Saturday, November 10, 2012

Harley Chrome Painting

In September I donated a certificate for a chrome painting at a fund raiser for a friend who needed to have his home retro-fitted for his wheel chair. The fund raiser was quite a show and there were hundreds of dollars raised for him. I have been working on it for quite a while now. At least a month a couple of hours a day four or five days a week. The man who won the certificate really is getting a bargain. If you consider time and labor on the painting. (wink)  Here is a photo of the work in progress. There is lots of work to go on the cooling fins. This is the motor of a Harley Davidson. It was fun doing the skull. The cycle is green and the blue shadows are a nice contrast to the blues. I work on the painting one little bit at a time. As soon as it is done, dried and varnished it will find a new home. I hope that the owner will loan it to me for a show later next year.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I do not know how long I have followed the Painter's Keys, a bi-weekly letter from Robert Genn of Canada but I do know that I look forward to each news letter as it drops into my inbox. He is a facile writer seeming to always have something pertinent to say to us. I have put a link to his page here on my blog. Click over and see if you like him as well.
His home page is full of all kinds of information including quotes about art that can come in handy for a none writer like me. For example:

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the ordinary. (Christina Baldwin)

Seeing the miraculous in the ordinary truly is what I feel every day and what I try to put into my paintings. 

My life has been really busy lately and this blog suffered my neglect. With a little perseverance  I will be posting a bit more often. If just for my own record of my work. 

This is one of my plein airs from a workshop that I took in Scottsdale AZ in April with Marc Hanson. That workshop lead to lots of work for me in my studio. Palm trees are way outside of my comfort zone. 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Painting Accepted in Regional Show

It is 20th Annual Prairie Lakes Regional Juried Art Exhibition time. Lots of my artist friends have entered their art to be juried into the show. 226 pieces were submitted and 104 pieces selected for the show.  I received a good notice in the mail this year.  My abstract experiment from this winter was accepted

On a whim I change the name of my painting to "Fractured Comet" to fit with my theme of outer space.  And decided that I like it viewed vertically. My other painting was called " Solar Flair." I'll post jpeg tomorrow.

The show is in the Carnegie Art Center here in Mankato and will hang from April 26 through June 8th.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


This is the beginning of my winter series. I started with a photo of one of our wine glasses. Cropped it very tightly, did some adjusting on Picnic (good bye Picnic I will miss you) and transferred the design to my canvas. Once on the canvas I painted my shapes with a fine brush so I would not loose the shapes under my brush strokes. I liked those lines so I was careful to leave some of them showing. I think they help with the texture and in leading your eye around the painting. Until next time.