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Tammy Nara is a hiking artist and art teacher. She enjoys using watercolor and acrylic to create responses to the natural world.

At Paintandhike.com you can learn about places to hike and discuss the struggle of balancing creativity with the other important aspects of life. Make time for what is important.

Studio 321 of the Northrup King Building is open to the public on Saturday afternoons and some evenings. Subscribing to Tammy Nara’s email newsletter is a great way to have up-to-date information.

Tammy’s art has been shown at Studio 176 in Park Rapids, Minnesota and at the Red Wing Center for the Arts in Red Wing, Minnesota. Currently, her art is on the cover of the poetry book, Now We Will Speak in Flowers by Micki Blenkush.

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Large Paintings link to this group

Watercolor or acrylic originals 20″ x 20″ or larger.

painting of trees and stream

Bemidji Bog Walk: Lost Keys

There is a story here. This is part of the Bog Walk in Lake Bemidji State Park in Minnesota. I love this place and go there often to paint. One time when we got back to the car I did not have my keys. I know they were in my pocket. They must have fallen out when we sat on a bench. We retraced our steps. We went back the next day and tried again. No luck. Winter came and went. In May I tried asking at the ranger station if anyone found keys and turned them in. “Can you describe them?” Someone had turned them in in April! They were in the bog for 5 months! I will never know who found them or where but now this place reminds me of things lost and things found.

The original 22″x30″ watercolor is framed in gray wood with a white mat.

The prints are on paper. They can be rolled in a tube for easy shipping.

 

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abstract underwater scene

Underwater

This is a blast from the past. One day in 2012 I was painting this abstract landscape. Stepping back to take it all in, I was not pleased. I decided to have some fun with it before painting over the whole thing. I chose a color combination that interested me and spread it all at once across the whole thing with a “Take THAT!” attitude. Stepping back again, I thought, “Hmm. I like that!” After a few more touch ups, I dubbed it complete. It sat at home a long time before I was ready to show it. My husband encouraged me to show it and suggested that it reminded him of an underwater scene. I agree and suggest that this title is also a metaphor.

This unframed acrylic painting is on 36″x24″ stretched canvas.

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abstract painting with yellow center

Walking Far

This was painted after a very long walk. It felt good to push my physical body to its limit. I did not plan this image. I knew I wanted a horizon line and strong lines that could suggest plants overlapping or branches entering the scene. A hazy image of something on the water in the distance could suggest a ship. I enjoyed letting the paint become what you see here.

Original watercolor is 30″x22″ and framed in wood with conservation glass. It was at Studio 176 Park Rapids in July 2020, and now is back at Studio 321 Northrup King Building in Minneapolis.

 

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Small and Medium size Paintings link to this group

Watercolor, acrylic, mixed media. Sizes are listed.

drawing of plants, chair, and foot on an orange bacground

Basil Avocado in Orange

This is my first official completed work of 2021. A non-representational acrylic painting with a representational drawing transferred to it from my sketchbook. The words on the paper in my lap are “The only question is will this make me feel better or worse?” A good question to ask of ourselves.

The 6″ x 6″ original is on stretched canvas.

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painting of trees and island

Boundary Waters Island Campsite

We put in our canoes at the end of the Gunflint Trail. This is where we camped the first night. Many places in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are like this. Trees growing in impossible places. Still water so clear you can not believe it. I love watercolor on Yupo paper. It is so moveable. Hard to control but sometimes you happen upon something beautiful. Just like the Boundary Waters.

The original 5″ x 7″ watercolor is in a wood frame with conservation glass.

The prints are on paper and can be rolled in a tube for easy shipping.

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oak leaves and branches on canvas

Cool Place to Rest on a Prairie Trail

I was hiking at Frontenac State Park in Minnesota. It is well known for the views of the Mississippi River, but this time I wanted to explore the prairie trails. It was a hot sunny day. After about a mile I was doubting the wisdom of my choice to hike where there were few trees. And then suddenly I noticed the next tree had a bench under it. A perfect place to rest, have lunch, and paint a picture of the view. Looking up.

The original is watercolor on a 12″ x 9″ canvas board. It is sealed with wax and in a floater frame without glass.

Price is reduced because of a tiny spot of damage.

