July 31, 2016

Dog Days of Summer - Dog Portrait original art by Deb Kirkeeide

Oscar | 6x6 Oil | ©2016 DebKirkeeide

This is Oscar. If he were a character in a movie, I imagine him as the friendly owner of the corner bar. Always ready with a hearty greeting, a joke and a mug of beer!

I'm celebrating the Dog Days of Summer by painting a series of small dog portraits this month. Dogs are so fun and full of personality, each a character on its own. And they always make me smile.

If you have a special dog (or cat or any other kind of pet!) in your life that you want to celebrate, let me paint one for you! For more information please visit my website!

July 24, 2016

A Superior View - Lake Superior Landscape painting

A Superior View
12 x 9 Oil 
©2016 Deb Kirkeeide

Mother Superior Called … and I answered.
Lake Superior that is. Each time she called, her voice offered a promise of comfort and nurturing.
I finally answered.
The last few months (years?) have been a bit stressful. I hadn’t realized how much of that I was carrying but I knew I needed to get away to the shores of the big lake.
Armed with journal, sketchbook, paints and absolutely no agenda other than to just be, I headed north to the Grand Marais area, just 60 miles from the Canadian border.

“Be still and the Earth speaks to you”  ~ Navaho Proverb
I watched, listened and let her speak.
She spoke through the mournful call of the loons and the playful antics of the crows that visited each day. Through the gentle fall of rain and the occasional roll of thunder. The lake sang her songs, the pulse of her heart repeating in the waves. Breezes whispered to the trees, their answers in the rustling of the leaves. Love showed up in heart shaped stones I found along the shore. Majesty came in the form of a russet colored buck crossing the road in front of me. Delight came in the thousands of wildflowers lining the roads. So delightful, that I just wanted to give the Earth a big old hug!
Not being completely cut off from civilization, I explored the galleries, discovered new artists, checked out the art fair in Grand Marais, read articles and stories each leading me to a little more clarity and inspiration. I was led to the overreaching theme of nature, her healing and our connections to all of her lessons. 
This painting was my view while I was up there. It was glorious!
A Superior View                                                                                                                9x12 Oil  $435 purchase here 

July 21, 2016

"Neighboring Yards" - Minnesota landscape painting

Neighboring Yards | 6x8 oil | $120 free shipping

I thought I would try a landscape for my little plein air studies. One thing about Minnesota in the summer is the plethora of green in the landscape. It's easy to overdose on green here.
I may be going into color treatment after the summer is over. I think they give you lots of red to counteract its effects.

July 17, 2016

Pinkalicious - Garden Series Painting

 Pinkalicious | 6x6 oil | $185 free shipping

This little garden floral painting is in homage to my granddaughter's favorite color. PINK!

While Eva was visiting this spring, I asked her to help me pick out flowers for the garden.  She announced that her favorite colors are pink, purple and orange. As a result, these are the colors in my garden. There were strong negotiations to add some accents of white. After I thanked her for helping me plant my garden, she corrected me and said it was her garden. I just love three year olds! :)

July 10, 2016

Kristin's Peony - original floral oil painting of pink peony, by Deb Kirkeeide

Kristin's Peony | 8x6 oil | $220 Purchase

I recently helped my friend Kristin Grevich out with a video she needed to submit and afterwards we rewarded ourselves by painting in her beautiful gardens. Her peonies were in full force!
I think peonies must be my favorite flower, their soft pink, full, rounded and ruffled shape and delightful aroma are simply perfection!
This was painted a good month ago and they are long gone but right now I am in Northern Minnesota on the north shore of Lake Superior and they have just bloomed up here. Delightful!