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Essence of Winter

In Marion, we have “Squaw Creek Park,” which has a loveliness that fascinates any nature lover in all seasons. It was during a winter hike in this park that strong colors attracted my attention into the forest. To my delight, I witnessed patterns created by the trees’ shadows, embellished by vivid lines of various blue… read more

Hiawatha, Iowa – 2018 Dry Creek Art Fest

This week-end, be sure to check out this great art venue!       Something for everyone!       Enjoy free delicious freshly-popped popcorn    And experience the sights, scents, and sounds for yourself at this year’s Dry Creek Art Fest!           

2018 Dry Creek Art Fest Highlights

      Nate Wyckoff – Transcend Art – glass art and custom drink ware:       Linda Tucker  – Salte of the Earthe – jewelry:         Karen Sands – Pottery:        Sandy Ross – concrete leaves and barn wood signs:           Diane Rattner – Catfucius Creations–… read more

Dry Creek Art Fest 2018 Preview

Announcing the Art Fest we have been waiting for all year!    This year’s Treasures:                                                   Enjoy finding art treasures while being surrounded by peaceful calm of the farmstead.  Come visit… read more

2018 Dry Creek Art Fest – Artist Roster Sneak Peek

    Artist Roster at this year’s Dry Creek Art Fest:   Noma Lucas & Joan Cimaglia  –  paintings, cards, notecards   Wendy Fugate – soaps   Linda Tucker – Salte of the Earthe – jewelry   Nate Wyckoff – Transcend Art – glass art and re-purposed bottles   Sandy Ross – concrete leaves, barn… read more

Behold I Come Quickly

   Jesus Christ is coming soon.   Look up, for Christ, our Redeemer, draweth nigh.    Happy Resurrection Day!    

From the Cross

Jesus Christ’s words from the Cross  9 am to 3 pm (from noon to 3 pm darkness covers the earth)                                                                       … read more

Hedwig Weidner Apfel Dishart 1914 – 2018

   Hedwig Weidner Apfel Dishart entered into glory at the age of 103. Proverbs 31: 30 states:  “…a woman that fears the LORD, she shall be praised.”   My beloved Aunt Hedy should be praised, for her whole life not only demonstrated her faith, her trust, and her respect for God, but also was a beacon… read more

Billy Graham

On Feb. 21, 2018, Billy Graham, one of the greatest evangelists of all times, passed into heaven. The Bible says in Revelation 14:13, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord…         that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”   Billy Graham is definitely in heaven.… read more

Creative Artists Spring Show

Got Spring Fever? Need something to look forward to? Here’s what is coming up in April. 

Merry Christmas!

  Merry Christmas.     Minus presents under the Christmas tree, minus the gathering of friends and family, and minus even holiday food delicacies, the simple beautiful message on Christmas is that God’s love prevails. The realization that God loves each of us so much, that He sent His own Son to save us affects… read more

O Give Thanks unto the LORD

  Happy Thanksgiving! 

Highlights of Dry Creek 2017 Art Fest

                                                  Dry Creek 2017 Art Fest Great FUN – Great ART!      

Dry Creek Art Fest this week-end!

    DRY CREEK ART FEST   September 23rd and 24th    Noon until 6:00 PM 2310 Robins Road, Hiawatha, Iowa (North of Boyson Road, South of Tower Terrace Road, West side of Robins Road)   Fine Art Treasures Ahead!     POTTERY “Raku and Stoneware Pottery” by Karen Sands BASKETRY “Baskets” by Deb Siebels… read more

Lowe Gallery’s Sept. 14, 2017 Artist Reception

LOWE GALLERY ARTIST RECEPTION Thursday, September 14, 2017   It was a grand event for all attending, as artists gathered around, freely sharing their wide knowledge of art with each other. The dominant talk at the reception embraced techniques,  different mediums, and various art materials.   The Marion Arts Council Art Talk this evening started… read more

2017 Dry Creek Art Fest Artists

    DRY CREEK ART FEST September 23rd and 24th  Noon until 6:00 P 2310 Robins Road, Hiawatha, Iowa    2017 Dry Creek Art Fest Artists:   POTTERY   “Raku and Stoneware Pottery”        Karen Sands   *******   BASKETRY   “Baskets” by Deb Siebels         *******     RECYCLED… read more

2017 Dry Creek Art Fest Artist Roster

  DRY CREEK ART FEST   September 23rd and 24th    Noon until 6:00 PM 2310 Robins Road, Hiawatha, Iowa (North of Boyson Road, South of Tower Terrace Road, West side of Robins Road)   2017 Dry Creek Art Fest Artist Roster:   POTTERY   “Raku and Stoneware Pottery” by Karen Sands   Karen Sands’… read more

Creative Artists at Lowe Gallery

  Creative Artists Art Exhibition   at the Lowe Center Gallery Marion, Iowa   Showing now through October 28, 2017 Free Admission     Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Saturday of Month : 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.     Artist Reception: Thursday, September 14, 2017 6:30 p.m. to… read more

Dry Creek 2017 Art Fest Sneak Peek

Dry Creek 2017 Art Fest  SNEAK PEEK * SNEAK PEEK * SNEAK PEEK       Write these dates on your calendar.     More Exciting Details Coming SOON!          

Art Show this Saturday and Sunday!