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acrylic abstract of leaves in white, gray, purple, tan

Dancing Leaves

Check out the art of Lisa Fertig, also here on the NEMAA shop.

It is thanks to her that I had to opportunity to create this in 2019. Acrylic on top of a layer of concrete/plaster with a wood base. Size is 8″ x 8″.

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Dandilion After a Long Dry Spell

A single dandilion growing in a green void. The blossom is at the end of its life cycle and will soon lose all its seeds. This was the first painting I created after a long time of not painting. It was also the first rainy day in a long time.

This 4″ x 6″ watercolor is at Studio 321 of the Northrup King Building

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Fading Yarn

Curving overlapping shapes and lines in a skein of yarn. Childhood memories of watching the skein get smaller as it got used up.

The original 7″ x 5″ watercolor on Yupo paper has ink details. It was at Studio 176 in Park Rapids in July 2020 and is now back at Studio 321 Northrup King Building.

Prints can be purchased with or without a white mat and foamcore backing.

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Flowers in Her Hair

My daughter liked to do interesting things with her hair. The shapes remind me of skeins of yarn. This ink drawing has a watercolor background and some acrylic paint details.

The 12″ x 9″ original watercolor was at Studio 176 Park Rapids in July 2020, and now is back at Studio 321 Northrup King Building in Minneapolis.

The 15″x11″ print is on paper and ships rolled in a tube.

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watercolor flowers

Flowerview: 5 Tulips

Watercolor on Yupo paper is a great combination to get across the feeling of dense overlapping foilage. I painted layer over layer over layer until it told me it was done. This process requires letting go of the idea that it can all be controlled. Painting and gardening are more enjoyable for me when I think of my role as guide and observer.

This orginal unframed watercolor is 11″ x 11″.

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abstract jigsaw lines in orange space

Going Deep

A soft and pleasant surface that is cut away by a jigsaw. I was thinking of how water carves away at the land, like at the Grand Canyon. The layers go deep. The two pieces are part of the same thing but no longer fit together. I showed this to some friends who all saw it in their own way. Some saw tranquility, some saw an abyss, some saw pizza.

This 5.5″ x 7.5″ original watercolor is in a frame with outside dimensions of 13″ x 16″.

The notecards are 5″ x 7″ folded cards, blank on the inside, and include an envelope.

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painting of pink rocks and blue waves

Grand Marais Artist’s Point

In Grand Marais, Minnesota, there is a place called Artist’s Point. You have to climb over roots and rocks to get to this spot on the shore of Lake Superior. The water is clear. The rocks are enormous and mostly flat. Long cracks in the rocks form gaps that are fun to jump.

The 6″ x 4″ original watercolor is in a simple black wood frame.

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painting of blue gray rectangles and half of a bridge.

Half a Bridge

Bridges connect people. We build metaphorical bridges between ourselves and others. You are responsible for your half of the bridge. You do not have to always be the one who maintains the entire bridge.

This mixed media painting is acrylic, ink, and concrete on a wood base. Dimensions are 8″ x 8″ x 1.5″.

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painting of river rapids in deep gray and rust

Iron Rich Water and Energy

The St. Louis River flows through Jay Cooke State Park in Northern Minnesota. The water forms an interesting shape here as it falls and then splashes over a large rock. This is one of my favorite places. Over the years I have returned to this spot many times to paint. Each painting is unique. The colors, the line style, the composition, and the textures change with the weather, the season, and my mood.

This 12″ x 9″ original watercolor is in a frame with outside dimensions of 16″ x 13″.

The notecards are 7″ x 5″ folded cards, blank on the inside, and include an envelope.

 

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green painting of knitting

K2 P2 With a Double String

“Make Time for What is Important”. That is the phrase that helps me stay true to my values. Painting, hiking, family, friends, and community are important to me. When I paint, I show what I notice in the world around me. I am giving back to the creator by creating my response. My intention is to convey gratitude. Knitting is a process that requires time. When one person knits for another, they are giving their time. This picture could be God knitting for us, or it could be you knitting for a person you care about.

This 12″ x 9″ watercolor was part of an exhibit at the Benedictine Center in St. Paul titled, “Seeing God”. I was honored to be included in the multi-faith event.

Postcards are 7″ x 5″ and include envelopes.

