Sunday, February 19, 2017

Feb 19, Bun Run

So it's been another lovely day~  and here's another lovely bunny~  just can't quit on them yet!  This one's an auction!
And DO keep sending me those critter photos!  I am loving the reptiles and rodents coming my way! If YOU have a super cute ferret or mouse or rat or hamster or chinchilla (anything really!), send photos of them my way!  I need critters to paint for this year's "30 Cats and Friends in 30 Days"!

Thanks for everything!

6x6 acrylic on wood, $35 auction, click HERE to join the FUN!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Feb 18, Pale Butt

I just like having the word BUTT in my title somewhere, I think...  it's a funny word, isn't it?  And it seems cuter when it is describing a bunny...
Yup. Gotta love those bunnies!  They sure are something~
It's a beautiful weekend here in Minnesota~  unseasonably warm-  I'm sitting on the back stoop, chatting with Duane who just returned from the Mn Zoo with the kids, looking forward to having a gluten free beer soon!  Hope you are enjoying where ever you are today!

6x6 acrylic on wood, $85 click here for your own personal bunny love!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Feb 16, White Foot Forward

Another version of the wee black bunny!  Those shapes are just such a delight to depict- brushstrokes and pencil lines and layers of medium transparent in the ears~
Shaping the ears and the cheeks and that sweetly squared off butt, dang!  I love it!

6x6 acrylic on wood, $85 click here to add this to your collection!

you know you want to!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Feb 15, Bitty Black Bun and Buddy!

I promised!  Here's two bunnies!  I think the white is the male and the black is the female...  way too fun getting those colors!

6x6 acrylic on wood, $85 click HERE to own these little buggers!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Feb 14th, Fluffy Butt

I gotta admit I really like Valentine's Day, and walked around with a pile of sticker's Max gave me, sticking them onto anyone who would hold still enough for me!  Fun to walk around later and still see the little hearts on people's shirts~  just a little touch of connection all over~  I love that!
And I am loving bunnies!  Here's another one!  And after I painted him, I then realized perhaps I shoulda painted a pair of buns for today~  I do love the light on this guy- those backlit ears and the pips of pale blue shine of the white fur~  just love it!
Hmmm~  we'll see what happens tomorrow!

6x6 acrylic on wood, $85 click HERE to own this Fluffy Butt!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Feb 12, "Bitty Black Bun"

Ooo I am SO creative with my bunny names!  You do realize I am painting bunnies to entice you to send me more photos of small, fuzzy critters to paint, right?  So would you get on that, please?  I have NO ferrets, gerbils, hamsters, parakeets, geckos, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, etc to PAINT yet!  Just cats!  Not that that's not great, to have cats to paint, but I'm hoping for some more fun things to paint in March too!
DO please pass the word around! Here's the link to my project-  "30 Cats and Friends in 30 Days" A Daily Painting Project, March 2017!

And of course, you can also buy this little sweetie NOW!  I loved getting those purple-y blue-y highlights and shadows~  dang, it is so fun to PAINT!

6x6 acrylic on wood, $85 click HERE to own this little gem!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Feb11, On The Line

This is a bunny, and I took the photo last year when mom and I were in Florida for a workshop with Dreama Tolle-Perry-  it was a really tough time-  dad had only been gone for three months, we were both missing him terribly, and usually when mom and I go off painting, it's with other people we know and love so there's support from outside for both of us, but this was just us.  The workshop was in oil, which mom loves and I do too, but for me it's a bit like a contagious disease because I get oil paint on some small part of me and it eventually gets everywhere, including the door handles of the rental car...  anyway, it was harder than we thought but there were beaches and palm trees and sunshine and this glorious backyard full of rabbits!  Obviously not wild rabbits, either.  Very happy to come up and eat carrots from your hand, these guys were~

6x6 acrylic on wood, $85 click here to purchase!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Feb 8, Wee Little Goat

Missed a couple days there, didn't I!  And now I am still on a goat kick~ and I will be reminding you again that I am looking for photos of Cats and OTHER Critters for my "30 Cats And Friends" Project in March!  Please send me your photos!
More info is at this link here~  and do please share it!

And this was a spunky little goat at the Minnesota Zoo, one of the ones trying to climb up Max for more goat treats!  LOVED painting the darks and lights!

Oh and if you need some good thoughts, here is a video I want to show my students, of Caledonia Curry and her Ted Talk at Pratt~  also known as Swoon~  LOVE her!!!  Watching this and listening to her talk about how one small thing can change an environment made me feel so much better~

6x6 acrylic on wood, $75 click here to own this little stinker!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Feb 5, Irish Road

This one was a landscape demo in class the other week-  showing how to mix grey for roads, creating green from the two blues I use in my pallet, how a sky can shape your trees-  that kinda stuff, ya know!
And I like it well enough to let it go for an auction and free shipping!
AND DO send your cat and small critters photos to me for my 30 Cats & Friends in 30 Days project this March!  A daily painting project!  And I need your help!  Do spread the word-  here's a link with more info!

6x8 acrylic on wood, $25 auction, click HERE to join the fun!
Free SHIPPING on this one!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Feb 4, Searching Wolf

And this is a wolf I painted last night at my open studio~  from a photo I took at the Minnesota Zoo of our lovely little pack of wolves there~  I love these black ones!  And I loved the contrast between his black shaggy coat and the smoothness of the snow~
On a 16x16 cradled wood panel~  fun to paint bigger!
Oh and I've got space in my spring Painting Lessons starting March 11th, as well as my One-Day class in Zumbrota, MN at Crossings at Carnegie, March 19th and my weekend class at the Art Colony in Grand Marais, June 17 and 18th!
Thanks for following!

