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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Green Tea Kettle


I loved this tea kettle when I saw it at the store.  This particular shade of green is so me… With this set up, I’m using a different perspective than I normally do.  I positioned the objects on my studio table which is much lower than the still life stand that I usually work from. Please …
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Blue Pot, Orange Begonia


I had a few hours to get into the studio today, and thought this would be a great chance to revisit this wonderful potted begonia.  It has been bringing a touch of spring to my studio for the last few weeks.  I really needed it today.  The high here in Minnesota didn’t reach much above …
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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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Pastel Field


Still more longing for spring…  Here in Minnesota, we have had a few days with above normal temperatures.  Then, things dipped back down into the single digits. This little painting was done a hand made pastel panel.  I started with a piece of Masonite.  I prepped it with 2 layers of acrylic gesso.  Then, I painted the surface the bright orange liquid …
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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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