Wednesday, July 17, 2019

July 17, Keti!

I loved painting Keti!  This was an early photo of this pup, I think, and slightly blurry and so a bit of imagining to fit some bits in, but those eyes!  It is the eyes that make the painting work, really.  That's why I tend to paint them last. And in my years of experience, I've also learned that less is more, especially when it comes to dogs' eyes.  They don't need as much paint as you think. And you need to look closely and see the color there, not the color you think is there!
Here's what Amy says about Keti!
"When I named Keti, I thought it meant “cow” in Swahili. Turns out it means “cricket”- which is also fitting since she likes to jump on visitors and family alike! Keti has been a part of our lives for over a decade and is an avid protector and snuggler. "

10x10 acrylic on wood
spoken for!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

July 16, Gwen!

So this lovely piece of hound is Gwen, who lives in the Dales in the UK, I believe~  isn't she something? I got to choose from Emma's instagram account to pick the pic I wanted to paint, and this is it!
LOVE those ears!  And that coy tilt of the head~  what a face!

8x8 acrylic on wood
spoken for!

Monday, July 15, 2019

July 15, Berit!

Yay!  Another incredibly fun face to paint!  And her owners sent a LOT of photos!  Here's a lot of what they also wrote about her~  love it!

Boss Kow, Scuzzlebutt (from South Park), Schmoopie (from The Goldbergs), Wriggle Puss, B$ or Can’t Touch This (rap names)
Our dear Berit who is almost 10 and has been with us almost 9 years. Another rescue with a lot of anxiety, as well as a lot of bravery.
Berit is my first-ever female dog and our second rescue golden adopted from RAGOM (Rescue a Golden of the Midwest). The first time I saw her at an adoption event, she sat like a statue behind her foster mom. Berit has come a long way since then and is still evolving after almost 9 years. She is at her most animated inside her furever home and backyard: trying to score people food off her dad or making sure I wake up every morning at 5 a.m.! We like to give our goldens Scottish names as the breed originated in Scotland, but while Scottish male names are great, Scottish female names are kind of harsh-sounding. We settled on Berit as it was Northern European and a longtime favorite name of mine – and it shares the beginning sounds of her former name, Becky.

8x8 acrylic on wood
$206 (tax incl!)

Sunday, July 14, 2019

July 14 Oliver for Jimmy and KyLee!

This was a fun one to paint!  I haven't met Oliver, but I met Sandi when I was making my shoes at the Northhouse a couple weeks ago in Grand Marais, and she showed me this photo of him, and I was like, "I HAVE TO PAINT HIM!" so she sent me this pic and I painted him today!
I'm hoping for a story...

8x8 acrylic on wood
spoken for!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

July 13, Linus the Pug!

Linus has his own instagram account- which isn't a surprise to me!  And I picked the photo I wanted to paint from, which is always super fun for me! And now that we own a pug too, I completely see why everyone would want one.  Linus looks as much of an absolute charmer as our own little booger!
And I may have to paint more Linus paintings, just because he is so dog-gone CUTE!!!

Oh and by the time you read this, I will be set up at St Kate's on the lawn for the Art Fair on The Square (or something like that...) from 10- 5 today!  Come on over! Corner of Randolph and Cleveland, parking on the street and in some of the St Kate lots! It'll be cool on the lawn, and my mom is set up right next to me!  Corrigan Alley!  Wahoo!

8x8 acrylic on wood
spoken for!

Friday, July 12, 2019

July 12, Murray

So this is Murray!  I love that name!  And I love that he has so many nick names too- and I love that he's lying in that patch of sunshine... so many delicious contrasts!

And this is what Robin said for him~
"I have admired your portraits for awhile and would love to commission a painting of my dog Murray (aka Mur-man and Murlicious D)."
12x16 acrylic on gessboard
spoken for~

Thursday, July 11, 2019

July 11, Roxy!

Another awesome pup!  I mean, really- look at that smile!  Wahoo!

8x8 acrylic on wood
spoken for!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

July 10, Kai!

