June 26, 2016

Lantana Duet - Original Floral Oil Painting Deb Kirkeeide

Lantana Duet 6x6 Oil ©2016 Deb Kirkeeide
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Summer has arrived and with it I have resolved to get more plein air practice in. I'm starting out with some studies of my planters of flowers. I have no excuses when it is so easy to step out the door, onto my deck and paint away.  Now let's see if I can maintain this practice on a somewhat regular basis!

Happy summer everyone!

April 29, 2016

"Violet" Fox Wildlife Painting Mn Artist Deb Kirkeeide

8x8 Oil on hardboard panel
©2016 Deb Kirkeeide
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Whew! It's been a crazy month and a long time since posting. And what better antidote to the crazies than color! This combination of purple and orange makes me happy and inspired - so inspired I'm doing a whole series of these bright color combos. More to come!
And speaking of fox(es)... I have three that are on their way to True North Gallery in South Hamilton, Massachusetts for the upcoming "Outfoxed!" Show. It looks like a great show so if you are in the area stop in. the show opens April 30.

April 17, 2016

Lucille Is Just Passin' Through - White Chicken Orginal Oil Painting by Minnesota Artist Deb Kirkeeide

Lucille Is Just Passin Through
12 x 16  Oil on Hardboard Panel
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©2016 Deb Kirkeeide

It's spring! Here in Minnesota it arrived about 6 weeks ahead of schedule and at the moment it feels more like summer. But Mother Nature in all her unpredictable glory, likes to keep us on our toes!
I do love hearing the birds again in the morning and the spring peepers in the evenings. 

Spring has brought lots of change and several shows and events. If you are in Massachusetts, South Hamilton to be exact, I have three paintings in True North's Gallery's Outfoxed show. I also have a selection of spring birds at the gallery as well.

 For anyone in Minnesota, there is a great show at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts called Menagerie. I have several pieces in this as well. It's a wonderfully curated show with a lot of diversity and interpretations of animals in art.

And in two weeks I will be part of the Lake Minnetonka Studio Tour. If you are in the area, stop by!

March 1, 2016

Autumn View - Autumn Landscape by Deb Kirkeeide

Autumn View
8x6 Oil on panel
©2016 Deb Kirkeeide

I'm a little behind in posting.

Back in Autumn, I painted this little view from my studio window. I took artistic license and removed the house in the background, as in my imagination, I live in a more rural area.

And while I'm imagining, I may paint in a lake next time.

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February 28, 2016

Spring Rabbit - Oil Painting by Deb Kirkeeide

 Spring Rabbit
10x10x1.75 Oil
©Deb Kirkeeide

Our recent warm weather, here in the north-land, teases us with the promise of spring. I've seen my resident bunny, robins and cardinals, and a few hardy souls in short sleeves and shorts. We are a hardy bunch up here in Minnesota!

That was Saturday. 
Sunday it snowed.

With spring comes hope and a promise of brighter days. I'm holding onto that, as life has been turned upside down a bit and demanded my attention away from painting.  But life goes on and I've got shows to prepare for. Can't stay away too long - I just have to increase my juggling skills.

February 1, 2016

Song Dog - Coyote Wildlife Painting - MN Artist Deb Kirkeeide

Song Dog
6x6x.5  Oil on cradled board
©2016 Deb Kirkeeide

Coyote, much like the raven,  often symbolizes the trickster or joker. However, its symbolism is associated with a deep magic of life and creation. It can be considered as having the following meanings:
  • Jokester
  • Adaptability
  • Reveal the truth behind illusion and chaos
  • Playfulness
  • Paradoxical nature, personality difficult to categorize
  • Beware of the dark side of things and play on your resources

I often hear the coyotes residing in my urban setting. They sing in chorus with a siren screaming in the distance. And I have upon occasion seen one in my yard, but only a couple times in the 12 years I have been here.  

January 27, 2016

Winter Shadows Abstract Winter Landscape Deb Kirkeeide

Winter Shadows
8x6 Oil on panel
©2016 Deb Kirkeeide

Does it count as plein air when it is painted from my window?
How about if I paint with the windows thrown wide open?

This was painted from my studio window during one our recent plunges into the deep freeze this winter. I admit it, I am not a hardy, do or die for my art, type of plein air painter. But I sure do admire those who are dedicated to painting in our Minnesota winters.

This is a bit different in style for me and I like this one.

I was painting at my easel and the winter shadows caught my eye, so I quickly tried to lay down the foundations as the light changed faster than I could mix the paint. I decided I liked the simplicity and spontaneity of it and let it be.

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