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December 26, 2009

Wufus



This is Wufus. He has his own facebook page and lives happily in Salt Lake City, Utah with his human. Obviously, he is a very happy and extremely loved dog. I've had the pleasure of meeting Wufus (don't you love his name?) and he is a great dog to know.
My daughter commissioned me to paint this to give to her boyfriend for Christmas and now that it has been opened, I can finally post it for you all to see. It was a joy to paint.

Wufus
9x19 Oil on Linen Panel
SOLD

©2009 Deb Kirkeeide. All rights reserved.

December 24, 2009

You Better Watch Out!



This isn't your typical Santa with his turtleneck and goatee - but he's my Santa!
My Santa Daddy, that is. The model for this is my Dad. I always thought he could get a part time gig as Santa during the holidays but he's been happy just being Santa to all of us throughout the years.

I'm hoping the real Santa leaves me a snow free driveway Christmas morning. Phase one of our Christmas storm had me shoveling for a good part of the morning - and then the plow came by and buried the end again with even more - brought a tear to my eye - and not from it's beauty....

I hope you all have a wonderfully peaceful, magical and joy filled Holiday.


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December 20, 2009

Let There Be Light - Winter Solstice


I drive by this area every morning on my way to work and have seen some spectacular sunrises over it. I thought it would make a good winter solstice painting and thought I would go there this morning to capture it. The light was flat this morning and if I had wanted to paint I would have had to plant my self on a snowbank by the road - so I did the next best thing and took a picture and came home to paint. I pretty much made up the lighting in this one. It's not the winter wonderland I remember from the other morning, but I do like it and it's abstract nature.

I'm happy to see Solstice and know the daylight will be getting longer. (can't you tell already?) And I tend think of it as the New Year, which in reality, being the solar new year and all, it is. So why isn't New Years today?

Happy Solstice! Enjoy the light!

Let There Be Light
8x16 Oil on canvas panel

December 17, 2009

Dreaming....of summer days



This is an earlier piece but in light of (or lack of it) winter, I thought I'd bring out a little sunshine and color of summer.

This is one of my favorite paintings. Makes me think I should paint some flowers again - it's been a while.

A Peony for Your Thoughts
12 x12 Oil on Canvas
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December 11, 2009

Hello Kitty


What a nutty week. Work, snow, sub zero craziness. Finally got a chance to paint - My one calm in icy stormy waters.
I don't have a lot to say about this one. I decided to branch out and paint some other types of pets besides dogs. Just a pretty little kitty sitting in the window basking in the sun.

Hello Kitty
8x6 Oil on Linen panel
$135.00 + 10 S/H



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December 6, 2009

Early Fall Minnehaha Creek



I've painted new ones this weekend but I can't show them yet. One is a commissioned gift so I have to wait on that. The other is not quite done, but I will post it soon. A bit different from my usual. But I've enjoyed painting it.

Here's another earlier landscape ready for adoption. This is from a bridge overlooking Minnehaha Creek. It is on a trail near my house so I walk by there often. This flows all the way from Lake Minnetonka, through Minneapolis and to the infamous Minnehaha Falls (well, infamous here, anyway) and into the Mississippi. I've heard people talking about canoeing the creek but I have yet to see enough water in it to get very far without scraping bottom.

Early Fall
8x6 Oil on Canvas Panel
sold


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December 2, 2009

SunLight Basin - Landscape


I'm bringing back some earlier pieces and offering them at some Holiday Prices to help fill your walls! Think of this as my Holiday Art Adoption Event.
This is of Sunlight Basin near Cody, Wyoming. I've always liked this little painting. I love that area and this spot in particular.

Sunlight Basin
6x12 Oil on Canvas
SOLD

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November 30, 2009

Divine



Maybe I should have named this Divine Bliss - she does look a bit blissful.

This painting - or idea has seen MANY incarnations. In fact I have painted and unpainted so many versions of this that I could have a whole choir of angels! I don't know why I wrestled so hard with this one, but this is how she shall remain. I think my problem is that I think I want to be the next Waterhouse or Thayer. I suppose they were painting a bit longer than I have been - so it will have to be a Kirkeeide.