In July, 2020, the original was at Studio 176 Park Rapids in July 2020, and now is back at Studio 321 Northrup King Building in Minneapolis.

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abstract landscape with water

Mississippi River Autumn Memory

The “Memories” Series: In 2020 I went through all my old paintings. Snapshots in time seen through today’s eyes. Some of them inspired me to add my current thoughts. Here is one: The Mississippi River in South Minneapolis. Late afternoon autumn light. I intensified the color and put a frame around it. This painting had to wait for me to discover Posca markers in order to be finished.

This 15″x11″ multimedia work on paper is unframed.

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Misty Landscape

This one was a joy to create. I watched as the layers of color interacted and became landscape. My goal was to keep it simple and let the paint suggest my next step.

The original 6″ x 4″ watercolor on paper was at Studio 176 Park Rapids in July 2020, and now is back at Studio 321 Northrup King Building in Minneapolis.

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Mounds Park Milkweed

I was with a group of artists painting outside at Mounds Park in St. Paul, Minnesota.

We had a great view of the Mississippi River and the tall buildings of downtown, but I chose to focus on this milkweed plant growing at the edge of the park where the mowed grass ends and the untended hillside begins.

The lines were drawn with a resist fluid pen. The paint was applied after the resist fluid dried and then removed after the paint dried. The expression, “like watching paint dry” does not have quite the same meaning for me as it does for most people.

This 11″ x 15″ watercolor sat in storage for a few years. It has grown on me. It was one of the ones I chose to frame for the July 2020 show in Park Rapids, Minnesota. It is back at Studio 321 Northrup King building now.

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trees on dark background with white contours

Night Tree Contours

My studiomate Lisa Fertig gets some of the credit here. She invited me to paint at the studio back in 2019 to try a new technique with concrete on wood. The white lines here are carved down through the paint into the concrete layer underneath.

 

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Primary Seascape

Sometimes we just need to see bright, flowing color. While creating this, I watched the colors interact and gently guided the direction of the flow. After it was done, it reminded me of a seascape.

The original watercolor on Yupo paper is 8″ x 10″. It is in a black wood frame with outside dimensions of 10″ x 13″.

The notecards are 5″ x 7″ folded cards with envelopes, blank on the inside.

This item is available for pickup or shipping.

Raspberry Leaves

It is a wonderful thing to be hiking and suddenly notice raspberries growing right next to you. It is good to be able to identify edible plants. If you see leaves that look like this, look closer, there might be berries.

This original 7″ x 5″ watercolor was at Studio 176 Park Rapids in July 2020, and now is back at Northrup King Building in Minneapolis.

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Roots and Rocks: Line Drawing

I noticed that my favorite type of trail is a dirt path with roots and rocks next to a river. This drawing is from my imagination. It is a combination of many different places I have experienced. When I sat down to draw this, my intention was simply to get the image out of my head and onto the paper. Now I feel moved to share it. Enjoy.

The original is ink on 90lb sketchbook paper 6″ x 9″.

Prints are also available.

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Tree that needs Pruning

Pruning metaphor is on my mind. Need to cut away the unhelpful to make way for new growth.

The original 6″ x 9″ watercolor with ink details was at Studio 176 Park Rapids in July 2020, and now is back at Studio 321 Northrup King Building in Minneapolis.

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3 yellow leaves on purple blue background

Waterplant Memory

The “Memories” Series: In 2020 I went through all my old paintings. Snapshots in time seen through today’s eyes. Some of them inspired me to add my current thoughts. Here is one: Waterplants. In 2002 I made a series of watercolor paintings with simple contours of this species of plant. I remember they grew in abundance in the small lake near the house where I grew up. In 2020 I experience the memory again but this time the colors are more vivid with intense yellow sunlight.

This 10″x14″ watercolor/acrylic/gouache painting is unframed.

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Weeping Willow

Watercolor and ink on Yupo Paper.

This tree is at Lake Phalen in St. Paul, Minnesota. The trunk has a large circumference compared to the other trees in the park. I notice my drawing looks a bit like the torso of a human. Interesting. Unintended.

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Window View

This started as an abstract painting exploring grid and organic shapes. As I worked with the rectangles and the layers of organic shapes it became clear that I was thinking about looking at nature from inside. This piece is about opposites: outside/inside, organic/geometric, near/far. Maybe you can see other opposites too.

