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.
Modern Scandinavian Garden - Bluebell - is a new piece in my series of colorful - playful pieces. Once again, the shapes are elongated and simplified - making the piece about color - joyful color.
Modern Scandinavian Garden - Bluebell - is a small 8"x10" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with 3/4" stretcher bars and painted edges. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $65.00 - 218-547-3729
Here is my newest series of little 6"x6" Bittersweet paintings. I'll never tire of painting these sweet, climbing, dancing, bright berries of the forest.
Bittersweet series - August 2015 - is on hold at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN - $75.00 each | 218-547-3729
Scandinavian Garden - Allium is a new piece from my Modern Scandinavian series. 2 weeks ago - I taught a class in this style and enjoyed all the paintings that the class created! The basis for this style includes elongated shapes, bright colors and whimsical lines which sit on top of very straight lines.
I realized, during the class, how much time this process actually takes. The time goes by so fast that you don't realize 4-5 hours actually goes into a small 7" x 15" piece. This was the piece I was demonstrating with to show the inspiration and style that creates a modern Scandinavian garden feel.
Scandinavian Garden - Allium is framed and available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $76.00 | 218-547-3729
I'm starting to desire layers of clothing and dark rich colors again - fall must be in the air. This little watercolor started out as a study for a class, I was teaching, in layering watercolor and salt techniques. I thought it was worth finishing and framing. The colors make me want to go for a walk in the fall colors.
Evening Allium is a 6"x6.5" watercolor on 140 lb arches cold press watercolor paper. It is framed to be 12"x12.5" in a simple black frame. Evening Allium is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $45.00 | 218-547-3729
For this painting titled - Departure - I limited myself to titanium white, payne's gray, and burnt umber. I intentionally kept the piece loose and sketchy to convey movement and raw energy. The birds that I based the piece on are scavengers such as ravens and hawks. These large - powerful birds have a darkness about them but also a rich presence. The lifecycle would be at a loss without these birds to clean and renew.
Departure is a large 36" x 36" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick stretcher bars and support bars. It will look best in a modern setting with white or grey walls. It will be available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $585.00 | 218-547-3729
Reach for the Sun is similar in style to several smaller pieces I have done this year but I added more layers and color to this piece. I started out with a much brighter - flat palette and kept adding richness until the piece calmed down and sat still - as if watching the sun go down behind the trees.
What surprised me is the dramatic difference in mood this piece has - depending on the light it is in. In a bright setting the yellows and greens come to life. In a darker setting the subtle reds in the background bring out the rich blues and teals. It will be fun to see where Reach for the Sun finds a home and what colors decide to dance for it's new owners.
Reach for the Sun is a large painting at 3' x 4' - acrylic on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick - $925.00 | 218-547-3729