I’m working on some small paintings for upcoming art fairs. It’s also my goal to do some smaller things that I can put online that are faster, looser paintings. I’m now a member of a daily painting web site so these will be for that site also.
Obviously the painting of the woman is not a “looser” painting at all, just a small one. It’s difficult for me to work looser and I might just have to go full-blown abstract for that to work. If I like doing that, and if those paintings positively impact my “normal” work, then it’s worth it to me to do a lot of them. I can’t go cold turkey on the semi-realistic paintings and will probably never give that up. I guess that’s because I’ve always felt like sort of an illustrator, and there is no such thing as an abstract illustrator.
This is the beautiful beach in Costa Rica at Punta Uva, a pristine place in the southeast of the country. Brief storms are frequent here, which explains the dramatic sky, and the swimmers are unconcerned because the water is so wonderful and warm. An expressive, contemporary, and semi-realistic painting that will remind you of your favorite beach.
This is an acrylic painting, 22″ x 28″, with a little bit of actual beach sand on it. You can order the original: Ships to the continental US only. $600.00 + $100 shipping and handling, frame included.
If you are interested in purchasing this painting or a print of this painting, please contact me here.
This is part of a new series about human beings’ relationship to the environment and how we are inextricably linked to nature in every way because we are of nature. This one is called Habitat. The earth is our habitat, whether or not some people want to think of that as nature or not, and it’s the only habitat we have. We have no choice but to take care of our environment. This painting was painted with knives, fingers and brushes, so it’s quite textured, and it’s a 18″ x 20″ acrylic painting on canvas.
Contact me with any questions or inquiries. It is not yet for sale because it will be a part of an exhibit next year. You can buy prints on Artspan.com soon.
This is a start of a new series about peoples’ relationship to the environment and how we are inextricably linked to nature in every way because we are of nature. This one is called Sunset Woman. It’s a 22″ x 28″ acrylic painting on canvas and as yet unframed. Contact me with any questions or inquiries. It is not yet for sale because it will be a part of an exhibit next year.
This is a blue moon night scene, an expressionistic watercolor with blue, green and pink tones. This painting was featured at the Womens Showcase in St. Cloud, at the Civic Center on October 1st.
This painting is available for prints on Artspan, and the original is also available. It was painted in 2011, and is approximately 22″ x 27″. With the frame, it is approximately 32″ x 26″
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EL Pilar is a Mayan ruins site in North Western Belize (part of it looks over Guatemala) and this watercolor is a painting of a small area of it. The clearing was interesting because the sun created palm shadows on the ground. The ruins themselves were not as interesting as in other areas of Belize because most of them are half buried, but like most Mayan ruins sites in Belize, the process of excavation is on-going.
This particular park does not get many visitors because of its remote location. It’s a beautiful drive to this park from San Ignacio, but I remember the road as being the worst I’d ever traveled on, with repeated washed out areas, areas of rocks, giant ruts, and parts where it was hardly a road at all. Our rented 4-wheel drive vehicle barely made it.
Because the park is not often visited, the wildlife is very active. There were lots of monkeys in the trees and plenty of other creatures hiding among the trees too. Visually, the best part of the park is climbing up the hills to the vistas overlooking the treetops into Guatemala. And at the end of the park is this great long path lined by a tunnel of palm trees. That’s it below:
This painting El Pilar Clearing is available for prints on Artspan, and the original is also available. It was painted in August 2011, and is approximately 24″ x 27″.
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Tropical View is a watercolor view from a cabana porch in Belize. Belize is another country where I took hundreds of photos, and where I get a lot of my inspiration from. This scene was taken from the back porch, which looked directly through the cabana next door. There are no screens on the windows in Belize or much of Central America and windows are often left wide open, or closed with big wooden shutters. Despite the local army ants, Belize is definitely one of my favorite places.
