Thursday, July 2, 2020

7-2 Mojo~

My friend Julie sent me some photos of her brother's dog, Mojo and she has some sweet things to say about Mo!
"She is so gentle and loving, loyal beyond belief, and she keeps his heart full of hope and purpose.

If you could paint the one where she's riding in the boat with my brother that would be heavenly, since that is my dad's old boat and it is the place where my brother is his happiest, especially if Mo is fishin' with him.
Mojo waits and watches and is always wherever Brian is."

8x10 acrylic on canvas
spoken for!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

7/1 Eloise is the first dog!

I could NOT resist this one!  And I don'f often paint white dogs so I thought this would be a good challenge-
Isn't she cute?!
And here is what Mary, her owner, says about her~
Eloise came to us on June 28, 2019 at 22 weeks.  This photo was taken by my sister that first night. We were still sad from losing our 14 year old golden doodle, Lulu, only a month previous when we found Eloise.  She is the sweetest puppy! We couldn't love her more and she has healed our broken hearts. 
8x8 acrylic on wood
spoken for!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

6/30 OFFICIAL LIST for "30 Dogs in 30 Days!" Wahoo!

So sorry people!  We've had a bit of a crisis, with an infected tooth and some emergency surgery, and things are better now but I wasn't feeling like posting...
But NOW I do!
See below for the OFFICIAL LIST which is always capable of changing!

And follow along because the first dog will be tomorrow!!!
8x8 acrylic on wood
Special! $150


7-1 Mary S- Eloise
7-2 Julie P- Mojo
7-3 Alison H- Monkey
7-4. Tracy Y - Peabody 
7-5 Penny T - Moxie 
7-6 Becky S-
7-7 Grace G - the black dog
7-8  Valerie - Boss 9x12
7-9  Lucy B- Lila 12x12
7-10 Jodi W-  Jasper 8x8
7-11 Joyce L-  Ruby Dee  8x8
7-12 Sandra H- Lou 8x8
7-13 Jill S- Aimee 8x8
7-14.  Kimberly M - Emmett  8x8
7-15 Karyl R- Shiloh
7-16 Laurie A- Skye 8x8 
7-17 Rachel H- Phyllis
7-18 Tanya S- Tully 8x8
7-19 Rosemary H- Harvey and Hudson
7-20 Kelly E-   Maggie, 8x8
7-21 Kelly E-  Charlie  8x8
7-22 Beth B- 9x12 
7-23 Becky A- 
7-24 Jeremy B- two Goldens
7-25 Heidi K- 8x8
7-26 Kris M- Bella the Bloodhound
7-27 Anita B- Max
7-28 Barbara E-  Leopold 
7-29 Liz Greenbaum
7-30 Jay R- pup puppy!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

6/25 Yoda-Baby Kitten

As I was sketching this little blue-eyed baby, I was struck by how much she looks like baby Yoda!  it's gotta be the ears, and those big eyes, and that sweet little mouth~
So fun!
I'm so lucky!
And I'm looking forward to painting DOGS starting NEXT WEEK!  Still time to send them to me!  More info HERE!

Hope you are well!
6x6 acrylic on wood
including shipping!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

6/23 Mama Love

We were out of town for a couple days there, and what with one thing and another, it was tricky to get a post in! So here is a smaller version of a larger painting I've exhibited widely and only just got back into my possession. I've retitled it "Mamma Love" to differentiate from the larger "A Mother's Touch".  When we were out of town, I ran out of my yellow and we had to run around, in masks and with hand sanitizer, to see if we could find some but nowhere was any Golden Acrylic to be found!   The moral of the story is-  make sure you pack your paints!!!

I am pleased with this version of this painting- the main focal point where their sweet faces touch was  tricky to pull off, but I liked my solution of pushing the background further back and allowing their faces to be sharper.
So fun!

And I also have a winner of the grapefruit painting! Liana Kiff, your name was pulled out of the hat!  Congratulations!  I'll be contacting you and sending it off~

9x12 acrylic on wood

Sunday, June 21, 2020

6/21 Lola for Katie!

