Scott has been working on a series of paintings of mostly suburban locations, tentatively titled “Paradise, Paved”. He received a 2012 Minnesota State Arts Board grant to help fund the effort. The show will travel, hanging at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts in March and at Flanders Gallery in Minneapolis in May. The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin will host the exhibit in 2016. Stay tuned for details. This has been an inquiry of Scott’s going back to about 2004. The work engages issues regarding place, pictoral design, aesthetics, and, for lack of a better term, artistic correctness.
Above: Lot Shadows, 24 x 30” oil on canvas.
This painting, Gotta Move, was awarded an Honorable Mention at this year's Minnesota State Fair Juried Fine Arts Exhibition. Over 1800 entries were funneled through two rounds of jurying. When I saw the carefully constructed load at a roadside restaurant, it struck me as a monument to the millions of people who have lost their homes in recent years. Plus, the pattern of line, shape, and color was irresistable. Further evidence that I'm a little obsessed with orange and blue.
I was invited to judge the Redwing Plein Air Festival in June. I was so impressed by all the talented and dedicated painters, they could hardly get me to stop gushing when I presented the awards.
At the end of January, outdoor painters from all over the state converged at YMCA Camp Menogyn on Bearskin Lake to paint the boreal splendor, share communal meals, and drink a lot of hot chocolate. Visit my Snow page to see some of my paintings from the week.
Scott's painting, Big Ben, will be included in a show opening February 21st at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, Minnesota. "150 Years on Minnesota's Waters: Paintings from the Minnesota Historical Society's Art Collection" features art by prominent historical artists such as Seth Eastman, Francis Jaques, and Adolf Dehn, as well as a number of contemporary painters. The show runs through March 23.
The Marine Museum is worth the drive. The permanent collection is a who's who of 20th century representational painting: Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, Homer, Sisley, Cole, Bierstadt, Buttersworth, Silva... It even includes one of Vincent van Gogh's first oil paintings.
Big Ben, was painted on location during the I-35W bridge reconstruction.
Part whimsy, part pathos, part nostalgia, you can't beat snow people for a good time. Then they melt — but they melt with character! Crossing my fingers we get some good packin’ snow this winter. All portraits 5 x 7 oil on panel.
I've been working on a series of small studies of scenes from northern Minnesota. A geologist pal told me the Boundary Waters area has some of the oldest exposed rock in this hemisphere. Something about shifting tectonic plates and such. In any event, many of them are perfect for this.
Scott won an Honorable Mention award for this painting. The show runs through Friday, September 30 at the Art Colony.
I've been awarded an Artist's Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board!
Scott's painting, "Steps Along the North Shore," is featured in Art Journey America: Landscapes, a new book by North Light Books. It's a beautifully produced volume, with images and comments from 89 top contemporary American landscape painters. And at $32.99, it's a steal!
Artist James Gurney, who judged the bimonthly event, said that New Extended Hours (above) is “a superb painting in every respect....There is a nice handling of the natural and artificial light, a fine control of detail module, and the artist put just enough well-drawn detail where it was needed. Bravo for choosing a subject that most people would pass by.” Scott was also awarded semi-finalist and honorable mention awards. More on that here.
Judge Mary Pettis gave top honors to 15-Horse Merc (left) at the 9th annual plein air competition hosted by the Grand Marais Art Colony in northern Minnesota.
In Pettis's words, “Line, shape, value, color, and paint handling are balanced, harmonious, and satisfying. Anderson makes clear what he found beautiful through great editing, observation of forms, and a perfectly handled focal path. A fun, masterful gem of a painting.”
Valentines for Sale (below) wins the top prize at Salon International 2010! The piece was selected from 392 juried works out of 1300 submissions from 46 states and 18 countries.
The judge, renowned portrait artist Everett Raymond Kinstler, had this to say:
"Valentines for Sale is imaginative, well composed, and excellently handled. Anderson's use of color and sensitive, painterly technique make for an unusual and interesting painting. The conception conveys a sense of time, space, and temperature. It is intelligent and contemporary. I'm very impressed."
I recently traveled to Guangdong province in China with California painter Jason Situ and several other artists. Our hosts from the Kaiping Ministry of Culture were friendly, gracious, and attentive in the extreme. We painted in the city, countryside, and surrounding villages, often alongside Chinese art students. It's amazing how much can be communcated with pointing, smiling, and giving thumbs up!
Scott was selected the 2009 Best New Artist to Plein Air Easton!, the premiere outdoor painting event on the east coast. Out of 59 participating artists, about 25 were new to the event this year. Thank you, PAE!
October was a busy month for Scott in California! At the San Luis Obispo Art Center's Plein Air Festival, Scott's painting, Morning on Estero Bay (below), was voted "People's Choice" by event attendees. Two weeks later, Scott's work was included in the Laguna Beach Invitational at the Laguna Art Museum, alongside some of the top plein air painters in the country.
Last summer, Scott did a series of paintings of the reconstruction of the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Check out the media coverage:
Minnesota Public Radio (audio)
KSTP Live (video)
MinneapolisSt.Paul Magazine (left)
Southwest & Downtown Journals
Scott's painting, Waterslide, won third place honors at the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association's 4th Annual (2008) "Best of Plein Air" show. The event was juried by artist Gil Dellinger. The director of the Irvine Museum, Jean Stern, judged the awards. Scott's painting, Karaoke, was also part of the show.