|Loki - 12x12 Acrylic on gessobord|
Friday, December 22, 2017
Just finished up the last of my Christmas commissions, this is Loki. He was a challenge as an all black cat. Like a good little student I don't use black paint from a tube, I mix my own. It's much more interesting that way. My first attempt at Loki had him looking too blue, so I started over and was much happier with the second result. The man who commissioned him said it really looked like Loki, yay!
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
This cutie is TiTi, who was commissioned to be a Christmas present. This is my first time painting for someone I don't know! She took my card at the little exhibition I had at the Underground Music Cafe and contacted me. It's a little nerve-wracking, so far when I've done commissions I've always had in the back of my head "Well they have to like it, they're my <friend/sister/uncle/childhood neighbor/cousin/former roommate/etc...>" Anyway she seemed very happy with it. She even kindly instructed me to sign it, saying "You're the artist! You must sign." :)
|TiTi - 6x6 acrylic on gessobord|
Saturday, September 23, 2017
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Monday, May 22, 2017
This one took a few tries to get the markings right. Sometimes paintings work out on the first try but much more often I have to try 3-4 times to get it right. I try not to think about the wasted paint, and chalk it up to practice!
|Tabby Cat - Acrylic on 12x12 gessobord|
Saturday, May 13, 2017
I've been busy working on some pieces for a couple of upcoming projects! One of the projects is an exhibition of my work in a local coffee shop, I want to do a series of pet portraits for that. The other is the U of MN Vet Hospital is going to feature some of my paintings on note cards that they send out. The front of the card will have a transfer of one of my paintings, and the back of the card will have their logo and also my contact information. I'm really excited about it!
|Ginger - Acrylic on 12x12 gessobord|
This dog is from the "paint my photo" site. Lots of good reference material there. If you have any great shots of your pets (close-up, well-lit...) please feel free to send them my way too.
One thing I still struggle with is getting accurate photos of my paintings. They always look different than they do in person. And it's amazing how different times of day affects the photos. Here's another photo of the same painting. The real painting's colors are somewhere between the two.
Any photography lighting tips would be appreciated!
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
I'm having fun with these house portraits. This is the old Garding farmhouse in Lake Henry, MN. The farm was homesteaded in 1876. I'm so used to painting cats and dogs that I find myself trying to similarly capture a "personality" when I paint houses, especially by using light and shadow. I'm not sure this one is quite finished- I'm wondering if I should add a little reflection to the bottom window panes? Also thinking the floor of the porch may jutt out a little to far. Opinions from those who have been there?
|Garding Farmhouse - Acrylic on 9x12 gessobord|
Monday, May 8, 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017
I recently took a house portrait painting class from my wonderful painting teacher, Kat Corrigan. This is the house I grew up in in Litchfield, MN. It's bright orange now (see photo below!) but I painted it as I remembered it, it used to be brown. I tried adding some trees to the background but it looked really busy and detracted from the house so I painted over them. I think I'll try again with more simplified trees.
|216 W. 3rd St. 8"x10" Acrylic on gessoboard.|
|The house today!|
Friday, February 17, 2017
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Thursday, January 26, 2017
I took a quick break from dogs and cats to try a still life. This is actually painted from a photograph of a still life I found online- I don't have good lighting/space to set up my own still lifes. It feels very different to paint inanimate objects when I'm used to painting animals!
|6x6 Acrylic on gessoed hardboard|