Friday, June 11, 2021

And another commission....

 I do have so many paintings that do not get posted here~ some sell before I remember to take a photo, some are painted as part of a series and a new series happens before I get them posted, and sometimes life just gets in the way and I don't get done what I'd intended. Ah well.

This is a sweet kitty painting from one friend to another, and I'm so pleased with these eyes too!

6x6 acrylic on wood

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

June 9th, A Commission!

 I've painted this cat already, but it just didn't look right- as a matter of fact, I tried and tried to fix it, but nothing worked. Thank god my cousin (second cousin actually, but who's counting?) who had asked for it, was honest enough to tell me that it wasn't quite right. Now, I do know that a few people do actually read these posts (thank you! and I'm feeling well, thank you!) and I want to tell you that any artist who creates work for you would prefer to know that you like the work and will be hanging it on your wall and appreciating it for the rest of your life, or until you move and pack it into a box and forget about it for a while, but at any rate you do really LIKE it, or maybe possibly even LOVE it.  What I'm saying is do NOT lie to an artist and tell them their work is great if you really don't think it is. 

We can tell when you aren't telling the truth.  Just like a kid, when you say "oooo, that's a lovely little house" and then they say "it's a rhino." They know you were lying. 

And besides, it helps us to know that our gauge of good and bad is still working.  So. There'e this cat. Who has green eyes. and Really light fur. And I'm trying to paint him on black. Which is really difficult.

SO, I decide to paint him on raw wood instead after sealing it of course because I am not a newbie.

I like this version better. I may go back into those eyes yet, because they are amazing, but I'm not sure they are done yet.

This is one of the best parts of my job- getting to live with the art! And this one is a delight~

thank you Elizabeth!

8x10 acrylic on raw (sealed) wood

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

June 8th, South Shore More

 Here's another plain air I painted a week ago, up in Herbster.... how can you not love that name?!  I suppose I should look into it a bit more and see what it actually means...  or whose name it is..

Anyway, it's another one I had fun with, and I'm happy to have painted it!  And I'll post those commissions I worked on in my hospital room over the weekend soon too~ really, it was somewhat of a big deal, I suppose, to have been in the ER and two nights in the hospital, and I'm going to see my Doc on Thursday to check my sodium levels again to make sure I'm okay, but I felt fine the next morning and was sure I'd be allowed to leave, and when they said I had to stay another night, oooooo... that was sad. But I already talked about all that. 

I think what I find the most valuable in this lesson is that when I felt like I was ME, I was fine, even if I had to stay another day. It was Saturday night when I didn't feel at all like me, that was hard. I don't like not feeling like me.

And painting is a part of that! 

So is laughing, and silliness- so here is a joke for you! This made me laugh out loud-

Knock Knock.

Who's there?

Control Freak. Now you say "Control Freak Who?"

6x12 acrylic on wood

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Wolf Winter Light

I've been wanting to paint this wolf since we took the photo last March I think it was? Maybe February, before lock-down started, and we went on a family jaunt to the MN Zoo, and went along the Minnesota Trail which is where I get most of my wildlife photos, and Duane takes the best ones. It's the light in this one, and that one foot, just slightly uplifted... It was such a joy to paint.

And I wanted to say thank you to everyone who came out into the heat yesterday to see us at Dock6 Pottery!  It was actually really fun to see people and to get set up together as a family, and we did well at the sale, despite the excruciating heat. One the down side, I am at Abbott Hospital for observation after experiencing some scary and strange symptoms yesterday after we took down the event and Duane and I figured it was Heat Exhaustion so he took me to the ER and they've been very kind and pumping me full of sodium and phosphates and I've been bored silly so Duane brought me my laptop and my paints and I've been working from my room here. Kinda a mini-vacation, I suppose...  Do just make sure you are taking care of yourself in the hot hot days. I've been amazed at how serious they say this could have been...  and I was drinking water all day yesterday!  I just didn't eat enough...  And I'm fine now!  I'll be home tomorrow!

20x20 acrylic on canvas

Friday, June 4, 2021

Morning Clouds Over Superior

SO we are getting really excited and geared up for our Family Pop-Up-Art-Shop tomorrow at Dock6 Pottery!!!  I do hope you are able to swing by!  We'll be there from 10-3pm, Duane and Maxie and Me!

I'll have this painting along as well, though if you really love it you could buy it now and beat the rush!

I'm particularly in love with the purples and yellows in this one- that was an amazing morning, back in March! what an incredible lake~

6x12 acrylic on wood

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Minnehaha Creek with Blue

So, yes, there is a blue version as well.  I'm not sure anyone other than me would know what I see but this is it~

Minnehaha Creek, and there's these bits of blue---- do you see them?

Another plein air one!

8x10 acrylic on wood

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Minnehaha Creek With Pink

 I thought maybe you'd enjoy seeing another bit of Minnesota water... this is Minnehaha Creek, right where Nokomis Ave crosses it, and where I really enjoy sitting and painting the water. I'll have this one with me at Dock6 Pottery this weekend for their first Pop-Up Art-Shop!  4206 East 34th Street, right across from Turtle Bread~

We'll be there, all of us, me and Duane and Max, this Saturday June 5th from 10 to 3, selling our wares!  Come buy something and squirt us with water- it's gonna be a hot one!

Isn't water an amazing element?

Or you can buy this one now and I'll mail it to you!

8x10 acrylic on panel

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

June 1, South Shore View

 This is another plein air I painted in Herbster this weekend- dang! Itt was just such a treat!  And I'll be painting a few more of the kayak trip in the slough... which I do not know how to pronounce... I'm wondering if it is related to the work Loch at all... hmm

Anyway, I like this one.  I'm going to make it an auction, just for some more fun!  Hey!

6x12 acrylic on wood
$45 starting bid!