So far I do not have prints or cards of this image. Let me know if you are interested in those options and I can contact my printer. That goes for any of my other images as well.

The original is 11″ x 15″ watercolor on 140lb cold press paper. 16″ x 20″ mat.

 

 

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painting of yarn

Yarn Landscape

Knitting is the act of giving your time to someone you care about. It is fascinating to me how looping yarn in different ways creates an infinate variety of fabric types. I find that the overlapping curved forms create reminders of many different things. In this case I was reminded of a landscape but I still wanted it to be recognizable as a skein of yarn.

This unframed original watercolor and ink painting is 12″ x 9″.

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Original Postcards link to this group

Original art, economical price.

3 Hosta Leaves

If you are familiar with my work you know I love to draw leaves. These are drawn with resist fluid which was removed after the watercolor was dry.

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4 Hosta Leaves

If you are familiar with my work you know I love to draw leaves. These are drawn with resist fluid which was removed after the watercolor was dry.

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Anniversary Ivy Sweep

Anniversary Ivy Sweep

In January 2021 my husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. When we started dating I gave him an ivy plant. We still have it. I like the shape of the leaves and the sweeps of color across the contour lines.

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Anniversary Ivy Vertical

Anniversary Ivy Vertical

A variation of the ivy. On this one the pencil lines remain as a ghostly suggestion of more leaves among the strong vertical lines in the background.

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blue hand drawing a leaf

Draw Leaves

I still do not know why I never get tired of drawing leaves. It is something I need to do. Even when I try to focus on something else, like part of a human figure, I still draw leaves.

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Elm Creek Bridge Orange

Elm Creek Bridge Orange

Bridges are connections. They are also paths across difficult places. This painting was inspired by a walk at Elm Creek Park Reserve in Anoka County, Minnesota.

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Elm Creek Bridge Purple

Elm Creek Bridge Purple

Another Elm Creek painting, this one a bit simpler with color a bit more subtle. The trail continues into the distance on the other side of the bridge.

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Black line drawing of leaves with purple yellow background and some colored pencil details

Ivy at Dawn

These leaves are starting to become more real but still the dawn light is the star of this show.

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black and green line drawing of leaves on yellow purple background

Ivy Becoming

These leaves are either becoming real or they are fading away.

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black line drawing of leaves on red and orange background

Ivy Contours

This was inspired by a line in a poem by Minnesota Poet Lisa Higgs, “I wipe the page dry of morning and wait for something unknown to be made clear”. The poem is titled, Downpour, and I was introduced to it through Red Wing Arts.

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organic shapes on a colorful background

Leafy Puzzles

Jigsaw puzzles and oak leaves are interesting shapes that have a lot in common. When I shared images of this and another recent postcard painting, an artist friend of mine said, “Leafy Puzzles and Puzzley Leaves!” I said, “Exactly!”

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Lighthearted Moment in the Flood

Lighthearted Moment in the Flood

Walking at Vadnais Lake in Ramsey County, Minnesota I stopped to draw these trees. Does it look to you like the tree on the left is laughing and saying to the other tree, “oh stop, you have got to be kidding”

I did not intend to make the background look like a flood, but it does. And flooding is a problem in this area. Coincidence?

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Milkweed Pods at Snail Lake

This November was unusually warm for Minnesota. Lots of blue and gold. Those milkweed pods look a lot like birds and tree stumps can look a lot like people.

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green yellow leaves with water droplets on red purple background

Morning Rain

Colored pencil and Ink leaves. Clear acrylic causes the ink to blend in places. Watercolor background.

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black line drawing of two trees on a light blue and red background

Oakdale Pair

These two oak trees are growing side by side in Oakdale Nature Preserve in Oakdale, Minnesota.

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Oak Leaves

If you are familiar with my work you know I love to draw leaves. These are drawn with resist fluid which was removed after the watercolor was dry.

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Purple Oak

Purple Oak

At Silverwood Park in the Three Rivers Park District in Minnesota there is an island and on that island are beautiful oak trees. It was a cold and windy day but not too cold to sit at a picnic table long enough to draw this. I decided not to add to it when I got home, I want it to remain a record of that resting time.

