Sunday, August 31, 2008

Cast Party Last Night

Jane, Tim, Erin, Joe, Kurt, Beth. We had fun playing in Beth's photo booth, and playing on her Wii.

Today is the last performance of our play, "Don't Dress For Dinner." It's a matinee starting at 2 pm.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Dog's Feet Move By Slow

I hung 13 paintings at the Coho Cafe in Tofte last weekend. Now I need to get a collection ready to hang at The Wild Onion in Grand Marais. I can hang much bigger pieces at the Onion, and that show will go up very soon.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Flash Meridian - rerun

In about 2000, I started writing an online sci-fi story called THE ADVENTURES OF FLASH MERIDIAN. I'm gearing up to re-publish the project at FLASH MERIDIAN. Anyway, in looking through all those old files, I came across another picture of Heather's 1961 Valiant, "Houston." The car played the part of Celeste Vela (Heather)'s spaceship.

Cast of "Don't Dress For Dinner"

front row: Elsa (Director), Joe, Beth, Kurt, Sue (Creative Director, Grand Marais Playhouse)
back row: Erin, Jane, Tim. Photo taken by Scott Smith at the Raven

Friday, August 22, 2008

Coho Cafe

This morning I hung my show of paintings at the Coho Cafe in Tofte, MN. I forgot to take my camera with me, so I'll have to post pictures later. After hanging the show, I rushed back to Grand Marais to work at the Co Op. Long day. Now I'm off to another night doing the play.

I have two pieces of artwork on

Tim and Madeline

Greg emailed me this picture that was taken at his wedding.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Heather's 1961 Plymouth Valiant

A while ago, I made a posting called "I let Heather drive my car" and in it, I referred to her '61 Valiant, "Houston." Here's a picture of it behind my 1962 Chrysler (they would never have seen us coming!) Heather has a lot more pictures of the car - she even had her Senior portraits taken with it.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


I did this painting two years ago or so, along with the one with the yellow background that was in DOG SHOW at the JHP. I just finished this one after leaving it alone all this time.

Radio Waves Music Festival

Here's the poster and flier for the Music Festival. T shirts are ordered and should be here soon.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


White is not surrender, despite what you've been told. It's clouds of hope.

Play opening this Thursday

The Grand Marais Playhouse offers one more production of the summer season and it's hilarious! "Don't Dress for Dinner," by Marc Camoletti, adapted by Robin Hawdon, opens this week at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Performances are August 21-24 and 28-31, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 under 18. Advance sales available on-line at Box office opens one hour before each performance. All seating general admission, doors open 30 minutes before curtain. Sunday, August 24 is Donation Day.

"Don't Dress for Dinner" is a farce of mixed-up characters, too many stories and fast thinking. This fast-paced comedy begins with Bernard inviting his mistress for the weekend as his wife is visiting her mother. He also invites his best buddy, Robert, as an alibi. Little did he know his wife was having an affair as well... with Robert so she decides to stay home. Add a creative and enterprising cook who assists with the deceit by playing multiple characters, the mistress who must know play the cook, the cook's angry husband who shows up very confused, and you have the recipe for some great laughs.

The cast includes Kurt Anderson, Jane Burke, Erin Larsen, Joe Kunze, Beth Tidwell, and Tim Young. Directed by Elsa Cornell. This play is very funny and contains mature themes that may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Saturday, August 16, 2008


Last night we had a little get together regarding my leaving the Co Op. I guess it was a celebration. I enjoyed working there, and am proud of the work I did and what I accomplished, and am also happy to be moving on to other things.

Are You A Dreamer?

This is another of those "word paintings." I was listening to Denison Witmer's song with the same title when I started painting this.

Yes, more fish

Madeline liked the colors in this one.

Another abstract I'm working on

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Finished the portrait of Minnie

I didn't want to lose the original gesture of this portrait by overworking it, so I just touched up her white bib and finished the background. I'm working on a similar portrait of her brother Max, but I'm struggling more with it. I need to come at it again with a clear mind and a fresh approach. Sometimes pictures paint themselves, sometimes it's like beating my head against the wall. When that happens, I need to walk away and give it time. I've picked up paintings that I thought were hopeless, and months or years later, they get completed with out struggle. That's kind of the way life is, isn't it? I guess that's what vacations are for. So during these days before I start my new job, I'm taking advantage of the hours to paint.

1969 Dodge Camper Special Pickup

I no longer own this truck but I see it around town regularly. I no longer own any of the cars in the following post either. I'm down to 3 cars now.

Some of my cars

1962 Chrysler New Yorker Hard top station wagon, 6 passenger

1962 Plymouth Savoy, 6 passenger wagon with 1962 17" Mallard Drake Travel Trailer

1964 Plymouth Savoy

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Another work in progress...

Years ago I wrote a poem about salmon... It was after I made a sort of pilgrimage to my significant childhood home. Difference is, I didn't die after I went there.

Happy Birthday Heather!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Early Family Photo

I may have posted this picture before, but I don't care. I think it's an awesome picture. OK, so that's Stephen in the stripes, My Dad holding David, My Mom, me in the green shirt, Jonathan in the orange shirt and Mark in the blue shirt. Gotta love my parents' shades. I think Dad said this photo was taken at an airport in Maine. Bangor? And I'm guessing 1967.

Corgis of the Great North Woods

This is a work in progress, a portrait of my friend Minnie.

"forest door" 12" x 79", acrylic on wood

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Madeline loves this car

It's a 1959 Edsel Ranger for sale near Silver Bay, MN

'66 Plymouth Fury Commercial

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Kind of dark

Here's another picture Heather took of me with her iPhone. They don't get service up here other than roaming.

I let Heather drive my car

She used to have a 1961 Plymouth Valiant named "Houston." Maybe I can find a picture of that car and post it here.


I'm just home on my lunchbreak - it was a very busy morning at the Co Op with it being both Member Appreciation Day and truck day. I'm really looking forward to being done there on Friday! I think it will give me a chance to relax a bit. I've been way too busy this summer, and now, it's slipping away.

I took this picture of Everett at Fisherman's Picnic on Saturday with Heather's iPhone.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Family Photo, 1983

My cousin Brian sent this picture to my father who sent it to me today. It was taken when we went back to Maine for my grandmother's funeral. Pictured are Me, my brother Mark, my brother Stephen, my Grandfather, my Dad, and my brother Jonathan. David and Mom were still in Africa at the time.

Obama Girls: Change We Can Believe In

Photo by Maryl Skinner

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Fisherman's Picnic Parade

Today I drove my car in the parade representing the DFL.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Here's a cool picture of Everett

drawing X's and 0's on the beach in Grand Marais.

Everett drew a picture of me

while we waited for breakfast at the Blue Water Cafe

Heather took my picture

with her iPhone.