Thursday, June 30, 2016

June 30, The OFFICIAL LIST of 30 Dogs in 30 Days, July 2016!

Yay!  One last painting before I start the dogs tomorrow-  Max requested this one today, I really don't know why-  it's a little brown bat.  You know, seven year old boys and brown bats-  the two go together like peas and carrots!
6x6 acrylic on panel, NFS (Max wants it, of course...)

And HERE is the OFFICIAL LIST of this year's 30 Dogs in 30 Days!  Wahoo!!!! And I reserve the right as a human (with a human's foibles)  to adjust and modify this list as necessary for the month of July~
And I have saved a couple dates near the end in case of emergency cute dog-ness!
Can't wait to get started!!!

30 Dogs in 30 Days, July 2016
July 1- Hubert for Eric L
2- Bimo for Mary H 
3- Bernadette Blue Wagglebottom for Jasper 
4- Roxie, for Cheryl & Paul 
5- Tippy for Andrea and Andrew
6- Rugby (longhair AND shorthair) for Laura R
7- Georgie for Annie B
8- ChiChi for Cynthia W 
9- Lookyee for Nattie (Paul)
10- Marcy for Nattie (Paul)
11- Sage for Candy K 
12- Mozart for Lisa 
13- Buddha for Mattie
14- Yoshi Bear for Nanci D
15- Rupa for Tanya A  
16- Pepper for Shay
17- Queenie (for Cynthia's Sis) 
18- Rosie for Kate T
19- Frode for Nathaniel (Gay G) 
20- Cecil for Joe (Donna H) 
21-Buddy/Buster for Dawn U
22- Honey for Wendy L 
23- Otto for Anna P
24- Augie for Liz J
25- Poodle for Andrea G
26- Murphy for Allison W 
27- Yoshi for Sherri D 
28- Buddy for Lisa's mom!


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

June 29th, Thunder!

I painted this one today, outside at Powderhorn Park watching Max at soccer camp... he's so fun to watch!  He really is the class clown, unfortunately, but at least he seems to know how to make friends~  and this little dog is one of them.  This is Thunder, the little dog belonging to one of the blacksmiths at the North House Folk School, whom Max fell in love with two years ago and who was still here this year, and who is incredibly tolerant of seven year old dog lovers.

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

And here is the photo of my Max and another Max at soccer camp today-  they'd dressed in opposite colors and decided that tomorrow would be red day- and a shot of Max and Thunder!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

June 28th, And Then There's Another

So yes, here is another apple! This one is a Red Delicious, with that toothy shape and those lovely shoulders~  hmmm~
And yes!  Please DO send me your dog photos!!!
Yay for apples and dogs!
6x6 acrylic on panel, $75 for this sweet baby! Click HERE!

Monday, June 27, 2016

June 27, "Did You Say STAY?"

Here's a face I am sure you've never seen before-  especially if you don't happen to have a dog who knows how to use her eyes to her advantage...

And don't forget to send me your dog pictures!  I'm making my list up this Thursday and I paint my FIRST DOG on Friday!
More info below!  And I'm making this one an auction!  Ha!

9x12 acrylic on wood, $45 starting bid!  Click HERE to join in the auction!

It is NEVER too late! 
well, technically, it won'd be part of the project if I paint your dog AFTER July 31, though I am always delighted to do another one!
that's why you want to

Please send me an image or two of a great dog and I go through and select the ones I will include in the month of July.  These do NOT have to be commissioned to be included!  However, I will include as many commissions as possible.  To keep it easier for me, I will paint all paintings on 8x8 inch panels ($175) and if you want to commission yours and make it 10x10 ($275) or 12x12 ($395), please let me know!  And just to make this clear, ALL COMMISSIONED PAINTINGS WILL BE INCLUDED!  So if you want your dog painted FOR SURE, let me know and we'll get them a date!

