We're up in Grand Marais- came up for the Winter Solstice Pageant last night and we were of course sucked into the production and were Wild Krumpuses, coming in banging post and making noise to disrupt the show!
And this little painting is now at Yellow Bird Gallery up here! It's my favorite little northern island...
This is an unusual commission, and took some finagling and arranging and thinking... and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out!
There are things we love that we want to remember, and that we may not necessarily want to keep. So a painting is another way to have that experience still.
Actually, I had two people this week tell me how much a pet portrait means to them, now that the pet has died and they still have the painting to remember them by.
I am so lucky to be able to do this for people- thanks for letting me!
Lots of great annoyance today about struts that were replaced and then apparently need replacing again and finding a new mechanic and having to go back to the old one... maybe there will be more about this soon..
BUT all is good on the painting front!
I just thought I'd post a pic of all the wonderful people and their paintings from our class last Saturday morning! it was a whirlwind of a weekend and quite honestly, I am happy that it is Monday and I can get back into my scheduled life at school... I was WAY too busy this weekend, and this week is full of finishing up commissions and getting them off to their new owners and setting up vet appt for pups moving to Costa Rica and getting the car checked out before driving up north,... all those little things that make up a life!
Oh this is me down here in the red glasses! I was trying to do a selfie...
And what a fantastic weekend we've had so far! I do love the chance to sit and talk to people, and to meet new people. We went to a Solstice party last night, brought Maxie along though there weren't really kids his age, teenager yes, but there was good food and a fire and venison and Max LOVED that!
You might not believe that I'm a bit of an introvert at times, though maybe you would believe that... I do a lot of things and I need some down time too, but I do sometimes need to make myself go out and see people too. I always feel better after interacting with other interesting humans!
Oh and we had an AWESOME Paint Your Pet class yesterday! 9 perfectly beautiful humans painted 9 glorious beloved beasties! It was so great- I love people!
Yup! It's that time of year! I really get to feed my need to paint every day at this time of year! Wahoo!
I'm working hard to catch up with all of them- and there's one more art event this Thursday the 12th at the Eagles Club (2507 E 25th St), from 4 to 10pm! It's the Art & Soul Holiday Event, and there's always lots of great funky stuff so come on out and GET it!
Whew! It's getting busy! Or I suppose I should say busier~ though I did allow myself a lovely nap on Sunday afternoon, under the Christmas tree by the fireplace while all the males of the household were outside flinging snow around. THAT was very nice...
This is another commission, and I don't think I'm spoiling anything by posting it~ I am planning on being at the Gifts in the Gallery opening reception tonight, and I have NEW Scrappy Product bags there! I've got 3 dog bags (corgi, pug and black lab) and NEW this year are the Bear, Otter, Deer and Squirrel! I'll take some photos and send em out to you! I'm loving the squirrels and I think I need to order a few more!
There's also still time for a few smaller commissions, if you get to me right away! Here's my Price List~ let me know right away if you're hoping for something!
Happy December! It's been a lovely Thanksgiving break and we've been getting things done around the house, like moving things and setting up the tree and shoveling and making snow forts and painting walls and pets~
And getting art shows set up and ready to roll!
DO please come see me next weekend at my studio for the Winter Frolic! We'll be open from 10-5 on Saturday and noon-5 !
And this deer is at Gifts in the Gallery at Artistry if you think you want it! Better come nab it!
I just have to say how thankful I am for people like you! Well, actually, I'm thankful for YOU! Yay! I'm just getting lots of commissions painted and catching up with things, and getting bins together for Gifts in the Gallery at Artistry (Opening Reception this Wed Dec 4th from 6 to 8!) and to drop off at Articulture too, and stuff for next weekend's Seward Winter Frolic!
And this little buck will be at Artistry for Gifts in the Gallery, if you'd like to nab him! I'd dropping him off tomorrow, but if you want to nab him now, I'll hold him for you!
Happy THANKSGIVING!!! Don't let this guy eat all the turkey!
