I've been drawing and painting as long as I can remember, copying comic book panels as a kid, a career as a designer and animator, and the last twelve years as a painter. Hope you enjoy the work.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Snow Paths

6x8 Oil

It was a beautiful morning, sunny, warm and no wind. If it was like this every day I would have no problem with winter. This is very quick demo I did for my class this morning, wish I had would of had time to do a larger version, oh well, tomorrow I'm spending the whole day painting, if I don't Blog it's because I'm still out there trying to capture a late day light effect.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Curiously Strong

6x8 Oil

It seemed like a good challenge, both the drawing of the tin in perspective, and in the value differences between the tissue and the glare on the lid. Not sure how well I pulled it all off, but hey there's always tomorrow.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Work Clothes

6x8 Oil

I've had that hat for a couple of years, I bought it in a Ranger Station at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan during a very good painting trip. A friend refers to it as my "regional tourist hat", it's pretty beat up so I'm commemorating it with this painting.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Winter Creek

7x11 Oil

I hate to obsess about the weather but it's January in Minnesota and that's what we do. It was forecast that the high today would get up to 26-28 degrees, but alas it was more like 10 while I was painting this. I love painting snow but hate being cold, I've discovered that it's all about the socks.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Back Lit Bananas

6x8 Oil

I set these on a piece of foamcore board in front of the window to play around with a back lit effect. I just blew out the sky into a late day winter pink. The shapes were fun but surprisingly challenging to draw. Stay tuned for more produce.

Monday, January 26, 2009

The Pepper

6x8 Oil

Yes I went to the produce section of Kowalski's for subject matter. Once you start looking at fruit and vegetables as painting fodder you can go a little crazy deciding on just the right pepper, people stare.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Ascot

6x8 Oil

Ok, so it was a small class and so I wouldn't be hovering over their shoulders I did another sketch of a penguin. Who could resist? This one aussmed a pose that made it look like it was wearing an ascot, at least that's what I thought.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Posing Penguin

6x8 Oil

It was -11 (degrees not windchill) today so I held my Saturday painting class at Como Zoo, I did this Penguin as a demo for the students. They actually were great models, holding poses quite well such as the one above, striking sort of a John Barrymore profile.

Friday, January 23, 2009

January Saint Paul

Oil 6x8

It got up to a balmy 23 degrees yesterday so I decided to get out of the studio and did a couple of quick studies. This is from a park in my neighborhood, I always like the way the skyline silhouettes late in the afternoon.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Kit Cup

First posting, I'm a plein air landscape painter but when the temperatures start to hover around 0 degrees outside I decided it was time to try something new. I've been impressed with the work being done on the painting a day blog sites and thought it was a good time to jump in.