July 20, 2011

Morning Serenity

Morning Serenity
16x8 Oil on Linen
©2011 Deb Kirkeeide.

Same island. Different time. Different morning. Different surface.

This was painted on a linen panel which seemingly sucked up the paint as fast as I could put it down. Much different approach than the previous painting and panel, which didn't seem to absorb anything. I like how the surface dictates the style of the painting. In this case it was perfect. 

For someone who is typically not subtle - I love the quiet and mysterious energy in this.

July 19, 2011

Island View - Minnesota Landscape

Island View
8x16 Oil on Panel
©2011 Deb Kirkeeide

I recently spent some time painting and enjoying one of our many Minnesota lakes with artist Kristin Grevich. The weather was hot and  humid but that made for some great blues and grays mixed in with the abundance of green we have here in our Minnesota summer landscapes.

This was painted on a very textured  panel and the result is somewhat watercolor- like  in nature. I'm liking the looseness of it. It was fun to get out and paint outdoors again. I have to say the view,  the location and the company I was keeping, didn't hurt either!

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July 12, 2011

Lesson Time - Wood Duck painting

Lesson Time
8x8 oil 
©2011 Deb Kirkeeide. All rights reserved.

I was out painting one day and spotted this little wood duck family. I originally saw  mom and one duckling but as I  moved  closer to take some pictures she swam out and revealed the rest sitting on the log. "Lesson number one, my little ones - stay away from the woman with the camera!"


 Eyes to the Front

 Wait for me!

July 10, 2011

Great White Egret Original Painting

Great  Egret
18 x 18 Oil on Canvas
©2011 Deb Kirkeeide. All rights reserved.

This is a larger version of the earlier 6 x 6 Egret Flying I did a few weeks ago. I'm creating some new
pieces for our PAN show at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. This was an Egret I observed at my site in Carver County. Though these birds are pretty common and I've often seen them along the shores of marshes and small ponds, these and Great Blue herons have really captured my interest this year.
I've got a few more in the works for the show and will be posting those soon.

Hope your weekend was fabulous!

July 4, 2011

Peony Bouquet

Peony Bouquet
6x8 Oil on Linen Panel
©2011 Deb Kirkeeide.

This has a completely different mood than the previous floral. It still amazes me how many different styles seem to flow through at any given time. I wonder what contributes to that? Just like our moods are in constant flux, it makes sense that any number of environmental and emotional responses  influence the outcome of our artistic expression.

This is from a recent bouquet I received from Monsieur Trader Joe.
He's just the nicest, isn't he??