I have received some photos of the painting Corona, which was recently purchased by an art collector from the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. I love how the colors of the fireplace resonate with the colors in the painting.








An art collector, who lives in Prospect Park in Minneapolis, has purchased the painting "Corona."  Corona is a very textured painting which incorporates acrylics, pumice, gel, whiskey, and silicone. It is 36 inches by 36 inches. I think the painting will look lovely in its new home. 





An art aficionado in Blaine, Minnesota has a painting to add to her collection: "She Walks in Beauty, Like the Night".  This painting is 48 inches high and 24 inches wide, on a gallery canvas.





The painting "Coronavirus will be Defeated by a Mermaid with a Club, a Dog on a Surfboard, an Extinct Five-legged Dinosaur, Two Fish, a Man with a Pipe, a Jellyfish, and the Sun" is now with a person who survived a very bad bout of Coronavirus this past spring. She is better now, back on her feet, and ready to take on the world again. In the meantime, she has this painting to remember her COVID-19 adventure.





My painting "Mid-Century Modern" will be on display at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The convention center will showcase my piece and other fine art from June 2020 to June 2021. This piece of art was selected through the Smartart Program by Art Force.





An art collector in Lexington, Michigan has acquired "They Never Cut Their Grass."

 

I painted this one in 2015. It was going to be a house -- one of those lonely houses on a prairie, kind of -- but I had an idea of two old folks, maybe my grandparents, sitting in the picture, just taking it easy, while the world goes on around them. The grass and wildness grows, the house still stands, and they are content in their togetherness and love.




 

 


An art collector in Ypsilanti, Michigan has acquired "Red Barn."  This painting is on a 24 x 24 gallery canvas.



The past three years I found that I was not happy with where I was going, what I was doing with art. Last year I began painting with whiskey because whiskey played a large role in my family as I grew up. It wrecked my father, destroyed the marriage, and had a huge impact on me and siblings. Personally, I don't have a problem with drinking whiskey myself; I enjoy the occasional Old Fashioned or a Manhattan.

 

I try to get in local shows. The competition is stiff, with fine artists doing paintings of deer standing next to a barn or an eagle flying across a field. I'm not that kind of artist. I was told my whiskey art, especially the family paintings, are "too somber" for a gallery, as galleries are looking for upbeat art, lots of colors, abstracts, in order to make and pay the bills. I get that. Running a gallery is gutsy and a person needs to make some profit.

 

"Minneapolis" began as a silhouette of the city. I used acrylics and whiskey. I tried to get it into a show at the convention center and was denied. And I know why it was denied: it was a boring painting. I didn't like it before I tried to get it into the show and I can't blame the folks who turned it away.

 

I looked at the silhouette and in my mind I said "fuck it" and began another painting on top of the city silhouette, using colors that I like and shapes that think are important and interesting. I kept going until the painting felt like it was done. And when it was done I looked at it and I said "hell yeah." This is not a boring painting.  This is color. This is action. This is Minneapolis, the great city I live in.