Monday, October 14, 2019

10/14 Blue Deer

This is a really quick one-
And I haven't done an auction in a while, so jump on in and you can probably get this one for $25!

It's a lovely day here in Minneapolis!  Sun is shining, people are more happy than during the grey, and the kids are louder!
So a blue deer-

6x6 acrylic on wood

Sunday, October 13, 2019

10/12 and 13! Oops...

Dang!  Got a little bit busy yesterday, what with teaching my painting class, Paint Love, at my studio in the morning, and then painting Dungeons and Dragons figures at The Dreamer's Vault with my usual 10 year olds... and I lost track and didn't even open my laptop all day!  What a joy!
Here's the Owlbear I painted yesterday, and my lovely demo for painting class too~ one stroke per color!
2.5 inches by 2.5 inches...

6x6 acrylic on wood
such fun!

Friday, October 11, 2019

10/11 Winner of the WOLF!

I did the drawing this morning, and the winner of the wolf painting is my friend and fellow paint push, Robin Westacott!
Congratulations Robin!  Wahoo!
As for the rest of you, I'll be doing a few more give-a-ways this fall, and will also be offering some discounts on my paintings prior to December... stay tuned!
And this is another painting I've been working on- not sure if it is finished...  Minnehaha Creek from our WAlk-a-thon of the week past...
Enjoy your Friday!
9x12 acrylic on wood

Thursday, October 10, 2019

10/10 Whale Rocks

This one was a commission, for someone who'd previously purchased one of my landscapes, and we thought it would be interesting to paint a vacation photo!  Thanks Greta!
I believe she said they saw a whale either before or after this photo was taken. I love the color of the water-
And I'm still accepting comments for the drawing for the Wolf painting from Tuesday until Midnight tonight!  I'll announce the winner tomorrow hopefully in the morning~

And if you have a painting from a vacation you'd like painted, gimme a call!

6x12 acrylic on wood

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

8/9 Antler Grace

Wowzers, it is a great goal to try to get a painting done every morning, and I'm having to get up earlier to accomplish it!
Here's today's little deer~ just love those eyes, and the wonderful twisting puzzle of painting antlers. This one feels particularly powerful, I'm not sure why...

And if you didn't catch it, yesterday's post is a give-away!  I'm realizing I can't figure out who you are if you comment on this blog, so please comment on my facebook post of the blog instead!  Or send me an e-mail and I'll include you in the drawing!
I'll post the winner's first name on Friday!
6x6 acrylic on wood
ready to hang!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

8/8 Wolf Give-Away!

Hey all!  It's about time I do a give-away to my people who follow this blog daily- in order to be entered into a drawing to win this painting, please make a comment on this blog, and if you can' figure out how to do that, make a comment on my facebook post of this painting!  I'll pick a winner by Thursday and mail it to you- though if you are not in the US, I will need some help with postage...

This is a wolf at the Minnesota Zoo~

Like that stance...
6x6 acrylic on wood

Monday, October 7, 2019

6 and 7/10

I forgot to post yesterday, so I'm counting today as two days!
It's my blog and I can post how I want to~
More 10 minute paintings!

It is fun to do these- they end up more expressionistic than anything!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

10/5 Another 10Minute Sketch

Okay, I'm going to bed- but I wanted to post something, and here's another from the Blessing of the animals. I was just rather pleased with the expression on this one~


Friday, October 4, 2019

Betty and Boop!

This is a commission! Aren't they fun?  I love how a creature's personality is just gleaming out of their face!

This ones's going to Texas!
Still just tickles me~ you can tell Betty is the one who hangs back a little, being polite and waiting to be invited while Boop just barges on in there in a joyfully eager frenzy!

9x12 acrylic on wood

Thursday, October 3, 2019

10/3 Miss Mama

We went on a Walk-a-thon this morning with Max's school, and it was just such a joy to be wandering along Minnehaha creek with a pile of kids, 5th graders and their Kindergarten buddies. I watched all these kids holding hands, and chatting with each other, older to younger, interested, caring, walking together.

I hope they remember this for a long time.
It is really important to feel seen, and to be able to hold someone's hand and know they are happy you are there!
This is Miss Mama...  there will probably be some Minnehaha Creek paintings coming up...
6x6 acrylic on wood

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

10/2 Wise Eyes

Another deer for you-  there's something in there, you can tell.  Especially when a wild animal makes eye contact with you-  you can feel the intelligence there, the senses all alert... it's just WOW.

