Friday, February 23, 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018

I am going to scale back my posts on this blog in favor of the wordpress blogs on the two websites that I have. But here is the latest post.  I can't figure an easy way to embed these so it is just the link:

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Blog post, new gallery, old project: Gazebo built around a huge rock fireplace

Uploading some pictures into the new galleries of a project we completed a few years back. It is a gazebo or screen house built around a huge rock fireplace.
This was a pretty cool little project constructed mostly around the massive fireplace and base footings which were built by Mike Braun of Ely.
More pictures in the gallery here:


Friday, February 2, 2018

Rebuilding the website

For the last year or so I have been working on rebuilding the website.
I think for now I am going to leave out a lot of the text that was in the old site, people mostly want to look at pictures anyway. Maybe eventually I can write some new text to put back in.

I'm sure there are some website people out there who would have something to say about that line of thinking but I don't get a lot of my contacts through the website or google searches, mostly a website for me is more like a business card or a brochure, just something we need to have.

The old website required me to load all my pictures to facebook and access those galleries for the website which was a tedious process and required all the wordpress plugins to be working right etc.

Anyway, I am not a web developer but I like to do things myself so, as crude as it may be, that will have to be how it is...

So, the new home building galleries for Huisman Concepts are here.

I have some new pictures as well as some older projects that need to be added yet. I have not been keeping up well with current projects...


Days are getting noticeably longer  though we still have February ahead of us... Seems to be plenty of snow everywhere this year if you are in to that sort of thing...

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Interesting stuff going on...

I am fortunate to have had a few of my pieces selected for a couple upcoming art exhibits.
One piece was chosen for the Flow Art Space Gallery group showing which will be one of many galleries and studios open for viewing during the 25th Anniversary St. Paul Art Crawl.

they are located at: 308 Prince Street,  Suite 226  St Paul, MN  55101,
(right next to the where the Saints play).
I think I am on about page 15 of this catalogue.
So that is cool. Even though it is just one piece, I feel pretty good about being a part of that show.
It should be a great few days, lots of great art, walking around the Lowertown area there, and great places to eat.
The whole thing runs October 14th, 15th. & 16th.

And then over in Minneapolis, the Burnsville Visual Arts Society will be having a show in the Northrup King Building. This runs October 6th through the 15th.
They have accepted a couple of my pieces for that show.

 I am looking forward to getting down to those areas and looking at art and eating some food.

Friday, September 23, 2016

"In Flight", 15" x 30" oil on canvas board

It's been quite a while since I have worked much with color.
I recently decided to drag out the oils and see what would come of it.

I had been playing around with this idea with some sketches:
 ...and in colored pencil:

...and then I decided to go for it and see what would happen:

It is enjoyable working with the creamy and their intense colors. I am not sure I am completely happy with this piece but I am ready to keep going.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

finishing detail work...

Finally getting to some of the finishing details on this project we have been working on for the past ... well it's a lot closer to being a year than I was planning. The above picture is from the living room 
 looking in to the kitchen area and the glass doors out to the lake side deck.

Looking through the kitchen area to the living room.  Waiting for some granite counter-tops and appliances to finish off the cabinet area. A coat of sealer on the stone pizza oven on the left really deepens the color of the rock.

A few shots of the master bedroom area on the 2nd floor... amazing detail work with the Doug Fir trim, the rustic painted wood ceiling and the oak flooring.

Quite a view out over the lake from here...

One wall of the master bedroom was done with reclaimed barn wood. A nice touch.

The master bath is coming along...

...and as much as I would like to, I can hardly take credit for any of this work even though my name is on it all. The credit all goes to the three great guys that I am lucky to have working for me, Scott Quick, Chris Olson and Greg Dammann. Tile work was done by Ken Kochendorfer, plumbing by Ron Dubbin and electrical by Cunningham Electric.


Consistently in the 50s now overnight. I saw a hummingbird at the feeder briefly yesterday but I think they are mostly gone now. The days are getting noticeably shorter. I know it happens every year but it still seems uniquely significant... In Northern Minnesota, winter is always either here or just around the corner. Summer is a brief event.