July 30, 2012

On The Sunny Side - Minnesota River Arts Plein Air landscape

On The Sunny Side
9 x 12 Oil
©2012 Deb Kirkeeide

Saturday was the culmination of the plein air event at the first annual Minnesota River Arts Fair. This painting is one of two that I entered into the culminating show and competition. It was a brutal
week with the weather being horrendously hot and there were some dedicated painters out there
every day. I admit it, I'm a wimp when it comes to hot weather but I managed to get in 2.25 days during the week. This was painted at the end of the first day. 

The event was held at The Landing – Minnesota River Heritage Park, in Shakopee, MN. This 88-acre living history museum depicts life in the Lower Minnesota River Valley from the 1840s–1890s with authentic 19th-century buildings, demonstrations and a scenic river trail and overlook. It was my first time visiting the park - and I only live 15 miles away! Funny how you never get out to 'site-see' in your own area!

More paintings coming up!

"On The Sunny Side"
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July 24, 2012

Summer Still Life With Sunflowers

Summer Still Life with Sunflowers
12 x 16 Oil
©2012 Deb Kirkeeide

A "too hot to be outside" summer day, a hand thrown vase and a bouquet of sunflowers in the studio - all the inspiration for this sunny painting. Of course these one of my favorite flowers!

The summer heat continues and I'm ever thankful for my AC though I have ventured out in this heat to participate in the plein air portion of the Minnesota River Arts Fair. It was brutally hot on our first day - though I did manage to get 3 paintings done. Between work, the heat and the rains I'm hope for the next 2 evenings to be cooperative so I can get a couple more in before we turn them on friday.

Stay cool!

Summer Still Life with Sunflowers
12 x 16 Oil
$600.00 + SH
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July 19, 2012

Heron in Green - SOLD

Heron in Green
12 x 16
©2012 Deb Kirkeeide

I spite of my lack of posting lately, I have been painting! Some have been in the works and some were painted recently on a trip to the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. I'll post some of the more successful paintings from that week in the days to come.

I've had a friend and fellow artist visiting from England and it's been great fun painting together, sharing ideas and cultures, visiting the art museums and galleries around here and of course, learning the fine art of tea time. (which according to my guest is anytime.) I'm excited to someday add Great Britain as a painting destination as I will now have a guide!

This heron painting has been a experiment in technique, with color, applying paint, scraping back, adding more. The process hasn't fully evolved into where it wants to settle, but I like the outcome of this one.

Thank you!