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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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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 [...]

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 [...]

Seed was confused…

By |2019-04-27T16:15:29-05:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: THE THISTLE'S SEED|

  Seed was confused After she saw the shadow of groundhog on the ground earlier this month. Every cell in the Seed’s body suddenly began wailing. That little fly by night fortuneteller was foreshadowing (no pun intended) no visual hints at spring even though he said only six more weeks of winter. The thought of at least six if not ten more weeks without the greens and yellows of an inviting spring landscape without the thrill of lazy, plein air painting by the cool bubbling spring down by the Seed’s sun drench secret spot is torture. It means weeks if not months of eluding the bees and yellow jackets, mosquitos, sweat blurring her eyes, bird poop on her palette, and cow poop on her shoes. Oh, the Seed longed for all of summer and its magic. The Seed, allergic to the cold as [...]

The Thistle’s Seed checked the oil…

By |2019-04-25T12:21:58-05:00January 23rd, 2019|Categories: THE THISTLE'S SEED|

In the 2019 Art Challenge art car and is getting in first gear to participate. Happy New Year to you all. The Seed wishes all artists a great art year. There are many great ways to get your art face on this year. Participate in many of the special events scheduled through the year and grow and learn. Next promise yourself to learn more this year by signing up for one of the great workshops available (see workshop category on the menu) this year to help become a new and improved artist. Don’t forget to promise yourself to also join other members on the first and third Tuesday’s at 1:30-4PM and some Saturdays) at Mosaic Studio in Sioux Falls, SD for our Paint In session with a different teacher every month. This month GPWS is in the midst of our Valentine Card [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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