  This show will be exciting! Besides all the talented artists exhibiting their 2-D artwork, this year’s guest artist is Pottery Artist Karen Sands and her fantastic wares.   Be sure to check out the information on the poster! Yes, this show will be exciting and FUN!  

Creative Artist Spring Art Show coming soon!

This “No Worries” event begins with easy parking. Add to that – no admission fee  – wide range of fine art to choose from – interesting artists to talk with about ART!   What FUN!      Don’t miss this Spring Event!     

Remember Lowe Exhibit runs to May 6th

Paintings by Kathleen Huebener   “For the Love of Iowa” In Iowa, a land of plenty, snuggled amidst fields of corn and soybeans are precious spots of natural bling, places of such beauty that scream for attention. This exhibition showcasing Iowa’s beauty is just the beginning…     Ceramics by Karen Moorhead   “I Love… read more

Jesus Christ has risen!

  To God be the glory, great things He has done; So loved He the world that He gave us His Son, Who yielded His life an atonement for sin, And opened the life gate that all may go in.       Praise the LORD, praise the LORD. Let the earth hear His voice!… read more

Good Friday

 And can it be that I should gain An interest in the Savior’s blood? Died He for me, who caused His pain – For me, who Him to death pursued? Amazing love! How can it be, That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?   “And Can It Be That I Should Gain?”  By Charles… read more

The Passover Lamb

Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?   Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.   But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our… read more

Creative Artists 2017 Spring Art Show and Sale

Creative Artists Presents The Annual Spring Art Show and Sale Saturday April 29 and Sunday April 30, 2017.   An art experience any art lover would hate to miss!            

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote

  “Earth laughs in flowers.”                                                                   Ralph Waldo Emerson   My painting “Earth Awaits Spring” was created in late winter when the earth was… read more

Another Quote by Winslow Homer

“The life that I have chosen gives me my full hours of enjoyment. “                                     Winslow Homer   The life I have chosen as an artist has given me also full hours of enjoyment. The freedom to create… read more

Lowe March 16, 2017 Artist Reception

The ambiance of the Lowe Art Gallery itself combined with the support and encouragement of friends, artists, and fellow art lovers made the night extra special for Karen Moorhead and Kathleen Huebener, It was a grand experience.    Lowe Gallery Artist ReceptionMarch 16, 2017                      Many thanks… read more

Lowe Gallery March Artist Reception Ambiance

The Lowe Arts Center’s Artist Reception on March 16, 2017 began in beauty with a night view of the Lowe Arts and Environment Center         Located nearby to the north of the Lowe building is the Klopfenstein Amphitheater. The Klopfenstein Amphitheater is the stage for many musical and theater concerts hosted by… read more

The Beginning

  Artwork by Kathleen HuebenerNow available for viewing at theLowe GalleryAt the Lowe Arts and Environment CenterMarion, Iowa            

Huebener and Moorhead Lowe Exhibition Poster

  Artist Kathleen Huebener and Artist Karen Moorhead   Artist Reception: Thursday, March 16, 2017 From 6:30 to 8 P.M. Lowe Gallery   Now Showing: Kathleen Huebener – “For the Love of Iowa” In Iowa, a land of plenty, snuggled amidst fields of corn and soybeans are precious spots of natural bling, places of such… read more

Ceramics by Karen Moorhead Part 3

Part 3 of Karen Moorhead’s creations include also some whimsical pieces. Check them out. Enjoy!    To see these and more of her creations, come to the Lowe Gallery. Karen Moorhead’s creations are currently on exhibit March 4, 2017 through May 6, 2017 at the Lowe Gallery at the Lowe Arts and Environment Center, Marion,… read more

Ceramics by Karen Moorhead Part 2

All these amazing creations by Karen Moorhead are ceramic pottery. The metallic look of her work was inspired by many years of being a metal smith. Enjoy!                             Stay tuned to Part 3 Ceramics and Pottery by   Karen Moorhead!   You… read more

Karen Moorhead’s Ceramics and Pottery Part 1

This is the first time I have seen Karen Moorhead’s work. Her work is diverse and intriguing, stemming from her background in metal work and totally unique!                            Karen Moorhead’s artwork is currently being exhibited             at the… read more

Lowe Exhibit – Karen Moorhead

Sharing the limelight with me at the Lowe Exhibition is Karen Moorhead. As a ceramic sculptor, Karen has created quite unique ceramic pieces and pottery. This is understandably so, because “I Love Detail…” is the theme of her work in the Lowe Gallery.  One can definitely see this love of detail in her creations.  … read more

Lowe March 4 to May 6, 2017 Exhibit

    Paintings by Kathleen Huebener   “For the Love of Iowa” In Iowa, a land of plenty, snuggled amidst fields of corn and soybeans are precious spots of natural bling, places of such beauty that scream for attention. This exhibition showcasing Iowa’s beauty is just the beginning…     Ceramics by Karen Moorhead  … read more

New Lowe Exhibit in the Lowe Gallery

  March 4, 2017 through May 6, 2017   Featuring:  Paintings by Kathleen Huebener Ceramics by Karen Moorhead      More Exhibit Information Tomorrow! You won’t want to miss it!

