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Art Matters: Social Practice and Art that Works

I have recently delivered artworks for two upcoming art exhibitions that I am proud to be a part of.  I have been deep in my studio practice for the last several months and it is time to share what I have been working on. Marquette-Atwood Neighborhood Art Walk Next week I will be  tidying up my back-yard studio and  Continue Reading »

Our Mornings Plein Air Painting in Spain

In the fall of 2018 I left a very personally meaningful academic day-job that I had pursued  while also maintaining my art career.  I was finally able to take the long-anticipated leap and finally shift my attention from being a ‘hybrid -artist’ to a full-time focus on my own art-making and on my private teaching  Continue Reading »

Drawing on Nature and Circumstance ~ Two Exhibitions

Drawing on Nature:  Watercolors on Canvas by Helen Klebesadel Drawing on Circumstances: Contemporary Approaches to Water-media Exhibit Run:  September 19-29, 2017                      Reception:  Sunday, September 24, 2017, 12:00-4:00 Common Wealth Gallery, 3rd Floor, 100 S. Baldwin, Madison, WI, Hours: daily, 10:00-4:00 The Common Wealth Gallery continues its mission to make it possible for artists to bring  Continue Reading »

Teaching Watercolor Makes Me a Better Artist

I just finished a wonderful four-day watercolor intensive. It was preceded by a month-long once a week nature journaling class offered at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum.  Both were wonderful experiences for me as the guide and facilitator.  I argue that its always better to learn from someone who loves what they are teaching, especially  Continue Reading »

Cloud Studies: Drawing On Nature for Balance

I have been painting clouds lately.   I have been looking at beautiful August and September clouds, trying to capture the awesome power and uplift of  spirit I experience simply for observing the sky vistas afforded to me living in Wisconsin.  Whether driving or riding in a car, or walking my dog or simply stopping to  Continue Reading »