Saturday, March 23, 2013

Lost Cave Horse in Minnesota Watercolor Society Spring 2013 Show

Lost Cave Horse

The Cave Horse, one of the Lost Cave Paintings of Saint Paul, was accepted into the Minnesota Watercolor Society's 2013 Spring Show.
The Cave Horse and the Cave Toucan were excavated from the Lost Cave  on Christmas Day 2012. The Cave Paintings are available from the small friends' website and on cool products at zazzle
The show will hang at the Minnetonka Center For the Arts, 2240 North Shore Drive, Wayzata, MN from April 4 to May 2, 2013.
The framed Horse is for sale at the Show for $300. 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Taking a Break with Two Palm Trees

As I gear up to start a big painting of an as-yet-unknown subject, and continue to work on the (now) 50 Wild Parrots of Saint Paul Project, I took a break on Saturday to paint two tiny (5x5) palm tree paintings.

Palm Tree One (2013. 5x5 inches. $30)
Up North #3 (2008. Not for sale)
Although they reference some of my earliest nanoscapes' landscapes, I made these to play with granulation to give the sand under the palms some texture with paint, and to practice the traditional wet-in-wet watercolor technique in the leaves and sky.

Wet-in-wet is exactly what it sounds like: wet paint dropped onto wet paper. 

I made controlled puddles, and then dropped in a color or colors that I manipulated ever so slightly. Too much manipulation makes dull, muddled color. 

To purchase either of these paintings, please send direct email to and I will bill you through PayPal.  Thank you.

Palm Tree Two (2013. 5x5 inches. $30)


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Stars to Wish On

Little Star
All the Colors and Paths 1

Creative Consistency

When asked whether I planned the color placement in All The Colors and Paths #1, now hanging in Altered Aesthetics "Straight Trippin'" exhibition in Minneapolis, I explained that my choices are completely random. The only rule is that like colors cannot "touch."


From One Little Star

Making the Stars to Wish On images was a similarly random act. I scanned the Little Star and created a template called Nine Stars. Then I made copies, using some of my favorite Photoshop settings (vibrance, hue/saturation, color balance, invert, posterize, and photo filter) without keeping track of anything. If I liked a result, I saved it. I discarded lots of images because they just didn't work. These are my favorites. 

Blue Stars to Wish On
Red Stars to Wish On

Neon Green Stars to Wish On
Bright Yellow Stars to Wish On
Harvest Stars to Wish On
Turquoise Stars to Wish On
Purple Stars to Wish on
Orange Stars to Wish On
Green Stars to Wish On

Some of these designs are available on cool products at zazzle.com