Friday, February 21, 2020

2/21/2020 Squirrel On Blue

So, my mom sent me a passel of squirrel pics after I posted that one yesterday (which sold to my neighbor super quick!) and she didn't think they were very good, of course, but I love them!  Mom's studio is a beautiful addition to the second floor of my childhood home and it is essentially in the trees so she has a great view of the critters while she paints.  I think her squirrel is a bit plumper than my sis-in-law's, though that could just be a result of puffing up the fur for warmth, including wrapping that poofy tail around like a blanket~

I do love these beasties!  They are so fun!  There's a white one that lives a block or so away, and Duane and I enjoyed watching him one morning a week or so ago while we were eating breakfast at the big window of the Standish Cafe.  It's a great place to eat!

6x6 acrylic on wood

Thursday, February 20, 2020

2/20/2020 Blue Squirrel

I'm not sure why he's blue.  It just seemed the right color to paint him, for some reason. 
I'm an artist, not a biologist. 
I get to do these kinds of things.

I'm pretty lucky, all around, I'd say...
It's another one from my sis-in-law, as he came up to the tray of almonds left out for him.  Love this!
6x6 acrylic on wood

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

2/19/2020 Dinner...

Dang this month is flying by!  Shoot!  And it's a longer February than usual with the leap year and all!  But sheesh!  I don't have enough critters yet!  Can you send me your animal photos?  Just about anything is fine, except dogs!

I still have this one available!  Something beautiful about these strangely intelligent big birds...

6x6 acrylic on wood

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

2/18/2020 BdeMkaSka January Eve

I love living in Minneapolis, and I love having so many trees and lakes around.  Though I have to admit I am terrified at all the trees that are being taken down because of the ash borer... it seems there should be a better way to do this, rather than just chopping them all down.  I'm worried about the loss of so much sky cover, so much protection from the elements, and the squirrel highways and bird homes...
I miss our trees.

12x12 acrylic on board

Monday, February 17, 2020

2/17/2020 Shy Wolf

It was a lovely day in our house~ got lots of work done! And the snow now is so illuminating... I love it!  Just don't want to drive in it...

This is a wolf from the MN Zoo again- I love them.  They have such great shapes~

6x6 acrylic on wood

Saturday, February 15, 2020


Doe, a deer, a female deer....

The background on this was different than how others have felt- I think it is a bit more abstract and sensory suggestive than realistic, and I particularly enjoy the variety of greens, as well as that dark area to the right of the piece leading off...
It's the shapes that I love. Those ears, the space in between them, the space from the neck to the ear, the space under the body- the space between the eyes... they all are so necessary.

Yup.  I  like this one.
8x8 acrylic on wood

Thursday, February 13, 2020

2/23/2020. Betty and Boop!

I just felt like reposting this one-  I'm so happy with their faces! and the light, and the leaning in that Betty is doing.  You can tell she's the quieter one, a bit shy, willing to let Boop be the busy greeter of people and the excitable one, because Betty knows that people will then notice her quite grace, and they'll give her the treat instead.

9x12 acrylic on wood

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

2/12/2020 Gooseberry Falls Beach Last Winter

I went up to Wolf Ridge in Finland with the 7th grade class last January because they needed chaperones, and it was 25 below zero. COLD.  Duane and Max came up on Friday with the dogs and picked me up, and we spent the weekend in Two Harbors at a little Airbnb that was expensive for what it was, but allowed dogs so we didn't have a lot of options, but it had a big front window that filled with light in the evening.  Glorious!  And we went hiking around Gooseberry falls with the new-fish visitor center there, and this was a view we saw from the walk down to the shore.  The ice was opalescent, pearly grey.  There's nothing like winter light on the ice.  I love it.

6x6 acrylic on wood

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

2/11/2020 Take a Bite

Another apple- I think it is always good to paint what's in front of you, and in this case, it was an apple, which is now no more. Good, juicy, sweet apple. We need to eat more fruit and vegetables in my house. I think we've all gained weight since Christmas, and we have to cut sugar and carbs, and move our bodies around more.  I'm committed to walking the dogs farther every morning (despite the freaking ice, which makes walking more of a search-and-try-to-avoid endeavor) and I'm counting calories, because I know when I do that, then I pay more attention to what I'm eating.  I tend to read and eat. Not a good habit.  And I'm so much more aware that everything I do, my kid sees.  And that he sees me as a model. So there.
That's what I'm doing, almost halfway through February!
ohh and SEND ME YOUR CATS!  I am still collecting!
And I'll make this one another auction!  They are so fun!

6x6 acrylic on wood
$25 auction

Monday, February 10, 2020

2/10 Wrigley, the other one!

I remember when I first started selling my paintings on-line and I'd get to carefully wrap each painting up and tuck it safely into a padded mailer, and then happily trot off to the post office with my little purchased charges and see them off into the hands of the competent post-people.  It was very exciting and made me feel like a "real ARTIST"!
And I can tell you, it still feels that way!
Thanks for wanting to hang my art in your homes!

