Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Save the Date!

New paintings and soaps!  

Save the dates, December 1st and 2nd.   Noon til 6pm each day I will be hosting my Holiday Open House, at my home and studio located near Lucas.  

I will have several new soap scents (and shapes!), gift bags, and even a soap for Fido!

There will also be many new paintings from my plein air season this year, and some studio works as well.   Some are framed, some are ready for your own framing ideas.   I can help with that as well.

Also, there is still a little time left if you want something custom in time for Christmas.   Frame that graduation or wedding photo, children's art too!   A pet portrait maybe?    There's not much time left, so let me know what I can help you with!  

Monday, October 29, 2018

Is "talent" real?

I often hear "I wish I had talent".  Hmm.  I do understand it's meant as a compliment, and I appreciate that.   But art is often seen as this invisible, magical thing that isn't possible for many, if not most, people.  

Here is one of my very first watercolors.  I was in high school when I did this, entered a calendar contest and was included.   It's not bad for a high school kid, but there's plenty of issues with this horse....

   I spent tons of time around horses then, but yet made lots of mistakes.   Here's a more recent sample of a horse portrait....

Did I get more "talent" by now?  How exactly does a person 'get talent' anyhow? Or you either are born with it or not, is that how it works?

Everyone seems to have a desire to do certain things.   I have absolutely no desire to fly but yet my dad loved to.    Same with boats, no thanks!   

I do have the desire however to create.   So within having that I pursue new ways, teachers and ideas.   That is how you 'get talent."

I can't say going for it is always a fun time.   This past weekend I did something along these lines, I took another art class.   A drawing class.   Why?   Because I know the value of this exercise.    Is it fun?  Um, not really.  Honestly, its a beastly amount of work that is tedious at times, and generally doesn't produce a piece of art to sell.

“Amateurs look for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Chuck Close
At left is what I spent 3 hours work on this past Saturday.  (No, mine's on the right)   My lines are so light they are invisible, but they are there!  I have hours and hours yet to work on this.   I am copying this master-copy.  Why?  Who wants a copied copy of a....foot?! 

Its called Bargue plates, and they are an old method of teaching and learning to be as accurate as possible in drawing.   Not really a fun time, but the learning that happens certainly is!   These are like scales in music--no one buys a cd of scales to jam out to, but its the learning of them for their own value.   
"Good things come to she who waits...if she works like mad while she's waiting!"
So go out there and claim your talent!   Its just hiding under a pile of effort.  

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Open House!

....All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me" (-Three Dog Night)

Fall has almost come and gone already, but I have been asked several times about having an open house YES, I am!

On December 1st and 2nd, I'll have a Holiday Open House, at my house and studio!    I will have lots of new paintings from my trips this year and from home as well, and dont' forget allll those new soaps I've been posting about!  

I will have another little surprise as well, something new I've been working on and will have available during the Open House.  

So make plans to enjoy some cider and cookies, meet up with your friends for a fun afternoon!   (Time to be announced...)

Sunday, September 30, 2018


I planned a trip to Custer just to enjoy it.  No agenda, no rules; just me and my little dog, and my art supplies.   How perfect!
Not what I was expecting!
It was bitter cold so this one was fast and loose!

Of course Mother Nature thought she'd pull a fast one on me and decided to rain all day my first day, and then a few inches of snow the second day!    The third day was sunny and beautiful in a more typical way but I thoroughly enjoyed the other days also.

 I didn't get out and paint nearly as much as I planned due to this weather, but took tons of photos to work from later (in my warm studio!).  
*Really* not what I was hoping for!

the finished study that was on the easel in photo above
Study of Yellow bush, on the final and only sunny day!

creekside grasses in the sun on the last day

graphite sketch in the car to stay warm
These little pieces are all 5x7-ish and simply studies for myself, a record of my mini vacation.   I would very much like to try this again, but when its not so cold and wet!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Soap Shop!!

I've been making more soap than ever, and its become a problem with stuff all over the place!   So my hubby once again stepped up to help me--making a nifty little workbench with gobs of storage!   I will hang some upper cabinets also, and a cute little curtain for a door, but yea, my first official soap shop!  

I will be making some new things to add to my current large bars, ready in time for my in-home open house early this winter!  

I'll post a photo when its not so messy!

I've also been doing some paint outs, and did the sketch crawl yesterday in Sioux Falls.  That's when artists are given a list of spots to go sketch, and a limited time to do them all.   Like a game, and it was a fun day, albeit a bit warm.   I will say tho., with soooo many people and cars and noise I was in a pretty big hurry to get home!
Here's a piece I did plein air in DeSmet, all framed up.   8.5 x 10 pastel $175.  

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Busy Busy!

Summer is always a very busy time for me, I can barely keep up some days!
 Lots of riding, and lots of gardening including making chokecherry topping and pickles.    

I haven't' spent much time at all in studio but instead, I've been going out several times per week to plein air or at least take photos to use later.   I also want to be all ready for the upcoming plein air events, one of which I'm the poster girl this year!  Check the link!

And soaping, tons of soaping!   I've gotten so many types that my current system was no longer functioning at all.   So I did some swapping with a friend  and now have this dandy cabinet!   I used chalkboard paint on boxes to store various types and can write that on the box for ease of use.  

Also....I have begun planning a late fall home-show!   So be on the watch for the dates, I have new paintings, will have some plenty of soaps, and a few other things not yet decided.  
A recent plein air from nearby   7x9 pastel "Tipton Road Tree"

Monday, June 25, 2018

Rain and more rain

Power Poles  pastel on sanded paper 6x9

Section Line 6/24  6x9 pastel on sanded paper
We've gotten so much rain lately, the roads are mud, the dams and ditches are flooded.   I admit to rather liking this weather, at least for a while.   It lends an atmosphere that we don't see as often in my area.   Since all my gear is still loaded into Big Alyce (my tahoe), I went out last night even with spitting mist.   The sun was coming out every so often, and with everything so soaked, it was beautiful.  

The greens were so intense, as were the blue of the clouds passing over.    I was able to sit outside the car for a couple little sketches, enjoying the freshness of it all.   I used a deep blue jean colored paper, and put a hussle on it in case one of those deep dark clouds opened up.  

Roads are holding my interest lately and I especially like the section line roads--they are not traveled much and most are just a couple tracks leading off into the distance.   I would love to ride a horse down each one!