Archive for August, 2012

Mn River Arts Fair

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

I was honored to be a part of the first ever Minnesota River Arts Fair held in Shakopee at the Landing on July 21st and 22nd. It was really fun to reconnect with my artist friends that I used to paint with at the Minnesota River School. I did a demo on mix media pastel painting on the first day and on the second day, a drawing demo starting one of my projects from an image that I created while in Ireland.  I will post on this one upon its completion.

Remember to put this event on your calendar next year, and come out to support local Minnesota artists.  Two of the other demos at the art fair were some of my favorite artists, pastel painter Fred Somers, and plein air painter Mike Rada.  I also connected with an amazing jewelry maker, I wanted to buy everything in her booth! The name of her business is La Belle Fleur.

Baby Raccoon Rescue

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

We were preparing for a photo session with my niece and her little boy, my great-nephew, on the studio grounds when I saw something meandering out of the mud at the edge of our pond. As it got closer I realized it was a baby raccoon! I froze as it came by and nuzzled at my ankles, not knowing what it would do when it realized I was wasn’t its mother.  My daughter Allissa, who loves all animals and everything outdoors, decided we should give him a bath to remove the mud and get the flies that were buzzing around its face away. An hour later he was cleaned off and in a baby basket with a blanket.

We finished with our session, playing with our new prop intermittently, and at sessions end we left it outside to see if its mom would return, but after awhile, with no sign of mom, we brought it to the animal rescue center. They told us our little raccoon was probably very sick which is why it was so gentle and friendly. There were many others the same age at the shelter who were very aggressive, so we were thankful our little guy was slightly more sedate. The amazing thing about this whole experience for me was to see my little great nephew who didn’t “know any better” not to be afraid of this raccoon, and the baby raccoon who didn’t “know any better” not to be afraid of Owen; It was a freak of nature that rarely happens in life but was a joy to watch.

We had a prop that probably won’t be available again for any session, but we sure got some fun images! Here are some captured from the day!