Thursday, May 24, 2018

5/24 Superior And Rocks #1

This is one of three plein air pieces I painted in Grand Marais. Both my sister and my best friend were NAGGING me, yes, there's no other word for it, absolutely NAGGING me to get outside and go paint. I was in the middle of "Evening Rush Hour" while they were badgering me, and I have to admit, I DID talk a lot about wanting to get out and paint the water in person. And I had been whining about wanting to go back and paint the tiny creek (is it a CRICK then?) near our BnB, so I guess they were justified in pushing me.
SO I gathered my sta-wet pallet and a water cup with brushes and an 8x8 and two 8x10 panels and trotted off to meet Beaner by the Angry Trout, and painted one piece that really didn't work. Then I went and searched out Jill where she'd been drawing the trees on the rocks near the campground, opposite side of the bay to the lighthouse, where I really don't remember ever being.  Though I HAD to have climbed up on the rocks some of the many times we stayed in the camper on a trip...
Anyway, this was fun.

8x10 acrylic on wood

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Sunshine on Minnehaha Creek

This is the biggest one I've painted in a while, 30x40~  makes me want to paint more big ones~  I could fall into this one. It's from a photo I took with Maxie last spring along the creek, near Nokomis Ave and Minnehaha Parkway... there's a lovely bridge there, and I was drawn in by the reflections, of course. There's that trick of trying to paint something in front of you, looking closely but not too closely... looking and keeping your brain from taking over, letting your eyes see and translate what they are seeing into paint, without your brain jumping in and saying things like, " YOU CAN'T DO THAT! WaTER ISN'T PINK!" and such helpful notes such as that. A lot of painting is learning to let go and follow the flow. Making the time for that to happen is really important too. And it takes YEARs to learn how to do that! Which is why it is still annoying to sit and paint in public and get an awesome painting done within an hour, and have someone ask how much that would be, and when it is a price that is more than they expect, they don't understand that it is the experience of painting every day that makes such output possible.
Believe me... every painting doesn't work out!

30x40 acrylic on canvas


again, I am always delighted to accept payments!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Rushing the Reeds: Marsh Reflection Series

This is the mate to the one I posted yesterday~ and I am SO wanting to go over to Minnehaha Creek and just sit there and PAINT.  Maybe I can do that tomorrow evening... I mean, it isn't a pond or a marsh, really, but I can sure see some lovely water and reflections there...
And it's supposed to be in the 90's this weekend, and we are not going anywhere, so perhaps biking over to Lake Nokomis and painting while the kids swim could be a possibility...
And thank you all for your wonderful comments about this series!  I am really moving into this water thing- not that it's entirely new to me or anything, but it sure feels good!

16x20 acrylic on cradled wood panel

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And just as an aside, in case you didn't know this, I am always willing to accept payments for artwork, with NO INTEREST. So if you really want a piece but you don't have a spare $500 lying around, let me know, send me a down payment, and send me some money every month until it's paid for and then it's YOURS!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Water Music

I think this may be my favorite... and there's a couple from Denver who will be measuring their wall and possibly having me ship this to them this week, which would be awesome!  Though of course, if it interests YOU, you can always nab it now.
What I really love is the sense of flow, the feel of the water on different levels, and that stark contrast of the shadows of the bent reed at the bottom of the piece,  And I used those three new colors, did I mention them before?  I brought up a teal blue, a dailyride yellow, and a very pink magenta, which I can see in this but I'm not sure if you can....

12x24 acrylic on canvas

Friday, May 18, 2018

Sky Reflections

From the Marsh Reflections Series~  this one was SO fun and such a struggle to paint. The sky is the lightest part, yet there's that intense pink pushed into the depths of the reeds there... and there's slight definition amongst the trees, and the water has a dark shine to in right at our feet...

And those FUN SPIKY BENDY grasses- this may be turning me to loving abstraction!  How do you do that?
This will be at Art-A-Whirl too!
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16x40 acrylic on canvas

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Darker Depths

Here's another from the Marsh Series- in this one, I was really interested in figuring out how to paint that dark color of the water nearest the bottom, right in front of you, and how to make it feel like you could see through it, into the dark to those murky shapes just below the surface.  These are different from my otters, in that with those paintings, the viewer is under the water with the otter and the surface is all reflection and light.  In these works, I'm exploring the surface and below.
DANG this is so FUN!!! It makes me want to paint, just posting this!  Wahoo!

16x40 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Evening Rush Hour

Dang!  This has got to be the busiest week of my spring so far, and it shows no signs of slowing down...
I painted up a storm in Grand Marais this past weekend, falling deeper in love with water and reflections, especially on still water... so we'll see where that goes. I expect you'll be able to find me along the shores of Lake Hiawatha this summer, and along the banks of Minnehaha creek as well~  this painting is from a photo I took last summer of an inconsequential little marshy area behind the Superior Shores hotel in Two Harbors.  I LOVE this one!
It will be with me at the Grain Belt Bottling house this weekend, Friday and Saturday for Art-A-Whirl!  Come on by and see it in person!  They always look better that way!

12x24 acrylic on black gessoed gallery wrapped canvas
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Sunday, May 13, 2018

May 12, Superior Marsh #3

This is one of my newest paintings~ every year when I come up to the Art Colony I never know what's going to happen-  I thought I was going to paint bears or otters... I knew I'd paint a peregrine
falcon or two but this was new!
The photos I painted from are from Superior Shores in Two Harbors, last fall when mom and I went up for Dave Gilsvik's plein air class~ there was a wonderful marshy bit around back behind the hotel by the shore, where some water was wandering back to the lake, and it was sundown when I took these pics, and that's about all I painted!
Marsh Wandering Second Class
Acrylic on cradled panel, 16x16
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Friday, May 11, 2018

May 10th, An Apple...

