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


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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



Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Fun with acrylic under paintings!



I'm back painting again after being sick through December and then on vacation in California.  I'm excited to be experimenting with acrylics and getting better acquainted with them.  In the two sketches above I've used High Flow Acrylics by Golden to create under paintings.  The colors from the High Flow Acrylics are so vibrant and gorgeous.  I have no idea where I'm going with these but that's half the fun.  In the top sketch I just wanted to identify where the lights and darks were to create structure.  Now that I've laid the foundation I'm ready to get going.  Layering is part of the beauty of acrylics and a totally different approach compared to the Alla Prima oil painting technique I love.  I'm not sure how I will like the finished work with these under paintings but I will keep you posted on the results.  Oh I'm also experimenting with linen panels for my paint surface and so far so good.

(c) Deborah A. Kirkeeide


Friday, November 17, 2017

For Sale


Click Here To Buy It Now - $250, Acrylic on canvas panel, 8x10 inches

I took the reference photo for this painting years ago at an antique store.  These chairs were sitting just outside the door, I loved the light, shadows and all those spindles.  I could never figure out how to paint the scene until recently and for some unknown reason it just came to me.  Funny how that works, maybe it was just getting over my fears but I'm happy with the results.  I have some other chair photos, maybe time for another series.


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







Friday, November 10, 2017

At The Fair


Click Here To Buy It Now - $200, Acrylic on linen panel, 8x8 inches

Minnesota has a great state fair in fact they call it the great Minnesota get together and it is.  The fair is huge and attracts tons of people, its a fun place to photo people, umbrellas, animals and all sorts of things plus eat to your hearts desire.  I painted this from a photo of the fair I took last summer taken from a distance away and just happened to see this great row of colorful umbrellas.  Most photos don't turn out to be paint worthy but once in a while you get a good one, this was a good one.

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


Friday, November 3, 2017

Walk Time


Click Here To Buy It Now - $150, oil on gessobord, 6x6 inches

While out taking some photos I was heading into a parking lot and this little dog on a leash was running at me barking and yapping the whole way.  I though he wanted a piece of my ankle but turns out that's how he greets people.  Little Max greets everyone he sees this way whether he knows you or not.  You could see the love light in his humans eye, he thinks Max is the best and Max seems pretty happy too.  

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

Friday, October 27, 2017

Rest Stop


Click Here To Buy It Now - $150, oil on gessobord, 6x6 inches

This is one of my Minnesota State Fair photos.  I love capturing people doing ordinary things and people on their smart phones is a sign of our times, a reminder of remember when.  Makes you wonder what the next big thing will be to revolutionize peoples lives, for now this little ordinary piece of time has been caught and recorded.

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