Landscapes

Shadows of Assissi

Posted in City Paintings, Landscapes, Paintings on November 18th, 2010 by Michelle Thelen – Be the first to comment
Shadows of Assisi

Shadows of Assisi, oil on board 11x14"

This is from a garden overlooking the city of Assissi in Italy.  It’s a small town on the slope of a mountain with the buildings hugging the hill, with an old rock wall surrounding the town.  It’s famous as the home of St. Francis of Assissi, patron saint of the animals.  It was pure heaven to be there.  The place was amazing, the history was just oozing from the streets, buildings & rock walls.  I spent some time there for an art workshop, which was the best thing ever.  I could go on & on about this, more to come later.

Sunset Snowbank

Posted in City Paintings, Landscapes, Paintings on November 18th, 2010 by Michelle Thelen – Be the first to comment
Sunset Snowbank

Sunset Snowbank, acrylic on canvas 8x10"

I was on the freeway when this amazing light was glowing off the Minneapolis downtown buildings.  I had to chase this vision down to grab the sunset before it was gone.  It was one of those days when it was so cold it hurt to breathe.   I veered off a ramp to find the nearest side street parallel to the freeway with a view of downtown, taking about 25 pics with my cell phone to get the right shot.  Thank God the side streets were pretty empty, cause I was jumping out, taking a few pics, walking down down the street, jumping back into the car then doing it all over again on the other side of the freeway.  Sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do.  Also, I have a nasty habit of taking pics of the scenery when I’m driving.  I swear I’m still paying attention to the road.  Sometimes the view is just too good to pass up.  I’ve got a painting on the back burner of a close up of downtown, from when I was sitting in bumper to bumper traffic on a curved off ramp bridge.

#261 at the Montevideo Depot

Posted in Landscapes, Paintings, Trains on November 17th, 2010 by Michelle Thelen – Be the first to comment
#261 at the Montevideo Depot

#261 at the Montevideo Depot, oil on canvas 20x24"

This steam train pulled into town in 1996 and people from miles around came to see.  They gave rides from Montevideo to 2 neighboring towns. It was so cool to be chugging down the tracks in an actual steam train!  My young nephews were in heaven & loving it.  Everyone had huge perma-grins. You could smell the burning coal streaming past the windows.  I had to stick my head out. Feeling the chunks of coal pelting my face was a surprise.    Most young people had never ridden on a train before.  When I was a young kid I rode to my grandma’s out in North Dakota.  That was a big deal.  There were lots of folks on the steam train who were talking about their train experiences of the past.  It’s a damn shame that America has lost most of our passenger trains.  This country was built by the railroad.  It’s about time to get our asses in gear and get more passenger trains rolling.   Ya it would cost lots of money, but it’d create tons of jobs & take thousands of cars off the roads.  The rest of the world has passenger trains everywhere, connecting everything.  There’s high speed trains across Europe, Japan & China.  Come on congress, quit making promises about creating jobs.  Get something done & get our country back on track.

Full Steam Ahead

Posted in Landscapes, Paintings, Trains on November 16th, 2010 by Michelle Thelen – Be the first to comment
Full Steam Ahead
Full Steam Ahead, oil on wood 18×20″

 

 A steam train came to my hometown Montevideo, MN for a celebration.  I knew it would be a great painting, so I chased the train on it’s way out of town.

Cherry & the Spoon

Posted in City Paintings, Landscapes, Paintings on November 16th, 2010 by Michelle Thelen – Be the first to comment
Cherry & the Spoon

Cherry & the Spoon, oil on canvas 11x17"

This was painted in the Walker Art Center’s sculpture garden in Minneapolis.  I was all alone painting away when 6 busloads of school kids came running into the park.  It didn’t take long till I had an audience looking over my shoulder.  Later on I got an email from one of my childhood next door neighbors who I hadn’t seen for years & years.  It turned out one of the boys watching was her son.  What a small world!

Lake Calhoun

Posted in City Paintings, Lake & River Paintings, Landscapes, Paintings on November 16th, 2010 by Michelle Thelen – Be the first to comment
Lake Calhoun

Lake Calhoun, oil on canvas 16x20"

Looking towards downtown Minneapolis on a windy summer day.  I was sitting on a picnic table with my little portable paint box.  It was a beautiful day with tons of people out.  There were walkers, runners, bikers, kayakers, & of course the wind surfers.

Mississippi Beach

Posted in Lake & River Paintings, Landscapes, Paintings on November 15th, 2010 by Michelle Thelen – Be the first to comment
Mississippi Beach

Mississippi Beach, oil on board 11x14"

Painted from a beach along the Mississippi in a park across from where the Minnesota River enters the Mississippi. After tromping through the woods with my easel & painting gear, I was surprised to find a nice sandy beach there.  There was a slight fishy smell in the air, but not too bad for the muddy Mississippi.  Thankfully the mosquitos weren’t biting.    This is the first plein air painting I did that I really liked while studying with Joe Paquet, a great teacher & painter.