Morning on the Lake


Morning on the Lake – Oil on 16 x 20 Stretched Canvas – painted August 23, 2007 – It was the late 1950s in the Grand Rapids Minnesota area. I used to go fishing quit a bit with my good friend Al Thissen from LaPrairie, who has since passed away. We would be at the lake and on the water before dawn. There were mornings that were cold and crisp. When the sun started coming up the mist would rise off the water. It was silent except for the occasional fish-jumping, loon calling out and waives, if any, splashing gently on the shoreline. Sometimes the smell of someone brewing coffee or frying bacon on shore would come across the lake. What a great way to spend your youth. These are memories of that time and place and this painting is what I picture in my mind from those memories.

We recently revisited the northern Minnesota area, August 2011. Still beautiful, just a few more people..

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Russell BakerSacramento, Northern California, United StatesAs a student in northern Minnesota I enjoyed being an artist. My uncle Charles: C. X. Carlson, a noted author, artist and muralist was a great influence me. I sketched and painted everyday until age sixteen or so, then it seemed as though life took over. Now, 40+ years later and retired, I have returned to the more pleasurable pastimes of my youth. This year, 2007, I started drawing, painting and playing music once again. It will be interesting to see where these endeavors guide me and how my skills in turn develop over time. Everything I offer here is an original. Some may be renditions of other works I find interesting, however originals just the same. If you see something you would like to purchase, email me.

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