Okay, so my boys went to the MN Zoo for me yesterday, on a photo-taking excursion because I am going up to the Art Colony this afternoon with my mum to paint for the next four days straight and I wanted some more BEAR photos, but the bears were all apparently NAPPING and my dearest, knowing how much I LOVE Otters, found these scamps to be performing acrobatics and underwater ballet! SO I feel the next weeks may be otterly absorbed by OTTERS!!!!
I want to try this one BIG!!! LOVE those muscles!!!
But you can buy THIS one now!
6x6 acrylic on panel, ready to hang in YOUR house!
Here are our lovely pair again, at home in their cave, with the brown bear affectionately nuzzling her sweetie's ear in such a casual, intimate gesture…
How can anyone think animals don't share emotion?
This pair is for sale on my DailyPaintWorks page, the link of which I have included HERE!
6x6 acrylic on panel, ready to hang and enjoy for $75!
I don't have the bears out of my system yet. I do want to work on humans too, trying to figure out facial structures and all... I just bought Karin Jurick's book "Bust-Ed: 100 Faces" which is a collection of her paintings of convicts' faces, because I was supposed to be taking her painting class in Chicago this summer but now it's been cancelled, so I'll do a little self-study instead. I am really bummed that it is cancelled! Why didn't more of you sign up? Dang. I also spent a little time last night at my friend artist Mary Gibney's house for her fantastic as usual Gumbo Party peeking in her studio at her latest work- she also does great faces...
I'm a little tired today~
Anyway, this bear, lovely as she is, is hanging out up high in a tree, gazing out across her domain...
And you can buy her NOW by clicking HERE! 6x6 acrylic on panel, ready to hang, $75!
Yes! Come see me and have a hot dog looking at the art tonight at Animystics!
And here is Bear Chuckle, the brown bear again at the Mn Zoo- I was a bit intimidated by that prehensile lip, wanting to get it right and trying to ignore what it is and just PAINT it! Man! SO hard! Listen to my own teaching!
But I think I got it! I like this one's coat colors and shine!
Click here to BUY this one! and you can laugh with this bear EVERYDAY! 6x6 original acrylic on panel, ready to hang!
I've painted a couple versions of these bears, in their cave during a flash thunderstorm at the Mn Zoo last late summer. I love the negative space between their bodies and the light outside the cave…
The black one is hunkered down by the door, hanging out patiently, while the brown bear paces and scents the air a little nervously, kinda like me and my husband; ME "But what if…" HIM "Calm down, don't worry, it will be fine."
And I also need to mention again that my (2nd!)cousin Elizabeth Garvey is having an opening tonight, info here, and that I have an opening tomorrow night at Light Grey Art Lab of the Animystics Show, and I just found out I got 4th place in Oil/Acrylic at the Art Show at the Dog Show in Witchita! Big fat ribbon and all!
SO the BEARS!
Available for purchase HERE~ 6x6 acrylic on panel, ready to hang, $75!
I had to go for a walk this morning, out around the swamp and tall dead stalks of grass. A woodpecker eyed me once I spotted it, and then dropped out of its tree, swooping across the road to better rotter wood…
Sometimes I need some head space… especially when I am overly emotional. Painting bears seems to help.
This one has some especially appealing fur with depth of color that I greatly enjoyed painting!
I do appreciate the apparent gentleness in such a large creature.
This one can be yours~ click here for purchase info of this 6x6 acrylic on panel original painting, ready to hang~!
Hope you all are enjoying the weather! My 2002 art car is in the shop, so I am driving my mom's 1999/2000 art car, a cabriolet convertible (I should include a photo, shouldn't I!) and Max and I are LOVING having the top down! I'll put a photo in later, when I put up a progress shot of Honey-Toinnette!
THIS is that brown bear at the Mn Zoo again, providing me with more reasons to come up with shades of brown! SO fun to have a limited palette and be able to create these tones!
I like her slightly impish grin, with her eyes cutting to the side… not sure who she's looking at!
And YES this one is still available! CLICK here to purchase this original 6x6 acrylic on panel, ready to hang in your house where you can look at it every day, for $75!
Sorry I missed yesterday! It was a bit nuts, trying to get any painting done, though I did get a decent start on a new concept for me, a anthropomorphic version of Marie Antoinette as a dog~ pretty darn fun! The patrons who requested this piece did a great job of taking photos of their sweet dog's expressions which made it a LOT easier!
I'll post some of those soon!
And so for today, another version again of the black bear at the Mn Zoo, curling his head under just before he started grooming his little toes… have you really seen a bear's toes? I'll see if I have any good shots of that, because really their feet are unBEARably adorable!!!!
Though I have to admit his expression does lead one to think he's plotting some kind of revenge… maybe its the expressive yellow and white strokes behind his head…
Am I following some deep ingrained Easter story in these bears? I hadn't thought about it til now, titling this one "Descending", though of course Jesus descended right into hell, didn't he? On Thursday? And was there for the three days til he raises tomorrow! I think that's right.... Mom will correct me if I am wrong...
You'd think it would stay with me longer- I was raised by very devout Catholics, and taught at a Catholic School until three years ago, and am now at an Episcopalian one so it's not like I am an utter pagan...
