Sunday, August 28, 2016

August 28th, Reclining Moose on Red

We are running this moose up to an exhibition in Wyoming, MN, and then are heading over to St Croix Falls to the Chateau St Croix Winery for the closing reception of my Otters that are hanging there!  Come on over if you can!  There's a fun jug band playing at the Winery as well, and there will be wine tastings and cheeses for you!
From 1-4 today, Sunday!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

August 27th, Sunset Seat

And here is the other painting of the gorgeous shiny lab mix-  doncha just love this?  I had to paint that face and those elegantly folded forelegs...  ah, so fun!
I really enjoyed painting this one!
And here is a link to my radio interview last Monday morning on KFAI with Xan Holstrom~  I was a bit anxious about sounding not too nervous or quavery, but I think I did okay!
Click here to hear it!

16x20 acrylic on canvas, sold

Friday, August 26, 2016

August 26, "Lab-Mix Profile- Roxie on Brown"

Wow we've been busy this week!  I'm just sending out a newsletter about upcoming events and wanted to let you know that I'll be posting much more regularly starting NEXT THURSDAY for September, because I'll be doing another "30 Pets in 30 Days" painting project, this time set in one particular population of pets who live at Track29 Apartments in Uptown, Minneapolis!  And there is still time to see the dogs at Artistry-  they'll be up through September 25th, and I've sold this one!
If you've been following me for a bit, you'll know how much I love to paint black dogs-  well, this one was just SO gorgeous, with those gleaming tones of blues and purples, and set against the warm neutrals of the couch I just couldn't resist~  so there are two versions of her.  I'll post the other one tomorrow!

16x20 acrylic on canvas, SOLD

Monday, August 22, 2016

August 22, The Pink Rug

I've painted Gus on this rug several times, and always love the results.  There's something about the negative space and the colors, and the shadows that appeals to me.  I love negative space and edges and there are a LOT of those here!
I've been at Track29 taking photos of residents' pets for my NEXT project, which is another "30 Paintings in 30 Days" in September, in which I will be painting a pet a day for the month with the final paintings on exhibition at Track 29 in October and November!  This is a seriously fun project, and I think it may be a bit more of a challenge than I may be up to, but we'll see what happens!  I have a lot of support and am pretty darn excited about the opportunity!
And yes, that is the sweetest dog's head ever~

18x18 acrylic on cradled wood, $650, click HERE to purchase!
And it will be available after September 25th, as it is currently hanging at Artistry!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

August 21, "Noble Dog, Yellow Chair"

This painting is from a photo sent to me by a photographer I met earlier this year, and I loved that intelligence that is so visible in her eyes~  and that pose, and just everything about this one!  It is hanging at Artistry through September 25th, with the rest of my "Dog Days of Summer" show~  love it!

20x20 acrylic on canvas, $800 click here to purchase~

Friday, August 19, 2016

August 19, Jill's Butter Dish

I forgot to mention that we'd be out of town for most of this week, and I sorta didn't quite realize I'd also be out of cellular and internet range!  That was a first for me, for several years... and I have to admit it stressed me out a bit, but it was also really nice to feel that there really wasn't anything I could do about it, and that I could just be~  kinda nice.   To sit, and not have to DO anything.  Of course, I DID bring my paints along, and I DID paint!
Here's one of my paintings-  my best friend Jill's butter dish, some sweet antique glass container that she found and rescued from a Wisconsin antique store~ it was a hoot playing with the glass/reflective/transparent/ what color IS that? questions!
Oh and I'm having a Landscape Show at Diamond's in September!  If you are interested in submitting any work for this show, do please contact me!  I want landscape paintings and drawings and prints!  Whatever you've got!
6x6 acrylic on panel, belongs to JILL!

Monday, August 15, 2016

August 15, Gus on Green

Another quick little painting this morning~  love that look in his eyes!  I'm trying to get my life back on a schedule again, in preparation for getting up for school in the mornings, and this morning I was up before six to get over to KFAI for a lovely interview with Xan Holston on the Morning Blend!  He said he'll get a link for the interview to me, and I'll post it on this blog for you~  I was worried about stuttering or saying something silly but I think it went well and Max and Duane said they listened in on the show too and I did great!  Yay!
So this is Gus, when he was a bit younger without cloudy eyes~  love that face!

6x6 acrylic on panel, $75 click here to purchase!  Free Shipping on this one!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

August 14, Powderhorn Retriever

Here is another little painting from the Powderhorn Art Festival!  A really sweet dog, with a brief attention span...  I have learned that cheese is accepted more readily by most dogs than Milk Bone biscuits...  and it does actually hold their attention!  I spent this morning at Track29 Apartments in Uptown, taking photos of the residents' dogs for an upcoming show in which I'll paint 30 paintings in September, of only pets living at (or associated with!) Track29!  So stay tuned for THAT show!

