Friday, August 16, 2013



Acrylic     40”x30”     Gallery Wrapped Canvas

I wanted to go large with this painting of sand and shadows, done from a photo I took on Prince Edward Island. The dunes bordering Cavendish Beach were towering and wild and I wanted to capture some of that. I tried to keep it simple, with just a few main shapes, and I kept the brushstrokes loose to depict the windswept sand and grass. This is one of those paintings that looks so much better from a distance than it does close-up. But I like that quality about it.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Prince Edward Island

cavendish (800x595)

covehead (800x600)

These two little paintings were done last week on the north shore of Prince Edward Island. For the top one, I set up my easel right on the beach amid the families, surf guards, and sunbathers. Somehow, even with all the distractions, I found myself getting wrapped up in the painting and tuning out all the humanity around me. Still, when I look at the painting, I can hear the seagulls and waves and voices and feel the warmth of the sand and the breeze. That’s why I paint on location…no photo can ever evoke that kind of memories.

My vantage point for the bottom painting was perched atop a dune (NOT in an off-limits area), surrounded by wild roses. I had to find a view that showed both the sunlit and shaded side of the lighthouse. I guess this is one of the most photographed lighthouses on the island, but it’s new to me and so timeless, nestled in the dunes.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

New Plein Air Paintings


This is a quick little painting of the Block 6 building at Main and Broadway in downtown Fargo. I set up across the street, near the fountain by the depot. I was especially attracted to the warm and cool contrasts between light and shadow and the sky reflected in the windows.

shady lane

I painted this shady lane along the banks of the Red River late one afternoon last week. The spot I picked to set up my easel was adjacent to the frisbee golf course. There was only one close call with a frisbee flying past my head. Sometimes you have to live dangerously to get the painting you want.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

“Shady Path”

shady path (2) (420x640)

Another little plein air painting done recently in Florida.

This is the spot where a path shaded by sea grapes opens up into the bright sunlight, sand, and views of the sea.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Florida Plein Air Palms

palm shadows (2) (432x640)

morning dunes (640x417)

three palms (432x640)

backlit palms (640x421)

These are some recent little plein air studies I did under the Florida sun.

“Water Wings” Revisited

water wings new

30”x48”      Acrylic      Gallery Wrapped Canvas    

This is an updated painting of my toy float plane soaring over a make-believe lake. The previous blue plane just didn’t stand out enough against the sky and trees. This revision depicts the actual markings on the little plane more authentically. I also added the wind-up mechanism on top. Can’t believe I left that out the first time. The painting is on display as part of the FMVA Big Show at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead until early June.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

“Water Wings”


30”x48”     Acrylic     Gallery Wrapped Canvas

My idea for this painting came from how much fun I had as a kid setting up scenarios for play. I would gather things from all over the house to be used for the various items in the scene. In this imaginary lake scene, I’ve used a beach towel for the water, torn paper bags for the sand, a piece of cloth for the land, pebbles for the rocks by the shore, salt and pepper shakers for the cabin, a Christmas ornament for the airstream trailer, beads and yarn to mark the swimming area, trees from a model train set, blocks for the dock, and all kinds of “lakey” toys to put in the water. The float plane is a vintage toy, found at an antique shop. I like to think about where it’s been played with…maybe on lakes in Minnesota, maybe in salt water on one coast or the other, or maybe just in a backyard pool. For sure it has captured the imagination of many a would-be pilot like it captured my imagination. I would love to know how to fly a float plane and be looking down on a Minnesota lake after just taking off, or doing a fly-by to check out landing spots. How dull life would be without imagination!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ducks in a Row

ducks in a row (large)

Acrylic    16"x40"    Gallery Wrapped Canvas

I found this little vintage toy in an antique shop and knew, immediately, that I wanted to paint it. After a few months, I finally decided to take a “quack” at it. Meanwhile, no matter what shelf I put it on, the one little guy always seemed to be looking at me. I tried to capture his expression, but I'll leave it up to the viewer to decide what message he's trying to convey. I had fun playing with the idea of having all your "ducks in a row" by dropping more hints about the title throughout the painting.