Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Elephant Express


Click Here For More Info:  $150, 8x10 inches, acrylic on 1/8" Ampersand Gessobord

I've had this little kewpie doll (along with her sister) for years but packed away.  Going through stuff I found them and decided to try adding one to a painting.  I spent hours and days, along with many photos figuring out the set up, which took longer than the painting (lol).  This little girl looks like she is out for an adventure after all those years cooped up in a box, we have a lot in common I think.  So all aboard for the Elephant Express, may your imagination take you to amazing places! 

I use professional acrylic paints in all my acrylic paintings for permanence and longevity.

Deborah Ann Kirkeeide © 

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Summer's End


Colored pencil on blue toned paper, 8x10 inches.

I finally made it to the beach one last time before the summer weather ended, actually I made it twice.  The first time my goal was to capture people (via photos) on the beach and do some gesture drawings.  The second time school had started and no one was around so I worked on the background for this drawing.  Not using colored pencil very often this became a fun exercise for me.  

I'm planning and gearing up for teaching another virtual drawing class this winter which will begin in January 2023.  The theme will be travel, sailing away to beaches and warm places.  Since many of us aren't able to getaway during the long cold winters (if you live in a cold climate like me), I thought it would be fun to getaway by drawing and dreaming of those warm places.  We will go over all the fundamentals of drawing realistically while staying warm at home.  Socializing and questions are always welcome.  More on the class later through Rumriver Art Center Anoka MN.

Deborah Ann Kirkeeide ©

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Drawings From Alpaca Week

 Here are some of my drawings from my week with the alpacas.  I'm still hoping to do another painting but this time as a composition with people or other alpacas.  One of the students from the drawing camp became my favorite model: in drawing #1 she is busy photographing and in #3 actively drawing.  Click on the image to enlarge.

Deborah Ann Kirkeeide ©

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Banjo Man


Click Here For More Info:  $200, 8x8 inches, acrylic on 1/8" Ampersand Gessobord

This painting is from my own reference photo taken years ago.  I could never figure out how to make him come alive in paint so he waited for inspiration.  Finally after years and inspiration from other artists, I was ready to tackle my banjo player, then came the alpaca week and another hold on the project.  The alpaca paintings actually gave me more ideas for Banjo Man.  Funny how that works. 

I have an accordion player that needs to be painted so maybe thats next after a kitchen remodel.  Looking forward to a new kitchen but not the mess and work involved.  No painting for awhile I'm afraid.

Deborah Ann Kirkeeide ©

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

All Ears


Click Here For More Info:  $130, 6x6 inches, 1/8" acrylic on Ampersand Gessobord

This is Guttorm and I truly believe he smiles.  My dog Niki learned to smile and greeted me with one everyday when returning from work.  This is another of the Boys from my week with the alpacas, you can read the write up on my blog.  Guttorm is a social butterfly or maybe it was just the treats we carried to entice the group.  Alpacas are so dang cute!

Deborah Ann Kirkeeide © 

Sunday, July 10, 2022



Click Here For More Info:  $150, 6x6 inches, acrylic on 1/8" Ampersand Gessobord

This is Boris from my week of alpaca drawing and photographing.  See my blog write up and photos of my alpaca week.  It was such a fun experience and so lucky to have the opportunity to see alpacas up close and personal.  This painting is from my favorite photo of the boys, there were four male alpacas all with different personalities.  I felt compelled to paint in a loose fun style to match the expression.  

Deborah Ann Kirkeeide © 

Saturday, July 2, 2022

A Week With Alpacas


I spent all week photographing and drawing alpacas with six other creative people (I will try to post a drawing later).  This was a drawing camp offered by Rumriver Art Center in Anoka MN, https://rumriver-art-center.business.site.  We were a little disappointed that they had just been sheared but it actually turned out to be a bonus since it was easier to see their bone structure and the owner promised to have us back in the fall to see them with full coats.  Most the time the alpacas ignored us and were only mildly curious until we offered treats then things got interesting as you can see above with Guttorm looking over my shoulder.  Guttorm was also the know spitter of the group so we were wary of him otherwise they were pretty mild mannered.  The last day they got a little frisky and ended up arguing and spitting at each other.  Fernando the boss was always keeping Guttorm in line.  How lucky were we to be able to see the alpacas up close and personal, sometimes a little too personal.  What a great experience!  I will try to capture some alpacas in paint.

A BIG thank you to Beth!!
Deborah Ann Kirkeeide ©