❄"32 Below"❄Needless to say, not a plein air piece. Coldest day I can remember. So many more pressing things to do tonight but I haven't painted a watercolor in months and this frigid weather is one of my most inspired times of the year. It's nasty cold, biting wind blows right through no matter how many layers you bundle in, but the more painful it is to be outside, the better it feels to be back in the warmth with all the modern comforts. I love my life, but I have to admit I'm pleasantly surprised and a bit amused to be shocked out of the hypnotic day to day routine by this arctic blast. Had to crawl up on the roof this afternoon to unclog sewer vents that froze shut just from their warm air condensing and freezing the instant it meets the outside air. It's brutal but it also makes you realize you're alive! YES!! How do animals survive this stuff? Nature is simply incredible. Thinking of starting a new tradition of doing an annual piece on the coldest day of the year.
What a great honor it is to be able to share with you my painting for the 20th anniversary Earth Day Run! 20% of all proceeds go to the Feeling Good MN Team! Celebrate & honor the accomplishment!
If you've made the commitment to run this year like I have, or maybe you've accomplished this difficult challenge in the past and are doing it again this year, or maybe you've enjoyed your training building up to this event and have had a lot of fun sharing that journey with your friends, consider honoring your achievement with this print that celebrates the 20th anniversary Earth Day Run. 20% of all proceeds go to the Feeling Good MN Team!
This is the view of Seberger Park from our back yard. When our son Jack was born I still wanted to get out and plein air paint -I just didn't get very far! Having a young child in the home affects your range! The energy of spring is what I wanted to capture. It was palpable, I could feel it in the warmth of the light, the leaves starting to appear on trees, and in the buzz of activity at the park. Summer is just around the corner, and after a long hard winter in MN, it feels good.
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Ever get stuck looking for gifts for a loved one? You can commission a custom painting of a beloved family pet. This painting is a composite of 5 images - 3 of the dog Axle, 1 of the pheasants, and 1 of the background landscape. Even if your photos are not perfect, they can often be combined with others to make a beautiful image.
A striking scene of that amazing time of day when the sun gets at just the right angle in the sky and turns bright orange and floods everything around you in the most amazing, romantic glow. I love those times, they make me feel like I'm in a movie.
Ever get stuck looking for gifts for a loved one? You can commission a custom painting of a childhood home or farm. Knowing all of the wonderful memories that a place can embody is a powerful thing. I love being able to create something that holds so much meaning for people. This house portrait is a sketch using a sumi ink pen, but they can be painted in watercolor or oil as well.
*This painting is an example only and is not for sale.
Sometimes when I'm driving a scene will catch my eye, get me excited to paint it, and then the feeling passes. Maybe I catch a photo, maybe I don't. Then there are other times when the feeling is so strong that I simply must pull over and either take pictures or set up and paint. Even stronger yet is when this happens nearly every time I drive by the same location. That happened with this scene, it's a rolling hilly park along the banks of the Mississippi river that happened to be on my way home from my son's daycare every morning. It's often stated that it doesn't have to be some miraculous scene to be worthy of painting, and the more I paint, I often find myself in awe of the endless varieties of lighting and atmospheric conditions that exist. As my friend and painter Joe Paquet has stated clearly: "No two days are the same". That quote opened my eyes to the possibility in front of me, and made me appreciate every day and every scene for its inherent uniqueness.
Ever get stuck looking for gifts for a loved one? You can commission a custom painting of a family home, cabin, farm, or land. I can come to your cabin and paint it on location in Plein Air, or work from photos you provide.
Ever get stuck looking for gifts for a loved one? You can commission a custom painting of a childhood home or farm. I personally love painting barns, there is so much history and character to them, a portal to another place and time, an entire livelihood. I had a mentor when I first started painting that would paint barns and would often say that by painting them he felt like he was able to "breathe a new life into them". I agree with that, there is something about commemorating and celebrating something that has that much character and history to it.
The second picture is an example of the photo that was submitted for this commission, as you can see it wasn't of the highest quality, but was the best they had. And we made do, I am satisfied with the results and the owners are too.
*This painting is an example only and is not for sale.
The Artist's Proof is considered more valuable because of the size of the edition (Quantity of 25), and the quality of materials used in the printing process. In this case that means acid free paper and pigment based inks, giving customers peace of mind that the print won't yellow or fade over time.
Half of all proceeds are donated to the St. Cloud Youth Hockey Association!
The official 2018 Hockey Day MN painting is here! This gift commemorates a once in a lifetime experience and celebrates the tradition of outdoor hockey in Minnesota. In the heart of downtown St. Cloud, the city's skyline and Lake George are the centerpieces of this year's collectible print. Half of all proceeds are donated to the St. Cloud Youth Hockey Association!
Ever get stuck looking for gifts for a loved one? You can commission a custom painting of a beloved family pet.
Giving thanks... It’s crazy to think I’ve been painting for over 17 years! Over time can we learn to enjoy and embrace things about our work that we previously found less desirable? Custom paintings are that way for me; seeing someone's face light up with pure emotion and genuine appreciation for what you made – you can’t help but feel a sense of purpose in being an artist. Its reciprocity and balance – THANK YOU to all my customers over the years who have given my craft and passion a sense of purpose in this world!