Divine
9x12 Oil on Linen Panel
450 + 15.00 SH



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November 25, 2009

Gratitude



This one turned out very loose and impressionistic. Sometimes I'm surprised by what comes out. Style changes day to day. Must reflect the mood. Sometimes loose, sometimes more controlled and sometimes a little uptight! I suppose that makes sense because it is our expression in that moment.

This one was commissioned as a gift of gratitude and friendship. Very appropriate for today.

Like many I have much to be grateful for, and as always I am touched by all of you who come by. For the friendships I have forged, for the incredibly gifted and talented people I have discovered and stood in awe of their work, for those who stop by offering their observations and support, those who quietly observe, those who collect my work and those who thought it worthwhile to get me in their inbox everyday! How lucky am I?
How fun would it be for all of us to have a big ol' party where we could actually meet in person? I would love that!
So thank you, all of you! Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2009

Golden Willow


Painting this week has not gone well!
The larger piece I mentioned in the previous post went through several incarnations and currently sits in the "to be burned" pile. And being determined and stubborn as I am to make this work, I started a slightly smaller version - and it now joins it's bigger sister in the pile as well! But I am determined to make this idea work! And it will probably show up later.
So I have been painting just not anything I'm willing to show at the moment! I hate when that happens!
This is another willow tree from last weeks walk.
Golden Willow
6x8 Oil on linen panel
100.00 + 10.00 S/H



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November 17, 2009

Sunlit Willow


Well it certainly has been longer than I had anticipated. I've been working on a larger piece that is challenging the you know what out of me. I decided to take a break and just finish a smaller one. This is the result. There is still a little color left these days mostly the willow trees. I was out walking and saw the sun lighting up this willow
and decided it should be painted. Feels good to have a piece finished.
Along with painting I have been busy with other things. One of them is being getting my Laughing Raven Studios website up. I'll probably be tweaking a bit as I go along but if you're interested check it out. And if you have any design needs let me know!

Sunlit Willow
8x16 Oil on Canvas Panel


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November 8, 2009

Autumn's Last Gasp



The weather was incredible this weekend - in the 60's. So I stepped out and did a little plein air piece yesterday. Literally out my back door. The colors are pretty much gone by now, with only a few leaves hanging on. But this was in yard to the back. The neighbor was fast and furiously blowing
(irritating noise - should be banned on beautiful weekends...) leaves as I painted. Didn't he know he was taking away my color as I painted? And the light...changes really quick this time of year. I'm going to have to learn to paint faster.

Autumn's Last Gasp
6x8 Oil on Canvas Panel
150.00 + 10.00 S/H

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November 5, 2009

A Thousand Stars


A Thousand Stars

A thousand stars
rain down
into her dreams

Each one a wish granted
Each one a dream fulfilled
Each one a kiss against her skin

She smiles
filled with the sparkle of their love
and she takes her place among them

Where she belonged all along

©2009 Deb Kirkeeide

My first attempt at poetry - and my first attempt at painting in a few weeks.
Be gentle please....

A Thousand Dreams
11x14 oil on Canvas


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October 31, 2009

More Pink!




Think Pink! Think wellness!
Another for the cause. And another from the files.
The previous painting sold. Awesome! I thank you! Krista thanks you!
I am doing the same with this painting. All proceeds from the sale of this go to the 3 Day Walk for Breast Cancer. For those of you who may have missed it, my previous post explains what I am doing.

And if you would like to donate in another way I'm including my daughter's link for donations if you wish to contribute to the cause.
Krista's Donation Page

For more information about the Breast Cancer 3-Day, Susan G. Komen for the Cure or the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund, visit http://www.the3day.org/ or call 800.996.3DAY.
Thanks!

This little painting is 6x6 Oil on canvas
Pink Blossom
SOLD

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©2009 Deb Kirkeeide. All rights reserved.

October 26, 2009

Think Pink! Team las Bombas - 3 Day Walk for the Cure





I've been woefully uninspired to paint this week. Figured I just need to take a break and regroup but pretty sure I will back at it soon.

