Sunday, May 21, 2017

May 20, North Shore Lotus Position

Whew!  Sorry about not posting the last two days!  It was a great weekend at Art A Whirl!  This painting sold on Friday night, I am delighted to say, and I had numerous complimentary and illuminating conversations with patrons as they viewed my works!  And I am just realizing I never took a picture of my wall!  Shoot!
Anyway, one of the insights I received from many people was how iridescent my paintings appear, with the matte black of the gesso showing through the layers of acrylic.  And many people also commented on the variety of blues I use on the bears, and how they now see bears in a new way~
And I gave away a ton of my Moo cards too!
Now, for some rest!  Good night!

16x16 acrylic on cradled wood panel, SOLD

Thursday, May 18, 2017

May 18, Bearfoot In The Snow

Because I so love those feet!  Look at that back foot, with its sole turning out.  Have you noticed that bears are slightly pigeon-toed?  I love them so much!  Such great spirits~
This one is just 8x10, on wood, and I'll have it with me this weekend at Art-A-Whirl!  I'm at the Grain Belt Bottling House, 79 13th Ave NE, from 5-10 Friday, noon-8 Sat and noon-5 Sunday! And I'll also have the other stuff in that other photo!  All for just $15 each!  Till I run out! 
 8x10 acrylic on wood, $160 click here to purchase now!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 17, Prickly Bear

This one looks like he just got out of that little pond just visible behind him, and no one's helped him brush his fur out.
Poor bear!

6x6 acrylic on wood, $75 click here to nab this guy!

Monday, May 15, 2017

May 15th, Contemplation

This bear is just so tangible, so tactile~  I kinda wanna pull her off the canvas and cuddle with her!  She's got that Pooh-Bear/Eyore essence going on.  My favorite dog, Jojo, was an old black cocker spaniel with enormous feet, who was very much into sitting like this, just being.  He was a great teacher.  SO is this bear!
Come see her in person this weekend at Art-A Whirl!  I'll be at the Grain Belt Bottling Plant (79 13th Ave NE)!  My paintings really need to be seen in person-  the black parts are matte black, with the acrylic paint contrasting with shine~

And she has that little yellow spark of knowledge, just in front of her nose!

20X20 acrylic on canvas, $800 click here to purchase or reserve this painting and talk no interest payment plans with me!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

May 13, Balance Bigger

I had an incredible massage today-  it's amazing how much the body can feel when you have someone rubbing heated stones all over it...  wow~ and at the end, my new best friend said "2017 is the year of Balance-" and I kinda twitched because BALANCE was the word I had found on Thursday morning in my writing for the day, and it's what I've been focusing on here at the Art Colony this week, and it's what she suggested I look at in the rest of this year ahead of us.
And I had painted this bear earlier Thursday morning, and I did this version yesterday...
I love how she's standing there, poised and balanced, with her eyes shut and her nose WIDE open!

Lots of art to show you!  I'll post more!
20x20 acrylic on canvas, $800 click here to own this lush splendor!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

May 11, Bruin Perch

Thank you so much all of you lovely people who sent me responses to my work!  Wow~ sometimes painting can be a bit lonely, and you do wonder if anyone is actually looking at your work or not~
I'm in Grand Marais, MN this week with my mom, for our annual Painting Retreat at the Art Colony~ (by the way, I'm teaching a class here in June if you want to join me!  More info HERE)

 I couldn't sleep this morning because the sun got in bed with me at 5:30, so I went for a short jog to check out the beaver lodge and the Artist's Point (chilly at 44 degrees) and came back and painted a bear.  I never really know what I'm going to paint when I come up, but bears do seem to be relevant to me at the moment.  This one has a slight grin as she balances on the log and rock, her nostrils open wide to the breeze and scent of spring~

8x10 acrylic on wood, $175 click HERE to own this dramatic piece~  
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May 9, Bruin Shape