...a Day...  and I'm realizing I haven't posted in WAY too long!  SO I am back-posting!  Here is an apple from a demo!


6x6 acrylic on wood


May 11, Sunshine Doxie

This is my first little painting on aluminum~ it's a bit strange.  You might not really be able to tell any difference, because the bits that are shining through are those light bits...

6x6 acrylic on ALUMINIUM

click here to have this possibly ONE-OF-A-KIND painting on metal!
Not sure how many more I'll do...
It's a new experiment...

Friday, May 4, 2018

May 4th- The Demo Mug, an Auction!

I don't know- is this a mug, or a cup? What is the actual definition of a cup, vs a mug?
Did you get as many "May the Fourth Be With You" jokes today as I did? I showed this Jeremy Messersmith video of his song Tatooine to my 3rd graders~  and now I'm off on a jag of listening to the Current's Live Concerts on Youtube... great stuff!  Have you heard this one?  Or this one? I am loving his humor!
Anyway, here is my demo, caucasian skin colored mup/cug from our demo at class last night~
I'll make this one an auction too!
Because auctions are FUN!

6x6 acrylic on wood


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Thursday, May 3, 2018

May 3, Benny!

SO I just had to repaint Benny-   think the first version is just not what I want to be giving to his owner...
So I redid it just now-  which do you like better?

Benny TOO

Benny the First

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

May 2, A Commission...

Man!  Working on a couple larger commissions, and planning for painting classes, and upcoming events, and where does the time go?!?
So this is Zara!

8x8 acrylic on wood SOLD

Monday, April 30, 2018

April 30, A Moose again~

Yup,  I've said YES again too many times- and now I'm in the middle of it, and can't get out of it for another few weeks, anyway, so here is a moose from January, while I catch my breath...

I rather like this one...  great lighting, I think!
4.5x6 acrylic on wood

this one is also available for just


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Friday, April 27, 2018

April 27, Sit, An AUCTION!

Listening to the radio, the Current here in Minneapolis, which I love, but not liking the song right now- too much synthetic, voice-changing, jarring noise.
And now, it's the Rolling Stones, with "Paint It Black"- which I love- it's about paint, right, and about painting black, yes, as well as a few more negative emotions like a break-up and feeling very sad...
I still prefer it to the "everybody wants to be famous" one I just heard-
Which is a lengthy beginning to why I decided to title this little black bear painting simply "Sit."

Sometimes, it is a really good thing to do.

Just sit.

Though these days, it seems the only time I really do that is when I'm behind the wheel of my car-
Ah, this modern life!

And I decided to auction this one- haven't done that in a while!  See if you can nab it for $50!

6x6 acrylic on panel

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

April 25, A Black Bear Behind

I'm trying to clean up my photos on my laptop because I think it's making it incredibly slow, and I have to admit I probably keep WAY too many photos on it, but I just can't seem to delete some of the adorable ones of Maxie as a baby, or the videos either...
And now my computer has updated to the newest thingies and I can't get my photos tool to do what I want.  Man!
This is a black bear from a series Duane took at the Minnesota Zoo in 2013, when all three were clowning around on the snags in their enclosure, and I just love the posture of the feet in this one! And how you can tell where he's looking by the position of those ears~  I painted this one on a 9x12 panel, without gesso-ing it black first, just to see if I could get the darks I prefer using just paint-  I'll be varnishing it to seal it, and I have to say, I kinda like it!

9x12 acrylic on wood

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

April 24, More Egon...

And here is a foot from the painting of Portrait of Paris by Egon Shiele~
I loved doing this one!

It is amazing how much you can learn by looking closely at another artist's work. And attempting to copy another painting is another great lesson in really looking... hmmm...
I mean, that's part of what art really is, is LOOKING.  See how the fabric drapes across the ankle?  And the shine on the toe?

Such fun!

8x10 oil pastel on paper

ONLY available at Art4Shelter!

Monday, April 23, 2018

April 23, Shiele Parts

This Saturday I was at a sketching session at the MIA with some other people as part of a fundraiser for Art4Shelter.  I was asked to pick a painting and to sit and sketch it for a couple hours, and I've been entranced by this painting since I was a guard at the Tute in the way early '90s~
It is a portrait of  Portrait of Paris von Gterslohand I've loved looking at those wrinkles and the gestures of the hands, and the intense expression on the young man's face. I'm sure there's all sorts of stories about Shiele, who had his faults, and I've read a biography or two, but I am still just engrossed by his handling of paint.
SO this was the painting we sat in front of, and this is my version, in oil pastel, of the left hand (on the right as you view the painting) and it will be at the MIA for Art4Shelter on May 9th!

8x10 oil pastel on black paper
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Sunday, April 22, 2018

April 22, This Is A Bear, Thinking ....

I like this one. It's fun when it works.
It's also fun to sit outside in a big sunhat, eating the rest of last night's spinach supreme salad, crouched over  my laptop so i  can see the screen, the sun shining on my back.

4.5x6 acrylic on wood

just $58 to hang this in that special spot!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

April 18, Standing Wild

Wow!  I've been invited to participate in a Pop-Up Show at Banfille-Locke Center for the Arts in early May, so I've been painting some fun wild critters for the spring!  And here's one of them!

6x10 acrylic on wood
hanging system on back!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

April 17th, Otter Backflip

Another sweet little one, playing with color and direction, trying to get a sense of movement with a minimum of strokes~  such fun!

4.5x6 acrylic on wood