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The Fall was a busy time, for both Art Life, and Family Life. Dave and I were (and still are) busy preparing for winter — putting away the boat, and winterizing machines that will be sitting out the season, cutting trees to saw into lumber,  stacking it to dry properly, making sure we have propane tanks full, etc. etc.  The first snows have fallen, so winter has arrived.

I participated in  a couple group shows with my Critique Group [Artists of Studio 10], and took several sculptures over to Grand Forks, ND for their annual TAG(The Art of Giving) art gala/sale and fundraiser. I also took a couple workshops to learn more techniques, AND have fun! One was to learn the use of Epoxy Clay sculpture, from Wanda Odegard. I still have to paint my piece to call it done, so I will share it in a later post. I also took a wonderful workshop from Tonja Sell, which focused on using a variety of textures in the works and combining media, such as Watercolor or Acrylic with Pastel, or  Acrylic with collage and texture mediums. I started 3 pieces at the workshop, and just now finished the last of them.

Portrait of my son (many years ago!) using the texture techniques from Tonya's workshop -- done in Watercolor and Pastel.

Portrait of my son (many years ago!) using the texture techniques from Tonya’s workshop — done in Watercolor and Pastel.

This one was done using Acrylics on Canvas, texture mediums, and metallic paint -- also painted in a looser style than I usually work in.

This one was done using Acrylics on Canvas, texture mediums, and metallic paint — also painted in a looser style than I usually work in.

Portrait of my Sheltie, Bailey, done in Acrylic on pastel paper, with texturing techniques, and finished with Pastels

Portrait of my Sheltie, Bailey, done in Acrylic on pastel paper, with texturing techniques, and finished with Pastels

If you ever have the chance to take a Tonja Sell workshop, you should do it! Very Fun, and you learn a lot.

Coming up, Studio 10 is hanging a new exhibit at the First Lutheran Church in Bemidji, and after Christmas we are hanging a major exhibit at the Rourke Gallery in Fargo/Moorhead. I am busy with a few pet portrait commissions, and after that I hope to play around with the epoxy clay some more, and also have some started metal sculptures waiting for my attention. There is never a lack of things to work on!!

Hope all of my readers had a nice Thanksgiving — it is so good for us to look for the good things in life and be grateful.

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This year has certainly gone FAST. I have been busy enough to neglect posting new things and hope to do better in the year to come. I have been working on a grant, learning new metal sculpture techniques, and will have those to share in the new year. I have also been doing paintings for shows, and commissions and will share a few of them today.

IMG_5146wThis piece is entitled “Knock, knock …Whoo’s There?”  Won 2nd place in Super Gold category at the annual Artists of MN spring show.

"Harley"

“Harley”

One of my dog portrait commissions. Here is another:

"Ella"

“Ella”

and one more:

"Lulu"

“Lulu”

Here I am, working in the metal shop.

"Me. at work on a new project"

“Me. at work on a new project”

and a goodby for now shot of Groucho under our Christmas tree.

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We are almost ready for this year’s studio cruise! This year I am participating as a guest artist at a friend’s studio — this is an experiment to see if being closer to town gives me a bigger audience and is it worth the extra work of having to transport all of my work, display materials, and refreshments, etc. to town. I will be at the studio of Pat Shough, who lives in the Lavinia area on the east side of Lake Bemidji. If you are in Bemidji, or can arrange to come here, be sure to stop and see us this Friday, Saturday or Sunday. There will be 3 artists there, so lots of art for one stop, and you will have a good time!

I have worked hard to have some new pieces for this show — I have over 20 brand new paintings that have not been exhibited before. I will post a few of them here, but remember, they always look better in person.

