Highway 3 Construction Starts

Highway 3 construction has started in our neighborhood. The Minnesota Department of Transportation started taking trees down in preparation for construction of an eighty foot high retaining wall across the street from Careful Painting. My neighbor Arlene reports that she had no idea that this was going to happen. Bernie down the street at the River Legacy Motel is negotiating the sale of his property to Mendota Homes for the 140 townhomes planned for the old Kump property. Rumor is that he will take 1.1 million for his riverfront parcel. Arlene and I will each gladly accept one million for our river frontage!


View from my yard with the old Tom Thumb in the background


Cannon Valley Colors Unveiled at Home and Garden Show

Cannon Valley Colors highlighted the Northfield Home and Garden Show at the new Middle School last Saturday. Our unique color pallette, designed by Sarah Mensink and custom formulated by Jolene Robertson, highlights color from our local scenery. Some of my favorites are the deep browns and reds that you also find in Prairie Style Architecture.

Many people stopped by the booth to check out the new pallette. While Careful Painting envisions Cannon Valley Colors as an ongoing project, our selection presently consists of seven hues: Brick Red. Earth Brown, Norwegian Blue, Sandstone Yellow, Southwest Salmon, Nature Green, and Gilded Gold. Of course we also work with colors from various national paint manufacturers such as Benjamin Moore. We can also help your find just the right color to express your own sense of place, of dwelling. Look for more on Cannon Valley Colors in future posts.


Sarah Mensink and Mark Lange

Jolene Robertson

Jolene Roberson has been working with us for about a month now. She has a degree in art, and has experience with painting portraits in oil. She lives with her husband Jason and her daughter Lana in LeCenter. For the Northfield Home and Garden Show on March 26th, I asked her do a little decorative painting on an old chair. The base color is Benjamin Moore 2004-70 “Light Touch.” This she embellished with some Telemark styleRosemaling in artist’s acrylics. For durability we added a coat of Benjamin Moore Stays Clear acrylic polyurethane.

If you come to the Home and Garden Show at the new middle school, stop by our booth and check out the new Cannon Valley Colors palette designed by Sarah Mensink. She has been working hard at pulling colors out of our local scenery. Jolene and Sarah mixed up some samples which will be on display at the show.

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