Until then I am pulling out some oldies but goodies!
Today's post is brought to you by the color pink. For Breast Cancer Awareness. And while I don't care to send any energy towards the disease itself, I am using that energy to celebrate spirit and courage and healing. And being well.

My daughter Krista is walking in the 2009 Arizona 3 Day for breast cancer. 60 miles in three days. She will be part of Team Las Bombas and has committed to raising $2300 in donations for her participation. So I thought I would help her spread the word. (Being the good and supportive mother that I am!)

The sale proceeds from this and the next pink painting are going to Team Las Bambas, particularly Krista's commitment, and to the Walk for the Cure.

I participated in the event 5 years ago. I walked to support a friend's healing from her own breast cancer. I'm happy to say she is healthy today. She has also told me of the importance of the research that this event supports and how it was key in her own treatment.
I have to say this was one of the most memorable and moving events I have expereinced. Not only for the feeling of doing something that helps, but for the celebration of spirit that permeated every part of this event. My extreme blisters after the first day were nothing. Okay, they WERE, but in comparison to other things they didn't seem to matter. And even though many of us were barely hobbling at dinner on the second night we were all up on our feet and dancing around the camp to the rhythms of the band that so generously entertained us that night. The support from the volunteers at all the rest stations and campgrounds, the pack of boy scouts who set up everyone's tents the second day, the people cheering us on along the route, our traffic "cops" who made sure we had safe passing at intersections, the hysterical giggling we fell into because we were so tired we couldn't think straight (and the fact that we just have a lot of fun together anyway) and the most amazing of all was coming down that hill to the state capital greeted by a sea of people, thanking us, cheering and clapping for us all as we made those final steps. It still brings tears to my eyes when I think of it. WOW! is all I can say. If you ever have the chance to participate - do it!

The painting is Tulips in Pink
6x8 Oil on Canvas Panel
SOLD!! Thanks Laura!

I'm including my daughter's link for donations if you wish to contribute to the cause.
Krista's Donation Page

For more information about the Breast Cancer 3-Day, Susan G. Komen for the Cure or the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund, visit http://www.the3day.org/ or call 800.996.3DAY.
Thanks!

©2009 Deb Kirkeeide. All rights reserved.

October 18, 2009

Sunbather



I'm still on the dogs! I've had such a great response to my last post - here and on Facebook and Daily painters - wow! It's going to be hard to live up to that kind of pressure! But I am grateful for everyone's comments. Thank you!
It's always a wonderful thing.
I really love this one and have to say it came together pretty quickly and without much struggle, which is always a plus!

Sunbather
9x12 Oil on Linen Panel
SOLD


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October 16, 2009

Can I Have My Treat Now?


How can you resist this face? One look from this adorable one and you want to give her anything she wants!
So... two dogs now... I think I have a series going! And I feel more on the way.

And if you are looking for that special gift, for yourself or for another, think about a portrait of that favorite four legged companion! I can do that for you! If you want to see more or have any questions please ask.

"Can I Have My Treat Now?"
8x8 Oil on Canvas
Sold!
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October 10, 2009

"Hunter the Magificent"


I met Hunter at the Ren Fest. He was so regal and calm and had such a presence. His owner plopped a wizard cap on him as they walked off which he tolerated pretty well, but clearly it was beneath him. I think a crown would have been much more fitting.

Woke up to snow on the ground this morning and it is downright cold here. Please say it isn't so! I had thought I might want to go out and paint this weekend but I'm pretty much a fair weather plein air artist. So it's just not happenin'today.


Hunter the Magnificent
6x8 Oil on linen panel



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October 6, 2009

Pretty Little Fairy Girl


I went to the Renaissance Festival this weekend. Lots of merriment and fun was had by all.
Kings,Ladies of the court, artists, knights in shining armor, musicians, pirates a plenty, gypsies, tramps and thieves...and fairies! Oh...and ale.

This was inspired by one sparkly little girl who just seemed like she should be a fairy.

Me? I think I am ready to tune up my tambourine and join the gypsies.

