Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sincere Nature


Sometimes the most fun pieces to create live in my mind until they are ready to hatch. That was the case with this piece. While enjoying a nice early summer drink on the patio, overlooking the lake, I noticed a sweet leafy branch with a beautiful flow to it. I wasn't quite sure how I wanted to capture the branch until today. 

A painter friend,  gave me some beautiful hand made paper to try. The warm tone, deckled edge and uneven variations called for brush and ink. Daler Rowney makes a gorgeous Red Earth ink which, set against the warm paper, has a very peaceful feeling. Ochre, warm red and grey are one of my favorite combinations SO I had to use a rich grey background. 

The final piece is simple but calming and elegant. I just might be hooked on ink and handmade paper. 

Sincere Nature is a 12"x12" ink on handmade paper piece. Available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN. for $45.00 | 218-547-3729


Friday, August 22, 2014

Meadow Birch

The Birch trees surrounding northern Minnesota have been great models for me this summer. This one caught my eye with it's gentle swoop and view of the golden meadow. I just might add a little more red to it before I call it finished but I'll hang out with it for a few days before I add anything more.

This watercolor painting will be framed to about 16"x20" - give or take a few inches. Meadow Birch will be available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN as soon as it is framed.

Forest Quilt


I used a lot of texture and layering to create Forest Quilt. If you get up close to it, you will see the overlaying of color, thick paint, and a crosshatching technique - all used to give this piece depth and the feeling of being deep in the forest. I have always been drawn to woven tapestries and wanted to give this piece the woven feeling with paint. Birch trees make a good subject for this style since the bark already has a woven appearance.

The colors I chose are exaggerated from those you might find in nature…but that is the fun part about painting…I can use any colors I like. Vibrant blues contrast the rich yellows and ochres in this piece, forcing the whites and creams of the Birch trunk to stand out. 

Forest Quilt is a 40"x30" acrylic painting on stretched canvas. The stretcher bars are 1.5" thick. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, Minnesota for $645.00. 218-547-3729

Monday, August 11, 2014

Pop of Color *SOLD

Sometimes it takes someone else's inspiration to set a painting in motion. With any commissioned piece I take on, I paint with the person who has the vision in mind but I also have to paint to satisfy myself…so I paint it for myself. Working in this manner, there is nothing lost if the vision is not met. That was the case with this 20" x 30" Poppy painting. I was trying to meet the vision of a customer but in the end the blue wasn't quite right and so the painting didn't fill the need of it's original request….but….I was happy with the piece and 3 days later it was sold to someone new who had her own vision of where it would hang!

Pop of Color is a 20" 30" acrylic painting on stretched canvas.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Fiery Maple *SOLD

Fiery Maple was inspired by a lively Maple that lives on the south side of Leech Lake. I used a combination of Caran d Ache Technalo graphite pencils along with M. Graham watercolors and Pebeo drawing gum on this piece.  With Maple trees it is fun to exaggerate the colors - hence the name Fiery Maple. The tree that modeled for me was dressed in it's full green glory, at the time, but I can just picture her dressed in with flair for the Fall. 

Fiery Maple is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, Minnesota.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Birch Stand - Chippewa National Forest *SOLD

Birch Stand - Chippewa Nation Forest is a small version of my impressionist style birch tree paintings. One of my favorite place to wander, in Minnesota, is Shingobee Recreation area - in the Chippewa National Forest. This little, 6" square painting, is based on a couple of Birch tree models along the trails at Shingobee.

Birch Stand - Chippewa Nation Forest is a 6" x 6" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with painted edges. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $48.00  | 218-547-3729

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Scandinavian Garden - Origami Iris *SOLD

Now THIS was a fun painting. This narrow lil watercolor was inspired by Grey and Lavender Iris flowers with bright yellow and orange stripe detail. I plan on painting, the inspiring flowers, in a more realistic acrylic painting but thought it would be fun to create a modern geometric piece out of watercolor. They turned into Origami looking flowers that are quiet happy.

Scandinavian Garden - Origami Iris is a narrow 3" x 17.5" watercolor on 140 lb hot press (smooth) watercolor paper. Available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN | 218-547-DRAW