6x6 acrylic on wood

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

10/1 All Ears

I'm gonna do another painting a day project this October, or at least for the first 20 days.  It's bee hard getting back into the routine of a Painting A Day, and I need this!  It's good for my heart and for my brain.
Here's another one of Gina's deer!

6x6 acrylic on wood

Monday, September 30, 2019

Another 10 minute Painting!

Here's another acrylic sketch of a pet from Satuday-  none of these took longer than 10 minutes.  It is seriously great practice to try this kind of work.  You get the quickest eye when you are trying to capture enough info to give the impression of what you are looking at!

Oh and I DO take a quick photo on my phone to work from- that in itself can be quite a trick, but at an event like ours where there are so many animals and people around, you can't expect a critter to sit still for you!
9x12 acrylic on paper

Sunday, September 29, 2019

9/29 Blessing of the Animals

So we spent yesterday morning at Breck for the Blessing of the Animals event before the Homecoming celebration~ and I was so lucky to be joined by my friend and colleague, Carol Grams, as well as a talented and eager group of four upper school students and one of my elementary students who all sat and drew people's pets for them.  Duane and Max and Lucas, our intrepid neighbor, came with Duane's dragon and performed with it for anyone who wanted to interact with it.
I was SO happy so many students came to help us draw!
And it was really chilly, so I was pleased to be able to stop by 11:30!  Last year, I had such a line at the end that I didn't leave til after noon.  It was really cold as well, and I had one family who'd been waiting and so I brought them inside to do the last painting.
This year wasn't quite that hard!

9x12 acrylic on paper

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

9/25 More Art Thoughts

so, dang!  I am trying to get this blog posted every day, and I am really having a hard time with it! I can't believe I haven't posted since last Wed!  Because I had such a great time on Thursday when I went down to hand out awards at the Watercolor Society Show at the Ames Center!  The celebration was from 6 to 8 with presentations at 7, and I drove mom's Cabrio Convertible down because I've been driving that a lot lately. Our van is deteriorating rapidly and I wanted Duane to have the safer CRV for driving the boy around, so I was using mom's 2000 Cabrio, which is certainly fun but also a bit quirky...
Annie 8x8 

Anyway, there were a lot of people there for the presentation, and I had sat down earlier in the day, looking through the photos I'd taken on my phone at the ones I'd chosen for the awards because I wanted to make sure I had something to say about each one. I felt I wanted to take this job seriously and make it clear that I was a professional as well as an artist.  I can be goofy and fun, but I also want to be respected. There's a difference between being seen as Phoebe on "Friends" and being seen at Kat Corrigan, artist and educator.
At 7, Theresa, the organizer and hanger of the show, got on the microphone to quiet every one down and get started, and that took a minute or two, then I got on and thanked everyone for coming and talked about how I paint on black, and so to see a show like this with so much light in it is quite wonderful. I wanted to make sure everyone who had a piece new that this was a great thing to do, and I had a list of several quotes from Robert Genn that I read off- this was one of them, because it was a crowd of people my age or older mostly...
"As we grow older, we realize just how limiting were our earlier conceptions. Art is something else. Art is fluid, transmutable, open-ended, never complete, and never perfect. Art is an event."
And I closed my general remarks with this one...
"Keep busy while you are waiting for something to happen."
I wanted everyone there to also understand how brave it is to out your work out into the world, to let other people see that part of you of which you are so proud.  And I also said that I would be sticking around after the awards if anyone wanted to talk to me about their own piece, oh and I also said I'd had a really hard time settling on the final 10 pieces, and that there were 20 pink post-it notes around the room under the first go around...
And it was really fun!
I had many people come up to me afterwards to tell me I had done a really great job, and that they learned something from my explanation of what I'd seen in each artist's work.  I felt really great about that. I knew I couldn't make everyone happy, but I wanted to keep the "my work is terrible" mindset out of there.
So I had a great time, and drove the little Cabrio home cautiously.  The ABS light was on the whole way, and I drove as slowly as I dared up Cedar Ave.  We have since found that there's a great pile of rust under the hood, and that the poor little car will probably not survive any kind of a hit or jolt. Poop.  I love driving that little sparkle car!  I'll get a photo of it and put it in here tomorrow.
So here's a cat commission for you to look at!
This is the time to get your pets in if you're hoping for a Christmas present of a pet portrait!


