26 Feb

Portrait artist paints a mom and baby in watercolor

Baby Carrier / by Jessie Rasche / 3.5 x 5.5 in / available in my gallery of available paintings / inquire / Love It Guarantee

This is my first completed watercolor painting since the workshop I took last weekend with Stan Miller. What Stan taught about composition really resonated with me, and I’ve realized how I can better follow my heart in this area. And more importantly he gave me structure and ideas for evaluating my compositions that I didn’t have. Anyways, can you tell the difference in my composition? What do you think? I’m happy, and I might make a big oil painting from this small work.


24 Feb

The network for artists with kids – INTRODUCTIONS!

The network for artists with kids.

Join the network: Comment a “Hello” or more! 

Hello fellow artist-parents! Let’s talk about juggling being a mom/dad and being an artist. I’ve already collected months worth of tips and am excited to share them! We’ll talk about finding time, studio management, finding energy, loving parenting techniques, etc.  I hope you find this network helpful and inviting. We’d love to read about YOU, your child and/or your art. There will be a new open-ended CHALLENGE and TIP(S) every Friday.


CHALLENGE 1: Introduce yourself. Click the “Comment” button and let us know who you are. Just say “Hi” or answer these questions. (Click “Read More” for my info):

  • Your name
  • Medium you work in
  • How old is your child / children?
  • How long have you been making art?
  • What is your biggest obstacle to creating art? (Or parenting?)
  • What’s the best technique you’ve learned for balancing art and kids – or anything related?
  • Your URL?

Save energy: Prepare your studio so that you can walk in and start working. For me, the 2 things that always need to be done are cleaning my pallet and cleaning my brushes. If you’re in the same boat, when you only have a couple minutes of free time, go into your studio space and grab your oil painting brushes that are too crusty to use. Put them in an old glass jar with 1 part Murphy’s Oil Soap and 1 part water. Try not to let the solution go above the bristles. Every once in a while smoosh the bristles a little. When they’re soft enough to scrub and rinse, you will have a very happy surprise! And, you’ll be ready to paint.

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24 Feb

Portrait artist paints a mom and baby in Piggyback 2 & Goals

I’m working on a watercolor painting (here’s a detail) and really working on the composition. What do you think so far? I had forgotten how much I love watercolor.

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22 Feb

Workshop last weekend

I took a painting workshop last weekend by the great watercolor artist Stan Miller. It was a really specific workshop: how to deal with backgrounds in watercolor portraits. I’m playing with the ideas and will post some new work soon. I already feel like a better painter. Read More