If you’re in the Bismarck, ND area on April 24th let’s say around 7 pm, make sure you take in the Shortcuts event. Visit the FaceBook Event page for more information. A great example of what a group of graphic designers can put together with no money, but a lot of creativity.
I took advantage of an empty living room (carpet cleaning) and laid out oil paintings I’ve done over the years. It was fun to evaluate where I was at and where I’m heading as a painter. I think this is a good practice for any creative. I do this with graphic design all the time.
I have several projects planned this summer— painting, printing, digital and sketching. I also have several projects that have been on the back burner for far to long and need to be completed. As the summer moves along, I promise to post a progress report from time to time.
Water color of my campsite on Isle Royal, MI.
Here is a smattering of some of the art work I’ve done over the years in oil, pastel, graphite and watercolor.
Graphite drawing of the Love Of My Life.
Pastel of a segment of the Denali Highway, AK.
From Theodore Roosevelt NP, ND.
Beaver Bay River. Location is below the grave of John Beargrease. Beaver Bay, MN.
Plein air is another form of quick expression I did a lot of and hope to return to again this summer. I can photograph a scene all day long and walk away with hundreds of pictures but can not capture the colors and atmospheric perspective that one plein air painting can.
A scene that is several feet underwater due the increase of moisture over the years and no natural outlet. Devils Lake, ND.
Prairie beaver dam. Morton County, ND.
Silver Cliffs, North Shore, MN.
A small sample of the sketchbooks I’ve filled over the years.
I was challenged by one of my art peers, Kathleen Fettig, to post three pieces (minimum) of artwork per day over the next five days. For day one I would like to start at the very beginning of my creative process—the sketch. For me art doesn’t just happen. I have to capture it, toy with it and let it simmer, sometimes for years. Sketch books can be found all over the house and I have folder upon folder filled with loose sketches.
I randomly opened some of these sketch books to give you a glimpse into my artistic soul.
The first thing new designers and artists need to learn is that the sketch and sketch book are essential equipment for creativity and that no one has to see these nuggets of inspiration, unless you want them to.
Close up showing a graphic concept and thumbnails for a publication I was working on.
Over the years these books have become a graphic timeline of my life and growth as an artist.