Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Very very very busy

 I have never worked so hard before. I think I have had like 2 days off this summer! The other side of it is that I get to do something I love. All day. Everyday. A little more balance would be welcome...

So I am telling people I am retiring after this show season. I refuse to live my life like a merry-go-round any longer. I love a lot of things in my life, so after this year I am only going to do a couple shows and not travel as far. Period. 

Anyways my painting here is in the current issue of Plein Air magazine!!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Champions of the World

 I did this painting yesterday to say I painted this on the day the Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA Championship. This is the first championship for the city in my lifetime. my head is spinning.

Milwaukee has meant a lot to me throughout me life. I have lived, worked, went to school or kept an apartment in Milwaukee for almost all my entire adult life. Having grown up in a town that called Milwaukee a place for f@ggots and n*ggers (something I heard in high school and more than once), I have come to realize I have more in common with Milwaukee than where I grew up. Even though we have this wonderful farm 40 miles from downtown Milwaukee, we feel still our hometown is Milwaukee. Living in a rural area that is, at times, anti-Milwaukee, anti-liberal arts culture, anti-brown people has been sometimes exasperating, and makes me question why I live here. I wish we as a country could better appreciate the positive things in both rural and urban areas. Most rural people have much more in common with city folk than they realize. And vice-versa. All I can do is try my hardest to be positive and do good work. I am proud of this painting, this barn which we preserved and the land we didn't allow to get built up. I am also very proud of Milwaukee and enjoyed the hell out of them winning it all last night. Perhaps partying like it was 1971 wasn't the smartest thing...   Queen's We Are The Champions has never sounded so good to me.

Bucks in 6!

Monday, June 14, 2021

Good News... mercifully

 So good news. Yesterday we had our first art festival again since 2019. Chicago opened up the day we were setting up and we were the first festival in the city of Chicago since covid shut things down. Seeing old friends and familiar faces was better than I imagined. Seeing people out and happy was good for all I think. People seemed really engaged and celebratory. It truly was a great moment. I am glad I got vaccinated, glad I never got covid, and glad to have been part of the group that was there in Chicago and I am glad to see "the common good" is alive and well!

The rainy landscape is a recent painting from Vernon County. It sold at the show in Chicago, I was sad to see it leave. That was a good Andy Fletcher, for whatever that is worth or means.

The sunrise painting is of our farm. I had to get up at 4AM for a few days to paint. Lets just say usually I hit my stride around 10PM, 4AM is just not who I am, but it felt good. 

*Bonus good news. The sunrise painting won first prize at the Cedarburg Plein Air Event/Contest. The painting was purchased by the Cedarburg Art Museum. Quite a few couple of days indeed.

Back to work...


Monday, May 3, 2021

April 21 2021

 Soooo... we had a crazy weather day and I was able to paint for most of the day.

I have only seen this a couple other times in late spring. The day is just a sequence of snow squalls and sunshine in between. Truly fascinating. If I was younger I would not have been patient or experienced enough to pull this off. It would go from white-out to sunny seemingly within an hour and then back again.The first 12 paintings are from 4/21. I got up the next morning, 4/22 and painted one more before the snow melted. That better be the last of the snow scenes! That was a fun day.

Monday, February 22, 2021


It truly has been beautiful the last couple months.It truly has been miserable the last couple of months.I hope that everyone is remaining positive and hanging in there.