Thursday, July 19, 2012


My family and I had a great vacation on the North Shore in Minnesota. I took lots of reference photos of wildlife, waterfalls, boats and landscapes. I also painted some plein air. The weather was just beautiful. Much cooler than the 100 degree weather we have been having in Chicago. I wish I could have stayed longer.

I can't wait to paint some larger landscapes from my reference photos. Stay tuned.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Train Ride

14" x 11" acrylic on nature core paint board

I had fun painting this portrait for a friend of mine. It is painted on a Fredrix nature core paint board. The board consists of a blend of vegetable based and recycled components. Its a smooth canvas wrapped around 3/4 of an inch of a hard board and sandwiched with foam. Perfect for portrait work. I think I will paint on a board like this again in the future. I would recommend it.