty was in the modifications we made on the fly.
I learned how to chink in between, touching EVERY log! 
If you ever make it up this way..(Kris Musto is my best friend AND neighbor.. I know right!!) you are welcome to come stay. It's cozy. 
Stay well 
April Leinonen

8x10 acrylic on wood
$165 to purchase it NOW,
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And more photos!

Ain't it amazing what a little persistence can do?!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

November 4, The Umbrella

And this is another one I really like-  Lori sent me a pile of photos of her beautiful house, and the back yard and side yard, and another cool pile of images from Amsterdam and the canal boat she stayed in, which may also make an appearance here (though if not HER canal boat, maybe another one we saw in England because I love that idea!) and I really loved the light in this image, and the translucent quality of the table top and the umbrella....

And thank you SO much, everyone, for the encouragement!  I'm still trying to figure out how to do these paintings so they feel as much fun for me as my animals... not quite there yet...

8x10 acrylic on cradled wood
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Friday, November 3, 2017

Nov 3, WI Dane Co Blind

Here's another one that I loved as soon as I saw it- can you see why?
There's something whimsical and fragile and magical about a house on stilts~ even if it is primarily to shoot deer out of... and in this photo, there's just so much space and color!
I love this!
8x10 acrylic on cradled wood
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Nov 2, Kris' Friend's Treehouse!

I loved this photo as soon as I saw it!  I've always loved treehouses, and remember spending some quality time climbing the small trees behind Grama Corrigan's house with my brothers. This one is pretty darn high and I can't see how you get up to it!

8x10 acrylic on wood, $100 auction!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Nov 1- The Old Chapel Schoolhouse~

I started with a building I wanted to paint, and now I'm wishing I'd started with something else. Wow.  And I really didn't mean to start this project with so much whining!  Okay.  I'll stop.
This is the Old Chapel Schoolhouse in Todmorden, UK, where my family and I stayed in June of this year.  It was a fantastic place to stay, and I have painted a couple other pieces of our neighbors, the sheep who live directly across the street, which I actually like better than this-  I think it's the bricks- it's hard to get them without getting ALL of them, and I don't WANT to paint ALL of them, so it looks a bit wonky to me.
I do like that the windows reflect the sky, and that it looks as old as it is...
Well. It's a start anyway~ And I'll start the auction link below~  I've also reposted the LIST which is unofficial and out of order unless you gave me a date, so WHO knows what I'll be painting TOMORROW!

8x10 acrylic on wood, $100 auction
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Here's an UNOFFICIAL LIST that may change at any given point.  And I'll post the paintings to my dailypaintworks site, and I'll list them for auction at $100 starting cost, though if you are the first to bid, you can buy it outright at $165 before anyone else bids on it... or if you are sure you're going to want it and you don't want anyone else bidding on it, do let me know and I'll hold it for you!
Dates will come later...

The List~

Nancy A (11/26)
Kerry C
Ellen S (11/14)
April L
Kris M
Julie P
Kate T
Lisa S
Sandra E
Andrew C
Linda S (11/11)
Robin W
Julie SC
Kendra W
Francene C
Joyce M
John R
Lori J
Joe L (11/6)
Gina G
Kim M
Wendy R
Janet J
Colleen C

And a few of these have dates- if I'm off on your date, do please rely to this e-mail and let me know!
And if you have any other questions, DO please let me know!  This is rather off-the-cuff, and I'm sitting here surrounded by Halloween candy and I have to get a sugared-up 8 year old to bed, so I may have missed something...

Thank you all so much!

Oh and I'll be posting these to my BLOG at starting tomorrow!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Oct 27, Smug Bear

Really, she's going after more grapes in the photo, but somehow in this painting it looks like she's kinda smirking at us at something she knows and we don't~ I like it!

And I have been liking this incredible response I've been getting on my last call for more photos for HOMEvember!  YAY!!!!!

I'm looking through and making a list even as I'm trying to post this bear!  I'll post the list on Tuesday!

3.5x5 acrylic on wood, $45

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

October 24, Bowing Her Head Bear

She was chomping away at a vine full of grapes twisted around the roots of a beautiful fallen tree, and I caught her just as she was leaning in to start nibbling again-
Man do I LOVE bears!!!

This is a little one, 3.5x5 inches on wood, with a little eye hook in the top so you can hang it anywhere! On a tree, in your car, in your closet, anywhere you want a little WILD!
3.5x5 acrylic on wood, 
just $45 and this is YOURS!!!
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Monday, October 23, 2017

Oct 23, Two Harbors Creek

There are a few more paintings from that first weekend in October yet, and this was the very last one. I had painted that crazy bright tree one (see last post) because I'd needed a bit of a break from the water struggle, in which I was attempting to teach myself how to paint the illusion of moving water, flowing down Dave's creek across the rocks. After frustrating myself a whole bunch of time, I sketched one more version looking back up the creek past the sauna towards the roots of an old cedar.  Then as I turned to look at it again to paint, I said to myself, "Why the hell am I not just painting THE WATER?  That's what I want to paint!" So I ignored my sketch on the panel and didn't bother erasing it~ I just looked hard at the rocks and water and started sketching with my brush, putting in the darks and lights and not thinking about what I was doing.
Wow, is that hard! We are so used to stifling ourselves, translating our thoughts for others- its that "invisible audience" I still remember hearing about in 5th grade, those hidden observers in our soul for whom we are constantly performing.  So painting this splash of water was a revelation for me.
I am pretty happy with it.

Sauna Creek, 8x10 acrylic on wood
$160 click here to purchase!