Friday, September 17, 2021

September 17, Misty Morning Walker

When Gina shared this photo with me, I couldn't wait to try to paint it-  and thankfully, she took several versions that I also can't wait to paint! The elegance of this profile and that curve of the nose/muzzle... and somehow the intelligent look in the eye just say so much about what I think this being's personality must be!

I am so fortunate to be able to find these incredibly inspiring images. And to have Gina be so generous and share them with me.  As an artist, I know sometimes people feel stuck because they don't know what to paint, but dang!  There are so many incredible things out there!  Go look!  See what sparks life for you!

12x6 acrylic on wood
$150 plus shipping


Thursday, September 16, 2021

September 16, Bright Eyes

This is one I painted a bit ago, but I'm having fun looking back through my deer paintings. A lot of them haven't really been shown because of COVID and show cancellations~

I still like this one!

12x6 acrylic on wood


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

September 15, Mama's Magic Ear

 Gina takes amazing photos of the critters that visit her yard in Oregon, and I've been painting her deer photos for a couple years, since before COVID, and we've talked about having a show together so we are finally doing it, and we're going to do a show at Corrigan Eclectic for our November 6th Art Market of selected paintings of mine based on photos of hers!

I'm so glad we're finally doing this!  Her instagram is so check her out!

This is mama, one of the more persistent/consistent visitors to her yard~

6x12 acrylic on wood
$150 plus shipping

Sunday, September 12, 2021

September 12, The Nose Leads-in progress...

 Okay, I thought I was done, but I'm not liking the way the foreground horse's ears interfere with the middle horse and I have to do something about that...

Hope you had a good weekend!  I'm loving the weather lately here- cool, not smokey...

20x16 acrylic on wood

Friday, September 10, 2021

September 10th, Timothy Shortbread and the Poles

 You may realize any now, if you read this blog, that I love Grand Marais and would love to live up there someday. I do have friends up there, and one of them is Kristofer Bowman who owns Upstate Mn, the most original little store I have ever experienced. When you are up there, you have to stop in and say hi and then Kristofer will be YOUR friend too!

We've bought so many awesome things there- tiny wooden bowls, a massive pair of sharp handmade shears that Duane uses all the time, and some of my favorite jewelry.  I just bought a new necklace from him, made by Lakestone, I think, using actual Lake Superior stones and I love it~I'll show you sometime!

Anyway, Kristofer lives out in the wilderness a bit, and has this friend who comes by often, and he posts photos of his friend on Instagram, and I've asked permission to paint this friend and Kristofer said yes, so this is Timothy Shortbread!

20x16 acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

September 7, Follow the Leader

It's the way the light slid between them, across the field and the dust, and the angles of their bodies. That's what I love. That's what draws me to paint these guys... or girls...  I'm not actually sure.

But I do know that I love them!

20x16 acrylic on canvas

Monday, September 6, 2021

September 6, The Gathering

Unfortunately this isn't the best photo of this painting, and now it's hanging at Lanesboro Arts and I can't retake the photo from here!

I just loved being able to visit these horses every morning. When I was in high school, my older brother worked part time at the Diamond T Ranch in Eagan, where we could trail ride on the horses. We loved doing that, despite being fairly shy kids. And it was so worth it. I felt like another being when we'd clomp along the trails through the woods, in a line behind the guide, nothing really exciting except the fact that we were RIDING on HORSES. That was plenty of excitement for us!

20x16 acrylic on canvas
at Lanesboro Arts til October!

Thursday, September 2, 2021

September 2, Morning Gestures

 When we were up at Camp Mishawaka I was thrilled to realize there would be horses!  And they were our very close neighbors, so that Bunny and I could walk over to see them every morning. I took photos of them and this is one of the paintings that resulted.  It is hanging in Lanesboro Arts at the moment, so you can go take a look at it there!

I loved the direct gaze of the central horse, and the leaning away of the body of the other. And all that morning light and haze...

I really love this one!

20x16 acrylic on canvas
available, but not until after Oct 17th

Monday, August 30, 2021

August 30, Fergal the Comforter!

Can you tell how much fun this one was to paint? I love that sweetly scooped face, that nose with the white smudge and those eyelashes...

And Fergal is all wrapped up in his blanket~ loved painting that too!

And I had to post Sarah's comment here!

Fergal's portrait is SUBLIME. Love the colors and his 'bankie'. It's nearly his 1 year birthday, which he shares with his Person, Sam, who will be 34. This painting is a gift to Sam, who this time last year was critically ill (though not covid) and intubated for 28 days. We are all still healing, but Fergal has made the journey easier. ESA dogs are the best medicine!

6x12 acrylic on wood
spoken for!


Sunday, August 29, 2021

August 29, Mango the Bulldog!

This was a super fun face to paint!  Look at all that expression!!!  This is Mango Bowie, and he is owned by Toni, who has this to say about him~

"Mango is a charming, fastidious, two-year-old- 65 pound English Bulldog who was the first pup born to my daughter's bully, Mynt-E.    He has the physique of a body builder and speed of a gazelle,  and yet the napping ability of an English nobleman.  Mango is a perfect gentleman indoors enjoying fine cuisine ( preferably human), family activities and snuggling. He is a living stuffie with tons of personality who particularly loves riding shotgun in “ his” pickup."

8x8 acrylic on wood


Saturday, August 28, 2021

August 28, Sophie!

