Images are inspired by all sorts of things. Last month I did a show in New York and took the opportunity to stroll through Central Park . I love the carriage rides and the homage to John Lennon. For reasons unknown to me red horses came to mind so I decided to go with the inspiration and Strawberry Field was born( named after a place in Central Park).
Just a few images from my trip to Germany that helped inspire some new work. I thought the holocaust memorial had so much impact. My daughter is holding the red umbrella deep inside the labyrinth of stones.
My daughter and I recently took a trip to Germany and had the opportunity to visit Berlin. We saw pieces of the wall and an outdoor holocaust memorial that was reminiscent of gravestones which represented the scale of human suffering and death during that period.
I also noticed how many people rode bikes in the city. Near the memorial there was an area filled with hundreds of parked bikes which sparked the idea for my painting titled Berlin Boy.
Over the course of the last few months I have been working with the Make A Wish Foundation to create a piece for auction for the upcoming Wish Ball Fundraiser. My partner in crime is my wish child Jack. Jack has been helping me tell the narrative in the painting. He had an amazing trip to Disney World sponsored by Make A Wish and wanted to share his favorite parts of the trip in the painting. We came up with an image depicting the unlimited ice cream he ate and the cool alligators that he saw while there, not to mention the special star he added to the wish wall at Disney. Jack also helped with choosing the colors and the with underpainting. I finished the piece by adding layers of pastel to add layers of color and texture. It is finally complete! My friends at Art and Frame World in Maple Grove were kind enough to donate framing... Thanks Andy!
All this week I have been working on a community interactive window installation project in Maple Grove. We have been decorating various shops and restaurant spaces in Arbor Lakes. I have some great volunteers helping with the community project which has made this so much fun to participate in. Posted are photos of Color Me Mine, Juniper and Biaggis italian restaurant.
Children grow up in the blink of an eye. My eldest son is off to college next year... does that make me old? Anyway, last summer we had the pleasure of hosting a family reunion right here in Minnesota( it should be called MinneSNOWta this year). Fortunately, it was August and the sun was shining on us at the family resort up north where we had rented a group of cabins. We fished, canooed, bonfired and tubed. We even helped my niece bait her hook,catch a few fish, and have an emergency bladder evacuation off of the side of the pontoon( we were in the middle of the lake with no biffy in sight). It was a fun trip and an bit of inspiration for the painting I posted above.
We just added a new puppy to our family which has been a new and interesting experience to say the least. Her name is Frankie and she is a mini bulldog... A mix of English , French and pug. We have spent the better part of the month training her not to chew on us and everything else she gets her mouth on. We have a few nicknames now for her. The most used is the Frankenmonster which fits her perfectly at 4pm every day which seems to be the witching hour for her. Anyway, I was stumped for new material and decided to just draw some images that include my kids and my dogs. Both are amusing and make for good subject matter. I am making a series of sketches that I intend to make paintings out of for the summer shows. The above sketch is called Angel Dog( The taming of the Frankenmonster). I'll post an image of the finished painting when I have it.