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December 30, 2007

Happy birthday, Happy New Year daily painting


A birthday cake in honor of Micah (Daily Painters Gallery founder) whose birthday is today. Happy Birthday Micah.
And as we prepare to welcome the new year, I hope your year will be filled with much joy and all things wonderful.

Happy Birthday Cupcake
6x8 oil on canvas panel
SOLD

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©2007 Deb Kirkeeide. All rights reserved.

December 27, 2007

Sun in a Vase




I've been tagged!
Actually I have been tagged twice, so I will mention both taggers. First I was tagged by Brendy Vaughn and I have been so slow in answering that I have been tagged a second time by Diane Whitehead. So here goes.....

THE RULES:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog

Some fun facts about me

1. My oldest daughter will soon be turning thirty which I find pretty amazing since I am only 39....:)

2. I used to design "Santa Lands" and decor for shopping malls across the country.

3. I have credits on two movies - one for designing the credits.

4. When I was twelve I spent 6 weeks in the hospital and 6 weeks recovering at home due to a collision with a small tree while sledding. Lessons learned....don't sled around trees and 12 weeks of school can be made up in 3 weeks.

5. I still hold the title for Women's high average and high series for bowling in the annual post house Bowl-a-Rama. WooHoo!

I would like to tag these artists
Liza Hirst
Neda Doany
Heidi Mallot
Sue O'Kieffe
Debbie Lincoln

Sun In A Vase
18 x 24 Oil on gallery wrapped canvas
$750 + $20 S/H

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©2007 Deb Kirkeeide. All rights reserved.

December 22, 2007

Winter Solstice - landscape


Today is winter solstice. A time that has long been celebrated as the birth of the sun, of light, of life. We have reached that turning point where our daylight hours will grow longer and I'm always in favor of more daylight.

Alyson Stanfield recently talked about celebrating our accomplishments for the year. Designating a special time to acknowledge all that we have done that has moved us forward. She had some good reminders to ask ourselves as artists what we have accomplished this past year. It came at a good time for me as I sometimes think my path as an artist seems very slow at timesand get frustrated at what seems like its snail's pace. I feel very much the late bloomer and more like a sophomore in my learning progression in regards to being an artist.

When I sat down and started listing all that I had accomplished this year I indeed had much to celebrate. My list was long - but in abbreviated form here goes - I started my website, my blog, became an artist in Daily Painters Gallery, I started selling my work - have sold 17 paintings so far, I got my business cards printed, finally wrote my bio and statement, have painted well over a hundred paintings, attended a weeklong plein air workshop - paid for it with sales from my art, met a wonderful online community of artists, one group show, one juried show, started talking about myself as an artist to others, have dicovered many new artitsts, have taken two classes - on marketing my art and becoming more organized for my business...just to list a few ....And I have done all this on top of my full time job as a designer. So yes I have accomplished much and I have much more to come and have many goals and ideas for the upcoming year. So, here I am, celebrating and doing my happy dance!

In many ways it seems like Winter Solstice would be the logical time for the new year to start. We have reached that turning point in the season where the sun will grow stronger, warmer, bringing the promise and hope of spring and summer after winding down the previous years cycle of seasons and life. A time for transformation and renewal - it just seems fitting. To all of you that I have met along the way, who have honored me with your comments, friendships and knowledge, have added my paintings to your collections and have supported me on this journey - I thank you from the bottom of my heart and wish you all good things. May your days be merry and bright!

Winter Solstice is also World Peace Day. Every day should be that.

Winter Solstice
8x6 oil on canvas panel
$145 + $12 SH


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© 2007 Deb Kirkeeide. All rights reserved.

December 19, 2007

First Snow



This is one of those first snows that happen early in the mountains. I personally love it when it snows. The land becomes hushed and so peaceful. Definitely a magical time.

