Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Coho Mugs

See my post from August 8, 2006. These mugs are now available at Coho Cafe in Tofte, MN. I'll be showing there again this year. Can't wait!

White Pine

This is my newest White Pine painting to date. I love white pines for their size and the primitive looking asymmetry... they are definitely one of my favorite trees.

Contact Information

I'm cancelling my cell phone, but you can contact me by email at timouth@boreal.org

Things are progressing slowly but steadily toward an early 2007 opening of TIMOUTH GALLERY. The new location will be directly behind (to the north of) the former Great Northern Gallery. Parking will be the same as before, but expanded with the absence of the caboose. Stay tuned here for updated information.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Sea Stars

I was inspired by Tom Christiansen's "Cosmic Fish" chandelier, and did this painting today. It was actually an unfinished painting that has been hidden in my closet for 5 years or more.

I think it was about 20 years ago that my brother was talking about my mother dancing naked on the back of a turtle that was swimming through the universe. Something like that. I love listening to my brother talk, even though half the time I don't know what he's saying.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Merry Christmas

A year ago, Madeline and I were acting in The Grand Marais Playhouse's production of "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe," one of my favorite books. I played Father Christmas, and Madeline played my elf. Yesterday we attended a matinee of the current GMP show, "Seussical." It was an amazing production! Anyway, I thought this would be a good time to dig out a picture from last year, and wish you all a very happy holiday season.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Last Chance Gallery 12/09/06

Last Chance Gallery

I had a fun day today with the Artist's Reception at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen, MN! Lots of people came out for art and holiday cheer.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Secret Paintings

I've done some other new paintings that I can't show you here yet because they are commission pieces that will be Christmas presents.

Life has been so busy for me lately, and yet as is often the case, the busier my life becomes, the more I paint, too. Granted, I've been spending a lot of time waiting for people... the DirecTV installer, the real estate appraiser... But mostly, I've been very inspired lately.
I took this photo on the last day Harley Tofte came in for the season across Grand Marais harbor. One of my photos from that morning is on the front page of the Cook County News Herald this week.


I was asked to do a commission for a birthday present.

"Less Is More"

My friend Tom and I were talking... At this time of year everything is all about what people want for Christmas. So Tom said "I Want Less." That comment hit me over the head. It is so counter-culture. So un-american in a way. I've definitely been in a downsizing mode lately. Through this whole process of emptying the house, my two mantras were "Everything must go" and "surround yourself only with things that you truly love." I think they are good lessons. Mutually exclusive? Maybe. It was ironic that after he said that, my response was to give Tom something... the painting.

Happy Fun Fish

I was trying to think of a title for this painting, and I told my friend Keith "it's just a happy, fun fish." There you have it. "Happy Fun Fish."

More New Images.

This one is called "Five Fish." It's an acrylic painting on canvas, and then has water soluable pencil over the top. It's been framed since this photo was snapped.


This is a portrait I did of my friend Dawn's Sheltie, Kayla.

Minnie On The Beach

Minnie is my friend Keith's Pembroke Welsh Corgi. I painted this portrait of her, and it is on display at the Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen, Minnesota.

Do You Remember My Spaceship?

Yesterday I was at the local coffee shop talking with friends, I innocently asked the question in the title of this post. I wasn't trying to be funny. I did used to have a space ship. Anyway, Terry thought it was really funny, and he said I should make t-shirts of it. I came home and did this painting. If you look closely enough, you'll find the words "do you remember my spaceship?" in the image.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

New Painting

Dog Watching Fish Dreaming Of Dog. Or something like that. Leah said it was a mouse. What do I know? Inuit Traveler Watching Mouse Watching Fish Dreaming Of Dog...

What's a Timouth without a Plymouth?

It's been five or six years since I've owned a Plymouth, but this week I bought another one! This is my new 1994 Plymouth Acclaim. It only has 61,000 miles on it (less than my 2002 PT Cruiser).

Before too long, I hope to have new news for you regarding my gallery! Lots going on here even though my blog activity has been minimal. So stay tuned!

Have a very Happy Holiday Season!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

CCNH 11/17/06

Feature editor for the Cook County News Herald wrote in her "NorthShore ArtScene" column

Tim Young's good-bye party for the Great Northern Gallery in the caboose was awesome, according to all accounts. Tim will be exhibiting at the Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen in the near future.

A couple of updates: My work is now at the Last Chance Gallery (across from Lockport General Store in Lutsen).

I've sold the caboose. It will be moved to its new location within the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned here for updates on a possible new incarnation of Great Northern Gallery opening fairly soon...

Thanks to everyone who came out to the farewell party. We really had a great time!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

From the Cook County News-Herald today

Tim Young will host a good-bye party for his Great Northern Gallery in the caboose on Hwy. 61 at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. Wine and refreshments will be served and his artwork will be on display.

Young, who had a house on the property, is moving to Pike Lake Road. He is currently exhibiting his work at the Pie Place, which also handles his cards. The public is invited to the party, which Young jokingly calls "the de-railed" party.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Running Whippet


This painting is at least five years old, I think. Orbit is the father of my black dog, Cricket. Madeline's had this painting hanging in her room for a long time, and now it will be framed and included in "Dog Show", I think.


