Okay, so I have to admit that it feels strange to post a painting I have no intention of selling, and maybe not even keeping, but I do want to work more on painting people and that is a challenge to me. I want to get better at this, which means I have to DO it, and I have to POST them too! SO here is Max, being tickled by Duane, which makes for a strange facial expression to start with, and I had to move his lower eye in more because I had it too high up- I am proud of the fact that I can draw fairly well if I am patient and pay attention and really look at what I am doing~ so the fact that I realized I'd drawn the eye too low means a lot to me.
And painting flesh tones is tricky- and so are teeth! He's kinda biting his lip in this one...
That said, there is still space for this weekends Paint Your Pet Class! Come and join me!
Thanks all! I get the nicest compliments from people!
So this is another one for Art4Shelter, which is May 10th here in Minneapolis- if you are out of town and a painter and you'd also like to contribute some work for this amazing (and very respectful of artists!) event, the Art4Shelter website (link HERE) has a submission page with the info, and the deadline for submitting is this Saturday the 29th! Send em in baby!
So you have to be there in person to make a purchase! Sorry!
Or is it a sheep? Actually, I think it might be a ram~
But Happy Earth Day anyway! may there be many more Earth Days with some Earth to celebrate! The Cub Scouts are all down on the River Road, cleaning up the river, I think... we'l be doing some gardening and all today as well~ hope you find a sweet way to spend your day and get out into the fresh air too!
Oh and this is a piece for the Art4Shelter fundraiser on May 10th at the Burnett Gallery at the Meridian Hotel in downtown Minneapolis! You can submit work as well~ all 5x7s are $35 which is the price of a bed at the Simpson's Shelter~ much more info can be found HERE!
5x7, acrylic on paper, $35 on May 10th! Gotta be present to get it!
So, here is a painting of the boy-o...
I am rather happy with it. Now I have to paint more.
I had a crown started yesterday and my mouth is still not happy- I get the real crown in two weeks, which will be nice. I was surprised at how fearful I was yesterday about the entire experience. I actually teared up sitting in the chair, and had to have the dentist sit me up a couple times. I think it is all still anxiety connected to the sudden death of my dad, in November of 2015. Today is the anniversary of Prince's death last year. When that happened, not that long after my dad's death, it shook me again. I think I'm feeling that again, now-
It is amazing the journey grief takes us on.
SO I'll keep painting. I love Max. He's pretty great.
I guess I coulda called this one "STALLING" because it is NOT a painting of a person. But it IS a splendid little gem of a wolf! I was a bit concerned about that position of the eyes, but it worked out so well~ and I had a more tropical green for the background at first that just took too much attention away from all that fluff and puff and huff, and I had to get back to it~
Ah, it just feels so good to PAINT!
Come paint with me! Here's a link to upcoming classes!
6x6 acrylic on wood, $85 click here to own this wild one~
This is a goat, on a table. I had a great time mixing up those browns, trying to slow down and pay attention. That's what I really need from painting, is that chance to sit for a bite of time and put all my soul into moving color around until it approximates on the panel what I see in my head.
I want to try a kind of 30 In 30 Project painting people- because I know it will be really hard for me. Got any pics of a human kid you wanna send my way? I'll probably be auctioning them off if I think they are worth saving because I don't know that they'll work at first...
Oh, and after that vote of confidence in my ability, I have some NEW Painting Classes coming up, one-day ones that you can grab at this link here! This summer is busy for me, so these are all before mid-June!
It's spring, even for bears, and it's time to be up and moving around. This guy looks a bit stunned by the view, or the weather, or just by attempting to be more vertical than horizontal...
The shape of a bear is so appealing- roundish, shaggy, cuddly...
Why not an Easter Bear?
6x6 acrylic on wood, $85, click HERE to have this lovely as your own!
I was trying to think of a clever title for this one- not so much~
I love painting tapirs! They are such a great crazy looking creature, prehistoric in some ways, with that flexible rubber nose, and that eye with a glint of intelligence- and those sturdy legs with the ballet-tipped toes- and that lovely, rotund, fuzzy blue-grey girth! Simply just a delight to paint~
Who wouldn't love a tapir?!
