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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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I’ve been waiting for a slow-down after the holidays to get caught up on things — well that’s not going to happen so I’ll just have to jump in and do it. [I do have some unanticipated minutes to use today, as a snowstorm cancelled my board meeting this afternoon.]

As promised, I am going to post some photos from my pastel class that I taught last fall. I hope all my students are continuing to create, because they all did some beautiful work! [If you students see this post, write and tell me how you’re doing.]

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Our first exercise was a small portrait of an apple. They all looked good enough to eat!

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Next project was a still life. This picture shows the group’s work in progress at the end of the first class.

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We then worked on some landscapes, on Art Spectrum colourfix paper. This is Sue’s completed piece.

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Our final project was an animal portrait on velour paper. We have here Dee’s Kitty and a cute Burro by Michael. I had a fun time teaching this class, and hope to do more classes through the Bemidji Community Art Center this year. I am putting together a Black and White Media sampler [four mediums in four sessions] for this April. I am also teaching this class to High School kids from the local VEH charter school.

I took a trip out to Seattle to attend my niece Jessica’s wedding. It was a beautiful wedding and a fun time spent with family and friends. I came home to a huge snowstorm, which left nearly 18 inches of new snow on top of the 12-18 inches we already had. Lots of work involved in getting that plowed and removing snow from the roof!

Now I am putting together some upcoming exhibits here in Bemidji. My art group is hanging a new show at Brigid’s Pub for the First Friday Art Walk, which will be March 1st.  I am also helping line up artists to exhibit at the Sanford Medical Center. Keeps me busy.

Two paintings are awaiting my attention on my easels, so I hope to have some new things to post soon.

 

 

 

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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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Hey, it’s been a while since I found time to update — last year in fact! I suppose I’m not the only one who loses time to think over the Holidays. We enjoyed our Christmas and New Years, and now it’s on with 2012. We continue to work on our kitchen project — it has in fact taken over a lot of my studio and much of my work has been varnishing cabinet doors instead of painting. Oh well, it will be worth it!

I have made some progress on my Husky painting. I will put up my next steps in the process.  First, I started adding color to the dog, after deepening some of the background colors.

Starting on the subject.

Next I blocked in some of the areas which we be my darks. I keep them pale at this point while I am mapping out my plan for the painting.

Mapping out the darks

Now I added some shading and worked on darker areas, laying the groundwork for what is to follow.

Moving ahead with shading, and the start of the fur texture.

Next time should bring it to a finish. I’m already thinking about what my next painting will be — I’ll save that for later.

I just finished a 6 week pastel class with some local High School kids — they were a good bunch and we had some fun projects. Hope they will continue to make art, and create some new pastel pieces on their own. My own next deadline is to get ready to hang a two-person show the first of March.  I’ll be posting some of those works here in the days to come.

 

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We had our first snowfall this week and ice is forming on the lake. I would say that winter is about here. I completed my classes at the Boys and Girls club in Bemidji, and we put up an exhibit of the students work. If you have a chance, stop in and see what the kids have created.

As promised, I will be putting up the painting I started during the cruise, so you can see it progress. After sketching the design on the canvas, I started with a light lavender/pink wash over most of the background.

First layer of paint.

Next, I masked off two design areas where I didn’t want texture, and used a thin wash of Smalt Blue over the whole background and immediately laid down some plastic wrap to create an over-all texture. When it was nearly dry, I removed the wrap and let it dry completely.

Step two -- texture

I now used a white glaze to define some of my background shapes and define a light path through the background. I also started laying in the Eskimo design elements (they were inspired by the designs on my parents parkas, which they had made back in the 50’s when they lived in Alaska).

Third step -- defining background elements.

I will continue with the painting progress in the next post!

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So quickly we slipped into Fall! The colors are peaking here as I write this, and the weather has been beautiful. I have been busy in the studio, Painting, Teaching and Cleaning for the Studio Cruise, which is coming soon!  I finished my raccoon painting, which I will soon put into a step-by-step slideshow for you to enjoy. Here is a quick snapshot of it:

"Mischief Maker" Acrylic Mixed Media on Canvas 24"x24"

I have been teaching a drawing course at the Bemidji Boys and Girls club — we had our fourth session today.  It is fun to work with the kids and see them apply the lessons in their art. We hope to have an exhibit of some of their pieces at the end of the course. Next week we have off, as I will be in Wisconsin taking a Watercolor Workshop from Karlyn Holman. I am looking forward to the challenges she will present us with!

Last weekend my husband and I went over to the North Shore and visited the Split Rock Lighthouse. We had a wonderful day for it, and I took lots of pictures! I’ll share a couple here.

The Lighthouse from the Lake Superior shore.

View from the top by the Lighthouse, facing Northeast.

I also had some photo ops right in my own backyard — there were some swans on the lake, and I went down to get some pictures before they flew off. They always seem a bit shy about sticking around to have their pictures taken.

Swans on Lake Flora

Tomorrow I will be back in the studio, starting another painting, and maybe slipping out to the welding shop as well. So much to do, so little time to get it done!

Here is one final picture, my son Chris and his bride, Laura, on their wedding day. They are such a great match for each other.  I sure miss having them around to visit with, now that they have moved to Oregon!  I hope to share pictures from a visit out there one of these days.

Chris and Laura -- Wedding day at Gooseberry Falls State Park

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