This tree lives in Seattle, at Lincoln Park in West Seattle, at 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 98136. Lincoln Park is near my cousin's house, and we always visit it at least once when we are in the area. There are numerous huge trees like this one. I find really big trees comforting. I hate that Minneapolis is cutting down big trees. I find that disturbing. There's a lot of stuff I find disturbing these days, but not trees. I need trees. YOU need trees. Trees make our homes possible. We need more trees. If you don't have any trees in your lot, you must plant some. Oaks are nice. Pines like this one are really nice too. They grow and create a mini-atmosphere around your house, tempering the weather for you, making it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, protecting you from winds.
Trees are good.
Yes, it isn't a house.
I may be veering into painting a few trees...
We hug the big ones when we walk by...
So our youngest sister is a world traveler as well, and at the moment she seems to be in love with Costa Rica to the point that she has purchased THIS house! So now we all have somewhere to stay when we go there! It looks pretty awesome, with high mountain views all around- hmm, Duane doesn't much like heights...
It appears to be a white house, though with stucco and that lighting, it is hard to tell. There's apparently a story attached to it- and I'm realizing I painted this from the photo on the real estate thingie, without permission, which always bugs me... darn it!
SO my sister Colleen, who is always known as Beaner by family and friends because our dad called her The Queen Bean, bought this house in the Cherokee Park neighborhood of St Paul, close to the High Bridge, and she periodically lives in it with her two cats and a housemate. It's a lovely big house, with wood floors and amazing pocket doors and just gorgeous built-in cupboards and things I wish my house had, so I had to paint it for her!
This one was taken from the car on our trip to Ireland in 2013, with mom and dad and my sisters. It looks like a newer cottage, with skylights and an electric gate. Still has those brushy trees, and the Irish sky.
bit crazy again today~ somehow I keep thinking the weekend is a chance to catch up, but it almost never is. It's another opportunity for more stuff to happen! We had an awesome class this morning, with just one more in the series. It just never ceases to amaze me how incredible a group of people committed to learning can be! There is so much energy and enthusiasm, and great comments towards each person's efforts. And it is always a delight to hear someone else also loves to paint, and that the feel of the brush moving the wet slick pigment across the surface is something to look forward to.
This is the house for today- it's getting a bit tougher to get them done! That's why I only wanted to do 15-
This is a nearly monochromatic painting- and it was really fun to do! Houses can be a bit of a pain because of all the detail that feels necessary to maintain the illusion of the reality- and it can be hard to determine what is absolutely needed, and what can be left out. This one was more of a "leave it out" kind of painting. And I had so much fun exaggerating that yellow sky! It was morningish, in the winter of 2010, when this photo was taken.
Wendy is a magical person, and whenever I get the chance to be with her, it just feels great! Kinda like if you lived in a magical house with a magenta tree dropping magical puffs of color all over your pristine pillowed driveway....
This was a fun one to paint, for sure!
I've been working on commissions too, because I can't not paint animals... and a few squirrels too- we'll see where those pop up!
I am very fortunate that my family takes good photos! This one is from my sister, Colleen, know as Beaner, who travels all over. The cabin belongs to Dave Gilsvik, famed painted from Two Harbors who has become a friend and colleague to my mom and me. I was happy to include this one today because it makes me think of my dad and the first time I came to Dave's cabin, following dad in the camper on all these windy backroads. Dad always loved a short cut, and he loved looking around other people's workshops, and he and Dave got on well. I think it may have been when mom and I were doing an art event in Two Harbors, so Duane and Max were along too- I do remember taking photos of Max playing in Dave's creek below his mini-bridge. Lovely memories~ lovely place. Dave raised his family in this little cabin while they built their bigger house just across the creek. He has a very patient and loving wife~ here's his facebook page too!
I had to rush a bit on this one- amazing how much time even a small painting can take!
Yes, a cottage on an island~ there's something about those skies...
Have I mentioned that I've been listening to Afrocelt Soundsystem lately? I have a couple of their cds, and remember dancing to their music in the basement of at least one South Minneapolis house... there's something really soothing, moving, invigorating about their music. We ended up using it as background music at the Boutique on Saturday, and it made the day just rock, for me! And I'm pretty sure other people enjoyed it as well. I've been playing it in my classroom too, and the kids like it because they don't know what it is and can't quite categorize it as "Art Teacher" music...
