September 14, 2014

Lavender Bee - painting by Deb Kirkeeide

Lavender Bee
8 x 6 Oil
©2014 Deb Kirkeeide

My friend and fellow artist, Nora Wildgen White has recently taken up the Green Sword in protecting our pollinators. In fact, she's got a swell website where you can download a free poster and find lots of great resources for protecting our pollinators future. I know I'm more informed and inspired by her passion. Check it out! Get a free poster and learn how you can help!

June 29, 2014

Silent Wisdom - Orignal wildlife painting by Deb Kirkeeide

Silent Wisdom
18 x 18 Oil
©2014 Deb Kirkeeide

This is a larger version of a  6 x 8 owl painting I did late last fall.  I am really happy with how this turned out and it looks even more dynamic in person.

June 25, 2014

Floral Fantasy

Floral Fantasy
12 x 16 Oil
©2014 Deb Kirkeeide

Something a little different than my usual subjects.

Over the years these recurring visions combining women and nature keep showing up in my sketches. As of yet I've not quite figured out my approach to them. What I see in my mind's eye is not what lands on the canvas and because painting figurative is not in my comfort zone it takes me forever to get something I'm somewhat happy with. Consequently I spend a lot of time painting, wiping and repainting! But the only way to get comfortable is to keep pushing and trying new techniques and approaches. As frustrated as I get and think I should paint some other things in between I find I am obsessed  with trying to get these to canvas. Evidently these ladies need to be revealed.

So, this is a start. I'm obsessed lately with over exaggerated nature elements and big fantastical hair of various hues.  She may turn up again as I work out different techniques.

May 29, 2014

Henny Penny - Hen painting

Henny Penny
8x8x1.5 oil on cradled hardboard

For lack of a better title, all that comes to mind is Henny Penny. Maybe Turkey Lurkey will join her some day. Come to think of it, I did have a wild urban turkey pass through my yard not long ago.

Henny is not a bird in my backyard but if I were so inclined she might be. I love the idea of fresh eggs and small urban "farms." but I have concluded that I am not cut out for that sort of commitment.
So I will advocate and cheer on all those who do!

May 18, 2014

Goldfinch - Birds in the Backyard Series - original oil painting by Deb Kirkeeide

6x6 Oil on Cradleboard

©2014 Deb Kirkeeide

Another visitor from the backyard.

May 15, 2014

My Little Chickadee - Birds in the Backyard Series - original oil painitng by Deb Kirkeeide

My Little Chickadee  
Oil on wood  6x6  

©2014 Deb Kirkeeide

It's been a long time comin'.....
that Crosby Stills and Nash song is playing in my head.

Painting and inspiration has been pretty scarce this year but I can feel it starting to bubble up to the surface and I am feeling inspired and excited to paint again! 

Now to shake the dust off those brushes and work the kinks out - it always seems to feel a bit daunting after a long time away.