Monday, December 30, 2013

Week 27 – North of Boise

I was in Idaho for a long weekend in October. I loved the landscape along Hwy 55 just north of Boise. I thought it would be easy to find some reference photos online, but it turns out I should have taken a few reference shots out the window of the car.
Gouache, 7" x 5", $75

Monday, December 23, 2013

Week 26 – Winter Solstice

Happy Winter Solstice, and Merry Christmas!
I might work back into the reeds in the left foreground, or maybe by the next time I see this painting in person I'll feel more comfortable with it the way it is.
Half way through my One-a-Week project, and feeling like I need to make the most of it as I move forward. I have a few exhibitions lined up for 2014, so am looking forward to getting some of these out in the public.
Oil, 12 x 16, $250 (prints available)

Monday, December 16, 2013

Week 25 – The Bosphorus

I came across a sketch that I did two years ago when working on some commissioned work in Istanbul, and decided to do a color version it. I like the contrast of one bright color on a field of neutrals, but I think I still like the sketch (below) better.

Gouache, 8" x 6" $75

Monday, December 9, 2013

Week 24 – Magpies & Fox

I can't even remember what my inspiration was on this one. It's been a blur of a week. But this piece makes me glad that I made the commitment to do a painting per week this year. It's fairly amazing what I can get done when I have a deadline.
Oil on canvas, 15" x 30" $400

Monday, December 2, 2013

Week 23 – Owl in the Rain

I visited the National Gallery in D.C. this past Saturday. After seeing Arthur Dove's "Rain" (mixed media—I borrowed the image of it here from the web), I decided to do a rainy day painting.
I had a reference shot of this owl from the nature center at Pokagon State Park in Indiana, from a visit there in October.

Gouache on paper 6" x 8"  $60

Monday, November 25, 2013

Week 22 – Mistletoe

I got in the holiday spirit for this week's painting. It might be available next year as a card...
I had in mind to use more olive-green hues, but I seem to have a hard time actually executing olive green. Every time I set out to do it, I back off and end up with a more yellow-y green. 

4.5" x 6.5," acrylic on paper, $150

Monday, November 18, 2013

Week 21 – Algae & Tadpoles

I did this composition of algae (microscopic) and tadpoles (not microscopic) over an old oil painting that I never liked. I was listening to the radio as I worked on it and heard that it was "America Recycles" day (or maybe recycle week?), so that was fitting that I was reusing a canvas.
It was fun to work in thick, straight oil paint, and to think more about the color and the brush strokes than the rendering of the subject matter.

oil on canvas, 9" x 12" $200

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Week 20 – Autumn Green

This might look like a spring tree to you, but trust me—it's an autumn tree, much like trees that I saw while driving around southern MN last week. This week is further down the line for us here in the upper Midwest—it's looking more like winter with each passing hour...
8 x 10 acrylic on wood panel, $200

p.s. I just went back and added prices to each of my weekly paintings thus far, in case you are interested in purchasing... thanks! 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Week 19 – Spawn

This week's painting was an experiment, which I really enjoyed. I worked with gouache and pencil on wood panel. I was happy to see how well the vibrancy of the paint held up on the porous wood surface, while still showing some of the grain of the wood. I hope to spend some more time experimenting with this media, and subject.
This week I did a little tour of southern Minnesota to shuffle art from the Crossings at Carnegie in Zumbrota to the Owatonna Hospital where my work will be exhibited November through February. I really enjoyed taking in the autumn countryside. I noticed how much "spring green" there is in the fall landscape. I am thinking that will be material for next week's painting...

8" x 6" gouche and pencil on wood panel, $125
(prints available)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Week 18 – Alevin & Frog Eggs

I was looking back at some of my work and found a little oil painting I did titled Salmon Alevin (Alevin means a young fish, esp a young salmon or trout, a newly hatched salmon when still attached to the yolk sac). I decided I wanted to revisit the subject matter. I like the abstract feeling of the composition—it let me think more about the brush strokes and paint color and less about the representation.
I don't know that fish eggs and frog eggs ever co-exist like this in nature. I doubt they do—I made use of artistic license on that part.
I was a little rushed on this painting, and that meant I stuck to acrylic instead of moving on to oils after the base layer. The quicker drying time was key. And a strict deadline was as well. I would have kept working on this if I had had the time, but I now like where it ended. 
My latest take away from my One-a-Week project is that I am all over the place with my work. I'm not sure what it would take to get me to settle down and work on one concept for 10 to 15 paintings in a row, but I do think it's something I should try to figure out.

