Forsythia and Copper Canister, final


I do love reaching the end of a painting! I had such a wonderful working on this piece.  I has been far too long a break from pastel this time, and I’m thrilled to be back at it. To celebrate my last day in the studio with my forsythia painting up on the easel, I …
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Forsythia and Copper Canister, update #2


I’ve been digging through my boxes of pastels to find colors that I can use to unify areas of the painting.  To do this, I try to find a color that can be applied to a few different objects.  An example would be the light blue that I was able to use in the background, …
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Forsythia and Copper Canister, work in progress update


I finally got back over to the studio today.  We have been moving from an apartment in the Warehouse District of downtown Minneapolis, to our first house, over in Saint Paul!  I’m thrilled to be living back in Saint Paul, but moving is a lot of work! Every time that I’ve done it, I swear …
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Forsythia and Copper Canister, work in progress.


Today I thought it would be great to have another dose of spring.  I have loved forsythia since I was a kid.  I have some great memories of a forsythia bush that we had in our backyard that you could actually crawl inside of.  It was like being surrounded by sunshine! This is a work in …
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Orange and Blue, Potted Begonia


I had the best time painting this one. Hands down….the most fun I’ve had the easel in a long time!  I’m not sure what it was about this set up.  Perhaps  it made me think about spring.  Winter can get a little long here in Minnesota. Or maybe it was the blue and orange color combination;  …
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The Painted Bowl


Please click here to bid on this painting. This was a quick painting.  In addition to pushing to my artistic abilities for brushwork, speed has emerged as one of my artistic development goals on 2009.  As anyone who is familiar with the atelier method of  instruction can attest, it tends to be very methodical, but also very …
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Yellow Roses and Swedish Tapestry


I really wanted to try out a yellow background.  I not sure why. That was my over riding thought as I was heading to the studio this morning.  I have had a couple of ideas for larger still life paintings recently using yellow, black, and white.  Upon arriving at the studio, I opened up the cabinet that holds …
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Yellow Flowers in a Magenta World


I can’t even think of the last time I did a pastel still life.  I had this composition all set up.  I had a square oil painting panel out and ready to go.  I was about to get out the oil paints themselves, and get to work. As I looked back at my set up, …
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Silver Bowl and Green Vase


Please click here to bid on this painting. I had such a great time painting this little silver bowl on Sunday, I decided to paint it again.  I think what draws me to painting the silver bowl against a light background, is all of the lost edges.  That means that there isn’t a lot of contrast between …
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