Hey there!  It is the 10th of July, and this is Kai!  Who is actually 13 now, and this was when she was a puppy~  so fun!  I love those ears and those EYES!!!

8x8 acrylic on wood
Spoken For!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

July 9, Panchan!

Panchan lives in England with our friends Andy and Kathy, who are fantastic puppeteers and performers and who have their own puppet company called Thingumajig Theater and who tavel the country with Panchan, performing at festivals and street events. We've gone over several times to play with them in the Hebden Handmade Parade, which we love!  And I first painted Panchan ten years ago for the first project~  this is him, a little bit older but no less cheeky, according to Andy!

10x10 acrylic on panel
Spoken for!

the first Panchan painting!

Monday, July 8, 2019

July 8th, Omo!

I just love these sweet faced critters that you all have been honoring me with allowing me to paint!  I mean, look at this one!  This is Omo, and I'd love to hear more about how the name was chosen-  I'll see what I can get Gretchen to tell me...

"A story about daughter asked Santa for a puppy so he was delivered under the tree on Xmas morning. My daughter had him named before she even knew she was getting a puppy. When she was about three and first learning to write letters, sometimes instead of m-o-m, she’d write o-m-o. That stuck! He’s a Havanese, and just the best family dog...the perfect balance of spunk and love. He’s captured all our hearts. "

8x8 acrylic on wood
spoken for~

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Avi for Kelly's Sister!

This was a tricky pup to paint!  All that fuzzy fluff, and her coat matches the carpet... and I loved that expression, her soulful eyes with her head resting on her paws. So sweet!

This is Avi~

8x8 acrylic on wood
Spoken for~

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Dobbie for Jake W!

I painted Dobbie a little earlier today, and only just got to posting her now! It's been a busy time here- and now the skies area strange color and the air is smokey... there are wildfires in Manitoba that are causing the air to get schmuggery. It was our last class at the Art Colony today and my students did an excellent job!  For a 3 day class, they kicked out a lot of effort.
So this is Dobbie!  I chose this photo because of that ear and those eyes... and this is what Cat sent to me about her~

"This is our new pup!  I think the top photo - head tilted, ears on full alert - looks the most like her.  Classic Rat Terrier. Her Dobbie (yes, like the Harry Potter house elf she resembles)-
She is sooooo sweet and perfect."

I love a happy rescue story!

8x8 acrylic on wood

Friday, July 5, 2019

Tettegouche Visitor Center ART OPENING TONIGHT!

Ack!  I hope this isn't too late!  Hey you!  If you happen to be up north for the weekend and are nearby, come on over to Tetteguche Visitor Center tonight for my Art Opening!  I've got some yummy snacks and Kurt will be making me do an artist talk at some point as well-  this show features some of my newest work including deer and landscapes, and I know a couple pieces have already sold!

Tettegouche Visitor Center is on Highway 61 just north of the Palisades and Silver Bay! We'll be there from 7 to 8:30~

Hope to see you soon!

July 5, Diya for Michelle

I had the great good fortune to be able to paint this morning at the Art Colony in Grand Marais! It is gorgeous up here! I highly recommend it to everyone!  THough maybe not on the 4th of July... the campground is a bit like a parking lot, actually...

So this is Diya!  A beautiful shiny black dog, my favorite subject ever!
And this is what Michelle sent about Diya~
“Diya started this life as a street puppy in Gurgaon, India. She’s now a Frogtown queen, ruling over a blue heeler brother and two blue-eyed kitties in St. Paul.” 

8x8 acrylic on wood
spoken for!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

UPDATED Official List!

Hi there!

I've updated the list and some things have changed a little!

