Sunday, December 4, 2011

December Reds

"December Reds"
12x12 oil on linen board
This is my latest piece, just finished.  Discovery, reds are difficult!  So much warmth needs to be balanced by cool vibration, this is where the magenta vibration comes in.  There's a LOT of paint on this canvas, so it was even more difficult than normal for me to photograph, lots of glare.  I think the painting is probably more subtle than shows in the photo but I got to the point that I thought I'd just get it up and posted.  But you get the idea, hope you enjoy!  

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Late November Subtleties

"Late November Subtleties"
8x10 oil on linen

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there!  So much to be thankful for.  There is the obvious, my children, friends, family, students, health, and believe me, I am SO grateful for all!  As an artist, I'd like to extend my gratitude to the gift of vision through my eyes.  What an amazing gift everyday to be able to see  the incredible colors that exist in Nature, that so Many forget to stop and absorb.  Yesterday was the day after Thanksgiving, my son Nick and I spent the day out at my Dad's enjoying just being outside.  It's unusually warm here in MN for late November (50 degrees today), we had a small snow fall last week that has since melted, leaving the ground wet and saturated with rich but subtle color.  My eyes almost can't believe what I see in the grasses these past few days.  "Late November Subtleties" was my yesterday's attempt at capturing what I believe to be some of the most difficult but most inspirational scenes to paint.  VERY flat light we had, but so SO beautiful.  This piece was done at about noon and I could hardly see my palette, it was so dark, very strange.  The green in the pond which was a thin layer of ice under the melting water top was very interesting to me since I don't usually get to see this color was fun to study.  It's a short lived effect.  
Happy Painting to those who paint.  I hope you enjoy what you see today!  It truly is a great gift!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Morning Fire - Heavenly Day

"Morning Fire - Heavenly Day"
12x12 oil on linen panel
This is a piece I did last week and will be in my show opening one week from Friday (Friday November 4th, 6:30-8:30) at The Phipps in Hudson WI.  I woke early this day, it was quiet as the kids were still sleeping, walked into the kitchen, looked out the window and saw THIS.  Truly amazing the colors that exist in Nature.  I stood there in wonder as I watched the fleeting effect, making mental notes of this moment as I knew it would only be a matter of minutes before the intensity of the color would fade.  This was one of those moments that nothing else existed and the connection between me and the light I was absorbing was completely inspiring and moving.  I see lots of sunsets and sunrises but this one and I had a connection which is why I painted it, and is why it came to me with great ease when I did paint it later on that week with the image vividly planted in my head.  

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Contstanly Curious!

"Along The Pumpkin Patch"
11x14 oil on linen panel

I've been really busy lately teaching and preparing for my show that opens November 4th at the Phipps Center in Hudson WI and runs through Dec. 12.  Between all the teaching and painting I've had little time to post new paintings, it's such a balancing act at times but there are times when we need to just leave the computer and all of life's 'little daily duties' alone and just paint!  This is why I'm so excited to have the week ahead of me with 5 days  of blocked out time in the studio to do just that!  Even taking the week off from teaching.
This piece is one I did a couple of weeks ago and am just posting now.  It was a beautiful day and I was eager to get out and paint but once I got set up and started I began to paint 'stuff' and it was going downhill quickly, instead of painting my impression of the day and all it's beauty in color.  I was about an hour into the painting and decided it would be better to save the panel and scrape the painting out.  So, I did.  Started cleaning up (about as cranky as I can get when I painting goes wrong. . . .)  when I looked out at the landscape I was standing in and had the breath taken from me for a moment with the beauty of the day and the color!  My spark was back, I slapped myself for forgetting for that hour what I was doing here, capturing color and atmosphere with my impression of this moment.  I started and finished my painting entirely painted with the palette knife in under an hour and absolutely love the honesty of what I captured.  As I grow, I'm becoming more and more interested in quality of paint and what I can do with the paint.  I've been thinking and experimenting more with than any other element lately and am so captivated by the endless possibilities of what can be done by being constantly curious!   