Blue Grass, Iowa

In the region of Blue Grass, Iowa is a place where the buffalo roam.These pastures remind me of a similar place where I grew up in North Dakota, where the buffalo also roamed. Here in Iowa, this grazed land with profuse tufts of grass blowing in the cool breezes warms my soul. Nestled down in the… read more

Another Linda Fruhwald Quote

“Paint what you love.”                                                                               Linda Fruhwald   Painting what one loves makes perfect sense. As love flows through… read more

Indian Creek, Marion, Iowa

Among the treasures of Marion, Iowa is the Boyson Trail that meanders along side Dry Creek and Indian Creek. Rays of the setting sun highlight not only the landscape, but also two bridges, the old railroad bridge and the West 8th bridge.   Indian Creek’s banks, dotted with pale-blue snow, are adorned with tufts of… read more

Seminole Valley Park, Iowa

Enjoying the spring weather at Seminole Valley Park in Iowa, I discovered a place of shocking beauty on the Cedar River. Amidst pastels of flowers and foliage, fallen tree trunks and branches had formed a natural bridge on the opposite shore. An invitation to explore tantalized from across the river. Unable to cruise across, I… read more

Happy Birthday, Jesus Christ

Happy Birthday, Jesus Christ.        The first time Jesus Christ came, He came as Savior. The next time He comes, He comes as King.   Even so, Lord Jesus, come.   May the Blessings of the LORD be upon you.    

Wise Men still seek Him

Wise men came from the east.  “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts: gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. “                … read more

Glory to God!

  “And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” Luke 2: 12     “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying:       Amen.   

This is My Father’s World

This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres. This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; His hand the wonders wrought.   This is my Father’s world. O let me… read more

Peace During American Politics

Media polls, party polls, opinions, debates, infinite calls for political donations, negative ads – through this, how can anyone remain calm and collective? God says in such times as these not to worry but to look up to Him. Everything will go according to His plan. It is calming to know that God is in… read more

2016 Dry Creek Art Fest Highlights

                                              Dry Creek 2016 Art Fest      Outstanding!!!!!     

Dry Creek Art Fest 2016

Due to road construction on Robins Road, this year’s trek to the Art Fest may be somewhat a challenge. Relax, and consider it to be a Treasure Hunt!     The treasure?   DRY CREEK ART FEST   Directions:  Follow Center Point Rd north to Tower Terrace Rd. Turn right on Robins Road. Proceed past the cornfield… read more

Thomas Park, Marion, Iowa

Thomas Park, an icon in Marion history, flows with life. In the fall of 1921, 13 acres of the Toms land was bought for $6,500. The land was well- known as a place where Indians camped overnight, as they traveled through the area. “Dickey” Thomas had been the original owner of the tract; thus when purchased,… read more

Linda Fruhwald Quote

  “Paint what you love.”                                                                               Linda Fruhwald   Paint what you love. Truth is that paint… read more

Peace During Chaos

The answer where to find peace during chaos is found in Romans 13: 11-14.   “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”   What does this mean? God says in verse 11 says we must realize… read more

Marian Appellof Quote

 As pertaining to an artist: “So obviously the only “right” way to do something is to try the various options presented until you discover what works for you.”                                                       … read more

In Memory of Janice K. Lucas

  A funeral was held a few days ago for two dear friends’ daughter, Janice K. Lucas. Janice was a person who embraced life. She had the pioneering spirit just like her precious parents, Noma and Wayne Lucas.   Janice was always ready to provide a helping hand whenever needed. More than once, being the… read more

The Pure and Simple Message

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men,                                             the man Christ Jesus.”                                    … read more

Quote by Jeff Goldblum

 Gazette article 6/19/16   In the interview, Jeff Goldblum was asked if it was fame and money that he wanted most by appearing in The Fly.    “No. It was expressing myself and doing something I loved for its own sake. Love the art, instead of fame or money. “          … read more

Alvaro Castagnet quote

  “Painting is an illusion. ART is inside.”                                                                           Alvaro Castagnet   Alvaro Castagnet often says, “What makes a… read more

Arts are Central to Education.

A recent article in The Gazette written by guest columnist 14 year-old Cheyanne Ohlhauser was extremely impressive. The following is Cheyanne’s column.   Arts are Central to Education.   We often view “core” classes as those that are vital to the success of the student in the future. I say that art should be a… read more

Don Andrews Uplifting Quote

    “If you want to be depressed, turn on your television or read the newspaper. If you want to be uplifted, turn to art.”                                                              … read more

Michelangelo Quote

“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.“                                                              Michelangelo       Drops of dew reflecting on leaves of green, fields of gold grain moving as if ocean waves, graceful leaps of deer through the woods, pulsating wings of a colorful hummingbird, a stunning glory-filled sunset…the list goes on… read more

Memorial Day 2016

  Prayer for the People   Almighty God, our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity. Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness… read more

Don Andrews Quote to have Courage

    “Each artist must decide what direction is relevant,       not for everyone, but for themselves,       and have the courage to follow his or her own creative path.”                                                … read more

Wildcat Den State Park, Iowa

Wildcat Den State Park is 322-acres of unique natural beauty located three miles east of Fairport, Iowa. The heavily timbered terrain showcases spectacular views of 100-foot cliffs and rock formations. The trails are home to at least 25 varieties of ferns, which includes the polypody, the maidenhair, and walking leaf fern.         … read more