Thursday, September 19, 2019

9/18 Art Thoughts...

SO... this is actually from yesterday...
I juried a beautiful show yesterday afternoon, at the Ames Center in Burnsville, MN.  I have been asked to act as a juror before, but that time, there were three of us and we looked at all the images on a computer.  This show was for the MN Watercolor Society, and I was honored and excited to be invited. I was also a bit nervous, and wanted to make sure I was taking this situation as seriously as possible, while also keeping myself open for the intuitive call of art. I made a list of what I'd be considering as I perused the work and here it is...
1- What calls to me visually~ Beauty/ Emotional Response
2- Composition/ movement/ flow
3- Color/harmony
4- Technical Skill
5- Presentation

And even as I write my list, I find myself second-guessing myself. I am a person who has worked for most of my life to listen to myself. When I was younger, I found it easier to let other people tell me what I should think, and I've worked darn hard to get to a point where I know my opinion counts, so being asked to act as a juror means I've got to be confident of what I'm saying and presenting. And I also am aware of the overconfidence of bullies, who simply push their opinion onto other people with no remorse, and I do not want to be that.

As it stands, I am sure I've done a good job, and I am as sure that people will find fault with my decisions. So, that's what it means to actually make a decision, isn't it?

And here's a painting~

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

9/17 Wary Wolf in Progress

Here's a bigger one I'm working on- I've painted this wolf a number of times, and this photo at least twice before.  There's something I love about the body gesture, there's a vulnerability there, the tail tucked low, the hindquarters dropping into a defensive crouch. But the eyes are open and the nose is leading forward, as that front paw delicately reaches out, paused and waiting to see if the way is safe...
I've used a new brush for this one, and I'm not sure I like it.  I was really excited to get some larger brushes but they aren't being quite as fun as I'd hoped...

24x48 acrylic on wood

Monday, September 16, 2019

9/16 Standing Caution

And here is the little partner fawn to yesterday's sweetie....
I have said this before, and it still stands true-  I love painting animal butts! It's those angles and curves of the haunches more than anything- I'm not sure why that draws me in so much, but it sure does!
I'll have this little guy at my studio next weekend for the LOLA Art Crawl!  Come on by! 10-5 Sat and Sun, I'm at the Ivy Building, 2637 27th Ave S, studio #210!

6x6 acrylic on wood

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sept 15, Moving to Discovery

Here are some more deer paintings!  This fawn has such fantastic negative spaces... I'm wanting to arrange a show of my deer paintings and Gina's photos of these deer- any ideas?

6x6 acrylic on wood

Friday, September 13, 2019

Sept 13, Two for luck

I'm a little anxious today- I've experienced a few terrible Friday the 13ths, and am keeping my eyes open and my heart wide today...
I also just saw this article from the Washington Post about a photographer, Vincent J Musi,  who retired from Natl Geo to take dog portraits... pretty awesome.  Take a look if you get a chance!
And this is a commission I completed this summer-  I don't think I posted it yet-  I love the ones I get to paint of friends. It's tricky to get a good photo of two dogs at the same time- one is always looking away or something. These two have a connection. And the ears were so fun to paint!


Monday, September 9, 2019

Sept 9th, Profile on Green

I really like this one.

There's something so elegant about this face, this side view-

That eye~

10x10 acrylic on wood


Thursday, September 5, 2019

Sept 5th, Another Commission!

Really, I honestly am trying to post every day.
Wow, it is way harder when I am not doing a daily painting project! I've got a pile of commissions I'm painting, which is a total joy, but which doesn't leave me to time to post about them.  I do need to look into a personal assistant, or an intern or something...

9x12 acrylic on panel

Friday, August 30, 2019

August 30th

Somehow, I've had my calendar onto September already, and I thought it was the 27th of August... but it is the 30th today!  Dang!  Sure missed out on my regular posting on this blog, haven't I?
So here's another commission!
Though I have to admit I actually went back in and redid the background... sometimes I can't leave a painting alone!

10x10 acrylic on wood

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

August 25, another commission!

It's been a bit busy, and I wanted to make sure and get this one done as it is a gift for someone moving away from this house, and their friends wanted to be able to give it to them before they left~ isn't that sweet?
And I know I've said this before, but I do find landscapes and houses to be very interesting to compose, because there's not an obvious focal point, like in a face of a person or animal. So you end up adjusting landscape color and texture and skies to do that instead... not that a house isn't somewhat like a face, with the front door as a big focus.  Hmm...

