September 15, 2015

Barn Owl In Flight - original painting by Deb Kirkeeide

Barn Owl In Flight
6x6x1.5 Oil on Cradled Hardboard

©2015 Deb Kirkeeide

I love this little painting! This is one of those paintings that when I get done and take a closer look, I wonder how I did that!  I especially love the color palette with the soft grays and warm tones. 

This one may reincarnate in a larger version. Though I'm sure it won't look the same!

September 13, 2015

He's So Vain - Peacock Paintng by Deb Kirkeeide

He's So Vain
8x8 Oil on Gesso Panel
©2015 Deb Kirkeeide. 

While in Salt Lake City recently, I spent some time at the Tracy Aviary getting my bird fix.
As we walked the grounds, we crossed paths with this roaming peacock. He really did seem to give the impression that he knew he was really quite stunning. 

If you are ever in the SLC area be sure to check the aviary out. It's really quite nice and informative.

September 3, 2015

Hill Crest - Landscape Southern MN Plein Air

Hill Crest
6x8 oil on linen panel
$165 purchase here

©2015 Deb Kirkeeide

This is another painting from my outing in July. As you can see Minnesota is very green in the summer! I sometimes long for the colors of the west with it's multitude of colors but I confess after spending time in Utah recently with it's dry and very hot conditions, I was happy to see the greens and the multitude of lakes and trees  as we descended into Minneapolis. 

I do love this state.

August 30, 2015

Pastoral Poetry - Southern Minnesota Landscape En Plein Air

Pastoral Poetry
6x8 Oil
©2015 Deb Kirkeeide

A little plein air piece I did back in July just southwest of Minneapolis.

I always find I have good intentions to get out and do more plein air painting. I however, have discovered I am a fair weather  painter. Literally! too hot? Too cold? Too buggy? Nope. I need it just right! Unless I can find a partner in crime to nudge me out the door!

I love getting out. There's nothing better than being outdoors and absorbing all the sights and sounds of the location. Maybe that's why, with every painting, I vividly remember the details of the day. Who I was with, conversations, the farmer bailing the hay from the field on the left, scouting for a location, the weather and the champagne we drank! It's incredible.

On this day I was with a good friend on the fourth of July. I visited her new home and we set out to explore this new area. We saw lots of beautiful scenes to paint but could not find a place to pull off.
We decided we should advocate the state to provide turn outs along the roads so plein air painters have access to be able to paint all our beautiful vistas!

August 27, 2015

Owl Capone - Owl painting by Deb Kirkeeide

Owl Capone
10x10x1.5 Oil on cradled hardwood

He kind of looks like a little mobster doesn't he? 

This is another version of that other little owl on green. I went with a warmer palette and it fits in nicely with my current anticipation of Autumn. Our cooler temps and crisp nights this past week have fooled me into thinking it is time for sweaters and soup! And though it may be early, I have noticed a few spots of color on some of the Maples around the neighborhood!
Happy Friday everyone, have a great weekend!

August 23, 2015

Field of Gold - Wildlife Elk painting

Field of Gold
15 x 21 Oil
©2015 Deb Kirkeeide

Expanding my horizons beyond the birds. I have so many interests, it's hard to decide where to put my focus!

I love Elk.  And I would love to paint more. They are so majestic and beautiful. I wish they thrived here in Minnesota. (Or that I could spend some time out west observing them!)

This was an exercise in experimentation with textures and tools and even as I look at this I have another thought to add to it. So, I'm not sure if it is truly finished. I will sit with this for now but don't be surprised if it shows up slightly different.

August 17, 2015

Walk This Way - Raven painting by Deb Kirkeeide

Walk This Way   8x8 Oil  $185 purchase here
©2015 Deb Kirkeeide

I'm back after some extended travel to Utah, Idaho and the Oregon coast. It was a wonderful trip with my girls and I will share a bit later. I gathered lots of inspiration and am excited to get back in the studio painting.
I started this before I left and didn't get a chance to post it until now. I like this cocky little fellow with his confident swagger. He looks like he's on a mission!