Monday, September 17, 2018

September 17, Otter Reflection With Log

This one is a current favorite of mine, and you'll have to come see it next week at the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization for our opening show! The MWMO is located at 2522Marshall St NE, and our first EVENT is Sunday 9/23 from 11 to 2!

18x36 acrylic on canvas


Sunday, September 16, 2018

9/16 LOLA Today! 10-5 at the Ivy!

Here's one wall in my studio at the Ivy Building! 2637 27th Ave S! the BIG building with the Ivy all over it!  We have an Open Studio today from 10-5~  My boys will be manning the door for you, so come on it, oogle at their legos and get a preview of our Otterways and Waterways Puppet Show (Duane will be working on it in the lobby!) and come on up!

Lots of art for you!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

9/11/2018 Woofstock Dog

The day on Saturday started nicely enough, and the weather was lovely, and we saw a friend walking her dog as we drove through Uptown, but once we got to 43rd and Upton it got a bit more complicated.  There seemed to be no way to drive in and set up our tent, so Duane went to ask, and found we should drive around to the other end of the block. Upon doing that, we found more traffic and confusion, and it looked like there was no way to drive in because there were still cars parked along the street-
Now, I am usually game enough for anything, but I had twisted my back loading the car, and the thought of having to lug all of our stuff to our spot was daunting.  We'd been told we'd be able to unload from the car directly to our spot, so we hadn't brought a cart.
Thank god for Duane and Max because they were totally up for it, so we found out where we were (car still parked next to us...) and set up the tent and all!  And I forgot my phone at home, so Duane went off to get that, while Maxie stayed with me, and actually spent most of his time exploring the Wild Rumpus bookstore with all their pets!  I think he was in love!
So I passed out a lot of business cards, and did several "20 Bucks/20 Minutes" portraits, just to make sure I had something to do and made a little money. Here's a couple of those~

The idea is that you have to come ask me about this and I only do a few per show, if it seems I have the time.  The animal I am painting has to be in front of me, and I have to take the photo of them, and then you pay me 20 bucks and I spend 20 minutes painting a quick portrait on black paper.
That's it!  
Good experience for me, keep my drawing hand in, and you might get something you like!
When I do these, I'll mention it in the newsletter/mailchimp I send out~
Just so's you know!

Monday, September 10, 2018

September 10, Another Commission!

We had a great time at Woofstock, despite a shaky start! I'll post some of those pics tomorrow- my son disappeared for most of his time with me into Wild Rumpus Bookstore, to oogle all their pets including chinchillas!  And he of course bought a book about taking care of chinchillas....  I have told him that I did own one for a while. Now I think he thinks we'll be getting one... hmmm...
Busy week here in our house!  Come on by for LOLA this weekend to my studio in the Ivy Building if you are in town! 10-5 both Saturday and Sunday!

Ollie the Second, 8x8 acrylic on panel, spoken for!

Friday, September 7, 2018

September 7, Sammy the Pug

Here's another commission that I completed recently and was able to give to my client who presented it to her husband who hadn't realized it was being painted! I love being a part of that!

Oh and I will be at WOOFSTOCK tomorrow from 10-3 in Linden Hills Neighborhood of Minneapolis, 43rd and Upton, in front of "Creative Kidstuff" if you want to come find me~  I haven't done this event since Maxie was 4, and I'm not sure what to expect, but it should be a hoot! I'll be excited to see you AND your dog!

8x10 acrylic on wood

I think he was a bit teary, and like my husband too, in that he can't not be talking during a photo!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

September 5, Tiny Otter from 1980

I found one of my really old sketchbooks, and a few pieces of work from eighth grade and high school... interesting to me.  Not sure how interesting to YOU...

Notice I was still signing myself as KATHY...  that just never seemed to be my name to me... but I didn't know how else to ask people to call me.
This is ink, using that calligraphy set an aunt gave me for Christmas one year.  Thank you!  I don't remember who it was, but I do think it gave me a new appreciation for line.  You can see I'm trying to suggest the fur, and getting that lovely big eye.  I used chalk pastels to color this in.  Still have those too...

Monday, September 3, 2018

September 3, Otter Joy!

I am now pretty happy with this guy- it took a bit, I have to say~ I don't often leave a painting to sit for so long, but this one's been waiting for nearly a year~  there was something funky with the way his paw was near his mouth, and his feet weren't as clear and now I am so tickled by the sweet little pawpads and all~  yay!
This one should be at the MWMO Exhibition!  I've been working REALLY hard on the coloring books for that, as well as the script for the puppet show and the group mural-floor rug!  Come see us on September 23!
10x20 acrylic on canvas


Saturday, September 1, 2018

September 1, Redo of "Birdie"

Sometimes a painting just doesn't work out.  It ends up not looking like what I want it to look like, or worse, it doesn't look like what my client wants it to look like.  And so sometimes I'll futz with it, play around with background color, try to reset the eyes maybe.  But sometimes the whole thing is off somehow and just needs to be repainted!
So I redid Birdie!
And her owner loves it much better!  Thank you Jenny!

8x8 acrylic on wood
spoken for!

