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)