BB Wolf (Paul Sharpe), 13 x 10, watercolor, ©2011 Nikki Kinne

Welcome to day twenty-five in the 33 Paintings in 33 Days Project of Alaskan artist  Nikki Kinne and Wisconsin artist Helen Klebesadel.

Nikki’s twenty-fifth painting is a gesture painting from the noon Sound Bites performances at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.   Bassist musician Paul Sharpe performed a piece entitled ‘BB Wolf’, inspired the graphic novel and Blues CD, BB Wolf and the Three LPs, by JD Arnold. The novel is a reverse folk tale that takes a position revealing that the wolf in the Three Little Pigs is deeply misunderstood.

Nikki was drawn to Paul’s  expressions and physical actions in the performance of the piece.  Seeing him perform was observing “art upon art.”  Nikki captured his likeness, the physical action of his performance,  and the experience of hearing him play through gesture and mark.  Nikki describes this painting as being more about expressing what she was experiencing than reporting what she was seeing.

Water Lilies Study, 4 x 9, watercolor, ©2011 Helen Klebesadel

It is high summer in Wisconsin.  Summer wouldn’t be summer without at least one canoe trip.  I took a nice long day-trip with friends on the Wisconsin River this week ( a trip which will inspire many paintings to come.)  This little watercolor was inspired by the back channels and byways that are sometimes connected through tributaries to the river.  Some of the backwater marshes are spring fed slues that are filled with yellow or white water-lilies.  Upon returning to my home in Madison I took advantage the sunken garden of our local botanical garden, Olbrich Gardens, to get another close-up  look at water-lilies.  I will be doing more watercolor paintings as we move trough the last third of our 33 paintings in 33 days Project.

Thank you for coming with us as we explore the world of a-painting-a-day inspired by the world around us.

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