Friday, May 27, 2016

This Little Pig

Click Here To Buy It Now - $100, oil on gessobord, 6x6 inches

My first oil painting since forever it seems and I'm back at it again.  When I painted this all I could think of was the toe game Mothers play with their babies toes, "this little pig went to market, this little pig stayed home....etc.  I played this with my children and grandchildren, such a lovely close time spent with babies.  This little pig however wasn't so little; I went to the state fair to photo everything interesting which also led me to the animal barns and this pig who posed so sweetly for me.  I love to paint animals, hopefully you will be seeing more of them in the future.

Due to the limitations 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, May 17, 2016

Best Of Show!

I was honored recently by receiving a Best Of Show award for my painting "Autumn Walk", oil on canvas.  I joined an Artist's group last fall, Artist del Norte and they were advertising their spring show for 2016 with the theme Into The Woods.  They were telling everyone to get out there and take photos since the color was so beautiful at the time.  So I grabbed my camera and ended up at a nature center snapping endless photos.  It was a bit overcast that day which worked better for color and out of those endless photos I managed to get a couple that inspired me, this was one.  I don't consider myself a landscape painter and I hadn't painted a piece over 9x12 inches in years (this painting is 18x24 inches) so this was super challenging for me.  After I completed the painting which took 3 days, I went through a period of ups and downs thinking yes this is good to what were you thinking.  Anyway this award was very encouraging, the judge had many good things to say about the piece and I am feeling so honored.  Challenges are good but not always successful in terms of a finished piece, I was fortunate this time.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Beach Birthday

Not For Sale - 5x7 inches, oil on gessobord

I have a niece who takes wonderful photos, this painting is of her little girl she photographed on the beach for her birthday.  The blue tutu is priceless and the birthday hat tells the story.  I loved the photo so she gave me permission to paint it.