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New Hues Exhibit

The New Hues Exhibit artist reception was this past Saturday, scheduled to coincide with the first Art & Wine Walk of 2017.  The weather wasn’t cooperative but the art was fine!

I was inspired by the other artworks shown in the exhibit and have been busy in my art studio getting my new ideas out.  Sometimes I feel so full of passion and new ideas that I feel like my heart is going to burst.  Does that ever happen to you?

On the schedule this weekend is the Northwest Minnesota Art Council’s annual exhibit reception.  I’ll be traveling to Halstad, MN for that event.  I am happy to say that my piece, The Pressing Question, will be making it’s way around northwest Minnesota in the NWMAC traveling exhibit.

I’m working on getting notecards made from some of my prints.  I’m thinking about opening at Etsy store to sell them.  I do wonder if my work will get swallowed into the black hole that is Etsy, but I won’t know until I try.

New Work

I’ve got a few new pieces that I’m excited to share.  Three will be in the NWMAC March Exhibit and one has been entered into the NSMAC Annual Show.  I haven’t heard if it’s been accepted yet, but should find out soon.  All of the artworks I created are mixed media consisting of acrylic, ink, collage, and embroidery.  Wanna see them?  Ok!

This is a 12 x 16 art work called “She Lit a Fire”.  I was inspired by a song by Lord Huron while I was creating this one.

Here is “Hold On. Don’t Let Me Go”.  This was a really fun one to do.  Compared to my other artworks I would almost consider this minimalist style.  This one is 8 x 10.  The women portrayed in this work are the same person.

This is an 8 x 10 called “Luminous”.  I had some help with this artwork as you can see.  Our cat, Cookie, ate part of it while I was at work one day.  I was devastated and considered starting over from the beginning.  I decided to roll with the punches and modify the piece instead.  I will always love this piece because of the story and memory behind it.  I am considering putting some ink on Cookie’s paw and having her stamp the back since she so graciously helped me with this one!

Bonus pic of Cookie!  What a stinker.

The three pieces above are the ones that will be in the NWMAC March exhibit.  The one below is called “The Pressing Question” and the inspiration for this piece came from the political happenings of 2016/2017.

I love the layers of this work and find it so interesting to look at in person.  The colors are so vibrant!  It makes me happy too look at but at the same time communicates my strong feelings to what’s going on in America.  I’m so glad I have this artistic outlet to express my feelings.

That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by!

I Was Busy Doing Things

Hey, it’s me!  I’m back to update and hopefully check in a bit more than I have.  The 3 times per year doesn’t really cut it, huh?

This is going to be a quick update for what I’ve been doing and also a preview of what’s to come.

Ok, so since September I have been sewing up a storm.  Some successes, lots of failures, and many learning opportunities and lost money in between.  When something turns out the cost of fabric doesn’t really matter.  But when I mess it up, oh, now that is painful.  I had to put a ban on purchasing the custom fabric from all those Facebook groups that sell it for $20.00/yard.

My garment sewing has now merged with my love of mixed media art.  I started practicing free motion quilting so I can add textiles and stitches to the style of artworks I was creating the previous two years.  Here is an example of an art work created using only fabric and stitching.  This one isn’t finished yet but you get the idea.



Last night I started two artworks that will be shown in the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council gallery space next month.  These are going to be done on paper in my usual style but with textiles and stitching for embellishments.  I’m feeling so inspired!

Aside from my creative endeavors, my family has taken up snowshoeing.  What a great way to get outdoors.  I love the crunch, crunch of the snowshoes on snow and I enjoy the challenge of braving the cold and snowy conditions.

My husband and I went to Hayes Lake State Park for our first outing.  It was COLD.  There were times when I thought I was going to lose my fingers to frostbite but I powered through. 🙂  We had such a fun night and then went to Roseau for supper afterwards.


Yay for date night!

The three of us have gone out several times since then.  Our son caught on right away and he is a great sport with putting up with adventures.  I think he even enjoys himself, haha.

I’m a proud mom.

Look at him go!

Ok, that’s it for now.  I promise to update  on my artwork coming up.  I’m so excited about the direction it’s going.

P4P Jolly Roger Raglan

I completed the P4P Jolly Roger Raglan over Labor Day Weekend.  At first my son wasn’t quite sure if it was cool enough to wear, but after showing one of his buddies and his buddy proclaiming it was a cool shirt, my son then decided it was awesome.

jolly-roger-rag-picI used this Marvel fabric for the body and a stretch jersey ITY knit for the sleeves and neckband.  I didn’t like how the ITY fabric had a different stretch than the Marvel fabric.  I felt like that made the neckband more challenging.

One problem I have when making neckbands is that I sometimes don’t get all the layers through the serger.  That means I end up with a gap between the neckband and body of the garment.  This is super annoying but I am getting better at making sure all the layers are going through.

My current project is the Grandpa Cardi (also from P4P).  I’m hoping to finish up in the next day or so and will definitely be posting the final result.



Upsetting this Fruit Basket

I am changing the format of my website.  After realizing that my interests span so much more than mixed media art, I am leaving my options open and am going to be posting more content on my blog.  Mixed media art covers A LOT of art, but I don’t know if it covers enough.


Here’s the deal.  I recently took up sewing and feel the need to share my creations and process.  I absolutely love reading other sewing blogs and I think having more resources for sewists can only be a good thing.


I am giving myself the A-OK  to post whatever content I feel like sharing – it feels so good to allow myself to post freely about other topics – maybe I will post about my life too.  I’m sure you’d all love to read about that, ha!


Going forward the look of my website/blog may change and that is ok.  I like the current format but I might be adding a few more pages.  One with my sewing projects and perhaps a page full of useful links.  Stick with me for a while, I am excited to see where this is going to go.



Winter Holiday Art Exhibit

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is hosting their annual Holiday Art Exhibit in the NWMAC gallery at River Walk Artists in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.  The exhibit will be available to view through January 10, 2016.  This past weekend I attended the artist’s reception and had the honor of meeting a few of the fellow artists that participated in the exhibit.  It’s so fun to meet area artists and visit with them about their technique and process.

From the NWMAC website:

Featured works include whimsical pieces, including the oil painting “Snowman Fun” by Sue Ouellette, “If you Give a Moose a Candy Cane,” an acrylic painting by Erin Nelson of Grand Forks, and a mosaic-encrusted chair by Elizabeth Rockstad of Ada, Minnesota. The exhibit also includes sublime landscape photographs by Raul Consing of Grand Forks, watercolors by LaVonne Forsberg of Thief River Falls, and glassworks by Jolene Juhl of Greenbush, MN.

Other participating artists are: Brenda Baumer, East Grand Forks, oil painting; Elisa Boushee, Grand Forks, acrylic painting;  Phyllis Kalliokoski, East Grand Forks, watercolor; Lynne King, Alvarado, photography; Carolyn Meisel, Grand Forks, acrylic painting; Courtney Olson, Crookston, acrylic painting; Jan Osborn, Thief River Falls, acrylic painting; Jessica Pribula, East Grand Forks, acrylic painting; Kathryn Rynning, Kennedy, photography; Leanna Sandahl, Thief River Falls, acrylic painting; Betsy Saurdiff, Grygla, reductive printmaking; Dale Sickels, Grand Forks, watercolor painting; Alicia Spilde, Karlstad, mixed media; and Karlee Westrem, East Grand Forks, acrylic painting.

The pieces that I entered into the exhibit were Spirit Moose and Wild.  I was so happy to hear that Spirit Moose actually sold.  A first sale for me at the River Walk Artists gallery!

Wild Sm File


Spirit Moose

Spirit Moose