Open studio this weekend in Northeast Minneapolis.

Next weekend – Art Attack! November 2-4. I will have my studio open during this annual event in the Northrup King Building. I’m in studio 447 at the top of the main entrance stairway. Here’s a link to info. I will have artwork, lamps, cards for sale. This image will be on display and many like it. Come see lots of artists in one building. Hope to see you there.

New Landscape Studies series

I have worked on a series of landscapes made on some printed papers I had leftover from various projects. I started seeing similarities in the abstract backgrounds to a series of landscape photographs I had taken at Lake Elmo Park Preserve, Lake Maria State Park and a few other places. I matched up the papers to the photos and started working on them this Spring. I have 8 done and plan on 16 in all. In my gallery you can see all the ones I have done. The one titled Clearing was in the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts show this year and at the NEMAA Fall Fine Arts Show where it won an honorable mention. Below are two I finished this weekend. And then after those are some images of the printed backgrounds and photos that will be the landscapes. They will transform with Gouache, colored pencil and ink. I will post the completed works when those are done.

Contrast Grass ©2012 Gwen Partin

Sky Trees, ©2012 Gwen Partin

Sketch Night at the Bell Museum of Natural History


Last night I was at the Bell Museum for their first thursday sketch night. Here are some of the things I drew. The Bell has a new butterfly collection which was great inspiration to draw in color and detail. I was liking the little frames, felt backgrounds and labels almost as much as the butterflies.

Butterfly 1 – copyright 2012 Gwen Partin

Butterfly 2 – copyright 2012 Gwen Partin