Saturday, August 19, 2017

August 19, Brown Bear on Blue

What a lovely weekend this is!  Yay for Saturdays at home, cleaning and painting, doing the laundry and hanging it out, and having time to paint too~

This is another one of my wee little tiny paintings, sweet little nuggets of color for that little wall space that wants just a bump of interest!

4.5x4.5 acrylic on wood, $45!  
click HERE to purchase~

Friday, August 18, 2017

August 18, Shotgun Seat Sharing

This is what I see when I drive to and from my studio with Teddy and Sally.  They are seriously adorable terrier-mutts, and Sally looks like a Mini-Me to Teddy- they are great friends and love wrestling and running and loving each other up.

Thank you everyone who came to Diamond's last night!  And it was so great because TWO dogs showed up!  Kong, maybe one of the biggest dogs I've painted this time, a poodle with a beard, and Louis, a Chiuahua!  It was so fun to walk in (I was late! Sorry!) and see these dogs already there!

If you haven't seen the dogs yet, do go take a look.  I'm working on the book for this project and I'll post that here when I've got it ready and you can order a copy on Blurb!

16x20 acrylic on canvas, $640 click here for purchase info!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

August 17, Winnifred & Francis

This is an incredibly sweet pair of Basset pups, a commission, that I was so happy to paint! I can almost touch those heavy, velvety ears, and stroke those soft wrinkles on their little noggins...

I am so fortunate!  And so grateful~

And do come tonight if you can make it, to Diamonds (1618 Central Ave NE) from 6 to 8 pm for our 30 Dogs in 30 Days Exhibition Reception!

9x12 acrylic on wood, spoken for!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August 15, Gus Loves Laps

I've been working on this painting for a couple days now.  It's an 18x36 canvas, and of course Golden acrylic, and it's Max's favorite dog ever, Gus, sitting on my sister Kelli's lap, a couple summers ago before he went blind and too diabetic.
This one is part of a series I'm working through of dogs on people's laps.  There's a connection that we see in the gestures of the hands and the posture of the dogs that is suggestive of the psychological relationship as well as the physical.
I'm not sure if it is done yet.  I have to live with it for a few more days!
Do let me know what you think~
18x36 acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 15, Summer Basset

I believe I took this photo last year at Powderhorn Art Fair, when this dog and it's owner were visiting my booth.  That red is my rug I always bring along so my set-up feels more "homey", and somehow the rug seems to always get peed on.  So it is perfect for an outdoor festival, right?
I am just tickled with the expression on this fella's face, and the gleam in those eyes...

Painting is so much fun!

Oh and I'm working at getting my Painting Lessons schedule for this fall and winter set up.  I won't be starting 6 week classes till October, but will have a couple one-day "Paint Your House" or "Paint Your Pet" classes in September!  Do let me know if you are interested-  I'll have a link up on my blog soon!

6x6 acrylic on wood, $75 click HERE to own this sweet face!

Monday, August 14, 2017

August 14, Sunstruck Sleek

I just shipped this painting off to its new home this morning!  It is such a pleasure to have to go ship a painting off.  I shoulda taken a photo of the package- Duane wrapped it for me in some really stiff cardboard, so it ended up at 45 inches by 34-  the original painting is 24x36... at least it is light and easy to move around...
I love the face on this guy- and that light!

24x36 acrylic on canvas- sold!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

August 13, the Day of Rest!

Sorry to have been so quiet this week, my friends, but it's been kinda necessary to do some home stuff and be quiet for a while, after the excitement of the summer so far.  This August is feeling more like a recuperating and regathering time for me, plus an opportunity to catch up with some commissions~
new curtains!
Some of my top favorite things that happened this past week~
-I washed most of our windows in the house (first time since they were installed in 2010!)~
-I made new curtains for our bedroom from a sari I bought in Duluth on my run up with Mina~
-I organized the bills and recycled old files!
-We went to the Renaissance Festival Guest Night and now Max wants to be a fire spinner!
-I changed out artwork at Articulture (yay!)~
-I sold a big otter painting (thanks Lisa!)!

