Thursday, March 14, 2013


We have had a winter this year. It has been snowing and grey for much of it. I have been painting indoors more this winter than in the past, mainly focusing on some still life setups to play with compositions. It's mainly a time thing. I'm a full time student, and for the past 8 weeks have been spending my time pre student teaching in the public schools, in addition to my 18 credits.

Hunting for subjects will always be my favorite thing to do, and I'm sure that many outdoor painters feel the same way. We are all chasing for that new feeling, the uniqueness of that situation.  I'm lucky that next week is the final week of my pre student teaching. That, combined with the latter sunset means I can get back outdoors 6 days a week. I hope I am not coming off as complaining, but nothing feels better than painting to me. I have bad FOMO syndrome (fear of missing out) and driving 75 miles to school and back makes me a little anxious when the light is good.

That said, here are some paintings that I've done outdoors in the past couple weeks. Every color is out there in the blue landscape, and depending on the time of day they can be very warm.

Fuel Truck 14x18"

The Cat 16x20"

Hidden Valley Light 11x14"

Big Red 12x16"

You've Got Mail 9x12"

Throwing Shadows 8x8"

Friday, March 8, 2013

Workshops 2013

It's hard to believe that the painting season is almost here! I'm happy to announce another season of drawing and painting classes.

The schedule is:
April 5,6,7 Drawing Fundamentals and Gouache (Opaque Watercolor Painting) Workshop
May 10, 11, 12 Values Workshop
June 8,9,19 Full Color Workshop
August 24,25,26: Plein Air on Location Workshop

I am also teaching a workshop in Door County, at the Peninsula School on July 11 - 13. To view more information on that workshop, please visit the Peninsula School website at:

The venue for several of the workshops is the Chicken Coop Studio, which is a renovated chicken coop on our 100 year family farm. 
Please view the photos on this post for more information. Page three has several pictures from last year's workshops. If you have any questions, please email me at