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quote

“Light tomorrow with today!” Elizabeth Barrett Browning   How does one take this quote artistically? Perhaps, for artists, we light up our tomorrow by being active in our art today. The benefits of daily being active include all facets of art: happiness, discovery, maturity, and even financially. All I know is that it is pure… read more

Sister Mary Lauretta Quote

“To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work.”                                                                       Sister Mary Lauretta   I… read more

Robert Henri Quote

    “Great works of art should look as though they were made in joy. Real joy is a tremendous activity. “ Robert Henri   Spontaneous combustion is what I call pure joy of painting! Spontaneous combustion is the process of catching fire through heat generated by internal chemical action. If that isn’t the joy… read more

Robert E. Wood Quote

  “The best color in my paintings is found.”                                                                            Robert E. Wood   Nowadays there has been much… read more

Quote by Pat Dews

“When I am painting, I get lost in the world I am creating and life is good.”                                                                             … read more

Quote from Elizabeth Gilbert

“Creative living is driven more strongly by curiosity than fear.”   I underlined the ”more strongly” because in any artist’s life, fear rears its ugly head oft far too often. However, curiosity is the real driving force behind any artist. The questions, “What if I do this?” Or “What happy surprises would I discover if… read more

Merrill Gardens, Marion, Iowa

An Impressionistic view of Merrill Gardens       A group of artist friends and I were plein aire painting in Merrill Gardens, a peaceful treasure nestled in a three-quarter acre park in Marion, Iowa. All prepped and ready-to-paint, I literally stopped a moment to catch my bearings. It was then I espied the light… read more

Why I love Impressionism!

Impressionism is the pure essence of reality, a giant bubble of happiness.  And why shouldn’t it be? Rendered with loose brushstrokes of glowing colors, the love of color in Impressionism is High Key. That classy term means colors placed together that are light in value.   Copyrighted Artwork “Merrill Gardens, Marion, Iowa” by Kathleen Huebener… read more

He is Risen

Copyrighted Artwork  “Through It All”  by Kathleen Huebener     “And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. “                       … read more

Golgotha at Noon

  Copyrighted Artwork “Golgotha At Noon” by Kathleen Huebener  “And they bring Jesus unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, the place of a skull.” There “they crucified Him.”  Mark 15:22, 24  The green array from the throne of God the Father (Revelation 5:3) is seen above. The angel of death, as foreshadowed in Exodus… read more

Dry Creek, Marion, Iowa

   Dry Creek, Marion, Iowa Copyrighted Artwork by Kathleen Huebener  Dry Creek…ah, just saying it brings up good memories.   Nature teeming in Dry Creek and along its edges included minnows, checkered-board garter snakes, and turtles. My rule was that any critters that were caught had to be set free. My children and many neighborhood… read more

Garden, Ames, Iowa

  Garden, Ames, Iowa  Copyrighted Artwork by Kathleen Huebener    Reiman Gardens of the Iowa State University is the best-kept secret of Iowa.  Located on a 17-acre site in Ames, Iowa, this treasure features distinct gardens and artwork. It is a place where one can kick back and relax on a stroll among nature.  … read more

Farm, Hiawatha, Iowa

Amidst the turmoil of unsettling times, a ray of hope, a glimpse of beauty stirs the soul of man. I see the beauty of Iowa. True we have no mountains or oceans here; however, we Iowans have a land blest with its own glorious sights. Thoreau said it best, “Why should I explore the world… read more

When Things Happen

Things happen in life: cancer, then more cancer, tests, and then more tests. Time often becomes a confused jumble as one balances responsibilities, doctors’ appointments, and surgeries. Massive stress tries to evade one’s peace and it probably would, if it weren’t for one thing. I am a God-fearing Christian woman who believes in the power… read more

A Call to Praise GOD

  Let us begin the new year right; praising God for who He is. Psalm 96    O Sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. Sing unto the LORD, bless His name; show forth His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the heathen, His wonders… read more

Wynetka Ann Reynolds Quote

“Anyone who says you can’t see a thought doesn’t know art.” Wynetka Ann Reynolds     Thoughts initiate art. Thoughts of reflection, insight, and abstraction spur the artistic brain into production. This activity coincides with perception and planning. Shafts of light come forth and mingle with the thought particles. Colors sparkle and mesh with the… read more

Don Andrews Quote

  “Painting isn’t based on reporting reality so much as expressing opinions about it.”                                                 Don Andrews   This quote expresses and supports exactly what I was thinking when I painted an artwork… read more

2015 Dry Creek Art Fest Highlights

                    And these were just a few of the highlights – there was much more!   2015 Dry Creek Art Fest    in Hiawatha, Iowa!      

