Saturday, August 15, 2015

Balcony Painting in Mittenwald!

This This Painting in Mittenwald - Die Zirbelnuss

This was my window balcony view for a few days at a wonderful air b&b. I spent a lot of time painting out here trying different techniques of the same view. 

This is evening using a warm triad color mix. I was working in a wet on wet style that I am trying to get better at. I learned a lot here and am excited to try a larger format with some of the photos I took. This is 8.5 x 11 on toned paper (I have never water colored on toned paper and this Magnani Annigoni Designo stuff is crazy nice)

I can't decide if this one is done but I realize I haven't signed and dated. 



My slightly expanded kit....as in I am using my real brushes instead of my water pen. I also took a box of assorted 8.5x11 papers to experiment with. 



Same view but a very very different take. I have better pictures but this was the light during the some of the paintings. Really fun. Complete wet in wet painting technique giving up tons of control. This is on 300 pound arches paper which is unfortunately on the back of another painting. This was an accident and I am so lucky I didn't ruin it!

And finally an attempt at the wonderful steeple. I enjoyed this painting and would like to do larger versions. 

Super fun....more to come!

James Nutt


Friday, May 15, 2015

Art-A-Whirl 2015 - Come and See Us


Art-A-Whirl is Here Again! Come and See Us
 
I didn't realize that I hadn't posted this blog entry from Art-A-Whirl 2014!
 
Come and see our new space in the same building.  We are excited to show work from this year and meet tons of people.
 
Our space in the middle of the hall on the 2nd floor of the Solar Arts Building which houses - Indeed Brewery.
 
 
711 NE 15th Ave
711 NE 15th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55413
 
4 artist share this space. 1 photographers and 3 architect needed an art outlet! Plus Leo has his space and his work on display.
 
A few pictures from prep this week
 




AND A REPOST FROM LAST YEAR simply because it was so much fun.
 
The place was packed all weekend!  Really wonderful to meet so many people and discuss art.  We worked so hard to get this set up and it was worth it.


This image is typical of how many people were in the studio the whole time. Leo really did great with the people and even tried to sell some art.
 
 
My friend Pat Mackey stopped by wearing the required architect black shirt.

 
The T-Rex! got the most attention of everything I had posted. I sold several prints.  T-Rex! is back in Hazels NE for the time being.  I have sold prints to or created new cardboard pieces for several people since the show.


 
Lots of friends who stopped by are in this picture.

 


 
The NewStudio Architecture crew came by!

 
Indeed Brewery and the band outside kept the place packed. There was so much fun stuff going on that it was crazy.





 
Leo had fun.

 
Our hallways are also art galleries. We are at the end of the hall so this gives a good indication of how busy it stayed.



Another shot of the common space.
 
 

 

The space is was only empty before the start and after!
 
Art-A-Whirl was a blast.  We will be open most First Thursdays if anyone wants to visit and see what we are up to. Thanks for all the support of our art. It really helps!
 
James Nutt



 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A visit to New Orleans!

I was in New Orleans recently and I took sketch bag just in case! (I take it everywhere just in case)

Most of these are while waiting for food. The carousel bar literally spins at a slow 14 minute rotation. 


This was a very very fast sketch and
Paint while standing in a crowd. 


This just had to be sketched. 




Our dinner view of the roof of the Cats Meow building

I hope you enjoyed these. I certainly did!

James Nutt

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Sketching On a Plane

 I have been playing with iPad Art again.  

With a new tablet I finally broke down and got a pressure sensitive stylus.  I have been doing research into the children's illustration world and I believe it would be fun to do this with Procreate.

These two pieces were done on a crowded flight with two separate delays that kept me on the tarmac for a long while. The seats were to crowded to do work but with my right hand against the window side.  I am a big guy that the airlines are obviously not designing for so I always pick this arrangement when I can.

This was the first time I had an opportunity to play with the new stylus.  Adonit touch with pixel point 

Image one - playing around with children's book illustration ideas.


Playing with a brush technic outside my comfort zone...Solar Arts Building (my studio and arts community)



I have had the idea of a hand sketch with evolved fingers in my head for a while. I call it "Phalanx +"



I did a few more (there a lot of delay time) but this tells the story pretty well. I will write more about the stylus later, but my studio mate Ted is ringing in my ear..."It is the Indian, not the bow"



Monday, December 8, 2014

Sketching In Lutsen over Thanksgiving


Traveling to Lutsen

Marcy and  I utilized the Thanksgiving holiday to go to Lutsen to unwind.  On these family trips we always squeeze in a little time to sketch and paint.  I expected there to be more snow on the ground, but the lack of it created a color pallete that kept me painting.

