Happy New Year!

Well, here we are on the first day of a fresh New Year. May we notice all the blessings, big and small,  that accompany us through the weeks and months ahead. I’d like to make some larger nocturne paintings this year, update my book projects, and try out more products from Fine Art America. It would also be fun to find some new trails to explore in the great grasslands and badlands of North Dakota and beyond. Happy Trails to all of you! Here’s a painting I finished recently, “Nocturne near Bullion Butte.”

Nocturne near Bullion Butte, Finished FB

Member Artist Holiday Show at BAGA

I’ve entered two 8 x 8″ watercolor paintings in the Member Artist Holiday Show at Bismarck Art & Galleries Association. One is “Hills of Dakota Dream” which is pictured here, and the other is “Juniper Hills Dream.” The show starts today, with a reception on Friday, December 1st, from 5 to 7. It will run through December 20th. Artwork will be sold on a cash and carry basis, so you can take it with you after you buy it.

Hills of Dakota Dream, Finished FB

The Holiday Season

Well, the Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone, and now the focus is on the Christmas season. I’ve wrapped up most of my home decorating projects, but still have my studio to organize and refresh. There are now some cheerful turquoise accents throughout my rooms, and a warm caramel color on some of my walls. It will be fun to decorate with this new color scheme and rearranged furniture, and I may start putting some turquoise mercury glass pine cones on shelves later today.  Hope your holidays will be merry and bright wherever you are.

Living Room 3

Fall Decorating

I’ve been sprucing up my walls and floors and windows, and quite a few things in between. Here’s a look at some of my pillows from Fine Art America combined with blankets from Pendleton. It’s a lot of fun being able to add my art to a room in three dimensional form.

Pillows and Pendletons

Trip to Bismarck

I spent some time in Bismarck recently, helping my sisters with decorating projects. We took a break and went over to see the Autumn Artistry show at Bismarck Art & Galleries Association. It’s always interesting to see my work mixed with that of other artists. All the thinking about wall colors, rugs, furniture, and decor has made me look at my own surroundings again. New rugs have been ordered, and paint color chips have been studied. I think my office wall will be going from a deep cottage red to a paler golden ochre. If that works out, there may be some other walls on the to-do list. Fall is a good time to make a place cozy, and I’m looking forward to some interior decorating of my own.

Bismarck 7

Trip to Miles City

Well, the trip to Miles City for the auction at WaterWorks was beautiful. On the way over, the skies were blue with a swirly cloud here and there, and on the way back it was overcast and rainy. The prairie glowed with autumn color both days. At WaterWorks Art Museum, I was pleased to see that they had my painting “Badlands Nocturne” hung in their entrance hallway. It is part of their permanent collection. My painting “Black Butte Badlands Dream” sold at the auction and will have a new home in Miles City. The trees along the Powder River were a mix of green and yellow, and inspired a photo stop on the westward trip as well as the drive back to Bowman. This is a great time of year in southeastern Montana.

Trees near the Powder RiverTrees near the Powder River