May 7, 2020

Now that the weather is nice, it is time for one of my favorite things ever- painting and drawing outside, inspired by nature and things in real life. This can be a great activity to do on a day where the weather is just too nice to stay inside- you get to make art and enjoy nature! What could be better!

Inspiration is everywhere, so don't feel like you need to drive far to see beautiful things to paint! In my youtube video I painted the wild plants that grow in the easement behind our house. I have no idea what plant they were, but they were blooming, so why not! 

If you HAVE gone to a beautiful location, such as a state or national park or a wildlife preserve or heritage site, painting can be a great way to capture what you see! You ar...

April 28, 2020

In my latest video we will use wet on wet watercolor techniques to create our own version of a night sky, and it is a great way to try out a variety of techniques including wax resist and wet on wet watercolor painting.

You can also get experimental with mixed media! If you have sharpies, watercolor pencils or salt feel free to try them out!

 Depending on the materials you use, you can get a wide variety of affects.

For more information, I have made a document going over the process step by step.

https://bit.ly/nightskywatercolordocument

Let your wet watercolors flow together to create your own galaxy inspired night sky- or channel the colors of the northern lights!

However you do it, I hope you try this out and really make it your own!

April 21, 2020

Did you have fun playing with improvised watercolors last week? If you did and you got carried away and don't know what to do with all of those experiments, then I recommend that you use them for collage! Here's the video of the process, but feel free to keep reading for more detailed instructions

I tend to hang on to almost every scrap of painted paper (artist problems!) but it tends to come in handy! So in today's video I will walk you through a very relaxing process of making abstract art that can be later used for your own beautiful collage paper!  

If you end up making an abstract masterpiece you OF COURSE don't have to rip it up and turn it into collage paper- but sometimes it is nice to take off the "End Product" goal and jus...

April 15, 2020

Have you ever wanted to create at but just didn't have the right materials? Don't let that hold you back! You can easily look around you for inspiration.  You can create art with just about anything! In this video I experimented with different ways to use natural materials instead of traditional watercolors. The results were not exactly always as expected but it was a lot of fun to play around with. 

I spent some time gathering materials around my kitchen, but you could find potential pigments anywhere! Use hot water to dissolve our materials or let them sit overnight for the most potent pigments. 

 I used a palette to hold small amounts of the liquid to be able to paint from easily, but you could paint from the cups themselves...

April 7, 2020

DIY instructions on how to fold a sketchbook, with video and easy to follow step by step instructions

April 15, 2017

I've been talking about it forever, but I finally got around to it - I added a bunch of new stuff to my etsy shop.

Here's just a couple of the new things that went up:

First, some landscape birdhouses. I like painting on found objects, and i found some neat birdhouses that needed a little color. I'm not sure if a bird could fit in there, but what a stylish bird! I'd envision these more as art to display around the house, but you do you!

Second, I have some new driftwood necklaces available. They're on hemp cord and I think they look great with any outfit. They've been available locally at the art coop here, but I'm happy that they're now available everywhere!

Next, I'm sure you've seen my driftwood landscapes. I'm kind of obsessed with the...

April 5, 2017

I'm the first to admit that I'm always playing catch-up. While I'm usually a little bit behind, this one is way behind. I'm talking about last October.

Last fall I was invited to Duckfest in Bowdon, ND to do a live artist demo. Duckfest is a great event that brings together artists, hunters, farmers, and... well everyone i guess. There's fun, food, and a really high-quality art show.

I was in the library at the high school (an amazing project, considering that it was entirely community funded), and over the course of the day I did a few paintings. It was October, and the harvest was finishing up. Accordingly, my subjects for my paintings were some garden produce I'd pickled over the past few months.

First, I painted a 20x20 canvas of the...

October 29, 2016

Hi Internets!

So back in August my Plein Air painting group gave me the opportunity to attend the Northern Plains Ethnic Festival in Dickinson, and set up and painted among the crowds for a while. It was an amazing event (even if I arrived an hour early because Dickinson isn't in central time, but that's another story).

Regardless, I set up beneath a pine tree at the Prairie Outpost Park, and while the oom-pah of German music was ringing out, I did a couple paintings I'm pretty proud of. There was as beautiful antique windmill nearby and I had a great skinny canvas ready and I painted this:

 My sister lives out in the county, and has a windmill, and when she saw this said "that looks like my windmill!" Maybe all windmills look the sa...

October 25, 2016

Is it already October? Summer always seems to go by too quickly.

Between my residency at Turtle River State Park, the Plein Air painting group I'm lucky to be a part of, gardening (and canning all the resulting goodies) fall has snuck up on me.

I promised a while ago that I'd post the oil paintings I did at my residency at Turtle River State Park, so better late than never - here they are!

 As part of my residency, I donated one painting to the state park to be part of their permanent collection. It's such an honor to have my work on display where the inspiration struck me. It was a challenge to pick out the piece I thought best represented my residency, but I ended up choosing this one. It was the view of the sky and hillside from the ca...

August 13, 2016

I'm back home after my week-long residency at Turtle River State Park, and it was amazing! 

In this part 1 post, I'll be sharing all my acrylic paintings (the oils haven't quite dried yet, but they should be posted next week).

Big thanks to all the staff at Turtle River State Park, the ND Council on the arts and the ND Parks department for making this residency possible.

When the oils are all dried and framed I'll be listing everything on Etsy, and running a sale via coupon code, so if you've been waiting to pick something up that'll be your chance!

First, Turtle River State Park is a truly amazing place. In the Eastern portion of North Dakota, Turtle River State Park is a beautiful and unusual landscape. There's rolling hills carved  by r...

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