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These are girls in the courtyard in San Jose, Costa Rica. I visited Costa Rica in November 2010 and took hundreds of photos, many of them in the capitol city of San Jose. One great thing about this city is that is has many beautiful parks, and it’s a very pedestrian-friendly downtown area with lots of wonderful architecture and courtyards where children and entertainers gather. Along with the pigeons, of course. You can buy this colorful original watercolor right here.
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You can also order a print (soon) in several sizes; from Artspan.
San Jose Shoppers is a watercolor scene of a San Jose street. It’s an interesting scene, due to the tension created by the motion of the mother and daughter, the fast-walking couple on the right, and the man in the middle coming towards the viewer. It was included in a juried show in Hopkins, Minnesota in September-October 2011. This is a scene I photographed in November 2010, when I visited Costa Rica for two weeks. I spent two days people watching in the largest city and capitol, San Jose, which is always full of interesting people and children.
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This is the another beautiful beach, inspired by the famous South Beach in Miami, which I visited in 2006. The beach was perfect but a wild, dramatic and stormy sky threatened to spoil everyone’s great day at the beach. This is an acrylic painting, approx. 26″ x 30″.
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Playa Negra is a digital painting of the black beach on the beautiful Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Playa Negra means, literally, Black Beach. It’s colored this way due to volcanic lava mixed with the sand, but it makes a beautiful sand that is as fine and soft as the tan sand farther south on the same coast. This is from a photo I took in November, 2010, north of Cahuita, Costa Rica. The waves were so high and powerful that they created a mist that rose up from the water like a fog.
This is a small painting done in 2010, and basically a scene of war. White phosphorous is a weapon, disguised as a chemical shield in order to make it legal to use in war. It’s a particularly horrible weapon, literally burning the flesh off people it comes in contact with. It was used extensively in Fallujah by the US, and also in Gaza by the IDF. The cancer rates in Fallujah are now higher than those in Hiroshima after WWII. (According to the book “War is a Lie” by David Swanson).
This original painting is available for sale, and it’s also available as a print. It’s acrylic on canvas, varnished and with painted sides. You can order below. As always, use the Contact page for inquiries into anything here not itemized for sale.
Bright colors in “Pumpkin Beach” — painted from September to December, 2010. I finished it after our trip to Costa Rica inspired me to add the rock.
Two women enjoying an abstract and frothy bright day at the beach. A brightly colored statement in any environment. Oranges and blues and a constant reminder of summer or a Caribbean island somewhere. Varnished, painted edges and wired, ready for hanging.
This original photo is a view of an approaching storm, seen from the island of Caye Caulker. “Key Cauk” is off the coast of Belize, about 20 miles, very near the 2nd large Barrier Reef on the planet. It’s a beautiful, yet tiny island, full of incredibly friendly people and interesting culture. The food there is fantastic too. Many artisans live and work on the island, making jewelry, pottery, and lots of art. There is even an art store on the island which doubles as a coffee shop, (right next door to a wonderful ice cream shop). I hope to go back some day, but it’s a long way from Minnesota. The photo was taken in 2007. A matted print of this photo is available for $25.00 + $5.00 shipping. Click below to order and specify the Dark version or the Light version.
This original painting is about the future, like a lot of my conceptual work. A girl runs on the beach and something in the distance goes off. Then another. It could be the end of world as we know it, and that makes her the first of a brand new generation, because she will be a survivor. The people who were careless are gone and now it’s up to a new generation, Generation A. Will they make the same mistakes?
This is an acrylic painting on stretched canvas. Colors are primarily tan and blue, seascape colors, with sunset and primary colors. It’s slightly textured and a bit bumpy here and there, as is typical with many acrylics.
A matted photo of this painting (8″ x 10″ approx.) is available for $25.00 + $5.00 shipping. Click below to order.
This is from a photo I took in St. Cloud’s Quarry Park and altered to be the beautiful glowing version below. The framed print will soon be available on Imagekind, but ordering a print directly from this site would be much less expensive.
Photos can be so much more interesting with certain styles applied to them . . . that is where the art comes in and leaves the plain old photo behind.