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.
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...
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.
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!
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!
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!
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~
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...
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~
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...
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!
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!
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!
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!
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?
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!