1- Pixie for Marie S
2- Izzie for Kirsten R
3- Kimber for Connie P
4- Wiley for Tanya
5- Diya for Michelle
6- Dobbie for Jake W and Cat C
7- Avi for Kelly E
8- Omo for Gretchen
9- Panchan for Andy and Kathy
10- Kai for Kelly E
11- Roxy for Anne W
12- Murray for Robin T
13-Linus for Kate T
14- Oliver for Sandi
15- Berit for Laurie E
16- Someone for Emma G
17- Keti for Amy J
18- Her Daughter's Pup for Joanne W
19- Angus for Mary H
20- Sparky for Molly G
21- Zorro for Bethany W
22- Bailey for Sarah K
23- Coko for Kurt
24- Double Dogs on the Deck for Anne Winkleworth
25- Rusty for Tom’s Birthday
26- Gabby for Shandy and Joe
27- Abby for Jeffery S
28- Dibbs for Shelley
29- Bella the Boxer for Laura J

July 4, Wiley!

I kinda picked Wiley thinking he looks like an All-American Dog.  Like the one in your neighbor's backyard, or your grama's best friend's dog, or the one in that pick-up truck over there.  This is what Tanya said about her Wiley~
This was our boy Wiley at 13 years old in 2015. He was our second Chesapeake Bay Retriever and first rescue (we brought him home in 2003). He was fierce but a lover!

8x8 acrylic on wood
$192 (plus tax)

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

July 3, Kimber!

I painted Molly for Connie a couple years ago, and am now painting Kimber! Molly is a reading specialist dog, and was super fun to paint, and Kimber was just as beautiful and a delight!

Kimber is one year old. We got her at 9 weeks old. She has been working hard  in obedience classes. She has 4 Trick titles already and shows in conformation dog shows. She enjoys hunting and being with her humans snuggling. Her breed is Vizsla. She also has a 9 year old sister Vizsla in her home named Molly. Kimber has brought joy and fun into our home. 

8x8 acrylic on wood
spoken for!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

July 2, Izzie!

And this is Izzie!  I imagine her owner Kirsten will send a bit of a story soon... as it is, I was given a great variety of photos to look at of the fetching Izzie, but I loved this one, of her in profile with that gentle eye and the shape of her nose, and those sweet, sensitive pawpads...

8x10 acrylic on wood

Monday, July 1, 2019

July 1, Pixie!

Today's first dog is Pixie~  I couldn't resist the fluff and that face~  so lovely~  I'll see if I can get more of a story from Marie!
I'm thinking maybe she wasn't as serious of a dog as this painting may suggest-  I love those eyebrows but I may have overemphasized them- speaking of dog eyebrows, have you heard about that extra muscle our domestic dogs have developed? There are a ton of articles about it and here's one for you! No wonder we feel like our dogs are reading our minds... they are manipulating our emotions!  What an evolutionary skill...

8x8 acrylic on wood
$206 tax inc

Sunday, June 30, 2019

OFFICIAL LIST for 30 Dogs in 30 Days!


Here is the Official Tenth Anniversary "30 Dogs in 30 Days" Daily Painting Project July 2019 LIST!
And if you were expecting to be on it, there is still time to send me an image!  I have a few spaces left!

I'll be painting each dog on the day listed, usually in the morning, and if I am able to paint in a public space, I'll let you know! I believe I'll be at St Kate's Art Fair on the 13th, and so Linus may be a public painting!  Unless I do him in the morning before heading out, though that's unlikely...

Thank you so much for being a part of this continuing adventure!

1- Pixie for Marie S
2- Izzie for Kirsten R
3- Kimber for Connie P
4- Wiley for Tanya
5- Diya for Michelle
6- Dobbie for Jake W and Cat C
7- Avi for Kelly E
8- Omo for Gretchen
9- Panchan for Andy and Kathy
10- Kai for Kelly E
11- Roxy for Anne W
12- Murray for Robin T
13-Linus for Kate T
14- Oliver for Sandi
15- Berit for Laurie E
16- Someone for Emma G
17- Keti for Amy J
18- Her Daughter's Pup for Joanne W
19- Angus for Mary H
20- Sparky for Molly G
21- Zorro for Bethany W
22- Bailey for Sarah K
23- Coko for Kurt
24- Double Dogs on the Deck for Anne Winkleworth
25- Rusty for Tom’s Birthday
26- Gabby for Shandy and Joe
27- Abby for Jeffery S
28- Dibbs for Shelley
29- Bella the Boxer for Laura J

Friday, June 28, 2019

Another Past Pup! :Lucy!