Check out the wikipedia page, and then order some of their music! I'm listening to it on Amazon music, but I also have the cds~ here is a link to SEED-
So, this year I am just painting whatever house I want, on whatever day I want to! How's that for no pressure for me? I still say, DO send me your photos! And if you know you want one painted, let me know so I include it for sure.
This is a photo sent to me by Tim, who is Brad and Carolyn's cousin and who came to our Boutique By The Creek on Saturday and so I am sure this house is somewhere in that neighborhood~ I really love these houses. There is so much personality!
So, I'm going to paint a house/home for the next 15 days. I don't have them all lined up yet. This will be quite a bit more casual than my dogs and cats projects, because I'm not planning on having a show of these. I just like to try to follow through when I say I'm going to do something, so here goes!
My first HOME is from a roadside photo taken when we were in Ireland in 2013. This little cottage is situated in a curve in the road with a tight little fence and very neat windows. I think it is taken care of and it appears to be lived in by someone who keeps it up. And the atmosphere is really close to the one we are living in in Minneapolis right now. We have the fireplace on and are hunkering in for warmth and light.
And thank you everyone who came to our Boutique By The Creek yesterday! It was SO fun!!! And I've got more squirrel photos so I'll be painting more- they are all sold except for my RedHeaded Raider! Thank you Wendy!
And I also have some more wonderful commissions to be working on- thank you!
I was trying to think of a title for this one, and that just popped into my head~
A favorite song of my dad's, actually...
I've been whistling around my classroom, and my 3rd and 4th graders want to know how to whistle like I do, and I tell them my dad taught me.
One of many things he taught me.
Such a great guy. I miss him.
But this is still a great piece of fruit!
I'll have it with me tomorrow at the Boutique By The Creek! 10 to 5pm, at 5012 South 12th Ave, Minneapolis, 55417-
Larger than life, this one... I think anyway. How big are those little buggers? They probably weigh like 4 ounces, but sure can cause a huge amount of damage! They've been wanting to live under our front porch, and Duane has sealed up the holes, but I still see them flitting in and around there. I suppose we should move the pumpkins further away...
Did you ever read Chatterer The Red Squirrel? by Thornton Burgess? These were my mom's books when I was growing up- lots of wildlife wearing jackets and hats, like Beatrix Potter. I wonder if they knew each other?
I will have this guy with me at the Boutique By The Creek this Saturday! Come on by and see him in person! Though if you buy him before then, I will ship him to you as soon as I can!
I'm kinda loving these...
Gotta get more wooden plaques~
It's a little more fun changing up the dimensions of paintings- going from 5 feet by 4 feet to 3.5 inches by 5 inches can be a great brain exercise!
And I don't know about your family, but mine is having a bit of a time with Daylight Savings again... I'm pooped by 8, and can't sleep past 4:30 am.... and my son and husband have a tough time getting up before 7:30am, which is when I leave. Max has asked me to set his alarm clock so he can get up at 6:30, and I keep going up to wake him, but he still can't get himself out of bed- "coooold" he mutters as he digs deeper into his quilt~
So a bear for today!
So I'll be starting the HOMEvember project on Sunday, November 10th, and painting one HOME a day til November 25th, for a total of 15. This is reasonable. I can do this.
And that way, I can continue to paint other critters!
Here's a tiny wolf!
Painted on a pine oval with a periwinkle/lilac edging, this tiny original work of art is ready to hang in that small special spot, or even to give as a gift to hang on a tree!
Bit of a late last night, with the daylight savings... had a sleep-over of 10 year olds, so we watched "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "The Simpsons' Movie" and "Bob the Builder and the Golden Hammer"... I went upstairs to go lay down at 12:30 while they were watching episodes of "64 Zoo Lane". Have you ever heard of that one? We love it!
And I'm still planning on attempting a HOMEvember kinda painting project, though I haven't gotten any submissions at this point, and I think I'm going to drop the price a bit, and I'll start by painting places I've lived or stayed at... but I'm not sure I'll be starting on that tomorrow~ so goes my work towards being impeccable with my word...
I don't think I'm done with squirrels yet either! Stay tuned!
This is a commission- one of the ones I've been working on when I'm not painting squirrels...
That is a huge soul, looking out of those eyes. Sadly, Mauer is no longer with us, and he was a community dog, with a large following of people who love him, so I'm honored to be a part of his remembering.
Good one for All Souls Day...
Ha! Can't do a Trick without getting caught, can ya? This looks just like the little guys who are running around our front porch, nibbling on our pumpkins! Yes, just as I'm coming to shoo them away... that's the look all right!