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It is hard to believe that the all too short summer is already drawing to a close. It has been busy, as it always is. We have had nights in the 40’s already, and the back-to-school sales are on in full force. I  had many fun art times this summer with my Studio 10 group and at various classes and exhibits I’ve attended. Especially fun was a workshop of Karen Knutson’s that was held at her home studio in Eden Prairie, MN. It made me want to do more watercolor painting! Thanks Karen! It was great!  Here is one of the paintings I did at her workshop.

"Moonlit"  Watercolor and mixed media 11"x15"

“Moonlit” Watercolor and mixed media 11″x15″

I also finished two commissions this summer, and both of the families were happy with my depiction of their pets. [That always makes ME happy!] Here is “Jessie”

"Jessie" 20"x16" Acrylic on canvas

“Jessie” 20″x16″ Acrylic on canvas

And here is “Ruthie”

"Ruthie""  12"x9" Pastel on velour paper

“Ruthie”” 12″x9″ Pastel on velour paper

Another piece I did was a bit of a challenge — working from my imagination instead of a photo of a real animal. My critique group put up an exhibit called ‘Dragons’ at Brigid’s Pub in Bemidji. It turned out to be a really great exhibit, which challenged us all. There is still time to see it if you are in town before Labor Day. Here is my painting:

 

"Legendary Beast" 20"x16" Acrylic/mixed media on foamcore.

“Legendary Beast” 20″x16″ Acrylic/mixed media on foamcore.

I showed this one with the frame because I thought the frame really enhanced this work. It was one I had in my inventory for a long time, waiting for the right painting to go with it. Speaking of dragons, we participated once again with the Buena Vista ski patrol to run the annual dragonboat races in Bemidji. It was another fun and successful event. If you have never watched, or been in a dragonboat race, you should try it!

Before I sign off, I want to share a couple paintings by two of my summer art students. Here is an acrylic landscape by Jenny:

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And here is a pastel painting done by Mattie:

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I have the BEST students! They do some wonderful work and I am proud to be their teacher.

I hope to squeeze some more good times in before the snow flies. (And we must get a new roof on the house too — not so fun, but needed!) Hope all you readers are having a wonderful summer.

 

 

 

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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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Looks like it is time to do some catching up again. Since I last wrote I have participated in the annual Studio Cruise, traveled to Colorado for a family gathering, taught a pastel class, and worked on various projects and artworks. Fun times, and busy, as seems the norm these days.

Here is a picture of my benches, now installed at First Lutheran Church. I think they have a very nice setting there, and it is fun to drive by and see them when I’m in town.

Commissioned benches now on site at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji.

Commissioned benches now on site at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji.

This next one is a landscape I painted as a demo for my “Intro to Pastels” class that I taught for BCAC. What a fun time we had! My students were great, and they all did so well. I hope they will all continue to work with the pastels on their own.

Beach we visited often in Nosara, Costa Rica.

Beach we visited often in Nosara, Costa Rica.

This is the animal portrait demo I did, of our cat Groucho as a kitten. [I promised to post this for my students so they could see how it looked finished, since I did not get it done during the class.]

The start -- Blocking in the background, and values on the subject.

The start — Blocking in the background, and values on the subject.

Underpainting the subject, adding color and shading.

Underpainting the subject, adding color and shading.

The finished portrait. I haven't decided on a title for it yet -- I am thinking of calling it "Little Groucho"

The finished portrait. I haven’t decided on a title for it yet — I am thinking of calling it “Little Groucho”

Next Post I will put in some of my student’s work. They all had some really nice paintings. I will be teaching another art class in March, so stay tuned for news about that too.

 

 

 

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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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I have returned from a week in Minneapolis and St. Paul. I had a great time getting to know other artists from all over the state at a training weekend for “Artist Career Counselors” which is a program being set up by Springboard for the Arts. I will be the ACC here in my area, and I am looking forward to meeting with and helping artists in my area. We were able to visit some studios during the St. Paul Art Crawl, which was fun. We also learned a lot about community collaboration, and career building.

The "New" fireplace.

The 'before' shot.

After the Springboard weekend I visited my aunt and had a different kind of art project — she has a square of styrofoam in front of her fireplace to block cold drafty air, but it wasn’t very attractive. So, I got busy and painted it for her — turned out pretty good, and was fun too.

Next stop was Duluth, where I visited my son and his girlfriend. She had the opening of her first solo show at a downtown restaurant — a fun occasion to be a part of! The not-so-fun event was my brakes seized up and I had to have them repaired before I could go home. Happily, some friends of a friend were able to do it for me, and I made it safely home.

Before leaving town I finished another commission and delivered it to the clients. Here is the pastel portrait of ‘Sophie.’

Sophie -- a sweet Border Collie

My next task is to finish a metal sculpture I have started for the Bemidji Sculpture Walk. I hope we have some nice days so I can get out to the shop and work on it! (It is rainy today)

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Here we are, only a week until we once again celebrate the birth of the Christ child. Hope all who read this are enjoying the season and will have some happy times with friends and family.

I am happy to have finished a commission. I am just waiting for the frame to arrive, and then I will deliver it to the patient patron who commissioned it! Here it is, a portrait of Tucker.

"Tucker"

I have also been teaching a beginning acrylics class — what a fun time. My students are eager and hard working, and we made good progress on all our projects. We started with a small landscape, then did a still life study from life, and our final project was a portrait of an animal. Here they are, hard at work.

Acrylic class students, working on their projects.

Here are the still life studies:

Acrylic still life studies from beginning acrylics class.

Another thing that has been keeping me busy is helping with our kitchen remodeling. We have now pulled out the lower cabinets, and we are working on removing the ceramic tile flooring. It is much harder than I thought it would be! We have to pry, and hammer, and shred the old plywood to get it out, then lay down new plywood to make an even surface for the hardwood flooring we plan to lay in the whole kitchen and dining room.

Pulling out the old flooring.

We have moved the stove into the dining room, and have the refrigerator on a big cart so we can roll it out of the way. We have the sink hanging from the upper cabinets, so we can still use it (for the time being), and the dishwasher is disconnected, so I’m back to hand washing , — and using paper plates more often.  🙂

Sink, still useable for now.

I have another painting started, which I hope to complete before the end of the month.   I also did a mountain scene during my Acrylics class. Here is my landscape demo from class:

"That Perfect Day"

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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