Wednesday, August 19, 2015
This new painting is titled Summer at Split Rock, and is 36"w x 36"h on canvas, and was delivered to Lizzards Gallery in Duluth just yesterday. This painting is probably my third effort at painting Split Rock Lighthouse, and I enjoyed painting the rocks, waters and sky of this piece. Here are links to my other paintings of Split Rock from the past:
Why Can't This Night Go On Forever?
Hope Springs Eternal
As you well know, at least you know if you read my blog ... I love painting negative spaces and backgrounds of compositions. The subject is frequently an afterthought, as I work to draw attention to other areas of the painting. In this piece, I focused on the hue of the water first, using blues, purples and teals to give the water a rich color. I then continued that color palette into the stones and sky, increasing the value until I was happy with the contrast between the different elements. The lighthouse perched on top of the rocks is the brightest part of the painting and draws the eye, but I hope the viewer lingers to enjoy the waters and rocks ... at least that's where you'll find me, sitting on the rocks and skipping stones into lake Superior while I listen to the waves crash against the rocky shoreline. That never gets old.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Siiviis Gallery in Duluth, MN. In this piece a familiar favorite subject of mine .. tiny cardinals .. are set off by a bright sparkly gold background. This painting may measure in at a mere 12"w x 4"h, but it packs a bright colorful visual punch nonetheless. Also, just finished up my Split Rock painting which will be posted tomorrow. :) Have a great day! -A.Kloss
Friday, August 14, 2015
Featured today is a sweet little 7x5" original on canvas titled Cardinal Colors, available at Siiviis Gallery in Duluth, MN. This is a cheerful piece, the cardinals and bright blues and golds of the background combining for a colorful visual treat. Lots going on ... I'm hard at work on a large piece that features Split Rock Lighthouse that should be finished today.... and thinking ahead to new works next week. Have a great weekend. -A.Kloss
Thursday, August 13, 2015
|Summer Splendor No. 1|
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Here's a fun piece titled Chick A Dee Dee Dee Dee Dees (24"w x 12"h) which is currently at Siiviis Gallery in Duluth, MN. The call the chickadee makes inspired the titled of this new acrylic on canvas which is filled with summer's bountiful color and seven happy little chickadees. I love walking in the woods and hearing the call of the chickadee. It's the first bird I was able to identify as a child, and like many people, I find them the friendliest bird in the forest. They're hardy too ... spending the winters here in the great northland. Many birds migrate through the forests and regions, but the chickadee is always there, like an old friend that greets you with a smile when you meet.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
This new painting, titled Lavender Lake, is 12"w x 12"h, acrylic on canvas. I recently brought this one in to Siiviis Gallery in Duluth along with other bird themed paintings. The cardinals have been requested by every gallery that represents my work, and their customers love the red birds. I've been painting cardinals for several years now, often wondering if they will ever 'go out of style'. I'll stray from them as a subject matter, only to get pulled back by requests from people who love them. I've been told it has to do with the bright red and crisp birch .. along with complementary colors. While I don't mind painting cardinals, I don't want to duplicate a previous painting and so I often think about how to present the birds in a new way. I've used color, composition, perspective, style, repetition ... many different design aspects to portray the subject matter over the years. In this case, I've brought in some color close to blue on the color wheel ... lavender. When you add red to blue you get purple, and when you add purple to a red and blue landscape you get ... cardinals at a lake. And not just any lake ... a Lavender Lake. :)
Monday, August 10, 2015
Happy Monday! Mondays are made much better with colorful artwork and coffee. Featured today are three new cardinal paintings at Lizzards Gallery in Duluth. These warm works include bright red cardinals on crisp white birch trees, and the background sparkles with golds and browns. The warmth of these paintings remind me that the autumn season is soon upon us, and I just love hiking through the colorful landscapes that will inspire my work through the long cold winter. But we have some beautiful weather to enjoy in Duluth this week with highs in the mid 80s and sun. I think a trip to lake Superior is in order. Have a great week. -A.Kloss
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Sunday, August 9, 2015
Siiviis Gallery in Duluth, titled Beaky Boys which measures in at a whopping 4"w x 4"h.
Saturday, August 8, 2015
|"Autumn Lake Excursion" 36"w x 12"h|
Friday, August 7, 2015
These colorful little blue gems are currently available at Lizzards Gallery in Duluth, MN. Happy Friday!
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Today's painting diary post features four birchscape paintings (blue, brown, gold, green) that were brought in to Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais in July. These may be small at 6"w x 6"h, but pack a visual punch nonetheless. Minimalism has always appealed to me as an artist, and so I often simplify my work if possible to drive home a point or speak more loudly visually. I had a bit of light reflecting off the canvases when I took the photos, but that's ok, as painting is more of expression than perfection, at least from my view. Please contact Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais for more information on these, and other birchscapes.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
|"Blue Landscape Triptych" 12"w x 4"h|
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
|"Mossy Forest Triptych" 12"w x 4"h|