Sunday, March 29, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Workshop In Upper Sandusky Ohio

I am excited to teach a workshop in Upper Sandusky Ohio in May! This class will be a combination of still life and landscape with a focus on working a bit simpler and bolder. This class will start with an in-depth exploration of values and composition, which lead us to having better light and in our paintings. This class will be great for beginners or seasoned painters, a little value work can go a long way. This workshop will be a lot of fun! Give the image a click if you'd like more info.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Treeline Afternoon 8x8"

Brandt Sheds 11x14"
With the rising temperatures, it's time to get some winter work posted, before we forget what snow looks like. Now that I'm living in the landscape, it is much easier to find subjects that interest me. The treeline painting was painted from my window, while the Brandt sheds was painted on the farm next door, where my grandfather was born.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cool Boo Studio Tour

I will be showing 20 new landscapes this Saturday at the Cool Boo Studio Tour in Baraboo! The new paintings are all from the first of the year until now, and many of them deal with treelines that are easily seen outside of my windows. If you'd like to get more info on the Studio Tour, check out their facebook page at

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

3 Day Workshop in Upper Sandusky, Ohi

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I'm excited to get the 2015 workshop season started! One of the first that I will give is a 3 day workshop in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, at the studio of Bonnie Wolfe. If you'd like to register, or get more info, click the image above for a class description, or drop me a line at

Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Class!

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For years, I gave winter night classes at UW Baraboo during this time of year. It's nice to have a night of art making when cabin fever sets in.

I'm excited to announce my 8 week class for 2015, which starts on February 10. The class will be held at our home studio, which is heated :), and will include charcoal drawing, glazing and scumbling, and also direct painting. Beginners will love the information on composition, getting started, and the new techniques, while seasoned painters will benefit from the value and color work.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Work, New Year

Looking West 16x20"

Cory Polanek's Jewerly
Happy New Year! 2014 was great, and now that Cory and I are living at our family farm, 2015 is sure to be a year of shared creativity. We both have new work available at Blue Heron with more on the way soon. Thanks for checking my blog this year.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Have a great holiday. I have much to be thankful for this year, and I hope you will get to spend time with friends and family today.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Still Life

Here is a still life that I painted under a black light. The floral table cloth is funky and fun to compose objects on. Several people who saw this painting on the fall art tour commented that it appears to be a nocturne painted under moonlight. I like that idea, and am hoping to do more like these now that the snow is here.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fall Art Tour 2014

We had a great 2014 Fall Art Tour at the Chicken Coop Studio. The weather plays a part in the success of the tour, and this year there was sun and decent temperatures. The autumn colors were at their height the weekend of the show, and I had 800 visitors come through the Chicken Coop.

Along with getting all the paintings ready for the show, we made some upgrades to the studio. Cortney found a great lighting solution, for the first time my paintings had light in the Coop. We also bought some new funky furniture for the space, repainted the floor, and cleaned up the brush at the farm.

The studio is literally a Chicken Coop that was built in the 1930's by my Great - Great Uncle. The plans for the Coop came from the University of Wisconsin, and they were state of the art at the time. The farm has been in the family since 1911, and my Grandma Schneider had 200 chickens in the building, which helped them pay for the farm. Eggs sold for a better price than milk at the time. I grew up around the farm, and am happy to say that we are moving into the farm house very soon! We will have a new heated studio in the house, but we will always keep the Coop as a showplace.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014