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Corner Of Nason

"Corner Of Nason"
11x14 oil on linen 
What a beautiful fall day!  I just got in from painting one of my favorite places in Washington County, close to Marine of the St Croix.  I spent some time painting this great little road last year about this time.  I'm in love with the color of the bean fields right now, so warm!  Usually farmers switch from corn to beans from year to year.  Personally I'd rather paint the bean fields than corn so this was good!  Painting outside was a refreshing break from being in the studio this past week, I really needed to get out and paint directly from Nature.  I'm now renewed for teaching this week in the studio again.  
I do have to say, I'm not thrilled with the photos I've been taking of my paintings lately.  They look a bit harsh in the photos compared to the originals.  Eventually I'll take the time to figure out this problem but for now, you get the idea!  

Saturday, September 24, 2011

More Door County Work . . .

"Bailey's Harbor"
14x11 sold
"Bailey's Harbor" is featured in this month's Southwest Art Magazine!  

"Edgewood Orchards"
14x14 sold

"Door County Lily Pads"
14x11 available

"Sister Bay Sunset"
8x10 available

"Moonlight Bay"
8x10 sold

Today, I'm working in the studio on a 24x36 landscape and am getting to a point where I'm almost done but not quite. . . and not sure what the painting needs . . . a good time to take a break and post some paintings from the summer.  The pieces here are again from the door County festival.  I thought posting them now would be timely since I just finalized details with the Peninsula School of Art in Door County where I'll be teaching a 3 day plein air workshop in July of 2012.  If you're interested in taking the workshop you will be able to register through the school soon!  Okay, back to the easel!  

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Door County House and Sweet Peas

"Door County House and Sweet Peas"
11x14 oil on linen  ~sold~
Oh yes, finally unloading photos I took of my paintings from the summer!  Back in the studio, back to the computer.  I took somewhat of a break from most computer work this summer.  . . . but it's nice to be back!  This is one of many many paintings I have NOT posted from the summer but will!  This painting is one I did at the Door County Plein Air Festival in July, more to come!  

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Late August Light!

"Late August Early Morning Light"
10x8 oil on linen

"River Trees"
8x10 oil on linen

I was out early yesterday morning on the river, what a beautiful morning!  The top piece was done at first light, very early and the second mid morning into noon.  It felt great to be out on the river painting again.  The river's been so high this year that it's been difficult to find a piece of shore line to stand on, it's now finally going down and is lovely! 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Where Has Time Gone? And a Lovely Tribute!

THAT is the question!  It's been a while since I've made a post.  Although, I have not in any way, shape, or form taken a break from living or painting or teaching!  I've been eating up the summer and all that comes with this very busy time of year.  Each spring I have the sense that THIS summer I'm going to 'relax', 'take a break', have some 'time off' . . . .ha!  That's not how it goes.  All the normal things in life still keep on rolling but the days are longer and I for one take full advantage of every minute!  Since checking in last, I've spent 2 weeks in Door County for my 3rd consecutive year as a featured artist for the Peninsula School Plein Air Festival, came back, had a studio open house which turned out to be a wonderful success on many levels, taught part 2 of my summer plein air workshop, and today I had the great honor of spending the day at the Russian Museum and The MIA in MPLS with Painters Camille Przwodek and her incredible and talented husband Dale.  They flew in last night to teach a week long workshop here which starts Monday - Saturday.  The workshop will be based out of my studio and on my favorite stompin' grounds along the St Croix.  I'm really looking forward to the week with them and being completely engrossed in the process of learning and painting!

As for my studio open house:  I'd like to share with you a story that was written about my painting "A Walk In Queen Anne's Lace".  Please take the time to visit this blog by a very inspiring and inspired writer who took my painting home with him the night of the opening.  I'll let him tell his story since I'm much better with paint than I am words.  But I'd just like to say, what an honor to be a part of the inspiration for this piece of writing.  We all serve a purpose with the craft we have devoted our lives to.  This is why I paint! 
Once you go to his blog, click on "Queen Anne's Lace" to find this story, not that you should stop there, there are many wonderful stories, enjoy!  oh, and I'd love to hear what you think! 

"A Walk In Queen Anne's Lace"
12x12 sold

Monday, June 27, 2011

Lyrical Beauties!

"Lyrical Beauties"
20x16 oil on stretched linen

It's 11:00 pm and I JUST finished this painting and thought I might as well post it now, who needs sleep right??  Each year I do what ever it takes to paint my peonies who's lives are oh so short!  With my last weekend's plein air workshop and my peonies deciding to open while I was off teaching, by the time I got to paint them they were getting pretty droopy. However, their heavy droopiness provided a nice "lyrical" composition for me, hence it's name "Lyrical Beauties!"  I did photograph process of this piece but will post that at a later time.  For now, I hope you enjoy my latest piece!  