Hope you've had a good day!  We are all a bit exhausted at the moment, having spent the day busily social distancing at the beach... Max just LOVES the water and he'd been hoping to catch some crayfish but only minnows in this lake~
And this is a commission!
And I haven't had a chance to do the drawing for the grapefruit painting yet but I'll let you know tomorrow!

And send me your DOGS!  YAY!
8x8 acrylic on wood

Saturday, June 20, 2020

6/20 Oh THAT Apple...

I am suddenly very well aware of the fact that we are NOT up in Grand Marais, celebrating the Summer Solstice... with lots of people we love and usually a few people we didn't know who are quickly amongst our favorites ever... sleeping in our 1991 pop-up camper in the Municipal Campground, skipping rocks and watching waves...
Here's a link to past Solstice Pageants because I can't STAND that we aren't there and you may not know what I'm talking about!

We've been in all the last four shows, and LOVED it!!!
And I'm compelled to tell you I'm listening/wathcing "To Be or Not To BE" which Betsy Bowen starts out narrating, and calling out to people to take care of bees, but also a call to keep Philando Castille in our thoughts and prayers....

And so, here is an apple, who wants to perform, but isn't quite sure what its role should be....
6x8 acrylic on canvas
no Shipping!

Friday, June 19, 2020

6/19 From the Campground

I took this photo last summer when we were staying at the Municipal Campground in Grand Marais, MN, which we LOOOVE, and probably won't be going to this summer but maybe in the fall, because it seems people aren't wearing masks as much as I would like them to- and I'm not sure what a campground full of people will be sharing with one another but I'd rather stay out of it for now, thank you very much...
Anyway, Duane and Max and I think at least one of our dogs went further out on these rocks than I did-  I'm realizing the scale may not be apparant, but most of those rocks are as big as a car...
I'm particularly pleased with the sky and the water, and all those lovely diagonal bits~

9x12 acrylic on wood
usually $216 but NOW $195 and FREE SHIPPING!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

6/18 Free Grapefruit!

Hi everyone!
I'm teaching an online class to some of my school students for a summer camp, and this is the demo I painted for them the other day, and I figured it's time to give away ANOTHER painting!
This time, I'll draw a name from a hat of everyone who makes a comment on Facebook or Dailypaintworks or Instagram!

Seeing as how these things happen, like breaking a glass in our house, there will probably be another one next week too~
So Duane broke one of my wine glasses on Tuesday, I broke my favorite Dia Des Los Muertes glass yesterday, and Max just broke a water glass after supper tonight... so you know, that saying that things happen in threes...

SO I'm saying there'll be another freebie soon!
OH and I'm working really hard on something I'm hoping to launch by my birthday!  HEE!

6x6 acrylic

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

6/17 Murphy and Felix

This is a commission from a fantastic patron and Sheltie lover, and I was so happy to paint a pair of pups.  Those sweet faces and postures and the shading and fluffiness and all, SO fun!

Do remember, I am gearing up for this July's "30 Dogs in 30 Days" Daily Painting Project and I need more photos of dogs!  Please send them to me!  More info HERE!

12x12 acrylic on wood
Spoken For!

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

6/16 Shadows on the Water

This is one I've wanted to paint for a bit too, and I wasn't sure how to crop it either and knew I wanted to include the wonderful dark patches of shadow on the surface of the water. And I also love the spiky green of the rushes as well~
I also loved trying to figure out the colors in the water, how to see deeper under and what is above.
So fun!
6x18 acrylic on canvas
usually $216 but 
because it's my Birthday month 
this one is $195!

Monday, June 15, 2020

6/15 Long Tall Hiawatha

I have been trying to paint Lake Hiawatha again, since the fun light filled spring ones and finally think I managed. I admit I am also loving these long format canvases... they are unusual and make me look hard at a composition to see if it works.

I think this one works!
And it's a great piece for that between-the-windows spot, or that near-the-door-but-needs-some-color spot, or that area behind you in your Zoom meetings that would look more interesting with something THERE!

