New Paintings by Andy Cline

On top of working full time as an electrician apprentice, studying for his journeyman’s license, being an incredibly supportive partner and fabulous papa, Andy prioritizes painting nearly every day. Sometimes he wakes before 5 to get in there. Sometimes he spends full 12 hour Saturdays holed up with his very-few-haired brush. He’s amazing and I am so so proud of him.

Oh Deer (Somewhere between Bonner and Seeley Lake on Hwy 200, Montana),
oil on board, 13 x 10 inches

Modern Pioneers (Outside Melrose, Montana on I-15),
oil on board, 20 x 36 inches

At Least We’ll Have a Ski Resort in Our Backyard (Below the Bitterroot Resort Carlton, Montana),
oil on board, 20 x 36 inches

Forest on Wheels (I-90, Heading East in Eastern Washington)
, oil on board, 21.5 x 48 inches

His 10 new paintings are on view right now at the Dana Gallery in downtown Missoula. There is a public reception this Friday, December 4, 5-8pm.

We’ll be there. I am the one with the tiny baby and the giant boobs. Seriously, girls need their own zip code. Anyway, if you come on Friday night, I’d love to meet you!

And, of course, a little peak at our newly minted life. It is going really well. The challenges all revolve around sharing…of attention, blankets, car seats, Alice, hats, you name it. And while that stuff, Margot’s occasional tantrums, are at times exhausting and annoying, for the most part, it all feels so normal and like this is how it was always meant to be. We let Margot “wear” Ruby’s socks and I “burp” Margot after she eats. We just fell into what the universe had planned for us all along.

Since last Monday we have mostly been in these positions: Ruby wrapped snugly around my body, breastfeeding while Andy and Margot play on the adjacent couch. It was a perfectly simple way to spend a week.

And I find it amazing that my heart can accommodate another kid and not only that, but, a new love I didn’t yet know: my LOVE of bug’s love of her sister. Oh my.

See you Friday? Good.

23 Responses to New Paintings by Andy Cline

  1. Jean says:

    So nice chatting with you just now. Then in I rushed to check out the blog post. Love all the photos. I wish I could come over to help you out now and then. Your idea of coming to RL for stays is good.

    Okay, I’ll call Nature Boy. Right now.


  2. Joan says:

    Yep see ya Friday. OXOX Joan today is your first day home alone, but not alone. I’ll send good vibes all day

  3. jen says:

    absolutely beautiful pictures. wow. if i lived anywhere nearby … i would come to see them in person. and you guys of course, too.
    and didn’t i mention something once about that creation of sisters and how amazingly wonderful it is?
    see. i was right. it’s pretty cool to know that you did that. i’ll let you know how this adding of a brother thing goes, though.

  4. TRB Holt says:

    How I love my 3 girls!

    Margot, I am so proud of you being such a good big sister…I love how you love Ruby!

    Ruby Pie, someday you too will be able to read your mama’s blog and realize the love she pours into it for you, your sister and all that love you.

    Burb, I listened to a song on the Coffee House station the other day and thought of you because part of the chorus was, “I love the girl who loves her world”….that would be you.

    AND the pride that swells in me over Andy is something I cannot put into words. His love for you, his girls, your animals, skiing, fishing, the outdoors is also beyond words….seeing his art is all the words I need. Wish I could be there to “meet the artist”!

    xoxo, Mom/Gram

  5. booksNyarn says:

    I think if I start another comment with Congrats to you, I will sound a little repetitive, won’t I? But lots of well-wishes and good vibes through the ether to you, Andy, Margot and Ruby as you all settle into walking around this new curve of your Path. Enjoy!

  6. Kelle says:

    Was so happy to pop in and see a new header…and then a new post on top. Andy’s paintings are afreakingmazing. Like photographs. Crazy, crazy talent. And those two girls…well, no words. It has me so excited…I don’t think I’ve ever anticipated anything more in my life then this new thing of two, and hearing and seeing you portray it first is such a treat. Ruby Jane is heaven…want to reach through the screen to hold her. If I was there, I’d so be there Friday…if not just to snuggle that baby. Present for Margot Bea in the mail. Just her. :o) We are testing the waters with a lot of pre-fits lately. Let’s just say two newborn hats have been completely stretched out to fit a very large head…and Lainey can actually fit and tape a newborn diaper on herself…and how do I know this?

  7. Melissa says:

    How wonderful!

    I have been thinking of you in just such a love nest as you described. It makes me excited. I can’t wait, though, yes, it will be nice to have several more months before we enter the zone . . .

    Margot gets more beautiful every day, and that Ruby Jane is so delicious and pretty herself. So tiny! I forget what tiny babies are like.

    Andy is so talented and seems like such a genuinely “good” person, if that doesn’t sound too trite.

    All the best this Friday–Enjoy your family on the town and your man’s success! xo

    PS. Oh yeah, breastfeeding and giant boobs. Sigh. But then they will go back down and sometimes I’m not sure which is worse . . .

  8. Sage says:

    Well, if I was in Missoula this friday I would certainly be at your man’s show… WOW! Please pass on the compliment on his amazing talent. I have a good friend Aron Belka, who is also a painter and works will oil on canvas and these landscape pieces are truly spectacular. I am sure Andy will have a great night!

    Little Ruby, what a beauty she is. Although, I can’t yet let myself dream of what it is like to see the love between my Annica and a sis or bro, I am oh so happy for you. And amazed at your mellowness…. once again, learning from you how to have a good life. xoxo to you Nici!

  9. Anonymous says:

    he is genius. your family is beautiful. and i hate myself for not having my phone with me on saturday. so proud of you and of andy. it makes me feel like a better person to have friends like you.
    can’t wait to hear all about the birth and the show. wish we could be there.

  10. Wow. I thought for sure your husband was a photographer.. and only now did I realize he was a painter. pure talent that guy.

    love that Margot needs burped and gets to wear Ruby’s socks… beautiful name by the way.. you did good Mama! I’m up next to bat :)

  11. Gillian says:

    he is one heck of a talent. can’t wait to see the art and the fam in person again soon. you guys are all so lovely.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Seriously, up and writing at 7:00 AM? Damn, girl! Can I have just an ounce of that???? How did the tree excursion go today? Your first outing solas? Lovin you and yours. xoxo C-Lo

  13. Katie says:

    So sweet! All the best to Andy. Wish we could be there. xoxo

  14. paige says:

    Wish we could be there but looking forward to hearing how it goes. xo

  15. Claudia says:

    these paintings look amazing. very cool
    love c

  16. Cherlyn says:

    Always been a fan of Andy’s work. Love these!

  17. jen says:

    His paintings are AMAZING. I really thought the one of the deer was one of your photographs at first.

    Love them!

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