August 30, 2011

Purple Finch

Purple Finch
8x8 Oil on linen panel
©2011 Deb Kirkeeide

This guy seems to be a cheeky little fellow! I love his attitude.  Due to my recent interest in birds (besides the ravens) I've been paying attention and find myself being more observant of their presence.
I'm also learning more about them from various websites and blogs One such source is Sharon Stiteler, aka The BirdChick. If you're interested in birds, be sure to check out her website and blog.

Friday night, we had our opening reception for the exhibition of this cycle for Project Art For Nature.
It is an awesome and beautiful show. So many diverse styles. I'm inspired to try some new techniques
and mediums.  My experimentation will have to wait until I finish a few projects. I've got an animation I need to create art for and I'm headed out to Wyoming in two weeks with a group of artists to spend 
5 days painting in the mountains. I'm really looking forward to our time back out at the 7D.

On Hold


August 25, 2011

August Morning

August Morning
6x8 Oil SOLD
© 2011 Deb Kirkeeide
This was my morning warm up piece from our paint out at the winery. Since I don't go out and paint terribly often, I'm always a little rusty and tend to dive in for a quick study just to warm up.
I think I would like to try this one again a little bigger. Hopefully I'll have a chance to go back soon.

There's something very intriguing and poetic about the path leading through the pasture and into the woods. I wonder where it would have led me to.

August 23, 2011

Orchard Delight

Orchard Delight
6x8 Oil  SOLD
©2011 Deb Kirkeeide

Another from the day at the vineyard. I was tempted to pick one, but I was good. I love this time of year when the apples start coming in. A sure sign it's about time for the State Fair, and fall is right around the corner and after that...well, I refuse to think about that yet.

August 22, 2011

The Winery Barn

The Winery Barn
9x12 Oil
©2011 Deb Kirkeeide

This past Saturday, Outdoor Painters of Minnesota had our paint-out at Parley Lake Winery in Victoria, MN. I have to say it was a fabulous event with over 20 painters showing up to paint. It's a beautiful
area with rolling hills, orchards and vineyards and wine tasting! 

Add award winning wine, live music and art on display to a beautiful day and great camaraderie,
the day couldn't get any better!

This is where they make the wine. I heard they were serving wine slushies inside - I never had the chance to check it out. Though I did have a glass of the Frontenac Gris in hand while I painted this.

Purchase here.

August 15, 2011

Grace In Gravity

Grace In Gravity
16 x 20 Oil
I've somehow tuned into Blue Herons and the White Egrets this year. Being fairly common along our lakes and ponds, the herons and egrets have captured my interest.  It's amazing how these large birds can gracefully maneuver its surrender to gravity and set itself down in the reeds along the shoreline of our lakes and ponds.

This, along with some previous paintings, is off to our Project Art for Nature (PAN) exhibition coming up at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI. Aug 19 - Sept 25. Opening reception Aug 26.
If you are in the area please be sure to stop by!