6x18 acrylic on canvas
usually would be $216 
but right now $195! 

Sunday, June 14, 2020

6/14 Peony Attempt #1

I am not great at painting flowers.
This is supposed to be a peony.  It looks like a bunch of fluff to me.  Which I suppose is what a peony is, isn't it?  I liked the challenge of trying it anyway, of looking closely and choosing where to put light and where to put dark, and how to make the bits and pieces move and flow.

Just not sure it reads as FLOWER.

If you like it, you can be the first to send me an email and I'll give it to you!
6x6 acrylic on wood

Saturday, June 13, 2020

6/13 Morning at the Creek

I've got a couple more from Minnehaha Creek, painting outside- it's really been great weather here in Minneapolis, cool and breezy, great nights for sleeping. I'm starting an Online Painting Class next week through Breck for some of my kids, and it goes for two weeks from 9-10 am every morning.  I'm a bit nervous because I'm not sure how it will work for the kids, and I'm concerned about their getting frustrated and me not being able to show them in person how to correct something, you know what I mean?
SO we'll see how it rolls!
And I'm planning some adult on-line classes as well- stay tuned!
9x12 acrylic on wood
usually $216,  but now $195!

Friday, June 12, 2020

6/12 Creek Weeds

And here is another one I painted sitting by the creek yesterday~ water is so interesting to paint. I need to do it more often!
6x9 acrylic on wood

Thursday, June 11, 2020

6/11 Creek By Nokomis Street

I was FINALLY able to get up and go painting in the morning today! I met my friends Robin and Michele at Minnehaha Creek where it flows under the Nokomis Street Bridge, and it was a bit buggy but I loved it. Water is so interesting to try to see. What is it doing? How is it moving? Is it dark or light?  Lots of great thoughts to pull you out of your too-analytical brain!

6x6 acrylic on wood
$72 including shipping in the USA!

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

6/10 Light Breaks Through

It's much cooler here in Minneapolis today- I'm in one of those slumps I fall into occasionally, when I feel "at loose end" because I don't have every minute scheduled. I am often too busy, but I have found that being busy means I get things done. This week, I am finding stretches of time where I don't know what to do with myself. I don't mean that there aren't things I SHOULD be doing- there's always toilets to be cleaned and windows to be washed and cupboards to be cleared out, but I sit with this expanse of art-fair-less summer in front of me, and I'm slightly stunned.
I'm also trying to frame a new Advanced Painting Cohort/Buddy/Critique Series of Lessons, and I'm possibly procrastinating...
One thought I've had is to open an Etsy shop of some of my smaller work and post those at a bit of a discount since those are what I usually sell the most of at my events..
Anyway, this is from a swampy area outside of Duluth, and made me think of Tom Thomson...
14x18 acrylic on canvas
usually $504 but now

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

6/9 Through the Trees

Yes, I can't stop painting this scene.  I swear I'm going to paint some Lake Hiawatha of Nokomis soon, but I'm just still a bit in need of that familiar grey/purple/pink pallet...

I am looking for dogs for my "30 Dogs in 30 Days" Daily Painting Project this July!  Send them in and spread the word, please!

And keep looking for volunteer opportunities in your area!  If you are in the twin cities, here is a list of things you can do to help-  I am planning on going over to the Greater Friendship Church today because we live up the block from them- it's been hard to feel connected with the Covid distance, and these ideas can help.
6x9 acrylic on wood

Monday, June 8, 2020

Cold Shoulder

When someone walks away from you, they do often take something with them.  This one is a bigger one, and in that long format that I've been loving.  I kinda wanna paint some peonys in this format...  not that peonys are anything like a wolf...
I have long said how much I appreciate the hind quarters of dogs, and wolves fall into that category as well. Tail, hocks, ankles, so many lovely angles!
12x36 acrylic on canvas

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Sidewalk Chalk Blessings...