And today I am painting WHATEVER I WANT TO!  Which will probably mean otters and bears and maybe an adorable kitten or two...  we will see!

Don't forget to come to Diamond's next Thursday to see all the wonderful dogs hanging together!  6-8pm at 1618 Central Ave NE! Wine and cheese for you, friendly dogs welcome!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

August 9, Beecher!

And here is another commission I've been working on-  it's lovely to have time to catch up with these!
And this one has such an incredible smile, and that shiny coat, and that open mouth!  Oops!  I'm seeing that I didn't finish his tongue!
Stepping in to fix that~

Do come see me and all the 30 Dogs next Thursday eve at Diamond's!  6-8pm!

10x10 acrylic on wood, sold!

Monday, August 7, 2017

August 7, Daphne~

Ah, the return to some form of normalcy after a weekend at an art fair!  I had a great time at Powderhorn Park Art Fair, and I want to say thank you so much to everyone who came by!  It was a cool weekend, with some rain and windy bits to keep things exciting- and my booth was constantly visited by people with pets and kids, my favorites!
And yesterday afternoon, when I was dealing with a transaction and talking to several other people, a contingent of women showed up and said something like, " Can we take a moment of your time?" and I thought absurdly that they were trying to sell me something like a door-to-door salesperson!  And they saw that on my face immediately and laughed and said, "This is GOOD!  We want to present you with an award!"  And so I received an Invitational Award for Painting!  Yay!  That made the day!  I also got a smidgen of painting in~  not this one, though-  this is a commission!  I just thought I'd post it because I like it!


8x8 acrylic on wood, Spoken for!

Friday, August 4, 2017

August 4, The Big News!

Here's the big fun news~

Well, a story first, anyway-

great friends go to the lake with you!
mina at brighton beach
So on Wednesday, my dear friend and fellow art-car and art -bike artist and art teacher Mina, was kind enough to ride along with me up to Tettegouche State Park Visitor Center to pick up my otters and bears that were hanging up there all month.  It was the only slot of time I've had available this week, and I didn't want to subject my 8 year old son (or myself) to the trial of a one-day North Shore run, as we weren't able to go up on Tuesday and stay over, and I had to teach a class early on Thursday, so the only option was a one day run.  Mina and I talked non-stop the entire way there and back, catching up as we needed to do.  And we were able to meet Jan Sivertson on time at the park!  Jan runs the Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais and the Sivvis Gallery in Duluth, and I am a huge fan of her sister Liz Sivertson's paintings.  Jan had e-mailed me a few days prior to say she'd seen my otters at Tettegouche and loved them and would love to have them be a part of Sivertson's Gallery, and I said heck yes!  And we'll be there on Wed!  And so Jan met us and ran off with 11 paintings, most pretty big, nine otters and two bears, with plans to nab a few more another time.  We haven't nailed down too much in terms of dates or anything, but I should be up at the Gallery for September 30th to do some kind of a painting demo!

two of the paintings
 that will be at Sivertson's
mom and me at the opening!

And I am proud to say I am now Officially represented by Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais! Wahoo!

This has been a dream of mine since childhood.  We spent a lot of time in Grand Marais, and still do, and I remember seeing Liz Sivertson's art at Sivertson's Gallery long ago and loving it and understanding that a woman can be an artist and paint fantastic gloriously colorful paintings of animals, and that's what I wanted to do too.  And now I am!

the LOVE TREE by Faith Lowell
I also should mention that it was at Sivertsons' where I made my first "big" art purchase.  I saw a Faith Lowell painting of a tree, a single tree, blasted by wind and storm, standing alone with a low horizon and a big sky behind it, titled "Love Tree", I thought.  It was actually "Lone Tree" but I read the handwritten label as "LOVE Tree" and I identified immediately with this tree, by itself, beat up and alone, but still full of love, representing love, and I wanted it.

