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, 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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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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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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