Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Crystal Sky, Oil on Linen 12x16
It was around 0ºF with a pretty fair wind. The air was filled with tiny crystals of ice. As I worked the crystals would get mixed into my paint giving the surface a sandy texture. Additional texture was achieved by working on a recycled panel. All this texture lent it self nicely to the subject matter.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Sheyenne Draped in Gold, Oil on Linen, 36x24
A complete reworking of an older painting, The subject is a valley in southeast North Dakota that is one of my favorite places. See this and five other paintings of mine at the Jamestown Medical Center through May. Also, you have a couple more days to see the show at the Grand Marais Art Colony featuring the work of 15 artists that took part in the Grand Marais Winter paintout at West Bearskin Lake earlier this month.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Open Water, Oil on Linen, 12x9
The open water is caused by an aeration system, so the fishermen are probably safe that far from the hole. Still, it was just a few weeks prior to this that my wife saw a partly submerged truck not far from this spot. Vehicles of any kind are totally illegal on this particular lake. I would not want to pay the well deserved fines and recovery fees the vehicle owner accrued.

While I was on this location, a coyote walked right in front of me, looked at me a few times and meandered over to my side. He sat down on small mound about 20 yards away and sunned himself for a while, totally relaxed in my presence. I can hardly say the same for myself. It was a wild coyote, for crying out loud!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Gichigami in Turquoise, Oil on Linen, 12x16
Thanks to my friends at Sugar Loaf Cove for letting me stay there for a few days to take in the beauty.