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line drawing of leaves on colorful background

Puzzley Leaves

Jigsaw puzzles and oak leaves are interesting shapes that have a lot in common. When I shared images of this and another recent postcard painting, an artist friend of mine said, “Leafy Puzzles and Puzzley Leaves!” I said, “Exactly!”

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Rainbow Boots

Rainbow Boots

At William O’Brien State Park in Minnesota you can walk a good long way. A log makes a fine resting spot. Looking down, I drew what I saw. The rainbow color was added later. My daughter and I had almost the same size feet and sometimes she wore these boots.

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StoneBridge in Stillwater

The oldest existing stone arch bridge in Minnesota is in Stillwater. It was part of a military road that connected the Stillwater area to Lake Superior.  Now it is on someone’s private property, but still visible from the bike trail.

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Walking in the Rain

Walking in the Rain

Have you ever walked in the rain? “Not enough sense to come in from the rain” is a phrase I recall adults saying in my childhood. Sometimes it can be very cathartic to walk in the rain. Afterwards, being warm and dry is even more wonderful than before the walk.

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Greeting Cards link to this group

5″x7″ images of the art printed on blank notecards or postcards.

painting of bike tire and plants

Don’t Let the Grass Grow Under your Bike Tires

I love to ride my bicycle, why do I put it off?

The original 12″ x 9″ watercolor is already in its new home, but three sizes of prints are available.

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green painting of flowers

Flowerview: One of Each

This watercolor on Yupo paper was inspired by the poem, Now We Will Speak in Flowers by Micki Blenkush. It is the cover of Blenkush’s book of poems by the same name.

The concept in the poem that intrigued me was the idea that communication can still happen even when talking is not possible. The actors in the poem are in a garden and one of them cannot find the words they want to say but can point out the species of flowers and name them. The point was that the two of them being together was enough. Knowing the flowers was their shared experience.

This original is sold.

Prints are 10.5″x11″ and can be purchased with or without a mat.

The notecards are 5″ x 7″ folded cards with envelopes, blank on the inside.

The paperback book of poems is published by Blue Light Press. We have some copies available at Studio 321 Northrup King Building. Click here to contact the author and purchase directly from her.

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drawing of fox, leaves and a person

Fox at the Bottom of the Steps with a Black Background

This drawing was part of the Poet-Artist Collaboration at Red Wing Arts. It was inspired by the poem, Reverie with a Fox by Mim Kagol.

When I first read this poem, I was struck by the phrase, “placid yellow glisten of just-sunrise sifting through the maple leaves”. I wanted to capture that pre-dawn appreciation of first light.
I spend a lot of time outside and have encountered animals in my path. It reminds me that we are all entitled to our existence. The poem mentions a hand stilled on the door latch and feet feeling the chill of the stone floor. I imagined being jolted from my preoccupation with human concerns to contemplate the way the fox must be experiencing this same morning light.
Because of the need to stay home during the pandemic, I switched from paint to colored pencil and paint pen. These are materials that I enjoyed in the past and my inner child was thrilled to use them again. My color choices were responses to that joy. I used similar colors for all the objects in the picture. This was both to create visual unity and to express a connection between all the objects represented: human, animal, plant, stone, sky.
This poem draws attention to the fact that chance events can be powerful reminders of what it is to exist.

 

The original colored pencil and paint pen drawing is sold.

Prints are 11″x14″ and can be purchased with or without a 16″x20″ white mat.

Postcard Prints are 5″x7″. Suitable to frame or mail, your choice!

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abstract jigsaw lines in orange space

Going Deep

A soft and pleasant surface that is cut away by a jigsaw. I was thinking of how water carves away at the land, like at the Grand Canyon. The layers go deep. The two pieces are part of the same thing but no longer fit together. I showed this to some friends who all saw it in their own way. Some saw tranquility, some saw an abyss, some saw pizza.

This 5.5″ x 7.5″ original watercolor is in a frame with outside dimensions of 13″ x 16″.

The notecards are 5″ x 7″ folded cards, blank on the inside, and include an envelope.

This item is available for pickup or shipping.