Pretty Little Fairy Girl
12x9 Oil on Linen Panel
220.00 + 15.00 S/H


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October 1, 2009

Ginger's New Earrings


Ginger thought she looked stunning in her new earrings. Surely this would capture the attention of that hot new stud in the pasture, making her the envy of all the other heifers

The muse seems to have gone on another vacation this week, so the paint just hasn't been flowing too much. She takes more darn vacations.
Oh, to be a muse...

Ginger's New Earrings
9x12 Oil on Canvas panel
SOLD

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September 25, 2009

River Serenity


Another landscape from the Tetons. I believe this is the on the Snake River. What a beautiful site. Looks like we are the only ones there doesn't it? What you don't see is all the people watching the group of about 8 otters playing on the bank on the opposite shore. The best view for that show though, was the kayak sitting just off shore from where they played. Bet they wish they had a camera!
I think I would like to sit on my porch and see this view everyday - minus all the people of course.

River Serenity
9x12 Oil on Canvas Panel
SOLD

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September 22, 2009

"Raven Walking" Raven painting by Deb Kirkeeide



I've been trying to paint this in and around the activities of this last weekend. The dust has settled now and I think I can get back to my routine.
I have another larger piece in the works - stay tuned!

Raven Walking
10 x 10 Oil on Canvas


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September 16, 2009

Figure Standing



Another figure from the archives. I'm really enjoying revisiting these, I'm thinking it's time to get in some life drawing time again.
I'm also thinking I need to get these framed!

Figure Standing
8.5 x 11 Pencil on paper

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September 15, 2009

Figure Study


I was going through some files recently and came across some drawings I did a few years ago. Well, probably a lot of years ago since I seem to have no concept of time anymore. Kinda scary!

I took figure drawing class at Atelier Lac. I remember trying to get used to standing at an easel and drawing. Something I had never really done before - which speaks volumes of my art education, huh?
All I could do is laugh! I felt like I had never picked up a pencil in my life.

It was fun coming across this - I will post another tomorrow. I also discovered folders full of sketches and ideas for works of art in all applications - lampshades (this I do occasionally - actually very cool, cut rice paper collages) sculpture (this I don't do, but when I do I will be prepared) a design for a mosaic table(still haven't gotten to but very feng shui)and various sketches of dreams and ideas that drop in to visit. I really need to get busy! So many ideas, not enough time in the day!

Hope your files and days are full of creative ideas!

Figure Drawing 1
81/2 x 11 Pencil on Paper

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Glorious



This was a sight to behold. I don't think any paint or photo could ever truly capture watching this sunset out west. We watched it unfold as we were driving, racing to find a spot to pull off the road and watch - luckily there are a lot of spots to accommodate such things!

Glorious
9x12 oil on linen panel

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September 10, 2009

Big Sky in Wyoming




And they give Montana all the credit....

Another view of the mountains but more about their heads in the clouds.
Ha! much like I've been feeling lately but that's a story for another time and it may be time come down to earth a bit!

This was a big sky, fabulous clouds. Tried to do this one quick and I'm not sure I did that sky the justice it deserves.

Big Sky in Wyoming
6x8 Oil on Linen panel

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September 9, 2009

Teton Glow



Back to the Midwest. Where are the mountains?? I seriously thought about how I could make the move out there...wonder if it's the vacation afterglow or a true calling? something to ponder I think. Although I do admit I like my little place here. I think the only solution is homes in many places. Anybody want to buy some paintings??

We had a great time in Yellowstone and the Tetons. Our goal was to see all the wildlife they had listed on the park brochure - we didn't quite reach our goal but we did see moose, elk, buffalo, otters, coyotes, swans, ravens, deer and cowboys. Not bad.
Thought we lost the car when we parked and left car running to charge up the dead battery that morning - (but we had to get the picture of the moose!) Coming back, we didn't see it where we left it - "Mom? Is my car gone???" it was just hiding behind a truck. Anything for a good photo op.