Jack is my nephew Philip's Jack Russell/Westie mix. He's the perfect little scruffy terrier.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


This is one of at least 8 paintings I've done for "Dog Show", an exhibit which will be at the Johnson Heritage Post art gallery in July/August/September 2007 in Grand Marais. As the title suggests, it will be a show of dog art. I am doing several portraits of special dogs, in addition to other dog images. Annie is definitely a special dog, and a good friend.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Closing the gallery

I've owned this property since 1992, and opened the gallery in the caboose in 1993. This Saturday, November 11, 2006, I am having the final reception/party, starting at 6 pm. It will be a chance to share memories and to thank this community for all the support over the years. I'll still be in the community, and may even open another gallery eventually. In the meantime, I'll continue painting (as long as I'm breathing) and showing my work. I'll also keep up with this blog. The Cook County News Herald is going to cover the weekend's festivities in this week's paper, so I'll post that when it comes out on Thursday.

Sunday, October 29, 2006


I started this acrylic painting on canvas today. It began simply with the letters D, O, and G overlapped, and then I started filling it in with dogs and abstract forms. There's a smooth fox terrier, a spinoi italiano, and several other dogs in there, as well as dog houses, etc. It's not done yet.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Borzoi Water Color

See next post (below)

Borzoi Pencil Sketch

This pencil sketch of a running borzoi is just one of about 50 drawings I've done recently as illustrations for a book about sighthounds. This was my personal favorite, but it seems everyone likes a different one best. Most were done in ink, a few in black pencil like this one, and some in colored pencil. In the next post (above) I'll show you how this sketch turned out with watercolor added. I'll give you more information on this project as it continues to develop. The originals will be sold at the sighthound national.

Monday, October 02, 2006


When I got out of my car today, I heard something in the tree above me. I'd heard it before, and had looked for the source of the sound, but had seen nothing. I had even commented "there's something going on in that tree." Today I saw it. The chirping was mixed with a familiar tapping sound. This little woodpecker was on the half-dead birch tree between my house and the caboose. It was unphased by my presence, and it let me take several pictures as it found something good to eat under the bark.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Maine Fish House

I think this painting is from 1992. It's a fish house along the coast in Maine, probably near Thomaston which is where my grandparents lived. This one does make me cringe a little bit. But hey. Here it is.

Umbrage: Early sketch

Unlike "Mind and Body I" which began as a black charcoal sketch and then became a color pastel in the finished piece, "Umbrage," which appears a couple entries down, began as a color oil pastel sketch before becoming a black and white painting in its finished form. I don't know why. They take their own path, that's all I can say. I first sent this "Umbrage" pastel to my brother David, thinking he would enjoy it. He didn't. He sent it back, and I sent him what I now consider to be an insipid image called "Under Liberian Skies," and sent this one off to my friend Bill who loved it.

It's been fascinating for me, these last couple of days, revisiting images that I created more than ten years ago. The creative urge in me then was something exciting and frightening. I often made images that I hid away, fearful that anyone would ever see them. I felt as though I were crossing a line... a taboo, and yet, the urge to commit them to paper was greater than my fear of them being seen. Now I laugh, and revel in what I did, and wish that a benefactor would be so moved by my work that he/she would mount a retrospective of my creative journey, and that everyone could see what I kept hidden. Yes, I cringe at the thought of who I was, but more importantly, I validate and honor the journey and celebrate who I have become.

Mookie On The Edge

I was always a cat lover. I got my first cat when I was 9 years old, and her name was Minnie. This is an entry that I will probably come back to and add to since it is the doorway to unlocking so much of my life. Minnie was the subject that allowed me to finally open up to my therapist about 13 years ago, and turned me into an emotional person. I told her "it's too late to mourn anything from my childhood." She insisted it was not. But it was too big for me. So she gave me this "homework assignment." Go home and write about just one thing you lost as a child. That thing turned out to be Minnie. She died when I was 14. I went catless for about 17 years, then I got a kitten for Holly for her birthday. She had never had a cat. Mookie was a tailless cat that was colored like a holstein. So we named him "Moo Cow Kitty" or "Mookie" for short. Mookie died very suddenly one morning in 1993, laying a patch of sunlight in my living room, and left us all broken hearted. We loved him so much.

This large pastel hangs in Madeline's bedroom.


Sumi ink, white pencil and graphite on paper.


Gouache and graphite on paper.

after Robert Mapplethorpe

Back in 1994, I did this pencil drawing after a silver print of a self portrait by Robert Mapplethorpe.

Say what you will about him, but when my sister Vinca asked me about my painting heroes I didn't include him, because he was a photographer. However, as a creator of art, I admire him. Anyone can enjoy his florals, but I love the controversy he sparked with other creations. Yes, he pushed boundaries. Yes, he pushed peoples' buttons. I think that's what art should do.