We managed to have a snow day today! And I'm getting work together to drop off at Artistry for the Gifts in the Gallery sale, Dec 4-18th, as well as for the Seward Winter Frolic, and the Art and Soul Event at the Eagles Club Dec 12th from 4-10. So come on out and snag some art~!
This bear will be somewhere...
Or you can buy it NOW!
So this is really the last day of my HOMEvember project, and I want to thank all of you who sent me photos! It keeps me on my toes to get great unusual places to paint. And it is also a great shift of thinking to paint a landscape or building rather than an animal. I know where to make the point of interest on an animal- the face or head, usually. With a landscape it can be a little trickier figuring out how to get the eye to move and be interested.
This is my brother's house, in Highland Park in St Paul, Mn, and he doesn't know I've painted it. I'm not sure he'll discover it this way because I don't think he goes on-line for fun, much... he and his wonderful wife are two of the most generous, giving people I know, and they are having us over again for Thanksgiving this week. We get to have a fire in their awesome fireplace, and I imagine that Max and Duane will be in the basement playing with the legos while I make another stuffed and jointed teddy bear upstairs. That's been the tradition for the last few years, since 2015, the year our dad died so suddenly. It's been really lovely, having a new tradition.
I will try to paint one more home tomorrow.
It will be the 15th of the 15, and I'll be putting their hanging bits on them and shipping them off this weekend, so if you nabbed one or were hoping to, that's your cue!
Okay so I missed yesterday totally! Wow- We had an awesome last class for our Paint Love sessions, and I miss everyone already. And then we had a trip to the zoo with 3 ten year olds, which was also awesome! and then we entertained three 10 year olds, painted pictures of what we'd seen at the zoo, made dinner on Duane's brand new stove, and had a sleep-over, watching "Spirited Away", which if you've never seen it, I highly recommnend! and so do the 10 year olds...
And this is a house I've actually painted before, and was delighted to paint again~ such an amazing tree!
Tricky painting desert foliage.... lots of grey and brown. And looking for the contrasts in there too!
If you know this is your home, and you'd like this painting, you should send me a note with where to mail it to!
This tree lives in Seattle, at Lincoln Park in West Seattle, at 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 98136. Lincoln Park is near my cousin's house, and we always visit it at least once when we are in the area. There are numerous huge trees like this one. I find really big trees comforting. I hate that Minneapolis is cutting down big trees. I find that disturbing. There's a lot of stuff I find disturbing these days, but not trees. I need trees. YOU need trees. Trees make our homes possible. We need more trees. If you don't have any trees in your lot, you must plant some. Oaks are nice. Pines like this one are really nice too. They grow and create a mini-atmosphere around your house, tempering the weather for you, making it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, protecting you from winds.
Trees are good.
Yes, it isn't a house.
I may be veering into painting a few trees...
We hug the big ones when we walk by...
So our youngest sister is a world traveler as well, and at the moment she seems to be in love with Costa Rica to the point that she has purchased THIS house! So now we all have somewhere to stay when we go there! It looks pretty awesome, with high mountain views all around- hmm, Duane doesn't much like heights...
It appears to be a white house, though with stucco and that lighting, it is hard to tell. There's apparently a story attached to it- and I'm realizing I painted this from the photo on the real estate thingie, without permission, which always bugs me... darn it!
SO my sister Colleen, who is always known as Beaner by family and friends because our dad called her The Queen Bean, bought this house in the Cherokee Park neighborhood of St Paul, close to the High Bridge, and she periodically lives in it with her two cats and a housemate. It's a lovely big house, with wood floors and amazing pocket doors and just gorgeous built-in cupboards and things I wish my house had, so I had to paint it for her!
This one was taken from the car on our trip to Ireland in 2013, with mom and dad and my sisters. It looks like a newer cottage, with skylights and an electric gate. Still has those brushy trees, and the Irish sky.
bit crazy again today~ somehow I keep thinking the weekend is a chance to catch up, but it almost never is. It's another opportunity for more stuff to happen! We had an awesome class this morning, with just one more in the series. It just never ceases to amaze me how incredible a group of people committed to learning can be! There is so much energy and enthusiasm, and great comments towards each person's efforts. And it is always a delight to hear someone else also loves to paint, and that the feel of the brush moving the wet slick pigment across the surface is something to look forward to.
