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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

Thanks for your visit ~ groovy...

©2009 Deb Kirkeeide. All rights reserved.

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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©2009 Deb Kirkeeide. All rights reserved.

August 5, 2009

Push Up



A figure study. It seems like it deserves a more intimate title, but the only thing that comes to mind is Push Up.
As she stood before the mirror, she marveled at the engineering wonder of the push up bra...

Push Up
6x8 Oil on canvas panel
135.00 + 12.00 S/H


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August 4, 2009

Lost in Thought


Lost in thought. Where do your thoughts take you? Do you dream of things to come? Destinations waiting for your arrival? Do you visit loved ones who can't be with you in that moment? Or do just enjoy the moment? Thankful for what is, right now, right here? Happy in this place where you have arrived.
Of course, no one needs to know. these private journeys are yours and yours alone, but somehow it always makes one want to travel with you.

Lost in Thought
6x8 Oil on canvas panel
150.00 + 12.00 S/H


Thanks for traveling with me!
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August 2, 2009

Summer Queen



Thanks

First of all, I want to thank those who have sent or left such wonderful words of comfort and comments on my last post. I appreciate it so much. I always marvel at the wonderful sense of family that has developed in this world of "Blog". People from all over, some I have never met in the flesh, strangers really, yet all offer such a sense of support to each other. It really is a wonderful thing. Thank you!

The painting.

This one has been a huge struggle. We have fought all along the way! She has been without vision many times (or was it me?) because I just could not get the proportions right. Something still feels off but I can't pinpoint it and it is time to move on. She is nothing like I first imagined, she just evolved into this somehow. I've been reading some books centered around the legends of Avalon and the Queen of Fairy shows up periodically throughout the books. Maybe that is who came out in the painting! You never know!

Summer Queen
10 x 20 Oil on Canvas
650.00 + S/H

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