Tuesday, June 19, 2018

This painting is the 2017 Christmas card of the train depot in Two Harbors, MN. The inspiration came from my nephews Jacob DeGross and Ian Stephan. These two are wild about trains and with that in mind I went to work. The train itself is from a toy set Jane gave me years ago that we still use to decorate at Christmas around the tree.
 The station in Two Harbors was a place that Jane and I have admired for sometime. I took more than a dozen photos of the depot to try and get a feel for the angle and presentation for the painting. With the cards I did send out this last year, the feedback was very positive and I thank you.

Country quiet

This is a painting of my daughter Elizabeth with the photo of her taken about four years ago. The difference between the actual photo and the painting is Elizabeth is reading a book in the countryside. I love this painting and the solitude that she enjoys.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

As you can see I've added two of my Christmas cards from the last couple of years. Both paintings are very personal to me and somewhat historical. My great grandfather's house near Elko, MN started with a family album on the history of the Degros family. My great, great grandfather (who is pictured in the front door) in which I found out fought for the Union in the civil war around 1864. This family album opened up a whole new world for me and I often page through this book to see if I may have missed something. Now the challenge is to stay current so I can pass this down from generation to generation.
 The painting of the church is Holy Name catholic church in 1916. I did this primarily for the card itself but has taken on a whole new life of it's own. I really get a kick out of the fact that people check this painting out and reminisce about the old church. This means a lot to me.

This is this years' Christmas card painting. The story with this painting is this house was built by my great grandfather Matt and along with his wife Maggie who raised 6 boys and 2 girls. The house still stands near the Elko motor speedway in southern Minnesota.

Church of the Holy Name, 1916 Christmas morning

This is the painting I did for the 2014 Christmas card. The idea came with the thought of doing something special for Holy Name's centennial in 2016.
The painting is set in 1916 Christmas morning. I even checked the weather for Christmas in 1916 and the information I received was a heavy snowfall took place the day before and so I went with it. (Still not sure if this is correct but makes for a great looking painting!) The print for this painting will be hanging in Garvey Hall in the basement of Holy Name church.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Santa relaxing by the fire

This is the three of us by the fire with an unexpected guest. During this time was when I discovered the idea for the 2013 card after I set up our manger scene. The set up for this painting is in our back yard with Jane on the left side standing in front of my art studio (which you can just barely see). Next of course is Santa, then me standing in front of our machine shed with Elizabeth sitting in the chair. We frequently have back yard fires in this spot in our yard (mostly on Friday nights). This is the last watercolor that I've done and this was for the 2012 Christmas card.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Manger Scene 2013

This is the painting I did for the 2013 Christmas card, This manger scene is actually our manger scene that we set up for Christmas each year. Jane gave this to me for my birthday about 10 years ago and the idea to paint this came right after I finished the 2012 card. Some of the characters I have are not in the painting (two other kings for instance, the one king is under the "awning" on the left side of the stable). If your interested in a print just let me know.