Whether it be step by step painting class, artist in residence, or a large scale mural, over the years I have been very fortunate to work with so many truly amazing people at Wacosa...
Recently I watch a video by renowned Australian watercolorist Herman Pekel, and I was a bit shocked to see him start his painting right at his center of interest, the most important area in the painting. I don't do that with landscapes, but I often will with portraits. As watercolorists we tend to paint the lightest things first and work toward the darker colors. In oils, most artists paint the darks in first. Often times people paint the furthest thing in the distance and then work their way forward. So which way is the best way?
In 2016, Beaver Island Brewing Company commissioned me to paint 12 paintings of the Beaver Island stretch of the Mississippi River in St. Cloud...
Sending these to LPAPA's "Best In Plein Air"
As artists, our collections are, at their core, autobiographies. Each painting a memory, a piece of ourselves. We make a living by selling little bits of our lives away. What an incredible honor!
I'm very proud to share that with your support we raised almost a thousand dollars for the Tri County Humane Society!!
I was very honored to be selected as the official artist of Hockey Day MN 2018, hosted on Lake George in my hometown of St. Cloud, MN. Below is information about the limited edition print created as a result of this opportunity.
In-depth tutorial demonstrating one approach to building large panels and how to paint an acrylic picture on them. This includes the entire process with pictures; what materials to purchase, prices, tools to use, step by step construction, AND the painting process including subject matter, design, undercoating, drawing, blocking in, refining, and finishing touches.
What's it like to paint outside for a year? Here it is, by the numbers...
57 value sketches
26 paintings sold
120 minutes per painting
27,000 minutes spent painting =
450 hours spent painting =
19 straight days spent painting....read more
The daydream goes something like this: sitting back and relaxing in your comfy studio chair with a big cup of coffee; planning out your next masterpiece while an assistant ships paintings off to galleries all over the world and then heads to the bank to cash big checks...
“Perpetual Search” is a mini-dream of mine; to learn from some of the best painters in the world and then go on a painting binge where you “find” your voice as an artist while crisscrossing the beautiful backroads of MN…
The dream always was, and still is, to be an artist.
If I think about what that ideal life looks like, I daydream and envision myself with my painting gear, set up next to a perfectly still pond on a beautiful fall day. My dog Ruby is by my side and my wife’s lounging in a camping chair reading a book. I’m so lost in the spirit of the place and busy capturing the amazing light that at first I don’t see...