This is Simon! It's so nice to do a critter once in a while! And yes, I am always happy to take on your commissions if you have a pet you'd like immortalized! Here's my commission pricelist, and a page on my website of examples... tho I'm needing to update the whole darn thing... it's kinda clunky. It'll be a summer project, I imagine!
"Summer Creek" is really a study in SEEING. Wow. Those colors change so fast, and move, and there's this light everywhere and it keeps winking at me, and then the carp are following around, hugely, moving through the shallows, and the sound keeps changing too... I shoulda taken a little video so you could hear the creek! I'll do that next time~ it was SO relaxing on Monday morning, to sit by the water for an hour and a half, and push paint around and have conversations and watch people trotting by~ love it!
So I took the boys to the lake on Saturday afternoon, and it was crowded and active and I had to get wet too, of course, and then Max lost my phone because he pulled everything out of my basket before I'd found a place to sit down and scattered it somewhere on the sidewalk and a very nice gentleman and his sweetie found it and he approached me as I was frantically picking up garbage looking for it and said, "I recognize the boy you are with but not the man so I think this is your phone!" referring to the home page photo of Max and Duane in England last year~ maybe I should replace that image with a more current one of the three of us...
Anyway, I wanted to paint water but it was infested with people, so I turned a little sideways and painted the lovely shaggy reeds at the end of the beach.
It's always a lovely place to be, especially for this weekend of unusually hot weather here- and we always run into friends too- a couple came by and we talked about how lucky we are to have lakes and beaches like this, so close by, that we can just drop by and paddle about a bit and then head home!
I love city lakes!
SO my sister has this house, you know? Over in West St Paul, near Cherokee park, ya know? My old high school stomping grounds so to speak, yeah, and anyway, she was outa town this winter when there was some wicked ice dams on her house and she didn't know and things flooded and crap and the neighbors came over and did some fixing of the mess for her so that the house could continue to function in her absence, ya know? Ain't that the greatest? So this is a painting of their house to thank them!
Doncha love that waterspout on the left? Nice touch, yeah?
This is the second in the series of plein air paintings I did, perched on the rocks near Jill... in this one, I was looking more at the way the water changes color in the depths, and the light on top. It was so fun~ really looking and seeing that constant movement, the breath of a lake~
This is one of three plein air pieces I painted in Grand Marais. Both my sister and my best friend were NAGGING me, yes, there's no other word for it, absolutely NAGGING me to get outside and go paint. I was in the middle of "Evening Rush Hour" while they were badgering me, and I have to admit, I DID talk a lot about wanting to get out and paint the water in person. And I had been whining about wanting to go back and paint the tiny creek (is it a CRICK then?) near our BnB, so I guess they were justified in pushing me.
SO I gathered my sta-wet pallet and a water cup with brushes and an 8x8 and two 8x10 panels and trotted off to meet Beaner by the Angry Trout, and painted one piece that really didn't work. Then I went and searched out Jill where she'd been drawing the trees on the rocks near the campground, opposite side of the bay to the lighthouse, where I really don't remember ever being. Though I HAD to have climbed up on the rocks some of the many times we stayed in the camper on a trip...
Anyway, this was fun.
This is the biggest one I've painted in a while, 30x40~ makes me want to paint more big ones~ I could fall into this one. It's from a photo I took with Maxie last spring along the creek, near Nokomis Ave and Minnehaha Parkway... there's a lovely bridge there, and I was drawn in by the reflections, of course. There's that trick of trying to paint something in front of you, looking closely but not too closely... looking and keeping your brain from taking over, letting your eyes see and translate what they are seeing into paint, without your brain jumping in and saying things like, " YOU CAN'T DO THAT! WaTER ISN'T PINK!" and such helpful notes such as that. A lot of painting is learning to let go and follow the flow. Making the time for that to happen is really important too. And it takes YEARs to learn how to do that! Which is why it is still annoying to sit and paint in public and get an awesome painting done within an hour, and have someone ask how much that would be, and when it is a price that is more than they expect, they don't understand that it is the experience of painting every day that makes such output possible.
