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