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The Thistle’s Seed has to admit…

By |2019-05-23T10:32:20-05:00May 23rd, 2019|Categories: THE THISTLE'S SEED|

That when she started to paint with watercolor media she bought dozens of “how to do it “ books. The recommendations were to read this book or that one and the world of watercolor would open like a bloom in spring.  Or as the book in the photo says it would paint itself. Please, apologies to Ms. Engle. Wow! The Seed had to admit that she was a slow learner and this seemed like the magic formula. However, the more she read, the more money she spent, the more most of the techniques these famous artists detailed were clear as mud. She had no clue about what was to happen and none of work vaguely resembles those of the author. Frustration told her she was not a watercolor artist and let it go for twenty plus years. But persistence nagged at her bones [...]

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By |2019-04-27T14:53:55-05:00April 27th, 2019|Categories: SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST|

Q: Have you always been creative? A: I can’t say definitively that I was always creative. But as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with creative pursuits, especially during the times when a job I held was noncreative, boring, and/or stressful. I’d start daydreaming about cooking, or sewing, or jewelry making…just about anything that can involve creative expression. Q: What inspires you? A: The fabulous artists of the Great Plains Watercolor Society! Q: Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? why? A: My favorite is mixed media collage, which lets me run wild and indulge my passions for color, contrast, shape, line, and texture. Q: What is your most important artist tool? A: It’s hard for me to create without a variety of markers, although I rarely use them in my collage work. Q: Is there something [...]

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Spotlight on the Artist: Janet Judson

By |2019-04-25T12:16:14-05:00April 19th, 2019|Categories: SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST|

­ Spotlight on the Artist I probably have always been creative; For 30+ yrs, I sewed all kinds of clothes from men’s suits, boys shirts and jackets and all of my own clothes and designing my own patterns.  I also have sewn slipcovers, pillows.  And done all kinds of “crafty” things.   My urge to do watercolor began in 1994 with a trip to coastal Maine and seeing artists perched on stools doing seascapes…..it was too cool and I resolved to learn so I would have a retirement hobby. My inspiration has come from my own flower garden and a general love of flowers; also, trying to capture the places I have traveled but most especially Maine….I LOVE Maine! I think my most important tool is my ability to visualize what I want to put on paper. I have to have music to [...]

The Thistle’s Seed is Sad…

By |2019-04-27T16:11:24-05:00April 16th, 2019|Categories: THE THISTLE'S SEED|

The Thistle’s Seed is sad Today at the thought of possibly losing something that has been a major and positive influence to the existence of the Great Plains Watercolor Society….Jayne Erickson and Mosaic Studio. Thank you Thank you Thank you, Jayne. The Mosaic Studio is currently for sale and our future with Mosaic is in limbo. Jayne is relocating to another state to begin another creative life. We wish Jayne and her family well. You will be missed and have been certainly appreciated by all of us at Great Plains Watercolor Society. You are also a great personal friend to us. Many times The Seeds takes for granted the folks, businesses, and support we get from the “visible but invisible” resources we as members all enjoy. The Thistle Seed has always heard wonderful comments from members about the pleasing space available for [...]

Spotlight on the Artist – Susan Brende

By |2019-04-25T12:18:23-05:00March 30th, 2019|Categories: SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST|

Have you always been creative? I was always coloring or drawing. I was a big fan of paint by numbers when I was a kid. How did you start watercolor painting? Only a couple years ago. I took Barb’s water color class in Dell Rapids. The rest is history. What inspires you? We live on Round Lake by Wentworth, SD. The birds in our neighborhood put me in the mood to paint. What is your most important artist tool? Good brushes. I’m not good at caring for my brushes. So a new brush is always a big “yahoo”. Is there something you can't live without in your studio? Good light. Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? why? I’m really into recycling. So using old books is so much fun to use with watercolors. I do love my acrylics [...]

The Thistle’s Seed recalls…

By |2019-04-28T22:57:22-05:00March 8th, 2019|Categories: THE THISTLE'S SEED|

A recent conversation with a man of a certain age, a stranger no less. The Seed happened to mention during their business meeting a painting event she would be attending that afternoon.   With out prompting he mentioned painting…specifically his wife’s painting.   He gushed proudly that “she was the best painter in the world“ and on and on he spoke. He showed me had a couple hanging in his office.  The Seed was speechless in several ways by then. Then he continued in a hushed, confidential tone …as if his wife was in the office waiting room right outside the door he said that “honestly he didn’t think she was a great painter or even a good painter, but he loved her paintings because she painted their grandkids from her heart and each and everyone of these paintings [...]

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