22 Mar

Portrait artist paints “The Cyclist” oil painting (not available)

The Cyclist9×7″, oil on canvas

I decided to really slow down and try to make the best painting I can. I used repeated colors and shapes, atmospheric perspective, a strong focal point and hopefully some other interesting things to look at… Most importantly I tried to make every area worth looking at… This painting used way more paint than I’ve ever used before. Thick pallet knife applied paint and some scraped off paint and some gently modeled paint.

By the way, my Basic Painting course is starting! It is free to anyone on my mailing list who signs up for it . The first several people who sign up will get individualized attention. This will help me know what is useful for you. And hopefully it will help a few artists grow in their art! If you’re interested, just let me know.

And one more thing: The fabulous Linda Fisler gave me a very nice shout-out at the beginning of her AMO Art Chat last night. Thank you Linda! If you haven’t been listening to the show, and you’re an artist, check it out. It’s about the Art part of being an artist. Always thought provoking. Amazing guests. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/artistmentorsonliine

15 Mar

“Big Sioux River” landscape painting, and print winner announced.

Big Sioux River
8×10 inch oil painting
on hold

Denise C.  is the winner of the drawing for a free matted print! Congratulations Denise! Email or call with your print choice and shipping information. Here are your choices:


I used random.org to select the winner from all the people signed up for my mailing list. Thank you to everyone who is on my mailing list for your interest in my art! The next drawing will be on 4/15, with a new set of print choices.

Thank you also to the folks who follow my blog or FB page, and to the folks who comment or send emails of encouragement. And thank you to all of you who have spent your hard earned money on my artwork! All of you keep my art career moving forward!

A note about “Big Sioux River”. I made a leap of faith and purchased a whole roll of canvas. It was a big investment and a big commitment… This is my first painting using this canvas, and I am thrilled to report that I really like it. It’s not too absorbent, a little textured but not too textured. What a relief!!!

13 Mar

landscape paintings of “Brookings Grain Elevator” in progress.

Here is progress on the Brookings Grain Elevator painting. It’s rather large for me: 30×40 inches. This is kind of a funny stage for the painting. It has a lot of new details that need to be finessed…

Someone recently pointed out that I don’t have information about my mentors and the artists that I enjoy in my bio (thank you!). If you’re interested, I’ve added that info.

09 Mar

Portrait artist paints “Oranges and Dahlia” flower painting (SOLD)

Oranges and the Dahlia
5×7 inches, oil on gesso board, unframed

In my last post the big white dahlia (I think that’s what this flower is) was the star of the show. In his one I wanted her to blend in with the snow outside the window. Both are shown below. What do you think?

I’ve been inspired by Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting to experiment with painting medium. I have a bottle of Linseed oil, a can of odorless mineral spirits, and a bottle of Stand oil (from Utrecht). I started out with about 50/50 OMS and Linseed oil, with just a little Stand oil for thickness and have been adjusting to get the mixture just right.

IMG_2412 copy Oranges and Dahlia-rasche

07 Mar

Portrait artist paints “Dahlia and the Bird” (SOLD) flower picture

Dahlia and the Bird
12×9 inch oil on Raymar canvas panel

I thought it would be fun to show the setup this time. For this painting I used a new color combo, which I LOVE. For this project, at least. Paints from Utrecht.

Phthalo Blue (Utrecht)

Burnt Sienna (Winson & Newton)

Cad Yellow Light Pure (Utrecht)

Cad Red Medium Pure (Utrecht)

Titanium White (Utrecht)


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06 Mar

Newsletter Giveaway Update

prints-rascheI’ll do the drawing in 10 days for the March Winner of a print! I’ll randomly select an Aweber newsletter subscriber who will get to choose from one of these 4 prints. Flowery carpet not included! :)

I’m moving my newsletter service, so that I have more control over the emails I send out.

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05 Mar

Studio Update and Brookings Painting Progress

I’m working on a big painting of a structure in Brookings, SD that I really enjoy looking at and have wanted to paint since we moved here. Do you know what this is? It looks like it stores grain and feeds it onto the trains, but I’m just guessing.

Also, I’m still working on getting my studio the way I want it. Here is a photo of a small part of the South side of the room (click to zoom). BTW, these are all available paintings. Email me if you would like more info about any of them.