8x10 acrylic on wood

Monday, August 26, 2019

Annie, another comm!

The eyes on this one are just so great!  I love painting cat's eyes.  They are so round and luminous, wet, shiny, shifting~ yes!
And this one, with the pupils so big, was just a blast!

8x8 acrylic on wood

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Gertie, a Commission

This sweet faced creature is a commissioned piece~
In case you didn't know, I am always prepared to figure out how to get the painting you love to YOU!  Which means I am delighted to accept monthly payments for a work (from $25 up) with no interest charged, until the piece is paid off.  This goes for commissions too, just so's you know!

8x8 acrylic on wood~

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Those Rocks in This Light

I painted this last night, from a favorite photo of Artist's Point in Grand Marais, and will be bringing it along this weekend to the Carpenter Nature Center Art Fair, so come on out if you want it!
We'll be in Hudson, WI, at Carpenter Nature Center on Saturday from 10 to 5pm~just take 94 across to Wisconsin and turn Right onto Carmichael Road, which turns into F, until you get to East Cove Road where you take a Right.  And I've been told that there is some road construction on F, so you'll be diverted, but don't worry!  We will wait for you!
Here is the Facebook link- and if you scroll down, you'll see some of the other AMAZING artists and craftspeople that will be there! I know I'll be doing some shopping!
6x12 acrylic on wood

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

August 20, A Wet Paint Pet Painting

I'm so sorry about not posting lately! It's the start of the school year, and I get a little caught up in preparations...
I wanted to post this pug painting because Max was sitting with me and just loved her!  We hadn't brought our Bunny the pug along because I had to focus on my 10 minute paintings, and Max was supposed to be manning my sales booth of cards and books...
And admittedly, I spent longer on this painting than ten minutes... there weren't as many people this year as the last times I spent the day at Paws on Grand!  I heard that the advertising wasn't as robust, and the date was different- which was why I was able to be there.  In the past, it has conflicted with Powderhorn Art Fair~
And hey!  I still have room in Thursday night's Paint Your Pet Class at my studio!  Click here to sign up!  $70 all inclusive!  I may even have a bottle of wine to share...

Friday, August 9, 2019

August 9, Bear

I have some larger paintings I've been working on to send to the Convention Center next week!  I'm excited to be painting so much larger than I'm usually able to~
Here is a recent bear, based on a photo from the Minnesota Zoo~

I stood out in our backyard last night, working on this while our 10 year old and 2 of his cronies created cardboard weapons and forts.

It was pretty awesome....

36x48 acrylic on canvas

nose slightly askew and ears too small

adjusting with gesso...

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Monday, August 5, 2019

August 5, Stelley Everett!

Yes, I'm still painting dogs!  This is Steeley, whose owner asked me to paint him for her when we met at the St Kate's Art Fair a couple weeks ago, which is part of my job that I absolutely love!  And it also makes art fairs much more fun, because I always get calls after the event for pet portraits, and even house and cabin portraits!
So despite the fact that it was unbelievably HOT and MUGGY all weekend, and that I slept for 9 hours on Saturday night, and that my green tent may not be the best art-viewing decision ever, I had a great weekend and made new friends and am getting people asking me to paint their loved ones, so it is all good!
8X8 acrylic on wood
Isn't he adorable?!?

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

July 30 Dobby!

And this is the last dog of this project! Dobby!
Thank you so much for following along-  this summer seemed to be even crazier than last year, and it was a bit more of a pinch to get everyone done on time. Or maybe I'm getting more critical of my own work...
But I'm still loving it!
Hope you are too!
Wahoo!  Oh and I'll be hanging the dogs at Diamond's this Thursday (I hope) with an Opening Party on Friday August 9th from 6-8pm, to which you are ALL invited! Wahoo!
10x10 acrylic on wood

Monday, July 29, 2019

July 29, Albus!

And this is Albus!  Can you guess who he is named after?
Such a great face!

8x8 acrylic on wood

Sunday, July 28, 2019

7/28 Dibbs

I had a hard time choosing the photo for this one, because Dibbs looks totally different in each one!  I don't think I've ever seen a dog with such completely different looks.  I'll include the "other" photo at the end here! And the great thing is that Dibb's owner, Shelley, knows this...

