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At the Dow Art Gallery for the Art Crawl (and beyond)

 Some Artists at the Dow Art Gallery

I stand by my personal label as Whimsical Wildlife Documentarian.

I will deny forever that I am a good photographer. Clearly there is more to learn about photography and Photoshop. How, for example, should light reflections be eliminated without deeply hurting the underlying image. How does an amateur photographer contort herself to get a square or rectangular photo without acquiring permanent back injuries. Make a list for next week.

Come to the Dow Art Gallery to see these works (and many more).

I apologize in advance to the artists whose work I’ve Instagrammed and reproduced here.

Karen Searle Knitted Wire Flowers
Karen Searle Crochet Wire Flowers

 

Peggy Wright Watching
Peggy Wright Watching

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terry Palm Serving Breakfast
Terry Palm Serving Breakfast

 

Robert Delutri SubArtParticle Physics
Robert Delutri SubArtParticle Physics
Marjorie Moody Sunflowers
Marjorie Moody Sunflowers
Kelly Doyle Owlets Not Ewoks
Kelly Doyle Owlets Not Ewoks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don Dickinson Sunny and Cold
Don Dickinson Sunny and Cold

 

Debra Ripp Orbits
Debra Ripp Orbits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colette Sakschek Hen On Red
Colette Sakschek Hen On Red
Ann Meaning I'm Screaming
Ann Meaning I’m Screaming
Susan Gainen Sam the Snowy Owl Who Went to Mardi Gras
Susan Gainen Sam the Snowy Owl Who Went to Mardi Gras and Never Came Back

 

 

Today is the last day of the Art Crawl. The Gallery is open from 12 to 5 p.m.

3 Cats & 11 Flamingos at the Art Crawl

 

The 3 Cats & 11 Flamingos Acapella Group are starring on my wall at the Dow Art Gallery during the Saint Paul Art Crawl. Click here to download a pass for FREE Green Line transportation for Saturday and Sunday. (Note: you have to take a two-question survey first.)

The group lives and practices in Saint Paul, in a home with a very-well sound insulated practice room. The group has stopped out from their first World Tour to appear at the Dow Art Gallery.

The Dow Art Gallery and the Art Crawl

40 artists share the beautiful light-filled space at the Dow Art Gallery, 2242 University Avenue West, Saint Paul. Start your Art Crawl journey in the Dow, then hop onto the Green Line for a complete Saint Paul Art Journey.

 

3 Cats and 11 Flamingos Acapella
3 Cats and 11 Flamingos Acapella

St. Paul Art Crawl — up next!

 

Multi-task: Explore Saint Paul’s Art Community, Visit the Dow Gallery, & Ride the Green Line for Free

Saint Paul Art Crawl
Saint Paul Art Crawl

 

Dow Art Gallery: a bright-light & art-filled gallery at 2242 University Avenue West

Up up and away!  Come to the Gallery at the Dow Building for the St. Paul Art Crawl. See the work of 40 Gallery Artists, and then, as a bonus, visit the artists in the Dow Building itself.  One stop for lots of great art!

Where is the Gallery?

It faces directly on University Avenue, and gives you access to the rest of the Dow Building

What will I bring?

Originals, prints and cards of Roosters, LLLamas, Cats, Flying Penguins, Pigs, Frogs & Pandas, a never-before seen Giant Panda Portrait, Cave Paintings, Friendship (all sizes), and Flying Crystals. I will also have signed copies of The Backyard Roosters of Saint Paul and Meet the LLLamas.  And one of the snacks that draws both creatures and humans to my studio, Judith Olney’s Joy of Chocolate Pound Cake

Events (so far) in the Gallery

Free Performance Showing by SoulPlay/CathyAnn Beaty
Show time on Saturday @ 11am and 2pm

Free Green Line Bus passes!

Live Rooster showing by Collette Sakschek

Live Music, Food, and Beverages!

Fundraising for Cancer Kids. Selling Pints of the famous “Tiger Jack” created by Barb Pinc. Proceeds go to the Cancer Kids foundation.

 

SpringPostersmall

 

Free rides on the Green Line

Download at www.artcrawl.org. The Green Line comes right to the front door of the Dow Gallery.

Free Rides to the Art Crawl
Free Rides to the Art Crawl

Reclaim & recycle new techniques into new flamingo art

3 flamingos on a round
3 flamingos on a round
Painted Beaded Flamingo at Vine Arts Center
Painted Beaded Flamingo at Vine Arts Center

A wooden flamingo is born

In 1996, a now-shuttered lumber yard in Saint Paul cut the flamingo from a piece of plywood, made a dozen sets of bookends, a random kidney-ish shaped piece, and 24 8-inch rounds. I painted and beaded the flamingo, and the rounds have aged like fine wine in a stack under my stairs.

