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.
The shape of Phlox works well to inspire a Modern Scandinavian painting. Little did I know, when I bought myself a white Phlox plant this spring, that I already had a yard full of lavender phlox. Inspiration was everywhere!
For this piece I used a combination of teal, cobalt, pthalo blues and sky blue to make the background vibrate BLUE. The moving vines in the background are a rich red iron oxide. The iron oxide whisps were added at the end to give the piece more depth and movement. As with all of my Modern Scandinavian pieces - the shapes as well as color is intense and exaggerated.
Modern Scandinavian Garden - Phlox Blooms is a 40"x40" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with cross bars. Stretcher bars are 1.5" thick with painting edges. This piece will be available soon at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $2,450.00 | 218-547-3729
I have had a connection with this tree my whole life. This wise Red Pine has marked the entrance to the land my Great Grandparents Homesteaded back in the 20s. Looking at Red, I feel like he could tell me so many stories of my ancestors. Recently this beauty had been showing it's age and I knew it wasn't long before he would no longer stand proud. I photographed Red from every angle to remember his beauty and paint him. Sure enough - Red - came down this summer. Although I'm sad to see him go - I will always picture him proud and full of stories on his corner greeting cabin visitors.
Cabin Greeter is a brushed acrylic ink painting on 140 lb. mixed media hot press paper. It is professionally framed by Heritage Framing with conservation glass and a double mat. The final size is 10.5" x 25". This piece is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $525.00 | 218-547-3729
This mother and daughter visit my shop occasionally. They are always dressed cute and are thoughtful with their family. On this particular day I couldn't resist asking to photograph them. Aimee was shopping with her basket on her arm as her daughter looked on. Both had a lovely energy about them and they humored me while I took a few photos.
My 3 year old son was intrigued when I showed him the finished piece. He commented on the basket, the girl and her Mom - imagining who they were. After some thought he said to me, "Mom, you painted them the wrong way - I can't see them."
Braids, Baskets and Sun-dress Days is an original brushed ink painting on 140 lb. mixed media hot press paper. Artwork is 8"x10" and framed to a final size of 16"x18" with conservations glass. This piece is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $450.00 | 218-547-3729
I've not hear of May Day Plant before but I sure like the idea and that is how this sweet Begonia came to me. My Tweetie Pie Begonia has brought lots of joy to our patio this year. The soft tones and lovely blossoms dance in their pot. I can see where it gets it's name.
Unbelievable Tweetie Pie Begonia is a 6" square brushed ink painting and watercolor primed canvas with .75" painted edges. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $86.00 | 218-547-3729
I'm not quite sure what is in her left hand....is it a cup of coffee or a glass of wine ? You decide! Clear water, swaying grasses, cozy coat and warm light = time for reflection and enjoying a calm moment.
Warm Reflections is a brushed acrylic ink painting on 140 lb. watercolor paper. This piece is professionally framed with conservation glass. Final framed size is 14.5" square. This piece is available for $425.00 at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN. Cards are also available. 8" prints will be available soon. | 218-547-3729
It's funny how a painting will find the person it belongs to. I don't know how many times I have heard gallery visitors say, "I don't know exactly what I'm looking for but I'll know it when I see it." It makes me happy when that piece is a creation of mine.
I had just started this painting by applying my colors with a palette knife - creating thick layers. The week got busy and I didn't get a chance to work on this piece. It sat on my easel in our living room. Each morning I would wake up to these colors and think to myself, "I sort or want to leave it like this - the colors feel good to me." I happened to snap a photo of the morning light on the canvas to remember it after I worked the canvas up more. This same week a family friend stopped in for a visit. He took to the colors too and asked, "how much for the piece just as it is?" And that is the story of how this palette knife painting got to stay in it's raw color form (with a little fine tuning) and go to it's new home in Wisconsin. I couldn't be happier about this.
As Far as I Can See is a 40"x40" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick stretcher bars and painted edges. It is SOLD.
ORANGE, YELLOW and GREEN - if a set of colors were designed to give the brain waves a jolt of inspiration - I think it must be these 3. These little wild flowers dance around the yard and yell paint me all day long. I say - OK.
Penny for Your Thoughts is a 4.75"x9.5"brushed ink painting on 140 lb. watercolor paper. This pieces is professionally framed and available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN | 218-547-3729