Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Preparing for the Exhibit

Now that the paint is drying, I am facing that tacky art show task:
Two Tondos (round paintings)  ready to go
"Seawash Tondo I and II" 
 "Seawash Tondo II" (oil) 36" diameter

Below, summer beach stones are now dry enough to frame
"Shorewashed Stones" oil 30"x40"
Lastly, this "vintage" pineapple painting will get a reprise.
"Ananas comosus" oil 42x42
I'm probably adding a few more smaller works but first I have to see what my Subaru Outback will hold!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Works in Progress for October Show

Here's a few more paintings finished and ready to go to New York. 
The hungry deer ate all our flowers this summer!
So I'm celebrating in paint, a couple that survived! 
 I'm considering these two finished.
I even cleaned up the basement work area for this snap!
 Peony 1 (After the Rain) oil 30"x30"
 Peony 2 (In the Morning Rain) oil 30"x30"
 "Survival of the Fittest" Pastel (The Northland College campus flower)
 "Wine Harvest"  oil  32"x16"
(framed below) 
And a few more to come

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Catching up after a Hiatus

"Twilight by the Bay" Oil 30"x30"
After such a long delay in blogging, I actually forgot how to sign in and post here!  I'm finally getting some snapshots together of work done in winter & spring. I'll post more as I organize "works in progress" for an upcoming show at Pleiades Gallery in New York.

"Spring Breaks by the Lake”   Oil 30 x30

"Morning after the Heavy Snowfall" Charcoal
"Full Moon in the Forest" Charcoal 14"x18"
"Forest between Seasons" Charcoal
There's a story behind the little drawing below. 
On a visit last fall to the home of a couple of artist friends Paul and Lynn Digby, I enjoyed sitting in their garden on a cool evening and witnessed the practice of making charcoal on an open fire. The char is supposed to be good for harvest mulch... but it makes great drawing tools as well! 

"Char Fire"  Drawing with homemade charcoal
Here is a snapshot of My friends' garden char fire coupled with the resulting charcoal sticks which I took home and used in the drawing.
Here's a previously completed little painting... now in a frame. 
"Campfire"  Oil 19"x19"

Friday, October 4, 2013

New York Solo Show

Here are some snaps from my solo show at Pleiades Gallery in the Chelsea Art District of Manhattan.  The Gallery entrance on West 25th St was still full of summer tourists enjoying the art and walking the Chelsea Highline.

A few installation shots below.  With Vincent Van Gnome as mascot greeter. 

My Sister and my Mom who drove down from Massachusetts.
And here's my youngest son Ethan and his new bride Amy!
I wish I had gotten snapshots at the opening reception.  But we were all too busy having a good time. 
We capped off the evening with Paella and Sangria at "El Quijote" on 23rd St
Then, a trip over to the Flat Iron Buiding to see the 3D Pop-up Installation of Edward Hopper's "Night Hawks".  That's Amy out the front.

Followed by a late evening stroll above the galleries on the Chelsea "High Line".

Long after all the crowds had gone home, a few hardy souls parted ways in front of the darkened galleries.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Upcoming Show

This is the flyer for my upcoming New York exhibit.  The painting was done earlier this summer.  In the show, it may not be hang the way you see it here! 

 I composed this painting from a series of charcoal studies.  Hoping for more flexibility in hanging, I was trying for a composition that could be viewed vertically or a horizontally.
Stonewash Study II

Finally, I drew in an arrangement on canvas with loose oil wash.  The trick was to keep adding stones till the arrangement worked well both ways!
Once I was beyond the messy stage, I was able to get it out of the basement and up to the smaller work space off the living room.
Here it is finished.  But I'm STILL not sure which way it will hang!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Finishing up

These are the last two WIPs...again, painted mostly in this corner space in Minneapolis.  They are mates to those Autumn leaves seen in my previous blog. 

I don't usually paint posies...but these are more about showers than flowers!  They are the spring versions to the rain soaked autumn leaves in a previous blog. As I said we've had lots of "wet" this year!

"Spring Blossoms after the Rain"  oil 36" x 42"
"Spring Flower in Shower"  oil 30" x 30"

I'm now back up north in Wisconsin washing brushes and doing studio housecleaning.
In less than a week I'll be wrapping and loading the canvases for the drive to New York! 

Monday, August 5, 2013

More works in progress

During a recent weekend up north, I was able to get a new one started in my basement work space.  This is a bit larger than the one from the previous blog.

I want to be able to see both shadows and highlights as I block in the painting... so rather than working on a pure white canvas, I prefer to gesso my canvas grey or tone it with a neutral oil paint wash in a cool or warm middle value.  Below is the finished version.
 "Autumn Rain" oil (36" x 42")
BTW: below is the finished version of the WIP (work in progress) that I posted in the previous blog.
"Autumn after the Rain"
(30" x 30")