Monthly Archives: April 2009

Waverly from North Bridge

Posted on April 29, 2009 by - Uncategorized


Waverly from North Bridge, Acrylic on Canvas 2009

I haven’t formally introduced the completed painting above.  I had previously posted in progress shots.   If you happened to be at the Art Crawl you may have seen it in person in the Atrium.  The majority of paintings I was showing were of St Paul MN, and a few of Central Wisconsin.  This particular piece, one of the largest pieces I’ve completed depicts wandering arcross North Bridge in Edinburgh looking out of the sea or glass that is Waverly Station.   According to a little Internet Research, the station opened on the 17 May 1847.  It is situated between the Old town and the New town in the valley below the Edinburgh Castle, and several Cathedral Steeples.


Atrium, depicting painting by Dana M Johnson (Center).  Photos on right wall by Gina Dabrowski

Mailing List

Posted on April 28, 2009 by - Uncategorized

Thank you to everyone who stopped in during the Art Crawl!

I enjoyed meeting so many new people, some from the neighborhood and some who had traveled from far away and just happened to be in St Paul during the crawl.  I hope your feet are recovering from all of the stairs in the old buildings of lowertown, and I’m sure your brains are full from viewing so many studios and Art!  The next Art Crawl will be in October.

I drew a name from the sign up for my mailing list, and “Don” from Minneapolis was the winner for “La Belle Crepe” Painting.  It will go out in the mail at the end of the week.  Maybe I’ll make this a more regular event, drawing out a name from the mailing list for a small art work.

Detail of Waverly Station…

Posted on April 23, 2009 by - Dana's Work

I’m almost done.  Here are some detail images of the large canvas looking over Waverly Station that I posted in progress last week.  Yep, it will be finished tomorrow and hanging in the atrium this weekend, and I’ll post up a full view preview on Friday along with a preview of everything in its right place on the wall in the studio-

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Wednesday Night Freshly Painted Walls

Posted on April 22, 2009 by - Uncategorized

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Picking through the paintings to see what makes the cut to be up for the Art Crawl Weekend…Tonight I have Freshly painted walls too.  I used YOLO paint in the studio, which I’d recommend if you are looking for a good selection of colors for a your home that are also environmentally responsible.  The walls are just a bit off white, called “Air # 2″.

Late Night in the Studio

Posted on April 19, 2009 by - Dana's Work


photo from outside the studio

I’ve been spending the evening putting finishing touches on paintings, wires on the backs of others and varnishing the finished pieces.  I also decided tonight that the small painting I’ll give away on Sunday Night is the 5 x 7″ study of La Belle Crepe that I painted on March 1st.  It is acrylic on Maple Art Board.  So if you are on my mailing list & I draw your name,  you may be become the owner of this petite painting Sunday Evening, I’ll be contacting the winner by email.

Saturday Evening

Posted on April 18, 2009 by - Uncategorized


ON the Easel…Cathedral Hill, Acrylic on Canvas 2009

I’ve been working on this painting off and on for a while now.  I finally finished it this week, just in time too, with the weather turning warm this week.  I’m tired of painting snow for now and will be happy to focus on finishing the large painting I posted earlier this week.  The painting above is a view of walking through the alley just off of Selby Ave in St Paul.  I painted another painting, with a different view point but similar lighting & colors this past winter.  I love the few brick streets and old carriage houses left in this neighborhood.  If you want to see this painting in person, it will be making its public debut at the Art Crawl next weekend.