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Awesome Site in Which to Become Lost

If you like painting and live 5 miles south of the Canadian border at the end of a road in the middle of the boonies surrounded by rocks, sticks, water, moose & squirrel,  this is really great site to view art.

The videos, and photos are incredible and allow the viewer to visit without ever leaving the woods.

Fantastic artwork by many artists is on this vast site.  If you paint at a level similar to me and are like me, you’ll want to break all your paint brushes and become a busboy at a chain restaurant.

Actually, I am fascinated by the art which ranges widely from blobby looking stuff that you just can’t look away from to incredible realism.  It goes from soup to nuts in art.  Some of the works I saw make me wonder how they decided that painting an old wooden chair leaning against an old, flattened-out brass tuba is a something that everyone would want to see, but they do that.  Or, there is the girl with one goofy eye sitting in the middle of the room.   I don’t get some of these compositions but there are other spectacularly interesting works up the yin-yang.  The simple appearance of their techniques make them look a lot easier than they are and I particularly like those paintings that you need to step back from to see what’s going on.  I’ve done some of those over the years and the ones that worked were pretty good.  The ones that did not work were junk.  Fortunately, you can paint the canvas over again.

If you enjoy art, check out this site:  http://painters-table.com/

karaken
This was ambitious.
mccann-12
A head-scratcher for me.
okeeffe2
Yup.  Some of it is a little odd.  But notice the blending of colors.  That is not easy to do.

Be sure to check out the videos on this sight.  Art professors talk about the painting and point out the reasoning for the odd compositions in many of the cases.  They also talk about compostions, history, techniques, etc.

Joe Has Gone Crazy

Joe has been painting non-stop for days.  Hurry and place your order ASAP to give the perfect Christmas Gifts.  To Purchase Click Here

Back Side of the Ornament with Trees
Back Side of the Ornament with Trees
The Front Side Back Side of the Ornament with Trees
The Front Side Back Side of the Ornament with Trees
Front side of The log Cabin Design
Front side of The log Cabin Design
Back  side of The log Cabin Design
Back side of The log Cabin Design
Christmas Trees Design
Christmas Trees Design
Nuthatch Design
Nuthatch Design
Chickadee Silhouette Design
Chickadee Silhouette Design
Christmas Mice
Christmas Mice
Boundary Waters Design
Boundary Waters Design
Campfire Design
Campfire Design
The Worrier, The Doer & The Idiot Design
The Worrier, The Doer & The Idiot Design
Loon Design
Loon Design
Northwind Lodge Lake Design
Northwind Lodge Lake Design
The Worrier, The Doer, & The Idiot Design #2
The Worrier, The Doer, & The Idiot Design #2
The Northwind Lodge Loon Design
The Northwind Lodge Loon Design

Somebody’s Getting the Chair

Another chair finished with two coats of varnish after about 500,000 itty-bitty strokes of a brush.  I don’t really know the actual number but sometimes it seems like that.  Overall, I’m happy with the final turnout of this Adirondack chair.  Hopefully, my client will feel the same, otherwise it’s back to the drawing (painting) board.

Check out my other posts on this blog and don’t forget to visit Northwind Lodge in the summer!  If you like to paint, we have TONS of subject matter and the perfect environment for artists.

To order my artwork, visit our online catalog at Red Rock Wilderness Store HERE.  If you have a question about custom painting on wineglasses, mugs or chairs and etc., send me an email at redrockgear@gmail.com or call 218-365-4512 and leave a message.  Thanks!

And, Then There is the Mouse and Mushroom

I began painting this mouse and mushroom when I was a youngin’ about 40 years ago!  I can’t believe it has been that long and I can’t remember if I saw it somewhere or came up with it on my own.  I suspect that I saw some form of it somewhere and it grew from there.  My very first painting on a rock was this mouse.  I used to do wood burnings of it as well – many wood burnings of it.

I never get tired of the happy little fellar.

The Mouse and the Mushroom
The Mouse and the Mushroom

Please note, that even though I could probably paint this with my eyes shut (OK, so it would be a little sloppy), none of them are the same.  I’d need a stencil for that.  Call if you’d like a mouse wineglass.    218-365-4512

You can also order it here – Click!

Art with Function