SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST: Jan Johnson

By |2019-09-02T07:59:24-05:00August 23rd, 2019|Categories: About Us/Newsletter, SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST|

As a child I always loved to explore outside and then once inside draw and color whatever I’d been occupied with. Eventually my favorite subject became drawing horses. Over the years I became pretty good at knowing the facial structure of a horse’s bones and muscles. As I grew older, I learned there were other animals and objects to draw and in college I’d intended to become an art teacher.! But, alas, when married I quickly realized that being a permanent resident of a small farming community didn’t offer many opportunities to become an art teacher. So I switched my major to elementary education and taught second grade till my retirement. During those years I was too tired when I arrived home to do much of anything except collapse. Once retired I unearthed my art supplies and began with simple pencil drawings and [...]

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SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST: Jeannie Ammon

By |2019-08-02T13:00:02-05:00August 1st, 2019|Categories: SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST|

What is your earliest childhood memory of creating art? I remember vividly painting pink rocks in our driveway. I remember the  black prang watercolor tin, my cup of water and brush. But mostly I remember the feel of the summer sun heating my the hair on the back of my head. It was actually also one of my first encounters with God. What did you create? Painted rocks. Just one color each. I remember when they dried they lost their color and I would paint them again. How did you start watercolor painting? I started painting watercolor in a high school art class. Why do you create art? The process of creating is a right brain function. It  brings me into the present moment where I feel free. It is very rejuvenating to my spirit. What is your most important artist's tool? Is [...]

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SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST: Cheryl Havelaar

By |2019-05-29T19:38:14-05:00May 29th, 2019|Categories: SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST|

I have always felt a need to create something with my hands.  I tried just about any new or revival fad in the arts that came along. A few are: Paint by number, the old tube paints for painting on dish towels, macrame, needlepoint, quilting, sewing, needlework, wool appliqué,knitting and crochet.  Most all were given away as gifts. I started watercolor painting in 2013, at Active Generations.  Barbara Sparks was the teacher.  Her relaxed style of teaching and true appreciation for her gift and the love of sharing it with others, was the primary reason I kept coming back.  I did learn to love the process of watercoloring as well.  I took a break for a couple of years, however, when Barbara sent out an email regarding the organizing of the soon to be Watercolor Society, I wanted to be a part of [...]

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SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST: Jean Rasmussen

By |2019-05-29T19:44:16-05:00May 28th, 2019|Categories: SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST|

If I had been creative as a young person, I don’t have a strong recollection. I was into my mid  50’s when I first sought out lessons so I could use watercolor in my Middle School classroom. I asked a mother of a student, who is a former Art Teacher, to teach me the basics of watercolor. I never considered acrylic or oil, for no particular reason. I like very simple ideas that can become simple 5x7 paintings and can be completed in a short while. I particularly like my #4 Cotman brush. I depend on my scrubber brush often and I realize the importance of good paper (140# Arches cold press). Good lighting is important to me when I paint. An element of art that I enjoy most is sharing the experience with another watercolorist. It’s a pleasure to paint with or [...]

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SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST: Candace Grant

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST: Janice Bartels

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 [...]

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