The Adventures Of Mr. Pumpkinhead

I used to make up stories called "The Adventures of Mr. Pumpkinhead." They were silly, fantastic stories about an enchanted jack-o-lantern who loved Kraft Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese Dinner. He had a friend named Rocky, who was an enchanted Lake Superior beach stone, and another friend named Sylvia, who was an enchanted spaghetti squash. I've lost my one copy of the book I made, and maybe it will show up again somewhere, someday. One day as I was recounting the time Mr. Pumpkin head used his magic finger to open and start a car at a car dealership, drive it away, get arrested for grand theft auto, and then be put in jail (he used his magic finger to unlock the jail cell and walk out), my friend's son looked at me and said "You're Mr. Pumpkinhead, aren't you?" I don't know that I'd thought of it that way before, but the question resulted in this oil pastel that I call "Self Portrait as Mr. Pumpkinhead."

The Great Train Robbery Of My Soul

Continuing with this theme of showing some of my older work...

Back in about 1994, I had some paintings in an exhibit called "Keepers Of The Waters" which was at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Three in series were entitled "If I'm Drowning", "Dancing With The Ghost of Future Tears" and "The Great Train Robbery of my Soul." They pictured me under water with fish all around me in the first two images, and then this was the third. You could see it as sad or morbid or scary, but to me the effect was comforting. I saw it as a coming to grips with the inevitibility of death... someday.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Mind and Body... Early sketch

This charcoal drawing was done as a preliminary sketch for the pastels in the following posts. The idea was to merge mind (represented here by the head) and body... What affects our body affects our mind, and vice versa. So I tried to illustrate the fact that they are inseparable in our lives.

Proud Flesh exhibit, 1993

Back in 1993, I was part of an exhibit held at the Grand Marais Art Colony entitled "Proud Flesh: Healing the Scars of Family Violence." The two pieces I submitted were "Mind and Body I: A Childhood Gone Up in Flames" and "Mind and Body II: The Chill of Lonliness". They are oil pastel on watercolor paper. In my next blog entry, I will show the initial compressed charcoal sketch on newsprint that led to these finished pieces. Of course everything I do has a story to go along with it, but in this case, I'll be happy to share if you ask, but with these pieces in particular, I had to come to terms with the fact that they would hang in the gallery without me there to interpret them. So I figure on some level, these speak for themselves, at least in a general way. Perhaps they will strike a common chord in you?

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Art Colony Member Show

Last night the Art Colony Member show opened at the Grand Marais Art Colony. I have two pieces in the show, "Moose are Big" and "Has Anybody Seen My Dog" (the painting formerly known as "Life's No Bed Of Roses"). The show contains a wide range of mediums, colors, textures and sizes, and makes for a very colorful and interesting exhibit!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Photo Contest

This is one of three photos I recently entered into a contest. I'll let you know how it turns out!

Monday, August 28, 2006

It is what it is

I hear words spoken in black and white.
Things are not necessarily either or.
There are many possibilities between
all and nothing.
There are vapor trails, rivers.
Things that won't be pinned down.
There is enjoyment and value
in passing moments.
It's fluid.
It's life.
It's not equitable
or permanent.
It is what it is.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Potato Love

Once again, I tried to enter my potatoes into the Cook County Fair, but when I called, they said they were judging that day, and that I was too late. Still, I think my potato deserves special recognition. This is my busy time of year for performing weddings, so I think it's appropriate that I dug this beautiful heart shaped potato from my garden this week. I sent a photo of it to the Cook County News Herald, so we'll see if they print it!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Coho King

This is the design I did for the Coho mug. I haven't talked to B yet about it, but the design shows a merman with a salmon tail, surrounded by Coho Salmon in various stages. The silvery blue ones are in the ocean phase, while the red ones with the hooked noses are in the mature, spawning phase. Instead of a trident, the Coho King is holding a large fork, and instead of a crown, he has a cake on his head. The sea floor is littered with cups, saucers, bowls and silverware.

Friday, August 04, 2006

The Bean

Sabina... aka Bean

My efforts with Animal Allies has brought a foster dog into my home. She is an energetic Yellow Lab mix, about a year old. She's spayed and in need of a permanent home. Very sweet disposition, great with other dogs, children, and all people. No food aggression at all. Tolerates being in a crate. She's doing well on the lead, knows "sit" "lay down" and "come". Bean is a beautiful dog with an expressive face, and eagerness to please. Lots of love to give to a new family.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

New Show at the Coho Cafe

Last night I hung my new show at the Coho, with the help of my dear friend Susan. She thinks this is my best show yet. Since it's the Coho, I decided to paint mostly fish this time. Some trees, birds, frogs, but mostly fish. The picture shown here is 3.5'x4', and is called "When I Took Michael To The Gunflint Pines". The show will be up through August.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Thirsty Boots Tonight

I'll be doing a radio show tonight from 7-10 pm Minnesota time... I'll play lots of my favorite music (The Innocence Mission, Bruce Cockburn, Beth Neilsen-Chapman, Howie Day, Casey Stratton, Trespassers William, Sam Phillips, Colin Hay, Damien Rice, Jane Siberry, Eric Himan and much more!) It will be webstreamed at www.wtip.org

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Frogs (Dyptych)

I'll be hanging my new paintings at Coho Cafe on July 31st.