August 20, 2017

Dog Days of Summer "Sweet Wefos" Dog Portrait

Sweet Wefos | 6x6 Oil | Sold

This little portrait is of Wefos who is one of the sweetest dogs I know. She loves swimming, runs on the beach, catching snowflakes in winter and chasing reflections. She definitely lives in her own little world. And when she looks at you with those big brown eyes, you can't help but fall in love with her!

If you are looking for a portrait of your own sweet pet, please contact me ( and let me answer your questions! I also have information on pricing and policy on my website.

August 16, 2017

Dog Days of Summer - "Rinty" - Dog Portrait by Deb Kirkeeide

"Rinty" | 6x6 | Oil | 185.00 Purchase

This sweet boy reminds me of one of my favorite shows as a kid - The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin. (That and Lassie.) I loved those dogs and daydreamed of my very own dog that would follow me everywhere and take care of me when I got into trouble!

It turns out the original Rin Tin Tin was rescued from the battlefield during WWI by an American soldier, Lee Duncan, who nicknamed him "Rinty"and went on to become an international movie star and appeared in 27 Hollywood films. Rin Tin Tin was responsible for greatly increasing the popularity of German Shepherd dogs as family pets.

Quite a career and legacy!

Have you got a special dog who holds a special place in your heart? If you would like to honor your special relationship you can find more information on commissioning a special portrait here.

August 13, 2017

Garden Variety - Geranium Floral Oil Painting

Garden Variety | 6x6 Oil | ©2017 | Purchase 165.00

A little geranium sketch from my flower garden. 

One that hasn't mysteriously disappeared by way of a certain woodchuck that keeps snacking on my flowers!

Caught in the act!

July 23, 2017

Standing In Stillness - Great Blue Heron Wildlife Painting

Standing in Stillness | 16 x 20 | Oil | 1600.00

There is something serene and peaceful about herons. In summer I look forward to seeing them standing along the water's edge of our many lakes.

A few years ago, I seemed to see them everywhere and for fun looked up what symbolic meanings they might have.

The Heron is considered a symbol of balance and patience. Able to be surefooted on the ground and fly gracefully through the sky. they explore quietly and slowly along the shorelines, waiting for opportunities. 

As a spirit animal, Heron represents learning to walk in deep waters with no fear and will stand on their own two feet keeping their balance at all times. 

I had a great time painting this and have another heron in the works. (stay tuned!) In the meantime if you would like to add this to your collection the purchase info is here.

Have a great day!

June 13, 2017

Follow the Horizon - Flying Barn Owl Painting

Follow the Horizon | 16 x 20 x 1.5 Oil | ©2017 Deb Kirkeeide

Ah, those wonderful, magical, mysterious owls! My current obsession. And evidently one I've had since I was young.

Like all great mothers, mine held on to a lot of my artwork from school and I've discovered owls were a favorite subject matter even then. Come to think of it, a lot of things I am drawn to even now, are the very things I loved as a kid. Somehow, between then and now, I forgot them - or maybe became distracted by other things. Things that I thought I should be interested in because everyone else was.

I'm glad I've gotten back to my roots. It just feels right.

* Painting is currently unframed.
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June 8, 2017

Davis: The King - A royal rooster portrait!

Davis: The King | 12 x 12 Oil | ©Deb Kirkeeide

Most Saturdays, my daughter volunteers her time providing love, care, conversation and cuddles with the rescue animals at Ching Farm | Animal Rescue and Sanctuary in Utah. This rather formal rooster portrait was inspired by her favorite rooster, Davis, who she says struts loud and proud around the barnyard. 

It wasn't until after I painted this that I found out his name. Since he had a penchant for vocalizing and having a royal attitude, I started referring to him as Elvis, The King. But Davis it is and as my daughter pointed out, I was only 2 letters off - not bad considering all the names I could have chosen!

Davis: The King | 12 x 12 Oil | $750 Purchase Here

June 4, 2017

Fun En Plein Air!

Apple Orchard | 9x12 | ©Deb Kirkeeide | Available Here

A funny thing happened on the way home from the winery...

Over the weekend our plein air group - Outdoor Painters of Minnesota - gathered to paint at one our favorite venues, Parley Lake Winery. The winery focuses on creating a wine and art experience and their award winning wines are delicious. Who would have thought we'd have a wine region here in Minnesota!

It was a fun day of painting, celebrating and making new friends. And we had live music and even easel-side wine service! What more can you ask for?

"So where are the paintings?" you ask.
Well, I painted two - a fun quick study of the horses in morning light. They didn't hang around long enough to finish the painting but I did like the quick study in it's abstract color and shapes.
My second was a view of the pasture and rollings hills. 

At the end of the day I carried my gear and paintings back to the car. I (now) remember setting the paintings on top of the car while I loaded everything in. And yes, you guessed it, I forgot I had put them there and drove home. They were long gone by then. I'm pretty sure they are laying in the dirt somewhere.

C'est la vie! It was still a good day!