Monday, October 14, 2019

10/14 Blue Deer

This is a really quick one-
And I haven't done an auction in a while, so jump on in and you can probably get this one for $25!

It's a lovely day here in Minneapolis!  Sun is shining, people are more happy than during the grey, and the kids are louder!
So a blue deer-

6x6 acrylic on wood

Sunday, October 13, 2019

10/12 and 13! Oops...

Dang!  Got a little bit busy yesterday, what with teaching my painting class, Paint Love, at my studio in the morning, and then painting Dungeons and Dragons figures at The Dreamer's Vault with my usual 10 year olds... and I lost track and didn't even open my laptop all day!  What a joy!
Here's the Owlbear I painted yesterday, and my lovely demo for painting class too~ one stroke per color!
2.5 inches by 2.5 inches...

6x6 acrylic on wood
such fun!

Friday, October 11, 2019

10/11 Winner of the WOLF!

I did the drawing this morning, and the winner of the wolf painting is my friend and fellow paint push, Robin Westacott!
Congratulations Robin!  Wahoo!
As for the rest of you, I'll be doing a few more give-a-ways this fall, and will also be offering some discounts on my paintings prior to December... stay tuned!
And this is another painting I've been working on- not sure if it is finished...  Minnehaha Creek from our WAlk-a-thon of the week past...
Enjoy your Friday!
9x12 acrylic on wood

Thursday, October 10, 2019

10/10 Whale Rocks

This one was a commission, for someone who'd previously purchased one of my landscapes, and we thought it would be interesting to paint a vacation photo!  Thanks Greta!
I believe she said they saw a whale either before or after this photo was taken. I love the color of the water-
And I'm still accepting comments for the drawing for the Wolf painting from Tuesday until Midnight tonight!  I'll announce the winner tomorrow hopefully in the morning~

And if you have a painting from a vacation you'd like painted, gimme a call!

6x12 acrylic on wood

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

8/9 Antler Grace

Wowzers, it is a great goal to try to get a painting done every morning, and I'm having to get up earlier to accomplish it!
Here's today's little deer~ just love those eyes, and the wonderful twisting puzzle of painting antlers. This one feels particularly powerful, I'm not sure why...

And if you didn't catch it, yesterday's post is a give-away!  I'm realizing I can't figure out who you are if you comment on this blog, so please comment on my facebook post of the blog instead!  Or send me an e-mail and I'll include you in the drawing!
I'll post the winner's first name on Friday!
6x6 acrylic on wood
ready to hang!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

8/8 Wolf Give-Away!

Hey all!  It's about time I do a give-away to my people who follow this blog daily- in order to be entered into a drawing to win this painting, please make a comment on this blog, and if you can' figure out how to do that, make a comment on my facebook post of this painting!  I'll pick a winner by Thursday and mail it to you- though if you are not in the US, I will need some help with postage...

This is a wolf at the Minnesota Zoo~

Like that stance...
6x6 acrylic on wood

Monday, October 7, 2019

6 and 7/10

I forgot to post yesterday, so I'm counting today as two days!
It's my blog and I can post how I want to~
More 10 minute paintings!

It is fun to do these- they end up more expressionistic than anything!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

10/5 Another 10Minute Sketch

Okay, I'm going to bed- but I wanted to post something, and here's another from the Blessing of the animals. I was just rather pleased with the expression on this one~


Friday, October 4, 2019

Betty and Boop!

This is a commission! Aren't they fun?  I love how a creature's personality is just gleaming out of their face!

This ones's going to Texas!
Still just tickles me~ you can tell Betty is the one who hangs back a little, being polite and waiting to be invited while Boop just barges on in there in a joyfully eager frenzy!

9x12 acrylic on wood

Thursday, October 3, 2019

10/3 Miss Mama

We went on a Walk-a-thon this morning with Max's school, and it was just such a joy to be wandering along Minnehaha creek with a pile of kids, 5th graders and their Kindergarten buddies. I watched all these kids holding hands, and chatting with each other, older to younger, interested, caring, walking together.