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

3 Day Plein Air Workshop

I spent the weekend teaching the first half of my annual 3 day plein air workshop.  This is a consecutive workshop with the second half in August.  We start in June by building on our foundation skills of plein air painting.  The students then have the chance to apply the skills during summer and continue on in August.  It's a very beneficial way to teach and for students to apply what they're learned and hone in on those skills, then come back and move further.  The progress I see is truly remarkable!  The group was a hard working bunch of painters!  I was fun to see all their growth in such a short period of time.  Below is one of my demos and pictures of the gang painting.  
Thanks to all those who attended, I had a great time!
"Sunday Serenity"
8x10 oil on linen panel -sold-
This is my demo from Sunday morning.  
We decided Sunday Serenity would be the perfect title for this painting!
Here's most of the 'gang', 16 total watching my Sunday morning demo.  It was a bit chilly, 53 degrees, so we were all pretty layered in attempt to keep the damp chill out.  They (weather peeps) kept promising sun but we didn't see much of that all weekend, at least we dodged the rain!

Here's the gang working hard on value structure!

A peek over Doug and Angie's should of what we were painting.  Lake Elmo Park Reserve is really a perfect place to paint!  

Friday, May 27, 2011

Painting Spring!

Spring has arrived a bit slow here in Minnesota this year, but it's here and there's way too much to paint!  The Crab Apple trees have already come and gone, the lilacs are going crazy and the green is electric!  This new green of spring for the most part is a bit tough to paint and can be somewhat unpleasing to end up with, however it is what it is and the fact that it's green and not white is a very good thing!  Last week I spent the week painting outside on location at the farm where I grew up.  The little stream piece was done in about an hour and a half in the evening.  I stood on the bridge crossing over the water looking North.  I had my daughter and my dog along with so there were a few distractions but it's life and the fact I was painting 'from life' it seemed pretty fitting!  The added bonus to bringing along a 12 year old and a 6 month old black lab puppy is there is no time to spare!  It forces one to put it down and put it down right!  

Lilacs, gotta love 'em!  And 'gotta paint 'em FAST'!  They don't stay perky for long once cut.  I did this piece in one full day and decided to be finished.  My goal was to use natural light so it would be a bit softer and cooler than the controlled warm lighting I often use in my still lifes.  I like that the shadows are so warm and soft.  There are lots of little temperature notes in the whites that I'm afraid is difficult to view their subtleties due to my horrible photography skills.  The tiny little notes of differences are quite beautiful in their purity.  These delicate degrees of differences are what drive and inspire me to paint flowers from life. It's absolutely incredible the colors that exist!   

"Fresh Cut Lilacs"
14x14 oil on linen panel

"Stream In Spring"
10x8 oil on linen panel

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Paint The Hills Of Tuscany With Kami Polzin

Who Wants To Go To Italy?!!!!  Raise your hand!!!

I will be returning to Tuscany Italy in May of 2012 to teach a workshop and mentoring program in
May of 2012. 
For details and registration info visit the link below.  I can't wait to paint the hills of Tuscany again!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Blue Hydrangeas

"Blue Hydrangeas"
16x20 oil on linen

This is my latest studio piece just finished a few days ago.  It was so refreshing to paint live hydrangeas  this time of year around here!  I grow hydrangeas in my garden at home but they're not ready until mid summer to paint so this was a real treat to be able to paint one of my favorite flowers in the first week of May.  I found a potted plant of Endless Summer Hydrangeas in the garden center at Home Depot a few weeks ago that were in FULL beautiful bloom and thought they'd be perfect for painting and better yet after painting I can put the plant in the ground and paint them again and again!  
I painting a lot of flowers from life, and I have to say for ME hydrangeas and peonies (lilacs too) are some of the most difficult flower to paint.  I think it's because each flower has thousands of little petals in each head which makes it easy to get overwhelmed by the 'millions' of sweet little petals in this flower.  I find it crucial when painting these to keep the lights and darks separate and only paint the darks compared to the light, not what the darks look like when you look INTO the darks.  The darks have to be painted in relation to the lights to pull off the correct value and temperature relationship to achieve the saturation of the lights.  
In composing this painting, I was thinking about all the texture in the flowers and the play of the soft elegance of the round glass vase.  I like how it almost disappears into the background.  And then the few little crisp notes in the 3 little fallen petals on the table top!  

