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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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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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