Sunday, June 10, 2018

Revive & Refresh


I know I'm not the only one who feels the need for red. Once upon a time I painted an entire room red and decided that was a little TOO much red but red on a canvas feels just about right. This piece - as suggested in the title - is meant to calm the mind, to relax you and let you be in the movement of the piece.

With the rich tone of the red this piece does need a specific location where it gets nice even natural light or is lit from above such as a mantel with directional lighting.

Revive & Refresh is a 30" x 30" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick stretcher bars and painted edges. It will be available soon at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN. for $1,200.00 | 218-547-3729

Friday, June 8, 2018

Shoreline Explorer

I was going for a graphic or woodcut feel with this painting. I wanted to create a piece that felt modern but classic. I wanted clean lines and movement. I wanted bright colors and blue to play off of yellow. My intent was to make the canoe and paddler secondary to the environment - the way we feel when we are exploring nature.

Shoreline Exploration is a brushed acrylic ink painting on 140 lb. hot press paper. It is professionally framed with conservation glass to a final size of 12.25" x 14.5". This piece is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $285.00 | 218-547-3729

Lakeside Delight

It feels to me like summer hats are back. This makes me happy. Not only do they add a polished touch and protect from the sun but they are so much fun to paint. This little painting is inspired by short hair styles, hats, docks and lakes - some of the best things about Minnesota.

Lakeside Delight is a brushed acrylic ink painting on 184 lb. toned mixed media paper. Size is 9"x7". It is professionally framed using conservation glass and available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $78.00 | 218-547-729

Friday, June 1, 2018

South Wind & Sunshine

I have painted several pieces with this feeling of freedom, summer and fresh water. Palette knife helps me capture the open space and dancing light on water.

South Wind and Sunshine is a 10"x10" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick stretcher bars and painted edges. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $165.00 | 218-547-3729

Monday, May 21, 2018

After the Fire



After the Fire was inspired by the stem of a Fire Weed after the blooms are finished. Fire Weed itself is a beautiful plant but I am most fond of the swirl it creates when the stem is dried by the elements. The movement and color has a harmonious feel. I read that Fire Weed is one of the first plants to take over after a fire. The title has double meaning - after the fire - Fire Weed appears. After the Fire Weed blooms - harmonious swirls appear.

This piece is hard to photograph - it really must be seen in person to feel the true color and movement. Also, the colors change dramatically depending on the light. I used a lot of deep Naples yellow to contrast the rich reds but also added a top layer of a warm grey that comes out when the painting is in shadow. 

After the Fire  is a 12"x36" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with painted edges. Stretcher bars are 1.5" thick with cross braces. This pieces will be available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $395.00 | 218-547-3729

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

October Textile *SOLD




I finally get to share the original artwork for my new table runners. I've been waiting to post the artwork until I had the table runners available. Today the table runners arrived! Since working with Ekelund weavers in Sweden - I have been creating original designs for Peculiar Painter art gallery. These are the 3rd and 4th custom designs for the store.

I knew I wanted to create a birch tree textile design but I wasn't sure about the colors. After having the Sweden weavers create textiles in 2 color schemes - I still couldn't decide. The solution - print them both!

We now have October Textile Blue and October Textile Grey available at Peculiar Painter. Textiles are 14"x47" and woven with organic cotton linen. Runners are $46.00 each

The original painting is also available. October Textile painting is brushed ink on 140 lb. hot press arches paper. It is professionally framed and matted with conservation glass. Size is approximately 15"x31.5". It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $535.00 | 218-547-3729

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Myrtle



Things were not going how I envisioned them yesterday so I sat down to paint and clear my mind. If you are having a rough day - paint a warbler, drink a cup of coffee and go for a walk = recipe to turn a frustrating day good. How can you not relax when you see the sweet face of this little Yellow Rumped / Myrtle Warbler? I had photographed him last year - at my parents bird feeder. I like his striped style and yellow accessories. He makes a fun painting subject.

Myrtle is a 6"x6" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with painted edges with painted edges. He is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $125.00 | 218-547-3729