New life for the flamingo

After standing tall in my bathroom for 16 years, the 5-foot tall beaded-and-painted wooden flamingo had its last public outing at Vine Arts Center during the 2014 Northern Spark Green Way Glow.

It is now a pink gesso-covered Cave Flamingo which was part of my Lost Cave Paintings of Saint Paul installation at the WARM (Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota) Mentor-Protegee final show, Beyond the Surface, in late 2014.

WARM Installation 2014
WARM Mentor Protegee Show 2014: Lost Cave Paintings of Saint Paul

New life for the wooden rounds

Two years ago I bought a dozen 12-inch round sheets of a fine artist paper whose brand is lost in the mists of time. They sat comfortably in the package until I decided to use gesso, the key ingredient in Cave Paintings, to attach the round papers to the wooden rounds.

Wooden rounds meet tiny Flamingos

How this piece was made:

  1. I used gesso to attach the paper to the wooden round, and trimmed the excess.
  2. With a spatula, I splodged gesso onto the paper, and then pressed it with the Ax-Man Gizmo #2, a tube with wire mesh that makes a scaly-sort of pattern. I let it dry overnight.
  3. I sponged color onto the now-patterned gesso. I recommend acrylic paint (as opposed to watercolor), which won’t move an inch when you cover it with acrylic medium. I learned this lesson the very very hard way (subject of another post when I’m over my disappointment.)
  4. Having made dozens of tiny flamingos as ornaments, bookmarks, and gift tags, I am surrounded by them. Three volunteered to be encased on gloss varnish for this project. I glued them onto the round, and waited patiently while the glue dried. (Really? Why are you telling me this? Because I have a life-long history of being too quick to move on to the next step, and I want to save you from the abject misery that will follow a string of bad words.)
  5. Inspired by Dar Bunde, an amazing artist-member of the Northstar Watermedia Society, I used Liquitex Gloss Medium because I want this piece to be SHINY!!!!! I poured it on and set to to dry overnight.
  6. I painted the sides with acrylic paint and covered the sides with gloss medium
  7. I attached a hanger on the back so that this can hang on the wall.

Art-4-Shelter: A great cause (& fun for artists)

 

Art-4-Shelter benefits Simpson Housing Services whose staff and volunteers work tirelessly to end homelessness in Minnesota.

Hundreds of artists contribute 5×7 pieces, and the sale price ($30) covers the cost of housing one person for one night.

Managing the sale

  1. Come to the preview and thank the Burnet Gallery at Le Meridian Chambers Hotel for hosting.
  2. Greet your friends. Meet new artists.
  3. Identify your favorite pieces, stand by your absolute favorite, grab it when time is called, then race around the room to snag your other favorites.

Artists

The deadline for submitting pieces is April 15. Follow the these submission rules.

My cat Max and two of his Flamingo pals will be there.

 

Whimsical Wildlife & more at the Dow Building Gallery

 

Whimsical Wildlife & more at Frame by Frame, the Dow Building Gallery
Whimsical Wildlife & more at Frame by Frame, the Dow Building Gallery

What’s inside the Dow Building? Lots of artists and a great gallery.

What’s inside the Dow Building on University Avenue? Khanh Tran of  Frame by Frame opened a huge light-filled gallery for Dow Building Artists (and others), and the Whimsical Wildlife and Geometric Abstractions have a new home.

Saint Paul Art Crawl Spring 2015

I’ll be there for the 2015 Saint Paul Art Crawl, April 24-26. Friday 6-10 pm. Saturday 12-8 pm. Sunday 12-5 pm.

The Dow Building and gallery address is 2242 University Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55414. Check out the map and put it on your calendar.

Waiting for you…

The Cave Seal #2: The Lost Cave Paintings of Saint Paul
The Cave Cat: The Lost Cave Paintings of Saint Paul
Two 3-D Backyard Roosters (From The Backyard Roosters of Saint Paul)
Sam the Snowy Owl Who Went to Mardi Gras and Never Came Back (From The Small Friends’ Chronicles)
The French Roosters (From The Backyard Roosters of Saint Paul)
3 Cats & 11 Flamingos Sing Acapella
The Great Leafy Bunny of New Hampshire (From The Small Friends’ Chronicles)
Friendship #5: Messy. Sometimes Complicated. Beautiful if you’re lucky.
Flying Red Crystals

 

The Backyard Roosters of Saint Paul

From the Small Friends’ Research Institute

Spreading Rooster Whimsy

Coming to print & e-book by mid-March 2015…

The Backyard Roosters of Saint Paul
The Backyard Roosters of Saint Paul

The Backyard Roosters of Saint Paul has 41 pages of portraits and stories of the Rooster leadership in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Some of the 42 roosters in the book…

 

30-paintings-in-30-days: Black and White Rooster Day 17

Only delusional artists believe that everything works out perfectly first time and every time.