First Snow
8x6 oil on archival panel
$100 + $12 S/H



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December 17, 2007

Mission Carmel Bell Tower



I visited the Mission at Carmel a few years ago and thought it was really a beautiful mission and stone structure. It is very quaint, beautifully restored and has beautiful gardens in the courtyard and is just a nice place to be in. Very peaceful. Which, of course, is common for most places of spiritual worship I would think. There are just areas we find along the way that hold this kind of energy. The places that just feel right and bring a sense of calm with it. Julia Cameron talks about ley lines in her books. Ley lines are characterized by the spiritual sites found along their lengths particularly at their intersections. Often being the location of sacred shrines of many beliefs throughout the ages.
Funny how telling the simple story of a painting of a bell tower can lead to this direction of thought. But then that's where we find our inspiration - in those places where we find our calm and are able to listen.

Carmel Mission Bell Tower
6x8 oil on canvas panel
$145 + $12 S/H


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© 2007 Deb Kirkeeide. All rights reserved.

December 16, 2007

Pear, Persimmon and Pomegranate - Still Life Painting


This painting is similar to an earlier post - Autumn Trio Same trio in a different setting and I have to say they do look nice hanging together!

Pear Persimmon and Pomegranate
12 x 12 oil on stretched canvas
$250 + $15 SH


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December 10, 2007

It's time for mistletoe and holly...daily oil painting



Oh by gosh, by golly....it's time for mistletoe and holly.....I can't help singing this song when I look at this. I bought some holly this weekend. It really is so gorgeous, which is very contradictory to it's prickly leaves. I was painting this and feeling a little underwhelmed with ihow it was turning out, so I decided to try my pallette knife. Something I haven't really tried much for painting, as it feels so awkward. But I ended up having such fun and I really like how it turned out. It was very freeing! Everyone should try it.

Holly
6x8 oil on panel
$100 + $12 SH

December 9, 2007

Visiting Santa



When I was little my Mom would dress us up and we would go downtown to the big department store to see Santa. The line to Santa would wind through this magical fantasy land. Trees with lights, snow on the floor, some elves and reindeer to give the illusion that we were at the North Pole going to see Santa. After we saw Santa we would get to shop for presents in a special kid size store that mom and dad couldn't go in because they were too big. It was all so magical, especially as a kid. Later as an adult I designed these Christmas fantasy lands - designing the theme and decor, creating the animated figures to go into the displays, writing special stories. It was great fun and hard work, but I think it was one of the most satisfying jobs I've had. I miss the simplicity and the magic of this time of year that we carry as a child. I want that magical wonder and anticipation again. To just be good and wake up on Christmas morning and have things magically be there.
This painting is a reminder of one of those magical times.

Visiting Santa
8x8 oil on canvas



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©2007 Deb Kirkeeide. All rights reserved.

December 4, 2007

"Take A Bow" sunflower oil painting



Take A Bow
24 x 18 inches, oil on canvas
sold

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© 2007 Deb Kirkeeide. All rights reserved.

December 2, 2007

Grandfather Tree #5


I have painted this tree several times. I imagine it as one of the oldest trees in my neighborhood thus the name I have given it. I love it's presence. This version is large and there is one thing I notice in painting large is that it seems like a completly different process. Everything is different, the brushstrokes demand more of a sweeping arm movement instead of a movement in the wrist. The brushes react differently and you need to mix more paint. (duh...) Something I kept forgetting to do. So given all that, the result is different than I imagined it would be. At first this bothered me. But as I have lived with this painting trying to decide if I should do more, I realize that's okay. It's how it wants to be painted this time around. It's all part of the learning process. It may not have my usual look, or be what I envisioned at first but it still embodies the essence of that tree and still makes me smile.
Grandfather Tree #5
18 x 36 inches oil on canvas

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©2007 Deb Kirkeeide. All rights reserved.

November 30, 2007

Two for the Storm, Floral Daily Painting


Pretty In Pink 6x8 oil on canvas panel $100 + $12 s/h





Flowers for a Rainy Day 6x8 oil on canvas panel $100 + $12 s/h


We have a winter storm warning coming (so they say) and I posted these two today as a reminder of warmer days. I also posted these to reintroduce them. They were some of my early postings when I think I might have been the only reader. Thank you all who are visiting for the first time and to all of you who keep coming back. I am so happy when you do.