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Harmony Side by Side!

"In The Meadow"
24x24 oil on linen
"A Walk In The Queen Anne's Lace"
24x24 oil on linen

It all started with a few little panels, some paint, and an idea which led me to paint these 2 @ 24x24s, that as I see it belong together, side by side!
 Sometimes I seriously wonder, 'where do paintings come from?'  It really is a mystery, a beautiful one, but a mystery just the same.  I think that's what I especially love about the landscape, it's the little bit of unknown and all the beautiful layers of depth and subtlety that are provided for us.  I recently read a quote that said something like this . . .  "don't be humble, you're not that great".  Kind of makes me laugh at the truth of that statement but I can't think of a better word for the way I feel standing in Nature than 'humbled' each and EVERY SINGLE time! It's kind of like being a "Mom":) 
  The two paintings above are my take on all the feelings that I have in response to Nature at this point.  
They are my quiet take on the peacefulness I feel and respect I have of the Natural world.  

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Early Spring Bunch

"Early Spring Bunch"
14x11 oil on linen panel

It's been a busy couple of weeks in and around the studio!  Since my last post, I've taught several classes and have been painting as much as possible in between.  Last weekend I was down in Zumbrota Minnesota at Crossings Art Center teaching a 2 day color temperature workshop using the still life as our resource to study from.  It was seriously a dedicated group of painters.  I've said it before, and I'm sure will say it again, but it's SO inspiring and rewarding to work with such great people and also to watch their growth and discoveries with their painting!  We painted from fresh flower arrangements like this one I painted here.  Only this piece I did at my studio a couple of days before the workshop to get my head where it needed to be.  (I also did a full demo at the workshop that I will post later.)  
Hope you enjoy the piece!  

Sunday, April 3, 2011

24x24 "Harmony Of The Meadow" (demo)

This is my latest studio memory piece.  My plan is do 2 more pieces in this 24x24 format of the same meadow area with different moods and light.  I am using my little 6"x6"pieces I did for the 6" Squared Exhibition in California.  I've got those 3 pieces posted below and they are currently somewhere between here and there on their way to the show, I'd like to be going with my little paintings!  
But, oh well. . . . :)
When starting this piece, I had every good intention of photographing the process in it's important developing stages, but once really getting in to the painting I was so zoned that I forgot to keep up the shooting of this piece.  So here's what I had! 

When I'm beginning a painting, either small or larger, I'm always thinking of the placement of the large abstract shapes that will construct the composition.  Believe me, I LOVE this tree and all it's character but I'm seeing and thinking of it's shape and the fact that it is a form.  Same goes with the background mass of trees and the meadow area.  I paint landscape because of my love for it but I don't get caught up in the little details of it's complexity.  I believe in painting with great reservation to show these beautiful little exceptions at the end of the piece.  (such as the flowers in this piece) The tiny notes of purity in the end of a painting are what people and comment on see but it's the underlying structure of these shapes that gives a painting it's 'bones'.  
So, that's what I was thinking at this stage.  Starting with my shapes of darks and working the lines of the composition.  I usually start with a wash of some sort.  I probably used a transparent oxide red in this one. . . ? 
At this stage I'm pretty happy with the feel and composition so I start to work the form by developing what is going on within the big shapes.  
I begin to 'work up' or 'build up' the paint a bit.  I always start my painting pretty thin and 'work up' the paint, meaning start to work a bit thicker as the painting develops.  If I work too thick in the beginning stages of a painting, I can completely lose it!  I think paint quality has a lot to do with paint consistency.  I don't usually use any mediums, for the most part anyway, but I do use mineral spirits to thin my paint and get the consistency I like.  Paint consistency is very personal and it's difficult for anyone to tell a student painter exactly how their paint should feel to them but I do think you have to paint a LOT before you know what works best for you.  I'm always exploring this as I work, and really it's feeling of the paint under the brush that I crave the most about painting.     
As you can see here I start adding some color in the foreground grasses.  But it was not until the very end stages of the painting that I even thought about adding the bits of colors in the flowers.  
A note about painting grasses:  it's important to search for and find the shapes, even in a subject (like grasses in a meadow) that provides a less than obvious structure, and contains much more of a subtle separation of lights and darks.  Connect your lights and connect your darks to begin.  Realize that under all the lush color is the warmth of the earth that vibrates through on a very subtle level.  Build from there and even in the most busy field of wild flowers, nature gracefully connects these dancing notes of color.  It's up to us as artists to find the connection and sweep of these notes to serve the area as a one unified and cohesive statement, the whole.  

