Friday, September 18, 2015

Why art matters

A few paintings from Bayfield. What do normal people do on a trip, paint, duh. God I hope I get to a day where I don't have to paint so much. Anyways I haven't been writing as much when I post because I don't want to seem as though I am one of those opinionated people that refuses to listen. I can't help it, I am opinionated and things come forth out of me. In Wisconsin where our eductation system has been notoriously cut, it is hard to see the defunding of art and the constant push for more math and science. As an artist is it any wonder I reject our mainstrem culture? Look around. What are the best looking houses in your town? Old ones probably. What are the best looking cars? Old Ones. What are the coolest clothes, vintage. Best music, older. Certainly an old barn is more visually appealing than a pole barn. My Grandmas stove from the late 40's is better made and more beautiful than any stove I have ever seen in somebodies house. One can keep going. Why is this? Could it be simply that most people in our society don't understand or value beauty/craft? One can't look that up on their phone. It takes a lot of thinking and time to appreciate things. Apparently that is something not valued either. I am not one of those people that can say things used to be better, because that certainly wasn't true for any minority group; but is it true that people used to have a better understanding of beauty in there lives? If we lived in world where things were made with craft would we value it more? Why are so many people in this country on prescription medicine(or need to be) or alcoholics? Why is there this big push for the legalizing of weed? Is too much math and science without art incredably stressful? Could it be that if we spent more time teaching people about what is good, or beautiful, or compassionate, we would have better people? I am certainly not the only one feeling this way. I know so many creative people that like that old shit too, because by in large it is better, or at the very least more beautiful. It feels warm. Our culture feels cold and is win at all costs. Maybe these are the costs. And another thing, Katie and I are both artists and are good at math and science. How many math and science people are good at art? I would argue the most successful people are well rounded.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Large Paintings

Sorry for not posting, people keep buying paintings from me and I can't keep up. No it is not winter anymore in Iowa. Both are large paintings. The high horizon near where I live and the other across the river near Waukon,Iowa.

Monday, March 2, 2015

It is still Winter in Iowa too apparently

Sometimes I like finding random things. Okay, usually I like finding random things. I am lucky when I am in the mood to go with it. Why is there an old passenger car and caboose in this field? Who knows. And I like, when I am able to let myself go enough, even if things are still very detailed, when the painting becomes ramdon and abstract.

Monday, February 23, 2015


Feb 23. Hit the 30 days below zero at my house this winter mark today. Still have been painting.Does it look cold.

Saturday, December 27, 2014


Other than that Christmas miracle of a little snow, it has been warmer and foggy all month. In fact there has only been about 15 hours of sun the entire month. This is what that looks like.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

White Christmas

I couldn't help but be inspired this morning by the snow. This is a view from the street I live on. I wanted to thank everyone again who has supported me. I really feel satisfied and happy with things, hopefully though all the things I have done has made me a better person. I know I am very very fortunate and many people don't get that in life. So thank you all, and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

I can't believe this shit

I set my personal record for earliest time going ice fishing today, Nov. 15. Ridiculous. I just painted this from the boat landing. A bizarre scene of a half frozen river at dusk in the snow. The were fifteen or so boatfuls of duck hunters getting their boats out of the water(what's left of it)as I sat in my van looking north to a frozen bay that I just walked out on. The Stoddard Bay channel is what is snaking its' way though the painting.