I used a four inch drywall joint knife (scraper) to spread the base paints for "Gray House." This is the fourth or fifth painting in my landscape series of 'houses'. I enjoy painting these old houses and buildings. Two of these paintings sold right away and I have to admit I miss them.


 

36 x 24, acrylics, pumice, and gel.


A landscape with an old brown house and a distant horizon with some ominous characters in it. Acrylic, pumice, and gel on a 36 x 18 x 1.5 gallery frame.



Here's a closeup on the horizon:





"The Dream House" and "Nye's Bar, Minneapolis" sold to an art collector in Minneapolis. The painting "Man Sitting on a Couch Playing with a Ball" sold to a friend in St. Cloud, Minnesota.


The Dream House, 30 x 30 gallery canvas.

 


Nye's Bar, Minneapolis. 12 x 16 framed.

 


"Man Sitting on a Couch Playing with a Ball", 20 x 20 gallery canvas.




The Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, Louisiana, has selected "Woman with a Cigar" to be included in the Alexandria Museum of Art's 27th Annual September Competition Exhibition.

http://www.themuseum.org/exhibits/27th-september-competition

 

Here's the "Woman with a Cigar":




 


I just finished this painting a week ago and it is sold.  It is on it's way to Carbondale, which is in southern Illinois, where it will hang in a clinical psychologist's office.



I call it "House, Brown Door." The gallery canvas is 18" x 36", painted with acrylics and pumice.


Roger Nieboer, local creative genius and all-around good human being, asked me to help him with Dr. Quamba's Medicine Show, an event he was doing in the Kanabec County Fair (Minnesota). Roger put together an old time medicine show, such as you would see in the early 20th century in a vaudeville theater, and he needed two posters with a vintage look. I happened to have on hand two 30 x 30 gallery canvases, so after some googling and librarianing, I came up with two different posters. This first one is my idea of a guy juggling fruit. The second one (further below) is more traditional, sort of.

 








Red House is another painting in the Charles Burchfield style, except I use much brighter colors than he did.  In Red House, I am experimenting with colors and minimalism.

 

Red House, 20 x 20, acrylic with pumice.

 





Man with Colors is an experiment that took awhile to come to fruition. As the painting progressed I became disenchanted with my efforts and put the painting aside, deciding instead to work on "The Dream House", "Kerouac"  and others (previous blogs, which you all should read out of the goodness of your hearts). 

 

Anyway, I did not care for the studio portrait painting. For one thing, I was not satisfied with the person I drew. It looked like some zombie or bummed out character. I felt the painting was incomplete, empty, and boring. 

 

So the disliked canvas sat against the wall. I sneered at it occasionally.  But after I finished "The Dream House" I was out of canvasses and things to paint on. I had the painting jones, had to do something, so I decided to work on the thing. I tried some stuff and things, got frustrated a bit, then went big with some color. I wasn't sure it was done until my wife told me it was done.

 

Man with Colors, 24 x 30, acrylic on a canvas panel.