What a month it's been! Vacations, biking, swimming, fishing, hiking, parades, amusement parks ... and oh yes, painting. :) It's hard to say goodbye to July. But I look forward to what's ahead during the next several months, where I'll work towards stocking galleries as the busiest time of year for me in painting continues through the end of the year.
Friday, July 31, 2015
What better way than to end the month of July with some beautiful Iris paintings? These are all 4"w x 4"h, acrylic on deep profile canvas, and are available at Lizzards Gallery in downtown Duluth, and at Siiviis Gallery in Duluth's Canal Park.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
|"Tiny Summer Triptych" 12"w x 4"|
This piece is part of my show at The Art of Hair on First through September 2015.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
|"Summer Birches No. 1"|
|"Summer Birches No. 2"|
As an artist you want to grow every time you work, the last thing you want is to reach a point where you're comfortable with your work and you keep producing the same painting over and over. I've come close to falling into the comfort trap, but I've worked on a theme repetitively as I knew there was something there that I had to grasp and so would keep at it until I achieved whatever it was I had to say visually. These pieces today are simple summer studies to some viewers, but to me, they represent five years of painting, five years of visual soul searching, endless hours of painting ... I hope you enjoy them. But art is subjective in nature, so you may not, and that's ok. I'm off to the easel, to continue my quest for visual texture. Please contact Siiviis Gallery in Duluth for more information on these pieces.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
|"Golden Season" 12"w x 9"h|
Saturday, July 25, 2015
|"Lavender Sky Iris" 12"w x 12"h|
Friday, July 24, 2015
|"Golden Land Iris" 24"w x 12"h|
Thursday, July 23, 2015
|"Blooming Iris" 36"w x 24"h, Lizzards Gallery Duluth MN|
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
|"Northern Lights Triptych" 12"w x 4"h|
Featured today is a fun little piece titled Northern Lights Triptych. While the subject matter is the night sky filled with the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, there is a playful abstract feel to this painting. From the the three panel format, to the bright green squares dancing across the sky, this painting was a joy to paint. Night paintings are always a joy because there is a mystery to them, and a natural contrast of light and dark ... not to mention endless shades of my favorite color which of course is blue. The northern lights have been brilliant this year, hopefully as we get closer to autumn I can catch some dancing across the night sky. For now, I'm content to paint the mystery of the aurora borealis in the northern Minnesota night skies.
Please contact Siiviis Gallery in Duluth, MN for more information on this piece.
Monday, July 20, 2015
|"Forest Kaleidoscope" 40"w x 16"h|
Friday, July 17, 2015
|"Last Leaves of Autumn" 20"w x 16h|
Thursday, July 16, 2015
|"Between The Trees" 20"w x 16"h|
Artists are taught in school to paint the background first, and make the background look and feel as though it doesn't compete with the foreground or subject matter. So the background is an afterthought to whatever the subject of the painting is, and this approach never caught on with me when I was in art school. To me, every aspect of the painting is important, and the background and negative spaces of a painting can sometimes even be the subject of a painting. How you say something is just as important, if not more important, that what you say. That needs to get into the minds of art instructors. Perhaps this world would be a better place ...
But I'll stop before I get too carried away on the way art should be to me. For now, I'll enjoy this quiet summer morning, and as I view the landscape, I'll remember who I am and what I'm saying as an artist ... and take time to appreciate the space between the trees. Please contact Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais for more information on this piece.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
|"Aerial Lift Bridge No. 3: Sun Sparkles" 24"w x 36"h|
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
|"Aurora On The Lake" 20"w x 16"h, Sivertson Gallery|
Monday, July 13, 2015
|"Summer Morning" 20"w x 10"h|
This painting featured today, titled Summer Morning, is 20"w x 10"h and is part of a show titled Birch Forests at The Vanilla Bean Restaurant in Two Harbors, MN. The show is titled appropriately, as there are 21 originals and framed prints available for purchase that feature the birch forests in all their seasonal splendor. Summer Morning is such a calm, peaceful painting, and considering the humid weather this piece really reflects the spirit of the season. Beautiful blue skies and green leaves greet you in the forest, along with the songbirds and the wish that this season could go on forever. Please stop back soon as I'll be posting new works daily ... and enjoying the summer mornings too.