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The Thistle’s Seed glued…

By |2019-04-25T12:26:44-05:00December 12th, 2018|Categories: THE THISTLE'S SEED|

The Thistle’s Seed glued Her hair to her elbow, her thumb to her art table and another day was off and running at a “not so much” painting as measuring and gluing GPWS Paint In at Mosaic Studio on Tuesday. Arty Farty, one of the Thistle’s Seed alter egos ended up having his bottom lip glued to his top lip. Miracles do happen. Learning a different kind of art can take the skin of a real leather shoe and the faith to think the new process can be handled by your eye/hand and, in this case, four hands and six thumbs. Glue and paste processes are not for the faint of heart or the impatient. The book cover will be used to house past or future GPWS Monthly Art Challenge artwork. These small, 5 ½ X 7 ½ inch, water media works [...]

Newsletter November 2018

By |2019-04-25T12:28:15-05:00November 26th, 2018|Categories: About Us/Newsletter|

What a great year it has been! It is due to all of our members who have participated with great enthusiasm! The year’s activities included twelve weeks of Plein Aire painting at beautiful venues and parks. Very special plein air events included members painting with the residents of the Inn on Westport assisted living center and the patients and family of Avera Prairie Cancer Center in Sioux Falls. Our goal was to share our art with those who cannot get out to enjoy painting in nature. Both events were great successes. Probably the most popular activities were the bi-weekly paint-ins led by our members at Mosiac Studio. These classes have propelled participating members toward a whole new world of creativity and exciting and new techniques and tools. Member sharing is the bi-word of our organization and these events are key to that [...]

The Thistle’s Seed belong…

By |2019-04-25T12:30:25-05:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: THE THISTLE'S SEED|

The Thistle’s Seed belongs To yet another art group and began to think about what it takes to be a good member of any organization. We as members expect to reap a wagonload of benefits from any art group to which we belong. We pay good money for membership. The Seed always anticipates the group’s offerings when seeking to find groups to which to align. Typically opportunities to showcase our work, provide learning opportunities both from professional artists and local, amateur teachers, service our time well within the activities, direct our attention to the greater community offerings, provide solid leadership, involve the membership in decision making, and more are all expected of an organization. The least of which is just how much fun and connection will the organization offer. But what does the organization ask of us as members? The Seed thought [...]

Spotlight on the Artist: LeeAnn Sanders

By |2019-04-25T12:31:14-05:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST|

My earliest memory of making art is at the age of 6 in Alabama and one of the moms put on a summer program in her basement for all of the kids in the neighborhood to create art projects of all kinds. At the end of the summer, she arranged for us to have an art show at the mall. I got my picture in the local newspaper! We created paintings, paper mache sculptures, sand art, clay creations. After grade school, I didn't do any kind of art at all until I started scrapbooking in 2007. I had lots of pictures to catalogue but I didn't want to just stick them in albums. I walked into "R Scrapbook Store" and it literally changed my life. My creative side had been dormant for so long and it awoke with a vengeance. When we got [...]

The Thistle’s Seed Loves…

By |2019-04-25T12:33:08-05:00October 30th, 2018|Categories: THE THISTLE'S SEED|

The Thistle’s Seed loves… To try new art mediums and techniques, almost to the state of obsession. Tough problem, right? Certainly at this point in the Seed's life knowing how to do one art medium really well is a big goal. The Seed really dreams of mastering one and only one medium. Besides, it's cheaper…not so much art stuff to buy and store. But… The Seed suspects that this prospect is slim and not going to happen soon with three oil paintings, a mixed media watercolor, four traditional watercolor paintings, two acrylics on the shelf, two books to make, a quilt top to finish, and two embroidery projects progressing. “No bragging, ma’am, just the facts.” Of all the mediums to choose from, the Seed would really like to learn how to master acrylic painting because like watercolor it is easy to clean [...]