"Harmony Of The Meadow"
24x24 oil on linen panel

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Painting Last Bits Of Winter

I Got out and painted what we in Minnesota HOPE is possibly the last bits winter.  I love the contrast of the ground with the snow this time of year and the beautiful patterns it leaves as the snow slowly melts.  My plan was to get out and paint the flood but it was pretty tough since the water was so high (floods do that you know. . . :)  It was a beautiful day and I was happy just being by the river.  The trumpeter swans and Canadian geese were plenty noisy, and hearing the ice shift as it forced it way to thaw was very powerful company, humbling to say the least.  Besides one lone hiker (who took these photos of me on his iphone) I was the only one out enjoying the day.  
What is the rest of the world thinking missing this stuff???  
 I fell in love with this tree and little patch of snow cradling around it's base so decided this would be the painting.  Initially I started out painting the light and shadows casting on the sandstone behind but ended up taking that out to support the design of the snow and the blue cast shadows raking across it.  Not to mention I was out so long my light drastically changed before I was finished!  All and all a good day!
this is a photo the friendly hiker took of my hand. . . . 
just getting my darks massed. . . .
"Last Bits Of Winter"
14x11 oil on linen panel
P.S. this photo looks a bit warmer than the original . . . . 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Small Paintings, Big Ideas

"Queen Anne's Dance"
6"x6" oil on linen
"Impossible Glow"
6"x6" oil on linen
"In The Meadow"
6"x6" oil on linen

These small paintings are pieces that I did to stir up some ideas, or maybe I should say bring them to the surface!  I'm very drawn to painting the fields and meadows of the midwest area.  One of my favorite wild flowers are the Queen Anne's Lace.  I love the rhythm of design they create as they sway through the meadows, it's almost as if they dance in the grasses.  One of my favorite lights to try and capture is a soft moody light.  So, the combination of these two elements were the inspiration for these ideas.  Although I used no reference for any of the 3 paintings here, I have a visual memory of these moments in my mind.  "Queen Anne's Dance" is a distinct place on the farm where I grew up and the other 2 are a  place we painted in Door County last summer in the rain.  
When structuring each of these paintings, I was primarily concerned with the large shapes in the initial lay in (even though in this 'tiny' case, the large shapes were small)  and used the strength of their dark values to support the sweep of the flowers through the field.  I've since, started a larger version of each of these paintings, although they are certainly taking on a life of their own!  Hopefully they'll be finished in the next week and I can post them soon. . . . .fingers are crossed!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Moonlight Bay Memory

"Moonlight Bay Memory"  11x14 oil on linen panel
Last week I painted for a local television channel for a show called 'Local Artisans'.  I've done this several times over the past few years and its always fun and a good experience.  This piece is what I did as my demonstration painting.  I have one hour unedited to start and finish a painting during the filming so I usually and chose to paint something with strong shapes to keep the structure simplified.  Even with a good plan prepared an hour is still pretty fast for me to paint an 11x14.  I used a photo I had taken of the original plein air piece that I did in Door County last summer.  The painting sold at the event so the best I had was my memory and a photo of the painting.  Here is the end result! 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Radish Still Life Demo

I promised my classes I would post my process of the radish painting so here it is! 
The reason I think it's important to see where a painting like this starts is to understand that there is structure underlying all the fresh paint and notes of color.
It can be somewhat overwhelming at first glance when you first step up to the easel and see all the color in something like these radishes, not to mention the fact that the foliage starts wilting the second the light hits them. . . . I start by drawing my shapes, then separating lights and darks in the masses, ignoring all the reflected light within the radishes 'till later.  Getting the darks established right away freezes the light effect, even when the leaves decide to melt!
At this point my leaves were down but I had my darks in so I was ok. I then get all my lights covered, keeping them warmer since they were in a warm light. I was mostly concerned with my averages. Not caring too much about the subtleties within the masses at this point with the exception of a few prominent plane changes.
At this point in the painting I'm refining drawing and noting plane changes in each form not forgetting that each radish is a form but just as important the entire bundle is a form as well.  It has it's own comings and goings to it's shape.  Always think of serving the whole and try not to get too caught up in breaking up the 'stuff' within a mass.  In a painting like this working from life, I like to keep my strokes clean and fresh to emphasize all the beauty in color.  It's all about color temperature relationship to see the color.  Also, keep lights in light and darks in dark, it's crucial to keep your light effect! 
To see the final painting, scroll down to last week's Radish post.  Hope that was helpful and happy painting!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Conceptual Pieces Of Harmony