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painting of river rapids in deep gray and rust

Iron Rich Water and Energy

The St. Louis River flows through Jay Cooke State Park in Northern Minnesota. The water forms an interesting shape here as it falls and then splashes over a large rock. This is one of my favorite places. Over the years I have returned to this spot many times to paint. Each painting is unique. The colors, the line style, the composition, and the textures change with the weather, the season, and my mood.

This 12″ x 9″ original watercolor is in a frame with outside dimensions of 16″ x 13″.

The notecards are 7″ x 5″ folded cards, blank on the inside, and include an envelope.

 

This item is available for pickup or shipping.

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drawing of trail maintenance volunteer

It’s a Sign! Volunteer!

This is a drawing of my daughter doing trail maintenance on the Superior Hiking Trail. It includes black ink, watercolor, and acrylic. Volunteering on the trail was a great experience for both of us.

20% of the sale of these prints will be donated to the Superior Hiking Trail Association.

The original is not for sale but there are two sizes of prints available.

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green painting of knitting

K2 P2 With a Double String

“Make Time for What is Important”. That is the phrase that helps me stay true to my values. Painting, hiking, family, friends, and community are important to me. When I paint, I show what I notice in the world around me. I am giving back to the creator by creating my response. My intention is to convey gratitude. Knitting is a process that requires time. When one person knits for another, they are giving their time. This picture could be God knitting for us, or it could be you knitting for a person you care about.

This 12″ x 9″ watercolor was part of an exhibit at the Benedictine Center in St. Paul titled, “Seeing God”. I was honored to be included in the multi-faith event.

Postcards are 7″ x 5″ and include envelopes.

In July, 2020, the original was at Studio 176 Park Rapids in July 2020, and now is back at Studio 321 Northrup King Building in Minneapolis.

This item is available for pickup or shipping.

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trees on dark background with white contours

Night Tree Contours

My studiomate Lisa Fertig gets some of the credit here. She invited me to paint at the studio back in 2019 to try a new technique with concrete on wood. The white lines here are carved down through the paint into the concrete layer underneath.

 

This item is available for pickup or shipping.

Milkweed Pods at Silverwood

Simplicity is the goal here. Capturing the blue and gold of late autumn and the white fluff of the milkweed seeds taking flight in the wind.

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painting of trees and grid background

Patchwork Trees

The plan was to use the grid to make this image as realistic as possible. I thought I would do one square each day. It did not turn out that way and that is OK! I like how the geometric and organic shapes remind me of a quilt.

The original has already found its new home.

There are two sizes of prints available.

This item is available for pickup or shipping.

Primary Seascape

Sometimes we just need to see bright, flowing color. While creating this, I watched the colors interact and gently guided the direction of the flow. After it was done, it reminded me of a seascape.

The original watercolor on Yupo paper is 8″ x 10″. It is in a black wood frame with outside dimensions of 10″ x 13″.

The notecards are 5″ x 7″ folded cards with envelopes, blank on the inside.

This item is available for pickup or shipping.

Prints link to this group

Photo prints from digital scans of the art.

painting of trees and stream

Bemidji Bog Walk: Lost Keys

There is a story here. This is part of the Bog Walk in Lake Bemidji State Park in Minnesota. I love this place and go there often to paint. One time when we got back to the car I did not have my keys. I know they were in my pocket. They must have fallen out when we sat on a bench. We retraced our steps. We went back the next day and tried again. No luck. Winter came and went. In May I tried asking at the ranger station if anyone found keys and turned them in. “Can you describe them?” Someone had turned them in in April! They were in the bog for 5 months! I will never know who found them or where but now this place reminds me of things lost and things found.

The original 22″x30″ watercolor is framed in gray wood with a white mat.

The prints are on paper. They can be rolled in a tube for easy shipping.

 

This item is available for pickup or shipping.

painting of trees and island

Boundary Waters Island Campsite

We put in our canoes at the end of the Gunflint Trail. This is where we camped the first night. Many places in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are like this. Trees growing in impossible places. Still water so clear you can not believe it. I love watercolor on Yupo paper. It is so moveable. Hard to control but sometimes you happen upon something beautiful. Just like the Boundary Waters.

The original 5″ x 7″ watercolor is in a wood frame with conservation glass.

The prints are on paper and can be rolled in a tube for easy shipping.

This item is available for pickup or shipping.

painting of bike tire and plants

Don’t Let the Grass Grow Under your Bike Tires

I love to ride my bicycle, why do I put it off?

