Friday, January 19, 2018

Jan 19, Another Commission

Oh I had SO much fun painting this one!  This one was a commission for a Christmas present, and when the clients sent the initial images to me,  this was the one I really wanted to paint~  it is so delightful when I get a photo that really speaks to me!  I mean, really- how could you NOT want to paint this?
And I offered the usual sizes, 9x12, 11x14, but I really wanted to paint it BIG!  And they wrote back saying after talking about it, they decided they wanted to go with the 16x20!  YAY!
That made my December!
And really really really, what a great face~  who couldn't love that?

16x20 acrylic on archival panel

Spoken for!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Jan 18, Cave Hesitant

Another lovely image from a little while ago!  I love these bears~ and I'm a little busy painting a groundhog car or two for the Art Shanties opening Tiny Art Car Parade this Sunday, so it's nice to pull up some back inventory~  bears!  And by the way, it would have been a 3rd Sunday, but we'll be out on the ice! Come on out and join us!

6x6 acrylic on wood
$75 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Jan 17, The Sweetest Face

And this is another one, I'm pulling up from the archives and shaking off~ painted a few years ago, from a photo taken of a puppy in England~  I like the strokes of fur fanning out from the forehead~  I think we'll make this one an auction too~  just because!
I shoulda named him "The Princely One" with all that purple in the background~


8x8 acrylic on wood
$16 starting bid
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Jan 16, The Groundhog

Well, aside from commissions, we've also been playing with mini-cars for the Art Shantie's Mini-Art Car Parade, the first of which is THIS Sunday, January 21, at Lake Harriet for the Art Shany Project 2018!!  It should be AWESOME!!
If you didn't know, Duane and I were married at the Art Shanties on Medicine Lake in 2008 on Groundhog's day, and we will be there celebrating again this year for our 10 year Anniversary!  Ain't that AWESOMEST! So Duane has been creating our tiny art cars for the Tiny Art Car Parade, and we'll be there on Sunday with them for their unveiling along with all the other fantastic Art Car Artists in town!
SO to commemorate that momentous occasion, I've brought back up this lovely painting of a beloved and slightly beleaguered looking whistle pig~

Usually priced at $135 I'm dropping that just for you, for now, because that face needs to go somewhere out in the world!  Everyone has to recognize the special-ness of Groundhog's Day, and this can be YOUR way!

8x8 acrylic on panel,
just $85!
Click HERE to nab this sweetpea!


Monday, January 15, 2018

Jan 15, Not Quite Done Yet...

Hmmmm... something is still not right about the muzzle and face here.  The actual dog looks younger and more puppy-ish than this one. And I still have to do something to make the front paws look like they are touching the floor more- not so splayed, I think.
I do like the floor itself so far- and that stuffed soccer ball...
I had my violin lesson tonight, and had a substitute instructor, which I found really helpful. I've been taking lessons since September, and Maxie has piano at the same time as my violin, which is nice, and I think I'm doing well, but my usual instructor sometimes seems distracted or more concerned about things other than how I'm doing, and I liked how this substitute helped me with basic things like how to stand and play, and that it is good to go back and keep playing the past lessons as well as the newest ones, and she lent me her shoulder rest because I've been meaning to get one, and it made a big difference.  So, I think it is always a good thing to take a lesson or two from other instructors, just to see the key points from another perspective.
Love it!

Jan 14, Working on It...

Here's one of the commissions I'm tackling this weekend... and it helps so much to take photos and look at the image from that distance, because I am now realizing I don't quite have the head shape right, and I think one eye is a bit lower than the other and I need to fix that.
It's a challenge painting such a light colored dog too, because I love leaving some of the black showing through and to get that light colored, fawn colored fur, I have to layer and layer on the lighter tones- it is fun though, when I can see that glow of life shining through!
Yay!

11x14 acrylic on cradled basswood panel

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Jan 13, Happy Apple

Today was the first day of my first class of this new year, and we had a great time~  I am so grateful to have had as many amazing teachers in my life, because they taught me how reciprocal teaching is- you get back at least as much as you give, if not more! You wouldn't think that from much of people's perspective on teaching, but to me, it is an incredibly valuable career.
And here is my demo from today~ your basic honey crisp.
All yours if you'd like it!

6x6 acrylic on wood
$45 for you!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Jan 12, Waiting...

