Thursday, July 26, 2018

Lake Maidens

This image depicts a young woman watching soaking in the view from the best spot on the lake and that is actually in the lake somewhere in the Northern Minnesota boundary waters. If you look carefully there is more than one person in this image.  

This young woman has just taken notice that she is not alone on the lake and she stops and tries to focus her eyes on something but she is not quite sure if it is really there.  For a hint the title of this painting is "Lake Maiden's" for a reason.

The magic of the boundary waters colors early or late in the day are really magical and I was trying to capture that unique combination of light and reflections that sometimes trick your eyes into seeing things that may or may not be there.

This 48" x 38" original acrylic painting was a lot of fun to do. Prints are available now.

I See You

It's near the end of July and the corn is well above knee high. This acrylic painting is titled "I See You" and measures 30" wide by 36" high. This little girl is looking up trying to see above the corn crop surrounding her. It could be a soaring hawk or maybe something taking shape in the clouds.

With this painting I wanted to bring a smile and a bright sunny day every time this painting is viewed at any time of the year. Prints of this image are available.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Winters Edge

This painting was a concept started watching a fox "dance" in the snow.  Of course the fox was listening and jumping on a mouse dinner somewhere under the snow. It was fun to watch how high he would jump trying to catch his prey. As this painting shows this little  fox is about to jump much higher and be as surprised as much as the mouse he was after very soon. This was a fun painting and story to tell. This original acrylic painting measures a little over three and half feet by 35". Prints will be availablesoon.

Boundary Waters Trader

This is one of the largest paintings I have every done. Close to five foot wide it features vivid colors and a story to tell. This was based on an earlier smaller version and I wanted to recreate it on a larger scale. It makes it easier to add more detail which is of course something I really like to do. Prints will soon be available for this piece.

Harley Riding

This painting was created in response to being snowed in for too long. Spring is here and it is time to ride. I tried to keep this piece as loose as I could and tried not to over paint it with details, which I usually do. I wanted it to have that free and moving feeling and of course lots of yellow and oranges indicating summer fun.

Lace Face

This is pencil sketch I have had for some time and have wanted to make a painting from this rendering. I like the look of this as a sketch and that is probably why I have had a hard time turning it into a whole new look by putting it to canvas and adding color.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Trout In Grass

Brook Trout are abundant in northern Iowa where this one was caught you just have to find the right stream.  Like the salmon shown in the previous post the grass and the texture of the fish provide interesting contrasts for this acrylic piece. This will be part of the expanding "Fish Series"  & "Cabin Art"collections also. 

Salmon On Rocks

This Salmon was caught on the Missouri River on a beautiful October day. The contrast of the rocks and the colors of this majestic fish add to the drama of the image. This will be part of the expanding "Fish Series"  & "Cabin Art"collections.

Ice Queen

By February in Minnesota the winters are beginning to get long and cold has settled every in to wait for the thaw. This surreal painting started with the polar bear and ended up with a boat and queen on a horizon line going somewhere. This painting was just pure fun to create and definitely means different things to different people.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

This recent work is part one of a series that will be hung as individual pieces. I have not produced a multiple series of work that are meant to be hung as one so I am anxious to see how this series will turn out. At any rate here is the first one.

This is a recent project that I really had fun doing because it is so different than the type of work what I usually do. In my travels I have noticed more and more of these "Barn Quilts" on the outside of all kinds of farm out buildings so I know there is a collection of people who are creating these unique designs for their families and there farms. I plan on doing more of these in the upcoming year they are fun and a nice change for me.