Claude Monet Second Quote

  “I would like to paint as a bird sings.”                                      Claude Monet     How can this be, “to paint as a bird sings?”     –    Take joy in the moment. –         Be expressive! –         Appreciate the simple ways of life. –         Paint with a song of gladness in your heart. –         Sense the goodness… read more

2015 Dry Creek Art Fest Artist Roster

This year’s 2015 Dry Creek Art Fest Artist Roster includes:   Loom N Essence by Sharon Poplawski Sharon weaves and spins forming her old-world functional fiber art. Her studio “Loom N Essence” is a full service fiber arts studio that offers of spinning and weaving equipment for fiber artists. Come to be enthralled with all… read more

2015 Dry Creek Art Fest

2015 Dry Creek Art Fest  Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13th Hours: noon to 6 P. M.        The Art Fest is easy to find at 2310 Robins Road, Hiawatha, Iowa.    Dry Creek Art Fest is located on the pastoral Sands farmstead:    North of Boyson Road South of Tower Terrace Road … read more

Vincent Van Gogh Nature Quote

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”                                                          Vincent Van Gogh   Nature’s beauty exudes the similitude of a rich cantata. Ripples appear in the water as the waterfowl swim past. Rhythm by the long willow branches bobs in and out of the water gentle orchestrated by the wind. Water lilies herald… read more

Another Don Andrews Quote

“Paint in color but think in value.”                                                                                 Don Andrews     Value, the degree of lightness and darkness, when fused with a strong light source creates value gradation, shape definition, and cast shadows. Adding the fascinating reflected light values of an object to this mixture is exciting! Sometimes the reflected light bounces off… read more

The Organist, Mount Pleasant, Iowa

Nestled amongst the hustle and bustle of Old Thresher’s Reunion is a treasure where peace can be found. This church in the Western Village is an oasis of calm and reflection. In this church one can feel being covered by God’s wings (Psalm 91:4). The quiet ambiance almost seems as if time itself has stopped.… read more

Quote by Marcus Aurelius

“The soul becomes dyed with the colors of its thoughts.”                                                                   Marcus Aurelius      This could also be stated in another way: “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”        as written in Proverbs 23:7 The Bible has much to say about this subject.   First is the importance… read more

Pat Dews Quote

  “An abstract painter looks at his world and extracts the essence.”                                                                         Pat Dews    Computer language speaks in simple terms: ones and zeros. As we know, this does not mean, just because it is simple, it has no value; on the contrary. Likewise, when the abstract artist paints the essence of a subject,… read more

Claude Monet Quote

“I have simply observed what the universe                                                 has shown me in order                                     to… read more

Quote by Don Andrews

“When we report the landscape, we look out. When we interpret the landscape, we look within. We prune, add, adjust, regulate. We impose our thoughts and feelings on our subject… we become personal storytellers, rather than cold, impersonal reporters.”                                                                                 Don Andrews     I like that part about artists “…being personal storytellers…” For years… read more

Ed Whitney Quote

 “Sacrifice everything in painting for unity.”                                       Ed Whitney    Unity is one of the principles of art design or organization. While it is true that repetition, harmony, balance, and the four other principles of art design are important, it is unity that has the greatest capacity to entice, to provoke, to involve, or to… read more

Quote by Anne Frank

    “My advice: Go outside, to the fields, enjoy nature and the sunshine. Go out and try to recapture happiness in yourself and in God. Think of all the beauty that’s still left in and around you and be happy!“                                                                                                                                                       Anne Frank   Teenager Anne Frank lived in a horrendous time… read more

Quote by Carole Jackson

“Perhaps you have never thought much about color! But I promise you that color has more impact than you ever imagined! “                                                      Carole Jackson   The first thing that gets my creative juices flowing is the composition of the scene. Once that is in place, color is the next objective. Choosing colors is… read more

Susan Webb Tregay Quote

“Fearless painting comes from flexibility. Knowing that you can experiment and correct areas of your paintings will free you to become the painter you always wanted to be.”                                                                                             Susan Webb Tregay   This is a great quote because I LOVE painting in ACRYLICS for just this reason! There certainly is a freedom involved with… read more

Quote by Winston Churchill

“Painting: Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”          … read more

Vincent Van Gogh Quote

  “Leave the obvious vague but exaggerate the essential.”                            Vincent Van Gogh   For an artist, this quote is certainly food for thought. How does one incorporate this into one’s artwork? Is the essential the artwork’s focal point? Or could the exaggeration aspect relate to the overall theme of the painting? Is there a… read more

Henry Fielding Quote

  “It hath been thought a vast commendation of a painter  to say his figures seem to breathe; but surely it is a much greater and nobler applause that they appear to think.”                                            … read more

Quote by Roy L. Smith

“Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.”                                                                    Roy L. Smith   Discipline: we hear much about it, but what exactly is discipline? The Thorndike Barnhart Dictionary defines “discipline” as the training of the mind or character. The process of discipline is active and alive, as it moves onward and upward through… read more

Quote by George Moore

  “Art must be parochial in the beginning to be cosmopolitan at the end.” George Moore   In the context of this quote, parochial means narrow or uncultured and cosmopolitan means common to the entire world. The quote refers to more than a superficial look at the process of creating art. At the onset, narrowness… read more

Albert Pinkham Ryder Quote

  “Imitation is not inspiration, and inspiration only can give birth to a work of art.”                                                                                    Albert Pinkham Ryder   Have you ever viewed a painting that literally took your breath away? Perhaps it was the shapes, the colors, or the drama that made you gasp. Possibly you even thought, “I wish I could… read more

The Art Process

At any stage of the art process, the artist can step back and view the work.   “Always ask yourself, “Is it dark enough? Is it light enough? What if I…?”                                             Robert Wade   “Perceptive Observation is: seeing with your brain, feeling with your eyes, and interpreting with your heart.“                                            Robert Wade    “Step… read more

Dubuque Balloons

My husband and I were in Dubuque Iowa, at the Grand Harbor Hotel, celebrating our 45th Wedding Anniversary. We took a stroll on the Mississippi River Walk being bathed in warm light by the late afternoon sun. The concrete surface glowed with various shades of salmon color. All the street lamps lined in a row had… read more

Before Painting

Before beginning, take time to look inside yourself. This is important because whatever you put on canvas exhibits a part of your soul.   “Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.”                                               Anne Sexton   Let your mind wander as you imagine your ideas. Think BIG, think small, think movement, and… read more

Exaggerate Color!