November 27, 2007

"Field Of Gold", Landscape Daily Painting



This is from and earlier plein air study I did this fall. I really like how this one turned out. Simple, clean almost abstract.
I think this would be a nice little surprise from Santa, don't you think???

Field of Gold
6x12 oil on stretched canvas
$150 + $12 USD s/h





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November 25, 2007

Permission To Fail



I had every intention of posting yesterday. I essentially painted two paintings, or I should say the same painting twice. I wiped it twice. Leaving me with nothing to show for my efforts except frustration, and in true dramatic and tortured artist form, doubting my pursuit of being an artist.

I sometimes wonder what happens in those moments when a painting just refuses to be painted. Looking back at my subject matter I realized it just wasn't my normal choice of perspective or composition and I wonder too if that was a factor. I suppose there are many factors that could come into play that would help justify my failure to produce a painting I was happy with.

This morning, by chance, I read a timely excerpt from the book "What We Ache For" by Oriah Mountain Dreamer In essence, we do the work. Every day. As much as possible. We learn by doing and that often times means failing. We have to be willing to fail and accept that we will fail. We need to keep at it, keep doing the work and the brilliance will emerge. If we quit, we will never find that brilliance. It's easy to give up in our frustration but as artists we know we thrive on coming to the canvas picking up the brush and we can't stay away.

So this morning after reading, taking a walk to connect to my inspiration, choosing another subject and giving myself permission to fail, I painted. And it went much more smoothly.

Tulips
6x8 oil on canvas panel
$100 + $12 s/h



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November 23, 2007

"First Impression" Sonoma Valley landscape



This painting is of my first impression of wine country in Sonoma Valley in California. We had been driving for quite a while and came upon this beautiful view overlooking my first glimpse of a vineyard. I remember being so excited and wondering if maybe this is what the vineyards in Italy looked like. That was years ago and I still don't have that answer, but someday, then I will have paintings of vineyards in Italy to show you.


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November 19, 2007

Memories of Summer, floral still life



With winter upon us this little bouquet is a reminder of warm sunny summer days.
Memories of Summer
8x8 oil on gallery wrapped canvas
SOLD



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November 14, 2007

"Raven Steals the Sun"



According to a Haida in the beginning the world was in total darkness.

The Raven, who had existed from the beginning of time, was tired of groping about and bumping into things in the dark.

Eventually the Raven came upon the home of an old man who lived alone with his daughter. Through his slyness, the Raven learned that the old man had a great treasure. This was all the light in the universe, contained in a tiny box concealed within many boxes.

At once the Raven vowed to steal the light.

Somehow this painting just evolved into this story even though it didn't start out that way. It is a story that I will most likely explore more through painting in the future.

You can find the rest of the story here

Raven Steals the Sun
9x12 oil on canvas
SOLD


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November 13, 2007

Golden Morning at the 7D



This was on one of those mornings at the ranch when the sun enriched everything with its golden light.

Golden Morning at the 7D
8x8 oil on canvas
$120 - includes S/H




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November 12, 2007

Lily White



Yes, it is another lily. Another white lily. I had started this a while ago and had to step away from the painting for a while. I stepped back and finally finished it.

Lily White
8 x 8 oil on canvas
$120.00



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November 11, 2007

Yellow Pom Poms - Daily Painting



These flowers remind me of pom poms. Anybody have a cheer? I'm not sure what these are but they remind of sunflowers gone wild.

SOLD
Yellow Pom Poms
6 x 8 oil on canvas board
$100 + $12 s/h


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November 7, 2007

Minnehaha Creek in Early Fall daily painting



This is another version of the creek in early fall with the colors starting to change. I really like this spot on the bridge overlooking the creek. Might have to continue the series into the winter at some point.

Minnehaha Creek in Early Fall
8x6 oil on canvas panel
$100.00 + $12 s/h




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Persimmon Pair Daily Painting Still Life



I found these at the grocery store and bought them more for their subject value than the nutritional. We did however try one after I painted their portrait. It was good but somewhat bland. I don't know if that's the norm. Their looks are not bland though, I like the colors in this one, the orange of the fruit, the greens in the leaves and the teals in the cloth they sit upon. Yummy!

