I wanted to push the techniques I’ve been discovering farther – and bigger. I’m not sure if it comes through in a photo, but there’s a layering depth that I am loving.

This is my first real painting (rather than a technique test or study) in this medium. I’d love your feedback.

Seeing Through, 20×16″, acrylic on canvas, $500, Buy with PayPal

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Are you entranced by the colors that poke through the snow, too?

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I’ve been experimenting like crazy with Acrylics this month… I feel like this exploration will add a depth to my portraits and landscapes. This little painting took a few days, with lots of drying time between coats. I wanted to replicate the beautiful effect of opaque snow sitting on the amber wheat fields. This scene […]

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Her Garden, portrait combining different reference photos

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This portrait was a Christmas gift for a lovely woman, so I waited until after it was given to show it to you… Augusta’s daughter wanted a painting of Augusta in her garden (which I had seen several photos of on Facebook, and it is … glorious). She sent me some photos of Augusta outside, […]

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Hundred Year Storm, abstract painting #7

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This painting started to look celestial right away, and I was thinking about that storm that’s been happening on Saturn for hundreds of years… Can you see a storm?  Click to Bid While working on this painting and several paintings on paper, I got a much better grasp of how to manipulate this paint with acrylic […]

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You Hold Me Together, abstract painting #6 of 2017

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I am continuing to experiment with acrylic painting techniques. I tried contrasting thick opaque paint with an underwash. And more significantly, the thick solid paint is contrasted with marbled crazy paint. It looks very organic to me, like a microscopic picture of something. But what? Click to Bid

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Chasing My Tail, abstract painting #5 for 2017

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A giant dragon flying through the air, then flipping to catch it’s own tail… Or maybe a sunset… It’s both. I’m working through ideas about lines, and line quality. In art school I was kind of obsessed with varying my lines, especially when drawing the figure. With this painting I tried to make the edges interesting […]

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Layers of Warm, abstract painting #4 for 2017

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OK, this one actually looks like it glows. I am loving that. I want to use the glowing effect for some landscapes next month! Click to Bid One thing I think about a lot during my “regular” representational paintings is how thick the paint is… I want to have interesting areas where the paint is […]

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What I Feel, abstract painting #3 for 2017

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I’m continuing to explore colors and textures and relationships. Specifically, how the green shape fits in with the violet shape around it… are they merged together or separate? Is one growing from the other, or diving into it? Sometimes it’s hard to tell where one thing ends and the next begins – especially in matters […]

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Small Embrace, abstract painting #2 of 2017

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While I was working on this painting I was thinking about how the things I care about the most are the smallest things… things that cause complete chaos… and that give life purpose. What does that have to do with what I painted? I’m painting abstractly right now. I’m working out some issues of size […]

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Your Reflection, abstract painting #1 for 2017

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I’m starting off the new year with an abstract painting. I really enjoyed just getting into the raw colors and composition on this one. I find that painting abstractly energizes me and helps me. Because I  almost never post my abstract pieces, I’m not sure how to price it – so I’m just opening it […]

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My Friend, commissioned painting

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This is one of the most challenging paintings I’ve done, because it’s very conceptual. My son’s programming mentor was interested in a painting that will remind him of a crow that was a childhood friend, and which would talk to him from the barn roof. I ended up making a painting that looks fairly simple, but […]

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Art calendar for you. Happy New Year!

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I wanted to give you something pretty to say thank you for your interest and support of my art career, so I decided to make a beautiful 2017 monthly calendar that you can print at home. Download PDF of the Rasche art calendar here.  I hope you enjoy it! (If you’d rather purchase one that’s already […]

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Main Street Silo prints

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This is one of the paintings that has gotten the most comments, so prints are now available here. Thanks for looking!

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Merry Christmas

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To all my friends and family, to the wonderful people who are receiving this email, I am grateful for you, and wish you so much joy.

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Pallet knife roses

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This little painting was my class demo painting. What do you think? 5×7″, oil on linen panel. Available.   You may also be interested in these paintings with heavy use of pallet knife an painterly brushwork.  

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