The Tiny Escape’s Big Adventure, in 5 Minutes

The Tiny Escape’s Big Adventure, in 5 Minutes

I threw together a quick little video of a few of the sights from my travels up and down the west coast painting Tiny Escapes in the (what else) Tiny Escape, my 19.5-foot camper van for a recent artist talk. I know some of you have been curious about it, so I thought...
My Cure for Winter Blues

My Cure for Winter Blues

We’re only a couple of weeks away from the winter solstice now. It’s dark when I start work in the morning. It’s dark before I end work in the afternoon. On rainy days, I need a light on in my studio just to read a book. It feels like there’s...
Why Paint?

Why Paint?

We have lots of different reasons for painting. Some of them apply most of the time, some are “just today” or “this particular painting”. Sometimes there are several reasons; sometimes we have a single driving purpose. Considering why you are...
What Makes a Good Painting?

What Makes a Good Painting?

That pesky inner critic! I don’t know about you, but simply telling her to sit down and shut up doesn’t work for me. Oh, I can get her to leave me alone. It just doesn’t lead to paintings I’m happy with. I need my inner critic. We all need time...
Another Big Project Coming Up!

Another Big Project Coming Up!

Did you enjoy following along on the “giant” painting? I’m in the planning stages of another large multi-panel piece like that. We’re still working out the details, but I’m very excited to have been asked to do another one! I’ll...
Second Large Triptych Completed!

Second Large Triptych Completed!

I may not post my painting for the 30-paintings-in-30-days challenge until this evening, or maybe tomorrow. While the first few days of the challenge have been going on, I’ve also been completing this second large triptych for Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater,...
Update on the “Giant Painting”

Update on the “Giant Painting”

Here’s where things stood last time: And now:                 Doesn’t look much different yet, does it? At this stage, I tread softly, slowly “carving” into the whites and lights so I don’t lose the...
Yikes!—That’s a Big Sheet of Paper!

Yikes!—That’s a Big Sheet of Paper!

I’m working on an exciting commission for Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, MN. When completed, this piece will be on three large panels, and will be the largest piece in this series to date. This large sheet of paper (about 32×55″) is from a roll—no...