It's been a bit tricky trying to paint with feeling like I should be doing something bigger, like volunteering and donating and getting groceries to people. And it's also been a bit traumatic, waiting to see what else might happen.  I was honestly afraid this weekend would be like last weekend, with sirens and racing cars and fires and gunshots, but it's been amazingly peaceful, with a giant Rose moon.
I drew chalk hearts in front of our house and our neighbor's houses up and down our block on Friday. I needed to do someting creative and was having a hard time settling on anything, but these felt so good. They felt like a spell or a wish or a blessing... protection, of love...
And then I was able to paint during our FFPP Zoom meeting, which went longer than expectd and had participants from 4 different states- I love community, no matter what form it takes!
This is one of the paintings.

6x12 acrylic on wood
click here to purchase~

Thursday, June 4, 2020

June 4th, We are Okay, and "Line Dance"

Hi everyone, from South Minneapolis!

I wanted to let you know that so far, my family and I are just fine, and my studio in the Ivy Building is also just fine. Thank you so much for all your concern and for reaching out to me. There is so much that needs to be done in our city and our nation and our world, I hope you are finding ways to feel connected and useful at this anxious time.

I want to have a First Friday Painting Party Zoom tomorrow evening, not that it is time for a party but it IS the First Friday and I need to paint.  I haven't been able to for over a week now, and I'm hoping to get some painting in tonight maybe, and tomorrow too...
here's the Zoom info-

Meeting ID: 858 9614 6718
Password: 485053

I'm reposting some of the paintings I've brought home from the studio because they are my favs and I wanted them to be safe.
Today's painting is "Line Dance"- it is 6x6 and acrylic and one of my otters!  It's a good one, and I'm pricing these at 20 percent off the original price of $75 (not including tax and shipping though I am happy to do curbside pick-up/drop-off!) so just $60!  

Thursday, May 28, 2020

3/28 A Moose on Red

I've been to the studio a few days ago, earlier on Monday. I have a number of paintings there that I was saving for events and fairs, because they are smaller ones and ones I personally really love.

A moose~
8x8 acrylic on wood

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

3/26 Standing Wild

I'm in a bit of shock, and tears, and anger, and trying to breathe in peace and calm. A man was killed by a cop last night ten blocks north of us, and there's been protests down our street all afternoon. We went out in solidarity for a while.
Tensions are high. There's a severe storm right now-
Here is a wolf-
I actually feel better looking at this one.
12x6 acrylic on canvas
Much love to you all~

Monday, May 25, 2020

3/25 Moody Blues

I missed a couple days there- got sucked up in "relaxin'" and in sewing a new pair of pants, "trousers" says my sis who lived in Britain for quite a time...  I also made a couple more masks using one layer of cotton and two layers of silk- these are a bit more comfy than I'd expected and I can wear them for longer too.  The trousers are not quite what I had been hoping... it's my 4th pair that I've made from the Arenite Pants Pattern I got on-line from Instagrammer Sew Liberated- I made a black linen pair, a blue linen pair, a black silk pair, and the ones I just finished are a cotton/silk blend that appears to be a little stiffer than I'd wanted. And somehow on me they aren't high-waisted... I modify the pockets too because I want them deeper~ I love pockets...
And here is another version of that lovely lake I love so well- I'm really grooving on the grey right now.  I was over at the studio earlier and it was raining (kinda like now) and I could hear it on the roof because my studio is on the top floor and it was just so cozy, comfy, quiet, calm, and that's the color I'm going for here...
6x12 acrylic on canvas

And here's my newest pants...

and here's my blue linen ones- with an antler button on the pocket!
I put belt loops on this pair, and they look good with a belt~ I helped dig a pole out yesterday in my black linen ones...

