Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Favorite 2016 Paintings

"An Evening at Buck Hill"—11x14 oil, plein air

"Old Time in a New Town"—11x14 oil

"Bingvellir National Park, Iceland"—16x20 oil

"Boca Waves"—11x14 oil

"From the Fire Escape at Shoreline Inn"—12x24 oil, plein air

"Moody March, Lake Superior"—11x14 oil

"Morning Light at Vermillion Falls"—12x12 oil

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Canyon de Chelly

I used to ride horseback through this gorgeous canyon every April after attending the FBA Indian Law Conference in Albuquerque.  Over the last year I finally got around to painting a
series based on my adventures.

From East L.A. to Canyon de Chelly:  Edwina among the Pictographs
16x12 oil

Selfie with Outlaw
16x12 oil

At Play in Canyon de Chelly
16x20 oil

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Art Critic

One of the subjects of "Cats and Sharks" considering the quality of my work. Ouch.

Cats & Sharks

(2014) 12x24 oil
A wedding present for my brother and his wife, who asked for a painting of sharks. My brother countered in favor of cats.  Well, here you go.  Disagreement over.

Friday, February 6, 2015

2015 Winter Plein Air at Menogyn

We had a banner year at Menogyn for the hardy winter painters who've kept this tradition going since 2010.  Here are some photos.  Thanks to everyone for making this event a success!  Next year we're penciled in for Monday, January 25 through Saturday, January 30, 2016, with a reception afterward and overnight tentatively planned in Grand Marais.  Contact me at eklundartstudio@gmail.com if you want to participate next year.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

2014 Winter Plein Air

The Grand Marais Art Colony's annual Winter Plein Air event was a great success again this year.  Artists spent a week at YMCA Camp Menogyn on Bearskin Lake just south of the BWCA Wilderness.  It was -10F when I arrived in the parking lot to haul gear across the lake to the lodge at Menogyn.  The sun was just going down, and a stiff wind was blowing snow across the lake into vortices and intricate drifts.  It was dark when I finally arrived, and the scene as I crossed was the inspiration for one of my paintings, called "Night Crossing."

The wind whipped across the lake again the next morning, creating beautiful scenes but difficult painting conditions.  I painted "The Swimming Hole" from the north shore of Bearskin Lake at Menogyn's sauna building, looking across the wind-swept lake and the spot near shore where ice is removed for campers to plunge into the lake after Thursday night's sauna.  Always a highlight of the week.

Wednesday morning the sun came out, and frigid temps aloft produced a sundog - reflecting ice crystals creating a rainbow around the sun.  I painted that scene while sitting on my overturned sled in the middle of Bearskin Lake looking toward tiny Mouse Island, with Cat and Dog islands in the distance.

The challenges of painting outdoors in deep winter and wilderness are such a strange joy - maybe because of the focus required of the effort.  The paintings aren't always successful, but the process always reveals some important truth that might take years to discover or elude me entirely in the studio.  Those "aha" moments are, for me, what plein air painting is about.

 Night Crossing - 11x14 oil - SOLD

 Sundog Over Mouse Island - 9x12 oil

 The Swimming Hole - 9x12 oil

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

2013 Holiday Charity Fundraiser

This holiday season I'm offering to paint 8x10 or 9x12 oil portraits of pets or horses for proof of $200 or more donation to the animal-related charity of your choice.

Here's what I need:  at least one digital reference photo of your horse or pet, emailed to allison @eklund-law.com, plus receipt or other proof of payment to an animal-related charity.  Hurry if you want your portrait completed by Christmas!

Merry Merry,


Shown:  "Hoss," a Golden Retriever.  Finished November 2013.