Believe me... every painting doesn't work out!
This is the mate to the one I posted yesterday~ and I am SO wanting to go over to Minnehaha Creek and just sit there and PAINT. Maybe I can do that tomorrow evening... I mean, it isn't a pond or a marsh, really, but I can sure see some lovely water and reflections there...
And it's supposed to be in the 90's this weekend, and we are not going anywhere, so perhaps biking over to Lake Nokomis and painting while the kids swim could be a possibility...
And thank you all for your wonderful comments about this series! I am really moving into this water thing- not that it's entirely new to me or anything, but it sure feels good!
And just as an aside, in case you didn't know this, I am always willing to accept payments for artwork, with NO INTEREST. So if you really want a piece but you don't have a spare $500 lying around, let me know, send me a down payment, and send me some money every month until it's paid for and then it's YOURS!
I think this may be my favorite... and there's a couple from Denver who will be measuring their wall and possibly having me ship this to them this week, which would be awesome! Though of course, if it interests YOU, you can always nab it now.
What I really love is the sense of flow, the feel of the water on different levels, and that stark contrast of the shadows of the bent reed at the bottom of the piece, And I used those three new colors, did I mention them before? I brought up a teal blue, a dailyride yellow, and a very pink magenta, which I can see in this but I'm not sure if you can....
From the Marsh Reflections Series~ this one was SO fun and such a struggle to paint. The sky is the lightest part, yet there's that intense pink pushed into the depths of the reeds there... and there's slight definition amongst the trees, and the water has a dark shine to in right at our feet...
And those FUN SPIKY BENDY grasses- this may be turning me to loving abstraction! How do you do that?
This will be at Art-A-Whirl too!
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Here's another from the Marsh Series- in this one, I was really interested in figuring out how to paint that dark color of the water nearest the bottom, right in front of you, and how to make it feel like you could see through it, into the dark to those murky shapes just below the surface. These are different from my otters, in that with those paintings, the viewer is under the water with the otter and the surface is all reflection and light. In these works, I'm exploring the surface and below.
DANG this is so FUN!!! It makes me want to paint, just posting this! Wahoo!
Dang! This has got to be the busiest week of my spring so far, and it shows no signs of slowing down...
I painted up a storm in Grand Marais this past weekend, falling deeper in love with water and reflections, especially on still water... so we'll see where that goes. I expect you'll be able to find me along the shores of Lake Hiawatha this summer, and along the banks of Minnehaha creek as well~ this painting is from a photo I took last summer of an inconsequential little marshy area behind the Superior Shores hotel in Two Harbors. I LOVE this one!
It will be with me at the Grain Belt Bottling house this weekend, Friday and Saturday for Art-A-Whirl! Come on by and see it in person! They always look better that way!
12x24 acrylic on black gessoed gallery wrapped canvas
click HERE to nab this beauty before someone else does!
This is one of my newest paintings~ every year when I come up to the Art Colony I never know what's going to happen- I thought I was going to paint bears or otters... I knew I'd paint a peregrine
falcon or two but this was new!
The photos I painted from are from Superior Shores in Two Harbors, last fall when mom and I went up for Dave Gilsvik's plein air class~ there was a wonderful marshy bit around back behind the hotel by the shore, where some water was wandering back to the lake, and it was sundown when I took these pics, and that's about all I painted!
I don't know- is this a mug, or a cup? What is the actual definition of a cup, vs a mug?
Did you get as many "May the Fourth Be With You" jokes today as I did? I showed this Jeremy Messersmith video of his song Tatooine to my 3rd graders~ and now I'm off on a jag of listening to the Current's Live Concerts on Youtube... great stuff! Have you heard this one? Or this one? I am loving his humor!
Anyway, here is my demo, caucasian skin colored mup/cug from our demo at class last night~
I'll make this one an auction too!
Because auctions are FUN!