November 18, 2014

Checkmate - original Raven painting by Deb Kirkeeide

6x6 Oil on Linen

I had this idea to try for an encaustic piece and decided to try working it out on a small scale. In oils. Not sure why I chose that route - maybe it's comfort level. I've also started the encaustic and have found to a lot harder to control than I thought. I will post that at a later date, when I finish it.

I like how this little one turned out. I have no idea why I chose the checkered background. It would be intriguing if I had some deep, mysterious subconscious statement I was trying to make. Most likely I just saw one somewhere and thought it would be fun to try. I may try more.

November 17, 2014

Single Lady

Single Lady
6x6 Oil
©2014 Deb Kirkeeide

Seeing as Minnesota has been fast forwarded into winter in January... this may be a little wistful thinking back to summer when it was warm. And flowers bloomed and added color to the landscape outside my windows.

November 14, 2014

The Remains of Autumn

The Remnants of Autumn
6 x 8 Oil on Arches Paper
©2014 Deb Kirkeeide

This is a little plein air from last Autumn that I forgot to post. I was with  Kristin Grevich at her cabin in Grand Rapids, MN. We decided to paint. Mother Nature decided to rain. So we stood inside her boathouse/cabin studio and painted looking out through the large sliding doors. 

I love how each plein air painting triggers such vivid memories of time past. More than any other activity, I remember each location the weather and the company shared. Always a good time!

October 21, 2014

Show Off - peacock painting

Show Off
6x6 Oil/Linen
©2014 Deb Kirkeeide

Male peacocks are amazing. And quite the showoffs. On a visit to an aviary I came across a male peacock casually strolling the grounds. One minute, Mr Cool, quite aloof to his audience. In the next, he was strutting his stuff, in full regalia, seemingly showing off and quite impressed with himself.

This is another little study that may become a larger piece.

October 19, 2014

Two Hens

Two Hens
6 x 6 Oil
©2014 Deb Kirkeeide

A little warm up for a possible larger painting. These two look like they're in quiet pause after running out of conversation. Or maybe just contemplating where in the barnyard  they will go next.

September 24, 2014

Late Summer Blooms - Original floral oil painting

Late Summer Blooms
14 x 11 Oil

A floral bouquet painting celebrating the colors of late summer. I was inspired by an ad, made a trip to Trader Joe's for some flowers and set up the bouquet in my studio to paint as a study. Very loose and impressionistic. I love these colors. It really reflects the colors of the trees right now with bright pops of yellows and oranges against the still green trees.

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September 22, 2014

Max the Cat - Pet portrait

Max the Cat
12 x 9 Oil
©Deb Kirkeeide

This is Max. I was asked by his people to paint this portrait of their beloved cat. He is a handsome fellow isn't he?

In their words: Max was a lap cat and he loved to cuddle. He was very loyal, almost like a dog. He would loved to greet us at the door with tons of meows and head nods. He was very vocal cat. Max loved his food and was so motivated to eat that he would perform tricks for treats. He was a big cat at least until he got older.  He didn't care much about being outside, but he loved to check out little critters and birds through the window. 

I hope this painting will bring them many smiles and happy memories.