UpNorth Minnesota Spring 2021 - Page 20

Spring Rain oil 30x40 by Todd Voss
Good at working with wood , Voss ’ s father made the pochade box that he still uses today . ( A pochade box is a compact portable box designed to carry artist supplies and supports a painting panel when the artist is painting , usually outdoors .) His father also made the easel that Voss uses in his studio .
Voss paints most days of the week , particularly in the mornings and evenings , as those times of day offer the best light for painting . He paints small pochades ( a rough or quickly executed sketch or study ) up to very large paintings . Plein air painting produces many finished works and serves as a basis for his studio work .
visitsaukcentre . org
Concerts in the Park Wednesday June - Aug 6:30 pm
Conservation Club Walleye Tournament 6 / 11 thru 6 / 12 / 2021
Sinclair Lewis Days 7 / 14 thru 7 / 18 / 2021
Stearns County Fair 7 / 28 thru 8 / 1 / 2021
Art Crawl 9 / 18 / 2021
• 320-352-5201 •
Sip ‘ n ’ Style Fall Bus Crawl 11 / 13 / 2021
Home For The Holidays & Christmas In The Park 11 / 27 / 2021
Sauk Centre Area Chamber of Commerce saukcentrechamber . com
• Camping • Fishing • Shopping • Tours • Resorts & More !
“ I am starting to experiment using a pallet knife instead of a brush , which encourages spontaneity , as you never know what you ’ re going to get ,” said Voss . “ Instead of controlling , it keeps things fresh and working with brighter color .”
Voss recommends people who want to experience the solace of art themselves visit a museum in person or online , or take an art class . “ They can also take out those pencils or paints and start experimenting at home . Look at art books and magazines , look at paintings online . It all can be therapeutic ,” said Voss .
When he is not painting , Voss and his partner of 24 years , Fern Belling , enjoy vegetable gardening , biking , hiking and boating . Belling is an artist too . She has done a lot of artwork over the years in various mediums , mostly watercolor , pastels , oils and acrylics .
Voss and Belling met in Davenport in a drawing class they both were taking . Belling is a Minnesota native , born in Detroit Lakes . The couple enjoys traveling throughout the United States , painting as they go .
You can catch Todd Voss at outdoor art fairs in the Twin Cities in the summer , and he has art on display at Yellow Bird Fine Art Gallery in Grand Marais , Minnesota and Fine Line Designs Gallery in Door County , Wisconsin .
Todd Voss ’ s art is available on Instagram @ toddvossart or contact him at toddvosspaintings @ yahoo . com .
20 destinationupnorth . com