Sunday, March 1, 2015

Picea Sunrise

Picea Sunrise was inspired by a White Spruce which stands at a trail crossing out at Shingobee recreation area.  The trees and vegetation out at Shingobee have inspired many paintings. This is my first conifer tree painting though. 

I was married out near Shingobee on Tuesday and painted this piece on Saturday. SO…this is my first piece as a married woman. I have decided to continue to sign my paintings as Jessie Townsdin, although I will be taking the name Jessie Stolzman. My husband is a forester and had the suggestion of Picea Sunrise for the title of the painting. Picea Glauca is the scientific name for White Spruce. 

Picea Sunrise is a 12"x36" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with 1.5" stretcher bars and painted edges. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $325.00

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sky View *SOLD

Sky View has been on my mind to paint for approximately 4 years. It is inspired by the view I would see,  on a daily basis, as I crossed the sky bridge from one building to the next, at work. The Aspen trees that dotted the landscape looked so happy to be where they stood. They changed dramatically from season to season but always seemed content to be planted right where they were - waving at the mountains in the background.  

Since I viewed these trees from above, the perspective is askew - making them more playful. In the past my tree paintings have had an emphasis on the leaves. With this piece - I put the emphasis on the bark and exaggerated the colors with bright pyrolle orange, rich yellows, cobalt blue and teal. 

This piece will add an intense breath of fresh air to any space. Not only are the colors intense but the texture is varied and almost sculptural. Come in to Peculiar Painter to see it in person. 

Sky View is 36" x 48" on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick stretcher bars and painted edges. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $950.00

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Lantern of Nature


Beehives can be beautiful little sculptures - hidden in nature and full of energy and sweet goodness. The little architects make their homes to blend in nature. They are subtle little lanterns - dancing in the trees.

I wanted to convey the wonder of these natural lanterns with color…lots of color. Here blues and Greens play off the intense yellows and oranges to make this piece vibrate in complimentary colors. The beehive hides itself at the end of a branch - a lovely little lantern of life.

Lantern of Nature is a 40" x 40" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with painted edges and 1.5" thick stretcher bars. This piece is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $725.00 | 218-547-3729

Friday, February 6, 2015

Kabekona Bay Bridge *SOLD

Anyone who has visited the Leech Lake area, in northern Minnesota, knows what I'm talking about when I say that you feel like you stepped back in time here. Downtown Walker, which is nestled just off the lake, has a soul of brick buildings and independently owned shops. We have a wonderful paved trail system that lets bikers, skaters and walkers play through the trees and across the lakes. 

Along that trail system (the Heartland Trail) is the Kabekona Bay bridge. In the summer you will see kids fishing from this bridge. The bridge spans the channel between Kabekona Bay on Leech Lake. Kabekona Bay gets some of the best sunsets I have ever seen. On a warm summer day, with the fiery sunset lighting up the lake, you can't help but smile at the beauty of this place. 

Kabekona Bay Bridge is an 18"x36" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with painted edges and 1.5" thick stretcher bars. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $425.00 | 218-547-3729

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sunflower MoonSprinkle *SOLD

How can you not love a sunflower with their floppy heads and bright petals? I tried a new technique of sprinkling masking fluid over my drawing - before adding paint. The technique felt less like water drops and more like floating wishes to me. Since evening is the best time to send wishes in the air - I titled it MoonSprinkle. 

Sunflower MoonSprinkle is a 10" x 10" watercolor painting on Arches 140 lb cold press paper. It is framed and available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $66.00 | 218-547-3729

Friday, January 23, 2015

Bittersweet - Bright n Bold

I strayed from my cobalt turquoise background and went for a cobalt grey background for this 8" square bittersweet painting. The bright orange berries seems to like their cool cobalt background. I also used a deep red for the underpainting here, instead of my usual phthalo blue outline.

Bittersweet - Bright n Bold is 8" x 8" acrylic painting on stretched canvas. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $65.00 | 218-547-3729

Bittersweet - Sweet n Sassy *SOLD

Ahh…another Bittersweet painting has arrived! This color combination of yellows, oranges and a hint of blue could be overwhelming…unless it is a tiny little 6" square painting. Put together on this small canvas, the bright colors become sweet and sassy…which is what I had to name it.

Bittersweet - Sweet n Sassy is a  5"x5" acrylic painting on stretched canvas. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $55.00 | 218-547-3729