 All accepted dogs will be assigned a day in July on which they will be painted and posted on my blog when completed.  Please subscribe to my blog to follow along! I'll be posting the list THIS THURSDAY!!!
All completed works will be on exhibition at Diamond's Gallery (1618 Central Ave NE) for the month of August~  I will have an opening celebration on Saturday, August 12th from 6-8pm, and works will be available to their new owners after August 31.  This year I will contribute a percentage of all sales to the Minneapolis Animal Control.  And I'll make a blurb book too!  Those have been fun and you can see my bookstore here!

a recap for you~ WHAT TO DO
SEND ME IMAGES OF DOGS-  to small sizes are fine-  I’ll let you know if I need a bigger one!
TELL ME WHAT SIZE YOU WANT ME TO PAINT if you want to commission the work!  Otherwise, they'll be 8x8 and available for sale!
 TELL ME A DATE if you have a preference- I'll do some Public Paintings again, so let me know if you have an idea of where I could paint in PUBLIC!
 SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG  ( so you'll know if your dog is accepted! 
 then FOLLOW ALONG for the month of July and watch me paint!

Painting like this is truly a community effort and I appreciate all the support and encouragement I've already gotten!
so then COME TO THE OPENING on August 12th!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

June 26, "Northern Irises" and MY BIRTHDAY!!!!

Yay me! It is my birthday today!  And I am starting it off by going out to a Spina Bifida Conference this morning to teach (what started out as 20 kids and is now 37 at last count) one of my Negative Space Tree Painting Lessons because the title of the conference is " Beyond All Limits" and the idea is that the kids try doing something they don't think they can do, so we'll all paint trees together!
Wahoo!  Wish me luck!

And these are some gorgeous irises from last week, again kind of a lesson in negative space, and I really enjoyed painting them!  I don't do flowers often-  those would be some of my more rare paintings I would say.

And ALSO as my birthday present to YOU  I will give you 30% off of ANY PAINTINGS on my DAILY PAINT WORKS SITE today only!  Take a look through and let me know which ones you want and go ahead and CLICK to PURCHASE them and I'll send you a new invoice through Paypal for the discounted price-  good TODAY ONLY!

Including THIS ONE!

9x12 acrylic on wood, $215 click HERE to purchase!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

June 25th, An Apple For Your Thoughts...

 Because perhaps apples can help you think better!  We like apples at our house.  We kinda decided it would be better to have a bowl of apples for the kids to nab from than the bowl of leftover Halloween candy... and so now we always have apples around.  The dogs don't like to eat them though, which is probably a good thing...

I had fun with the light on this dark red apple-  a Fuji maybe?  I can't remember!

6x6 acrylic on panel, $25 starting bid for an auction! Wahoo!  Click HERE to participate in the fun!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

June 23, "A Day Lily"

At least I think this is a Day Lily... you can let me know if you think it's something else-  I'm getting more and more excited about the dogs coming up, people!  Keep sending me those beautiful photos!

6x6 acrylic on panel, $75 click HERE to make this YOURS!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

June 21, "Wizendom"

Okay, it's a word I just made up for this dog in particular, because she's got all that lovely bearding and fuzz and those wise wise eyes, like a wizard dog, and I just like the word!

6x6 acrylic on panel, $75 click here to purchase! 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

June 19, The Irish Road- Happy Father's Day

For Father's Day, Duane gets to drive us home from Grand Marais through Sunday afternoon traffic-  I'll give you the gory details later... I do hope it isn't as bad as I am expecting it to be~
And this is a painting I did this week as a landscape demo for my lovely and talented class (thanks Caryl!) from a photo taken in Ireland, 2013, with my dad.  I still can't quite believe he's gone-  he had SUCH a great time in Ireland, talking to absolutely everyone who would stand still~

Hope you are enjoying your Sunday wherever you happen to be!

