Saturday, July 14, 2018

Midsummer Night in Alaska

Outer Point Douglas, Alaska
6 x 6 inch Oil on Museum Gessobord, unframed, sold by auction, free shipping in USA.

We hiked the trail to Outer Point on the evening of the longest day of the year. It was clear, with no wind, and a magnificent view of the Mendenhall Glacier from Douglas Island. In all my years in Juneau, I never saw a better view of the glacier. So it has been waiting for me to paint this scene, to share it with you.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Christmas Tree for the Birds

6 x 6 inches Oil on Museum Gessobord, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in USA.
My mother always asked her father-in-law to save a pretty sheaf of grain for her to tie in a tree for the birds at Christmas. This is called a Julenek in Norway. This was tied in a fruit tree that we could see from the kitchen window and watch the birds come for it. There were usually pine cones with suet stuffed in between the scales as well. They were tied with a red ribbon if we had it, or just a red strip of fabric. Sometimes the tie was just a piece of baling twine. Making do, was what we did back then. Sharing what we had in deep winter was also what we did, like everyone in the rural community.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Crows Discussing the Neighborhood Nest Sites

Spring Talking
6 x 6 inches Oil on Museum Gessobord, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.
This winter I made little sketches of nearby bare trees, especially this bare plum tree that is at least 50 years old. It has such interesting limbs, the result of pruning to keep the fruit within reach. It often has one or more crows in it. As the weather gets warmer, the crows are in pairs, perhaps arguing over where to build the nest this year?

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Big Piles of Melting Ice

Big Meltdown
6 x 6 inches Acrylic on Museum Panel, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.
I was thinking about ice melting and playing around with ideas, like an ice sculpture contest when all the ice was melting. I remembered helping with an entry in a contest up at Eagle Crest in Juneau, Alaska.Someone nearby was spraying colored water on their block of hard packed snow and it was getting a rainbow sort of effect. Not sure if it would melt out of the snow. Maybe a powdered paint would be better? More fond memories of the striking sculptures created that day.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Diligent Ants Taking over My Garden

Look to the Ant
8 x 10 inches Acrylic on Museum Aquabord, unframed, $195 includes free shipping in the USA.
My family name is Antel, formerly spelled Antell, and the family motto is "Vade ad Formicam" or Go to the Ant, meaning take a lesson from the ants. It is a Biblical quote, Proverbs 6:6. The motto is on the family coat of arms. I find it quite fitting as I am working very diligently (ant-like) at getting more little paintings done. But the grass is growing in the garden and weeds are everywhere this year. Lo and behold, there are ants everywhere. Not the big carpenter ants that I painted here, but tiny pavement ants that boil up out of the parched earth as I pull out the grass. I have been including ants in my flower paintings for years now. I just left the flowers out of this painting.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Petersburg Alaska Waterfall in May

Petersburg Alaska Waterfall
6 x 6 inches Oil on Copper Painted Museum Gessobord, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.

We were in Petersburg for the 17th of May celebration when a friend arranged a boat ride to see this interesting waterfall into saltwater. We were gorging at the Fish-a-Rama and enjoying all the wonderful music and dancing as well. Fond memories.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Inspired by Malvina Reynolds "Little Boxes" Song

Boxed In
6 x 6 inch Acrylic on Museum Gessobord, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in the USA.
I never know what memories will pop up when I am surrounded by my past in my studio. Sometimes the mind makes very odd connections with long past activities. In this case, it was guitar lessons with my daughter, where we first heard this song.