Dappled Sunlight | Sunday morning plein air painting


Dappled Sunlight, 6×8″, oil on linen panel $150.00 Free Shipping in the US Sunday is the best day of the week.  Things seem to move a bit slower… I spent my Sunday morning painting on the grounds of the St. Paul Seminary right along the Mississippi River. The weather has been perfect; not too warm,blue skies, …
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Crabapple Tree Plein Air | Outdoor painting in the neighborhood


 I love staying close to home.  I think there is something fascinating that happens when you take the time to really observe the area around your home.  I painted this little plein air piece of a flowering tree I discovered in the neighbors yard.  With all of those small petals being hit by the later morning sun, there …
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Birch Clump | Backyard plein air painting of birch trees


Birch Clump $100.00 Free Shipping What a beautiful day for plein air painting in Minnesota!   At 74 degrees a nice gentle breeze I don’t think you could ask for anything more.  Armed with this sunny disposition, I grabbed my pochade box and headed out side to paint.  I got in about 6 hours of painting time, and …
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Plein Air Painitng: On the Park Lawn With My Pochade Box


Spring has finally arrived here in Minnesota! I love painting outdoors this time of year.  The branches of the trees are still very visible, with just enough of the yellow-green foliage of spring to soften the edges. It’s like being able to see the support skeleton underneath. For my 30th birthday, last Sunday, my partner …
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Backyard Tree, studio landscape painting


The image above is the result of  a three day studio landscape painting class that I took at The Atelier in Minneapolis.  It was taught by landscape artist and plein air enthusiast, Brian Stewart.  This painting began life as a plein air study that I did of the wonderful tree across the alley from our …
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Backyard Tree, plein air sketch


The weather was great this morning in St. Paul, so I spent part of this St. Patrick’s day outside painting.  This is a plein air sketch that I did for part of an upcoming painting.  The rest of the project will be posted as it comes together.

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Backyard Tree, the making of a painting


We just moved into a new house in a fantastic neighborhood. Every morning, when I eat breakfast, I have a great view of this tree across the alley from us.  I think this tree and its crossing branches has such a wonderful shape. I really want to try and complete a painting of  it before …
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