Monday, December 27, 2010

Winter Light, Oil on Linen, 9x12
When I'm not shoveling, I absolutely love the way the snow piles up on everything here in Minnesota. The world looks like a giant meringue. We were standing in about 2 feet of snow but the sun was on our faces so we were quite toasty, in fact, I was a bit overdressed and had to shed a layer.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Superior Spring Morning, Oil, 20x24
Revised studio painting from March of this year

You have a few more days to see my paintings at Golden's Deli, 275 E 4th Street, Saint Paul, MN. My paintings will be on view the month of January, 2011 at the Unity Church Unitarian, 732 Holly Avenue, Saint Paul. The public is welcome. Call (651) 228-1456 for public hours.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Morning Haze Not Quite Lifted, Oil on canvas, 24x18
(revised January 2013)

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Sun Between the Houses, Oil on Linen, 12x9
After shoveling out from the snowstorm this weekend, the next order of business was to paint something. One of my favorite things in the whole world is the morning light after a fresh snowfall.

The astute visitor may have noticed that this painting has been revised since it was first posted.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Out of Commission, Oil on Linen, 24x18 (SOLD)

I hope this isn't the last hurrah of fall, but with this week's wind blowing the leaves half way to the Gulf of Mexico, it just might be.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Commerce and Industry, Oil, 12x16
This fall my friend Joshua Cunningham was the poster winner for the Saint Paul Art Crawl. He won with a fantastic painting of some tanker cars in early morning light. I love the painting and it reminded me that my earliest memories are of drawing trains on the giant blackboard in the back of my Mom's beauty shop. I was probably 4 or 5. I wanted to be a railroader like my dad. I've always loved watching trains. I had thought about painting the train cars in this location for a couple of years but was not very confident in my ability to get the tracks right. Talking with Joshua, I learned that that was a challenge for him as well. He talked about painting beyond his comfort level. I thought about that for a few days. I realized I was avoiding certain subjects because I was afraid I might fail. That's not good at all if one hopes to improve one's skills. So here you go, my first railroad painting since 1956. By the way, "T56" on the upper right of the freight car stands for "Tom 1956" - a bit of a nod to myself at age 4.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Mississippi and Skyline, Oil on Linen, 12x16

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Lonely Beach, Oil, 20x24
Sigh - no more swimming from this beach until next year. Still I love coming here after Labor Day. The sky and water colors are so rich, there's just a hint of change in the leaves and the undergrowth is like a dried floral arrangement.

We hope to see you this weekend at the Saint Paul Art Crawl. Go to for more info. This painting was updated/revised 11/1/10

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Gooey, Oil on Linen, 12x16
The name refers to the way the paint sits on the surface of the canvas. The pink looks like some kind of gooey taffy. Come see us at the Saint Paul Art Crawl this weekend.
We're in the Northwestern. 275 East 4th Street, Suite 705, Saint Paul

Friday, September 3, 2010

Kiting the Wind, Oil on Linen, 12x16 (Sold)

People think we're land locked here in Minnesota, but it's really not true, with all it's rivers and lakes including the worlds largest—Lake Superior. Lake Pepin is a widening in the Mississippi River where it is joined by the St. Croix River and dozens of smaller rivers. I love to paint the bluffs that border both sides of this incredible waterway.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Three Great Flavors, Oil on Linen, 12x16

These three houses are only a few blocks from where I live, yet they have been on my list of subjects I have wanted to paint it seems like forever. It took three sessions to get them in good light. Twice clouds rolled in just as I was getting set up. Finally on the third attempt I had a perfect afternoon.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Are there Fish in There?, Oil 9x12

Yes there are fish in there. Little Sunnies. They were fun to watch as they watched me paint.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Backyard Profusion, Oil on Linen, 16x12
I like unusual color combinations - the faded green paint, the bright orange of the new wooden fence, mid summer greens and the pink - holy cow! The Pink! I had to add a red to my palette for this pink. I just couldn't get it with my usual reds.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Plein air painters are totally into their gear. I'm no exception. Here's my set-up for Egret's Bluff. The umbrella bungied to my easel and bike was amazingly stable despite a stiff breeze that came up in advance of a storm. It was a godsend too because the temps were in the high 80s and I was standing in a huge parking lot.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Wild Garden, Oil on Linen, 12x16 (Sold)

Friday, July 9, 2010

Dan Patch and Lafayette, Oil on Linen, 12x16
(revised 1/12/12)
It's so nice to be able to paint until 9pm. It took a lot of will power to stick with the afternoon light. By sunset everything was glowing red and incredibly beautiful. The temptation was to change the mid afternoon light effect I'd worked so hard to capture. I resisted.

As usual, I met some nice people while I was painting including the guy who pilots the little tug just to the left of the crane. That's how I found out it was called the Dan Patch. In a couple years the Dan Patch and this bridge will be gone. The Dan Patch will go to a new home after its paint job. The Lafayette Bridge will go onto the scrap heap of history.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Moon over the Marina, 10x20, Oil (SOLD)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Old Blue Bonnet, 12x16, Oil
We went to the docks the other day in hopes of finding some cool old boats to paint. When we got there we were sadly disappointed in the selection of boats but fell in love with this old grader. I don't know how many years it's been since it saw any action but we noticed that it had been repaired many times with jury-rigged parts including the blue tarp that was unceremoniously duct-taped to the roof, I suppose, to keep out the rain.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Rain, 12x9, Oil

It's supposed to rain this weekend so I'm putting together quite a pile of mostly finished paintings from this Spring that need a touch here and there. When I came across this one from a month ago I couldn't think of anything to do to it but post it. I prefer to finish paintings in one sitting. Rarely does that happen. I was quite sure this one needed work when I put it away a month ago. I don't know what I thought it needed. This is definitely the day I remember.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

High Water, Oil, 16x12
We painted these boathouses on a day when the Mississippi was flooding it's banks. But how would you know by our subject matter? The boathouses float on pontoons and and are attached to their moorings with oversized sleeves that allow them to rise and fall with the river. So unless you are a local, you would not know that normally you look down on the roofs from where we were standing. It's ironic that on a day when water was everywhere it should not be, we chose a subject that was barely affected by the flood.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Another Vento Morning, Oil, 12x16
The lessons are starting to take. Thanks Joe and Richard.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Our Grotto, Oil, 9x12
I love a sunny day any time of the year.