Day 17 didn’t work so well.

Small Model
Small Model

I had a good idea which was to paint a black and white striped rooster. There are many examples in breeders books and in art. It seemed like a good idea. It didn’t work out as well as I would have liked because (1) I didn’t plan or practice; (2) and I didn’t pay close attention to what I was doing. Which is not to say that it wasn’t fun to paint. I love tiny spaces, and this Rooster has a lot of them.

It’s always a good idea to practice, advice that I dispense all of the time. This feather effect needs a lot of practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Black and White
First Black and White Rooster
Framed Black and White Rooster
Framed Black & White Rooster

 

 

 

 

 

After scanning into Photoshop, I made some adjustments to the First Black and White Rooster. I cropped out his back feathers to get rid of the mess. I used the Cross Hatch brush strokes filter to adjust all of the black and white feathers.  Neither adjustment moved this experiment close to the effect that I was aiming for.

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30-paintings-in-30-days: first 16

Leslie Saeta challenged artists around the world to join her in a 30-paintings-in-30-days challenge. I am always up for a challenge. But for a glitch in my access to this blog, I would have posted these images daily.  This is catchup.

Each image starts with a drawing and a watercolor painting. After that the images go in many directions including being (1) scanned into Photoshop and manipulated, or  (2) slathered with acrylic mediums, cut out, and placed on real or digital backgrounds.

Click on the image to see it larger-than-a-thumbnail. They are all in a 30-paintings-in-30-days gallery at the small friends website. Click on the tag line under each image to take you to the small friends page that tells the story of each image, and welcomes you to purchase (or not, as not all are for sale), or to find that some of the images are on cool products at my zazzle store.

Now, back to the painting table.

Find the Owl 2015-16
Find the Owl 2015-16
Undercover Rooster 2015-15
Undercover Rooster 2015-15

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Boy Winston 2015-13
Golden Boy Winston 2015-13

French Steer Larry 2015-14

French Steer Larry 2015-14

Two Colorful Cats 2015-12
Two Colorful Cats 2015-12
Tin Roof Maroon Rooster 2015-11
Tin Roof Marsala Rooster 2015-11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stained Glass Rooster 2015-9
Green and Blue Stained Glass Rooster 2015-9
Night Rooster 2015-10
Night Rooster 2015-10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rooster by Committee 2015-8
Rooster by Committee 2015-8

 

 

 

Glowing Rooster 2015-6
Glowing Rooster 2015-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Backyard Rooster Nine 2015-5
Backyard Rooster Nine 2015-5

 

No 2 stars are alike 2015-3
No 2 snowflakes are alike 2015-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No 2 stars are alike 2015-4
No 2 snowflakes are alike 2015-4

 

 

30-paintings-in-30-days January 2015
Friendship 2015-1

 

 

 

 

 

Quiltish Windows 2015-2
Four  Windows 2015-2
Curious Rooster 2015-7
Curious Rooster 2015-7

Visiting the studio: 3 cats and 11 flamingos

 

Robert The Tap Dancing Rooster
Robert the Tap Dancing Rooster

What luck for a Whimsical Wildlife Documentarian to live on a well-traveled path and flyway through my living room studio in Saint Paul, MN.

Robert The Tap Dancing Rooster  famously stopped by for a portrait and some career counseling before heading off to Broadway to become the World’s First Tap Dancing Rooster. (I am still waiting for backstage passes.) Robert’s original portrait and prints are available at ETSY. His tribute to his idols, The Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, is a Mug-with-three-Roberts, available at zazzle.com.

Now visiting the studio: 3 Cats and 11 Flamingos: an acapella group in search of a name (and snazzy outfits)

The 3 Cats and 11 Flamingo’s first gig is on New Year’s Eve, and they are finally getting close to having costumes for the show.

 Practice. Practice. Practice.

Knowing that show-quality singing isn’t created in 15 minutes after someone says “Hey Kids, let’s do a show,” but from consistent and dedicated hard work, they have been rehearsing for months. They have spent most of that time in a conference room in a large nearby animal shelter. Although you might imagine that the sound of 3 Cats and 11 Flamingos working out complex harmonies might have been unpleasant enough for someone to call the Sound Police, no one minded the noise.

Name this group, please.

What they need — desperately need — is a name. They have persuaded me to give a signed print of their portrait to the winning submitter of the group’s new name. On their behalf, I thank you. Please leave your suggestions in the COMMENTS box below.

December 15
December 15

 

December 18
December 18

 

December 19
December 19
December 21
December 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 23

 

December 24
December 24