Friday, September 2, 2016

2016 State Fair Sketches

4th year in a row!

A twisted sister sausage is always my warm up sketch.

Liene lodge while the first dried. Experimenting with very non water proof ink and watercolor. 

The butterfly house. 

A nice on the spot commission sparked by a conversation while painting the butterfly house. 

Painted the gate from the Irish pub across the path. Very quick and starting to get dark. 

The Poultry Barn was closing soon so I only had 20-30 minutes so I had to move fast. 

And then finally some people practice before going home. 

Another great year and great group. One of my students participated and that was fun and saw so many artists I know. Lisa and I agreed to make each other submit for the Fine Arts Show next year. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Water Soluble Carbon Dark Tower

With all of the talk about Stephen Kings Dark Tower series I thought I would share my take.  Or what turned out to be a take.  I did this water soluble carbon piece in a hotel room on a business trip.  After long meetings I often need to paint.  While traveling especially.

I gave this to Todd Beaver for Christmas one year. A fellow Dark Tower fan.

Keep Drawing!

James Nutt

Spoon and Cherry- a favorite sketch

If you know Minneapolis you know about this huge Spoon and Cherry sculpture.  This is an urban sketch done while sketching with the Metro Sketchers.  The original is hanging at the White Bear Center for the arts and I have professional prints on water color paper at my studio for $75.

This is done with my travel inkwash technique of older water pens filled with ink applied with a water pen filled with water. 

The red is Noodlers Cayenne, the blacks are Noodlers Lexington Grey and Black.


This smaller version is from my daily sketchbook.  I can't remember which came first.

Keep Drawing!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Pecha Kucha - Things that inspire my art life

My architecture firm does an annual Pech Kucha presentation and invited me to participate. This is a 20 slide presentation with 20 seconds per slide.  Really fun and went quickly!  I decided to try to describe my current art path and things and people that have encouraged me along the way.

Maybe someday I will type what I spoke, but for not this will have to do.  I am also committing to reengaging with this blog. I have let is sit for a long time.

Hope you enjoyed it!

Keep Drawing

James Nutt
Solar Arts Building

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 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