Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Modern Scandinavian - Wild Irises

I wasn't kidding when I said I was in a red mood.  When in the mood to paint bold colors - a modern Scandinavian design is the way to go. The inspiration for this piece were wild irises I spotted hiding in a marsh - last year. I simplified their shape into almost origami feeling designs to give it a geometric and elongated whimsical feel. 

Modern Scandinavian - Wild Irises is a 10" x 30" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with 3/4" thick stretcher bars and painted edges. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $325.00 | 218-547-3729

Monday, February 12, 2018

Cafe & Boutique Afternoon


I feel like the end of February and early March are my favorite time of year for sketching.  When the mood hits I enjoy turning on inspiring music, preparing a hot beverage, lighting some candles and enjoying the peace of graphite and paper. Sometimes I will sketch for days before turning to paint. 

With this little piece titled: Cafe & Boutique Afternoon - I decided to turn it into a watercolor with warm tones. The subject for this painting was a women - shopping along with a group of ladies - last summer. She was wearing a flowing wrap, carrying her coffee, hand-bag and shopping bags - looking like she was enjoying her afternoon.

Cafe & Boutique Afternoon is a 9" x 4.5" watercolor on arches 140 lb hot press paper. It is framed to 12.25"x8" and available soon at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $110.00 | 218-547-3729

Time Standing Still

If this painting looks familiar it's because I painted it in the same color palette and style as my painting from 3 years ago titled_ Walker Minn. _City Dock. This is the 3rd in my Walker, MN series and one of my favorite subjects.

I paint these pieces to feel like wood block prints - simple colors and a nostalgic feel. I want you to feel like you know this woman...or perhaps you are her. 

Time Standing Still is a 16" square brushed ink painting with 2" white border. I painted it on arches 140 lb. cold press paper. Prints will be available this spring. More information to follow.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Layers of Life



Is there anything as inspiring for a painter as the fall color combinations? My palette for this pieces was one of the brightest I have mixed. As I look through my resent paintings I see a pattern of intense cobalts, teals and Phthalo blues. With this piece I mixed yellow ochre with many of my colors to give the painting an overall feel of warmth. I wanted it to feel like a warm early fall day - where the colors are turning but the lake is still warm and inviting. 

Layers of Life is a 48" x 30" acrylic painting on professional grade stretched canvas with cross braces and 1.5" thick stretcher bars - painted edges. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $1,699.00.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Sugar and Sunshine *SOLD

When it comes time to doing inventory - I get easily distracted...especially when I have a selection of beautiful paints sitting out saying, "open me. . . OPEN ME." This little hummingbird painting is the result of what should have been my time counting paint tubes. 

I titled this 6"x6" acrylic painting Sugar and Sunshine - which is what I feel the hummingbird represents. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $75.00 | 218-547-3729

Path of Inspiration - ON HOLD

I started this piece at the end of 2017. I had a vision of a simple cerulean and navy blue wash - a calm piece with white space - very modern. This is a large watercolor 22.5" x 22.5" with a nice clean white boarder. As with most of my pieces - I set it where I could visit it everyday. I felt it wasn't complete although it was what I had envisioned. As we entered 2018 my mood changed. My energy and inspiration grew and I decided this piece needed more movement - more color - more depth. Orange, Paynes Grey and splatters of ink put the finishing touches on this piece.

I hope this piece represents the light and color I feel the new year brings. Path of Inspiration will be completed when I have it professionally framed. I'm still trying to decide what the perfect compliment frame will be. Final framed price and size to come. This painting is watercolor and acrylic brushed ink on 140 lb. cold press arches watercolor paper. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Savoring Summer *SOLD


2018 is here and I'm feeling calmer and finding time to paint! What's better to paint on a -20 below week than a nice warm summer paddle-boarding scene?

I had a request for a paddle boarding painting. As with all commissioned paintings - I take suggestions and enjoy photo inspiration to go along with requests. With this piece the request was from a mother for a painting of her daughter. I enjoyed looking through photos of sunsets and a beautiful girl/young woman in her element on a SUP. Her dark curly hair and graceful lines were easy subjects to paint. 

Savoring Summer is a 20"x20" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick stretcher bars and painted edges. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN  | 218-547-3729