"Pieces Of Harmony"
20x24 oil on stretched linen
I've been thinking a lot about conceptual painting lately and just what the word conceptual means to me and my art. I think of concept or theme, as the artist's idea, the vision, the birth of the painting. As painters, we work very hard for years in the beginning of our study at trying to master the tools and elements of building a painting. It's our goal and hope to learn and know these tools so well, that it is no longer conscious but subconscious for the most part when we're working. We have all these incredible epiphanies from bursts of growth that keep us engaged and coming back for more. In this process we soon find that the more we know the more we know we don't know and so the growth continues.
We learn in the beginning, that concept is the start of a painting, and is an essential part of a painting, but we work so hard at just learning and practicing the elements that concept often times, and sometimes necessarily gets pushed under the rug in these building years. Until one day, when we realize that there was a reason we started this in the first place, and it's because we have vision and a voice, and painting is our means of communication and expression. This is when advancing in our work comes right back to the beginning, to concept!
Often times in my work, my 'initial' concept develops during the process of my painting, as if the painting is leading the way. But it all started with an idea, which in my mind is the concept.
The painting posted here is one that I feel was very conceptual for me. I thought a lot about this piece before painting it. The 'things' in this piece are meaningful pieces of my life which made me care enough to spend as much time as I did painting them. I went into this painting with the mind frame that I was going to slow down and take as long as it would take to get what I wanted in the work. Most subjects I paint are very fleeting moments and subjects, so I typically paint pretty quickly, often times Alla Prima. So with this piece my goal was to really study and observe all the little subtleties that make up the whole of this piece. The challenge and danger of taking so long to work on a piece is not destroying the integrity of the whole, the harmony.
At first it was a symbolic painting for me, almost a portrait of my life this far, and the pieces in the painting are symbols of things and people I love. The trigger point for this painting was the treble clef that I had found, and the rest developed from there. Artistically, painting these 'things' was a nice challenge which I always thrive on.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Little Bunch Of Radishes

"Little Bunch Of Radishes"
8x10 oil on linen
This is a little study of some radishes I fell in love with at the grocery store the other day. How does one fall in love with radishes?? I don't know, I suppose the color! They were so tightly bundled, I hesitated to paint them that way but at the same time it was part of their charm. :)
Painting red in light is always a bit of a challenge and a challenge I thrive off of. It's always interesting to me how many cool notes are vibrating on top of red in the light. If you click on the image you can see all the subtle temperature notes. The hard part was stopping and not destroying the integrity of the whole.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ray Mar Art Competition

"Peonies From Mary's Garden"
20x16 oil on linen
I'm excited to announce my painting "Peonies From Mary's Garden" was selected as a finalist by juror Susan Lyon in Ray Mar's Art competition for December!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Happy New Year and Happy Painting!

I've been a bit quiet lately, taking some off for the holidays and be home with my kids. As an artist, I always take this time of year to read and RE read my art books, organize my studio and work on 'art goals' for the year ahead. Kids went back to school after break last week and I was overly eager to get back to painting! I started and almost finished an interesting still life that I'll be sharing in the next week. . . .
December I was scheduled to teach a one day color temperature workshop at Crossings (an excellent and ambitious art center in Southern MN) however, we had the blizzard of the century and the entire state was shut down! The First day in years I did not leave my house for an entire day and a half, AND my 10 year old was snowed in at his friends!! :):) There was just nothin' I could do about it! ;) So, yesterday was the makeup day for that workshop! I had a blast meeting and teaching new and old friends, an excellent group of hard working painters! It was really an inspiring well charged day!
Here are some pictures I took with my iphone of the workshop, they're busy mixing color temps!
I've just posted 2 new workshops on my web site if you're interested check it out!
I'm back in the painting saddle again and it feels great!
Happy New Year to you and Happy Painting!