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 http://chsfield.com/ 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.


Saturday, April 9, 2016

"A Dip in the Jar"

Here is a project I finished recently.
Because of the size, I had to try something different. The smooth Bristol board that I like doesn't come in sizes this large so this project was done on 1/4" hardboard. I applied about 10 coats of gesso and then sanded it smooth. I should have paid more attention to the sanding, there were a few rough spots, but where it was the smoothest, it took the graphite like a dream.

drawing in pencil by john huisman artist
"A Dip in the Jar", 32"X24", graphite on gessoed hardboard by John Huisman

More of my pencil renderings can be seen HERE.
Or on my Pinterest page here

Sunday, April 3, 2016

masonry heater/pizza oven, bell-cote

Ongoing project developments, we have a pizza oven/masonry heater installed by Solid Rock Masonry:
Above is the start of the project showing the firebricks and the structure and below is the finished unit with the stone and firebox, oven and wood box. This is in the kitchen of the home.

A shot here of the "bell cote" with the gable shingles and Doug Fir knee braces:
...and a distant shot of that same gable end:

This area is the master bedroom on the second level with balcony doors and windows overlooking the lake:

The siding is going up on the other side of the building and some of the windows installed.

The ice was starting to darken up just a bit last week but a little bit of snow makes it appear that winter still has some way to go on Burntside Lake:
And it's looking like we will not see much in the way of ice melting temps for the next week or so...

Saturday, March 12, 2016

More progress shots, early march 2016

Following up on the progress of this project, here we have some current pictures.
The roof is all sheathed and "dried in".

Most of the fascia, soffets and roof edging is done:

Here is a shot of a Doug Fir timber knee brace and beam system under the garage eve:

Some warm weather as I write this, in the 50s and sunny, Saturday March 12th. Above average temps and it has been a mild winter but we will take it as it comes. I'm sure winter is not over yet...

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Progress Pictures from January 2016

Finishing up the trusses in January:


Building the "look-outs" around the eves:

At the end of January, parts of the house have the sheathing on the roof giving the living room a little bit more of a closed in feel:


Still a lot of snow here be we are hoping for 47 degrees and some sun today...
Here is a picture off the deck taken just now, 8:18am March 6th 2016:

My son, Patrick, took a picture of this Barred Owl by our driveway last week. An amazing setting blended into the snowy trees like this.


Sunday, February 14, 2016

December roof truss assembly

In December the roof trusses went up. T
he lake was not yet frozen, (it was by far the latest I have seen it freeze over), but we were starting to get some snow and wintry weather.

Here are the two parts of the building with the second floors built:
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A few days of crane time were required to put this puzzle of a truss system together.
crane putting up trusses, picture by john Huisman

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

November progress, framing

So, moving forward on the project that we started here, here and here...

In November there was a lot of work being done that couldn't be seen, demo and reconstruction in the existing basement and rebuilding that floor structure and then, finally, the framing could begin:
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 ...a little snow has come but it was an extended and warm Autumn season...
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framing a custom lake home addition, huisman concepts, ely mn
 custom lake home framing, huisman concepts, ely, mn
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...and one exciting day, the roof and floor trusses arrived. We made sure the hill was sanded well and we had a great "can do" sort of a truck driver who strapped the old tire chains on and backed right in there and slid them off the back of his truck...
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 ...just like that:
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Friday, January 22, 2016

Part III, backfilling, in-floor heat, slab

The next step in the project is back-filling and compacting the dirt around the foundation walls:
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Once the dirt is filled in, compacted and leveled nicely, the foam insulation goes down on the ground and the tubes for the in-floor heat are stapled to the foam insulation. When everything is done, hot water will be pumped through the tubes to heat the concrete slab floor.

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...and then we are ready for pouring the concrete slab. The pictures here are a couple days after the slab was poured and we had gotten a little rain... Now we are ready to start framing walls.

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Back to present time, it is winter and we had our first below zero weather over the past week or so... I think it reached about 26 below a few days ago which seems cold this year but is really pretty normal for January. It has been unseasonably warm and we haven't gotten a lot of snow yet but I have a feeling we will see a late blast of real winter before it is all over...