I hope they remember this for a long time.
It is really important to feel seen, and to be able to hold someone's hand and know they are happy you are there!
This is Miss Mama...  there will probably be some Minnehaha Creek paintings coming up...
6x6 acrylic on wood

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

10/2 Wise Eyes

Another deer for you-  there's something in there, you can tell.  Especially when a wild animal makes eye contact with you-  you can feel the intelligence there, the senses all alert... it's just WOW.

6x6 acrylic on wood

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

10/1 All Ears

I'm gonna do another painting a day project this October, or at least for the first 20 days.  It's bee hard getting back into the routine of a Painting A Day, and I need this!  It's good for my heart and for my brain.
Here's another one of Gina's deer!

6x6 acrylic on wood

Monday, September 30, 2019

Another 10 minute Painting!

Here's another acrylic sketch of a pet from Satuday-  none of these took longer than 10 minutes.  It is seriously great practice to try this kind of work.  You get the quickest eye when you are trying to capture enough info to give the impression of what you are looking at!

Oh and I DO take a quick photo on my phone to work from- that in itself can be quite a trick, but at an event like ours where there are so many animals and people around, you can't expect a critter to sit still for you!
9x12 acrylic on paper

Sunday, September 29, 2019

9/29 Blessing of the Animals

So we spent yesterday morning at Breck for the Blessing of the Animals event before the Homecoming celebration~ and I was so lucky to be joined by my friend and colleague, Carol Grams, as well as a talented and eager group of four upper school students and one of my elementary students who all sat and drew people's pets for them.  Duane and Max and Lucas, our intrepid neighbor, came with Duane's dragon and performed with it for anyone who wanted to interact with it.
I was SO happy so many students came to help us draw!
And it was really chilly, so I was pleased to be able to stop by 11:30!  Last year, I had such a line at the end that I didn't leave til after noon.  It was really cold as well, and I had one family who'd been waiting and so I brought them inside to do the last painting.
This year wasn't quite that hard!

9x12 acrylic on paper

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

9/25 More Art Thoughts

so, dang!  I am trying to get this blog posted every day, and I am really having a hard time with it! I can't believe I haven't posted since last Wed!  Because I had such a great time on Thursday when I went down to hand out awards at the Watercolor Society Show at the Ames Center!  The celebration was from 6 to 8 with presentations at 7, and I drove mom's Cabrio Convertible down because I've been driving that a lot lately. Our van is deteriorating rapidly and I wanted Duane to have the safer CRV for driving the boy around, so I was using mom's 2000 Cabrio, which is certainly fun but also a bit quirky...
Annie 8x8 

Anyway, there were a lot of people there for the presentation, and I had sat down earlier in the day, looking through the photos I'd taken on my phone at the ones I'd chosen for the awards because I wanted to make sure I had something to say about each one. I felt I wanted to take this job seriously and make it clear that I was a professional as well as an artist.  I can be goofy and fun, but I also want to be respected. There's a difference between being seen as Phoebe on "Friends" and being seen at Kat Corrigan, artist and educator.
At 7, Theresa, the organizer and hanger of the show, got on the microphone to quiet every one down and get started, and that took a minute or two, then I got on and thanked everyone for coming and talked about how I paint on black, and so to see a show like this with so much light in it is quite wonderful. I wanted to make sure everyone who had a piece new that this was a great thing to do, and I had a list of several quotes from Robert Genn that I read off- this was one of them, because it was a crowd of people my age or older mostly...
"As we grow older, we realize just how limiting were our earlier conceptions. Art is something else. Art is fluid, transmutable, open-ended, never complete, and never perfect. Art is an event."
And I closed my general remarks with this one...
"Keep busy while you are waiting for something to happen."
I wanted everyone there to also understand how brave it is to out your work out into the world, to let other people see that part of you of which you are so proud.  And I also said that I would be sticking around after the awards if anyone wanted to talk to me about their own piece, oh and I also said I'd had a really hard time settling on the final 10 pieces, and that there were 20 pink post-it notes around the room under the first go around...
And it was really fun!
I had many people come up to me afterwards to tell me I had done a really great job, and that they learned something from my explanation of what I'd seen in each artist's work.  I felt really great about that. I knew I couldn't make everyone happy, but I wanted to keep the "my work is terrible" mindset out of there.
So I had a great time, and drove the little Cabrio home cautiously.  The ABS light was on the whole way, and I drove as slowly as I dared up Cedar Ave.  We have since found that there's a great pile of rust under the hood, and that the poor little car will probably not survive any kind of a hit or jolt. Poop.  I love driving that little sparkle car!  I'll get a photo of it and put it in here tomorrow.
So here's a cat commission for you to look at!
This is the time to get your pets in if you're hoping for a Christmas present of a pet portrait!


