Thursday, September 26, 2013


This is another painting I have been wanting to do but just didn't feel I was ready for it.  Well, I took the plunge and am happy I did.  Emmett is several years older now, but still a good looking kid!  The painting is done in oil on a painter's board (which I hadn't used before but liked) and is 18 x 24.  I'm hoping to enter it in the Dakota Masterworks show which will be in Sioux Falls October 28.

Sunday, September 22, 2013


I've seen some beautiful night time paintings and have wondered if it was something I could do.  So - no time like the present.  Going through my photos, I found one I took a few years ago near one of my brother's farm when they had all the water in the area.  I'm not exactly sure where I took it, but I liked the way the moon was shining on the water.  Experimenting with color is exciting, and I was able to make some interesting mixtures.  Brown umber and turquoise make a abeautiful dark green, and burnt umber, ultramarine blue, and cerulean blue mixed toether with white makes perfect blues for the sky and water.  So, here you have it.  It was so fun, I'll have to try to take more night pictures and paint them.  This painting is on a 14" x 14" gallery wrap canvas.

Saturday, September 14, 2013


Even though I haven't been posting, I have been working.  I don't know what it is about this new studio, but it does draw me into it more than the other place.  I work every afternoon that I'm in town, and feel my art is moving forward!  It's about time, I guess.  Getting older, you know -  but better late than never!

This is a photo of the front window of The Art Studio at 11b north Maple in Watertown.  It is such an inspiring place to work.

My latest painting is of a sky I've been wanting to paint since I saw it in June.  It came right around sunset and the setting sun sent up such interesting colors.  The shape of the cloud made it look like there would be quite a storm, but not a drop of rain (It's raining right now, which is a real blessing!)  The farm in the painting is from a photo I took one day several years ago east of Brookings, SD.  It's fun to work from several photos in one painting.

Now, unto something new again.  It should be a good day!