This seems appropriate for Palm Sunday~ it's a church I walked past in New York back at the beginning of March when I was there for the Art Teacher convention and I'd just been at the Met with two incredibly sweet and funny art teachers from out-state New York and we were walking back towards the 2nd Ave Q Subway stop where the Chuck Close mosaics are and I took this photo. It was great wandering around an art museum with two other art teachers as well as New York itself, because it felt much better snapping photos of everything and exclaiming "Oh that is so beautiful!" with people who understand! I highly recommend it~
8x10 acrylic on wood, $180 click HERE to own this lovely structure~
Just can NOT get enough of these little boogers! I mean, seriously- doncha want one as your own pet? Just to cuddle with and kick off the top of the fridge?
I loved painting the background on this, going back in while the paint was still wet to shape his lovely cheekbones~
6x6 acrylic on wood, $85 click HERE to make this goat yours!
I decided to do one more, for the VERY last day of March, and I'm making this one an auction! I haven't ever done that for a "30 In 30" Project before, so we'll see how it works...
This is Mabel, who is a cat living with Diabetes, thanks to her devoted owner, Emily~ and in this painting she is wearing her purple pheromone collar!
6x6 acrylic on wood, $25 starting BID for the auction! Click HERE to join in the fun!
I would love a bit more of a story here, about Moore~ he/she is one of those hairless cats, and I (once again) just could NOT resist painting this! I mean, come ON! LOOK at this creature! Lord of the Rings? Some kind of Gothic shoulder pet? Not sure, but wow!
And I thought I should re-post the list of everyone, now that I'm (mostly) done- you never know- I might just paint something tomorrow too! And the Opening Party will be NEXT Friday, April 7th, at Diamond's from 6-8! So please come if you can make it! Wahoo!
8x8 acrylic on wood, $175 click here to own this amazing creature!
1- Picky the Hermit Crab
2- Nigel in a Bucket
3- snapper on the road
4- Nemo the Cockatoo
5- Wooly the Brown Mouse
6- Polly for Carrie L
7- Frank the iguana for Loren K
8- Cleo & Maverick- Carrie J
9- Dizzy for Kate S
10-Ember for Diane A
11-Venus- for Brad & Carolyn
12- Rescue Kitties for Gil and Jonny
13- Batman for Coreena's sister
14- Kane for Maggie J
15 Office Goat
16-Jinx for Kat & Jason
17-Morrison for Cami
18- Oskar for Rebecah
19- Darling Angelina for Deborah
20 Doaschy and Redski for Cathy E
22- Cheney for Colleen
23- Boo- for Harper
24 Twice the Fun
25-Jim Carroll Too- for Brad and Carolyn
26 Oz for Liz Tim
27 Turtle for Kristine S
28 - Valentine for Greer
29- Resuce Kitty Tw0
30- Moore the Naked Kitty
The thing about Valentine is that he's a vain mother fudger. He loves to be photographed.
Greer (his human owner) hauls him all over the coop - he's famous and has nearly died by squashing several times during art Crawl.
6x6 acrylic on wood, $100 click HERE to own this personality!
Her name is Turtle (because she is a tortoise shell...well technically a tortie and white). She was born in an alley to a pride of alley cats near the house of a family friend. She was the only female in a 4 kitten litter. Her brothers are all black (the pic of the black cat is one of her brothers). My friend live trapped all the kittens and gave 2 to us.
She is full of attitude...shamelessly steals milk from right under your nose. Her favorite toys are soft glitter balls that she plays soccer with...racing around the house "dribbling" them. She loves to snuggle under a blanket when we lie on the couch...she curls up behind the crook of my knee.
This guy makes me think of those big, strong, tigerish kitties I've known all my life- the kind of cat that would be a tough but sweet big brother, ready to step in and also ready to laugh at your silly predicament. Doncha love him?
Here's what his owner says about him~ Oz is a senior kitty (18 yrs young) who still plays like a kitten, loves the outdoors, enjoys the laps of kids and adults alike, and is apt to bounce off the walls from time to time.