Wednesday, August 16, 2017
#83 - 12th Ave. S. & Powderhorn Terrace
14x11 oil on panel
The shadows here were amazing. There a few short streets at the North end (I think) of Powderhorn Park that I hadn't seen before. I was over there taking a look at the park with the idea of coming back to paint the Midtown Market building tower that rises above the trees in the park. The lighted sign looks pretty great at twilight. But....I often get distracted by the alleys in any neighborhood that I'm in and then this happens.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
#82 - 13th Ave. NE & NE 2nd St.
7"x5" oil on panel
With less than twenty alleys left, I plan to try and push myself more toward simplification, design, and abstraction. More and more, I'm drawn toward mystery - things left unsaid. This alley was a great opportunity for that, with the back lighting and the big shapes. I left out all the little details and just let the paint do the work.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
#81 - East 57th Street & Elliot Avenue South
8"x6" oil on panel
This alley was commissioned by the family member of a friend as a gift to his sister.
I was asked in late March or early April, but I wanted to wait a few weeks until the trees started greening up. I was really hoping for some sun, but those weeks were cold, grey, and rainy. There were *finally* a few sunny days in early May and after all that rain the trees were green enough that I was able to get what I had in mind.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
12"x16" oil on panel
This March and April seemed endlessly cold and grey. I've been looking forward to getting outside again. This one was from last fall while looking for interesting alleys. I started it then, but set it aside and finally finished it last month. Sometimes I run into complications that take time to resolve. Sometimes they never do. I'm glad this one did.
Apologies for the glare. I didn't notice until I went through the photos. This painting is currently hanging at Butter Bakery Cafe for the months of May & June. If I get a chance, I'll take a new photo of it later.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
#79 - Minnehaha & East 34th St.
6x8-oil on panel
This was from the snow fall we had here in Minneapolis a few weeks back.
It's looking like that will have been the last snow of the 2016/17 winter.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
#78 - 47th St. between 1st. Ave. & Nicollet Ave. S.
6" x 12" oil on canvas.
This one was sort of spontaneous - I happened to have some paint left on the
palette, and a little time, so I painted this small one recently.
I've been trying to focus on design, shapes, color, etc. and this was a good exercize towards that.
Thursday, January 5, 2017
#77 - East Lake St. & 30th Ave. S.
8"x10" oil on panel
A warm late afternoon/early evening in Southeast Minneapolis.
We are in the middle of a winter deep freeze as I post this.
Needless to say, I'm looking forward to warmer days.