October 28, 2013

"Nevermore" raven painting by Deb Kirkeeide

18x16 Oil
©2013 Deb Kirkeeide

A little something in the spirit All Hallows Eve....
The original concept for this raven painting was quite different! Halfway into the process, I was less than thrilled with the results and was about ready to offer it up to the powers that be. After taking a break to think about it I decided to just let loose and quit thinking about it so much. I figure I had nothing to lose. This is the result. It's gritty, energetic and a bit mystical. And I like that.

I'm not sure yet but I'm considering this for a juried show entry. However if you are interested, please contact me at kirkeeide@mac.com

October 22, 2013

Hydrangea Bouquet - Commission

Hydrangea Bouquet
7 x 9 Gouache

I recently sold the previous hydrangea painting and was asked to paint a companion piece. 

Commissions always bring up an uncertainty in me. Perhaps it is related to being in advertising design and always feeling that I'm trying to "read" the client's mind and anticipate their expectations. Or it could be one of those times when we just plain old have moments of self doubt. Whatever the reason, it creates a different energy around the painting I'm creating. 

In this case it was trying to recapture the same feeling that went into the original piece but I didn't think it would be a problem. Well, after 2-3 unsuccessful attempts I finally came up with something
something that would match. Admittedly, there was something that bothered me.The flowers seemed too round. I thought maybe I was being too critical of myself and thought I'd let her decide. Well, my intuition was right! (I should have paid heed to that) So I was back to square one. 

I kept asking myself why this was so hard to capture what I was after. I then realized all that goes into a painting. It is more than just the paint or the technique, it is everything else. We are not machines. Painting is our voice. As important as our words and mannerisms. We respond to the mood of the moment, to our surroundings, our present state of mind, the light, the air, our energy - all factors that effect that expression.

In the case of the first one - I was in California surrounded by family, we were celebrating, full of love and excitement in seeing each other and meeting my newborn granddaughter for the first time. While I can look back on that time and bask in the memory of that time, the truth of it is we are in the present and there are other influences present.

As it turned out, (and quit being so hard on myself) I reworked the painting and my collector loved it.
It still doesn't carry the same energy as the first, but that's okay.

October 9, 2013

Lavender Fields Forever - Landscape painting, Deb Kirkeeide

Lavender Fields Forever
12 x 16 Oil
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©2013 Deb Kirkeeide

On my recent trip to San Juan Island, WA we visited a lavender farm. It was beautiful. A nice relaxing spot to enjoy and explore a bit. The fragrant air, the slight buzz from all the bees doing what they do best and the color of the fields. I reaaallly wanted to set up my easel and paint but I didn't have it with me - nor did we have the time to stay. So I took lots of pictures and painted this. I love the colors and the textures in this one.

October 7, 2013

A Glorious Gathering - Floral Painting by Kirkeeide

A Glorious Gathering
12 x 10 Oil
©2013 Deb Kirkeeide

There's something very satisfying about going to the Farmer's Market. Especially on a beautiful autumn day. The crisp air, the sunshine, stalls bursting with color and wholesome goodness. Besides the treat of fresh produce, (especially my favorite apples) I couldn't resist treating myself to a couple bouquets of flowers. After setting them out on my porch I couldn't just sit there and admire, I promptly set up my easel on the porch and started painting these beauties. I love how paintings remind us of moments we've had. I look at this one and remember that day so vividly.