It was more than I could afford, of course, $400 or something around there, but I talked to the staff at Sivertson's and they said they would hold it for me and I could make payments on it, $50 a month, and when it was paid off I could get it, no interest charged at all.  Well, that made a big difference to me!  And I have come to realize that most galleries AND artists would prefer to sell a work to you for payments, and most do not charge any kind of interest either.  SO think about that next time you see a larger, more expensive piece-  or even a small, not terribly expensive but out-of-your-range-right-now piece, and ask the artist if they'd accept payments on it.  I know I do!

Thanks for following along!  And come see me this weekend at Powderhorn Art Fair if you can!  I am around the lake at the ceremony site for Mayday!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August 2, Star Sees the Distance!

SO I've been touching up the 30 Dogs and getting some of them into frames and making labels and all that, and prepping for the Powderhorn Art Fair this weekend (come see me if you are in Minnesota!) and I'll be hanging the dogs at Diamond's tomorrow afternoon~  come on by anytime to see them, and come for sure for the Opening Party on August 17th!

 I'm heading up to Tettegouche State Park today to collect my Otters and Bears from the Visitor Center Gallery there~ my friend Mina is coming along because we haven't had a chance to talk in a while and what a perfect opportunity~  we'll be coming back tonight because we both work tomorrow- I'm teaching another Pet Portrait class at Wet Paint~  and I hope to have something fun to tell you for sure tomorrow.... hee!

And as if that isn't enough cool stuff, my painting "Star Sees the Distance" was just accepted into the Minnesota State Fair!  Another WAHOO!  This piece was a bit difficult to paint~  those are my dad's hands holding his favorite dog, Star.  We still have Star, but my dad died suddenly a year and a half ago.  My mom recognized his hands immediately~  I am very happy that it gets to be at the State Fair.  There's a brick near the Grandstand that we kids dedicated to my parents a few years ago~  I'll be finding that brick when we go see the painting!

Thank you everyone, for following and supporting this wonderful life!  I am so grateful to be able to paint what I love!

Monday, July 31, 2017

July 31, Jillian!

SO, it is the last day of July, and I am allowed to have an extra dog, and I chose to paint Jillian, because you just can't ever get enough of those fluffy dogs!  Well, admittedly yes, this is a fluffy dog.  And I do love painting black dogs.  But there are also those fluffy ones, like the ones we live with, that I love too!

Oh, and I will be hanging this show probably this Thursday afternoon at Diamond's, you are welcome to come give me suggestions (just kidding!  though of course you can come anytime), and I have the Powderhorn Art Festival this weekend, Sat 10-5 and Sun 12-5 so come on over and hang with me there!

So here is Jillian!

8x8 acrylic on wood!  click HERE if you'd like to live with this one!  $185

Sunday, July 30, 2017

July 30, Kristie for Lynda!

I didn't tell Lynda I was going to paint Kristie... so here she is!  Surprise!

That is Kristie. Her litter was born the night before I left for a cruise. My girlfriend who was dog sitting for me was getting quite nervous about delivering the litter. Thankfully, they came before I left. There were four fat puppies and Kristie was the only girl. She was named after my girl friend's kennel which is Krystle. She was wonderful to take care of my newborn pups and, of course, did a great job. They were fat as little pigs when I returned from the cruise.

8x8 acrylic on wood, $185 click here to purchase!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

July 29, Missy for Lisa!

I really enjoyed painting this beautiful dog!  She's got such a gorgeous coat, and I have to admit it can indeed be tricky trying to figure out all those reds and golds~ and I am particularly pleased with her deeper tones of purple...

Here's what her owner says about her~

 Missy is the first pure-bred dog we have owned.  Clearly, her purpose in life is to bring love to everyone. Kisses, hugs, sleeping on our bed.  She wants to have physical contact with us at all times.

I love such affectionate dogs, don't you!

8x8 acrylic on wood, $185 click here to purchase!

Friday, July 28, 2017

July 28, Ricky for Beth!

