Friday, December 28, 2012

Theatrical Cakes

Hmmmm... The bright, almost vibrating color schemes I love have started to soften, and I find myself exploring themes based on theater, performers and elaborate cake designs. I’m not sure what the deal is with the cakes, but I can tell you the acrobats and performers visualize times of transition, risk, trust and celebration. 

I've recently updated my zazzle store product line up, and the theatrical cake pieces I recently displayed at Three Crows Cafe and Coffee Shop in Delano can now be found in greeting card format. You can purchase these at my Zazzle online store, by clicking on this link:

Vanilla, 2012
Acrylic/Mixed Media, 11" x 14"

Chocolate, 2012
Acrylic/Mixed Media, 11" x 14"

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The first black and white painting I tried was of Vida, my border collie. Spontaneously done and a departure from my usual style, it became my favorite. Since then, I've done a couple more Vida-style pieces, and in each one, she seems to capture a different emotion that humans can identify with. In this first painting Vida shows her unconditional love. The original has sold, but you can view this adoration every morning while you have your coffee. Mugs are available at my store,

Monday, January 24, 2011

When I was in college, my vanity caught up with me. Tired of wearing plastic-framed eyeglasses since fifth grade, I plunged into wearing hard contact lenses with no break-in period my junior year in high school. By the time I was a college student in Minneapolis my hometown opthamologist told me the daily wear had caused my eyeballs to flatten. The only way to correct the situation was to go back to wearing glasses, and make weekly 4-hour road trips back home to Wisconsin to check the progress of my eyes moving back into their normal state. Every weekend after my classes I would drive home in my '69 Buick Skylark. The night time scenery became familiar and I marked my travel progress by the neon lit establishments along the way. I always intended to bring their flashy supperclub/strip club imagery into one of my student graphic design pieces. Almost 25 years later I have finally captured the essence of those Wisconsin road trips in my "Hell-bent" painting. Posters of this painting are available in a choice of paper stocks and prices at my online store

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cty Rd 17

Late this summer, a friend and I were taking the gravel walking path on Cty Rd 17, just outside of Delano. It was a beautiful, sunny day, fragrant wildflowers and grasses on either side of us. Along the path, little yellow butterflies gathered together. As we walked along they would rise up in clouds, enveloping us in yellow fluttery wings. It felt like we were walking in a Disney movie. Of course I had to do a painting, and you can see it at Room to Breathe yoga studio during Delano's Old Fashioned Christmas Art Crawl on Saturday, Dec. 4. You can also order it in greeting card form at*.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Greetings from Little Long

Off the gravel roads of Mound MN, you can find a clear, deep lake called "Little Long". There is no beach--only a boat dock and a small grassy area by the parking lot--but the lake has a small devoted following. Scuba divers, triathletes, dog owners and floating party barge attendees all congregate there. Young men and women on inner tubes dot the lake like the lily pads close to shore. Dragonflies dive bomb and occasionally a loon calls. It has become a summer custom of mine to swim across the lake and back, then sit on the dock and mindfully soak up the sun.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The story behind Vida the Joyful Dog

Last week I had the closing shift at my coffee shop job. Tired, shopping for dinner at 7:30 pm, I called my daughter and asked her what she wanted for dinner. She surprised me by saying a friend had dropped off a pan of lasagna for us. What?! Great! Turn on the oven and pop it in for dinner tonight I tell her. Now I am happy and relieved and heading home after another twenty minutes of shopping. I walk in the back door, and announce I am home. Nobody hears me but my joyful dog. My daughter is two rooms away from the kitchen, doing homework on my computer. My son has earplugs in and can't hear a thing while he does his homework. The empty lasagna pan is upside down on the floor, with my satisfied dog dancing around it.

Instead of putting the lasagna in the oven, my daughter put it on the back of the stove while the oven preheated. She didn't know that Vida, our joyful dog, could jump as high as she can. Nobody but Vida tastes the homemade lasagna gift. Uncertain what to tell my friend, I decide to make an artful card out of the situation. My friend and her husband liked the card, and she brought me another pan of lasagna. You can now benefit from my ordeal by ordering one of these artful cards for yourself at

Vida the joyful dog