This painting is from a photo taken while sitting at the Riverview Cafe, in August a couple summers ago during the LOLA art crawl~  I still like it!  And I'm working on a few commissions, so I thought I'd go back and pull up a couple pieces that could use a bit more attention~
It is a big reminder to myself how much I really do appreciate the black effect~  to have the dark there is a lovely thing.  There's some power in that black!


8x8 acrylic on wood,
$130
click here to purchase!

https://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/kat-corrigan/waiting-at-the-riverview/97984

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Jan 11, Yes, It's Me...

It is a veritable blizzard out there right now!  Wow~  gotta love winter storm warnings in Minnesota when they are right!
And this is little Bella, my model from Sunday's demo at Wet Paint-  I painted this one on an unprimed basswood panel, and really had to push the colors to get them to do what I wanted them to do, and they are still not quite where I think they should be, without black~  it is really hard to get the darkest darks... but the struggle is quite fun! I do like the light coming through, though it does make the values harder to calculate.  We'll see how far I go with this-

8x8 acrylic on cradled panel
$135 
click here to own this winsome look!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Jan 10, A Commission!

I'm a bit busy with some commissions, so I thought I'd post a Christmas one!  And if you are thinking of taking my Painting Lessons this Saturday, JUST DO IT!!! It would be great to have you!

10x10 acrylic on wood, spoken for!
"Horton and Jojo"

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Jan 9, Sea Otter Swimming

Hello!  hey, if you've been wanting to take a painting class but weren't sure about it, and you thought maybe you'd like to check out the one I have starting this Saturday at 9:30 am, then come on over to the Ivy and see what you think!  I'd love to have you join us!
And oh by the way, this is another otter I've painted onto raw basswood~  it's a cradled 8x8 panel, completely stable, lovely wood tone, and so for me to paint all those dark colors is a crazy stretch!  I love painting on black but I've been wanting a bit of a switch~  hmmm~

8x8 acrylic on wood, $135 
click HERE to purchase~

Monday, January 8, 2018

Jan 8, Walrus Open Eye

I had to try one more walrus, this one with her eye open~
Though I think I'll make this one an auction-  which means you can probably pick it for the starting bid!
Wahoo!

6x6 acrylic on wood,
$25 starting bid!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Jan 7, Wet Paint DEMO!!!the lovely Bella~

It has been a lovely day here, in Central Minnesota, where the temperatures have risen from below zero to a more comfortable teens and twenties... and I had a really fun Artist Demo at one of my favorite art supply stores, Wet Paint in St Paul, where lovely little Bella was brought in by her owners so I could use her as my subject.  She is a year old Chiweeny, a Chihuahua- Dachshund mix, and she was absolutely delightful!  She was friendly to everyone, wriggly and licky, and I took a million photos~  and this is the one I chose to paint~
It is always an education to paint with an audience, and especially this one because I had two former students in it who were very good and comfortable with asking me questions, which were great because they made me really think about what I am doing which is a great thing for a painter to do in the middle of their process because then you really DO think about what you're doing and so become more aware of what it is that you ARE actually doing! Which can also leave you unable to talk for a period of time because your brain is processing what you just suddenly understood about your work...
Humbling would be the word~
SO this is Bella!
Though I do have to add that initially I painted the background in blue-green, but it was WAY too intense, and this grey-green is much better!  I am so pleased!

8x8 acrylic on wood, $135 
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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Jan 6, Open Nostrils Walrus Breath

And here is another lovely walrus painting, same size as yesterdays~  they look pretty good together!  As a matter of fact, if you are interested in buying both of them, I'd be happy to cut you a deal, like "2 for $120" or something, because they are so good together!
I'm really loving the lucid purples and the whiskers on these~
And if you are in Minnesota, I have an Artist Painting Demo tomorrow from 2-4 at Wet Paint!  Come watch me paint tomorrow!  I'll have a live model!

6x6 acrylic on wood, $75
click here to make this yours!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Jan 5, Meet The Walrus

My older brother sent me a lovely batch of walrus photos he took out west at his local zoo, and here is my first one! Ain't she a beaut?!  Those purple tones and her whiskers as well as that lovely blue water and the fun of painting IT!!!
Yay for walruses!
Or is it walrus?
I may be painting this one bigger, because I just love that sweetly closed eye and her tightly squeezed nostrils...