Hi all! It has taken me a few tries with this one, and I think there's still something off-  Ricky's eyes are rather large and round, and I can't seem to catch his gaze.  I'm thinking there may be something with the background as well, so I will be playing around more with this one. Check back later, or come to the opening on Thursday August 17th at Diamond's from 6 to 8 to see what I did!

Hmmm.... I think his ruff around his neck needs to be fluffier too....

10x10 acrylic on cradled panel, spoken for!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

July 27, Frosty!

Yes, it is certainly looking like I picked all the dogs because I love their faces, doesn't it?  And you know you're loving them too!  Wahoo!
This is Frosty, and I believe it's his owner's birthday today!  So happy birthday!  Here's what Jean says about this sweet critter!

We adopted Frosty when he was 14 months old from Paws and Claws Humane Society in Rochester, Mn.  We were forlorn after losing the son of our mama Westie unexpectedly in his sleep. It was sad to watch her look back for him when we went on walks. We found Frosty on pet and went to see him in Rochester. He was very spirited-but settled in easily on walks with Nikki. Nikki has passed now. We have had Frosty for 10 years. He loves to play ball, go for walks and car rides. He loves to chase squirrels in the yard, but can't catch them on our tall fence. He is very smart and understands many commands.  Still, he is a Westie through and through. He is affectionate, but temperamental-especially with puppies and kids. His enthusiasm for walks and car rides is contagious. He is a happy little guy. He likes to be chased around the house for fun and will punk us if he is bored. We love his big personality in a small package.

8x8 acrylic on panel, spoken for!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

July 26, Jake!

This is another amazingly sweet face!  I love these fun shots from the human point of view~ straight on!
And I did go back into this one- I didn't have his face quite wide enough!

Here's what John says about Jake~

Jake is almost 15 years old and nearing the end of his life. He has osteo sarcoma. I adopted Jake when he was only 7 - 8 months old. He has been my best buddy ever since. I have fostered countless doggies over the years and Jake has helped many adjust to being a normal dog in a loving home. Many of those doggies had come from horrible puppy mill conditions and were discarded after they were no longer money makers. 

And as a matter of fact, Jake was also found through Underdog Rescue, my chosen charity for this month's project! Meaning, I'll be making a donation to them at the end of the project, of a percentage of all profits!  Yay!

This is the Re-Done One!
I like it much better~

10x10 acrylic on wood~  sold!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

July 25, Essey for Amy~

Yes, again.

I know.

But really.

You can't blame me, can you?

What Amy, my photographer friend, has to admit~

Thanks :)  I did take that one, it was for a calendar for Ruff Start (the rescue where we got her). Her name is Essey and we have had her for about 3 years now. She is really great, though a little nippy/shy with strangers...we think because of the Heeler breed.

8x8 acrylic on wood, $185 click HERE to purchase!

Monday, July 24, 2017

July 24, Kat for Emily~

I kinda had to do Kat the Dog, because we share the same name~  cute yes?

I'll see if I can get more of a story from Emily, because it seems there should be a bit more~ I've never heard of this breed, and if Emily knows what she is, maybe she knows more of the Hurricane Katrina part too~

We'd love to have you include Kat the Dog, our senior rescue dog from Hurricane Katrina, in your painting effort this summer. She is a Nova Scotia Duck Rolling Retriever.

8x8 acrylic on wood, $185 click HERE to make this yours!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

July 23, Louie! For Maureen~

Yes, I have to admit once again that this was a face I could not refuse!  I'm sure you see why~  and thanks everyone who came to the Art Car Parade last night at Lake Harriet!  It is always so wonderful to wave out the window at people smiling at my car!

Here is what Maureen says about her adorable Louie!

Louie is a two-year-old Chihuahua.
I first met him when my co-worker, who rescues dogs, put him in a crate under my desk at work.  I never thought I would adopt a Chihuahua, but it was love at first sight.  Louie has added so much joy to my life (my cats are still getting used to him).   He loves to give kisses to everyone he meets and he is very popular at his doggie daycare.  Louie's eyes have so much expression and when he tilts his head and looks at me, he melts my ❤️.

8x8 acrylic on wood, spoken for!