“Exaggerate the color by adding more of it.” Vincent Van Gogh   This Van Gogh quote reminded me of my beginner’s class in watercolors.   The new students were afraid to use their paint. Coupled with the cost of paint, brushes, and watercolor paper, the fear of making a mistake with these supplies made them… read more

We are not cameras.

“We are not cameras. We are impressionists.”                                            Wendell Mohr   Famous Iowan watercolor artist Wendell Mohr was best known for his paintings of trains, ships, workplaces, and various city scenes. Abstracts and realism intermingled on his canvases. Wendell always said by adding abstracts to his work, he was adding the emotion factor. Although Wendell… read more

The Homestead Woman

Winter reveals beauty to the watchful eye.       “The Homestead Woman” artwork is nestled in snowdrifts of blues amongst the pines. The winter sun is just able to peek through the trees accenting both the farmer and the red blanket she carries. In the near distance the barnyard sunbathes in iridescent yellows, oranges, browns, and… read more

A Winslow Homer Quote

“If a man wants to be a painter, he should never look at pictures. “                                                         Winslow Homer   I am pretty sure by “pictures” Winslow Homer meant “photos.” We all know some artists who only paint by photos. It is as if they are afraid of not capturing a scene perfectly and precisely. Perhaps… read more

Art as a Collaboration

“Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, And the less the artist does the better. “                                                        Andre Gide   Collaborating with God to create an artwork… what is God’s part of the collaboration? He practically gives us a paint shop program, filled with myriad of colors, shapes, patterns, textures, values, selection tools,… read more

Heart in Hand

   Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.”    What does the heart inspire?   To reach heights never known before.   To keep trying, though the odds are against you.   To learn what you thought was impossible to grasp.   The… read more

Fine Art Is…

“Fine Art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together. “                                                                                          John Ruskin   Years ago I created a watercolor painting called “Spoons,” using all art knowledge I possessed. The technical portion included my use of tools, the elements of art, and techniques. I paid keen attention to… read more

No Secrets to Success

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” Gen. Colin L Powell   This can also pertain to creating art. On one end of the prep scale, there is no preparation. That reminds me an old abstract artist friend, who passed away last year. Joe always… read more

Preparing for Your Finest Works

The old Benjamin Franklin adage “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail,” pertains also to creating artwork. As an artist, I have found that there is great value in preparation. Before anything else, preparation begins with drawing. For many famous artists, such as Peter Paul Rubens, drawing was mandatory for creating masterpieces.      … read more

His Eye is On the Sparrow

In Psalm 61: 1-3 it is written, “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I; for Thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the… read more

I am a scribe.

I love to write in different fonts of calligraphy. Calligraphy brings life to the written word. Although some words exist that leap off the page with life without any help from me. These powerful words are the words of God, His Holy Scriptures. I am always in awe of Him and His word, which shows… read more

The Great Autumn Art Show and Sale

Creative Artists  a local Fine Arts organization presents The 2014 Great Autumn Art Show & Sale   At Kirkwood’s Training and Resource Center at 3375 Armar Drive in Marion, Iowa: Friday, September 12 from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, September 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 14, from 10 a.m. to 4… read more

2014 Dry Creek Art Fest

Saturday Sept 13 and Sunday Sept 14, 2014 From noon to 6 pm Dry Creek Art Fest is located on the pastoral Sands farmstead at   2310 Robins Road, Hiawatha, Iowa. (That is, North of Boyson Rd. South of Tower Terrace Rd. And on the West side of Robins Rd.)      This year’s art fest… read more

Two Men and a Wagon

Earlier this year, Creative Artists “Repeat, Repeat, Repeat Again” Art Committee gave the same black and white photo to each CA member. Then a challenge was rendered: to create a painting using any part of it or all of it in the medium of their choice. On May 8th an exhibition was held to display… read more

Through the Eyes of the Beholder Part3

     Illumination in Winter – Part 3 Scenes of heavenly phenomena on the frozen North Dakota landscape By Featured Artist: Jason Larson   SL#7514-1       CS#7514-2       CS#7514-1       S#7514-1       FA#7514-2       A#7514-1       CS#7514-3       FA#7514-1      … read more

Through the Eyes of the Beholder Part 2

“Illumination in Winter” Part 2  Scenes of heavenly phenomena on the frozen North Dakota landscape by Featured Photographer: Jason Larson FA #62714-1       SL #62714-1       S #62714-1     A #62714-1       CS #62714-1       FA #62714-2       SL #62714-2       S… read more

Through the Eyes of the Beholder

Winter Scenario on the frozen plains of eastern North Dakota: Amidst high snowdrifts, a college student trudges early morning to class. Bitterly cold winds whip snow crystals into a whistling mass cascading around him as he walks. Hurrying along, his eyes momentarily catch a glimpse of the rising sun. In that short fraction of time,… read more

