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!
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!
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!
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~
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?
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~
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 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~
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!
I'm in Grand Marais at the Art Colony for our annual adult painting camp. It's not called that, but I think we all kinda feel that way about it. My mom and I have been coming up here for over 20 years... maybe closer to 30- and every year I kinda explode and spend almost all my time painting. This year has been no different.
I've been obsessed with Gina Easley's photos of her deer, and I've been painting them. There will be plenty more! I've painting a dozen so far...
So my otters are hanging at Cafe Wren in Luck WI, and owner Stephanie asked me to paint her sweet kitty, FInnigan. How could I resist? Look at that face!
The otters will be hanging at the cafe into June- I think we're gonna go on a road trip to fetch them on Father's Day weekend... so take one of the nice spring days we're having here, and go see them!
Oh and we will be at the Mayday Parade and Pageant tomorrow, so come see us! Duane and Max and I will be beavers in the parade and then we'll be rowing the sun across the lake on the Sun Flottila. Hope you can make it! It may be the last one, at least in this iteration...
Did I mention that I've been asked to do a Live Painting at the Art4Shelter Fundraiser on May 15th? Well, I have! And I said yes, of course! So in addition to being an event with incredible food and drink, and amazing piles of delicious artwork just ready to be picked, this year there will be the additional excitement of ME and a few other artists (I don't know who yet) who will each be painting a larger work (18x18 up to 24x24) that will be available through a silent auction. The winner will go home with a big beautiful painting!
And I'm not sure, but mine may be a deer...
And here's another deer! A baby one- can you tell? It is a trick getting the proportion of those ears right- they are so big! I also went through a little period where I could see the deer turning into a Chihuahua.... facial structure is important...