"Barnyard King"  Original Watercolor/mixed media

“Barnyard King” Original Watercolor/mixed media

I started a series of pet portraits called Canine Cameos and Feline Faces. Here are a couple from that series:

"Household Tiger" Original Acrylic  10"x10" on canvas

“Household Tiger” Original Acrylic 10″x10″ on canvas

"German Shepherd"  Original Acrylic   10"x10" on canvas

“German Shepherd” Original Acrylic 10″x10″ on canvas

I have also departed from animal subjects for a few of my new works, and have enjoyed portraying some of the beautiful nature found here in northern Minnesota. Here are a couple from my “Nature Close-up” series:

"Yellows I"   Original Acrylic   11"x14"   on canvas

“Yellows I” Original Acrylic 11″x14″ on canvas

"Minnesota Twins"  Original Acrylic  10"x10" on canvas

“Minnesota Twins” Original Acrylic 10″x10″ on canvas

That’s all for now — I’ll put up some of my other new works soon. I’ll leave you with a funny view of my cat, Groucho. He is always good for a laugh.

Groucho, lolling on the floor, as usual.

Groucho, lolling on the floor, as usual.

 

 

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Whoa! Time has a way of getting away from me. So much has happened since my last post. I will catch up on the most memorable parts —

Right after finishing my High School class in April, my husband and I took a road trip out west to visit two of our kids, and some family and friends along the way. This is one big country! Lots of miles, lots of good times. I brought a pastel portrait of my son’s dog, Kuna and gave it to him as a surprise. He said it looks just like her, so that made me happy.

Kuna

These next two paintings were my entries in the Artists of Minnesota show this spring. The one titled “Be Alert” got a merit ribbon in the Super Gold category.

"Be Alert" 30"x30" Acrylic mixed/media on canvas. [There are 5 wolves hiding in the background - can you see them?]

“Be Alert” 30″x30″ Acrylic mixed/media on canvas. [There are 5 wolves hiding in the background – can you see them?]

"BFF" 20"x16" Acrylic/mixed media on canvas.

“BFF” 20″x16″ Acrylic/mixed media on canvas.

Right after returning from the trip, I attended a week-long workshop taught by Karen Knutson. It was so fun! Learned a lot and had good visits with fellow artists. Below is one of my paintings from the workshop, taken during the final critique.

Watercolor and collage painting at Karen Knutson workshop

Watercolor and collage painting at Karen Knutson workshop

That brings me up to the end of May, and I will have to continue in the next post from there. I am glad to report that the snow did finally melt and the leaves came out. [Of course, now we have mosquitoes, but that is a whole ‘nuther story!]

 

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Here it is the Labor Day weekend already! This summer flew by like the wind, with lots of things happening every week. It was a busy time for my art life that is for sure! I was very happy to complete two benches which will be at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji. It was challenging to get them done because of the unusually hot weather this year, and the frequent thunderstorms when it wasn’t hot! Here is a picture of the benches the day we delivered them.

“Northwoods Evergreens” benches. They will be installed at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji.

The art group I belong to “Studio 10”, has an exhibit at the Wild Hare cafe for the month of August. Our theme for the show is “Moods and Foods”.  This was a challenge for me, as it was a bit out of my normal subject range — but challenge is good, and here is what I created for the show:

“Hot Trio” (Coffee, Tea, Cocoa) I wanted to portray the different moods that these 3 beverages evoke in this triptych. It was a fun challenge for me.

In the middle of the month I attended our Region 2 Arts Council board retreat. It was located at Ruttger’s resort here in Bemidji, and was a fun way to meet our new board members and get tuned up for the busy year of grants and art support ahead. How is this for a nice meeting room?

Meeting locale at Ruttger’s resort, on Lake Bemidji.

