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The Thistleseed was Glad

By |2020-06-07T10:39:49-05:00June 7th, 2020|Categories: THE THISTLE'S SEED|

The Thistle Seed was glad To have an upbeat voice from member Katie Johnson, from Omaha, Nebraska. She was enticed to offer some clear directions for the time we live in. Here are her thoughts. “The Covid-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges for us; the restrictions have created a different way of life for many of us- working, learning, and connecting. Cicely Tyson once said, “Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew.” Our new normal means that many of us are either not working or at least working from home which saves commute time (I get 3 weeks to the gallon), having to get dressed for work (loving daytime pajamas), no shaving, no makeup or time-consuming hairstyles! Now is the period in your life where you can have the time of your life…to do what you wish, when [...]

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The Thistle’s Seed Heard…

By |2020-02-18T21:41:46-06:00February 18th, 2020|Categories: THE THISTLE'S SEED|

The Thistle’s Seed overheard A fellow artist comment recently “I just can’t seem to find my style.” Oh, now, the Seed thinks, isn’t that a magic word, style. Style is elusive; it’s like fairy dust. The Seed has heard that echo of words a hundred times that say “I wished I could paint like Matisse or I had those tell tale brush stokes like Harvey Dunn” in the Thistle Seed’s case. Wouldn’t it be wonderful with a simple poof fairy dust you paint just like Matisse paints? Wow like magic too. And all the while you’ve locked your own special style in the dungeon never to see the light of day. What a loss. First, a painter learns the basics from a teacher they admire, be one who teaches in a classroom, on a video or CD. Or that fellow painter who you [...]

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The Thistle’s Seed Has Been Cleaning…

By |2020-01-27T23:01:50-06:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: THE THISTLE'S SEED|

The Thistle’s Seed has been cleaning Her closets now that a new year is upon her.  She was amazed at what she found the boxed up extra bedding, clothes far to “large” for her, grannie’s now two generation unused silverware, but boxes. There was box and box upon box of artwork that she had created over the years, all of it apparently too precious to distribute one way or another. Well, The Seed says today the preciousness has worn off from the silver and the artwork. She doesn’t have a place for it any longer. The family has long said, “Oh, don’t throw it away, somebody will want it when they get their own homes. Keep it if not for yourself for us.” Then when push comes to shove that time never seemed to materialize and when artwork or silver is offered they [...]

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The Thistle’s Seed holds precious…

By |2019-10-14T11:59:27-05:00October 14th, 2019|Categories: THE THISTLE'S SEED|

The art of local and regional artists. (See images above of some interesting original art that The Seed has purchased.) She tends to gravitate to one of a kind pieces that reflect that artist’s singular moment in time that cannot be reimagined or redone in exactly the same way again. It doesn’t matter the medium because The Seed’s eye is in charge. She takes a chance buying original pieces because she knows there will always be a personal connection to what she buys. She tries to seek out the story behind the piece. That story will continue to evoke that artist’s creative moment and provide that initial viewing joy day in and day out. Taste is in the eye of the beholder it is said. The Seed’s art taste runs the gamut from those that have created a story on canvas, one that [...]

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The Thistle’s Seed breathed a sigh…

By |2019-09-04T21:34:42-05:00September 4th, 2019|Categories: THE THISTLE'S SEED|

Of relief as a like creative spirit answered the call to be a guest blogger for the Thistle’s Seed. She needs no introduction, but since when did that stop me. Kristin Peterson is a creative force and painter of words and image from Luverne, Minnesota. We welcome the words she offers for inspiration and mindful work. I am an artist, but, am I a painter? I recently took an art class the end of July and was hoping to hone my “painting” skills because I felt like I didn’t have a painting voice. The first day we worked on collage. A lot of collage. Mixed with a little paint. And I was thinking, I am good with collage and a little paint and so when the artist teacher came around and she said, “Yeah it is ok. But, I can tell you every [...]

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The Thistle’s Seed has a million….

By |2019-08-01T10:06:54-05:00August 1st, 2019|Categories: THE THISTLE'S SEED|

The Thistle’s Seed has a million Paint brushes if she has one. The choice she has is wonderful…one for every brush stroke necessary. Flats, rounds, riggers, filberts, hog bristle, synthetic; some are expensive, many not so much. But the lose of any would be a shame, but recently one particular brush was found missing from its housing in the brush case. A search was made in the proverbial high and low places. No luck. Then she remembered that her last foray was into plein air painting that took her to the wilds of South Dakota’s Palisades State park and a seat along the rustic banks of Split Rock Creek. A marvelous adventure to be sure that day, but it had to be on this excursion the Seed let her guard down and let her most beloved number 16 round brush escape, no doubt, [...]

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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 [...]

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