Monday, September 11, 2017

Now Showing at 2017 'Birds in Art'

A highlight in any artist's career, this was my inaugural year to have a painting accepted into this prestigious, internationally renowned "bird art" exhibition. Blackbird on Washington Island is one of 94 works of bird art selected from over 800 entries to be included in the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's 42nd annual Birds in Art exhibition. The show runs September 9 through November 26, 2017.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

'Apples for June' Wins People's Choice

"Apples for June" was awarded People's Choice
at MacRostie's 25th Annual Juried Art Exhibition
in Grand Rapids, MN

Friday, August 25, 2017

Now Showing at the MN State Fair

Fine Arts Building
August 24-Labor Day, Sept. 4, 2017
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, MN
1442 Cosgrove St. inside the State Fairgrounds
Free Admission with your paid admission ticket to the State Fair 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Oil, 4 x 4 inches

I’m quite taken by the toughness and tenacity of the male, Red-winged Blackbird. Have you seen this bird's aerial karate when chasing away predators like hawks or eagles five times its size? Perhaps you’ve gotten dive-bombed by one protecting its nesting territory. If an expression about humans could apply to this bird, it would be “Good men are plenty, but strong men are few.”

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Good Times at the Bistro

Oil, 4 x 4 inches

Here is a little painting of a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak. These birds come through my neck of the woods in the spring and fall, and this spring they seemed to hang around a little longer than usual, around 2-3 weeks.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Popsicles and Lolly Pops

Oil, 4 x 4 inches

Last year’s garden gave me quite a few opportunities to watch hummingbirds feed from something other than my store-bought feeder. They visited my zinnias and sunflowers the most, and of course, my oregano. Near the front of my home, a female in my honeysuckle vine attracted a male’s U-shaped swoops, his mating behavior. I didn’t know this at the time, but it was thrilling to see.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Ives and May

Oil, 4 x 4 inches

Ives is a Yellow-crowned Night Heron from J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. While sight-seeing the area on a bicycle, I noticed this bird enjoying morning winks cozied inside the leaves of a mangrove. My reference photo of Ives is from my 2012 archives. It’s a painting I’ve wanted to do for several years.

In other art news, a painting of mine has been accepted into Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s 2017 Birds in Art exhibition in Wausau, Wisconsin. More details will be provided in another post closer to the show’s opening in September, or you can read about it here.

Just like the last few years, May continues to be my busiest month living in Duluth. Continuing along the lines of the last two years, Terry and I planted 150 native trees and shrubs May 11-13th, adding to open areas in the woods, the ditch, and in our yard. This year’s plantings included white pine, jack pine, white cedar, white spruce, pin cherries, peach-leaf willows, silver maples and hazelnuts. I’ve included some photos below, both of this year’s plantings and prior. The plants are from South St. Louis County’s Tree and Shrub sale held every spring. Most are young seedlings, and some just look like sticks, but that makes them affordable.

Prior years’ plantings are doing well overall. Three are worth mentioning: white pines, jack pines and nannyberries. The pines are doing great, and after seeing almost all of them growing strong last fall, I quickly, and somewhat frantically, caged them before our first snowfall. Given the density of the wood’s ground vegetation, I was thrilled to see these little trees poking out after all of the other flora had died back in November. Nannyberries were purposed as a ditch plant, but did not do well. This spring, I found only five out of twenty-five plantings. Pin Cherries and pussy willows have joined the remaining nannyberries in the ditch, as I work to return this area back to nature. Anything else, except invasives and tall trees, that lives in the ditch can grow to its heart’s content. Beware of the lawn mower no more.

In birding news, yesterday was a huge migration day here in Duluth. Most of my day was spent outside staring into the trees. Do you think I get strange looks from neighbors and passersby? Two birds were added to my life list: a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and a Connecticut Warbler. As mentioned, May is a busy month, and what better way to end it than spotting two birds that I’ve never recognized before? These latest additions bring the total number of bird species identified at my home to 89. And I still haven’t seen a Palm Warbler here yet. For goodness sakes!

Enjoy Memorial Day Weekend everyone! Don’t forget to take in some art along the way.