These are a few of the sketches and I hope you enjoy them.

 

Coffee cup sketch.

 
 
Duluth Cafe
 
 
If you haven’t been to Duluth Grill you will never find it on your own. It is fantastic and the comfort food has a foody twist to it. They also have a wide range of fantastic local art.  Their coffee mugs are made by a local artist and a good warm up painting to start the trip.

 
Lutsen Totem
Most of the wood columns around the lodge are carved in an abstract Totem theme. During dinner I was able to study this a little. I noticed it other place around the property and I wonder who first came up with it.


 

My Breakfast View

This is the view I spent a lot of time with looking at Lake Superior. I spent a lot of time at this table painting.





Gondola ride
 

Adam in our office suggested that we go to the ski hill and take the Gondola ride up the mountain to a restaurant bar.  The Gondolas are exactly the same as at the state fair but the ride is a lot more extreme.  Straight up this cliff to incredible views.  We had the whole family painting up here. I was able to get several smaller pieces done. The food was just OK but the location was spectacular.


 

 
Lutsen Grass 

I mentioned the colors of the grass without so much snow. This piece is a simple painting trying to catch the essence. I was also trying out my “fan” type watercolor brush.




 
My Favorite Tree
 
Often times I will precolor a page and draw on top of it later. (See below) This is a good example. After a long time of water coloring I had all of this paint on my palette. I just hate sopping it up and throwing it away, so I mixed it all together and the color became this nice brown. I washed the page with it and waited for inspiration. I woke up 2 mornings later with this idea of painting the tree I kept staring at between me and the lake.
 
 
Built Wash
 
I haven't decided if this is a finished piece or if inspiration will hit me to paint over it.

Lake Superior from Lutsen Resort
 
This is the view I woke up to and enjoyed every morning. This image itself is my attempt at the Tea Milk and Honey 3 stage water color approach I recently read about in Marc Taro Holmes wonderful new book The Urban Sketcher: Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location.
 
There were more sketches, but these tell the best story, I hope you enjoyed them.
 
James Nutt

Friday, August 29, 2014

2014 State Fair sketches!

MN STATE FAIR 2014!
 
For the past 3 years I have taken a day off to meet with Roz Stendhal and the Metro Sketchers to draw at the State fair for a whole day!  So wonderful and the temperature was amazing. 
 
 
 
 
I won't eat a deep fried candy bar, but I will draw one!

 
A warm up sketch of an architecture detail the Agriculture building

 
I have never tried a horse before. This is a standing inkwash.

 
Sleeping pigs are so fun to draw...standing inkwash

 
A sheep getting ready for the show. The only one still enough to draw...standing inkwash

 
Such an awesome slide and such great colors. Water color from my altoid kit.

 
This building was just too much fun not to draw.

 
I always start the fair with a Twisted Sister Sausage and it is my warm up sketch.

 
A friend works here and I had a great visit with him while drawing.
 
 
I hope you enjoy these!
 
James Nutt

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Red Door Studio Art-A-Whirl 2014


I didn't realize that I hadn't posted this blog entry from Art-A-Whirl 2014!
 
Thank you to everyone who came out. It has been a dream of mine to be in Art-A-Whirl since we moved to Minneapolis. I always thought someone might let me use a little space on their walls. I never expected to have a full blown studio in one!
 
5 artist share this space. 2 photographers and 3 architect needed an art outlet!
 
The place was packed all weekend!  Really wonderful to meet so many people and discuss art.  We worked so hard to get this set up and it was worth it.


This image is typical of how many people were in the studio the whole time. Leo really did great with the people and even tried to sell some art.
 
 
My friend Pat Mackey stopped by wearing the required architect black shirt.

 
The T-Rex! got the most attention of everything I had posted. I sold several prints.  T-Rex! is back in Hazels NE for the time being.  I have sold prints to or created new cardboard pieces for several people since the show.


 
Lots of friends who stopped by are in this picture.

 


 
The NewStudio Architecture crew came by!

 
Indeed Brewery and the band outside kept the place packed. There was so much fun stuff going on that it was crazy.





 
Leo had fun.

 
Our hallways are also art galleries. We are at the end of the hall so this gives a good indication of how busy it stayed.



Another shot of the common space.
 
 

 

The space is was only empty before the start and after!
 
Art-A-Whirl was a blast.  We will be open most First Thursdays if anyone wants to visit and see what we are up to. Thanks for all the support of our art. It really helps!
 
James Nutt