Blog - Beyond the Easel

Watercolor, A Gambler's Medium

“Asked to describe his approach to watercolors, John Singer Sargent once said, ‘Make the best of an emergency!’ Painting with watercolor definitely requires a dance between accuracy and a loose handling of the medium

MISA Workshop

People are curious to know the exciting places an artist is traveling to paint and the alluring destinations they're teaching at...

Painting Tip - Where do you start a painting?

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? 


#PaintItForward is a version of “Pay It Forward”. 
Pay It Forward is an age-old act of kindliness: doing a good deed for someone with the idea they do not repa

Hockey Day MN 2018

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. 

Learning To Paint - Embracing the Struggle.

Whether you are a seasoned veteran or new to painting, there are experiences that we all have in common. One painting can be incredibly fun and gratifying, but the next a complete struggle. In this article I share some of the concepts that have given me clarity and a healthy perspective...

How To Make Large Acrylic Paintings: From Raw Materials To Final Clearcoats

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.

Perpetual Search Exhibition ~ One Year Of Painting Outside

What's it like to paint outside for a year? Here it is, by the numbers...

12 months
225 paintings
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

Painting On the Beach and the “Perpetual Search”

“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 Adventurous Life Of An Artist

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...