From Artists’ Market 2015

Exploring tiny shapes and spaces

Tiny Bit of Tieton
Tiny Bit of Tieton

It’s clear that I love tiny shapes and spaces, and think that fooling around with a triple-zero brush is fun.

But I’d never counted just how many tiny shapes and spaces that I routinely fill in one of these explorations. Not until today. In this bit of “Conversations Connections for Tieton,” I found 108 painted shapes in this 1.9×1.6″ of an 8×8 painting. That’s all the math that I can do today.

Conversations Connections for Tieton 2015
Conversations Connections for Tieton 2015

The Klimt Bird is a Super Fan of Gustav Klimt (click that Artsy link to see why). I made him at the “artists at work” table at Northstar Watermedia’s Artists’ Market (2015). Hanging around with artist pals was a blast. Watching this little guy come to life from a doodle was enchanting. He is made with the ever-faithful double zero brush and a Micron pen.

Klimt Bird #1: A Super Fan
Klimt Bird #1: A super fan
Conversations Connections for Black-and-White
Conversations Connections for Black-and-White

While prepping for and participating in three art shows in three weeks, I was also working on a black-and-white version of Conversations Connections for a contest focused on black and white work. Making tiny shapes and spaces with shades of black and gray was engrossing. No word on the results yet, but it did give me a chance to find a new pen (Grafik very very fine line in graphite gray) to use on the connecting lines. Thank you, as always, to the amazing staff at Wet Paint. They always find the solutions to my art problems.



Conversations Connections: links


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Inspiration or obsession?

“Obsession” is such a dark word. How, then, should I describe my habit of finding a new design and then working on it until I’m either exhausted, or another idea comes to replace it? Working on Conversations Connections pieces has absorbed a lot of time lately. I’m not close to being finished experimenting and exploring this design which reflects connections — human and technological.

Examples at Artists’ Market

Come and see several examples of Conversations Connections at Artists’ Market, the Northstar Watermedia Society’s All-Original Watercolor Show, at the Fine Arts Building at the MN State Fairgrounds, May 29 and 30.

In the beginning

Test of pencil, pen and paint
Test of pencil, pen and paint

I began to make the underlying pencil drawing during the first day of 2015 Art-a-Whirl, and finished it last night. My original plan was to use just green paint to fill in the tiny squares and rectangles, but somehow yellow and blue crept in.

After working with a Micron .05 black pen on the last piece, I decided to look for a pen with a finer line. I’d hoped for a 005 Davy’s Gray Micron Pen, but it isn’t available. Experimenting with Golden High Flow Transparent Gray with a new triple-zero brush was interesting, but the effect wasn’t quite right. At Dick Blick, I found the Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen (extra-small) in black and it worked. I’m still on the hunt for a very fine tipped gray pen.






I can create a Conversations Connection for you in any size and color scheme. I can work on paper (in my studio) or create a mural on your wall. Use the contact form below and we can start our own Conversation.

Next up! Artists’ Market

Lucky for me! I spent 2015 Art-a-Whirl at the Keg House Arts Building with members of the Polymer Clay Guild of Minnesota. Their work inspires me.

Artists’ Market!

Next up! Northstar Watermedia’s Artists’ Market (formerly Art-on-a-Line), an all-original watercolor show at the Fine Arts Building at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, May 29 and 30. (Free parking, of course)Northstar-postcard-2015-FRONT

All original watercolor

This is a miraculous show. 80 artists start with the same tubes of watercolor or acrylic, and each artist’s work is different from all of the others. You will see this on the Artists’ Wall which has a sample (for sale, of course) of each participants’ work. Be prepared to be astounded at the originality and creativity. Then, remember the tube.

Some of my new work

Yes! Original Rooster portraits from The Backyard Roosters of Saint Paul (but not the book) will be at Artists’ Market. Not all of them, of course, but some.

Max the Cat: Muse and Snacks Manager

Max the Cat will be out in force with lots of new images. He is proud of his current job as Manager of Snacks. Each of the Whimsical Creatures who visits my studio is always hungry for snacks. Max makes sure that everyone is satisfied. Fortunately for me, both the creatures and the snacks are Whimsical, otherwise the snacks budget would dwarf that of some small countries.