Monthly Archives: March 2009

Black & White Rainy day

Posted on March 31, 2009 by - Dana's Work, sketchbook

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Umbrella sketches, charcoal in sketchbook

I have been collecting umbrellas for a few years, most of them are old, many of them broken.  I owe thanks to my friend Cathy who has a knack for finding the most amazing and beautiful vintage umbrellas.  She has added to my collection several high quailty carefully constructed & functional umbrellas.  Here are few sketches of my black and white, slightly bent umbrella that I’ve been using this spring.

Sunday Drive

Posted on March 29, 2009 by - Uncategorized

Went out for a Sunday Drive with friends today.  We traveled down along the river for a visit to Husom & Rose Photographics Studio, lunch at Norton’s Restaurant (where we sampled a beer made with beets from Futhermore!) & a stop into the Red Wing Depot where the Red Wing Arts Association gallery is located.

Passage of Dreams

Posted on March 28, 2009 by - Other Artists, sketchbook

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Sketchbook showing from Part 1 of 3 during the performance Passage of Dreams, program, ticket stub

Looking for something to do in the evening, I’d recommend checking out the Southern Theater.

Passage of Dreams Schedule:

March 21-April 5, 2009
Thurs. at 7:30pm,
Fri. & Sat. at 8pm,
Sun. at 2pm,
Mon. March 30 at 7:30

Saturday Afternoon

Posted on March 28, 2009 by - Uncategorized


Heading out to the Southern Theater this evening (with my sketch book!)  for the performance Passage of Dreams, there is a video preview:  Here.

Three Regional Artist Picks of the week!

Friday Night

Posted on March 27, 2009 by - Community Events, Dana's Work

End of the week update, it has been a busy week full of great little suprises.  I inherited a beautiful enormous French Easel from a painter who doesn’t want to move it across the country!  It is a great addition to my studio and will hold large canvases, it must be at least 8ft tall!  A friend brought some beautiful tulips over for my studio, I finished an experiment in sewing with a bag for my sketchbook, & stumbled upon  my friend Jay’s photography published in Creative Arts Quarterly.

I am working writing the content for my email newsletter that will begin in April & also for those of you interested in limited edition prints, there will be more information coming soon.  I’ve chosen a couple paintings that will be available in a limited quantity as fine art prints.  For anyone who would like to be on my email list, I am still planning to give away a small painting during the month of April, I’ll draw the name (out of a hat!) on the Monday after the Art Crawl.  Email me at dana@danamjohnson.com to be added to the mailing list!

Last but not least for my end of the week update, thank you to Mary Diedrick Hansen for her Art Crawl Sampler  articles in Downtown St Paul Voice.  You can pick up a copy of the paper at businesses all around Lowertown.  Or click here to view the paper online.

Only 28 days until the Art Crawl!

On the Lake

Posted on March 10, 2009 by - Dana's Work

Dana Sliding on Lake Superior Photograph c.2009 jbasil

Back to work!  Tonight I’m working on an ice painting.  I spent the weekend on the lake as you can see in the photo.  When the conditions are right on the surface of Chequamegon Bay, you can skate on the surface.  When I was about 9 years old a friend and I skated across from her shoreline house in the country to the city of Washburn, it must have taken us all afternoon but there is something about open space to intrigue the imagination, much like the blank canvas I am about to tackle.

Friday in the Studio-

Posted on March 6, 2009 by - Dana's Work

Studio Desk with MIA Arts Magazine featuring Nancy Robinson, Press Pot of Love Buzz Coffee, tags to paint

It is Friday, the sun is out and I have the window open wide this afternoon!  It feels like spring.  I’m looking forward to being able to set up the easel outdoors soon.  I haven’t been setting up in the snow, although I know there are some dedicated painters who paint outdoors year round!  This weekend I plan to work on a few more of my finders keepers tags, and other art crawl preparations.  More images will be posted soon.

Mailing List!

Posted on March 4, 2009 by - Dana's Work

Spring Art Crawl Announcements are on the way!  I have also decided to draw one name at random from my mailing list (out of a vintage hat) in April and send out a small real painting!  So if you’d like to get announcements in the mail and be put in that drawing for a painting I am giving away in April, send me your address an email dana@danamjohnson.com

La Belle Crepe

Posted on March 1, 2009 by - Dana's Work

The crepes are cooking in the window, steaming up the glass on a cold February day.  This is a small attmept at painting La Belle Crepe in Minneapolis, 5 x 7″ Acrylic on Maple Board, and painted with the left hand and at times both hands holding the brush, I think I will attempt painting this location larger scale later in the spring.  I just had to push some paint around today.