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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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This is for anyone who will be in or near Bemidji next week (and through the end of June). I have an exhibit with my friend and fellow-artist, Pat Shough at Neilson Place, in Bemidji.  We are having an artists reception on Friday April 6, from 3-4:30 pm. The Exhibit is called “Flora and Fauna”, and it features my Pastel and Acrylic animal themed-art with Pat’s Watercolors and Acrylics of flowers. We would love to have the chance to talk to you about our art.

Neilson place is now also called Sanford Health WoodsEdge — located at 1000 Anne St NW. If you can’t be there next Friday, you can still come and see the exhibit, as it will be up until the end of June. If you stop by, write and tell me your thoughts!

Here is one of my works that will be at the show:

"Still Life" Pastel Painting

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I have another painting finished — this one just asked to be painted. It is my cat, Groucho, looking out of his little cat tree house. He has such a royal attitude all the time, so I dubbed him the king of our household, and gave him a crown and scepter. Hope you enjoy it!

"The King Will See You Now"

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After my time in the cities, I had to dive into sculpture making to get my new piece ready for the sculpture walk in Bemidji. In between the frequent rainstorms I did get it done. We even had to install it in the pouring rain!

Installing "Hopes Rising" along Bemidji Avenue.

Right after that I had to repair one of my larger sculptures to have it ready, along with several other works, for an exhibit in Grand Rapids, Minnesota at the MacRostie Art Center. The exhibit is up for the month of June, a group showing titled “Garden Art/ Sculpture Exhibition”.  Stop by and see it if you are in the area.

"Oracle" at MacRostie Gallery

This Spring went by so fast I hardly had time to think! Here it is, officially summer, and I have a moment to reflect on the busy and fun times I had with my students.  My homeschool kids came to my studio and we looked at the art of the Oaxacan people of Mexico. We then created paper mache animals and painted them in that style. It was a fun (and messy ) project, with students from 1st to 9th grade.We also did a relief printing project that turned out great as well. They learned about positive and negative space and we did a space reversal by printing one on black paper.

Last week I was involved with a wonderful project — the first annual Bemidji Art Camp at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. It was a very fun time, working with some very talented girls. I will post more about that in my next update.

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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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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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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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