Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Expressive Sugar Maple *SOLD

The Sugar Maple in one impressive tree. Just the gamut of color it produces is reason enough to love it - green, yellow, red, orange!  On top of that it produces maple syrup! The straight trunk with it's expressive branches reaching out to dance is another reason to love this beauty. How could I not paint this lovely creature?

The deep thick bark contrasts the birch tree series I have been working on - requiring a new painting style. I used a combination of palette knife, side by side color mixing and laying to give this piece movement and the feeling of endless color.

Expressive Sugar Maple is a 30"x40" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick stretcher bars and painted edges. This original painting is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $785.00 | 218-547-3729

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Walker, Minnesota - view from city dock

Those of you who have spent time in Walker, Minnesota have probably enjoyed the view from city dock - with a cup of coffee in hand - thinking - I can see myself living here. Looking out at Walker Bay you are likely to see sailboats and fishing boats - some in a hurry and some just enjoying the sunshine. You are likely to see families walking on the dock - sometimes 4 generations together. There is a carefree energy that summer in Walker brings - a romance that a small town and lake setting - up north brings. 

Walker, Minnesota - view from city dock is a brushed ink painting. Artwork size is 16"x23" - framed in a grey barn wood frame to about 20"x27". Original is not for sale at this time. Cards and postcards are available - prints to follow.

Rock-Side View *SOLD

Rock-Side View is a brushed ink painting. I started with a graphite sketch. Next - using a liner brush and FW ink, I painted over my sketch and then overpainted with the 2 tone grey ink. The final look is a clean block print style - simple and peaceful - like the setting of the girl watching the sailboats on the bay. 

Rock-Side View is a small 4.5 inch painting on 140 lb watercolor paper - framed to 7" square. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $48.00 - framed

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Indian Summer *SOLD

Sometimes the size of a canvas inspires the painting. With this 8"x24" canvas - I pictured a tall birch tree with it's limbs extending off of the canvas and wrapping around the edges. I contemplated making it a winter scene but the grey scene outside made me imaging color and warmth - a sunset over a calm lake.

The canvas is not large but the painting is rich in layers to give it a multi layer warmth. I wanted it to feel like the sun was just going down after a beautiful day on the lake - the kind that warms the skin makes you content to be exactly where you are.

Indian Summer is 8"x24" acrylic on stretched canvas with painted edges and 1.5" stretcher bars. |  SOLD

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Modern Scandinavian Garden - Woodpecker's Perch *SOLD

It's hard to pick a favorite bird in northern Minnesota since we have such a wonderful variety  of  tweeting, whistling, chirping, singing sweet birds. I do have a weakness for woodpecker birds from the downy woodpecker to the pileated woodpecker. Their fly-fly-swoop-fly motion looks like so much fun. I don't know how I'd feel about banging my head against a tree all day but the flying style I could defiantly get used to.

Using my Modern Scandinavian Garden style - I created this whimsical watercolor in honor of the sweet swooping woodpecker. Modern Scandinavian Garden - Woodpecker's Perch is 6"x16" before being framed. It is $99.00 unframed - I will post the final price after being framed in the next couple of days.