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We survived the winter! It was one of the coldest I can remember, and hard to live with the seemingly never-ending subzero temps. In March, my husband and I enjoyed a reprieve — we went on a road-trip through Missouri, where we enjoyed a visit with family, and then to Florida, where we stayed with gracious friends and enjoyed the warmth of sun and sand. It was -30 the morning we left, and in the 70’s in Florida — over 100 degrees warmer! On the way home we went through New Orleans, spending a tourist day in the French Quarter. I’ll post a couple glimpses of our trip:

 

A scene at the beach we visited (several times)

A scene at the beach we visited (several times)

One of MANY birds we saw -- especially pelicans.

One of MANY birds we saw — especially pelicans.

One view from our day in New Orleans.

One view from our day in New Orleans.

We were welcomed home with 10 inches of new snow — but it has since melted, and we are hopeful that spring is truly here.

Art busy-ness started right in — hanging new shows at the RavenRock Gallery, entering the annual Hawley open judged show [I won a 2nd place!] and preparing for the annual Artists of Minnesota show, coming up in May. I also had a dog portrait commission to work on, which I completed this week. Here is a look at the finished painting:

Alaskan Malamute "Charlie"

Alaskan Malamute “Charlie”

I’ve been reading up and researching metal sculpture techniques. This year I plan to learn to work with copper, aluminum, stainless steel, bronze, and other metals in addition to the steel I already work with. I received a grant to help me with this goal. Should be fun [and lots of work, too]. I am excited to see what I can learn, and create this year.

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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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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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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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