And in the meantime, I brought my mentor and friend, Elizabeth Erickson, to see my show at Artistry-  she always offers the most amazing insights when looking at work, and it was an education just to walk through my work with her.  There is an abstract quality in the larger works, and we discussed that.  I'll post more on that tomorrow...

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

Saturday, August 13, 2016

August 13, Another Basset!

The "30 Dogs in 30 Days" opening at Diamond's last night was terrific!!!  Thank you so much everyone who was able to make it, especially this little crew who were mostly wrangled in by Brad and Carolyn Moore, who seem to have turned into some of my greatest patrons!

And I loved the basset I painted in class so much, I had to paint another this morning, and I haven't done an auction in a while so this one is going for auction!  Yay!  Starting at $25!  Wahoo!
the crew holding their dog cards!

6x6 acrylic on panel, $25 click here to start the bidding fun!

Friday, August 12, 2016

August 12, "30 Dogs in 30 Days" Opening Party TONIGHT! 6-8pm!

YES!  it is TONIGHT at Diamond's, 1618 Central Ave NE, from 6-8pm in the back room!  I'll be there a tiny bit early to set up, and do please come to see all the dogs and enjoy the art and some wine and cheese!  You are welcome to bring your dog as well, though I do caution you that it can get warm in the back hall... I plan on bringing a fan or two!
And this is the Basset I painted on Wednesday!  Thanks so much, Barb, for sending me the photo!
Sheesh! I need a personal assistant for sure...

approximately 8x10, acrylic on canvas 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

August 10, Pet Portrait Painting Class!

Hi there!  I had an EXCELLENT painting class at Wet Paint today, and these are what my students painted!  I painted a basset hound as a sample and TOTALLY forgot to take a picture of it before I gave it away, so maybe Katie will see this post and send me a photo...
We had such a great time, and everyone did SO well, and it was a reminder to me all over again about how difficult it is to do something that you don't know how to do, and how GOOD it feels to take a risk and try something new!
These are all acrylic on black gessoed canvas pad, using white transfer paper to get the initial image down, except for Lisa's black cat which was drawn using a grid configuration, and I have to also add that the youngest artist is just entering 6th grade, and she painted the final cat!  I wish I had photos of these after we erased the white lines as well, because they look even MORE awesome!

Monday, August 8, 2016

August 8, "At Attention"

I have to admit I loved painting "Cecil" SOOO much for the 30 Dogs project (July 20th), that I had to paint him again larger!  Those EARS just get me every time-  and those eyes too, I suppose I have to admit...
And YOU should come to Diamond's this Friday for the "30 Dogs in 30 Days" Opening Party!  I'll be there with treats for you, and cards of the dogs, and yes, you can certainly bring your dog if you like but I have to warn you that it can get warm in that back room where I'll be!

16x20 acrylic on canvas, $640 plus shipping, click HERE to purchase!
though you'll have to wait til after Sept 25th, when "Dog Days of Summer" at Artistry comes down!

Friday, August 5, 2016

August 5, Grand Marais Grin

This is one of the last paintings I painted for the Artistry show, and this one was a bit tough!  I know I watched the last of the "Friends" series while painting it, and even watched "Adventures in Babysitting" for part of it-  that will give you an idea of how much longer this one took!

The opening at Artistry was fantastic last night!!! I can't thank everyone enough for showing up!  Wow!  Even the director was impressed that I had such a great following!  Thanks so much!
Humbling experience too, I must say.  And then today we set up my tent and panels for the Powderhorn Art Festival tomorrow and Sunday!  Dang-  I don't think I sent out a newsletter about that one...
See you when I see you!  And thanks for everything!

24x36 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, $1725, click here to purchase~

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

August 3, Hanging "30 Dogs in 30 Days" at Diamond's!

Hey kids!  YES I will be hanging all the 30 dogs at Diamond's as soon as I'm done posting this!  Whew!
I took the dogs out for a walk this morning and it is already humongously humid out there-  be careful, my loves!  Today is a day for taking it a bit easy and resting up for the cooler weather ahead!
Oh and come see me tomorrow at Artistry with all THOSE dogs!   and then come see me at Powderhorn Park this Sat between 10 and 6 and Sun from 10 to 5!
this is Jasmine, the gorgeous poodle!  I painted a portrait of her in 2014 and held onto some photos from our session because I loved her look so much!  I am trying to track down her owner again to let her know!