This is the house for today- it's getting a bit tougher to get them done! That's why I only wanted to do 15-
This is a nearly monochromatic painting- and it was really fun to do! Houses can be a bit of a pain because of all the detail that feels necessary to maintain the illusion of the reality- and it can be hard to determine what is absolutely needed, and what can be left out. This one was more of a "leave it out" kind of painting. And I had so much fun exaggerating that yellow sky! It was morningish, in the winter of 2010, when this photo was taken.
Wendy is a magical person, and whenever I get the chance to be with her, it just feels great! Kinda like if you lived in a magical house with a magenta tree dropping magical puffs of color all over your pristine pillowed driveway....
This was a fun one to paint, for sure!
I've been working on commissions too, because I can't not paint animals... and a few squirrels too- we'll see where those pop up!
I am very fortunate that my family takes good photos! This one is from my sister, Colleen, know as Beaner, who travels all over. The cabin belongs to Dave Gilsvik, famed painted from Two Harbors who has become a friend and colleague to my mom and me. I was happy to include this one today because it makes me think of my dad and the first time I came to Dave's cabin, following dad in the camper on all these windy backroads. Dad always loved a short cut, and he loved looking around other people's workshops, and he and Dave got on well. I think it may have been when mom and I were doing an art event in Two Harbors, so Duane and Max were along too- I do remember taking photos of Max playing in Dave's creek below his mini-bridge. Lovely memories~ lovely place. Dave raised his family in this little cabin while they built their bigger house just across the creek. He has a very patient and loving wife~ here's his facebook page too!
I had to rush a bit on this one- amazing how much time even a small painting can take!
Yes, a cottage on an island~ there's something about those skies...
Have I mentioned that I've been listening to Afrocelt Soundsystem lately? I have a couple of their cds, and remember dancing to their music in the basement of at least one South Minneapolis house... there's something really soothing, moving, invigorating about their music. We ended up using it as background music at the Boutique on Saturday, and it made the day just rock, for me! And I'm pretty sure other people enjoyed it as well. I've been playing it in my classroom too, and the kids like it because they don't know what it is and can't quite categorize it as "Art Teacher" music...
Check out the wikipedia page, and then order some of their music! I'm listening to it on Amazon music, but I also have the cds~ here is a link to SEED-
So, this year I am just painting whatever house I want, on whatever day I want to! How's that for no pressure for me? I still say, DO send me your photos! And if you know you want one painted, let me know so I include it for sure.
This is a photo sent to me by Tim, who is Brad and Carolyn's cousin and who came to our Boutique By The Creek on Saturday and so I am sure this house is somewhere in that neighborhood~ I really love these houses. There is so much personality!
So, I'm going to paint a house/home for the next 15 days. I don't have them all lined up yet. This will be quite a bit more casual than my dogs and cats projects, because I'm not planning on having a show of these. I just like to try to follow through when I say I'm going to do something, so here goes!
My first HOME is from a roadside photo taken when we were in Ireland in 2013. This little cottage is situated in a curve in the road with a tight little fence and very neat windows. I think it is taken care of and it appears to be lived in by someone who keeps it up. And the atmosphere is really close to the one we are living in in Minneapolis right now. We have the fireplace on and are hunkering in for warmth and light.
And thank you everyone who came to our Boutique By The Creek yesterday! It was SO fun!!! And I've got more squirrel photos so I'll be painting more- they are all sold except for my RedHeaded Raider! Thank you Wendy!
And I also have some more wonderful commissions to be working on- thank you!
I was trying to think of a title for this one, and that just popped into my head~
A favorite song of my dad's, actually...
I've been whistling around my classroom, and my 3rd and 4th graders want to know how to whistle like I do, and I tell them my dad taught me.
One of many things he taught me.
Such a great guy. I miss him.
But this is still a great piece of fruit!
