Friday, April 27, 2018

The Perfect Spot


Click Here To Buy It Now - $200, acrylic on gessobord, 6x8 inches

Visiting California a few years ago I ran across a group of plein air painters on the beach, how my heart longed to be painting with them.  This gal was very friendly, allowing me to chat and take photos then I just sat among them soaking up the sun and creative vibes.  Now that the weather is improving I will be out there soon with easel, umbrella, birds, sun and breezes - can't wait!


Due to the limitation and inconsistencies of various display monitors, the colors you see on your screen may not be a totally accurate reproduction of the actual painting but I work to get the best likeness possible.

(c) Deborah Ann Kirkeeide



Friday, March 2, 2018

Lakeside Snack


Not For Sale - Acrylic on linen panel, 8x8 inches

I painted this for an art competition with the theme "Artists In Flight".  I went searching through my photos of birds with no luck then remembered a trip with my daughter and grandchildren years before when they fed the gulls.  I took elements from several photos to come up with this composition then experimented with a red underpainting.  The lake is actually Lake Superior in Duluth MN which really feels like being at the ocean, even has a lighthouse.  I loved the expression on my grandson's face, he was mesmerized watching the gulls.  

Due to the limitation and inconsistencies of various display monitors, the colors you see on your screen may not be a totally accurate reproduction of the actual painting but I work to get the best likeness possible.

(c) Deborah Ann Kirkeeide

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Valentine Bouquet


Click Here To Buy It Now - $300, acrylic on gessobord, 8x8 inches

Flowers from my hubby for Valentines Day!  I've been yearning to paint flowers again but a little afraid due to unsuccessful attempts from previous flower paintings.  Time is a good healer, allowing me to forget past failures.  I love the leaf shapes in this bouquet, they were begging to be painted.

Due to the limitation and inconsistencies of various display monitors, the colors you see on your screen may not be a totally accurate reproduction of the actual painting but I work to get the best likeness possible.

(c) Deborah Ann Kirkeeide

Friday, February 23, 2018

A Place To Sit


Click Here To Buy It Now - $300, Acrylic on gessobord, 8x10 inches

I am yearning for summer but it was the shapes from the house and umbrella that caught my interest.  The photo reference is from a friends patio a few years ago; it had a big dark planter behind the table that ruined the cool shape on the house so I removed it.  Creative license is so great!  Anyway I had fun with this, and looking forward to sitting in a warm place again to soak up the sun.

Due to the limitation and inconsistencies of various display monitors, the colors you see on your screen may not be a totally accurate reproduction of the actual painting but I work to get the best likeness possible.

(c) Deborah A. Kirkeeide


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Winter plein air painting in MN


Yes I really did paint outdoors this February morning with my plein air group from the Rum River Art Center (Anoka, MN) using my oil paints.  Not sure of the temp but it was in the teens; the high for today will only be 28 degrees with snow coming in late afternoon.  It was calm out, no frigid wind blowing to make it intolerable.  We dressed warm and had a building we could warm up in.  It was great fun and only my toes complained a bit about the cold, otherwise no problems except trying to open tubes of paint with gloved hands.  Now I can say I've painted outdoors in a Minnesota winter, I'm truly a plein air painter!  I even like my little painting. 


(c) Deborah Ann Kirkeeide

Friday, February 2, 2018

Succulence


Click Here To Buy It Now - $300, acrylic on linen panel, 8x8 inches

This is one of the paintings where I experimented with high flow acrylics for an under painting (see below).  I used the high flow acrylics as a washy value study which turned out pretty fun all by itself. I tried to save some of that cool drippy texture in the completed painting leaving the background very sketchy.  I learned a bunch from this experiment and hope to incorporate and continue to work with the high flow washes and drips.  My other under painting did not turn out so good in fact it will be a do over.  It turned out dark and for some reason in a much tighter style but that failure led to my success with Succulence. So which do you prefer, the completed painting or the under study wash?


Due to the limitation and inconsistencies of various display monitors, the colors you see on your screen may not be a totally accurate reproduction of the actual painting but I work to get the best likeness possible.

(c) Deborah A. Kirkeeide


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Just Grapes


Click Here To Buy It Now - $100, acrylic, 6x6 inches

I had the urge to paint one day but no idea what to paint and no inspiration.  I wanted to paint something simple to get back into painting after my long absence.  Fruit can be a good choice but I only had some left over grapes and nothing else inspired me.  I wondered what to paint with the grapes and going with the simple idea I thought, why not just grapes.  And there you have it, "Just Grapes".   Grapes are super amazing with all their subtle color and highlights and this bunch had really cool stems.  I will have to try green grapes one day.

Due to the limitation and inconsistencies of various display monitors, the colors you see on your screen may not be a totally accurate reproduction of the actual painting but I work to get the best likeness possible.

(c) Deborah A. Kirkeeide