We’ve been having family and friends visiting now that the kitchen project is done, which is so nice after 2 years of chaos! We also were involved with two dragonboating events, in Bemidji and Duluth. I still managed to finish a pet portrait commission of Kit, a sweet little Border Collie. I also participated in the first ever ‘Art Extravaganza’ hosted by the Art Center for kids from 7-14.  Looking ahead now, I’m preparing for the annual Studio Cruise in October. I hope to get some new works painted for that event, so plan to come out and see me!       Here’s Kit:

“Kit” 9×12 Pastel on Velour Paper

 

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Summer is always a busy time in Minnesota. Since it is so short, we have to squeeze a lot of busy-ness into it! This summer is no exception. We have put many hours into finishing up the kitchen project, and we are almost done. Just have to install the kitchen bar on the back of the center island, and hook up the dishwasher. Here is a peek at the project that has kept us busy for so long.

Our new kitchen island, with cupboards and stove beyond it.

We had to take some time to put a steel roof on the shop — the shingle roof was leaking, and since we were getting a lot of rain, we had to get that taken care of right away!  I have been out in the shop working on a commission of two steel benches, which I will post when I get them put together. I am still cutting the designs into the pieces, then I will be able to start construction.

Tomorrow my art critique group, Studio 10, will be hanging an exhibit at Dunn Brothers in Bemidji. If you are in town on Friday, we will have an opening reception from 2-4 pm. The exhibit will be up for the whole month of July. Then on Tuesday I will be helping install the “We all Love Paul” exhibit at Neilson Place, which is in celebration of the 75th birthday of Paul Bunyan as an icon in the town of Bemidji. Should be a fun exhibit, with art and photos from many artists. The opening reception for that one is also on Friday, from 3-4:30 pm. This exhibit will be available for viewing through October.  Here is a look at my entry in the exhibit: “Paul and Babe, the Early Days”

“Paul and Babe, the Early Days” Acrylic/Mixed-media on canvas, 24″x18″

The hot weather has arrived along with the beginning of July. We won’t complain too much since so many are dealing with such difficult problems — flooding in Duluth, wind damage out east, and huge fires  out west. Hope all that gets resolved soon.

We had a cute visitor in our backyard the other night — I will share a picture!

Evening visitor in the backyard. Mom and twin were there too, but they stayed back in the brush. This little guy came out on the lawn where we could get a good look at him. 🙂

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Hey — where did April go?! I guess it flew by while I was doing all the things on my list! I was happy to complete two new works for the Artists of Minnesota annual show — got them done just in time to send them off with my art buddies to the show, while I had a once in a lifetime trip with my family to Costa Rica. (more about that below)  I was thrilled to get back and learn that I had won First Place in the Super Gold division with my painting “Heading Home”. Always nice to get some kudos when you have poured your heart and emotion into a painting, to know that it speaks to those who see it.

“Heading Home” Acrylic/mixed media on canvas, 30″x40″

It was based on a photo I took a couple years ago while canoeing behind my house. I started it with a collaged map in the background, and worked on getting the group of swans in place, then finished with some metal leaf and ink sketching.

The other piece I did was inspired by a shot taken on my trip to Alaska last summer, titled “Watching”. That one was fun to work on because I started it with ‘flinging paint’ — which is very unlike my usual working style, but a great way to loosen up and let things happen.

“Watching” Acrylic/mixed media on canvas, 20″x16″

While working on the paintings I was also busy with our kitchen remodel, varnishing the doors and drawers, etc. which are now installed and in use — hurray! We had our countertops installed as well, so it is starting to really look like a kitchen. This last week I finished grouting on the tile portion of the backsplash and just yesterday did dishes in the new sink for the first time. I also prepared sketches for a commission I’ll be working on, and sent in a proposal for an ‘art call’ here in town. Never a dull moment in April.

After all that, it was delightful to spend 9 days with my hubby, all my sisters and husbands, my niece and her husband and baby — visiting,  enjoying the warm Pacific beaches, horseback riding, swimming, fishing, etc. Wonderful trip for all of us, just what we needed to refresh and ready ourselves for whatever comes next.  🙂   Here is a shot of one of the sunsets on the beach.

Sunset in Costa Rica

Now it is back to real life, so thinking about my next projects, some deadlines, some shows to enter, the garden to plant ….  and on it goes.

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