Persimmon Pair
8 x 8 oil on canvas
$125 + $12 s/h

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©2007 Deb Kirkeeide. All rights reserved.

November 5, 2007

Flowering Kale



"Flowering Kale"
8 x 8 oil on canvas
$125 + $12 s/h

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©2007 Deb Kirkeeide. All rights reserved.

October 30, 2007

"Happy Days" sunflower painting



This one just makes me smile. It looks so happy.

Happy Days
8 x 8, oil on canvas


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October 28, 2007

Turnip Still Life



There's something about this painting that feels very classical to me. I'm not sure what it is exactly but it is one of those paintings of food that I expect to see on the Cook's Illustrated Magazine cover. It is one of my favorites - the painting, that is.

Turnip Still Life
6"x8" oil on canvas panel
$100 + $12 shipping in US





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October 25, 2007

Spider Mum



The spider man theme song keeps running through my head when I look at this....spider mum, spider mum...

Spider Mum
6x8 oil on canvas panel
$100 + $10 shipping

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October 24, 2007

"Autumn Sun" Sunflower Original Oil Painting



Another one of my sunflowers. These are so much fun to paint. Used a little different color palette this time which gives it more of a fall feeling.

Autumn Sun
6x8 oil on canvas panel


Please send me a message if you are interested in this or any other paintings. kirkeeide@mac.com

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©2007 Deb Kirkeeide. All rights reserved.

October 23, 2007

Autumn Trio - still life daily painting



So a pear, persimmon and pomegranite walk into a bar and the pomegranite says to the pear.....
Okay, I really don't know where I was going with that but these guys just look like they arrived somewhere. I'll leave it to you to come up with a story.
I do however,like this study of shapes and color. And it would look wonderful, framed and hanging on your wall!

Autumn Trio
12 x 12 oil on stretched canvas
$250 + $15 shipping in US



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October 20, 2007

Safflower Daily Painting still life



Here's another version of a safflower. I really like the color harmony on this one and am pretty pleased with the results.
I went out today with intentions of painting outdoors. After having only two non rainy days this month you have to take advantage. While I did enjoy the day and really did paint, you will never see the results. I wiped it 4 times with nothing to show! It amazes me how I can produce one so effortlessly one day and the next it is like I have never picked up a brush before. I guess that tree was not in the cards! At least not today. What can you do?

Safflower 2
8x8 oil in stretched canvas
$125 + $12 shipping in US



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October 19, 2007

White Pumpkin Still Life Daily Painting



Another study of this white pumpkin with a different color pallete. I like this one even more.

White Pumpkin
8x8 oil on stretched canvas
SOLD

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October 18, 2007

Designer Pumpkin



This is one of those white designer pumpkins first introduced by Martha Stewart a few years ago. Okay, I'm just making that up. But the first time I saw one was in her magazine. I do really like these creamy white pumpkins, they appeal to my sense of anything interesting.

Designer Pumpkin
6x8 oil on canvas panel
$100 + $10 shipping

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October 14, 2007

Mid October en Plein Air in Bakers Park



I spent the afternoon yesterday with good friend and artist Kristin Grevich painting in Bakers Park in Medina MN. It was the perfect October day. I don't think there's anything better than being outside on those perfect days, connecting with and painting the beauty of nature. This is looking out across a very large marshland just as the sun was getting low and starting to fade. You have to work quickly to paint outdoors anywyas in order to capture the changing light but this meant being even more efficient since it was changing by the minute.

October Afternoon
6 x 8 oil plein air painting on board
$100 + $10 shipping US



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October 9, 2007

Gracie



Gracie is the newest member of the family. My daughter's new Jack Russell puppy. I have not met Gracie yet, but I hear she's a feisty one. This one's for you Krista. Happy puppy!

Gracie
8 x 6 oil
SOLD

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October 8, 2007

A Bend in the River



Another from my Wyoming trip. For this one we traveled up the canyon several miles to a spot near the bend in the river. This is such an incredibly beautiful area of the country. Everywhere you look there is an incredible view. If you like that sort of thing.

A Bend in the River
6 x 8 oil on canvas panel
$100 + $10 shipping in US



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