I was itching to paint the whole time but really had no time or supplies this trip. Just a camera and the experience.
There was a storm just ahead of us as we headed back from Yellowstone and by the time we got to the Tetons it was getting close to sunset and the clouds and light were spectacular. This is a tame view of the spectacle. There were still areas of mist hanging on the mountains and the sun coming through the clouds absolutely glowed when it hit all that moisture. Hoping I can capture more on canvas as the week goes on and it is freshly imprinted in my brain.

Teton Glow
6x8 oil on linen panel
145.00 + 12.00 s/h


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September 2, 2009

Headed West



This is a painting I did quite awhile ago. But I love it and it shows you what my eyes and heart will be feasting on this weekend.
I'm headed west to Utah to see my daughter and we're headed up to Jackson Hole for a couple days. Tetons, Yellowstone
These are amazing mountains, kind of leaves you speechless at their majesty.

Mother Earth is a beautiful and wondrous lady.

Blue Tetons
10 x 12 Oil on Canvas panel
$240 + $12 S/H

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August 30, 2009

Helloooo!


I haven't painted one of these in a while, but it is that time of year when they are in full force. I love painting these flowers. Might have to paint more.

Helloooo!
8x6 Oil on Linen Panel
145.00 + 12.00 S/H


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August 29, 2009

Aspen in Yellowstone



I love that it is only 8:30 AM and I have this painting done and posted, and have another half done. For some reason it is so much easier to jump out of bed early on weekends than during the week. On with the day!

This is a scene from Yellowstone. I was in Wyoming a couple years ago to paint with a group and afterwards I took a drive through the northern end of YS before heading up to Red Lodge for a couple days. I remember this stretch of road exactly, through this beautiful open valley, mountains on either side and there was this golden stand of Aspens against all the blues of the mountains. I love how two years later I can put myself back there and remember the details of the moment. This is one of my favorite places. Very magical to me.

And.....this time next week I will be there again! Out to Utah to see my daughter and then we're heading up to Jackson Hole and Yellowstone for a couple days. No painting this time but lots of pictures.

Krista...you're gonna love this place!

Aspen In Yellowstone
6x8 oil on linen panel
145.00 + 12.00 S/H

August 27, 2009

Flower Child


I had fun with this. Other than a tiny picture that I could barely see for reference, she is pretty much the result of my inner flower child coming out.
Peace and Love!

Flower Child
12 x 9 Oil on linen panel
300.00 + 15.00 S/H

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August 25, 2009

Mill Creek


One last painting from the workshop. I had this roughly blocked in but not finished and had to finish it up mostly from memory.Not sure if it's my camera or the new brushes but this one looks soft too!

Tonite I met up with some artist friends to attend the preview of the MN State Fair Fine Arts exhibit. We celebrated Kris's piece in the show and the rest of us cried in our beer! Just kidding. We decided we were in good company because some of the local art stars didn't get in either. I submitted my piece French Twist but didn't get in. (I'm not sure what they were thinking!) You just never know what is going to happen when you enter these things.

I have to say we spent most of our time across the street at a picnic table with our wine, cheese and crackers, chocolate and strawberries. The only thing missing was some kind of food on a stick, which is what the fair is famous for. Seriously, this fair is huge! And it's always interesting to see what the food du jour is going to be.
It's a must see if you are here in August. While walking around I hear someone ask if my name is Debbie, (it's been a while since I've been called that) she recognized me from 25 years ago when we worked together. How do people do that? Nice to know I still look the same! Ha ha!

Mill Creek
8x10 Oil on canvas panel

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August 24, 2009

Yellow House in a Field of Lavender


I had fun painting this one. Trying to keep loose sketchy strokes. I feel like I've been trying to hard lately so I just went into it without over thinking it too much. It would probably be beneficial to do more like this.

Yellow House in a Field of Lavender
8x10 on linen panel
SOLD!


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August 23, 2009

Grandfather Tree - 08.23.09


This is another one from the deck. Got up early and headed out in my pj's. One advantage of not going far for plein air! Love it in the mornings. The light, the stillness. I can hear the birds -no lawn mowers out at that time. I am noticing the songbirds aren't around as much. Are they already heading south? Maybe the resident hawk is the reason. Today all I heard were some crows, the hawk who swooped through the yard and some Wookie bird that I'm thinking belongs in a jungle.