Isn't this guy just the cutest!?!
8x8 acrylic on wood

Friday, February 7, 2020

2/6/2020 Bogey a Commission

This is one of a pair of sweet faces I got to paint! Now is a great time for commissions- until March anyway, when you should be asking me to paint your cats!  By the way, there's still time so SEND me your CAT PHOTOS!

8x8 acrylic on wood

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

2/5/2020. Fawn in Grasses

Hmmm.  I watched a PBS show about a UK couple who buy a 150 year old French estate instead of the state address. Here's a link- it's pretty fun, actually!  Escape to the Chapeau is what it's called~ always been a bit of a fantasy of mine too, though I do at times find myself thinking that our crumbling 110 year old house is a bit much...
And today I've been feeling a bit helpless about the wreckage in the Whitehouse.  I almost typed "Whitehearse"....
But I'm not going there~ not today!  The sun is shining in Minnesota. And here's a fawn for you!
I had so much fun painting this one- getting those tawny shadows and colors right, and the negative space, and how much of a riot of flowers to include-

I can't wait to start painting your cats!  Keep sending those photos!  I haven't made up my mind just yet!
6x6 acrylic on wood

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

2/4/2020 Backward Glance

I took this photo of the wonderful wolves at the Minnesota Zoo when we were there over the holidays. The pack of 4 wolves were getting all excited and jumping on each other-  I think the keeper may have been coming to feed them or something, but I took several photos without consciously thinking about what I was tryin to get, and I was really happy with this guys' eyes-  hmm, but I'm not sure it carries through on this photo...

I had some fun going a bit more abstract in the background-  there was snow...

6x9 acrylic on wood

Monday, February 3, 2020

2/3/2020. Thank you! For our Anniversary on Ice!

It was a beautiful weekend, and I'm a bit pooped yet because of it!  We had a long day out at Lake Harriet with lots of beautiful people and a fantastic Tiny Art Car Parade and our 12th Anniversary Cake Walk!  I didn't get a lot of photos because I was so busy, so if you got any you can send them on to us!

Next weekend is the last Art Shanty Weekend!  Come on out!  Hope to see you there!
Oh and I'm wearing the crown Duane made for me at our actual wedding~ that was SUCH an incredible day!
I have a wedding album link to our Facebook album here, I think....

Friday, January 31, 2020

1/31/2020 Friday Black Bear

Yup, still feeling black bear-ish over here...
Kinda dark mood anyway...
Though the bears do make me happy, so that's a good thing!

I'll make this another auction as well, just to put more fun into the world~

6x6 acrylic on wood
$25 starting bid

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

1/28/2020 Blue Fiesta Mug

This painting does NOT have a video.  So sorry.  But I HAVE been researching the Canadian Seven, and found a video HERE that contains some gorgeous paintings that may make you understand where I get some of my influences from...

AND I also want to invite you to send me your CAT and SMALL PET photos for my 10th Annual "30 Cats in 30 Days" Painting Project this March!  I'm already getting some awesome ones in my list!


6x6 acrylic on wood

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

1/27/2020 A Bear Bottom...

Maybe I've been playing with the videos a bit too much lately... here is a bear and it also has a video I'm working on!

I have to admit again that I am so in love with the shape of these bears, and it is very likely because if my love of my cocker, Jojo... who looked very much like a shaggy bear cub himself.

Ummm, still learning, here!  I think the video posted itself... so have fun!

If you're interested in this bear, there's a link!  I'm making it an auction so maybe you can snag it for less than my usual asking price!

6x6 acrylic on wood

Black Bear Quick Painting-

Friday, January 24, 2020

Apple Video!

Yay!  Okay, so I spent some time trying to edit this one and I hope it shows. I thought I could imbed it here but I think I have to make it a Youtube link...
Try this link here~

And here's the apple~
 And here's the painting of that apple!

Thursday, January 23, 2020

1/23/2020 An Apple... video to come!

Hi there!  So I painted this apple as part of a One-Stroke-Per-Color video, and I've not got the video ready to post yet, so here's the apple and I'll post the video hopefully tomorrow.  I want to get another On-Line Paint Love Class rolling soon, and I'm figuring out how to better edit my videos.  It would also be nice to learn how to cut them and make some bits slower and faster, but my free time isn't as free as I'd like it yet... so we'll see! 
I'm happy to make this apple an Auction too!  Since those are SO fun! 
And here's a video of me painting, if you're interested!

AND it is about time for the call for cats and other small critters for this year's "30 Cats and Friends in 30 Days" Daily Painting Project!  Send me your photos!  More info here!
6x6 acrylic on wood
$25 starting bid!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

1/22/2020 A Commission!

This is Lucy!  It's always fun to paint a face with a smile this big!
8x8 acrylic on wood

Monday, January 20, 2020

1/20/2020 Forest Watcher

I've painted a larger version of this one, and wanted to try another smaller one, and I like it.  I think the bigger one has a stronger impact but I'm happy with the blending of colors and the gaze. And there's something gentle, hesitant, and active about the posture of the body.