Acrylic on wood panel, 8 x 10, $175
(prints available)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Week 17 – Brown & White Arrangement

I've always loved Dutch Realist floral paintings. (A great example can be seen here.) The magazine photo that I tore out a year or so ago made me think of those Dutch paintings. This gesso and pencil piece is a Megan Moore rendition. I'd love to take a class on Dutch Realist still life painting at some point. I'd like to see how it would change my work. Below is the reference image, a sketch, and the painting in progress.
Gesso and pencil on cardboard, 8 x 10, $125
(prints available) 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Week 16 – Mississippi River, November

I used the same reference photos, taken last fall, that I used on Week 2's painting for this watercolor of the Mississippi River. I'm not satisfied yet...
8" x 10", gouache on paper, $50

Monday, October 7, 2013

Week 15 – Yellow Leaves with Walnuts

This turned out much more stark and geometric than I was intending. Was inspired by the bright yellow leaves contrasting with the black tree trunks and deep green of other foliage on a rainy October day.
Oil on wood panel, 18" x 24" $350

Monday, September 30, 2013

Week 14 – Black Birds & Berries

For my birds and branches collection... Oil on wood panel, 12" x 16" $300
(prints available)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Cherry Tree prints

I have completed the series of cherry tree paintings, had them scanned, and will have giclée prints available starting this weekend at the Silverwood Park No Coast Art Fair. You can also purchase from me directly, just send me an email!
8" x 16" for $50 (each image is a separate print), custom sizing available as well.
I also have 5" x 7" note cards, $4 each or $24 for a set of 8.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Week 12 – Acorns & Snail

Squeezing it in, past the deadline, and not feeling verbose.
8" x 10" gouache on paper, $75

Monday, September 9, 2013

Week 11 – Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Another composition inspired by the Delaware shore. Saw a flock of blackbirds land in the grass and the line "Four and twenty blackbirds" came to mind. I'm thinking of this as a study for further investigation...
Gouache on paper, 8" x 10" $75
(prints available)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Week 10 – Least Sandpipers (Delaware Shore)

I was on vacation last week, at a beach house with family. Had to use my more portable materials, but had plenty of inspiration.
Gesso and pencil on cardboard, 8.5" x 11" $125 sold
(prints available)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Week 9 – Bees & Oregano Flowers

I didn't finished my painting this week. Usually I work out the composition in a drawing, and the colors and lights and darks work themselves out as I paint. This time, I had more trouble narrowing in on the color palette, and the lights and darks are still not resolved. I'll have to come back to this one to finish it. It's 10" x 20," oil on canvas.

Update 9/15/13 — This painting was purchased! I will still do some finishing touches, but will start a new painting to work on the things I was struggling with.

Update: 9/20/13 — Here are those finishing touches...

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Week 8 – Rabbit House, Warsaw

This is the kind of scene that inspires my "Leaves & Fish" compositions. The shapes of the birds read as a pattern to me. I used some photos that I took in Poland in the fall of 2011 as reference for this painting. The tree is in the yard of "The Rabbit House" museum and park in Warsaw.
16" x 20" oil on paper, $300

Monday, August 12, 2013

Week 7 – Acorns & Snails (with cadmium red)

On my first weekly painting post, I said I wasn't sure what I expected with this project. But now that I finished week 7, I remember that this more like what I had in mind. I have been wanting to expand upon my "Leaves & Fish" concept for awhile. I've done a couple here and there, but I want to have a solid collection. I have a canvas frame that is 22" x 52" just waiting to be put to use. I dream of a week that I have time to work on something that large! I would love for it to fit into this collection.
(The sides are bright cadmium red, the same color that there is a hint of on the horizon line)
9" x 12", oil on wood panel, $300
(prints available)

Monday, August 5, 2013

Week 6 – Brown & White Leaves & Fish

I ended up doing this week's painting from the art fair booth at the Loring Park Art Festival, so gesso and pencil on cardboard was the best way to go—easiest for transport and clean up.
11" x 17" $150
(prints available)

Monday, July 29, 2013

Week 5 – Ranunculus in Brown and White

A second take on the ranunculus...
Gesso and pencil on cardboard, 5" x 12," $125
(prints available)

Saturday, July 27, 2013


Congratulations to Sharlene & Justin!

