Saturday, December 21, 2013

Tulip in a Field of Dandelions *sold

Now this was fun to paint. In the spirit of my Modern Scandinavian series I painted this 8" x 24" acrylic painting with bright primary colors set off by sky blues and ivory. It is amazing how one little piece can change an entire room but somehow this little piece adds a playfulness to it's surroundings. 

I did a lot of overpainting with Tulip in a Field of Dandelions to give it a textile or embroidered feel. By continuing the geometric shapes around the edges it adds to the playfulness of the piece.

Tulip in a Field of Dandelions is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN | 218-547-3729

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Weaving Bittersweet - *SOLD

I stopped counting how many bittersweet paintings I have done. ..they are just so much fun. This is a tiny little 5"x5" acrylic painting stretched over 1.5" stretcher bars to give it a nice presence.

Available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $40.00 - 218-547-3729

Monday, December 16, 2013

Aspen Ridge - watercolor - *SOLD

Aspen Ridge is a 8" x 10" watercolor painting on 140 Lb watercolor paper. While hiking in the mountains near Butte, Montana I came across a group of Aspens growing out of boulders on the side of the mountain. I have been excited to paint this scene ever since. I'll probably paint this scene in acrylic too. 

Pebeo makes a masking fluid that makes watercolor painting a lot of fun. In the 3 stage photo I am showing the process of using the masking fluid, removing it to expose the white spaces and then filling in to finish the painting.

Aspen Ridge is 15" x 19" framed and available at Peculiar Painter for $76.00

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Graphite Sketch series - *SOLD

I like when someone has a vision for their walls that involves original artwork. Recently a young women came into the shop and took to some of my graphite sketches. I had 3 sketches framed in simple modern black frames and rough sketched borders. She chose 1 of these pieces and made a request that I sketch 5 more pieces in various shapes and sizes. She left it up to me to choose the subject and shapes of the pieces. So far I have created these 3. Two out of the three were chosen and I have 3 more to create. 

I always enjoy working with special requests and try to get a feel for the personality of the person the artwork is for. It is nice when requests come with little restriction because it opens the doors to create. 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Classic

I very rarely paint the same subject twice but this rod and reel has called to be painted a second time...and just might be painted a third and forth. My Grandfather's old rod and reel has a classic good feel to it. That might be because I know he once carried it on his way to the boat and his favorite fishing holes. I feel like this classic reel has stories to share.

This little watercolor is 6" x 10" - painted on 140 lb watercolor paper. Framed - $78 or unframed for $38. Available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN. 218-547-3729

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

From Sea to Shining Sea *SOLD

From Sea to Shining Sea was inspired by many different sources. The obvious source is the American flag.  I bought a beautiful American flag years ago. The flag is sewn with beautiful detail and uses gorgeous fabric with rich color. Each time I see this flag it fills me with joy. I have traveled to other counties and enjoy the visits but ALWAYs feel blessed to call the United States home.

Another source of inspiration is a paint from Winsor and Newton's Artist's Acrylic line called Perylene Green. The color has a nostalgic tone straight from the tube. Mixed with white or ochre it becomes a calming aqua tone. Since green is the compliment of red it really enhances the red of the flag.

The size of a canvas helps me choose the subject. When this 37" x 37" canvas came to me I wanted to paint something really special, with a personal meaning. I turned 37 in October and a good friend sent me this wonderful canvas. I thought that the gift of a custom blank canvas was ideal to celebrate a birthday. The gift was so thoughtful and full of inspiration.

Thank you to Tyga for modeling for this piece. Tyga's classic beauty has inspired a series of paintings.

Available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN 218-547-3729  -SOLD