Spotlight on the Artist: Mary Buckmiller

By |2019-04-25T12:33:56-05:00October 29th, 2018|Categories: SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST|

  QUESTIONS:1. What is your earliest childhood memory of creating art?2. What did you create?3. How did you start watercolor painting? 4. Why do you create art? 5. What is your most important artist tool? 6. Is there something you can’t live without in your studio? 7. Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why? 8. What inspires you? 9. How do you know when a work is finished? 10. Is there an artwork you are most proud of? Why? (can you send me a photo of it?) 11. How do you overcome creative blocks? 12 . What is your dream project? 13. Name three artists you admire. ANSWERS 1.paint by numbers, but seriously I accidentally fell into art in college after getting bored with English. I wonder why? 2.don’t remember what the paint by numbers box covers showed [...]


By |2019-04-25T12:34:38-05:00October 19th, 2018|Categories: SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST|

What is your earliest childhood memory of creating art?  I can't remember a time that I didn't love color either on paper or fabric.  As a child I would create weird abstract designs and color them with the brightest crayons.  I didn't like coloring in color books and staying "in the lines".  I was more interested in creating my own designs.  I would make the designs and cut them out.   I was the kid that loved hanging out in the stationery store with all of the cool papers and cards.  How did you start watercolor painting?  In 1976 my youngest son went to kindergarten and I began   looking for a creative outlet.  I discovered a watercolor artist and   teacher in the town where I lived and took private lessons from her for about 6 months before moving.   However, due to life circumstances,  I [...]

The Thistle’s Seed dug a deep rut

By |2019-04-25T12:36:31-05:00October 14th, 2018|Categories: THE THISTLE'S SEED|

The Thistle’s Seed dug a deep rut And needed to sweep the doldrums and cobwebs from an overly rote painting routine. The photo defines one solution to the painting doldrums in the Seed’s studio. Oh, never you mind… even the Seed had a “day.” The routine of same ol’ same ol’ was easier, and, wow…it featured a real plus… it was just plain easier on the artistic muscles. Picture after picture piled up on the table. But… It was obvious to the Seed the artwork was beginning to show the lack of process integrity, a lack of individual excitement. The Seed hates the drip, drip, drip of boredom, but loves the flood of joy finding a unique voice or statement in a piece. The pieces on the table were tedious and said absolutely nothing at all. They just were… there wasn’t a [...]

The Thistle’s Seed goes…

By |2019-04-25T12:39:04-05:00October 8th, 2018|Categories: THE THISTLE'S SEED|

The Thistle’s Seed goes To a variety of venues where artist’s gather. It is really quite interesting to hear how many times painterly people lament the fact that they haven’t been painting lately. For this reason or that. These artists seemed to be shamed by the fact. The Seed is here to tell you …”it’s okay. You don’t have a timecard. You don’t have to paint all the time. Or at all for that matter. It’s okay.” The Seed has discovered that since being an arty joiner of arty groups there is a pressure to “show and tell.” We all fall into the trap of succumbing to the “paint or perish” rhetoric. Art is supposed to be a joy not a trap. There should be no guilt involved in being creative. Avoid the pitfalls and paint for yourself and your way and [...]

Spotlight on the Artist: Mavis Wolfgram

By |2019-04-25T12:59:06-05:00October 8th, 2018|Categories: SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST|

Mavis tell us about your journey as an artist: "I have wanted to be an art teacher since 5th grade. At that time I and a friend would draw a girl, cut her out and then design clothes for her. We didn’t play with the paper doll, just drew clothes. I didn’t have an art class until I was a senior. In college we were not allowed to use a pencil to draw our picture. Once we laid a color down we couldn’t go over it. So most of my paintings were in oils. I also worked with charcoal, pastels, and ink. I create art because it makes me feel good, like I accomplished something. My most important artist tool is a good brush and a photo would be hard to paint without one. Most of my work is with acrylics but [...]

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