Monday, November 24, 2008


This fruit is one of the best things about the season! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

6" x 8" oil on linen panel


Saturday, November 22, 2008


I've been tagged! My friend and fellow artist Karen Phipps did me the honor of introducing me into the game. Here are the rules:

1. put a link in your posting about the artist that tagged you.
2. write 5 -7 unusual things about yourself
3. tag 5 - 7 other bloggers and let them know.

Okay, here goes. The link to Karen's blog is there in the first sentence of this post, so please visit and have a look at some of the daring work she has been doing with color relationships. Not only that, she has been painting outdoors in Chicago well into the cold months, my (fleece) hat is off to her!

Unusual things about me, hmmm.
1) I have a second degree black belt in Aikido. Here are links to dojos where I used to train:
Aikido North, and a photo from 1984, that's me at the far right, back row
The Aikido Dojo in St Pete, FL
2) I used to be a river guide on the American and Stanislaus rivers. (The Stanislaus run was drowned, alas, by the New Melones Dam. But that gave rise to the Wild Rivers movement in the US, so some good came of it.)
3) When I was 8 my family moved to Finland for 3 years, and I used to be able to speak Finnish. Now I can count, and say "hello", "see you later", "and Good Day Teacher!"
4) When I was 20 I worked for Mark Rothko as a babysitter.
5) I lived in World Famous Wasilla Alaska for 11 years.
6) I have spent many hours mincing mice and chopping salmon for the wild birds in rehab at Bird Treatment and Learning Center in Anchorage.
7) I can pick up an eagle without getting stabbed with a talon.

Please go visit these blogs, who are about to hear from me that they have been tagged!

Kelly Singleton, who does fantastic animal art and also allows you to follow her progress via photos at various stages of completion. She is an up and coming talent in a demanding field.
Mavis Muller, an artist in Homer, Alaska. Her blog is actually a page of her website. Scroll to the bottom and click on Reflect to see photos of a recently staged basket piece involving a giant celebration, basket-making, and remembrance event on the Homer beach, culminating in a glorious bonfire.
Jill Choate, an Alaskan basketmaker whose blog will give you a great feel for the life of an artist living and working in the bush. Beautiful photos! Fabulous baskets!
Amy Komar, whose swirling abstractions and delicate colors capture completely the feel of winter light, summer splendor, water, skies, and rustling leaves that are everywhere in front of us in the north, if we look.
Molly Ahearn, a photographer who generously hands out technical advice and other bits of useful information to other artists, and who is the most sophisticated blogger I know of.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Fridays at Charlie's Club 25

Thanks to Brittany Johnson
, a talented young photographer, here are photos from one of my recent painting demonstrations at Charlie's Club 25 Cafe and Gallery in Anchorage. You can see my portable studio, my model, and some of my recent pieces on display on the table behind me. This coming Friday is First Friday, with live music and, I hope, plenty of visitors. Please drop by (corner of 4th and D Streets) if you are in Anchorage. There is plenty of art to see at Club 25, and good coffee and treats too. You are welcome to come look over my shoulder, ask questions, and talk about painting and painters!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Cue Ball and Moose Vertebra

This was last Friday's demo piece. Because it was Halloween, there's a nice dried bone in this one. I found the moose vertebra on a sandbar in the middle of the Matanuska River. It isn't very spooky, just a beautiful object to support the star of the piece. I felt like I was painting the moon.

6" x 8" oil on linen panel

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