Friday, May 22, 2020

5/22 Puddle in Pink

A vertical version of Artist's Point- those wonderful murky moody clouds and the entire atmosphere just feels rich to me. There is a glow in the pools left from the crashing waves- I see purples and pinks- and I struggled a bit with the lower pool, which was reading darker and less reflective. I'm liking the rust colors with a bit of light to pull them up.
6x12 acrylic on canvas

Thursday, May 21, 2020

5/21 Northern Stone Shore

Okay, here's another one I've been wanting to paint for a while! It's that place I love so much- and dang, it is fun to try to figure out these colors. There are more than you'd think- browns, reds, purples, blues, greys, pale green...  Lovely.
I'm pretty pleased as well about the water- it is so elusive. How do you show something nebulous, clear, invisible?
It is so darn interesting!

14x18 acrylic on canvas
$485 (usually $504)

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

5/20 Web Tree Golden

It's been a busy day here in beautiful South Minneapolis!  I've managed to get to my studio to start doing some spring cleaning there, and some organizing and some hanging of new work on my walls. It always helps me to live with my work for a while, and I have not had the time or space to be at my studio for the past two months, so this was a treat.
And so I have another negative space tree for sale for a super deal, because I didn't get painting done but I did get organizing done!  This was for a demo and I'd be happy to have you have it so I'm selling it for $25!
Jump on now to get it!
6x8 acrylic on canvas board

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

5/19 Evening Light

In the evening, the light changes how every object looks. These trees were glowing and I couldn't resist.
6x6 acrylic on wood

Monday, May 18, 2020

5/18 Spackled

I know you're gonna tell me it's suppose to be speckled light, or spattered, or sprinkled...  but I like spackled! This light is just a little sharper and fiercer there, by Lake Hiawatha, on a spring morning in May.
This one is acrylic on black, working from the same photos as the two oils from yesterday, and a little smaller, just to see what the difference is.  I'm slowly playing back into oils, but my favorite is still acrylic. I've got some I'm itching to do on black, with oil, just to see how that rolls!
8x10 acrylic on wood
I think it's pretty awesome!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

5/17 Spring Trees

more trees blooming for you!
11x14 oil on wood

5/16 Hiawatha Trees

I honestly don't know what these are... I love them, they are so wonderfully TREE-Y, with their lovely tall trunks and winding whipply branches and budding pops of leaves and the sound they let the wind make in their branches...

Aren't they the best?  A kindly crowd, creating safe spaces for birds and humans, adding freshness to the air, and coolness to the breeze~

Dang, I'm poetical today!

And I've got a couple other versions of this same scene- this one is in oil~
11x14 oil on wood

Thursday, May 14, 2020

3/14 High Bridge, Spring Evening

My sister (the one that doesn't live in Costa Rica) has a lovely old house near Cherokee Park in West St Paul, not far from the high bridge, and we went walking over it the other night.  It was lovely, I was late-ish, though I don't think we had an exact time in mind.  I'd stopped at my brother's house to drop off a flowering pot for my sister-in-law from my mom for Mother's Day, and then I stopped at another house to pick up a garage shelf (in the box so not too big) that my sister found on Craig's List. There were a lot of people out walking, and I was almost the only one wearing a mask...
I love the high bridge-  it has some really wide views of downtown St. Paul and the Mississippi River, and a fun little dog park where you can watch the dogs interact from above, like a hovering angel...
9x12 acrylic on wood

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

5/13 Early Morning On The Lakeshore

Of course, you know what lake I'm talking about, right? Lake Superior, that would be it~ I had some struggles with this one- it's one where I loved the photo and wanted to try to emulate it, and I've been wrestling with the values... I think I have it now-
There's also the wonderful light on the water, figuring out how to do that- how much light do you have at sunrise?  Isn't it less than we have at sunset?  I think so~

18x36 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
and I can always set up a payment plan as well, with NO INTEREST!

