Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Plum Blossoms




Plum Blossoms is a new process for me - one that I am enjoying. Using a stretched canvas - with deep edge stretcher bars, I prepared the canvas with a watercolor ground which makes the canvas accept graphite, watercolor and ink. The new surface is smooth like an eggshell and very inviting to work with. I used a Daniel Smith watercolor ground.

The next step was sketching using a Caran d' Ache Technalo graphite pencil. My inspiration was a series of photos I took of plum blossoms from the spring bloom last year. We are almost to blossom time this year...but not quite. The graphite sitting on top of the smooth surface was a nice raw but elegant effect. I didn't want to overpower the sketch so I used a light Payne's Grey watercolor wash for the background and a touch of Red Earth brushed ink to finish the piece. The final layer is a UV matte finish to keep the piece clean.

Plum Blossoms is a 10"x30" graphite, brushed ink and watercolor piece on stretched canvas with a watercolor ground. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $275.00 | 218-547-3729

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Farmer's Market

This tiny little painting is very loose and impressionistic. I was dabbling with paint and figure sketching and decided the environment this person should be in is a light field court yard or cobblestone alleyway which opens onto a Farmer's Market. This piece is meant to feel airy - like the fresh flowers and veggies that fill the Saturday farmer's markets across the world. So grab a cup of coffee and feel the relaxed energy of a Farmer's market. 

Farmer's Market is a 6" square acrylic painting on stretched canvas with painted edges. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $72.00 | 218-547-3729

Field of Wishes *SOLD

When you look into a field - full of little pods, whispys, capsules and seeds - do you think of all the wishes being sent out over the land? All these beauties create a beautiful setting - designed to balance and restore the earth and make our world a little more beautiful.

This little 8"x10" acrylic painting on stretched canvas is an ode to all the twirly and swirly goodness around us. This painting is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $98.00 | 218-547-3729

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Modern Scandinavian Garden - Milkweed Blooms



As I prepared my 40"x40" canvas many ideas ran through my head of what I was in the mood to paint. I kept coming back to the idea of something light and whimsical with bright colors. I do love milkweed in all it's forms and have created a few paintings inspired by it. The ladder of large leaves and tiny blooms - creating a playful circle - make for a very whimsical subject. ..no wonder butterflies are drawn to it!

If you are looking for a colorful piece to brighten up a space - this painting packs a punch of color. The colors do vary throughout the day - depending on it's light source. It ranges from a deep blue in the evening to a lively bright palette in the afternoon.

Modern Scandinavian Garden - Milkweed Blooms is an original acrylic painting on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick stretcher bars and painted edges. It is 40" square and available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $1,450.00

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Expressive Sugar Maple *SOLD


The Sugar Maple in one impressive tree. Just the gamut of color it produces is reason enough to love it - green, yellow, red, orange!  On top of that it produces maple syrup! The straight trunk with it's expressive branches reaching out to dance is another reason to love this beauty. How could I not paint this lovely creature?

The deep thick bark contrasts the birch tree series I have been working on - requiring a new painting style. I used a combination of palette knife, side by side color mixing and laying to give this piece movement and the feeling of endless color.

Expressive Sugar Maple is a 30"x40" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick stretcher bars and painted edges. This original painting is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $7850.00 | 218-547-3729

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Walker, Minnesota - view from city dock

Those of you who have spent time in Walker, Minnesota have probably enjoyed the view from city dock - with a cup of coffee in hand - thinking - I can see myself living here. Looking out at Walker Bay you are likely to see sailboats and fishing boats - some in a hurry and some just enjoying the sunshine. You are likely to see families walking on the dock - sometimes 4 generations together. There is a carefree energy that summer in Walker brings - a romance that a small town and lake setting - up north brings. 

Walker, Minnesota - view from city dock is a brushed ink painting. Artwork size is 16"x23" - framed in a grey barn wood frame to about 20"x27". Original is not for sale at this time. Cards and postcards are available - prints to follow.


Rock-Side View *SOLD

Rock-Side View is a brushed ink painting. I started with a graphite sketch. Next - using a liner brush and FW ink, I painted over my sketch and then overpainted with the 2 tone grey ink. The final look is a clean block print style - simple and peaceful - like the setting of the girl watching the sailboats on the bay. 

Rock-Side View is a small 4.5 inch painting on 140 lb watercolor paper - framed to 7" square. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $48.00 - framed