The original 12″ x 9″ watercolor is already in its new home, but three sizes of prints are available.

This item is available for pickup or shipping.

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Fading Yarn

Curving overlapping shapes and lines in a skein of yarn. Childhood memories of watching the skein get smaller as it got used up.

The original 7″ x 5″ watercolor on Yupo paper has ink details. It was at Studio 176 in Park Rapids in July 2020 and is now back at Studio 321 Northrup King Building.

Prints can be purchased with or without a white mat and foamcore backing.

This item is available for pickup or shipping.

Flowers in Her Hair

My daughter liked to do interesting things with her hair. The shapes remind me of skeins of yarn. This ink drawing has a watercolor background and some acrylic paint details.

The 12″ x 9″ original watercolor was at Studio 176 Park Rapids in July 2020, and now is back at Studio 321 Northrup King Building in Minneapolis.

The 15″x11″ print is on paper and ships rolled in a tube.

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green painting of flowers

Flowerview: One of Each

This watercolor on Yupo paper was inspired by the poem, Now We Will Speak in Flowers by Micki Blenkush. It is the cover of Blenkush’s book of poems by the same name.

The concept in the poem that intrigued me was the idea that communication can still happen even when talking is not possible. The actors in the poem are in a garden and one of them cannot find the words they want to say but can point out the species of flowers and name them. The point was that the two of them being together was enough. Knowing the flowers was their shared experience.

This original is sold.

Prints are 10.5″x11″ and can be purchased with or without a mat.

The notecards are 5″ x 7″ folded cards with envelopes, blank on the inside.

The paperback book of poems is published by Blue Light Press. We have some copies available at Studio 321 Northrup King Building. Click here to contact the author and purchase directly from her.

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drawing of fox, leaves and a person

Fox at the Bottom of the Steps with a Black Background

This drawing was part of the Poet-Artist Collaboration at Red Wing Arts. It was inspired by the poem, Reverie with a Fox by Mim Kagol.

When I first read this poem, I was struck by the phrase, “placid yellow glisten of just-sunrise sifting through the maple leaves”. I wanted to capture that pre-dawn appreciation of first light.
I spend a lot of time outside and have encountered animals in my path. It reminds me that we are all entitled to our existence. The poem mentions a hand stilled on the door latch and feet feeling the chill of the stone floor. I imagined being jolted from my preoccupation with human concerns to contemplate the way the fox must be experiencing this same morning light.
Because of the need to stay home during the pandemic, I switched from paint to colored pencil and paint pen. These are materials that I enjoyed in the past and my inner child was thrilled to use them again. My color choices were responses to that joy. I used similar colors for all the objects in the picture. This was both to create visual unity and to express a connection between all the objects represented: human, animal, plant, stone, sky.
This poem draws attention to the fact that chance events can be powerful reminders of what it is to exist.

 

The original colored pencil and paint pen drawing is sold.

Prints are 11″x14″ and can be purchased with or without a 16″x20″ white mat.

Postcard Prints are 5″x7″. Suitable to frame or mail, your choice!

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drawing of trail maintenance volunteer

It’s a Sign! Volunteer!

This is a drawing of my daughter doing trail maintenance on the Superior Hiking Trail. It includes black ink, watercolor, and acrylic. Volunteering on the trail was a great experience for both of us.

20% of the sale of these prints will be donated to the Superior Hiking Trail Association.

The original is not for sale but there are two sizes of prints available.

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Raspberry Leaves

It is a wonderful thing to be hiking and suddenly notice raspberries growing right next to you. It is good to be able to identify edible plants. If you see leaves that look like this, look closer, there might be berries.

This original 7″ x 5″ watercolor was at Studio 176 Park Rapids in July 2020, and now is back at Northrup King Building in Minneapolis.

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painting of hiking boot

Superior Hiking Trail: Waterproof

I dislike driving in the rain. One time when I was driving along the North Shore of Lake Superior in the rain I decided to pull into Cascade State Park. Walking in the rain was no problem for me, especially with my waterproof boots. I was very careful with my steps, looking down often at my feet.

This original is sold.

There are currently two unframed prints available that are matted to fit a 16″ x 20″ frame.

 

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