 I love this one- with the backlighting and the high horizon line and the wide mouthed smile, and just all of it!  This is my friend Kris' friend's dog, and we're doing a trade for the painting. If you are ever wanting one of my paintings and you aren't sure you can afford the whole price, you can always check in with me for a trade. I've traded art for flying lessons and babysitting and dishes and gift cards and wine, and you never know what you might have or be able to offer!

And if you are in the area tonight, we are in Lanesboro for the Artist Reception for "My Wild and Precious Life" at Lanesboro Arts!  I am SOOO excited!


8x8 acrylic on wood
spoken for!

Friday, August 27, 2021

August 27, Minnie!

 Minnie's owner, Cheryl, had a difficult time selecting a photo for this project, and I had a hard time picking one. We ended up agreeing that this one is a great, straight-on full face portrait, and that this represents Minnie best.

Minnie has that wonderful brindled coat, with the greys and whites in stripes and wonderful patterns, and she also has those amazing ears! Well, and those eyes are pretty great too~

Okay, she's just fun to look at!

12x12 acrylic on wood

Thursday, August 26, 2021

August 26, Myra!

 And this was another fun one to paint, lucky me! Such lovely bone structure, and such sweet eyes!

And this is what Joanne wrote about her~

 Myra Pit-bull is a rescue pit Bull mix  She is 1 1/2 years old. She loves to dig holes and wrestle with her brother Bentley Hound Dog. 

8x8 acrylic on wood


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

August 25, Dweezil

 And this is Dweezil!

I've only got 5 more dogs to paint for this project, and I'm really cutting it close some days!  Whew!  I like to usually paint these in the morning, and in July that seems to work, but it is August and I'm an art teacher and we have workshops and meetings all this week and the kids come next week!  AAAACK!!!

My art room is SO not ready!

8x8 acrylic on wood

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

August 24, Milou

 Hmm, so I should not post the video and photos along with the paintings, or something... because that didn't seem to work!

This is Milou. He lives in Costa Rica. He was found on the border of Panama, covered in fleas and matted fur and still able to dance on his hind legs, and my sister rescued him and brought him back to Costa Rica where she and her fiancé take turns dressing him up and loving him!

6x6 acrylic on wood
I think I need to get this to my sister...

Monday, August 23, 2021

August 23, Marley!

 So this is Marley, and she lives at Camp Mishawaka, and she is Bunny's best friend. We loved having her around because she could wear Bunny out. You had to be careful when they got going, though... I know too many people who've gotten knocked over by a playing pair of pups!

And I had to include a few more shots of the two of them!
8x8 acrylic on wood~

Sunday, August 22, 2021

August 22, Illy

And that is ""Illy" like Silly but without the S" as Judy explains. Illy is no longer with us, and I admit I felt honored to paint this version of a lovely dog on a dock. 

Judy says this about her Illy~

: An adventurous, playful, curious soul who loved long walks, bounding through deep snow, and watching water from docks and shorelines. Strong and willful yet demure and respectful. She loved treats, frozen blueberries at breakfast, two bites of whatever I was eating that was “puppy-approved”, and having her teeth brushed every night. We experienced many life changes over the course of our years together. She opened my heart with unconditional love and is with me always."

8x16 acrylic on wood

Saturday, August 21, 2021

August 21, Radar!

 Well, this is Radar, who is as you can see a smiley and athletic and ready-to-go kind of dog!  I have to admit I am not delighted with something about this painting, and I'll be readdressing it later today~ sometimes that happens, and it may be more to do with me than the paintings, but if I don't like it then I don't want YOU to have it!  So there will be another version of Radar!

However, we have to get going to our First Outdoor Art Fair of 2021!  The Carpenter Art Fair is today, and we'd love to see you there if you can make it! 

8x8 acrylic on wood

Friday, August 20, 2021

August 20, Louis, with and without Eyes!

 Loveable and SO sweet, this is Louis, who lives with my friend Rachel in Wisconsin~ I'm wanting her to tell us about Louis in her own words, and I am always delighted when I see her posts of Louis on her Instagram account!

"Louis became a part of Tom’s life as a tiny baby pup! He quickly revealed his spunky, stubborn personality. His google eyed head turning suggested he REALLY knew what you were talking to him about. Napping and wrapping up in blankets are Louis’ favorite activities. His favorite meal was the full Thanksgiving feast with all of the fixings and on the good china (Grandma was aghast!) After ten years, those amazing googly eyes developed sudden onset glaucoma. His vision lost and trouble managing the pressure led to both eyes being removed. This has not really changed much for Louis! Stubbornness may be the key as he keeps on going even if he bumps into things now and then! We are lucky he lets us be his best friends!"

8x8 acrylic on wood 

8x8 acrylic on wood

Thursday, August 19, 2021

August 19, Ox and the Bubbles!

 This one totally cracked me up as I was painting it!  Ox is blurry in the photo but I didn't want to paint him that way, and the eyes look better sharper because you can see his expression as he's watching the bubbles!

My friend Angie asked me to paint this for her, and I made it a rectangle because that head is too big for a square!

"I was hoping to be part of your dog project and commission an 8x8 painting of our new fur baby- Oxford Blue, aka Ox!  
He’s about 14 months old now! Such an Ox! "

Such a perfect name!

8x10 acrylic on wood
already taken!