I tried a new type of panel and it just seemed to suck up the paint. What appeared to have a lot of color while I was painting ended up chalky and dull. At least to me. I also tried new brushes so it really looks different from my usual. Ended up looking a little brushy. Not sure I like the result by it may just be growing pains and I'll come to like it.

Grandfather Tree 08.23.09
8x10 Oil on hardboard panel

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August 18, 2009

House on Angel Hill


This was our final painting of the week. Trying to put all the concepts to work. As I said yesterday, I was not feeling the love that day. It was the hottest day of the week and the hottest week of the summer. It was like standing in the furnace with the hot air blowing. I started this, wiped it, started over in a different format. I got it blocked in and by that time had to retreat across the street to the shade. So my perspective was a little different and the light had quickly changed.
But I got kudos from the owner of the house and from the two boys who flew by on their skateboards! What more could ask?

It's always a race for me when I am painting outdoors. All in all, it was a great week. It always is when I can devote that much time to painting and be surrounded by other artists - it's just so energizing.

And wouldn't you know it - this week's weather is wonderfully cool!

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August 17, 2009

At the park and down to the river...


Day 3
This day we worked on shape and color. Keeping it simple but working on color temperature.




Day 4
We went down to the river this day and worked on memory and visualization. The first painting was done with our backs to the scene. We had 5 minutes to look at the scene and 15 to paint from memory. With this repeated 3 more times for a total of an hour.
Then we put our painting away and started another of the same scene with a time limit of an hour. This time we got to look at what we were painting. The exercise is meant to help tune out the extra stuff we tend to paint and get down to the basics and creating the essence of the painting without showing every little thing we see. It was a very interesting excercise.
I really do like the simplicity of these paintings even though they aren't very polished. Workshops tend to overload my brain and I don't really produce my best work with all that thinking!
Tomorrow I'll post the final -although I admit I was not feeling the love that day.

August 16, 2009

Do not adjust the color on your monitor!



Well I'm happy to report that I did find people to sit with at lunch (and dinner and even a glass of wine or two) and I think the teacher liked me.... good grades? I'll let you be the judge!

The workshop with Marc Hanson was awesome. He is a great teacher, artist, and all around nice guy. I finally learned those key ingredients that so many other workshops talk about but don't help you understand. Value, shape, color temperature etc.
This week kicked my butt. Lots of hard work, making my brain absorb all this new information...and wouldn't you know after such a cool pleasant summer we get the hottest temps of the summer all week!

So this was day one. We were only allowed to paint in black and white for value studies. It was a bit tricky getting my head wrapped around painting in black and white.

Day 2


Day2 we had to do two b&w value studies - one broken down into 3 values another taking that same breakdown and adding the subtleties to make a finished study.
THEN, we had to do the same thing in color - simplified shapes and values and a more finished painting. It was funny after getting our heads wrapped around the B&W painitngs when it came to color I found myself having to readjust. More concentration on my part to seeing the shapes and values and applying it to color.

We all met again after dinner in town for a session of nocturne painting. Once it finally got dark we set up along the street and proceeded to paint with just a booklight attached to our easel. Unfortunately I misplaced mine and had to set up under a street light. This turned out to be a very yellow light that completely neutralized a lot of my colors so it really was a shot in the dark! Here's my effort. Not great for sure, but it was pretty fun! I also think maybe I should have worn my glasses since I see even less at night!



I'll show more tomorrow.

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August 6, 2009

Moonstone



I'm gearing up for my workshop with Marc Hanson next week in beautiful Taylors Falls, MN.
He is a wonderful artist. You can expect some landscapes coming up and hopefully a new approach to my paintings. I'm so happy to spend a solid week painting, although sometimes workshops are a bit going back to school after summer. Will the teacher like me? Will I have anybody to sit with during lunch? Will I get good grades?
Yikes! Some feelings never go away do they? They just change scenarios! Either way it will be good to be away from the routine.
Moonstone
6x8 Oil on canvas panel

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