Friday, February 25, 2011

Winter Warmth, Oil on Linen, 12x16
revised 3/29/11
This was painted last Saturday in Lebanon Hills Regional Park during an Open Air Painters of Minnesota paint out. I was looking forward to the camaraderie of painting with a group of plein air painters and comparing notes afterword. That was not the case however. Our location was a bit isolated and by the time we finished, everyone had left. We never saw another painter all day, although hikers who stopped to chat reported sitings. You have 2 more days to see the OPM exhibit at AZ Gallery in Saint Paul.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Frozen Falls at the Old Mill, Oil on Linen, 16x12
Painting number 3 from this past weekend was done down in Hastings. It was in the mid 50s and the light was soft and diffused most of the afternoon. I thought I would get down to the ruins for a second painting but this one kept me busy until sunset.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cups, Oil on Linen 9x12
I don't recall ever having done still lifes before. It's more of a challenge than I thought. The last couple that appeared on this blog were created in Richard Abraham's evening class. Stay tuned for more basement finds in the future.

I think these are family heirlooms too, although I must admit their significance is lost on me. Some have sibling's names and dates of birth; others don't have an inscription. I think they're akin to the bronzed booties people used to keep on their mantel.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ice Break, Oil on linen, 12x16
It was up in the 40s this weekend and sunny making for a 3 painting weekend. Around three o'clock on Saturday the sun popped out so I finished up a studio "memory" painting I was working on and had Jerri Jo drop me off on the Robert Street Bridge just as the colors were beginning to peak. It felt good to work fast. I covered the canvas in a little over an hour. Sometimes it just feels right.

I can't tell you how many times I've commuted over the Robert Street Bridge and wanted to paint this painting. By shear luck the light was absolutely perfect when I finally did. I was more than willing to put up with some pretty inane questions by passersby.