Thursday, November 6, 2014

"Road to Ed's Cabin - Winter"


Saturday, November 1, 2014

"No Longer Needed"

Ken Marsden watercolor

Sunday, October 26, 2014

"Road To Ed's Cabin-Autumn"

This is a scene I have painted a number of times.  It is near my friend's cabin and near one of my fly fishing streams.  I have painted it in various seasons.


Friday, September 19, 2014

"Grant Park, Galena"

...yet another painting of Galena, Illinois.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

"Galena - Prospect and Hill Streets"

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

This watercolor resulted from participation in the paint-out at Mineral Point, Wisconsin last week.  It is not one of the plein air paintings I did there but was done upon my return home.  The peaceful and beautiful scenery of southwest Wisconsin is fantastic.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Oconto Yacht Club

Water's Edge Artists had their monthly plein air paint-out at the Oconto Wisconsin waterfront Friday and Saturday (yesterday) and this is what I painted.  The wooden Pelican was carved on-site from a deceased tree by one of their club members.  I didn't get his name.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

"Joe's Mouse"


Monday, June 23, 2014

"Plein Air Painter"
Some times when painting "en plein air" another artist will set up unintentionally in the sight path of what you intended to paint.  When it is a beautiful lady you don't mind.  In this painting she became the subject and the old farm house became merely the background.

The site was the Blind Horse Restraunt and Winery.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Big Bay Lighthouse

Situated on the shore of Lake Superior this lighthouse triggers thoughts of Anatomy of a Murder and other great writing by Robert Traver, especially his tales about trout fishing.
Yes, I know that was his pen name.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

"Galena Gazebo-Grant Park"

I should know better than to photograph a painting with a hand held camera but this will give you an idea of how I spent a rainy day.


Sunday, May 4, 2014

My painting "Hard Life" has been included in Midwest Prairie Review recently published by UW-Madison Continuing Studies Writing Department.  Fifteen paintings were competitivley  selected under the Art category.  There are thirteen poets, seven fiction writers and seven non-fiction writers included in the publication.


Friday, March 14, 2014


"He Sees You"

...another watercolor painting inspired by a Joe Lopez Photo.


Sunday, February 23, 2014

"Immature Eagle"
...not an uncommon sight here in the northwoods.

Another thank you to Joe!


Sunday, February 9, 2014


I struggle to simplify my watercolor paintings and still have a deer look like a deer. I'm never satisfied but I felt this one was good enough to have it made into ceramic and marble tiles.


Saturday, February 8, 2014

"Fly - Over"

An eagle over Dave's Falls in Marinette County, Wisconsin - How great?

Ken Marsden

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Freezing can be a problem painting "en plein air" with watercolors in the winter so in preparation for an up-coming paint-out I experimented this morning with a quick (less than one hour) painting using vodka instead of water.  Thus the title below.
   "Experiment in Vodka" 
Ken Marsden

Sunday, February 2, 2014

"The End"

It has been that kind of winter.


Monday, January 27, 2014

"Our Citizen"

I've been reading Grant's Memoirs and of course got to thinking about my hometown, Galena, Illinois.  That led to this painting and  further reading about the nine Civil War generals from Galena. 


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

"Miller High Life Advertising"

I'm afraid I won't be able to paint this old barn many more times before it crashes.


Friday, January 17, 2014


...another painting inspired by my friend Joe Lopez.