6x6 acrylic on wood
STILL at 2017 prices!
only $75 and FREE SHIPPING in the USA!
click here to have the first walrus!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Jan 4, Sea Otter Swimming Right

Here's another version of that sea otter from the other day! I do usually love painting river otters more than sea otters, maybe because they are a bit sleeker and less whiskery, and local too~  though I do love both varieties!
The colors are different in these too~  I'm painting on raw wood~ so that pale brown is some of the wood surface coming through, and I need to create my darkest colors rather than just let my familiar black show through.  Still using my limited pallet of quinacridone magenta, primary yellow, phthalo blue/green shade, phthalo blue/red shade and titanium white~ and there's just that wonderful abstraction of the water, the darks and lights in there-  I'm wanting to play more with water again~


12x6 acrylic on cradled basswood panel
$144

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

January 3, Blocky Moose

Making an effort to seriously paint EVERY DAY can be, indeed, an EFFORT.  It does help to paint small, I will say that- and it also helps to let other people know what you are doing, and I think it also helps to have a time frame- I'm casually aiming for 365 days in a row, and we'll see how that goes- it also really helps me to have a series in mind because then I know what I'm painting from one day to the next, and also how big it is and so some of that worrying is figured out.  My brother just sent me a lovely pile of photos he took of critters at the Seattle Zoo (correct me if I'm wrong, Patrick!  Maybe it was a smaller zoo?) and I am so excited to get rolling on them!  THese will be probably 6x6 or 6x8 or thereabouts- I'm debating the merit of auctioning them, because YOU can get some of them for cheaper!  And I can get them out of my studio...
So here is today's small-ish painting of a MOOSE!  Yay MOOSE!

4x6 acrylic on wood
$50
I'll cover shipping on this one!
CLICK HERE to buy!
Happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January 2, Sea Otter Swimming Left

This is the first real painting of this new year~ a sea otter swimming on the surface, from a photo Duane took for me at the Minnesota Zoo out on the Russian trail.  They are trickier to photograph than the river otters on the Minnesota Trail, swimming in their pool.  I think the light comes into the sea otters' swimming area differently, and it is harder to get a shot that isn't overly lit.  But I like this one~ there's that little wink in his eye, that spark of understanding...
I liked the light in this one- and I decided to try something new, or newish anyway, and I painted this one on a 6x12 cradled unprimed basswood panel.  I'm wanting to varnish it up and see what happens too!


6x12 acrylic on wood panel, 
$144 
click here to own this slippery fellow!


Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

Good morning! Yesterday I was thinking about reviewing my past year, going through my posts and commissions and seeing what I did and then thinking about applying that understanding to gain some new insights... but it was just so SUNNY and COLD and the boys wanted to go SLEDDING so we bundled up and I stood at the top of the snow hill and watched them slide down and come back up and slide down and come back up, over and over again- as my thighs slowly crystalized and my cheeks burned, until they'd nearly had enough and I insisted we go back and have grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup...

And if you need to make a resolution, I've just announced this Winter's Painting Lessons that start on Saturday, January 13th from 9:30 to noon, for six weeks! Click here to sign up- class size is limited!

Oh, and I'm also doing a painting demo at Wet Paint next weekend, Sunday January 7th from 2-4 if you'd like to come by and watch me create my magic!

SO my main resolution this year is to post everyday, and to really find out whether this blog has any depth to it, or if it is simply a vehicle for me to be consistent with my art~  or another entity entirely~
Here is a commission I was rather pleased with! Zoe on the dock~ I actually painted it the wrong way first (ask me later) and Maxie noticed the head shape was off, so I gessoed the entire piece black again and started over, and I am so happy with this version~ the dock looks like wood, her fur looks fluffy and English Setter-ish, and that tongue which looked so huge in the photo, now fits her lovely face~
Yay!

12x16 acrylic on archival panel, spoken for!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Dec 30, Another Commission!

I don't think I posted this one yet...
And it is SUCH a cute kitty!

Though now that I look at this, I don't think this is the final image... because I went back in and fixed the eyes,,..

8x8 acrylic on wood, sold!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Dec 29, Little Eddie!

So I taught two classes at Wet Paint yesterday, a kids' Pet Painting class from 10 to 1, and an adult version from 2 to 5-ish, and this is one of the photos left behind from the kids' group that wasn't used, and I thought maybe it was one of my adult's photos and I just couldn't stand it when no one claimed it so I used it for my demo because seriously, WHO can resist that face?!?!

9x12 acrylic on canvas pad, 
end of the year special!
Usually valued at $218!
YAY!
click here to buy now!