the Value of Fear

This week I spoke at 1 Million Cups about my art and business. Thanks so much to the organizers and audience! Speaking was miles from my comfort zone, which I loved. I had been avoiding public speaking like the plague. Until this year, that is, when I changed my business plan to include public speaking … Read more the Value of Fear

Cows in progress and Giveaway

Good Morning, I am excited about the in-progress painting that’s currently on my easel! These are the cows that live in the field next to us. Just being around cows is very soothing to me. Do you have that experience, too? I’m planning to make some nice glossy postcards with an image of this painting when … Read more Cows in progress and Giveaway

Fall has begun (only in paint!) And end of a show.

Here’s the beginning of Fall, next to the edge of Summer. Those lines are in there to make sure the series all flows together up on the wall. The funny thing is, I’m doing a lot of measuring, but I won’t actually be able to see them all together until they’re delivered. Because, although my studio … Read more Fall has begun (only in paint!) And end of a show.

New paintings at South Dakota Art Museum

Last week I took several new paintings over to the South Dakota Art Museum.  Two of them are paintings of Yellowstone National Park. They framed up nicely, and I just love those paintings, so I’m excited to have them out where a collector can fall in love with them.  

My Friend, commissioned painting

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 … Read more My Friend, commissioned painting

Aha, in art and elsewhere. South Dakota, portrait painting.

Click HERE to see and learn about South Dakota Portrait Artist’s Jessie Rasche’s portrait paintings. Click HERE to see and learn about horse and dog pet portraits. [products limit=”10″ columns=”5″ category=”portraits”] Have you had an “aha” period of time where you felt like your personal style was becoming evident? Like in your horse riding method, or … Read more Aha, in art and elsewhere. South Dakota, portrait painting.

Farm paintings: Do you miss the Midwest? South Dakota artist.

Click HERE to purchase one of these paintings. I’d love to hear from anyone who has moved away from the Midwest and smiles when they see this sort of farmland. It seems like a home town can really be in your soul, and I’m hoping my paintings can bring joy to people who miss it. That … Read more Farm paintings: Do you miss the Midwest? South Dakota artist.

Fall colors, (progress photo). Minnesota and South Dakota, portrait painting.

It’s a very grey day here, and I’m working on this painting of fall colors shining through the grey. Those greys are a challenge, but they’re so worth it. I’d love to hear from you if grey skies make you feel good, too. Other news: I’m helping someone preserve a childhood memory.  On Tuesday the collector … Read more Fall colors, (progress photo). Minnesota and South Dakota, portrait painting.

Horse paintings (available) Minnesota and South Dakota landscape paintings.

I’ve been working on this painting for a couple weeks, and took progression photos. The block-in phase is one of my favorites, maybe because it’s full of so much possibility. I really like how this one came out. The differences at the end are subtle – the shadow colors, the grasses and edges and horse … Read more Horse paintings (available) Minnesota and South Dakota landscape paintings.

Portrait painting: Boys on a Merry Go Round. Minnesota and South Dakota.

I really like this little painting of boys playing on a merry go round. The scene was so free and exciting; I’ve painted it many times. It was from a powwow we went to back in Washington, and there were lots of children playing on this old metal merry go round. Our son had so much … Read more Portrait painting: Boys on a Merry Go Round. Minnesota and South Dakota.

Portrait painting of mom and daughter. South Dakota artist.

Call or email if you’d like information about portraits. Bigger image.  Here is the finished portrait of my beautiful friends Erika and Seija. Thank you so much for sitting for me (for so long) for the sketches! I’ve been working on this portrait for a while. It’s the first one where I specifically asked someone … Read more Portrait painting of mom and daughter. South Dakota artist.

Farm and pasture painting. Minnesota and South Dakota landscape paintings.

I changed up the tree and greenery in the foreground quite a bit. Here’s the latest version of this painting. So much more pallet knife work… and paint! I feel like it’s more interesting, but also stands out from the rest of the painting more. What do you think? Latest iteration: Previous version: Call or … Read more Farm and pasture painting. Minnesota and South Dakota landscape paintings.

Cow painting. Minnesota and South Dakota landscape paintings.

Last weekend we went to the Artist Retreat with SD Artists Alliance at The Retreat at Pointer’s Ridge. It was a great group and a wonderful location. Any artists in the area, I recommend checking out both. (Painting is “Girl Next Door” – it’s the cows that moved into the field next to us – … Read more Cow painting. Minnesota and South Dakota landscape paintings.

Yellow roses painting (available). Minnesota and South Dakota artist.

These are the same roses from yesterday, but this painting is so thick… There’s a lot of pallet knife work here. On a completely different topic, I’ve been waffling for years about how to categorize my paintings on my web site. I used to have them categorized by subject (landscape, figurative, still life, portraits), but … Read more Yellow roses painting (available). Minnesota and South Dakota artist.

Yellow Roses oil painting on canvas. Minnesota and South Dakota paintings.

I’ve changed around my still life setup and had a very nice painting time last night and this morning. I love these lovely yellow roses. This colorful painting is painted on gallery wrapped canvas with unpainted sides, and is ready to hang unframed. Email the Artist to inquire or purchase.

Fruit painting: pears. Minnesota and South Dakota paintings.

My experiment of trying to use my round pointed portrait brushes as my main paint brushes for still lifes was really interesting. I disliked it! My pallet and tools for still lifes and landscapes has become completely different from my pallet and brushes for portraits (or the other way around). So last week I set … Read more Fruit painting: pears. Minnesota and South Dakota paintings.

Flower painting: violets (available). Minnesota and South Dakota paintings.

I’ve noticed that some vibrant greens and oranges and violets have been making appearances in my paintings occasionally. The last couple days I’ve been really enjoying that and going with it. I am always completely astounded by how different paintings look outside in the shade (1st picture) vs inside with indirect light. This painting is not … Read more Flower painting: violets (available). Minnesota and South Dakota paintings.

sold. Sunset oil painting. Minnesota and South Dakota landscape paintings.

The sky gives us a light show here almost every night. It’s quite beautiful. Jessie Rasche is an award winning South Dakota artist. Her landscape, floral and portrait paintings hang in private collections in every region of the US and Canada, and in Ireland, and have shown in galleries in South Dakota, Washington, California and Kansas. … Read more sold. Sunset oil painting. Minnesota and South Dakota landscape paintings.