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Tammy Nara is a hiking artist and art teacher. Her drawings and paintings combine representational line with layers of abstract color. She enjoys using watercolor and acrylic to create responses to the natural world.

At Paintandhike.com you can view art, read about places to hike, and discuss the struggle of balancing creativity with the other important aspects of life. Subscribe to Tammy Nara’s email newsletter for the most up to date information.

Make time for what is important.

Studio 321 of the Northrup King Building opens by appointment only. When you purchase art through this site you can indicate if you want shipping or pickup.

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.

Thank you for taking the time to view her art!

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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 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.

There is one 11″x17″ print available, and the original is available.

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

Both the original painting and a print are available.

The original 5″ x 7″ watercolor is in a wood frame 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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abstract colorful leaves

Collected Leaves

This was an exploration of shape and color. Outline of leaves was drawn in masking fluid. In some places the line is the edge between colors and in some places the color is allowed to flow across the line. Color outside the lines! These leaves were collected at Frontenac State Park in Minnesota.

The 7″ x 5″ postcard prints were altered to increase the color saturation.

Print-on-Demand products featuring my art are available at tammy-nara.pixels.com. I ordered a canvas bag with this painting on it. I wanted to see if I approve of the quality and I do. It is heavy canvas with sturdy straps. 18″ x 18″ is a good size for shopping.

The original watercolor is now sold.

 

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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 canvas board. It is on display at the Red Wing Arts Depot through August 2020. Contact Redwingarts.org for visiting information.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

There is an 11″ x 11″ print available.

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 already sold.

There are two sizes of prints available.

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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 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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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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painting of river rapids in purple and tan

Jay Cooke Favorite Spot in Purple and Tan

The St. Louis River runs through Jay Cooke State Park on its way to Lake Superior. This spot is a little bit off the trail. There is a perfect chair-shaped rock with a ledge for my water cup and paint palette. I have often sat here over the years and painted this same spot. The shapes are always the same, but the colors and the way I interpret the scene are always different.

This is a 6″ x 4″ watercolor with details in ink. The frame is black and has outside dimensions of 11″ x 9″.

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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.

Notecards are 7″ x 5″ and are blank on the inside.

Postcards are also 7″ x 5″. Both postcards and notecards come with 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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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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3 colorful hosta leaves

Original Postcard: 3 Hosta Leaves

This is an original painting on an actual postcard. You could mail it to a friend or put it in a frame. Personally, I would want to keep it protected from the elements, so it is in a protective clear plastic sleeve.

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 colorful hosta leaves

Original Postcard: 4 Hosta Leaves

This is an original painting on an actual postcard. You could mail it to a friend or put it in a frame. Personally, I would want to keep it protected from the elements, so it is in a protective clear plastic sleeve.

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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tree drawing on orange

Original Postcard: JoAnn’s Porch

This original ink drawing on a watercolor background is on an actual postcard. You could mail it to a friend or put it in a frame. Personally, I would want to keep it protected from the elements, so it is in a protective clear plastic sleeve.

I was at my friend’s cabin and noticed the bark on the side of a tree looked like a face in profile. I drew it that way but did not want it to stand out too much. I think this is a Norway Pine. If you know for sure if it is or isn’t, please let me know!

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colorful oak leaves

Original Postcard: Oak Leaves

This is an original painting on an actual postcard. You could mail it to a friend or put it in a frame. Personally, I would want to keep it protected from the elements, so it is in a protective clear plastic sleeve.

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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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.

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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.

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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″.

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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.

The sketchbooks are 6″ x 8.5″ spiral bound with 80 sheets of plain white paper. Think photocopy paper.

Sketchbooks are currently on backorder. I’m glad people are sketching!

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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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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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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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