8x10 acrylic on panel, $160 click HERE to purchase now!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

June 18, "Long Nose Wisdom"

This is a lovely collie that I've had the fortune to paint in the past for another 30 Dogs in 30 Days project, and I've been coming to the conclusion that it is really difficult to paint ANYTHING head on-  human, dog, car, moose-  I think it's because of the symmetrical orientation between the eyes, and how you (maybe subconsiously) want everything to match on both sides...

I think this worked...  it's 11x14 for my Artistry show in August in Bloomington!  Wanna come?  The opening is August 4th!  More info later- and DO send me your dog photos please!

11x14 acrylic on panel, $315 click here to purchase!

Friday, June 17, 2016

June 17th, "Little Brown Mug"

I loved finding and mixing the browns for this mug- those orangey- purpley tones sitting next to each other with that lovely vibration....

6x6 acrylic on panel, $25 starting bid, click HERE to join the FUN!
Everyone wants a MUG!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

June 16, "Lucy On The Water"

Dang!  It's been foggy and rainy the last few days, and by the time I've gotten back to the cabin at night to try and post, I couldn't get an internet connection!  SO here I am, and here's a pup!  This is Lucy, from Thunder Bay, Canada, who was sitting with her lovely owners just down from the Marine Station on the bay a couple evenings ago-  they'd been looking for a nice place to sit on the water and have a beer and everywhere was crowded so they opted to sit in the open and sit from a paper bag, which is never a bad way to go about it if you figure you can probably get away with it, and you are over thirty and not wanting to cause trouble...

6x6 acrylic on panel, $75 click HERE to make this YOURS!
free shipping on this one!

Monday, June 13, 2016

June 13, Table Edge Mug

This is a little 6x6 demo mug, I think it may even have been a one-stroke-per-color one for my weekend class up here in Grand Marais...  I enjoy the small challenge of painting something deceptively simple, like a shiny blue mug.  Just having to really focus on something so ordinary can make you step out of yourself a bit, especially when you've just had a lovely orgy of painting lush, thick, velvety pug fur, or something similar....
Still accepting dogs for the 30 Dogs in 30 Days Project!  Send me your photos, people!

6x6 acrylic on panel, $75 click here to purchase- everyone has a mug!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

June 12, "Me, Worried?"

You know this look too- especially coming from a pug whose face is built to look perpetually concerned... and especially with those eyeballs pointing in odd directions- dang this was fun to paint!  I just finished teaching my Beginning Acrylic class at the Art Colony, and tomorrow morning we start the week long Advanced Acrylic class!  I still have room if you want to come up!
And I am looking for those dog photos for my 30 Dogs in 30 Days Project!  The time is now to send them in!  I'll be picking my favorites (and any you've wanted to commission) by the end of June and I'll post the list here and then paint one a day for the entire month!  And this being summer in Minneapolis, I do want to plan on a few Public Painting Events again!  I wasn't able to do them last year, but I think we can swing some this year!  Send your photos to me at!

8x8 acrylic on panel, $140 click HERE to make this your own!  I love those lush purples!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

June 8, "And So It Goes..."

It's hard coming up with titles... and I have no one cleverer than me with words in my family (yet... perhaps my son will surprise me...) so I have to come up with them on my own.  I am SO pleased with this one!  This is our Gus, a jack-russell mutt terrier, who has the BEST looks I've ever seen!  He just has this way of sitting and looking at you out of the corner of his eye sometimes, that kind of a "yes, I know you want me to come over there because you are calling me, but I'd prefer to stay over here, thank you very much" and such kinds of thoughts.  You know what I mean, if you know a dog well. And this is SOOOOO one of those looks!  Totally-  and hence, the title~

9x12 acrylic on panel, $215 click HERE to have this lovely face for your own!

Monday, June 6, 2016

June 6, "Leashed Expectations"

Yup~ I'm not quite finished with this divine little booger! it's the contrast between the shadow and that shadow and the concrete, and the warmth of the dachshund's body~  yay!