Birdie One and Birdie Two

Thursday, August 30, 2018


Ghost is the dog who hangs out at Blue Tree Music School across the street from the Chatterbox in the Standish-Erickson South Minneapolis Neighborhood where I live, and I was asked to paint him, and so I did!
Though maybe it is in the Corcoran neighborhood, now that I think about it... I can't remember if it is 38th Street or 35th that is the dividing line...
This was a tricky pup to paint with all that white and freckles even!
And I did actually fo back in and straighten out his muzzle a bit, because it looks a little crooked to me in this...

8x8a acrylic on wood
Spoken for!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Another COmmission....

And this is another one!  I've been so fortunate at the outdoor festivals I've attended this summer to end up meeting amazing people and their pets, and then to be asked to paint these amazing pets!

Here's another one!

12x12 acrylic on wood
spoken for

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

A Commission...

Here's another one I've been working on for a bit here~  like the fluffy ness of this one~  He's a sweet older dog, with those soft ears and lowered eyes~

8x8 acrylic on wood

Monday, August 27, 2018

August 27, An Otter in Progress

This is what's on my easel at the studio at the moment- I'm working on writing out the "Waterways and Otterways" story so Duane can start making the puppets so we can practice it before the opening on September 23~  and I'm also trying to finish up a few of my larger pieces that haven't been seen by human eyes... at least, outside the studio!
SO it is a work in progress...
Any thoughts?

big- like, 3 feet by 3 feet, I think...
but not finished yet...

August 26, Cash Again

And this is the third of the Cash series~  I knew I wanted to paint this one as soon as I saw it!  Seriously, could you say no to that face?  I love it!

8x8 acrylic on wood
spoken for!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Friday, August 24, 2018

August 24, "Cash the Dog"

I met Cash in Grand Marais at the Art Festival last July, and fell in love with his gentle and large personality.  I was therefore saddened and yet honored when his owners contacted me later to ask for a series of commissions of him, as he had passed away over the end of the summer.  SO amazing~  so this is the first one, and a couple pics I took of him.
Love these spirits that live with us for such a short while!

younger Cash the Dog

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

August 22, Abstract Birch

I really enjoy the strokes on this one- there's a freedom in painting the spaces around things- it was painted plein air as well, though I wasn't being a stickler for detail, which I think is a bit obvious!
I am enjoying the cooler Minnesota weather as well!  We actually had our new gas fireplace on for an hour this morning, which is just SUCH a delight!  I put a gas fireplace into my old house and loved the warmth and coziness of that glow, and I am looking forward to enjoying this one this fall and winter!  Hmm, possibly there will be paintings of that, I imagine.
Oh and I'll be taking the 30 Dogs down at the end of next week, and installing a selection of Sketchbooks from Duane!  Stay tuned!

6x6 acrylic on wood
not all are priced this low! 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

August 21, "Cobblestone Beach"

This is a tiny Plein Air painting I did this summer when we were in Grand Marais at the municipal campground~  I think the boys slept in and I wandered down to the beach with the dogs and attempted some plein air-ish stuff... this is the only one I will show you because the others were gessoed over~
I kinda like the variety of green I was able to pull out, and that rather frenetic sky~  and the pink beach really is that pink!  Crazy, right?

6x6 acrylic on panel
I'm making it cheaper because I'd like to move it out of the studio!

Monday, August 20, 2018

August 20, Cooper, A Commission!

here's a commission~  been a bit busy!  Fun news about the otter story!  I'll catch you up on it later!

8x10 acrylic on panel

Saturday, August 18, 2018

August 18, "Otter Vibe"

Hi!  Here's another otter for you!
Had a bit of excitement at our house last night~ we were waiting for my sweet youngest sis to come stay overnight, watching some "Big Bang Theory" and suddenly there were flashing lights going past our window and Duane went to investigate and there were three firetrucks at the end of our block and the house at the end was pouring terrible smelling smoke into the street!  In a relatively short amount of time, twenty minutes maybe, we had to back up from the smoke and it was difficult to see.  The fireman were very active, breaking windows, opening the fire hydrant, and it looks like no-one was home. It still smelled terrible this morning-  I was really glad we had the air on in our house~
And yes, here is another otter! This one will possibly be at my LOLA Open Studio Sale on September  15-16 at the Ivy. I'm pretty pleased with it... It was fun getting the light to feel true, and that his eyes are closed in a kind of ecstasy is also SO great! Dang, gotta love those otters!

8x16 acrylic on cradled panel

Friday, August 17, 2018

August 17, An Otter, as Promised...

Here is a lovely one- this is one of the fellas that was entertaining me so delightedly last Sunday!
And I had to repaint bits of him- there's that issue of contrast and true color, and how do you represent that in paint? And how do you suggest movement when it is a still image?  Hmmm...
Well, I must say, I am pretty happy with this one!  I really love that intense focussed look on his face too~
Aint this FUN?!
"A Good Dive"
10x20 Acrylic on wood

Or, if you really love it and can't afford it right this minute, you can always send me a note and we can talk about a no-interest payment plan!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Aug 16, Quartered Rushes

Man!  I meant to post yesterday, but go too involved in having fun!  It's the last week before workshops, and I had a lovely private lesson with a beautiful client, and then painted more otters at home, and then we watched "Song of the Sea" up on our roof last night with our local boys~  LOVED it!  If you haven't seen it, you should!  It is a beautiful animation, made in Ireland mostly, about the Selkies!
Which now Max says he wants to be... kinda like otters, huh?  Hmmm~
And this is another marsh painting- I'll post an otter later!

8x10 acrylic on wood
click here for this view!