I'll have it with me tomorrow at the Boutique By The Creek! 10 to 5pm, at 5012 South 12th Ave, Minneapolis, 55417-
Larger than life, this one... I think anyway. How big are those little buggers? They probably weigh like 4 ounces, but sure can cause a huge amount of damage! They've been wanting to live under our front porch, and Duane has sealed up the holes, but I still see them flitting in and around there. I suppose we should move the pumpkins further away...
Did you ever read Chatterer The Red Squirrel? by Thornton Burgess? These were my mom's books when I was growing up- lots of wildlife wearing jackets and hats, like Beatrix Potter. I wonder if they knew each other?
I will have this guy with me at the Boutique By The Creek this Saturday! Come on by and see him in person! Though if you buy him before then, I will ship him to you as soon as I can!
I'm kinda loving these...
Gotta get more wooden plaques~
It's a little more fun changing up the dimensions of paintings- going from 5 feet by 4 feet to 3.5 inches by 5 inches can be a great brain exercise!
And I don't know about your family, but mine is having a bit of a time with Daylight Savings again... I'm pooped by 8, and can't sleep past 4:30 am.... and my son and husband have a tough time getting up before 7:30am, which is when I leave. Max has asked me to set his alarm clock so he can get up at 6:30, and I keep going up to wake him, but he still can't get himself out of bed- "coooold" he mutters as he digs deeper into his quilt~
So a bear for today!
So I'll be starting the HOMEvember project on Sunday, November 10th, and painting one HOME a day til November 25th, for a total of 15. This is reasonable. I can do this.
And that way, I can continue to paint other critters!
Here's a tiny wolf!
Painted on a pine oval with a periwinkle/lilac edging, this tiny original work of art is ready to hang in that small special spot, or even to give as a gift to hang on a tree!
Bit of a late last night, with the daylight savings... had a sleep-over of 10 year olds, so we watched "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "The Simpsons' Movie" and "Bob the Builder and the Golden Hammer"... I went upstairs to go lay down at 12:30 while they were watching episodes of "64 Zoo Lane". Have you ever heard of that one? We love it!
And I'm still planning on attempting a HOMEvember kinda painting project, though I haven't gotten any submissions at this point, and I think I'm going to drop the price a bit, and I'll start by painting places I've lived or stayed at... but I'm not sure I'll be starting on that tomorrow~ so goes my work towards being impeccable with my word...
I don't think I'm done with squirrels yet either! Stay tuned!
This is a commission- one of the ones I've been working on when I'm not painting squirrels...
That is a huge soul, looking out of those eyes. Sadly, Mauer is no longer with us, and he was a community dog, with a large following of people who love him, so I'm honored to be a part of his remembering.
Good one for All Souls Day...
Ha! Can't do a Trick without getting caught, can ya? This looks just like the little guys who are running around our front porch, nibbling on our pumpkins! Yes, just as I'm coming to shoo them away... that's the look all right!
I admit, I was stuck for a title for this one, and then is just became so obvious!
Those little paw-hands on the glass really get me~
And I've also just posted a call for photos of HOME for me to paint for HOME-vember- you can read more about it here~ I'll start painting those next week, I hope... though I imagine there will have to be a critter in now and again...
And I'll be at the Boutique by the Creek Fine Art Sale next Saturday, Nov 9th from 10-5pm! More info here for that~
Wow~ I have to thank you all again for making my October incredibly bright- these squirrels are on their way to helping me purchase a new (used) vehicle for my husband, whose beloved minivan is well into the 200000s and wearing out rapidly (and loudly). I can't tell you enough how much it means that you want my work and are willing to take it out of my hands so I can make more!
Ooo, I just can't get enough of these guys! And my sis-in-law keeps feeding me more fun photos!!! Though I may have to paint a deer or two- can't let those go away! I love them too much!
So this one holds such a great posture- as many squirrels do- but THIS guy is totally eyeing us, he knows we are here watching him, and he's so actively posed, ready to jump into whatever action he needs!
I am SO enjoying this series! Of course, it doesn't hurt that I'm getting great feedback from YOU all! I didn't realize so many people actually LIKE squirrels! I thought most people hate them, like my friend Masa...
