Monday, September 12, 2016

Summer Paintings, Part II

Here are the last few paintings I did before we left Minnesota. Our daughter was born July 8 and we moved back to Texas at the beginning of August, so I haven't been getting much painting done. Stay tuned -- I hope to get back to it soon.
Hay Field. 9x12 inches, oil on panel.
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Juntunen's Farm 2. 9x12 inches, oil on panel.
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Old Remer Church. 9x12 inches, oil on panel.
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Tributary 5. 11x14 inches, oil on panel.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Summer Paintings, Part I

Dirt Road. 11x14 inches, oil on panel.
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Juntunen's Farm. 9x12 inches, oil on panel.
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Overcast Farm. 11x14 inches, oil on panel.
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Suomi Lutheran Church. 11x14 inches, oil on panel.
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Tributary 4. 11x14 inches, oil on panel.
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Here are more of my plein air paintings from around Grand Rapids, MN. Some of the bright spring greens are finally starting to fade away into the subtler (better) yellow ochres and russets. I've been exploring the back roads in the area and have found a lot of very picturesque old farms, lakes, churches, and creeks (well, technically tributaries of the Mississippi River). One place I ran across was Suomi, MN, which was originally settled by Finnish immigrants in 1916. I met a friendly family who descended from the original settlers, and they graciously allowed me to paint on their land (see Juntunen's Farm, above). I look forward to going back and roaming around on their beautiful farm.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Spring Paintings, part II

Cohasset Farm. 8x10 inches, oil on panel.
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Here are a few more paintings from the area I did over the last few weeks.

Deer River Barn. 8x10 inches, oil on panel.
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Mississippi River Morning. 8x10 inches, oil on panel.
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Mississippi River, Overcast. 8x10 inches, oil on panel.
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Tributary 1. 8x10 inches, oil on panel.
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Tributary 2. 11x14 inches, oil on panel.
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Tributary 3. 11x14 inches, oil on panel.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Spring Paintings, part I

1st St., Deer River. 11x14 inches, oil on panel.
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Here is the first batch of paintings I've been working on this spring. My wife and I are living in Grand Rapids, MN for the next few months, so I've been painting around the area.
Hay Barns. 9x12 inches, oil on panel.
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There are a lot of farms in this part of the state, along with a big presence of the logging industry. 
Mississippi River at Pokegama Dam 2. 9x12 inches, oil on panel.
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Mississippi River at Pokegama Dam 1. 9x12 inches, oil on panel.
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The headwaters of the Mississippi River are about 1-1/2 hours west, but the river runs through Grand Rapids and a few of the smaller surrounding communities. 
Portage Park. 9x12 inches, oil on panel.
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Railroad Ties. 8x10 inches, oil on panel.
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There are a lot of lakes and streams here so I've been having fun with all the natural water. I have a few paintings of Mississippi River tributaries that I will post next.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Ed Thomspon portrait

Ed Thompson. 14x11 in., oil on panel.
This is a portrait of my great-grandfather, Ed Thompson, that I painted from a black and white photo taken in the early 1950s. Anyone interested in a print of the painting can pick one up by following this link. The unframed print starts at $19.48 + s/h. (The listing defaults to a matted and framed option, so it automatically displays at a higher price. If you scroll down to the middle of the page, you can select the unframed print).

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Northland Winter

Lutheran Church. 9x12 in., oil on panel.
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It's been persistently cold in northeast Minnesota compared to what I'm used to, but I've been trying to get out and paint nonetheless. I've had to rethink some of my gear: my LL Bean snow boots + wool socks gave me a few frostbite scares (imagine coming home after working for a few hours and not being able to feel your toes for several more hours). So I bought some Trans-Alaska III (Herman Munster) snow boots from Cabela's that put several inches of insulation between my feet and the ground. Then a pair of wool long underwear, wool socks, a sweater, fleece jacket, coat, jeans, snowboarding pants, an acrylic hunting hat, and a few chemical handwarmers, all of which allow me a few hours of relative comfort while I'm out painting.

Nonetheless I've enjoyed painting snow, especially the few days we've had with the sun out. Most days this winter have been overcast but the sunlight makes for the most interesting paintings, since the sun plays over the snow and makes all kinds of prismatic variations that are lovely to try and paint.

Below are a few paintings from November-ish through February.
Snowy Road. 9x12 in., oil on panel.
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Thawing Snow. 9x12 in., oil on panel.
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Twin Ports Harbor, Frozen. 9x12 in., oil on panel.
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Twin Ponds Tree. 9x12 in., oil on panel.
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