Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Nathan Choi

Here's another birthday present for another nephew. Nathan is from South Korea, so I used the national flower of Korea—Rose of Sharon, or hibiscus. Nathan is 7 this year, so I used a more manly color palette.

Monday, December 26, 2011

October 17

This Commemorate the Date order was a Christmas present for a couple in New York state.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Hill Joseph

This is a belated first birthday present for my youngest nephew. His mom, my sister, gave me the idea about the snail—she pointed out that kids and snails both leave behind a trail of slime. :) I added the yellow leaves because he has an autumn birthday.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

July 14, 2012

My last post reminded me that there is another invitation project I am working on. The commissioners of my Prairie Smoke and Birch painting from last spring are getting married next summer, and are featuring their artwork in their Save the Dates and invites.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

June 16, 2012

A new Commemorate the Date. You may have noticed the date is six months from now. The bride who commissioned this piece is also using a Commemorate the Date design for her Save the Date cards, and plans to have us make her invitations as well. We are honored!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Bosphorus

Three weeks went by incredibly fast. In between site seeing, meeting friends and family of Samantha and Omer, and eating amazing food, I managed to fit in just enough painting time to complete the canvases today—my last day here.
Left panel: Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge (also know in Istanbul as The Second Bridge)
Right panel: Bosphorus Path

Friday, November 4, 2011

Istanbul Paintings

Here is day one of Samantha and Omer's paintings—compositions roughed in, using approximate colors. I could say that I am traveling for work. More accurately, I am doing some work while traveling. I am staying with my friends in Istanbul and doing a two part painting for them inspired by their city. They live along the Bosphorus, featured in both compositions. The Bosphorus is a straight that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia. Istanbul overlaps this boundary.
These paintings are 38" x 47" and 31" x 47" (96 cm x 118 cm and 78 cm x 118 cm)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011


I did this painting years ago—I think in 2004—and had almost forgotten about it. But I recently remembered it and dug it out of my pile of portfolios. It's surprising to me how much it relates to my more recent work, especially Commemorate the Date. It is strange not to notice the progression of my own work until it is in retrospect.
I'm thinking of using this for a holiday card this year.

Acrylic, 9" x 9" framed to 12" x 12," $250

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

10.5.11 Frida

I was in the studio working on a large painting today. Having resolved to do a postcard painting since it has already been a week since my last post, I looked around for inspiration. I spied Frida on a bag that I had used to carry in some supplies. Then I used my fancy smart phone to look up some reference images. I used details from two sources—a photo of Kahlo and one of her self portraits.
This illustration also looks a bit like my sister Shannon, but that was not intentional.
Gouache, 6" x 8"

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

9.22.11 Last Day of Summer

I was feeling a little bit sad about the last day of summer, and decided to paint something symbolic.
So, same as last year, I have a plan to keep posting postcard paintings once or twice a week even though my daily painting project is over. Last year that didn't go so well, but I have more confidence for this year—so I hope you will remember to come back and check out what is new from time to time.
Gouache, 6" x 4"

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

9.21.11 Wandering Jew

So, here we are at the penultimate daily painting for summer 2011. I went on a jog in Huntsville, and noticed lots of wandering jew growing in the yards.
Gouache, 4" x 6"

Saturday, September 24, 2011

9.18.11 Crepe Myrtle


Crepe myrtle does well in the south—there are lots around my parents neighborhood.
Gouache, 4" x 6"

Friday, September 23, 2011

9.17.11 Monte Sano Lookout


The Huntsville art fair is up on the mountain in a state park. This outlook was on the opposite side of the fair from where I was set up. I have lots of childhood memories from picnics and hikes in this park.
It was fun showing in my home town—I saw lots of old family friends and acquaintances. The weather was perfect, and the sales were good. And my parents are very good volunteer art fair assistants.
Gouache, 5" x 7"

Thursday, September 22, 2011

9.16.11 Dried Leaves

Today, Sept. 22, is officially the last day of summer. Since I have a lag between when I paint and when I post, there are still about a week's worth of daily paintings to come.
Gouache, 5" x 7"

