Monday, February 22, 2010

" A Pair Of Pears"
6x8 oil on linen
Last week I had my classes paint pears, studying lights and darks and plane changes. I was so inspired by everyone's work that I did a quick study myself and called it "A Pair Of Pears". This painting was signed, varnished, framed, and delivered to the Squire House In Afton MN yesterday and will be in the show opening this Saturday.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

"Angie Expecting"
12x16 oil on linen piece
quick sketch from life
My new venture! It's been years now that I've been wantig to get together some painters and just simply paint from the model. We had good intentions last winter and ended up only hiring a model once. . . . We've started again on Fridays in the studio to simply study and work from the model from life. What a rush! The time goes by so quickly. This is the first, it will be fun to see how we all improve throughout the weeks. :) We had her for 3 hours and gave her many breaks, especially since she's expecting. :)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Squire House Gardens Friends Art Show

I will be part of an art show in Afton MN along with fellow artists, James Wilcox Dimmers, Andy Evansen and Richard Meacock. The opening reception will be held Saturday, February 27, 2010 from 6-9. The show runs through March 14. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

"Old Withrow Train Depot"
11x14 oil on linen panel
This is my latest piece just finished today. It's of the old Withrow Train Depot that was sadly torn down over 20 years ago now. It's really too bad they didn't save it, I know many tried. My Dad has nostalgic memories of this depot from when he was a kid. He's been asking me for years now to paint it for him and I finally decided not to wait any longer. It is his birthday today, so in a way, it was my deadline in my head and a surprise for him. I still need to put some lettering in on the sign but besides that it's finished. I worked from a terrible old photo with these two cars in front of it but it didn't give me much to work with. I remember the depot from when I was a kid and know the site well so went with the little memory that I had left to make this painting. It was somewhat challenging because I knew that he had this vision of how it looked in his head. After getting the drawing in, it became easy to get 'into' the painting. I had fun painting the truck in front, first time for me!
So, there you have it! Now, to finish my large landscape I put on hold the past couple of days. I should have that posted soon.