Anyway, I love the shape of the nose on this black bear, and he really IS descending a tree... something about his eyes being cast down, focused on those steps ahead to make it safely back to the ground where hopefully some yummy grubs may be casting about....
And yes this one is up for adoption as well! Grab a bear while you can!
The brown bear at the Mn Zoo was pacing, making the rounds and Duane caught this expression as she came close to the window. I cropped it in tight to get her expression and to challenge myself to painting her gigantic flaring nostrils!
I love the dappled effect of brushstrokes on her fur...
6x6 acrylic on archival panel, ready to hang for $75~
This bear is a bit cautious about poking his head out… kinda how I've been feeling lately. I am not sure if it's the cooler weather we've been having (snow today! Ack!) or just the havoc and craziness of spring and the end of the school year yawning ahead like a giant abyss… but I have been really tired lately. Like wanting a nap, even now! And waking in the morning has been hard, and I've been ready to go to bed at 9pm… am I re-hibernating? Am I in some weird transition space between spring and winter in reverse? Or am I just busy and tired?
Whichever it is, the other bear I posted yesterday already sold, so I'm going to have to make a few more of these if I want anything to show for Art A Whirl!
Though of COURSE you can buy this one now if you want to! Click HERE!
So I thought I'd better jump back on my painting-a-day train- yes. I HAVE been painting every day but a ton of them have been for donations, so I thought I'd paint a few more Minnesota Mammals for the upcoming ART-A WHIRL!!!! I'll be on the 3rd floor of the NOrthrup King BUilding, with my friend Claudia and her crew, next door to my mom's studio! What fun!
SO here is an original 6x6 acrylic on black-gessoed panel, and it will be there unless someone wants to snag it up first! From the black bears at the Mn Zoo back in March… I think they were just waking up!
I really love that nose, and those bags under his eyes, and that schnoopity droopily lip….
I hosted an art creating party this weekend, for next week's Art4Shelter Fundraising Event, and had a couple people show up (Thanks SAM!! and JOHN!) and painted a bunch of golden eagles from our trip to the Wabasha MN National Eagle Center over spring break! It is so great to explore other anatomies and bone structures! Look at that BEAK!!!! SO amazing! These are all of Donald, the lone Golden Eagle at the center. They don't know how old he is because he was found injured and unbanded but he sure is handsome!
So come see these guys next week! you can nab one for $30! Maybe… if you get it before someone else does…
I have been invited to participate in an Art Exhibition titled "Anamystics" for which I am supposed to invent my own Spirit Animal, my own mythical beast. I know most of you probably have your own favorite creature of one kind or another, and my favorite has always been the otter. In my twenties I got my first tattoo of an otter, curled in a swimming ball, on my right shoulder. I'd had a dream about it and my friend Dean and I went and got them together, but the artist did a TERRIBLE job~ man- that's really another story- I'll write that one later and get Duane to take a photo of my tattoo, because I haven't really looked at it in a while..
ANYWAY this is Felix, the Ottermooseagle, and he is known for being able to prevail against most Minnesoatannessness that bugs me, like being able to leave a party after saying goodbye only once, but he IS also supernaturally nice, with those lovely wings to swoop in and give you a playful bop with his webbed feet~
Let me know what you think- I haven't sent it just yet!
It's kinda fun to paint something I have to more or less make-up outa my head!
I thought I'd let you see a bit of the OTHER stuff I do! Here is a commission I recently completed and delivered with Max's help this past weekend. It is such a pleasure to meet my patrons and subjects (I sound like a queen saying that, don't I? hmmmm) and this was a great adventure! I hadn't intended to bring Max along but he begged to join me, and Bina and Honey's owner was gracious and gentle and helped Max pet both lovely dogs, and we hung the painting and I think all of us were very pleased.
As Max and I were leaving and walking down the driveway to the car, he said he had such a great time, he wants to create another piece of art for the owners and come back to hang it himself! You never know- maybe he will!
Here are a couple images I've painted for the Art4Shelter Fundraiser coming up April 30th at the Burnet Gallery at the Chamber's Hotel on 9th Street in downtown Minneapolis! You can come try to get them for $30 each when the bell rings!
Here is more info about Art4Shelter, and YOU can still submit your OWN art too! Thanks to those of you who have already!
I will let you know if the 30 Cats Opening tomorrow is cancelled by tomorrow afternoon- if I have school tomorrow, we'll go on with the show!
And here are some dogs for your entertainment, painted recently for the "Deviant Art: Dispelling Myths" show at the Northrup King Building this Saturday, April 5 from 3 to 9pm with a percentage of all painting sales going to Rotta Love Plus.
Both of these new pieces will be there! They are 9x12 on panel, ready to hang no need of framing, for $185 each!
Alright kids, I hope this works! here is the video Duane helped me make of me painting the last cat of this year's series!
Here is a link to it, and I'll see if I can embed it for you as well~
Tell me if it doesn't work!
It is 5 minutes long, speeded up, but you can see I draw and then paint entirely BY HAND in this day of instant gratification and photoshopped images….
So when you buy one of my paintings, you are buying the process, the drawing, the action, all of it!