"Dibbs is two different dogs. Inside she is sweet and loving, demanding constant pets with a heavy paw. Outside she is all business, scanning the yard for squirrels and pretending not to hear you when she's called. She's a prolific hunter, no squirrel is safe in our backyard. Last year she achieved a personal record with 8 kills!"

I know my grama would've loved to have Dibbs over to her yard!

8x8 acrylic on wood

Saturday, July 27, 2019

July 27, Abby!

What a FACE!  I love it when people send me more than one photo, but sometimes that makes it SOOOO hard to pick one to paint!  And Abby was no exception to that...

Here is what her loving owner has to say about her~

1. We changed her name when we adopted her. Her full name is Abberdeen Abbotsfordshire :-)
2. We chose her over quieter, more low-energy dogs because I wanted a dog with personality, and she has enough for 3 dogs—high energy, unstoppable, sassy, mischievous!
3. A portrait of our other dog, Louie, was painted by Kat for “30 Dogs” 3 or 4 years ago, so Abby’s portrait will hang on our wall with his in a position of prominence on our living room wall!!

8x8 acrylic on wood

And here is the link for Louie too(ie)!

Friday, July 26, 2019

7/26 Gabby!

It was really hard deciding which photo to paint of Gabby~ she's got such a great crazy face! So this is the one I went with, and that's a lot of tongue....


8x8 acrylic on wood
spoken for!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

July 25, Darla!

How can there possibly be so many awesome dogs in this world?!?  I mean, really!
With this many incredible canines, there's gotta be so much joy on this planet!  We gotta focus on that kinda fun these days, people-  keep it canine, baby!

And yes, those feet HAD to be included...

How could they not?

8x8 acrylic on wood

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

July 24, Double Deck Buddies

Here's another one I chose to paint because, I mean, come ON!  Look at those faces!  Have you ever had a friend like this?
Nothing like lying around with a great buddy in the sun...

8x10 acrylic on wood

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

July 23, Pudge!

How could you not love a dog named Pudge?
Especially when he looks so noble-  I love this face!  Doncha just wanna scratch that little chinny chin chin?

8x8 acrylic on wood
spoken for~

Monday, July 22, 2019

July 22, Bailey!

I just had to paint this one!  Sarah sent me a number of photos, but this is just such a happy face!  You can see it in his eyes and everything!
Here's what Sarah requested~
"This is my beloved Bailey! He passed away June 10, my ❤️still hurts and I miss him like crazy!  But he was almost 12 and failing in health.  

My FAVORITE photo is the close up, head shot, mouth open, with his shock collar on. He looks like he’s smiling right at me!! "

I am SO glad we agree!

8x8 acrylic on wood
spoken for!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

July 21 Zorro!

Good LORD painting that tongue made me smile!  Do you realize all the colors that are in a tongue?  There's a lot.
This is Zorro, and the 3rd dog portrait I've done for Bethany, so I'm hoping this one goes with the others well enough!
There's just some wonderful energy spinnning off of this pup!

12x12 acrylic on wood
spoken for~

Saturday, July 20, 2019

July 20 Sparky

My dad had the nickname of Sparky too, because he was an electrician.  And I love this name for this dog!  Isn't that perfect?
This is Molly's pup, who taught me how to make my amazing Pathfinder shoes up at the Northhouse on my birthday!  Wahoo!
8x8 acrylic on wood

Friday, July 19, 2019

July 19, Angus!

I met Mary and her husband this summer when we were making shoes at Northouse Folk School in Grand Marais, with Molly Grant of The Cordwainer Shoe Shop, and Mary (along with Sandra, actually, whose son's dog I painted yesterday, Oliver) was part of the fun of the class!

This is her pup, Angus~ and here's what she wrote for him~

Rescued as a puppy from a puppy mill auction

Angus may not a perfect representation of a French Bulldog

But he is a bossy, sassy, playful and devoted companion that can’t seem to stop chasing his big red ball
8x8 acrylic on wood
spoken for!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

July 18, Bentley!

I love puppy paintings! I love puppies too!  It's hard not to, even when they are nibbling on your skirt and peeing on the rug... that must be why they are so adorable...

this is Bentley!
“This lemon walker coonhound was rescued off the streets of North Carolina. He is a very sweet, adventurous boy!  He’ll be a year old in August~"

8x8 acrylic on wood
spoken for!