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.
Songbird Setting is a piece I painted with a textile translation in mind. I wanted the painting to be striking on it's own but be uniform enough to translate well into a woven textile. The movement of the grasses against the still songbird is meant to feel peaceful.
I converted the artwork into a vector illustration and sent the files to Sweden to be woven. I am pleased to say the woven table runners will be at Peculiar Painter late this spring.
Songbird Setting - the original painting - is a brushed acrylic ink painting on 140 lb. hot press paper. It is professionally framed and matted with conservation glass to a final size of 18"x29". This piece is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $725.00 | 218-547-3729
As I spend more time at home I feel like I should be accomplishing more. I feel like I should contribute more. Anxiety keeps me from getting a good night of rest. What calms me is nature and fresh air. I put on my jacket and wander outside and balance is restored. I take a deep breath and tell myself to enjoy this time at home because schedules will be restored and Covid 19 will pass and I will miss my peace at home with no set schedule and more time to paint. So Look Up and enjoy nature and time and try not to think about the things we think are falling apart.
Funny, when I reflect on the times in my past when I was at a crossroads, I have always gone for a walk and painted a tree. This tree is titled: Look Up. It is a brushed acrylic ink painting on 140 lb. cold press paper. Painted area is 7"x16" - full paper with border is 10"x18". This original is available unframed for $225.00. It is shown here hanging with a magnetic teak hanger which keeps the piece hanging flat but unprotected from the elements. I like this look but only recommend using it in a clean dry space. Teak holder is $18.95
I have a lot of respect for the sailors who can read the wind and guide their boat to where they want to go. I am NOT a sailor but have been on several very memorable sailboat adventures. This is a skill I admire. This painting was inspired by a couple I could tell were well practice at reading the wind and sailing together. Imagine the early August sunshine and ease of sailors in their element dancing across the clear blue lake.
Essence of Summer is a 36"x36" acrylic painting on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick painted edges and cross braces. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $1,950.00 | 218-547-3729
Here it is again - my weakness for the Woodpecker and their amazing patterns and fantastic swooping flight style. I confess - I have spent many hours observing their beauty and using the fastest shutter speed I can to try to freeze moments to inspire paintings.
Red-Bellied Woodpecker in Flight is a 7"x8" brushed acrylic ink painting framed to a size of 12"x14". It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $295.00 | 218-547-3729
I'm not sure exactly what type of pod these are or if I collected them in Minnesota or Montana. I have a few collections of little lovely stems that I gather along walks. This could be dried lupine. Whatever it is - the warm tones and delicate shells provided inspiration for Nature's Calm.
This piece is one that should be seen in person. At 12"x48" it is hard to capture it in photos. I painted layer after layer to add depth and movement behind the calm stems. The overall feeling is warmth and nature. Nature's Calm is acrylic on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick stretcher bars with cross bars and painted edges. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $755.00 | 218-547-3729
The name -Woodpecker- just doesn't do these beautiful creatures justice. Then there is the Hairy Woodpecker. Poor thing to carry such an unfortunate name for an intricate and lovely bird. I have a weakness for all varieties of Woodpeckers. The row and swoop style of flight makes flying look like so much fun. This is my Ode to the beautiful woodpecker - the wind dancer and tree drummer of the woods.
Tree Drummer is a brushed acrylic ink painting on 140 lb. hot press paper. It is professionally framed with conservation glass to a final size of 15.75"x10.25". This painting is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN | 218-547-3729
Hat, wine and lantern ready for a lakeside picnic - obviously this young women is meeting someone with the food and blanket. This light little painting reminds me Rainy lake and the classic old boats, big inviting docks and fun rock islands inviting picnic goers to adventure.
Lakeside Picnic is a brushed acrylic ink painting on 140 lb. watercolor paper. It is professionally framed with conservation glass. Final size is 8"x12". This painting is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $189.00 | 218-547-3729
Living in the town I grew up visiting on Summer vacation often makes me feel like a tourist - savoring the lake and small town speed. This painting was inspired by a visitor I caught taking in the Walker Bay view in just that way. She looked comfortable and relaxed and I imagine her thoughts were in the moment - surrounded by lake, sky and a nice breeze.
This piece has a special place in my Walker series because it reminds me of several visitors that frequent my little shop. It's funny how age at this angle can vary from young adult to retiree which is why she brings thoughts of several of my favorite visitors.
Postcard from Minnesota is a brushed acrylic ink painting on 140 lb. hot press watercolor paper. It is framed to a final size of 9"x11" with conservation glass. I thought this original spoke best without a mat - simple and elegant. Postcard from Minnesota original is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $325.00. Prints and postcards will be available soon as well.
IF... the shortest distance to your friend's house is by boat - you might be a Minnesotan.
IF.... you have known how to drive a boat since you were a kid - you might be a Minnesotan.
IF.....you know how to maneuver around the rice beds, sand bars and deadheads - you might be a Minnesotan.
IF....you savor the moments on the water with friends and family - you might be a Minnesotan.
this and so much more is what this piece is about.
Minnesotan is a small brushed acrylic ink painting on 350 lb. hot press paper. It is framed to a final size of 6"x8" and available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $165.00 | 218-547-3729
Apparently I'm in the mood to paint motion on water. This is the second in my Kayak Days series.
Kayak Days s2 is a small brushed acrylic ink painting on 350 lb. hot press paper. It is framed to a final size of 6"x8" and available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN | 218-547-3729
This little piece was a fun sketch that decided it wanted to be a painting. This kayaker just spent a lovely afternoon touring the bay and is now enjoying a moment of fading light with the satisfied exhaustion that fresh air and exercise bring.
Kayak Days is a 4"x6" brushed acrylic ink painting on 140 lb. hot press Arches watercolor paper. It is framed to a final size of 6"x8" with conservation glass. This painting is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN | 218-547-3729
It's the season to add to my Modern Scandinavian series. When things calm down and I get to reflect on the year - more colorful and whimsical creations come about. The top photo is from my Mom's garden early in the fall. Her Dahlias are amazing with their wild movement and intricate pieces - so much life, color and personality!
Modern Scandinavian Dahlia Garden is an acrylic painting on deep edge stretched canvas. Stretcher bars are 1.5" thick with cross braces. Edges are painted. Size is 10"x30". This piece is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $545.00 | 218-547-3729
My first completed painting for 2020 was inspired by family and ice skating over the holidays. It's not often we get good ice over Christmas and we were all enjoying it this year. Pond Skating is about friends, family and the joy of being outside on the ice and snow.
Pond Skating is a brushed acrylic ink painting on 140 lb. hot press arches watercolor paper. If you look close you can see the Arches watermark in the bottom right corner of the piece. Whenever possible I like to feature the watermark. This painting is framed to a final size of 7"x9" with conservation glass. It is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $172.00
I thought it was about time my Walker, Minn. painting series included a man. I wanted a piece that would compliment Morning Mist and one that spoke to the wonderful outdoorsmen in this area. I wanted this piece to contain the energy of the guys who love to get their gear together and go fishing in any kind of weather. This guy was geared up for rain but the day turned nice and the sun came out and of course - the fish were biting.
Sportsman is a brushed acrylic ink painting on 140 lb. paper. The original is not for sale. I had Next Innovations in Walker, Minn. print this piece on 8"x8" powder coated steel with hanging brackets. This print is available at Peculiar Painter in Walker, MN for $42.00 | 218-547-3729