Friday, April 27, 2018

What's Cooking in the Studio - April 2018

As mentioned, I have been painting with guache to make pieces for the online auction in August. This project happened to coincide with the blooming of two orchids in my studio. So, of course, I had to make a few paintings of them. More info coming as the auction gets closer.
Peanut Buster Parfait or Not

I have been working on my next Obsessions painting - this is the first layer of paint. The working title on this one is Don't Leave Me. Yes, it is an empty peanut buster parfait cup with a red plastic spoon in it. The text written in the background are the words"Don't Go." I really appreciated setting up this still life - eating just enough of the fudge so you can still see some but still see through the cup. It was hard work! I hope to finish this painting in the next week.
Botanical Prints

My studio has been littered with prints as I have been busy this last week making 100 prints of my trillium painting for the Minnesota State Horticultural Society. This is an annual project helping them with their annual fundraiser. The original painting is auctioned off at their spring fundraising dinner and signed prints are available to members of a certain level.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Granlund Room

The winner of last month's promotional give-away was Bill Smith. He sent this lovely image of my red onion painting hanging in his home above a small sculpture by Paul Granlund. In honor of these two pieces, he is now calling this the Granlund Room. I am honored to be displayed next to such a great artist, like Paul. No, we are not related, although a lot of people ask.  And I am honored to have a room named after me (shared). This is the second time I've had a room named after me. The other is a backroom in a bar in Teaneck, New Jersey, but that is a story for another time.

Another promotional painting give-away will happen before Mother's Day in early May.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Upcoming Exhibit at Wargo Nature Center

I will be in the upcoming exhibit, at Wargo Nature Center

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral 
May 8th through September 8, 2018 

The exhibit explores the interpretations of Animal, Vegetable, Mineral in relation to subject and material. I will have 8 - 10 paintings from my Sinkside Compost Series on exhibit.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

I Hate Myself for Loving You - Oil Painting

I Hate Myself for Loving You
Oil Paint on Wood Panel
12" x 20" x 1.5"
This oil painting is of Oreo cookies half-eaten, broken and piled on a plate. I cannot refuse Oreo cookies. I also cannot eat just one. By the time I am done I feel terrible, physically and emotionally. I hate myself for being so addicted. This is the third painting I've created in my Obsessions Series, which is about my food obsessions. Normally, I write the title obsessively across the background of these paintings. In this one I painted little red hearts for how much I love Oreos. The edge of the plate also has the words "hate" in black and "love" in red.