Blast From The Past

As we close out this year, I want to share a few sketches that haven’t been shared on this blog before, favorites of mine that showcase some fun work. They are from a couple years ago, the Diner got exhibited in a show at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and the Stillwater sketches were shown and prints were sold in the Stillwater Art Guild Gallery.

Mickey’s Diner is an iconic landmark located in downtown St. Paul. I stood on a street corner and looked diagonally across a busy street to sketch it. It is dwarfed by concrete sidewalks and buildings around it. I sketched with pen and did watercolors, which I deepened in value when I returned home.

Red Diner

The next few sketches are done on location in Stillwater MN. I wanted to capture some of the interesting architecture in this historic town, so on some warm summer days I planted myself on a stool and sketched away. I did pen and watercolor and deepened values at home. I had them made into prints and also sold a number of them.

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Alfresco’s storefront.

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The Freight House Restaurant.

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Leo’s Malt Shop.

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The Stillwater Trolley, this will take you on rides and point out historical buildings of interest…

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The Revival Coffee Shop… one of the owners loved this piece so much he bought some large prints and had me make some note cards for him!

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The Wedge and Wheel Cheese shop… this sketch never made it to print-status, but I liked the blue awning and brick outer wall.

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