this is a site to share new works as I finish them including paintings, illustrations, hand formed and shaped necklaces. ...and maybe I'll share a story or two about how they came about.
River Grass has been a work in progress - until now. I originally sketched the piece in graphite. The subject of wild and ornamental grasses is one that I enjoy painting and sketching. I thought it was complete as a sketch but recently envisioned it more dramatic with color and stripes. The final piece turned out just as I pictured and I'm hesitant to part with it.
River Grass is professionally framed and matted to a final size of 21" x 27" and is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN. Artwork is brushed ink and graphite on 140 lb watercolor paper. $435.00
Day-Dreamer is inspired by a former co-worker of mine. Every detail of her apparel was well thought out with graceful lines. She was stylish but not trendy - classic but current.
I sketched this piece in graphite months ago. Recently - I decided it needed color and added 3 colors of brushed ink over the graphite sketch. I used cool grey, red earth and sepia to complete the piece.
Day Dreamer is a 13"x16" graphite and brushed ink painting on archival paper. It is for sale framed or unframed. The framing is not professional but attractive. Framed size is 17"x21". Artwork unframed is $155.00. Framed is $175.00. Available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN | 218-547-3729
Sun-Dress and Flip-Flops was inspired by a scene I came across on my way to the post office. 2 years ago there was a young woman in a cute sun-dress spending an afternoon wandering around town with her dog by her side. I thought a graphite sketch and brushed ink would capture the moment best.
Sun-Dress and Flip-Flops is a 5"x10" brushed ink painting on 140 lb watercolor paper. It is professionally matted and framed to 8"x 14.5" and is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $75.00 | 218-547-3729
Blues of every variation make up the background of this painting. I wanted to give this piece a feeling of water and blue sky dancing off of each other on a warm fall day. Yellow against blue is my favorite color combination and the autumn colors lets me use this palette. The colorful bark of the birch tree stands out against the rich bay of blue. Many layers were painted to created this painting!
Bay View and Birch is a 24"x24" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick stretcher bars and painted edges. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $575.00 | 218-547-3629
This bright little painting is a companion to Modern Scandinavian Garden Thistle I. Thistle, like allium, makes for a fun exaggerated subject. Add bright color with the fun shapes and you have a Modern Scandinavian Garden painting! I thought a little nuthatch would be a lively addition to the colorful piece.
Modern Scandinavian Garden Thistle II is a watercolor painting on 140 lb arches watercolor paper. It is framed to a final size of 7"x17" and available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $140.00 | 218-547-3729
Set Sail is a palette knife painting - created to set a mood of calm - a piece you can look into to relax and unwind. It is loose and somewhat abstract but I'm hoping it's viewers feel water, sunshine, freedom and movement from it. I want it to inspire thoughts of summer days with your feet bare and wind in your hair.
Set Sail is a 30"x10" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with painted edges and 1.5" thick stretcher bars. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $240.00 | 218-547-3729
Sometimes a piece starts with a frame - this was the case with Forest Decor. While in Appleton, WI - over my birthday - my husband and I planned on visiting inspiring places. We looked up galleries, shops and cafes that we had never been to and set out to see what they were all about. One of these places was Avenue Art. I was pleasantly surprised to see they had a nice frame shop that included several unique pre-cut frames that were made in house. This little beauty was one of my birth-day outing purchases.
When creating a brushed ink piece I like to limit my colors to give the piece a woodblock print feel. I wanted the birch trees to be crisp and clean. Since the frame was deep I was able to raise the artwork off of the background watercolor paper to give it a floating feel.
Forest Decor is 16" square framed. It is created with brushed ink on 140 lb. arches watercolor paper and available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $160.00 | 218-547-3729