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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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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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It was another educational and enjoyable show over the last weekend, at Ruttger’s  Sugar Lake Lodge near Grand Rapids, MN. We had the inspiring art to look at all weekend, painting demos to watch, and the chance to spend time with friends and catch up with those we haven’t seen for a long time. Here I am with my two entries:

"Gentle Touch" on the left, and "Follow the Leader" on the right.

As I thought, the weather decided to turn and we had cold, wind, and 6 inches of snow while we were there. We didn’t mind too much, as we had the nice lodge to enjoy during the day, and our cabin had a fireplace to enjoy at night.

Snow outside our cabin.

My friends Pat, Ron, and Dee won awards, so we celebrated that, and also the selection of my friend Terry as the next president of our organization! Doug and Joan were celebrating their anniversary while we were there as well. A couple days of good food, good friends, and good art to refresh us for the days ahead.

"Time Traveler" my mini for the show.

I saw an eagle on my way to town the other day, and stopped to get his picture. He (like usual) didn’t like it and flew away, but I did get one shot in before he left.

Eagle along the road to town.

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The sun is shining and the snow is mostly melted. It seems we have finally turned the corner after the long winter, but I still don’t trust it! We may get another blast of snow before it is truly over, but even that won’t deter the advent of the growing season for long. I have seen robins already, as well as swans, and the juncos have arrived. The goldfinch males have nearly completed turning from olive to bright yellow. So off we go into another busy season of life.

I have finished the cat commission I have been working on. Next I have two dogs to do, and then one more dog. I got my watercolor horse painting finished, and will enter it in the upcoming Artists of Minnesota spring show (This Friday!) I also completed a mini painting for the show, so I am ready to go. I have also resumed teaching homeschool kids at my studio. We are making some great looking paper mache animals. One more session of adding paper, and then we paint them.

"Sunny and Murphy"

Other than art, we are still busy with the kitchen remodel. It is one of those things that takes a long time, but is worth it in the end. Our kitty Groucho is getting so big! He is feeling a bit of spring fever lately, spending lots of time staring out the windows and chasing flies.

Groucho supervising the kitchen project

We still have birds and other wildlife visiting the birdfeeder out back. One day some deer and a fox came at the same time!

A doe coming in while the fox is checking for leftover seeds.

I’ll report on the spring show soon. We are meeting at Ruttgers Sugar Lake Lodge in Grand Rapids, MN. Should be a fun weekend!

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We have been having a nice snowy winter this year. Not so much wind (although it is sub-zero and windy today!) so the snow stays on the trees, and everything looks so pretty. I will put up a couple pictures from our last snowfall.

View towards the lake from the house.

Sculptures in the front yard, well covered in snow.

 

 

 

This was taken from the house while we were getting nice powder snow, coming down pretty heavily — we got 6-8 inches in that one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think the snow is over three feet deep in the yard where we haven’t been clearing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had some deer visit the spilled sunflower seeds under our bird feeder. They stayed a while and then moved on.

Scrounging for tidbits

One more:

Our kitten Groucho, on his first walk in snow. He seemed to like it!

Seems like I have been spending a lot of time on the computer lately. I got my bookwork up to date and filed my sales taxes. I also spent time updating my resume and writing some proposals for a hoped-for commission or two. Time will tell how it all pans out.

I did get some work done on a watercolor trio I have been working at for a few weeks — I may be done, or I may add to it — I need to let it sit a while and then decide.

This I will call "Follow the Leader".

"Standing Tall"

 

"Racing"

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This week I am featuring my painting that won the ribbon at the Hawley art show. I created this work in Arizona when I was visiting my friend Kari. She is also an artist, and another art friend, Karen, was visiting the area at the same time I was there. We got together in Kari’s studio just to have a fun time painting together. And it was fun! I was inspired by all the prickly pear plants that you see everywhere in Arizona, and how they come in so many colors. I never knew before I starting visiting Kari, that they can be yellow, blue, pink, and purple, as well as various shades of green. So, I chose to make the prickly pear my subject, and masked off the largest one so I could paint it at the end with a back-lit effect. I began layering colors and shapes. I used salt to create texture in some of the colored areas. I kept some areas light to connect one area to another. When I finished, it looked like there were spotlights shining and “a crowd”, so I called it “Cactus Convention”  I brought it home in my suitcase, and didn’t frame it for several months. When I got it out again, it reminded me of that fun time with my friends, and it does every time I look at it.

"Cactus Convention"

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