Como Park Pines


This painting was done en plein air.  That is the fancy way of saying that it was painted on location outside, in plain air.  Painting on location can be quite difficult; the light changes, there’s bugs, you have to hike around with your gear…. Then there are times like this!  I had such a great time …
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Rock Wall


Today’s post, also started life as a plein air sketch.  It was done on a square panel.  I questioned when I looked at it, “Do I really need all of this going on?” The top portion featured a pine and birch forest with perhaps too much detail… Back in Minneapolis, and back in the studio, I …
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Late Afternoong Light


 Today’s post is a pastel painting done on a homemade panel.  I started with a sheet of Gatorboard.  I toned it with Golden Liquid acrylic in a Payne’s gray.  Next, a layer of  pumice gel is applied with a 2″ brush.  The great thing with these panels, is the texture left behind.  The peaks and valleys from …
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Rocks


I love painting rocks.  There is something so satisfying when you paint something that looks heavy and solid.  This painting was done on panel.  I toned the panel with transparent red oxide.  I then really started working with other transparent pigments.  After that first round, I started the build up of the opaque layers of …
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Sunny Pastures


 I’ve painted this field about a dozen times now.  I think this is one of my favorites.  Some days, the paint just feels great coming off of the brush.  This piece was also done on one of my home made or studio made panels.

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Alaskan Trail, a work in progress


It’s Labor Day, which means summer is coming to an end.  In honor of that, I wanted to show off what’s currently on my easel.  A summery scene,  Alaskan Trail is an 18×24″ oil painting done from some field sketches and reference photos.  There is still more work to be done, but I feel like …
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Blue Sky Cliff


This is an original oil painting on a homemade panel.  It’s an ACEO, art card edition or original. Cliff measures 2.5×3.5″ and it could be yours!  Please visit my eBay store and give it a bid.

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Italy…wrapping things up.


So things are finally starting to come together…I’m feeling like I’m rounding a corner on this painting.  I’ve grown to really enjoy using a limited number of pigments…Decision making is certainly alot simpler with only 6 colors!

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Plein Air, Bloomington


  Another day of painting outside! Minnesota served up another gorgeous day today, and I was able to take advantage of this blue sky morning by getting a second session in on the landscape above.  After the light had shifted, I set up for my second go of the morning; a quick oil sketch of …
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