A Painting a Day

Carl Nelson Oil Painting

Carl Nelson finishes an artistic marathon for the MVNWR

Carl Nelson Oil Painting

This past June, Carl Nelson, a Visual Communications adjunct instructor at Dakota County Technical College, completed an oil painting a day for a one-artist exhibit hosted by the Visitor Center Gallery at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington, Minn. An accomplished landscape painter, Nelson captured the panorama, intricacies and natural wonder of the Minnesota River Valley.

“I did an oil painting a day, thirty altogether, for the show,” said Nelson,  “I’m not sure what I was thinking—like Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke, maybe, when he said he could eat fifty hard-boiled eggs. I just thought it would be fun. Then the weather set in to make things challenging.”

Here’s more about the exhibit from a  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service press release:

Carl Nelson Oil Painting“Nelson’s sojourn took him through the backwaters, creeks and bluffs that comprise the Minnesota River Valley and, in his words, provided a ‘wealth of inspiration.’ All of the field studies displayed in this show are oils. Carl also works in watercolor and pastel. No stranger to painting ‘Plein Air’ (outdoors), Nelson enjoys recording the essence of the scene for its color and light, often expanding on what he captures in a larger studio painting.

“He was the first artist to show his paintings in the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Reedy Gallery and currently has a piece in the ‘Art of the Garden’ show at the Minnetonka Art Center. His work can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the Upper Midwest.”

Carl Nelson’s 30 Paintings in 30 Days
  • Runs through August 2013
  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center Gallery
  • 3815 American Boulevard East (34th Street exit off Interstate 494)
  • The gallery is open to the public during regular visitor hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday

Carl Nelson will be available at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center Gallery from 3 p.m. till 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. His paintings can be viewed online at Carl Nelson Art.

For more information about Applied Visual Arts at DCTC, contact:
  • Gwen Partin
    Applied Visual Arts Instructor
For more information about Graphic Design Technology at DCTC, contact:
  • Mary Belanger
    Graphic Design Technology Instructor
  • DeAnn Engvall
    Multimedia & Web Design and Graphic Design Technology Instructor
  • Connie Larson
    Graphic Design Technology Instructor
  • Peter Skoro
    Multimedia & Web Design and Graphic Design Technology Instructor
  • Carl Nelson
    VCOM Instructor