Saturday, August 27, 2016

Bookmaking Process - Meeting

I took a plein air class  two weeks ago with a number of local artists. Attending the class was Andre' Nelson, the grandson of an artist friend of mine, Pat Nelson. Andre' has illustrated a couple of self-published books. Since I am in the process of illustrating three children's books, I asked him if we could meet to discuss the process. Another friend's 13 year old son, Noah is in the process of writing his own book and went along with me. The information was encouraging and helpful. He is presently working on illustrating a fourth book.

As a thank you to Andre' and good luck on your new book! I thought I would share his facebook art page so you can follow the progress of his new book. Thanks Andre'!

Andre' Nelson Art

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

En Plein Air Painting Class

En plein air (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃ plɛn ɛːʁ]), or plein air painting, is a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning "open (in full) air".

I took an 'en plein air' painting class with Dan Mondloch this past week. It has always seemed pretty intimidating to me, but it was an excellent class. I was not able to stay to paint, but did some en plein air painting while I was up at a friend's cabin this past week.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Yea, I sold two paintings today. Bethesda, a nursing home in Willmar is building a rehab wing. Our arts council director, Janet Olney, asked them if they would be interested in purchasing local art. They were and bought art from a number of local artists. Thanks Bethesda and Janet.

These are the two paintings they purchased.

Anthony and Ben Fishing
22x26 - Watercolor

Gradpa’s Chair
22x26 - Watercolor

Everyone Wants to be a Mom Continued...

Remember my pictures of our chickens stuffed into a couple of nest boxes. They sat on them for weeks on end. Well we decided they had to be physically removed or they would end up dying in there. Most of the eggs had broken anyway. They weren't very happy about having to vacate the nest boxes. I had to keep the door shut so they wouldn't go back in to sit on them again. They puffed their feathers all up, looked just like mini-turkeys and stood right by the coop door. It took them days and days to get over it. In fact one is still trying to hatch some eggs. The only problem is we take the eggs out every day and usually she's sitting in an empty box. Funny girls!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A Fun Surprise!

We went out for supper with Joan and DeWitt and had a fun surprise concert :)

Featured Artist at Terrace Mill

Studio Hop 2016

We Have Babies!!!

Daisies and Holly Hocks

Everybody Wants to be a Mom

Andrea Bocelli Concert

My favorite concert ever!

Spring 2016

Valentines Day Breakfast

New Babies

Twins Home Opener

Winter 2015

Fall 2015