Hello art enthusiasts, here is the completed painting of our lovely local dry cleaner (detail below). I’ve been breaking one of the cardinal rules of blogging – taking a long break from posting. Thanks for hanging in there with me!

I’ve been refueling the creative juices. Do you do that as well? Since my last posting I’ve taken hundreds of source photos, and am excited about so many different painting ideas. I’m planning to continue with the local landscapes, heavy on landscapes with animals and people in them. If you have any requests, I’d love to hear them.

On a personal note, here’s what I’ve been up to: had lots of summer fun with our 8 year old son (right now he’s programming his minecraft turtle), made a big garden, stained our porch, soul searched and researched about our son’s education next year, house-trained and dealt with lots of medical issues with our new 100% awesome from-the-pound dog. What have you been up to this summer?

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Well Pressed Shirt, in progress, 16×20 inches

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This is the owner of the dry cleaning business in Brookings, SD. My son and I wnt in to pick up my husband’s suit, and when I saw him using this steaming press I was completely enthralled and asked if I could take source photos for painting. What do you think? I’m going to live […]

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Drunk on You, 6×6 inch, SOLD

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OK, this was my last shot at these pretty little yellow flowers. Now there are some neat little blue and purple guys outside that I might paint in the next couple days!

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Skinny-dipping | 6×6 inch | SOLD

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These flowers have really been doing a lot of modeling for me. I like how they looked this morning in this little teeny glass container. They looked like they’re dancing or swimming to me, hence the name. Purchase / more info: http://jessiesfineart.com/?p=3041

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Reaching for the Light | 6×6 inches | ready to hang | SOLD

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I wanted to do a much closer up painting of the same yellow flowers from yesterday. And I wanted the background to be sort of a chaotic party of paint, the way flowering bushes seem when you’re up close. What do you think? Here it is modeling in our kitchen. Available. Email me (jessie@jessiesfineart.com) to […]

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Last Flower | 6×6 inchs | ready to hang | SOLD

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    That yellow flower is one of the last ones on a flowering shrub outside… This is a really odd composition for me… with super thick impasto paint. Last Flower is painted on gallery wrapped canvas with smudged sides; it’s ready to hang. Great painting for a kitchen!    

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Deep in Thought | 6×6 inch | oil painting on wood | (available)

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This is a friend of mine who let me take her photo for painting. She has a very paintable look. Thanks to all the new newsletter subscribers! If you enjoy my newsletter, please let your friends know!

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Lovers, ~12×9 inch oil painting, picture of flowers (available)

April 20, 2015

I have had a long-standing love of flowers in their declining days. These flowers are at that stage and it has caused them to relax around each other. They look to me like they would love each other with their last breath. I’m having a completely retro month! All the things about this that are […]

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Three of a Kind | 6×6 inch | oil on canvas | available

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Maybe it’s because hide and seek is a favorite past time around our house, but that little horned owl egg timer looks like he’s thinking “you can’t see me, you can’t see me.” http://jessiesfineart.com/product-category/april-madness/ I’m starting to feel the still life love again. What do you think?

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Coffee Angel, 8×6″ figurative painting (available) & Painting Lessons

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Purchase here: http://jessiesfineart.com/?p=3025 About the painting I’ve been off sugar for almost a month now. When my son and I drive down to Sioux Falls, sometimes we stop at the drive through coffee shop on the way; he gets a muffin and I get a 1 million calorie coffee drink. So this week when we were […]

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Mother’s Day Portrait? And “Desire”, 6×8″ oil painting of ceramic bird, flowers and painted flower pots, and Thank You Ann.

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There is still time to get a portrait of your favorite mom and child in time for Mother’s Day! If you’re interested, call or email me right away. Lately I’ve been naming my paintings during the setup process, which is a lot of fun. Doesn’t this bird look like she wants to be just a […]

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Girl Next Door, 12×24″ oil painting of cows on a South Dakota farm

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I was so excited when these cows moved in next door last year. Recently several of them have had babies (2 are in this painting) and they’re so neat to watch growing up. I’ve been surprised how different these girls look from their busty cousins that I usually paint. What do you think? Detail (mom […]

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Dressed to Dance | 7×5″ oil painting of a turkey vulture (available)

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I wish I could dress as well as Her! She’s even wearing red high heals. I had no idea turkey vultures have so many beautiful colors in their feathers. At least, I think this is a turkey vulture – please correct me if I’m wrong! I got several photos of her airing in the wind […]

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I Miss You, 7×5 inch still life oil painting (available)

Thumbnail image for I Miss You, 7×5 inch still life oil painting (available) April 9, 2015

Don’t these tulips look like they miss eachother? I felt a little sorry for them – but they’re reunited now. :) Getting their little mouths to glow was a big challenge for me… This is the first still life painting I’ve made in … so long I’ve lost track. I’ll post the progress of this […]

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Duet, 10×8 in oil painting portrait (NFS)

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Detail above. Full painting below. This is my son and his lovely piano teacher practicing for their duet in this Saturday’s concert. It’s When the Saints Come Marching In. He’s doing really well with his timing and dynamics (and of course she’s amazing). More about portraits: http://jessiesfineart.com/commission-a-portrait.html

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La Grande III, 9×12″ oil painting of the Grande Ronde Valley

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Here is a painting of the Grande Ronde Valley (La Grande, Oregon) that I painted some time ago but I think I forgot to post it. I’m not sure why – I really like it! Do you have scenery like this in your neighborhood? Purchase / see more info: http://jessiesfineart.com/?p=2996

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Caden & Otter in the Light, final painting and personal note.

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Caden & Otter in the Light | 16×20 in |oil on canvas | (nfs) Portrait Commission Info Were there any good pranks in your life yesterday? My son got me with his first really effective April fools prank. He’s 7, so in the past they’ve been cute and sweet, but this one really got me good. […]

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Space, approx 24×54″, oil painting on canvas

Thumbnail image for Space, approx 24×54″, oil painting on canvas March 31, 2015

Going down the road in South Dakota, you look to the left and to the right and there are lovely fields with hay bales and the occasional house and barn surrounded by wind blocking trees. It’s a sparse vast land that is just full of color. That’s why this painting is named “Space.” Sometimes I […]

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White Wind, 9×12″ landscape oil painting

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There’s still time to Enter to win a custom painting! Just refer a friend to my e-newsletter. These buildings are thick and messy. I spread on a LOT of paint and smeared it with my pallet knife. The buildings look wind blown to me, which is how I’ve been feeling lately. I started running again […]

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The Tree and the Tower (available)

Thumbnail image for The Tree and the Tower (available) March 27, 2015

8×10 in., oil on stretched canvas, ready to frame. http://jessiesfineart.com This water tower looks so alien to me – like it just landed on our planet to survey – and of course it is surveying that lovely tree! OK, this painting is a little bit of a tree portrait. I just love trees.  I think […]

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