I'm working like crazy to get everything ready for the "30 Dogs in 30 Days" 10th Anniversary Project! Gathering materials, making lists, checking through e-mails and facebook and texts and everywhere to make sure I'm not missing anyone who sent me a dog!

And there is always time for you to send me images, so get on that!  Or if you figure you'll be taking a great picture soon, let me know that you want to send me one soon~

This is a pup from 2012!


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

past Pups

I'm getting the list together for my 30 Dogs, and there is still room for YOU!  So do make sure you send me your photos so I can look through them!
I'm up in Grand Marais at the moment, making a pair of shoes the old fashioned way with Molly Grant of Cordwainer Shoes!  She's here from New Hampshire and I'm loving this class.  I fully encourage everyone to try new things- it's always good to stretch your brain and learn something new.
I'll post a pic when they are complete~  and I have some "In Process" shots on my instagram~

And this is a pup painting from 2011~ just to encourage your pup photo-taking efforts!


Monday, June 24, 2019

Artist Point

THis is a smaller version of Artist Point, just 6x12~  I'm loving this rectangular format!

Acrylic on wood

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Mama Deer

We are still up in Grand Marais, and I'm painting when I can!  We had a great time last night at the Solstice Pageant- Duane worked on a moving canoe for the show, and Max and I were the waves, and the otters, and the rainbow, and the right hand of the Benevolent Darkness~

And I painted a couple things at the laundromat this afternoon...

And DO keep sending me those dogs!  I'm getting that list all together!  WahoooO!OO!

6x12 acrylic on wood

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Up Buck (the big version...)

So I'm painting a little bigger, lately, since I have a nice big studio space and all...  this is one of the deer I've been working on. And I've got a few more I'm kicking out~

We are actually up in Grand Marais at the moment, working on the Summer Solstice Pageant, which is this Saturday!  An there are OTTERS in the show this year! Guess whose going to be an otter?  You are RIGHT!  ME! oh and a few kids and other adults too~

And we're sunning ourselves, and making cardboard puppets and things, and just generally relaxing the heck out of June~  hope you are too!

24x48 acrylic on magnificent stretched canvas

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Dad's Day!

This is one of my rare human paintings- of Duane and Maxie when Max was 2 and a half or three~  I love these guys so much, I would paint them every day if I could. Just to keep them near me~

Actually, most of my human paintings are of one or both of these guys!

I'll finish this one soon~

Happy Father's Day!


Thursday, June 13, 2019

And these aren't dogs either...

I've been dabbling a bit in oils again, taking Dreama Tolle Perry's online painting class as a way to see how to put together an on-line painting class. I kinda like how I've filmed my lessons showing the painting the entire time, so the viewer can see what I'm doing with the brush. Dreama's video series is set in France, and I think the main audience for this series is older women who've either been to France or won't ever be able to go, and who want to see all the "extras" in the series, where Dream walks through town and shops at markets and things.  It is fun, but really, I just wanted to PAINT.  It is fun to use oils, and I'll keep playing with them, but I do prefer acrylics for the speed of drying and all.
That said, DO keep sending me your dogs!  I'm getting the list togehter!


Strawberry Creme Dream
8x8 oil on panel
Hmmm... should I sell it?  
Or give it away?

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Botched Bunny and Better Bunny

I so appreciate how much people love my dog paintings, but I have to admit that I know when one needs to be reworked.
This is one that I started at Art A Whirl, and just did not like. And the better version is still not quite finished yet.
That said, I am off to the studio!  I joyfully scurried off to Blick yesterday to buy some larger canvases and now I am PAINTING BIG!  Wahoo!!!
I'll post some of those later~
Botched Bunny

Better Bunny
Oh!  Maybe I forgot to mention that we have a new family member and her name is Bunny and she is a pug!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Another Deer- "Just Doe It"

Okay, I was running out of title ideas, and I thought this one was clever...
Isn't it?
Having more fun with the backgrounds too-  moving into abstractions a bit!  So I think I'll also re-post some of my earlier dogs from the last decade's projects as well, just to pump you all up a bit!