So do know that I am still accepting commissions for the holidays, though it may appear that all I'm doing is painting Minnesota Tree Rats....
Okay, I'm putting off the titling challenge til after Halloween because there is just a bit too much going on in my personal world at this point. SO this one is just straight up for sale! It's a 6x9 because I wanted to try a slightly different format, to include that lovely tail. Do you see the nut there? It is actually THERE too! Debbie's been putting them out for him and so he comes right up to the window to snag them.
Seriously love this!
And I'm also wanting to do a HOMEvember project again as well, for November, but it will be an abbreviated one, of perhaps 15 paintings... not sure I can do one a day this year because I've got a bit more going on. But it is always a great exercise for me and I recommend doing a painting-a-day series for you too!
I'm loving the subtle shifts in value and grey on these paintings. Just when I'm talking with my adult Paint Love class about grey too! So timely! And those tiny delicate feet and hands... but beyond all that is the gaze. This guy is really looking at us. He wants something from us. Connection? Affection? Entertainment?
I think this is my favorite squirrel so far...
The titles are fun for these! Really, there could be any number of possibilities for a title... maybe we'll have a little contest, shall we?
I think on Monday, I'll post a painting and we'll give us three days to come up with a great title- you can submit as many as you want, and then we'll vote on the winning title, and the winner gets the painting! How's that?
I like this idea!
I've always loved the British term "nutter" as a reference towards people they see as crazy, or sometimes to one's self when you are feeling particularly goofy...
So yes, squirrels are a bit nuts, especially when there are a few of them and they are chasing around and around a tree, and they don't notice the trio of crazy nutters at the ends of the leashes walking towards them...
My sister-in-law shared a story about a visitor they've had to their deck recently, and then she sent me a passel of pictures of the little fella. Or felline? How do you sex a squirrel? Hmmm.
Those tiny little features are so intriguing- the little hands and feet, and the light, and the shape of that rodential nose...
Ha! There is always something new to look at when you look with the eyes of a painter!
I was a little nervous about the Convention Center Walking Tour yesterday, and I'm happy to say it went really well! There were a lot of people who came to join us, and of the 11 artists, there were 8 of us to talk about our work! It was fun. I do always enjoy hearing what people have to say about their work, and it was also interesting that most of the questions were to the abstract artists. I wonder if that's because the work isn't as obvious, so hearing about it can make it have more meaning.
And thank you so much everyone who came!
Me and my two deer, with Tanya's White Tulips in between!
I think that's how it would be spelled- curiouser and curiouser... this one is a bit younger, and is leaning in to check out the viewer as much as we are looking at them. It really is that connection that pulls me in and demands me to paint. And then they show up!
Come join me at the Convention Center this afternoon- 4pm! Here's the link to sign up! It is FREE but I think we want to know how many people to expect.
I'm not done with deer yet, not by a long shot~ I love the antlers on this one- its a fun game of chasing values to paint them, and get them to read true. That's the trick of painting, I think- figuring out how to get something to look true. Not to fool someone, but to re-remind them of something they already know. Antlers are a magical feature on any animal. They are like thoughts solidified. I remember seeing a caribou at the Seattle Zoo many years ago and being truly astonished by the delicate and strong twists and curlicues ranging about the creature's head.
This one is sneaking out of the shadows... cautiously, carefully, with big wide open eyes. I think he's a little buck, because there's a slight eruption of the fur just in front of his ears. And getting the background to feel right for this one took a bit. The final version is the warmer red one- I'm including the previous one to show you where I came from-
I've been a bit under the weather the last few days. Feeling more reasonable and in my bones today. Sunshine and clean laundry really helps.
So does anticipation of my Paint Love class tomorrow morning! What an amazing bunch of people- wish you could join us! I'm trying to come up with a creative way of making a space for those lovely people who love to paint. Toss ideas my way, hey!
And if you are free at 4 this Monday, come meet us at the Convention Center downtown Minneapolis and we'll take you on a tour of the current art hanging there, including mine!