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Category Archives: Art Techniques

Art and Learning In Beautiful Places


Written on June 1, 2019 at 3:46 pm, by

I have just finishing teaching a multiple-day watercolor intensive in the beautiful University of Wisconsin-Arboretum.  The participants were wonderful and I am looking forward to offering similar workshop there in June of 2020.  My spring in the UW-Arboretum has become an annual event!  This workshop has me looking to the future and reviewing what I have agreed to  Continue Reading »

Categories: Art Techniques, art travel, Beauty, Bjorklunden, Creaivity Coaching, Creative Play, Dillmans Art Resort, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Plein air Painting, River Arts Art Center, Shake Rag Alley Art Center, Teaching Art and Creativity, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Watercolor techniques, Workshops and Classes

Our Mornings Plein Air Painting in Spain


Written on March 12, 2019 at 10:42 pm, by

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 »

Categories: A Painting A day, art collaboration, Art Techniques, art travel, Creative Play, Plein air Painting, Spain, Uncategorized

Drawing on Nature and Circumstance ~ Two Exhibitions


Written on September 11, 2017 at 10:02 pm, by

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 »

Categories: Activist Art, art based activism, art collaboration, Art Techniques, art-science collaboration, arts based environmentalism, Beauty, Charity, climate change, Creativity, environmental art, Exhibition, Fabulous Artists, Inspiration, Watercolor, Watercolor techniques, Workshops and Classes

Teaching Watercolor Makes Me a Better Artist


Written on June 17, 2017 at 4:27 pm, by

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 »

Categories: Ability, art and technology, art collaboration, Art Techniques, Artist Resources, Beauty, Biographical, Career Development, Creaivity Coaching, Creative Play, Creativity, Exhibition, Fabulous Artists, Teaching Art and Creativity, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Watercolor techniques, Workshops and Classes

Cloud Studies: Drawing On Nature for Balance


Written on September 5, 2016 at 5:00 am, by

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 »

Categories: Art Techniques, Biographical, Creaivity Coaching, Promotional Materials, Social networking, Teaching Art and Creativity, This and That, Watercolor, Watercolor techniques, Wisconsin Arts, Workshops and Classes

Spring Art Classes Follow April Flowers


Written on April 4, 2016 at 11:47 pm, by

Open Studio Time ! If you are in Madison on May 1, please plan to stop by my studio at 2017 Jenifer Street between 11:00 -5:00 and see what I am up to.  I will be participating in the 6th Annual Marquette-Atwood Neighborhood Art Walk. It is an annual self-guided art walk through our wonderful  Continue Reading »

Categories: art based activism, art collaboration, Art Techniques, art-science collaboration, Artist Resources, arts based environmentalism, Biographical, Career Development, climate change, Creaivity Coaching, Creative Play, Creativity, Creativity Coaching, environmental art, Exhibition, Inspiration, Teaching Art and Creativity, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Watercolor activism, Workshops and Classes

Colors of Light and Light by artist Ann Schaffer


Written on September 23, 2015 at 10:20 am, by

“My paintings are about beauty and the power of beauty to resist all that is soul stifling in this world.” ~ artist Ann Schaffer If you have followed my blog for a while you may recall that I have written about the watercolors of Madison artist Ann Schaffer before in posting called, A Beauty Manifesto:  Continue Reading »

Categories: Art Techniques, Beauty, Fabulous Artists, Gesture painting, Watercolor, Wisconsin Arts, Women Artists

Art-Science Collaboration: My Artist-in-Residency at the Trout Lake Research Station


Written on July 6, 2014 at 7:41 pm, by

I have just returned from a splendid ten days of non-stop plein air painting (and skitter swatting) in the lake country around Boulder Junction, Wisconsin.  It was my extreme pleasure to bring my art research through observation to the University of Wisconsin Trout Lake Station as a part of a new artist residency program.  I  Continue Reading »

Categories: A Painting A day, Activist Art, art and technology, art collaboration, Art Residencies, Art Techniques, art-science collaboration, Artist Resources, environmental art, Plein air Painting, Watercolor

Artists! An Opportunity to Exhibit and Share Your Tiny Treasures


Written on May 23, 2014 at 12:21 pm, by

Create, Compete, and Participate with Your Tiny Art One of the real pleasures I receive as a part of my day job as Director of the Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) with the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies, is working with the Wisconsin Regional Artist Association (WRAA) in supporting the creative work of other artists.   Continue Reading »

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The Memory Cloth Collective: Stitches in Time – “Meant to Be”, April 15- May 11, 2014


Written on April 19, 2014 at 10:43 pm, by

  An exhibition The Memory Cloth Collective: Stitches in Time – “Meant to Be” is currently on display at the Lakeside Coffee House at 402 W Lakeside Street in Madison, WI until May 11, 2014.  This is a wonderful exhibition of non-traditional fiber works that have grown out of  weekly sewing sessions  session focused on  Continue Reading »

Categories: Ability, art collaboration, Art Techniques, Biographical, Creative Play, Fabulous Artists, Fiber arts. Fabric design, This and That, Wisconsin Arts, Women Artists