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As a young child I had a 70s style Technicolor patchwork quilt. This was my “nap” quilt in preschool but unfortunately its vibrant colors and wild patterns were so distracting I would spend the whole of naptime looking at all the shapes and colors and trying to make some sort of sense of it all. By the time naptime was over each day, I was always good and tired and ready for rest. Fast forward many years and though I no longer have a crazy quilt keeping me awake, my mind still plays this Tetris sort of game mixing and matching colors and shapes before I fall asleep each night. I imagine it is my mind’s way of clearing itself for a good night’s rest. However, the play of colors and composition are so fascinating and beautiful that I’m drawn to recreate the fluidity and feeling of these images in my waking life. My paintings in oil use abstracted organic imagery and a dynamic palette of earthy color to capture this moment between waking life and sleep.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Northrup King Nights - Saturday, August 15th | 5-10 pm

This FREE summer celebration gives art lovers the chance to attend a rare Saturday night open studio tour at the Northrup King Building. It's a perfect date night or family night outing with lots of special events to entertain the kiddos too!

Join the Soupie family and the family of artists at the Northrup King Building for eye-popping art and art activities for people of all ages including:
Drive-In Movies- make your own art car, grab some fresh popped popcorn and enjoy one or more short videos at our “Drive-In Movie Theater”.
Play Bags – an artistic version of this fun yard game.
Kids ages 6-12 can take a painting class with Michael Bellotti. The cost is $10 and the class is restricted to 20 or fewer students. This is a one hour class and one adult must be present with the children they bring to the class.
Make your own s’mores in one of sculptor, Jeff Lohaus’, hand-built fire pits.
Build your own ice cream sundae at the Kolman & Pryor gallery.
Take a “Soupie Selfie” with one or more members of the Soupie Family.
Book making with artist Laurie Salmela in studio 425 from 5:00 – 8:30.
Live portrait paintings by Sarah Riley in Tres Leches Gallery (#173)
Gather up your family and friends and join our family of artists and Soupies for The Ultimate Family Reunion!

I will have new work on display including this newly finished  30x30"panel, "Lakeshore".

"Lakeshore" | 30x30" | oil on panel | $1400
 We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hot town, summer in the city...

New works! July 2015
 There's something about summer in Minnesota that provides endless creative inspiration and motivation.

Mother Nature works overtime from June to August to effectively erase memories of the -40 degree temperatures and bleak, colorless landscape that dominate these parts half of the year. She gives us a million reasons to stay put even though we threaten to leave every February in search of warmer weather. These are the days we remember and long for each winter.

It's July. Days are long and warm and it feels like one can accomplish just about anything they put their minds to. For me, it's the perfect storm when it comes to productivity at the studio and the reason I've finished 6 new paintings so far this month (with another 4 new paintings in progress!).

My latest works are most definitely inspired by this place and time with hopes that they will transport us back during those long, cold days of winter and remind us why we stay on.

I have just finished 5 new 8x8" oil paintings on panel (above) inspired by Minnesota's unique natural landscape. I've also started a couple of 30x30" panels in the same style as well. So much fun to veer off in a completely new direction every so often! Hoping others will enjoy these as much as I do!

"Car Wash" | 16x20" | oil on panel | $425
I don't often show work in progress as it can change so dramatically from beginning to end. However, I'm so excited about these new 30x30" panels (below) inspired by our Minnesota lakes, I can't wait to show them off! Come on by this Saturday to see this painting and other works in progress!
New 30x30" lake inspired panel in progress!
In the meantime, thank you again for your continued support. It means a lot to me and everyone else in our artist community that you all keep coming back again and again! More than you know. This weekend I will have the studio open (and AIR CONDITIONED!) for Open Studio Saturdays from 12-4. Incidentally, I will NOT be open for First Thursdays in August but will be back for Northrup King Nights (August 15th) and First Thursdays in September and October! Hope to see you at an event soon!

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