Last light


Time for a little vacation from my regular life.  I’m up at Lake Superior, staying at BlueFin Bay in Tofte, MN. This little painting was done in the last few minutes before the daylight was gone for the evening.  I really liked the colors on the clouds.  We had been fighting the clouds all day, …
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Silver Cliff


 I tried something a little different with this painting.  I started the painting with my pallet knife.  I’ve seen other artists do it before, and wanted to give it a try….  It was really fun! The paint takes on a much more sculptural quality as you are working with it.  In the end, however, it felt great to …
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A Touch of Color


The above is  a small oil sketch painted on the edge of a clearing.  I wanted to play a bit more with color on this one.  Some times I fell like my paintings can loose some of the color intensity and variety as I work.  Things tend to get more and more neutral.  I think …
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Interstate State Park


This painting is from a spot high up top of the cliffs over looking the St.Croix River.  The river forms the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin.  This particular spot is on the Minnesota side of the river just south of the town of Taylors Falls.  It was a wonderful autumn day with a bright, yet overcast sky.

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The Temperance River


The Temperance River, 12×12 This is the first time I have ever painted a waterfall.  It was such a great early fall day when we were on the rocks over looking the upper falls on the Temperance River, near Lake Superior.  One of the most fascinating things about paint this piece, was attempting to capture the feeling …
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My Father the Model.


For anyone that has seen my work before, the man in the above oil sketch may look familiar… it’s my Dad.  The new session of my Thursday night portrait class is up and running.  The only problem that we ran into, was a previous commitment from our usual model for Thursday, September 25th.  That left …
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Birch Forest


Welcome to the Birch Forest! Today’s post is a oil painting sketch that I’m planning on enlarging into a bigger painting. I just finished making a batch of new panels, and have been anxious to try this long, narrow shape.  I think the birch trees in mass lend themselves quite nicely to this format. The inspiration for …
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The Italy Painting; final


It has recently been brought to my attention that I never posted the final image of my commisioned landscape.  So today’s post is that final image of a commisioned landscape that I had been working on for quite a few weeks.  This painting was done with a humble array of 6 colors, ultramarine blue, cad. yellow …
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Back to School


After a great summer break, my weekly portrait class has begun again at The Atelier in Minneapolis.  After our first night, last night, I think this is going to be a really great group to work with. I’m lucky as a teacher to have several returning student.  It’s always nice to think that people take …
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