12x16 acrylic on wood, $465 click here to purchase~
And this painting will be deliverable after September 25th!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

August 1, Going to Hang the "Dog Days of Summer"

Yes!  I am heading out to hang my solo show at Artistry this morning!  I am so grateful for this opportunity to show my work in such a professional manner at such a respected art center, and I hope you can come see what I've been working on.  I will post images of the paintings on my blog this week, and I would love to see you at the reception for "Dog Days of Summer" this Thursday, August 4th from 6-8, at Artistry,1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN 55431.  I'll have some dog-themed treats for you, and kids are definitely welcome!  Maybe I'll have time to make up some dog-themed coloring sheets for kids (and adults...)!
This is Shasta, my brother-in-law Dennis' dog!

6x6 acrylic on wood, sold

July 31, the LAST Dog of the month!

I just couldn't not paint another dog today!  So I went back through and pulled this sweetie out, who belongs to Mary but I haven't tracked all her story down yet, so I'll tell you that I was attracted to that sweet cocked head expression and those eyes that are all saying, "I'm listening to you, though I'm not really sure what you're going on about" and possibly listening very closely to see if the words "walk" or "treat" are uttered...
And here's what Mary says about her dog, Christmas!

Christmas "Chris" is the smartest sweetest caretaker dog. He would be a nurse if he was a human. He is great student of our behavior. He lived his first 3 years in a home with a mean dog that bullied him under the bed, so that's where he always sleeps. He's a lover and fighter. He loves fun eating puzzles and monkey-in-the-middle with a treat or toy. He loves being tickled on the belly. He's ready to go whenever we call him. Prettiest eyes in my world. He hates baths and getting teeth brushed but he is brave. He's my best friend. 

8x8 acrylic on wood, $175 click here to purchase!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

July 30, Little Guy!

You gotta love a name like this!  And here is his story, as well as a memorial card from his owners~

Guy LeBlanc (Little Guy) arrived from Tennessee on August 18, 2003. He lived a full and happy life, making the lives of everyone he met better. He had an amusing howl, a little "ooooo", when he wanted something. He was therapy for my mother in her final years and brought his Sammy smile to all occasions. Even lately, he still would get up and greet visitors with affection...even though he could no longer see. He was my "good friend Guy." Today (July 3rd) David G. Cameron and I brought him to the vet, his last car ride and euthanized him in the back of said car, a place he loved. He left behind fellow Sammy Gordie Howe Hat Trick and Border Collie Avatar's Duck Duck Grey Duck of Bayshore to carry on the canine family tradition...

8x8 acrylic on wood, sold

Friday, July 29, 2016

July 29, Koda!

for a sweet dog, a poem by her owner~

Sweet Koda
you run free now
kind soul
sister to the moon
always with us
so much pizza stolen
wishing for one more time, your paw on my thigh
Sweet Koda
we were blessed

8x8 acrylic on wood, sold~

Thursday, July 28, 2016

July 28, Buddy!

I don't have too much of a story about Buddy yet, except that he's Lisa's mom's dog~  but I have to admit I am smitten with those eyes!  I also have to admit I have been painting my butt off-  I spent four hours with my mom yesterday afternoon while Max was at Zoo Camp (he LOVES it!) and I painted several paintings that I am REALLY excited about, so I am on one of those fantastic magical rolls where the paintings are working~  if you know what I mean.  It's one of those tricky things about being an artist, where you know you have to put the time in and keep the practice going, and if you DO, then sometimes everything lines up just beautifully and the muse pours out through your brush~

I just sent out a Mailchimp about my show at Artistry next Thursday!  I am heading over to the studio to keep getting my dogs in line~  please come if you are in town!  Thursday, August 4th from 6-8pm at Artistry!  Here is a link for you~
AND also DO come see me at the Powderhorn Art Festival, August 6th and 7th!  It's my first year and I am super excited! I'm in booth #24!

8x8 acrylic, $175 click HERE to purchase!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July 27, Yoshi!

Another absolutely lovely dog to paint!  But aren't they all?  I mean, really, who could resist these faces anyway?
This is Yoshi, and here's his story!

We got Yoshi after sending our four year old Pug to the Rainbow Bridge. His wild and high strung personality turned out to be exactly what we needed to help heal from our loss. Yoshi is a two year old French Bulldog who loves playing fetch and hates being left alone.

8x8 acrylic on wood, $175 click HERE to purchase!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

July 26, Murphy!

I LOVED painting this dog!  Isn't she gorgeous!?!

YAY!!!  Murphy (aka Smurphy Murphy) is an 11 year old former puppy mill breeding mama who lived most of her first 8 years in a cage.  When she was dropped off at a shelter in Missouri, MN Sheltie Rescue (MNSR) mobilized and placed her in an amazing foster home where she learned that life with people could be good (and life with people who had cheese was even better).  I looked at her MNSR page/profile almost every day for a year before I caved and added her to my pack.  This picture is of her in her dog carseat/bed.  She rides shotgun. :)  #dogismycopilot

8x8 acrylic on wood, sold!