Friday, February 24, 2017

Finch & Spires



I picture this painting hanging above a blue velvet couch with Navajo accent pillows and natural wood furniture. Oh....and perhaps an ornate hooked rug with pops of ivory - is that too specific? I know it will take a specific space for this painting to thrive. I used a subtle color palette to relax the movement in the lines. I wanted it to be soothing and a bit edgy. The Finch adds a pop of color to compliment the deep turquoise, grey and burnt sienna. I wanted the finch to be observing - at home in his environment.

Finch & Spires is a 2' x 4' acrylic painting on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick stretcher bars and painted edges. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $860.00 | 218-547-3729

Afternoon Reflection

You might notice a theme with my figurative watercolors. . .they often hold a ceramic mug. When holding a warm beverage everything just falls into place. We slow down to savor our drink and reflect on where we are. This women is cozy in her sweater, relaxed and enjoying a break in the sunshine. 

I sketched Afternoon Reflection on the train while headed out west and finished it when ....I wasn't on a moving train. It is a small 5" square watercolor on 140 lb. watercolor paper. It is currently being framed and matted and will be available at Peculiar Painter soon. Final framed side is about 11" square | $145.00 | 218-547-3729

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Middle of the Afternoon



Can you feel the lake calling - "take a long lunch break and come out to play," she says. This loose palette knife painting is about leaving the routine behind for an afternoon, slipping on some sandals and heading for the lake. 

Middle of the Afternoon is 18"x24" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick stretcher bars and painted edges. It is available at the Artist Mall and Heritage Framing of Walker | 218-547-3545 for $335.00 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

August Air



August Air is a palette knife painting. Painting with a knife and thick application of paint is so satisfying. The paint chooses it's path with little guidance from me. When I want to create a piece that feels modern, has a feeling of dancing sunshine and is about color more than shape - I pick up my palette knifes. 

August Air is a 30"x30" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick stretcher bars and painted edges. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $675.00 | 218-547-3729

ME Day *ON HOLD

Me Day is about re-setting ourselves. Perhaps the afternoon starts with a new hair cut, then you decide to wander into some local shops, you put on your favorite outfit to make yourself feel good - and then - you find the perfect coat at that sweet little boutique that carries quality clothing. Hmmm, what could top it off - a coffee at the local coffee shop where the barista is friendly and makes your coffee just as you requested. ME DAY - we all need em. 

ME Day is a small brushed ink painting on 140 lb watercolor paper - professionally framed to a final size of 8.5"x10.75" - available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $95.00 | 218-547-3729

Let Your Walking Stick Guide You *SOLD

This little 5"x7" watercolor is about wandering - taking a day to hit the trails and explore the north woods. Any day spent exploring the beauty outside is a good day!

Let Your Walking Stick Guide You is watercolor on 140 lb. watercolor paper. It is professionally framed and double matted to a final size of 9"x11".  

Monday, January 23, 2017

Modern Scandinavian Garden Milkweed Blooms II *SOLD


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.