6x6 acrylic on panel, $75 click here to purchase!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

June 5th, "Ear Wings And Shadow"

Another version of that sweet little dachshund named Fletcher I took photos of in May in Grand Marais!  It was just the perfect set up, with the pale concrete and that distinctive shadow and profile and those ears~  and creating that warm color for his coat, with the cool shadows-  do you know how much fun that is?  Have I mentioned how much I love to paint?  I can't stand it!  I have to post this and get painting!  Enough of the chit-chat!
Shoot.  I am not sure how big this one is, so I don't know how much to charge for it!  I think it's about 7 inches by 3.5 inches, which by my calculations means this one is for sale for...

$50!  Click HERE if you'd like this one!  

And I may be wrong and it may be bigger, but I'll still let you have it for $50!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

June 4, Sprawled At Your Feet

It's a bit late, and I've been a bit busy, and I've been wanting to post this for a while and I keep starting to set it up and then I think it's gonna take too long and so I don't but THIS time, seriously, THIS time I'm DOING it...
This is one more of my favorite paintings!  it's Gus!  Can you tell?  And I really like it, but I'm not sure about his eyes... what do you think?

18x24 acrylic on canvas, $865 
And a couple process shots for you!  See the little photo taped up on the edge of the canvas?

And here's another one, a bit further along~  SO fun!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

June 2, "Yeah, You Always Say That"

And this is one of my favorite ones from up in Grand Marais this May-  and one I had painted awhile ago for my first "30 Dogs in 30 Days" Projects!  I've always loved her grin~  don't you?
I also needed to put up something I feel great about today-  it's been a bit of an odd day, maybe an odd week, with thoughts of dad for some reason popping in constantly and throwing me off balance-  one of those weeks where things don't go quite the way you were expecting them to go, and you know you have to sit back and be grateful instead of trying to force things... but it is really really hard!
Anyway, this is a favorite one!

22x28 acrylic on black gessoed canvas, $1235 click here to purchase!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June 1, Summer Lawn Dance

Ha!  We're watching my sister's dog while she's in Geneva working for a while- Salama is from Miami and is a mini-version of our terrier mutt, Teddy, and the two of them get along like milk and cookies and peas and carrots!  Here's Sal, watching Duane use the weed wacker in the backyard... the electric lawn mower hasn't been holding its charge and he wanted to tackle the grass- what we still have of it.... and Salaama couldn't resist the wacker's whine and hum and kept yapping at it!  We kept her away from the string...
And hey!  I need a few more students in my painting classes up at the Art Colony in Grand Marais! If you are on the fence about it, send me an e-mail or give me a call and I'll answer all questions that I can!  It will be a great time, I can guarantee it!
More info below!

6x6 acrylic on panel, $75 click here to purchase!   FREE Shipping on this one!

Kat's Painting Classes at the Art Colony!

Hey there!  One last blast from me about these classes, because I am really excited about going up and teaching in Grand Marais, and YOU know you want to come too!
Here's a couple things to help you-
FACT- there are very few mosquitos on the North Shore this time of year!  It is GORGEOUS!
FACT- Sign up for the week-long class and we will make dinner for you on Thursday eve(June 16) at our cabin!
FACT- The Solstice Celebration is June 17-19!  Come up and paint with me, and stay to celebrate Solstice!  There's a great pageant that we LOVE attending (and maybe participating in)!

Also, Ruth at the Art Colony told me there are scholarships available so check with her!
AND there is a New Hostel in town!  The Hungry Hippie Farm Hostel if you are concerned about expensive lodging~  check them out here!

here's the class links and info-  June 11-12, Beginning Acrylics, 9-4pm both days-  $190  more info here~
and Advanced Acrylic- How To Build The Habit Of Painting! June 13-17, 9-4pm, $475 more info here~

I am so excited to be back at the Art Colony and am looking forward to pushing some color around the studio with some students! Please come be one!!!