Saturday, August 25, 2012

Fog at Dawn, Oil on Linen, 16x12
One of two paintings that will be part of the Project Art for Nature (PAN) exhibit Earth, Air, Water, Life at the Stillwater Public Library Gallery September 8 through October 29. Each painting is accompanied by a label written by the artist. The label for this painting reads: The wide expanse, so beautiful to look at while dawn's fog has not yet burned off, Lake Pepin’s natural flora are threatened by the increased rates of sedimentation from upstream sources, leading the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance to call the phenomenon a “wet desert.” The lake is filling in at a rate ten times greater than pre-colonization, due largely to increased run-off from farms along the Minnesota River.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Receding Fog, Oil on Linen, 18x24 (SOLD)
This studio painting is based on a 9x12 study I did a couple weeks ago at the Parley Lake Winery Paintout. I got there about 6:30am just as the fog was starting to lift. I painted fast and furious to try to capture the effect. Yesterday I painted this larger studio painting quite quickly as well. There is something you capture when you don't give yourself time to second guess what you are doing.