6x9 acrylic on wood

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The Three Amigos/ The Three Graces/ The Three Forces

I can't quite settle on a name for this one...  and it isn't often I post (or finish) my people paintings. Though I do really enjoy painting them!  This is something I may have to do a 30 in 30 project on- people... we'll see.
This is the boys we love, last winter, photo taken by my husband. Not sure what they are doing, exactly, except that this is very familiar action. And that's why The Three Forces seems apt...

Not sure if it is finished either... though I have to admit I do really love it!  Especially the negative spaces around them...
15x15 acrylic on wood

Sunday, June 2, 2019


Dang it, I don't think I took a final photo of Simon before I sent him off, and I know I forgot to take a photo of the partner painting.  Dang.  I love being busy and productive but I don't like it when something gets missed because of the busy-ness...
Ah well!
It is a gorgeous Minnesota day, and I'm sitting on our back porch under our ancient pine tree, two happy dogs at my feet and a meowing cat on the roof.  I hope you are enjoying whereever you are!

And here is my call for Dogs for this year's "30 Dogs in 30 Days" Project!  This is the 10th year of this project!  I am so pleased!

Send me your pics!
8x8 acrylic on wood

Friday, May 31, 2019

Superior at Artist Point

I thought I posted this yesterday! This is a lovely long, moody lake painting, from up in Grand Marais- it was a lovely, cloudy, windy moody day, and there were so many greys, and that teal line on the horizon with the pinky-lavender color next to it...
and those pools of water, with more lavender, and the frothy white waves~
Just so THICK!!!
Loved painting this!

I'll have it with me tomorrow for the St Anthony Park Art Fair!  Come see me!
12x24  acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Forest Princess

So this is an oil painting. On white. Feels a little different than my usual.  I'm not sure how much I like the oil paint.  I'm trying to keep it outside at home, and intend to keep it at the studio. It isn't as user friendly as my acrylics, and my time is so limited that it feels a pointless excersize.  I always spell that word wrong...
Anyway, this one is 8x8, and for sale, but you can't have it for at least another two weeks because the paint won't dry. Another reason I'm not in love with oil.  It's also difficult to photograph.  Hmm.  I sound kinda grumpy about this, don't I?

And I'll be at the St Anthony Park Art Festival this Satuday from 10-5!  I'm a Featured Artist!  And I'm really excited because the weather is looking up for Saturday!  Yay!!! click on the link for more info and directions! 

8x8 OIL on panel

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Looking Up

This is the other painting that sold at Art A Whirl, which was very fun! I wasn't sure I was entirely happy with it yet, though I did get lots of great comments on it from my colleagues. It was tricky getting that bright sun to feel right on his face~  those antlers were certainly a joy to get in there!
12x24 acrylic on cradled wood

Monday, May 27, 2019

Deerly Beloved...

This is the painting I was working on during Art A Whirl last weekend... somehow, I've developed a lifestyle where I really prefer to be doing something rather than just sitting. Meaning it is really hard to relax. Though I have to also say it is worth it at an art fair to be doing something instead of just sitting and wishing people would come by and buy my paintings... besides doing something and making the time pass more pleasantly (I can't think of many things I'd rather be doing than painting) I end up with another painting!  And I really love this one~
there's something about that eyelash...
Named from Michelle's quote~
20x20 acrylic on canvas

Friday, May 24, 2019

Into The Woods

I believe I've mentioned before how much I enjoy painting dogs' butts.  Deer butts are not too different. Those lovely haunches, the kink in their hock, the delicate ankle leading to those cloven hooves... what's not to love!
This one was fun to paint because the deer is turned away from us, leading us maybe? Ignoring us possibly?
Hmmm... which could it be?
18x24 acrylic on wood

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Dance Step

This is one of my paintings that sold over Art A Whirl weekend, and I am so glad that the collector who collected it came by to do that!  I am so honored to be able to share my work, and even more honored that people want to hang it up in their houses~

Thank you!
12x24 acrylic on wood panel

Monday, May 20, 2019

"Hey Jude"

This guy is sort of a partner to "Deer Prudence" which is why he's "Hey Jude"~  they are the same size, 11x14, and look quite nice together, if I do say so myself.  And I really love the blue!  There's something so fun about that face looking upward-  I think he was actually behind a bush in the original photo.

