March 27, 2011

Sunday Backyard

Sunday Backyard
6x8 Oil
©2011 Deb Kirkeeide

I've been painting all day and happened to look out my studio window and loved how the shadows were casting across the snow. So I tried a little indoors plein air. Really difficult as the snow was pretty blinding in the sunlight. And my eyes weren't quite adjusting back and forth to the colors. But all in all
I like this little study. I haven't done that in quite a while (plein air, that is) 

I can't believe the weekend is over already - just when I'm getting into the groove of it! Hope yours was a good one.

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March 22, 2011

One Summer Day

  One Summer Day
6x8 Oil on linen canvas
©2011 Deb Kirkeeide

This is a painting I did a while back but never posted because I wasn't really happy with it. So I decided to sit down and have a little chat with it. We came to terms after I reworked it a little and we're both pleased with the outcome.

The title is a bit of wishful thinking - at this moment I am writing to the sound of sleet and snow hitting the windows.

At the Movies....

 This weekend I saw a movie called Seraphine. The film is based on the true story of French painter Seraphine Louis de Senlis (1864–1942). I admit I was not aware of her work before this, but I found her story fascinating. Hers is one of passion and in her words she was sometimes frightened by what came through her onto the canvas.  I recommend the movie and checking out her work.

March 8, 2011

And Then There Were Three

Raven Number 3
6x6 Oil

The last of this little study. It gave me a good idea of how (and if) I want to approach a  larger
triptych of these guys. I see I need to warm up this particular bird to match the other two, but after seeing them together, I like this little trio. Can't wait to do a larger version!

Raven Triptych Study

After my PAN (Project Art For Nature) orientation on Saturday I have to say I'm really excited about this project and the fabulous and diverse group of artists. I was very inspired and am now wanting my studies to include more birds - especially the Sandhill Cranes. I  am dreaming of a telephoto lens and trips out west to Yellowstone for more reference shots of the wildlife! 

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March 4, 2011

Raven Number Two

Raven Number Two

                                       This is the second study in my little trio of Ravens.

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March 3, 2011

The First of Three

The First of Three
Raven Triptych
6x6, Oil

This is a small study for a triptych of ravens I plan to do in a larger format. I wanted to experiment a  little with texture but I think 6x6 is too small of a playing field for what I was thinking. But I still like 
this little series of paintings. I even have the frames already picked out and think they will make a nice
little grouping.

In the news, for me, is that I have been juried into a group of Minnesota and Wisconsin artists for the next 3 yr cycle of Project Art For Nature. This Saturday is our orientation and I'm looking forward to participating in this worthy project, as well as meeting and working with other artists. Along with the exhibitions of the project, I'm considering starting another blog that will chronicle my own art and observations in the field. I'll keep you posted!

I've also been asked to participate as an animator again in this year's  MotionPoems. You may remember my little animated piece from last year. This years work will be in partnership with Scribner's Best American Poetry Anthology which is published each year. So that's pretty exciting that they are getting national attention. 

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