This is going to be my last Commemorate the Date post on this blog. I'll now be blogging my new Commemorate the Date paintings on the Commemorate the Date blog. I'd love for you to follow me there!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Week 4 – Yellow Ranunculus

Down to the wire, but I got my one-a-week in. I don't like being rushed though. It did however lead me to experiment a bit. I wasn't happy with how the paint was laying on the paper, and didn't have time to start over, so I added in a layer of colored pencil.
I like my drawing more than I like the finished piece, so I might end up doing another version, maybe with oils. Then I can just think of this as a study, and that might make me like it better too.
Gouache and colored pencil. 5" x 15"
(prints available)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

July 14, 2012

Here is another in-progress photo, plus the finished painting to follow up from my previous work-in-progress post. Unfortunately, I forgot about documenting the process for a few stages. I will have to try to do better documentation on a future Commemorate the Date painting!
This is an 11" x 14" oil painting.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Week 3 – Tangle of Bright Red Blossoms

This is a prime example of what comes naturally to me. I did not use reference for this painting. I started with the inspiration of bright red geraniums, and let the rest be informed by years of doing floral compositions. It has a little bit of a seventies feel to it, but not as much as I feared it would when I was less than half way done. The greens were originally more olive-toned, so probably the shift towards brighter greens helped.
This painting relies heavily on my well established style of graphic, bold line work. I have used this style in the murals I have done, and would be happy to do so again. This kind of composition could be comfortable in a residential or commercial area... Maybe I need to search out another mural opportunity.

30" x 15", oil on canvas, $400
(prints available)

Friday, July 5, 2013

Week 2 – Mississippi River

Something about painting this fall scene during a week of perfect summer weather did not feel right. The reference shots were taken last fall, walking on the path down in the river gorge near our house.

Oil on panel, 11 x 14, $250

Friday, June 28, 2013

Week 1 – Yellow Flowers

Though this painting is innocuous enough, it kind of surprised me. Not that I know what I expected. It makes me realize though that I might have a lot of surprises in store for myself this year.
Many people have asked me if I have noticed or anticipate a change in my artwork since Asher was born. I really don't think so. But I do remember that I took the reference shots of these flowers (they are hot pink in real life—anyone know the name of them?) in the final days of pregnancy.
This color palette is one that I plan to explore. (I noticed while working on it earlier this week that the colors are similar to my Leaves & Fish painting.)
9" x 12", oil on wood panel, $250
(prints available)

Friday, June 21, 2013

One-a-Week, a new project

Hello and Happy Solstice!
Three years ago, in 2010, I started this blog with a painting a day project for the summer, starting on the solstice, ending on the equinox. I did the project again for the summer of 2011. Last summer I took a break as I geared up for parenthood. Now I am ready to get back at it. But this time is will be a little different—one painting per week, for one year. I'm kicking it off on solstice again. I'll be posting my weekly paintings here, so check back often, or sign up for the email updates!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A work in progress

I thought I would share some work in progress images for my Commemorate the Date oil paintings...first I do some thumbnail sketches—small, quick drawings without much detail, to help me figure out the composition.

Then I do a more detailed drawing:
The next step is yet to come for this one...

Monday, May 20, 2013

June 17, 2006

A watercolor for an upcoming anniversary, featuring a parrot tulip, white rose, and white and green hydrangeas.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Hindu Wedding

My friends Vijay and Ame commissioned this painting in celebration of their marriage. They were married at a Hindu temple in Huntsville, Alabama. It was a clear, sunny day in December, 2011. Hindu weddings are complex and beautiful. I enjoyed picking out my favorite parts of the ceremony to include in the composition.
Oil on canvas, 24" x 36"

Friday, April 26, 2013

Hazel Marie

A watercolor for a friend's new baby girl. The flowers are an interpretation of the Chinese Witch Hazel flower.
Watercolor, 5 x 7

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


I was very honored to paint these azalea's in memory of Marjorie.
Oil, 8 x 10

Thursday, April 18, 2013

September 27, 2013

Flowers for a wedding this fall. I'll be working on invites that feature this painting, too.
Oil, 8 x 10

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Personalized with a pair of black cats...
Commemorate the Date, 5 x 7, oil

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

May 26, 2012

This painting commemorates a lovely wedding Patrick and I attended last Memorial Day weekend in Brooklyn. I like to think I have a good excuse for why it took me so long to complete...
Oil, 8 x 10

Friday, January 11, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


I have a new 4-piece commission to get me in the swing of painting in 2013. The composition and color sketches are complete, so I will be starting the oil paintings soon.
Yamada Cherry Tree, Winter — color study