Finished Commissioned Triptych

Three 18 x 42" acrylic on canvas panels

Three 18 x 42″ acrylic on canvas panels

The week has come to an end and I have finished this guy up! The parameters for this commission weren’t too restrictive, which allowed me to put a lot of my style into it. There were really only two items I needed to keep in mind on this project:

1. The client has a red couch so didn’t want too much red in the final piece.

2. She also didn’t want anything real masculine

Angle final

In making this work, I aimed for the atmospheric background to have as much of an impact as the foliage. This meant keeping the foliage pretty simple. The red leaves against the background have grown on me and overall and I think the greens in the work will be a great contrast to her red couch. I’m quite pleased with the finished piece – I hope the new owner will be as well!

Kim Detail final

Work in Progress: Three 18 x 42" acrylic on canvas

Work in Progress: Three 18 x 42″ acrylic on canvas

Work in Progress: Three, 18 x 42" Acrylic on canvas

Work in Progress: Three, 18 x 42″ Acrylic on canvas

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Arting for 365 Day 356: Tentacles

Day 356, ~4 x 6" ink and watercolor on paper

Day 356, ~4 x 6″ ink and watercolor on paper

Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

The last week has been jam-packed with good times with friends and family. I have thoroughly enjoyed it, while still squeezing in a little bit of time for art each day.

Yesterday, I sat down during a quiet moment to create this bright piece. I quickly realized that the mass of lines resembled little tentacles or worms, whose feelers were wriggling wildly.

Arting for 365 Day 350: Fat Cattails


Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days
I drove to my old stomping grounds, Jackson Hole, yesterday. It was a bit of a jaunt but has been great to see old friends and be inspired by the amazing scenery. I can’t say I’ve see many cattails, but the under growth is beginning to appear as the snow melts – giving a glimpse of what’s to come.
Tomorrow I’m off to Twin Falls, ID to hang some art and see my sister and her family.

Arting for 365 Day 143: Beuford

A few days ago my friend and ex -husband, Ryan, gave me a call and shared some bad news. Our pup of 14 years, Beuford, was “going downhill fast”. Ryan let me know that he will be putting our boy down within the next week or two. This is sad for us both, even though we know it is the kindest thing that can be done for Beuford.

For this post I’m going to celebrate our hound and all of his fabulousness by sharing a few things:

1. He is a black lab/basset hound mix. He is as goofy looking with personality to boot!

2. Amazingly, even with those incredibly short legs, he once – somehow – pulled an entire gallon bag of chocolate chip cookies from off of the counter and ate them. All.

3. He goes into strange barking/body spasms when he wants attention.

4. His love of walks is near or equal to his love of treats.

5. He had an incredibly adorable way of slinking off of the couch when you caught him on it.

6. When he sits he looks a bit like a seal.

7. He is incredibly loving and loyal and my hope is that as he drifts off to sleep, his last dreams are filled with treats and walks and love.

Arting for 365 Day 132: Energy Headdress


Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days
Yesterday was my second time participating in the First Friday Gallery Walk here in Fort Collins and I had a great time. My parents, brother and his wife all came down, which was fantastic, and I got the chance to chat with some great people throughout the night.
But because I had drastically underestimated (shocking, I know) the amount of time it would take to rearrange my space and get work presentable, I found myself scrambling to get day 132′s art done. Lucky for me, my frenetic energy landed directly into my drawing. I love the result. The small 4.75 x 4.75″ piece brings to mind a wild headdress. Perhaps something I could wear to harness my brain’s energy when it becomes scattered and anxious.