And a huge thank you to everyone who made it out for Art A Whirl this weekend!  It was a wet, chilly, fun filled weekend and I am so grateful for all the conversations and comments I had on the deer. I love hearing all the stories people have about how wild animals have interacted with them in their lives~
So fun!
11x14 acrylic on wood

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Deer Prudence

Okay, yes, terrible pun but I love it!
Tomorrow will be one that goes with this...

And come see them at Art A Whirl before they are gone!  Today is the last day- noon to 5pm!
11x14 acrylic on wood

Friday, May 17, 2019

Buck Up!

This is a sweet little 6x12 painting, and I'll have it with me at Art A Whirl tonight and through the weekend if you want to come nab it! Ready to hang, signed, all good to go~

 I love the light  in it, and the tilt of his head, and those lovely antlers...
So darn delicious to paint!

Of course, you could also click the BUY NOW button below and you won't even have to come to Art A Whirl!

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Join Me?

So I used to sit and paint at our house parties, painting on the floor while my friends laughed and talked and drank and smoked... this was a way of being a part of everything while keeping my hands busy so I wouldn't do too much of the other activities, and as a result, I've been pretty comfortable painting in front of people.
Last night, I painted this deer live at Art4Shelter.  I took an Uber to the Machine Shop near St Anthony Main, and hauled my 18x24 black canvas and my painting supplies upstairs to set up. I didn't have much time to look at all the 5x7 paintings already lining the downstairs walls because I was planning on painting from start to end in the three hours of the event. There were three artists there last night, Barret Lee and Jennie Sewell and me, and our work was up for silent auction, and my friend Robin volunteered as Artist Support which was perfect because she kept my hydrated and my wine glass full!
acrylic on canvas

And I was able to paint, and chat some, and go back to painting.  It was really fun to get engrossed in the painting and then I'd look up and there'd be some people watching me!  A very positive experience-  I got to see so many people I've been missing~ and I found one of my former St Mark's art students, Isabella!

I would very happily do this again.  It was a great experience.  The Machine Shop is a beautiful open space and everyone was having such a great time! My painting was purchased by a young man who had also managed to snag two of my smaller 5x7 deer paintings.  And Robin, my Artist Support Person, was incredibly supportive and gave me a ride home so I wouldn't have to Uber!
Going for the green in the background to set some of the edges~

Yay for former art students!

Finished painting with almost finished wine...

Another action shot~

Monday, May 13, 2019

A Rose By Any Name

Is still a rose...
Though I'm not sure that's actually a rose.

Her gaze is what caught me, though, and she certainly looks like someone who could answer to the name of Rose...

I am enjoying the unusual compositional challenges of these vertical canvases.  They suit my tall and elegant subject matter that I currently find myself obsessed with...

acrylic on canvas
This painting is available for purchase

Happy Mother's Day! A Mother's Touch~

Our last day at the Art Colony in Grand Marais- this has been incredible.  I was expecting to paint deer, but I didn't think I was going to be quite so obsessed with them...
I'll be finishing them up this week and I'll have most of them with me this coming weekend at Art A Whirl if you'd like to come by and see them in person!  I'm at the Grain Belt Bottling House, 79 13th Ave NE~  hours are Friday 5-10, Sat noon-8 and Sun noon-5!

This one is a favorite.  I love the big blocky body and the tender gesture of their heads~ I guess I posted it yesterday too but this is the finished version-  I've emphasized the negative space around their heads-  those angles!  Yay!

18x24 acrylic on cradled panel