6x12 acrylic on wood

Sunday, January 19, 2020

1/19/2020 Apple Chums

Max and I had a lovely chat this morning about friends, and being friends with people, and how wonderful that is, and I mentioned my besties who moved away but are still friends of my heart, my dear Jill and darling Laurie, and how we make new friends like Zan and Kat, and we have old friends who are so close they are essentially family, like Amy and Bo and Jan and Dave...
So, I'm sitting here feeling incredibly grateful for my friends, and glad that my son understands the value of them.
Apples probably have friends too, I think...
6x6 acrylic on wood

Friday, January 17, 2020

1/17/2020 Thu/Friday Apple

So, I started this one yesterday and then ran out of time to finish and post it... I do paint quickly but I'd only given myself a half an hour for this one, which turned out to not be enough!  SO here it is, for today!
I wasn't pleased with how the stem was coming out of the apple, but I think I've managed to make it appear more as I wanted it to...

Enjoy the apple!

6x6 acrylic on wood
$25 starting bid!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

1/15 Wednesday Yellow Apple

Well, whadaya know?  I've gone and painted the same apple for three days in a row now! Painting the same thing in different ways is a great way to really get to know an object.  The fun thing too is that you get the "right" colors rolling on your Sta-Wet Pallet and they are right there for you when you start the next one!  Keeps it a bit easier, in a way.  Though I did have to finally redo my current pallet and make up a fresh one.  I'd had it since August, so I suppose it was about time...

This one's another auction!

6x6 acrylic on wood
$20 starting bid!
 click HERE to join the auction action!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

1/14 Tuesday Yellow Apple

Here is today's apple- same one as yesterday, slightly different view. We'll see if it lasts another day... there seems to be a bit of softening happening on the far side. I haven't tried painting one of these un-red or un-green apples before, and it's actually really fun painting those unusual colors, those soft changes to pink, or is it yellow?  Some version of green? Purple even?

We'll see what it looks like tomorrow...
This one's up for auction too!
6x6 acrylic on wood
$25 starting bid!
Click HERE to join the auction fun!

Monday, January 13, 2020

1/13 Monday Yellow Apple

So I've got an amazing group of people to play with in my studio on Saturday mornings, and we painted apples for our first paintings together. And I thought hey!  I should walk the walk too! I've been a bit crazy the past few weeks, and I want to get my act together again and commit to something... not that I'm going to do an apple a day or anything, but I'd like to get my rhythm rolling. Painting every day makes sense to me. My brain needs the exercise and I enjoy it, and it really gets easier the more I do it.  I'm also gearing up for March's "30 Cats in 30 Days" project and January is almost half over!
I like this apple.
I'm going to make it an auction because those are fun- starting at $20... and maybe I can even cover shipping....
6x6 acrylic on wood
$25 Starting BID!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

1/8 At The Dog Beach

This is another big one- fun to get those out!

Bingo was my puppy-est dog I had in my young adulthood, through my first marriage and divorce. He was also the first dog I took to training and I always felt we had a special bond because of that.  We went to the dog park on the Mississippi River a lot, the one past Minnehaha Falls- that's where this painting comes from. He was sniffling and snorting along the beach near some driftwood. The abstract quality of the strokes and the color combinations drew me in. I especially love that curl of his tail...

He was really great, and he is the black dog that taught me how to paint black dogs. He lived until Max was three, when he grew old kinda fast and all his systems started shutting down. But he was such a happy, shy, elegant, goofy dog!

48x72 acrylic on canvas

Sunday, January 5, 2020

1/5 Babe At The Holidays

I've been cleaning up the studio, pulling out some of my larger paintings to submit to Corporate Art Force's call for art for the convention center.  I've loved having some of my big Minnesota Mammal paintings there for the past 6 months, and I'm hoping some of the ones from "My AutobiDOGraphy" series (started in 2010) will be able to hang there too.  This is one that I've touched up a bit, of my crazy dog Babe that I got at the St Paul Animal Shelter in 1991 to accompany me on my first teaching job in Brown's Valley, MN. She was a Boston terrier/chiuahua mix, we think, and she looked like a Tasmanian devil/Fruit bat combo... brindled red and black fur, big eyes, jowls that were always dripping with dog food chunks.
She was great and terrible.
I loved her.
She pinned my cat Toby down and sucked on his head until he had a mohawk...
30x42 acrylic on wood

Friday, January 3, 2020

Happy New Year! 1/3/20

Wowzers!  I kinda fell into a hole there for a few days- kinda nice, actually... got a lot of reading done and some fun family time, and a few good healthy naps as well, before the whirlwind of school and teaching and painting all starts up again.  I hope you've had some good relaxing time with family as well!
Here's a commission I sent off for Christmas~ and tonight is a First Friday Painting Party if you happen to be in town!  Come on over to my studio between 6:30 and 8:30-ish and paint with me!
8x8 acrylic on wood