Tuesday, July 30, 2013


On a trip through the Southwest a year and a half ago, we walked across the bridge of the Rio Grande Gorge near Taos, NM.  Just before we reached the bridge, there were many artists selling their wares.  I asked this older gentleman if I could take his picture, and he consented.  I thought his hands were beautiful and had probably been doing this work for many years.   In my mind at the time was to paint from the photo, but didn't really know what I wanted to do.

When I was going through old photos I ran across this one.  I had recently purchased a canvas that had been painted with black gesso, not knowing what I wanted to do with it.  Well, this was it!  I put the photo and canvas together and this is what I came up with.  The painting is small - 8" x 10".

This makes me want to do more hands, so if you find me paying close attention to your hands, it probably means I want to paint them - at work of course.  Our hands are such important parts of our lives, so I shouldn't have any problem finding interesting paintings.                                                   

Saturday, July 27, 2013


Sometimes a painting just isn't finished, even though it's been signed.  This is how I felt about the sky scene I painted for the quick draw in Silver City, SD, a couple weeks ago.  When I stood back and looked at it, I could see that there needed to be more definition.  So, the first painting I did in my new studio was to finish this painting.  I added more definition in the sky and in the trees and tried to show the sun shining down on one of the hills in the distance.  I think it's finished now.  What do you think?  Now to finish the others I painted there.

                                                                   Painting Before

Painting Now.

Friday, July 26, 2013

I've Moved my Studio

After three years on the third floor of the Goss Opera House, I have made the decision to move my studio to a more accessible place.  I found a place just a half block north of where I was, and it is at street level with about three times (at least) as much space.  I now have windows facing the street with parking right in front.  I'm already feeling very much at home and ready to get to work.

Feel free to stop in any time.  I am usuallly there in the afternoon and coffee is always available with comfortable chairs to sit and visit.  You can find me at 11B north Maple.

Because of the light streaming in the windows, these pics do not show true colors, but you can get the idea of the space I have.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Grand Canyon Painting

I did this painting two months ago while painting with a group of artists in Arlington, SD.  I was working from a photo I took of the Grand Canyon on a cloudy day a year and a half ago.  The sun peeked out several times throughout the day so I was able to get some rather dramatic photos.

I decided to work with my palette knife again, since I had been having so much fun with it on my last few paintings.  I started working from the top, since that was my focal point - where the sun was shining on the canyon.  As I worked down it seemed to get very tedious, so, to cover the canvas with paint,  I grabbed a large brush and started laying in the large areas of color.  As I stepped back I was liking it more and more so just brought some of the knife work down into the brush work and called it finished.

I really liked the effect so am anxious to try more paintings with this technique.  I had hoped to work this way in Silver City but just couldn't make it work.  I guess I couldn't find a focal point to start from.  I will definitely try this again when I am doing landscapes.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Back Home

The Silver City Plein Aire event was a great time and such fun.  We concluded with a wet sale, pie and ice cream social, and live music on Sunday afternoon.  Such a good event which took so much planning by the people of Silver City.  They were such great hosts to the 38 artists and the turnout on Sunday was great.  They even ran out of barbecues!  The home made pies were very tasty!  Hopefully I will be able to attend next summer as well.  But first I'd better get busy and learn how to paint those trees!  There's always a challenge of some kind in this business.

    Our tent at the wet sale.  Judith Edenstrom from Sioux Falls, Corine Beving from Watertown, and I showed our work.


Saturday, July 13, 2013

Last day of painting at Silver City

What a day this has been.  Up early and back to Silver City for the last day of painting.  Today I painted from photos I had taken the first day.  The first is of the mountain man who posed for us the first day.  The second is of one of the artists painting at an overlook by Pactola Lake.

In the evening was the quick draw competition.  We had an hour and a half to paint something in the area.  Since I haven't had much experience painting those types of trees, I opted to paint the sky, which was beautiful.  Big fluffy white clouds with dark clouds moving in.  There were some very beautiful paintings finished in that hour and a half!

After the competition was a steak dinner .  Delicious steaks and shrimp done on the grill.  We left before the bon fire and smores.  It was a long drive back to where we are staying, and we really didn't want to do much driving in the dark along those curvy roads!

Tomorrow is the pie and ice cream social and art show and sale.  Hopefully we should be able to get out of here and on our way home by 3:00.  Now it's time for sleep!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Second day of Plein Aire in the Black Hills.

What a beautiful day today.  Not nearly as hot as yesterday, and we all really felt like painting.  Today we checked out the Pactola Lake Area, and I chose to paint from one of the lookouts looking out over the lake.  Painting trees is not something I've done a lot of, but I gave it the good old college try.

Tomorrow we are supposed to paint in the Rochford area, so we drove over there this evening and checked it out.  More of the same.  The landscape is beautiful, but not really what I am interested in painting.  I have taken lots of pictures so will probably find a place I can set up my ipad and paint from that.  Tomorrow is the last day for painting so really have to push it if I'm to have anything to show on Sunday.

Tonight was a reception at the John Gomez home in Silver City.  They have a beautiful home and the hosts and others, including Jan Sohl, did a wonderful job preparing food for the social.  It was such fun meeting other artists from other areas, and especially when I found out some of them knew people I know and had actually grown up in Watertown.  It truly is a very small world.  Tonight there was rain, for which the people in the area are very grateful.  So tired - time to get some shut eye so I'm ready for a new day!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

I'm Back - and painting in plein aire in the Black Hills

A friend  informed me last weekend that it's been a long time since I've posted anything.  I didn't know how long it had been since the last post until I just now looked.  Sorry about that!

Life has been busy.  I've been painting a lot and trying new things, especially painting more with the palette knife, which is really fun.  Right now I'm in the Silver City, SD, area at a plein aire event.  There is so much to look at and for me it is difficult to decide on an area I would really like to paint.  I think tomorrow will be Jenny Gulch, just a short way from Silver City.  We checked it out today but it was extremely hot - 100 degrees, so decided to wait on that.

There was a model here today dressed as a mountain man, so I opted to do a small portrait of him.  Tonight I may begin a larger one.  This is 4 x 4 and was painted in about a half hour with oils.  I still have to add some darks, and then it will be sold at the "mini" sale where each artist has contributed a "mini" to help defray costs.  Should be fun!