Sunday, May 15, 2022

Mother's Day Flowers


Decided to get my drawing stuff out and have some fun.  It's always hard for me to pass up an opportunity to draw or paint flowers, they are so short lived.  And the back lighting from the window just made all these wonderful negative spaces, plus working on toned paper, as I've said before, is my favorite.  

Funny story about these flowers: Walking in Walmart the day before Mother's Day and getting ready to leave I saw these flowers, they must have called to me because I couldn't stop thinking about them.  I went over to check them out and saw they were not in the tubs of water (as they should have been) but laying along side a tub.  Looking at them closer I saw that some of the stems and flowers were beginning to wilt so I shoved them back into the bucket and noticed others and shoved them back as well.  Finally I decided these flowers needed help, they called to me, so bringing them home I cut all the stems back so they could drink up the needed water.  They responded beautifully giving me over a week of pleasure and this drawing.  I can't understand, for the life of me, why people would not return beautiful flowers to the water they so needed.

Deborah Ann Kirkeeide ©

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Drawing With Deb Spring 2022 Class

 Just wrapped up a four week virtual drawing class with this group of creative ladies.  We worked from photo references capturing values, comparative measuring, negative space, some composition and the possibilities of changing or additions to make a piece unique.  They also learned about working on toned paper with white pencil which is one of my favorite ways to draw.  I threw a lot of stuff at them but they were champs and powered on, here are some of their lovely drawings.  

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© by each individual artist

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Exploring Color With Mixed Media Class 2022

 So I'm finally adding some photos of the student work from this virtual winter class.  We worked with acrylic on watercolor paper, mixing color with a limited palette of Chrome Yellow, Magenta and Phthalo Blue (green shade), white and black.  The students created their own color wheel, painted backgrounds, explored collage, stamped from items found at home and stenciled from patterns provided.  They also discovered how versatile acrylics can be when using it with a watercolor affect.  These are some fun and lovely pieces some of the students have allowed me to share.  The students were imaginative, fun and worked hard!  Click image to enlarge.

© by each individual artist.


Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Ladies Outing


This was a piece from my Exploring Color With Mixed Media class this past winter.  On this day we were exploring the versatile uses of acrylics using watered down acrylics for a watercolor affect.  The class took their 3 different watered down acrylics and poured them over the watercolor paper letting them run.  On my sample above I added collage and pencil, using my own figure stencil to create a thinner version of the figures.  I let the flow of colors show me where to go in creating the background.  This doesn't happen fast for me, I ponder the possibilities for days and even weeks.  It's important for students to see the process isn't always a fast one.

I will be posting some of my student work from this class soon.

Deborah Ann Kirkeeide ©

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

One Bunny


Having fun drawing with my drawing class this spring!  This was a fun photo reference I found on  I gave the class an option to add flowers to the background and decorate the egg if they wanted.  I love giving options to students, it's an eye opener to see possibilities for creating.  

It's odd how my iPhone picks up and enhances the texture of the graphite.  I'm trying to figure out how to tone the texture down.  I've even taken the photo into Photo Shop Elements to edit.  Any ideas?

Happy Easter!

Deborah Ann Kirkeeide ©

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Underwater Attraction


Click Here For More Info:  $300, 8x8 inches, acrylic on Ampersand gessobord

Who isn't mesmerized watching fish in their watery home and who hasn't tried having a fish tank at least once?  Or maybe a screen saver of an underwater world (very addictive).  The painted version of an aquarium is much easier to take care of.  This is another painting on black gesso and has been protected by an acrylic varnish.

Deborah Ann Kirkeeide ©

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Morning Get Away

 Click Here For More Info:  $130, 6x8 inches, Acrylic on linen panel

My first acrylic painting after a long break.  I think it would be so much fun having a little scooter, my neighbor has a red one she drives to work a few blocks away.  When I was a kid my parents owned a Tote Gote that my sister and me used to race around the desert with (grew up in AZ).  We had a blast!  Check out Tote Gotes on the internet.

The Vespa is a pixabay photo reference however the window in the photo didn't work so I Photo Shopped a new one with more interest and contrast.  Actually the window was taken from another one of my photos that I painted some years back so you may recognize it in my gallery.

Almost one week away from the start of my new class "Exploring Color With Mixed Media".  I'm pretty excited to share what I know about working with acrylics and color.  I'm not much about painting subdued color, you can see that by checking out my gallery on Daily Paintworks (link on the right).  That's just my personal preference and what inspires me.  Learning to mix and create color, just about any color is fundamental for those interested in painting.

Deborah Ann Kirkeeide ©