There's something so formidable and physical about the shape of a bear.  Those very specific curves and edges that make you understand "BEAR" and not "COCKER SPANIEL", for example.  Though I do believe they are incredibly close in proportion~
And hey!  I do have a favor to ask you!  I am working on the writing part of my Art Business, you know- the all-important Art Statement and Artist's Bio and Philosophy and all that-  I'm making up a short survey to send out, and in the meantime, I would LOVE to hear any comments you might have about my work-
More specifically, what do you notice first when you look at my work?  This can be one word or a paragraph!  Thank you in advance for your help!
6x6 acrylic on wood, AUCTION!! 
$35 starting bid for this one!  Click here to enter the fun!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Max And The Wax

It really is helpful to look at your images from a distance, even if that distance is a day or two or a laptop instead of in person-  because now I can see what was buggin me about this one- his eyebrow is not as apparent as I want it to be and there's something not quite right about the angle of his nose, and his neck is more disjointed than I'd realized.  I am mostly happy with the skin tones and the gesture of the hand with the flame, and the shadows. The challenge of painting a different subject is that I don't always know what the tricky parts are until I'm able to look at it from a distance, like now.
Max is heating up the little copper scoop for drawing wax lines on eggs for psyanky~ just before Easter.  Quite a lovely mess!
8x8 in progress

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May 2, Blue Neck Snuggie

Another attempt at the boy-o~
He has the greatest expressions!  But maybe that's true of all 8 year olds...  they are capable of such extremes of emotion, and when he is upset about something, if I keep my head and gently tease him or tickle him or somehow get him off his passionate angst, I can trip him into laughing as jubilantly as he was steaming a minute ago.
Still working at it~

Monday, May 1, 2017

May 1, Goat Ears

And now it's May~ for our family, it means the Mayday Parade next Sunday at Powderhorn Park!  I hope you have some happy way of celebrating the start of spring too.  I do appreciate Minnesota for that fact, that we have seasons.
And this is another goat for Art4Shelter!  Love the ears flapping around~

5x7 acrylic on paper, $35 but you have to be at Art4Shelter on May 10th to get it!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

April 30, The Eye

This is a 5x7 acrylic on paper painting of one of the charming goats at the Farm at the Minnesota Zoo.  Maxie loves hanging out with the goats!
This painting will be at the Art4Shelter Fundraiser on May 10th at the Meridian Hotel on 9th street, downtown Minneapolis!  You should go!  It's a hoot-  really well catered!

5x7 acrylic on paper, $35 donation at Art4Shelter!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

April 29, Seeking Below

I got to paint an OTTER today!!!  Duane and Max took some great photos at the zoo over spring break and I haven't had a chance to sort through them til today-  and I got started on this delicious shape~  it is the shapes that appeal to me, that curve and bend, the edges, the shapes. And then there's the colors... the blues and purples and browns, suggesting the strong muscles under the dense coat.  I am so lucky to be married to a patient man who loves to take photos, and who has a great eye.
12x24 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
click here to hang this jewel on your wall!

Friday, April 28, 2017

April 28, Bearly On The Edge

It's another bear!
Not that I don't love painting Max...  learning lots over here!
And if you aren't doing anything tomorrow morning, come on OVER and Paint Your Pet with me!  It should be a hoot!

This bear can be found at the Minnesota Zoo, probably wandering around looking very much like this painting of him.  Or her.  I am not sure how to tell.  Can you tell I love painting the background?

6x6 acrylic on wood, ready to hang!  $85 click HERE to make this YOURS!

FREE SHIPPING on this one!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

April 27, Birthday Morning

You can tell it's his birthday because of the blue morning light... I'm much happier with this one- dang.  It is weird how scary it feels to post these, because I'm not popping them up to sell them... though if you are interested in any of them, do feel free to send me a reply!  It is challenging to be doing something I am not good at YET.  I have to put that YET in there or I might stop...
And don't worry!  I have some bears coming up again-  I have to paint things I am confident at too, or I wouldn't be happy painting at all!
Thanks for following!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 25, Tickle Grin

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!

6x6 acrylic on wood

Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 23, Black Bear Walk for Art4Shelter

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!
5x7 acrylic on paper, $35 donation at Art4Shelter!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

April 22, Earth Day! And A Goat~

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!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Max On Green

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.

8x8 acrylic on wood, $145 click here to own~

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April 19, Stalking...

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~
I'll cover SHIPPING on this one!!!


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April 18, Tabled Kid

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!

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