Monday, April 27, 2015

This piece showing the Split Rock Lighthouse will eventually be part of a series called "North Shore" along with the "Little Spirit Tree posted earlier this month.  I still have a little work left to do but this piece should be ready by the end of the month.  I just wanted to post it because it has been on my to do list to finish for some time.
The Split Rock Light House On Lake Superior is an Icon that has long held it's own majestic presence towering above the lake. This 16x20" signed piece captures a summer day with a little girl feeding gulls and enjoying the view. For now this art will be in the Boundary Water Series and Minnesota Landmark Series on my web site if interested in purchasing.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Thursday April 16th was my first showing in downtown Minneapolis and had just a great time rolling out new art pieces to show. The Tractor Works where the event happened was the absolute perfect place to highlight original pieces from my "Farm Series" collection. 

The building was formerly the "John Deere" tractor factory which needed 20' high ceilings and wide open spaces to produce their products but now makes a fantastic place to show art.  The show was very well attended with a real eclectic mix of people enjoying wine and great food supplied by Open Technology Systems who also hosted the show. I look forward for another event in Minneapolis sometime this summer. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

I wanted to do some more North Shore pieces of art and this new one is titled "Witchtree Maiden". This knarly conifer has watched the history of  the lake from its spot growing right out of the rock on the edge of lake Superior. The tree is off limits to anyone who is not accompanied by a local American indian Ojibwe band member this to ensure it's passage to watch over future generations.

It is called by the Ojibwe "Manidoo-giizhikens" or "Little Spirit Tree". The earliest record of this tree is by the French explorer Sieur de la Verendrye in 1731 who commented on the tree as a mature tree at that time, making it at least 300 years old. Because it is held as sacred by the Ojibwe they still leave offerings of tobacco as the voyagers and their ancestors did hundreds of years ago to ensure a safe journey on Lake Superior.

If you look closely at this painting you may see a maiden watching over the lake. If interested in a signed print go the "Gunflint Series" category on my web site to purchase.