Dell B. Magnuson Secor Part 3: Pine Needle Bowls

Now, something new featured in “Art Inspires Art”, 3-D art: Dell B. Magnuson – Secor’s creations of long pine needle bowls. Each bowl is unique, right down to its matchless center. Laboring with these long pine needles to create a work of art is practically impossible for beginners, but to an experienced weaver like Dell,… read more

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat Again

An exciting “extremely creative” art event is coming up shortly on May 8th. Picture this. During an art club meeting, each artist is given the same black and white photo. Then a challenge was given to render any part of it or all of it in the medium of their choice. At a certain date,… read more

Iowa Artists Regional 8 2014 Art Show

Spring Season is Art Season here in Iowa. Already there has been a major art show- Iowa Artists Region 8 Show down in Coralville, Iowa April 12, 2014.  The artist globetrotter David Garrison was the judge of this art event. Check out his web site., David also gave an excellent pastel demonstration of a… read more

Psalm 107

  God’s Word is so precious. It resounds truth and reveals the deepness of wisdom. It never ceases to amaze me when the printed words seem to jump right off the page.   I was studying Psalm 107, when verse 4 literally did just that. It jumped off the page! “They wandered in the wilderness in… read more

Shed Blood of Christ and Communion

The shed blood of Christ is the blood of communion as written in I Corinthians 10:16. “The cup of blessing, which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread, which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?”   And in I Corinthians 11: 24-25… read more

The Cleansing Blood of Christ

The shed blood of Christ Jesus on the cross is an awesome thing. His blood accomplishes much in the Christian and for the Christian.   The first blessing is that the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross for our sins cleanses us. It is written in I John 1:7.   “If we walk… read more


  “My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.” Luke 1: 46-47   To magnify the Lord means to exalt Him above all. On the second line, the verb “rejoice” has a deeper intensity than just feeling happy. Webster’s Dictionary defines rejoice as: to give joy to, to… read more

Jehovah Saves

  Another name of God is Jesus, which means “Jehovah Saves.”   In the first chapter of Matthew, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph, saying, “Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary, thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she… read more


Another glimpse into the character of God is His name Jehovah-Jireh,“The LORD provides.The LORD will see to it.” We Christians are witness to all the Blessed LORD provides. But the greatest of all His provisions for us is found in John 3: 16, where it is written:   ”For God so loved the world, that He… read more


God’s name Immanuel means “God With Us.” A Personal Relationship Since the beginning of creation, God has desired a personal relationship with mankind. Alas, when Adam and Eve disobeyed God, the door to a personal relationship was closed because God is holy and cannot look upon iniquity. Habakkuk 1: 13 reveals the essence of God,… read more


God’s name El Shaddai means “God of the Mountain, LORD God Almighty.”  El Shaddai is God of Revelation and Grace.   Revelation means what God makes known or reveals to man; the whole Bible is God’s revelation. In Deuteronomy 29:29, it is stated, “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things,… read more


God’s name EL ROI means “ God Who Sees”, the sovereign omniscient GOD.    EL ROI sees what is happening here on earth. The land is full of blood and the cities full of perverseness: for mankind says, “The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD sees us not.”1 God knows deceitful men: He… read more


  God’s name EL OLAM means “The Eternal God, The Everlasting One.” Proof of EL OLAM is seen all around us. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His handiwork.” Psalm 19: 1   In Romans 1: 20, it is written that the invisible things of God, beginning with the creation… read more


God’s name Elohim means “Creator, All Powerful One, Judge”.   The Creator: In John 1: 1-4, 10, it is written: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was… read more

El Elyon

God’s name EL ELYON means “God Most High.” He is exalted above all. God is the Sovereign LORD.  Jesus Christ as God’s divine Son reveals God Most High throughout the Gospels in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.    One of the most beautiful passages in the whole Bible is spoken by Jesus in John 3: 16;… read more

El Elohe Yisrael

God’s name El Elohe Yisrael means “God of Israel.” What a blessed Name it is. The Bible reveals the relationship between God and Israel. Israel was, and still is, the only nation on earth to have a unique relationship with the LORD.   Israel holds a special place in God’s heart. For unto Israel was… read more


God’s name of EL means “The Strong One, The Great.” (Jeremiah 32: 18) He is the One who overcomes all evil. Jesus Christ is EL.    In Matthew 28: 18-20, we are told that all power is given unto Jesus Christ both in heaven and in earth. He is omnipotent, all-powerful.   Insight on just… read more


Adonai means “The LORD.” He is the Master and Authority. The name Adonai reveals God’s sovereignty. How does Jesus Christ relate to this name? Jesus Christ is our Master.  In John 13: 13, it is written, Jesus said, ”Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.” “Believe Me that… read more

Psalm 5: 1-3 The Warbler

“Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto Thee will I pray. My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning, O LORD; In the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee, and will look up.”   Amidst blooms… read more


God reveals Himself in His names. Yahweh means, “I AM”, which reveals God as being absolutely self-existent. Possessing essential life for all creation, Yahweh is the great “I AM” of Exodus 3: 14:   And God said unto Moses, “I AM THAT I AM.” “Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, “ ‘I… read more


