and my man paints

Andy is this incredible artist. And oh so modest. And that means his wife with the blog and boasting-about-her-man inclinations can brag.

He has explored all manner of media and come to the sweet conclusion that he prefers oil paint, masonite, paintbrushes with a tiny few hairs and deep concentration on asphalt, clouds and chrome. He paints the I-90 corridor and some meandering highways just off the path we so frequently travel.

Having grown up in the scenic and tourism-centric town of Red Lodge, he intimately knows Rocky Mountain sunsets and bugling elk. And oh so bored by the traditional western recreations of this beauty, he turned his attention to contemporary Montana. The grit, serenity and beauty in the informational and industrial highway through the Big Sky. He paints I-90 because it represents our evolving culture. He paints I-90 to explore his place as an artist, husband, snowboarder, father, fisherman, electrician and human in this vast and steady landscape of Montana.

He expends so much time and love in the studio. And there are his precious paintbrushes languishing without place and a toddler who enjoys tossing the expensive devices like mini javelin. And, he has this bad habit, or at least I think it is a bad habit and really that is what matters, of leaving said paintbrushes all over every single surface of our house. And so in the spirit of gift giving, I sewed him a nice little case that cares for his precious brushes and also alleviates spousal dispute. Good gift, eh?


I am quite proud of my holiday gift. I mean, jesus h he is hard to shop for. There are only so many ski socks, chocolate bars and pg tips a girl can get her guy. The polka dot number is all faced with flannel so it can stand up to manly handling. And, it rolls into a tidy bundle for when he travels to Greece and Argentina for lectures andworkshops (some day? hope so).

And, it has handy little hanging dealie bobbers so it is all out of reach from grasping toddler types.

I hatched the plan over the course of several weeks but actually made the whole thing after 10pm on christmas eve which not seem like a big deal to you crafty, perfect sewer-types but I had definitely imbibed in a large meal and wine and at friend’s house and am more of a there’s- always-the-seam-ripper type and was still able to make this purt near perfect little case. AND, he liked it and finds it handy.

37 Responses to and my man paints

  1. TRB Holt says:

    Nici! The case is incredible! You did a beautiful job, it too is a work of art hanging on the wall.

    Andy’s paintings….I just stare at them with awe; his gift is truly remarkable. I look forward to the day when art aficionados say, “I own an Andy Cline”. I hope I am there to reply, “He’s my son-in-law!”

    xoxo, Mom

  2. Chiot's Run says:

    Lovely. Really Lovely.

  3. Kelle says:

    HOLY CRAP, NICCI!!! First of all…the art is amazing. And then the paintbrush holder! LOVE IT!!! I’ve been wanting to make one of those for crayons for Lainey…like a crayon apron because I’m sure I’ve seen them places. But…whooo! you did it! And then…for some reason, my google reader didn’t show pictures of your postcard art from last post until today! They are amazing! Exquisite! Love, love love them! You are a crafty little doll!

  4. I thought those were PHOTOGRAPHS! This is a talented man. Does he sell?

    Love a little piece of Montana painted by a local!

    bettyunderground@gmail.com

  5. Jessica says:

    Would love to know if he sells as well. They are amazingly gorgeous paintings! I think my favorite is the second one. Also, great job on the paintbrush holder.

    girleegirl@gmail.com

  6. Judybusy says:

    Ditto! I seriously thought they were photos, and thinking, OK, where do these cool photos fit in with the art. Amazing. I would love to buy a piece after we move to Portland later this year!

  7. lera says:

    Now THAT is a gift! How thoughtful of you to make such a wonderful present for your painting man.

  8. FinnyKnits says:

    #1 Very nice sewing job – plus wall hangers. Good call.

    #2 LOVE ME those swirly mountains. Beautiful stuff.

  9. again, ditto on thinking it was a photo. andy is one modest dude. those are gorgeous. if i had the duckets, i would buy jeff an andy painting for xmas. as you said, there are only so many smartwools for one dude. and jeff got totally jipped cuz i’m still “working on” his present. which means i’m still trying to find someone to help me fix his ski pants cuz i can’t afford to buy him new ones.

    you are a helluva wife.

  10. All I can say is Wow!

  11. Kirsten says:

    Wow. I had trouble telling the difference between the photos and the paintings. In fact, I’m still not sure I identified each picture in this post correctly! :-) That is so cool.

  12. Katie says:

    Andy’s paintings are extraordinary. I even made Eric come take a look!

  13. Great paintings. Tell Andy he has impressed the bloggers!

    Love the hanging details… great touch. Good job, girl !

  14. Katie says:

    Wow, Andy certainly has talent. I thought those were pictures on first glance.

    I love the case you made for his paintbrushes. Since I cannot sew I looked for one on Etsy to give to my sister for Christmas a completely struck out.

  15. I live the blog says:

    Thanks for all the comments about my paintings. I am currently working towards a show. Therefore, I am not selling my work at this time. I am sure Nici will keep everyone informed of any openings.

    Andy

  16. jen says:

    holy granola.
    gorgeous.
    phenomenal.
    what hasn’t been said?
    good thing he has a blogging bragger to share with us all.

  17. Jean says:

    I love looking at all the brushes with the shadows of paint past on them.

    Nice gift, Nici. You did good.

    And WE own an Andy Cline, y’all.

  18. Heather says:

    Ok, call me the girl who arrives late to the party but shows up with a whoop and a holler. LOVE the paintings. F-ing love the top one extra special much; I am the kid who never grew out of an affection for cement trucks in unusual colors. Rockin’. And a fab pouch to boot. Thanks for the share and the excellent modeling for marital harmony.

  19. paige says:

    Paige and Arann hope I Live The Blog plans on showing the second painting at Toby’s Feedbarn in Pt Reyes in April… and then maybe in their living room for the rest of the year.

    xoxo you got skills man.

  20. paige says:

    ps: what about post cards of andy’s paintings… that would be second best.

  21. Anne Christ says:

    Andy. Is that Frank Cole in the car???

  22. Jill says:

    Seriously, his work is amazing! My husband and I just stared in disbelief at the painting you recently posted (as in looked at it for a good 5 minutes and talked about how you must of been kidding. That there was no way this was a oil painting and possibly it was an enhanced photograph) so had check out this link to posted to see more. Unbelievable…really!!

    Also, love the paintbrush holder. Really wanting one for my kiddos to hold crayons and markers. Ever sell on your esty shop? Wanting to buy a skirt from you (I’ll keep checking for when you have one available to purchase) and would love to add one of these crayon holders. Oh, and must buy some peach butter and lavender apricot butter.

    Jill B (Overland Park, KS)

  23. Hi Jill,

    Yeah, he’s amazing. They are SO much better in real life too. Like a million times richer and more detailed.

    I have sold the paintbrush holders before but currently I am not…maybe some day. I am so swamped right now! Which also means I am taking a skirt break too! Geez, sorry to let you down! Thanks for your interest and perhaps I’ll get back to paintbrush holders and skirts by year’s end.

  24. Jill says:

    Wow, you two are one heck of an amazing and talented couple! I can’t even imagine seeing the painting in person.

    Thanks so much for getting back to me about the skirt and paintbrush holder. I completely understand about being swamped. I’ll keep checking in on etsy and imagine you’ll mention in a post when you’ve added some new items to your store. This time, I won’t wait to order!

    Love,
    Jill B (Overland Park, KS)
    -Hey…just read how you inspired Kelle to start a garden! Woo hoo!

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