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

9.14.11 Driving South

This was done from memory after a day of driving south, on my way to Alabama.
Gouache, 5" x 6.5"

Sunday, September 18, 2011

9.12.11 Life Drawing


I went to an open model session at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design last Monday night with my friend Kristin. It brought back lots of memories of life drawing classes from SCAD. Same stark white room with big, tall windows. I did spend most of the two hours drawing the model, but my attention drifted towards the end of the session to the some of the details of the room, depicted here.
Gouache, 4" x 6"

Saturday, September 17, 2011

9.11.11 Orange flowers


A variation of composition and shift in colors from that same favorite bouquet.
Gouache, 4" x 6"

Thursday, September 15, 2011

9.9.11 Simplified

A little simplification/geometri-fication on the composition.
Gouache, 4" x 6"

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

9.8.11 On a sunny porch

I included the sunny yellow color of our porch, where this bouquet lived in this version. I actually wanted to do that in the first painting, but also liked the bouquet on the stark white background, so decided to do a separate painting for this exploration.
Gouache, 5" x 7", framed to 8" x 10"

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

9.7.11 Zinnias and Amaranth

Last week I got several bouquets worth of cut flowers from my friend Shelly. She was cutting them back to get her garden ready for fall, and thought I might like some for inspiration. Turns out I found this bouquet very inspirational. Several days of paintings on this subject will be coming your way.
Gouache, 5" x 7"

Monday, September 12, 2011

9.6.11 Arles, France

It's such a cliche, the bicycle in front of a little cafe, but France is full of this stuff. I actually started this daily painting last year, but set it aside. It's already been almost two years since that trip... I would definitely go back to southern France. October was a great time of year to be there.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9.5.11 Alyssum


My Carpet of Snow Alyssum were late bloomers, but strong performers.
Gouache, 4" x 6"

Saturday, September 10, 2011

9.4.11 Marigolds

Marigolds are one of the few things that I had luck with growing from seed both last year and this year.
Gouache, 5" x 7"

Thursday, September 8, 2011

9.2.11 Turquoise flowers

My starting point for this painting was the color. I think in the end it might be a little too much of that one color for me though.
Oil on wood panel, 5" x 7"

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

9.1.11 Dark corner of the pond

I used a reference shot that I took at the Chicago conservatory earlier this summer for this oil painting.
Oil on wood panel, 5" x 7"

Sunday, September 4, 2011

8.30.11 Corner Garden


I did a couple of renditions of this garden on our corner last summer. (1 & 2) This garden belongs to the same green-thumbed neighbor I mentioned last post. I really can't get enough of it. I might need to do a large scale fully developed painting based on this scene...
Gouache, 4" x 6"

Saturday, September 3, 2011

8.29.11 Roses for June

I had to do June one more time, to get it right for the calendar. I like this bushier, more vibrant version better than the one I did on June 30.
Speaking of the calendar, you can now order it online! They will be ready for shipping/pick up by the end of September.

Friday, September 2, 2011

8.28.11 Amaranth

Here's one that I have been thinking about doing all summer. I had some volunteer Amaranth grow in the planters on my porch this summer. Since I hadn't planted them, I assumed they were weeds, pretty enough to let grow in spite of there lowly status. Luckily I have a neighbor with a green thumb who enlightened me.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

8.26.11 Duluth Clouds

I really enjoyed watching the constantly changing clouds when I was in Duluth.
Gouache, 5" x 7"

Monday, August 29, 2011

8.24.11 Dragonfly

I had a one-day retreat with my friend Eric to his parents house in New Prague, MN last Wednesday. They live on a lake. We did a tiny bit of sailing, but it was very windy if you got too far out from the shore. So we did some swimming instead. There were tons of these blue dragon flies about. The sail boat was white and red, and the water was very green.
Gouache, 4" x 6"

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

8.20.11 Duluth

This was the view up the hill in Duluth from my art fair tent at Art in Bayfront Park last weekend.
Gouache, 5" x 7"