Thursday, September 19, 2019

9/18 Art Thoughts...

SO... this is actually from yesterday...
I juried a beautiful show yesterday afternoon, at the Ames Center in Burnsville, MN.  I have been asked to act as a juror before, but that time, there were three of us and we looked at all the images on a computer.  This show was for the MN Watercolor Society, and I was honored and excited to be invited. I was also a bit nervous, and wanted to make sure I was taking this situation as seriously as possible, while also keeping myself open for the intuitive call of art. I made a list of what I'd be considering as I perused the work and here it is...
1- What calls to me visually~ Beauty/ Emotional Response
2- Composition/ movement/ flow
3- Color/harmony
4- Technical Skill
5- Presentation

And even as I write my list, I find myself second-guessing myself. I am a person who has worked for most of my life to listen to myself. When I was younger, I found it easier to let other people tell me what I should think, and I've worked darn hard to get to a point where I know my opinion counts, so being asked to act as a juror means I've got to be confident of what I'm saying and presenting. And I also am aware of the overconfidence of bullies, who simply push their opinion onto other people with no remorse, and I do not want to be that.

As it stands, I am sure I've done a good job, and I am as sure that people will find fault with my decisions. So, that's what it means to actually make a decision, isn't it?

And here's a painting~

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

9/17 Wary Wolf in Progress

Here's a bigger one I'm working on- I've painted this wolf a number of times, and this photo at least twice before.  There's something I love about the body gesture, there's a vulnerability there, the tail tucked low, the hindquarters dropping into a defensive crouch. But the eyes are open and the nose is leading forward, as that front paw delicately reaches out, paused and waiting to see if the way is safe...
I've used a new brush for this one, and I'm not sure I like it.  I was really excited to get some larger brushes but they aren't being quite as fun as I'd hoped...

24x48 acrylic on wood

Monday, September 16, 2019

9/16 Standing Caution

And here is the little partner fawn to yesterday's sweetie....
I have said this before, and it still stands true-  I love painting animal butts! It's those angles and curves of the haunches more than anything- I'm not sure why that draws me in so much, but it sure does!
I'll have this little guy at my studio next weekend for the LOLA Art Crawl!  Come on by! 10-5 Sat and Sun, I'm at the Ivy Building, 2637 27th Ave S, studio #210!

6x6 acrylic on wood

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sept 15, Moving to Discovery

Here are some more deer paintings!  This fawn has such fantastic negative spaces... I'm wanting to arrange a show of my deer paintings and Gina's photos of these deer- any ideas?

6x6 acrylic on wood

Friday, September 13, 2019

Sept 13, Two for luck

I'm a little anxious today- I've experienced a few terrible Friday the 13ths, and am keeping my eyes open and my heart wide today...
I also just saw this article from the Washington Post about a photographer, Vincent J Musi,  who retired from Natl Geo to take dog portraits... pretty awesome.  Take a look if you get a chance!
And this is a commission I completed this summer-  I don't think I posted it yet-  I love the ones I get to paint of friends. It's tricky to get a good photo of two dogs at the same time- one is always looking away or something. These two have a connection. And the ears were so fun to paint!