Northland artist aims to capture sporatic Northland moments on canvas

By KBJR News 1

April 20, 2014 Updated Apr 20, 2014 at 11:14 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Many people come to Duluth to see the sites from the Aerial Lift Bridge to the panoramic view from the top of Enger tower.

Others capture the scenery so people can take it with them.

Most people may prefer a studio or a nice quiet place to do their painting, but Greg Preslicka likes to take to the busy streets of Canal Park.

"I like to do some night painting and it's beautiful down here," said Preslicka, adding light brushstrokes to the canvas.

As he captures the scene of South Lake Avenue with every stroke of his brush, he also captures the attention of some passer–bys. Preslicka enjoys panting outdoor scenery the most, and doing it in the dark brings on an added challenge.

"Sometimes when you paint at night it's kind of a feel by knowing where your paint is," said Preslicka, " the colors where they are and you kind of go by feel which is kind of a fun part of painting at night."

But he has a system to help guide him.

"I always have my pallet set up the same way for consistency, so it's quicker," said Preslicka.

As important as it is to pick up the brush, the key is also knowing when to put it down.

"Artists will tell you that sometimes you tend to over work it so you have to know what you wanted to say with the painting and you just quit," he added as he continued to paint into the evening.

As the busy street continues to hum around him, Preslicka cleans up his pallet and easel in search of his next spot to capture.

That painting took Preslicka about two hours to complete, however he says his specialty is mural paintings.

Kati Anderson