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

5/12 Dining Duo

This is the second version of the cute kitties~ I wanted to crop ti to a square format to get closer to the negative space twixt their heads...
12x12 acrylic on wood

Sunday, May 10, 2020

5/10 First Solids

Yes, two of the four kitties are eating their first solids in this painting.  Aren't they the best?  Again it was the negative space that sucked me in, and those different shades of white...
This is the first version.  I've started on another on a 12x12 so I could crop closer into their faces, but I'm still not sure about that one yet...
9x12 acrylic on panel
$185 (usually $216)

Saturday, May 9, 2020

5/9 Costa Rica Kitty

Yes, I couldn't resist.  Can you?  I mean, her eyes are still blue!  That's how young this little baby is... and she's living with her mommy and three siblings at my sister's flat in Costa Rica.  So they are up for adoption but I'm not sure how you'd go about getting them home to Minnesota...
I loved that little paw raised up and the tiny claws sprawled out- and that cocked head and just everything!  She looks a bit like an elf or a golem or something, but still adorable!
10x10 acrylic on wood

Friday, May 8, 2020

5/8 Winter Island View

This is another Grand Marais Painting.  I would have been there right now, painting in that big, open, airy church up on the hill.
The view is from the beach in front of the East Bay Hotel, and there's still ice on the lake, and it was really cold and somewhat brilliant, and I think it may have been morning...
Last night I was able to Zoom with some of the crew that would've been up there with me, and that felt a little better, and then today I've been painting, and that's the plan for tomorrow too.  I have spent the last 10 or more Mother's Days on the road with my mom, coming home from Grand Marais.
Yup, that's my life!

12x36 acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

5/6 Franklin's Kittens

I'm calling them "Franklin's" because I think it was more HIS idea than my sister Kelli's that they take in the pregnant moma cat and allow her to pop her litter out in their apartment in Costa Rica, where they now have a total of 8 cats and one dog between them, I think...
And so she's been sending us ADORABLE kitten pics and videos, and I finally couldn't resist anymore, so I had to paint this one. And there will be a few more...
Because I can't help it!

10x10 acrylic on wood
FREE SHIPPING on this one (US addresses only)!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

5/5 A Commission

Whew!  It's been another busy day!  Crazy as that may seem- so here is a commission I've been working on~
I'm open for more!

10x10 acrylic on archival panel

Monday, May 4, 2020

5/4 May the 4th, Those Rocks in This Light

I thought maybe that water in the front was too dark but I am loving it!  It has just the right sheen of violet-purple and the murkiness of the colors make it feel as cool and windy as it was that day.  This is a view of some of my favorite rocks and trees in one of my favorite towns, Grand Marais, Mn...
Hope you enjoy it too!
11x14 acrylic on wood
$295 (usually $308)

Sunday, May 3, 2020

5/3 Hiawatha May Morning

From a photo I took this morning with Duane down at Lake Hiawatha.  Today is Mayday, and we would normally be on Powderhorn Lake/Pond right now with the rest of the sunrunners, getting ready to canoe the sun across to the great Mayday Pageant Ceremony...  and we are staying home.  Because that would be safer.  And right now it is making my teeth grind, because I miss everyone and everything about this sacred day... its a big throbbing ache in my body right now...
SO we had a lovely Zoom brunch today, with some of the usual suspects, and I'm painting at the dining room table, desperately.
Ah well.  Love will last, right?

6x18 acrylic on canvas, 
$195 (usually $216) 

Saturday, May 2, 2020

5/2 Water and Rocks

Still missing Grand Marais...  this is a little one I did, working out how to get the water and the rocks to play together~
That's the sawtooth range in the distance, and the sky was brilliant and low and there was crazy windy waves-  I think I got wet, taking this photo!
It is such an intuitive play, to allow your eye to lead the way and stop your brain from taking over. I love paint!
6x9 acrylic on wood

Thursday, April 30, 2020

4/30 Negative Space Tree in Blue

This is a little painting, and I'll gonna let it go for a little price, so if you are willing to cover shipping and a little more, it's all yours!
6x8 acrylic on canvas panel
shipping and tax INCLUDED (within the US)!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

4/29 Diamond Dog

I've painted a larger version of this one, and still love it! This one is 8x10 on hardboard panel, and can be yours!
Darn it-  Max fell on top of my head earlier today, getting out of a weeping willow by the lake, and my glasses got bent and now I'm having trouble with my vision... ack.  Lovely~
8x10 acrylic on wood