16x16 acrylic on cradled wood, $535 click HERE to purchase now!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Feb 3, "Fluffy Face"

This is a sweet little painting from a photo I took at Powderhorn Art Festival last summer-  outdoor festivals can be great for dog lovers!  Though you do have to stay on top of the occasional leg-lifter- I've had owners looking through my wares while their little love muffins mark my draped table coverings as their territory...  THIS guy didn't do that though!

Oh and thank you so much for all your Happy Anniversary Wishes yesterday!  And if you haven't made it to the Art Shanties Project (which is where we were married, nine years ago, on Medicine Lake) DO try to make it this February!  There will be an Art Cars On Ice Parade every Sunday at 1pm! On White Bear Lake!  See you on the ice!

6x6 acrylic on wood, $75 click HERE to purchase!

Free shipping on this guy!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Feb 1, A Caribou

So, for the second month of this strange new era we are entering, I offer you the Caribou~ a guide and a familiar of my older brother, Patrick, and someone I think can act as a bit of comfort...  maybe... even though he looks a bit peeved, or maybe because he does.  And here's my brother's blog, if you'd like to check him out.  He's a shamanistic cartoonist out near Seattle~  and he does a great job reading spirit animal cards!  His caribou is named Nathan, I do believe-  what should we name this one?

A Caribou, 8x10 acrylic on wood, $160 click HERE to make this YOUR Bou!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Jan 30, Another Goat!

Yup, another goat.  And I'll also mention that I am gearing up for this March's "30 Cats & Friends in 30 Days" Daily Painting Project, so if you have a little animal friend around the house, send me a photo!  I've usually just done cats, but I opened it up last year and am hoping to have a good variety again this year.  I had cockatiels, iguanas, gold fish and bunnies last year, along with my cats, so send me whatever you love!

And I'm going to auction this goat off too~  just feels like that kinda day~

6x6 acrylic on wood, $35 click here to join the auction fun!

And send me your pet photos!!!
For more infö on the project, click here!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sunday Jan 29, "Screendoor Surveillance" won 2nd Place!

Yay!  We had a great time at the Wintertide opening last night, for the couple hours we were able to be there-  and my painting, "Screendoor Surveillance" won 2nd place in its category, drawing and painting!  Which my sister in law Mary told me is worth $500 bucks, and SHE found out from my mom who looked it all up, so even more YAY!  And there were so many lovely people there, and wonderful art, and Max's earache is pretty much gone today, though we were called home because he was awake and hurting at 8pm~

And this is a smaller version of that 3 foot square version, that I painted as a study to see if I thought the composition of the piece would work.  And I think it does~
Seriously, this just cracks me up!

8x8 acrylic on wood, $145 click here to have this visage to look at ever after!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Jan 28, Red Red Apple

So tonight is the Wintertide Exhibition Reception at Public Functionary!  Hope to see some of you there~  we're heading out soon, and here's an apple for you-  keep the sniffles at bay as best you can!

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

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Photos from last Sunday's Class in Zumbrota!

My mom came along to Crossings at Carnegie in Zumbrota, MN last Sunday for my Painting Pets class and we had SUCH a great time!  It was a lovely big class of people with a cat, a horse and the rest dogs to paint~
the set up with all the kids at the tables~

Demonstrating the use of the edge of a bright~

It was darn fun!  I'm sorry I didn't get a group shot!
And I have one more class at Crossings in March~
Sunday March 19 from 11:30-3:30- Paint your HOUSE!
$65 + $12 materials fee~ click the link above to sign up!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

January 25th, "Dog's Eye View"

When someone is smaller than you, physically, emotionally, age-wise, species-wise, financially, you do usually feel some bit of compassionate care for them.  That's that human thing, of with power comes responsibility.  Though unfortunately, I think there are always people who can't seem to think further than themselves, and I'm not quite sure how this happens.  My own compassionate heart wants to believe that something terrible must have happened to them at some point in their life.
SO this little painting is of a small dog, looking up to you, the viewer, with complete trust and love in his big warm eyes~
Just a reminder~  there's always someone smaller than you!  Try to help them out if you can!

6x6 acrylic on wood, $75 click here to make this YOUR little face!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Jan 24, Compassionate Goat

Something about this goat's eye just reads so full of emotion to me... and even though I painted it, and took the photo, and I'm pretty sure the actual goat wasn't feeling any incredibly deep emotions at the time, there's still something that comes through this painting for me.  THat happens sometimes...

And its time for another auction, I think~

6x6 acrylic on wood, $35 starting bid, click HERE to join the auction fun!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Pics from last week's Artist Talk at Track29!

I taught a painting class at Crossings at Carnegie in Zumbrota, MN, yesterday, which took up most of my day and I didn't get an actual painting done, but I DO have these photos from last week's artist talk at Track29 in Uptown, Minneapolis!
A bit of my listeners, as I start talking- Jan (standing) is wearing a Frankensweater I made several years ago!  Rosalee (in the hat) and daughter Sally are listening intently-

Me, talking...

Me and Rosalee in front of the painting of her cat, Prince Charles!

And me again, in front of the wall of 10x10 inch dogs!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Jan 22, Diving

This is a little otter painting, and it was a bit trickier than I'd expected to get all that light on his sleek little body as he's pushing through that expanse of water~

6x6 acrylic on wood, $75 click here to purchase~