Saturday, June 30, 2012

Saturday June 30th~

Yes, tomorrow we start the DOGS!  So today, I offer you a goat~  she is available for purchase at my DailyPaintworks Site HERE~
...I'm just practicing for tomorrow!  And the rest of the month...


Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday June 29th~

Hi folks!

Wow~  busy week!  I will be the featured artist at Articulture on Saturday July 14th where I will paint my dog for that day between 1 and 3pm!  AND here are two VERY LARGE paintings I made for the Susan Hensel Gallery Windows for the month of July~  Drive on past and see them!  they are so big I had to tape the paper down on the kitchen floor to paint them.  And that is SO much fun to paint much larger than you have in a while!  I highly suggest it.  As a matter of fact, I have a HUGE roll of brown paper and if you live nearby I would be happy to cut you a nice big piece of it!

And yes these look a little distorted.  That's because they are bigger than a couch and were painted on the floor.

Oh good lord!  I almost forgot!
HERE is the OFFICIAL LIST for the 30DOGS IN 30 DAYS!!!!!

and the e-mail I sent out to me general list, in case you aren't on it....

Wow, there are a LOT of incredible dogs out there, and owners as well!  This was the hardest year EVER deciding who to include!  I am creating a bit of a list of Alternates in case dogs drop out or (as is more likely) if I have a bit more time on one day or another and I feel like painting an "extra"~  those can be fun little surprises along the route!  I like that idea...  so I'm not even going to tell you who is on the Alternates List~  hee!

Now, if you are on this list and you didn't expect to be, or you are NOT on it and you are sure you had a conversation with me or I owed you a dog or something PLEASE contact me and let me know!  As hard as I try I am still not perfect, or psychic, and unfortunately and as hard as it is to believe, sometimes things just slip past me.  I know, I know,  I didn't mean to tarnish my own image...   with that said, I also reserve the right to change this list and move names and dates around as necessary so YES it is written in stone, but it is a rather soft stone and can be manipulated with effort.

Those of you on this list will be receiving more information about the process in the next day or so, and one thing I really want from you is a brief description or story about the dog I'll be painting that I can include on the post of that dog's day-  Yes people do still like to read-  just not too much...

This is my part of the deal-
I promise to paint at least one dog a day (sometimes more) and I promise to post it to my blog ( for you to see and comment on.  Any paintings that are not commissioned may be posted to my Daily Paint Works site for auction or will be available for sale at the final exhibition in August of all the dogs at Diamond's Coffee Shoppe.  I appreciate any and all comments on my blog (or emailed directly to me!) because I know that we do not grow well in a vacuum and that community is that beautiful thing that happens with groups of people communicating, however that takes shape!
Please feel free to forward this project to anyone you think may be interested!

Here is the list!  (I've not included last names for privacy)
30 Dogs in 30 Days July 2012

1- Dakota-  Dee
2- Lucy-Lulu   for Kelly B
3- Riley-  Tracy Y
4- Seamus~ Megan L
5- Lulu- Carla & Karen
6- Tasha~ Mary S
7- Max- Shelly B
8- Lottie-  Mary
9- Junie-  Krista W0
10- KC & Shad-  John E
11- Rupert-  Mel
12- Emma-  Valerie R
13- Ollie-  Kathy J
14- Frodo- and Xena~ Jenna M
15- Maisy-  Lora O
16- Maya-  Kathy A
17- Hazel- Julia K
18- Gopher- Tini D
19- Bailey Boo- Vicky 
20-Nautas-  Kathy A
21- Eli Rock Star-  Linda
22- Tyler-  Moira
23- Lula-  Mary G
24- Jet- Tif D
25- Hannah-  Jenn S
26- Tess~ Angie K
27- Panger- Jodi W
28- Gus-  and Cody~Kelly Ht
29- Connie for Adam
30- Sammy- Amelie
31- Mysterious Guest....  or a day of rest~

Thank you SO much for all your support!
And PLEASE let me know if you'd rather be off this list~
thank you!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sunday June 24th!

Kelly's Love Seat
Ellen's Chair 
Janet's Chair
Kat's Sullen Goat
These are from my homework assignment last week, to draw a chair!  I was delighted, first of all that people took me seriously and DID their homework, and what they discovered as they drew their sketches as well!
Ellen's version of Truffles
Karen's yellow-bellied bird
Sara's Yellowtails
Georgiana's Pup

Kelly's Sunglasses

And then we have the in-class assignment, which was to paint using one color per brushstroke.  This means you have to mix a slightly different color every time, even if what you are painting is similar in color~  I love it because it makes me really think about where I want to put my paint strokes, and I really look at the color as well.  This is another one of Carol Marine's hints!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tuesday June 19th

Hi there!
Yes I realize it isn't sunday-  we were in Lanesboro for the art festival and here is a little pug I happened to be lucky enough to photograph!
Just getting geared up for the 30 DOgs in 30 DAYS!!!
Send in your images SOON!  It is filling up FAST!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Thursday June 14

We had a great class last night, though I did get home too late to post-  I thought I'd be okay with having class go til 9pm because it seems like we only just are getting into it!  But then I had a wonderful 20th Anniversary party to drop by and though I only stayed for 45 minutes, I was still pooped...  but very happy to be a member of this particular arts-saturated community in this city at this time on this planet!

SO here is my painting demo from last night- a tape measure-  I'm sure some of you could tell, right?
And some student work~  yay!

And a dog to keep you going til July!
Check here for more info about the 30 Dogs in 30 Days project!  And e-mail me if you want in!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sunday June10th!

Okay folks!  It is again time for the 30 Dogs in 30 Days Project for this July!  I've started a webpage here that explains the project in more detail, but the basic idea is that I will be committing to painting one (or maybe more) dog a day for the entire month of July, and I will post that painting on that day!  The thing I love about this project is that YOU are helping me be responsible for my growth as an artist!  I gain experience and practice and you get to cheer me on and watch the dogs commence!  I know I'm using a lot of exclamation marks but that's because I am excited!
Send me your dog images, and I will look through and select a dog for every day in July-  If you want to commission your painting, then I will include it for sure!  You don't have to commission one, but the ones that are will be included.  Your size choices for commissions are 8x8 ($130), 10x10 ($200) or 12x12 ($285).  Any pieces not commissioned will be painted 8x8, and will be up for auction on my Daily Paintworks Site, and will be delivered to the new owners after August 30th.

I will post the OFFICIAL LIST of Dogs and Days by the end of June, so all images MUST be received by June 29th!
In the meantime, I have NEW WORK at Crema Cafe on Lyndale and 34th Ave in Uptown, a pile of Bingos at the Lasalle Plaza Dunn Bros.  I will be hanging new work at Rye within the next two weeks (goats and pigs!) and will also have a show in August at the Egg and I.  We'll have a breakfast Opening for that one!

Whew!  Okay, that's a LOT going on!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wednesday June 6, 2012

Tonight was my first night of my second ever adult painting class!  And it went beautifully, despite the odd air-compresser thumping noises coming from next door which required me to speak really loudly and to adjust the night's lesson to include more painting demo than I'd planned-  about halfway through class our neighbor came in to explain the noise and to say he usually comes in on the weekend and that he hopes this scheduling conflict won't happen again.  Very gracious!  And what he was doing was refining grease for use in those cars that run on grease... sorry, can't think of the word.  I'm a little tired...
So here is my unfinished demo painting for the evening, and a selection of work from our class!  I did not include names but if you want to let people know it is yours, you can comment on this post!  And I know I need to take another photo of the yellow mug...

 It is amazing how looking at your work small can help you see the composition and how it truly looks without fussing with the details...