Monday, January 23, 2017

Modern Scandinavian Garden Milkweed Blooms II

Modern Scandinavian Garden - Milkweed Blooms II is a commissioned piece. When approached to create a 60"x36" painting - similar to my first Milkweed Bloom painting - I was excited to get to work. That was back in the summer. I finally got to work on my canvas in December!

Merett (my son) is now 7.5 months old and taking more consistent naps which means I get more time to paint. This piece still took me 2 months to finish - I painting every nap-time I could. A larger canvas allowed me to exaggerate the leaves and give the blooms a fun enveloping flow.  As with all my Modern Scandinavian paintings - the colors are vibrant, shapes exaggerated and proportions are whimsical. 

Modern Scandinavian Garden - Milkweed Blooms II is a 60"x36" acrylic on canvas painting with 1.5" thick stretcher bars and cross braces. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Dawn of the First Snowfall

If you get a little flutter in your heart when you smell the first snow on it's way - you might be partial to this piece. I thought about making this a middle of winter piece with minimal colors but decided it would be the first snow of late autumn. The fall colors are still dancing in the background. We are just getting excited to break out the winter hats, mittens and layers. The tea kettle is on more often and snow is in the air!

Dawn of the First Snowfall is a heavily layered painting with rich color and movement. This piece is acrylic on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick stretcher bars and painted edges. Size is 30"x10". Available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $489.00 | 218-547-3729

Friday, January 13, 2017

Evening Calm

Think back to a summer day where, having spent the afternoon working in air conditioning, you step outside to feel a wave of heat that warms your face and dries your skin. You wonder if the lake is calm. After having a bite to eat you head out to see a lake of glass. A smile crosses your face as you grab your paddle-board and glide across the lake. It's just you, the rhythm of your paddle and the occasional loon call. You are content exactly where you are. You paddle until the sun goes down...and then a little bit longer. The warm lights of home call you in. Your body and mind are at peace. 

Evening Calm is a brushed acrylic ink painting on stretched canvas. Size 8"x16" - $215.00. Available at Peculiar Painter | 218-547-3729

Milkweed Pods

I started this piece with the frame. The frame caught my attention at Heritage Framing and with it's odd interior size of 7.5 inches square - I decided watercolor would work best. The background was the color I applied first - to compliment the frame. 

Daniel Smith watercolor has a gorgeous mineral paint called Fuchsite Genuine which shines, especially when mixed with other colors. The earth tones of the milkweed were then painted to stand out from the light background. The final piece has a summery feel. I do like to start with the frame so I can lay the artwork in it's frame - along the way - to make sure it sings together. 

Milkweed Pods is framed to a final size of 12"x12". Material is watercolor on 140 lb. hot press watercolor paper. Available after it is finished with conservation glass. $145.00 | 218-547-3729

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Paddle to Fish

This little painting is meant to have a dramatic angle - looking down on the fishermen  - as not to intrude on his catch! This outdoorsmen needed some alone time and paddled out to a quite place on the lake in order to clear his mind and catch some fish. At least this is the story I had in mind while painting this scene.

I wanted to make this painting feel like a woodblock print with block colors - very illustrative in style. I used brush ink on 140 lb paper. The frame compliments the crisp lines of the canoe, fishing rod and water trails. Paddle to Fish is framed to a final size of 8"x10" and available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $135.00

Cork n Reel *SOLD

Cork n Reel  was inspired by my Grandfathers classic fishing rods. The cork handles and scuffed reels could tell some stories of fishing outings that I would love to hear. 

Cork n Reel is a watercolor painting on 140 lb. cold press arches watercolor paper. It is professionally framed to a final size of 21" x 8" and available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $$196.00 | 218-547-3729

Snow Bird *SOLD

This funny little cardinal is another model that caught my attention during a snowstorm. His bright red feathers were striking against the grey white background. I couldn't help but paint him looking a little ruffled by the big flakes surrounding him. 

Snow Bird is a brushed ink painting on 140 lb. watercolor paper. It is professionally framed to a final size of 8.5"x10.5". Available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $98.00 | 218-547-3729