The Painting Blog

Started as a daily painting blog but this is easier to live with- the once in a while blog of a painter.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Falling Star

Falling Star is a crisp delicious South American wine. Our trip to Peru and Bolivia this last spring opened my eyes to the richness of this region's delicacies. 18" x 24" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas.

Monday, May 23, 2011

New work, 2011

Here are two new graphite portraits.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Update, January 2011

While I haven't painted on a daily schedule since last spring, I have done a few rather important paintings. Ellie commissioned a double portrait of her grandsons, Barb requested a small portrait of her chocolate lab,  a Rose City couple ordered a whimsical rendition of their home and a watercolor of their Jacob's sheep and Burger King commissioned its eighth annual Christmas card design. Good business.

Now, in this somewhat slower time of the year, I'm attempting to clean my studio all the way to the corners. That's meant disposing of perfectly good small pieces of paper and matboard, actually parting with some paintings and less than fresh materials. I'll also pack away some treasures. After the sorting and tossing, the walls will get a new coat of paint and my life will be less cluttered. How's that for a New Year's resolution?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

I painted on Saturday

Yup, Yup...I got the paint out again. We put new counter tops in the kitchen; tore off the old wall paper above the stove and between the cupboards and the counter top. That little project was way over due. The wall paper was from the mid 80s, when earth-tones ruled interiors and shag rugs reigned over, or under, living rooms.

The adjoining rooms to the kitchen are a lovely blue gray but of course we couldn't find any paint left over from when they were painted. So, I dusted off my pallette, mixed white, black and blue and got a nearly perfect match. It wasn't a challenging painting job but a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

I just had an art lover stop in to purchase a painting. The lovely little winter scene from January 12 will be traveling to Germany. Lovely place for it to go.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

May 11

Exciting news from a fellow artist: I encouraged David Rickert to apply for an art commission at the University of Minnesota Morris. He put together a good application and was awarded the project. Check out his work at

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

May 5

When I started this challenge the first of the year, I wasn't working a 30 hour per week job in addition to all of the other hats I wore. Nonetheless, I managed to keep up the daily painting schedule until I missed a day last week because of illness. With the rhythm broken and adding another job to my schedule this month (managing a blog for Minnesota Public Radio) I have to acknowledge that I can't do everything and something's gotta give. It's going to be the daily painting. I can't continue to work from dawn to dusk. I'll paint when I can and continue to upload images when I have something to share.

Thanks for checking in.


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

May 4 Electric Candle

Time for a little B & W.

8" x 10"