  Jehovah-Shammah means “God is there. God is my companion.” All the comforting thoughts that this brings is accumulated in one verse found in Colossians 1: 27. It is addressed to Christians, “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope… read more


Jehovah-Shalom means “Jehovah is our Peace.” Peace, how precious is that commodity in our world. The peace we are offered from the world is fragile. However, there is another peace offered: the ultimate peace. If we pause and listen, we might hear the sweetest voice ere known saying to us, ”Let not your heart be… read more


 Jehovah-Sabbaoth means “LORD of Hosts.” Sabbaoth is translated as “ Heavenly Hosts or Armies.” Jehovah-Sabbaoth also means “King of Glory.” We know this from Psalm 24: 10 ”Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory.”    The most dramatic scene is the description of Jesus Christ coming in… read more


Jehovah- Rohi means “The LORD is my Shepherd.” The greatly beloved Psalm 23 “The Lord is my Shepherd” has given strength and peace to myriad number of believers. This psalm is also a “strait gate and narrow way” road sign (Matthew 7: 13-14) pointing to Jesus Christ as Shepherd. Comparing the Shepherd in both Old… read more


Jehovah-Rapha means “God heals.” Throughout the Holy Scriptures, examples of God’s healing convinced me that illness and sicknesses play a role in God’s greater plan.   He has a purpose in allowing these things to happen.   For example, take the story of Naaman. He was a Syrian commander with leprosy found in II Kings 5:… read more


  Jehovah-Nissi means “Jehovah is My Banner.” In Song of Solomon, it is written, “His banner over me was love.” God is love.1 Banners or flags have lead troops throughout history. Where does God’s banner lead us?   First of all, God’s banner leads us unto salvation. Even though God is love, God still cannot… read more

Jehovah in the New Testament

Jehovah reveals Himself in His actions throughout the Old Testament. The question is “Does Jehovah reveal Himself also through the New Testament?”   In the New Testament, we learn of God’s unique way of redeeming His people from sin through the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ, His Son. Accepting Jesus Christ’s sacrifice is fundamental and… read more


  Isn’t it extraordinary how the Bible is interconnected? It is alive with pulsating veins and arteries, interlaced with awesome muscles and clout, all centering on the biggest heart, the heart of God, which is beyond human comprehension. Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of GOD! How unsearchable are… read more

Blossom Abundantly & Rejoice

My newest painting portrays the time of rejoicing when coming out of the wilderness of tribulation. Blossoms burst out abundantly in bright vibrant new life! The luminous blooms sing out praises with joy to God for His great faithfulness.   The scripture says it so beautifully in Isaiah 35: 1-6:   “The wilderness and the solitary… read more

Faith in Tribulation

As stated in earlier blogs, the latter days are filled with increasing lawlessness and other life-threatening conditions. Perhaps you are facing your own life-or-death situation. Christians call these intense times “tribulations” in which we cry out to God for help. Often though, it seems He does not hear our pleas, let alone deliver us. Acutely… read more

Christians in these Latter Days

Christians living in these latter days need the power of the Holy Spirit. The devil knows his time is running short, so he’s persecuting Christians in every way possible. When one problem ends, another one begins. We Christians never have a day off from troubles or from Satan. Moreover, we make no truces with the… read more

The Holy Spirit in these Latter Days

Who is the Holy Spirit? He is God, a Person, not a force, and a vital part of the Godhead, the Holy Trinity.   To Christians, the Holy Spirit is our Teacher and Comforter, who teaches us all things and reminds us of God’s Holy Word. 1 The Holy Spirit flows like a river of… read more

Jesus Christ’s Return Is Very Soon: Sixth Sign

For those of us who await the Lord Jesus Christ, amidst all the evil that surrounds us, the good news is Christ’s return is very imminent. In fact, the signs are shouting at us, “Repent! The King is coming! Look up, for your redemption draws near!” The sixth sign is the typical latter day people.… read more

Jesus Christ’s Return Is Very Soon: Fifth Sign

For those of us who await the Lord Jesus Christ, amidst all the evil that surrounds us, the good news is Christ’s return is very imminent. In fact, the signs are shouting at us, “Repent! The King is coming! Look up, for your redemption draws near!” The fifth sign is the rapidly accelerating life-threatening conditions:… read more

Jesus Christ’s Return Is Very Soon: Fourth Sign

For those of us who await the Lord Jesus Christ, amidst all the evil that surrounds us, the good news is Christ’s return is very imminent. In fact, the signs are shouting at us, “Repent! The King is coming! Look up, for your redemption draws near!” The fourth sign is the increase of apostasy: a… read more

Jesus Christ’s Return is Very Soon! Third Sign

For those of us who await the Lord Jesus Christ, amidst all the evil that surrounds us, the good news is Christ’s return is very imminent. In fact, the signs are shouting at us, “Repent! The King is coming! Look up, for your redemption draws near!” The third sign is the socio-religious climate preparing for… read more

Jesus Christ’s Return is Very Soon! Second Sign

  For those of us who await the Lord Jesus Christ, amidst all the evil that surrounds us, the good news is Christ’s return is very imminent. In fact, the signs are shouting at us, “Repent! The King is coming! Look up, for your redemption draws near!”  The Second Sign is the obvious acceleration of… read more

Deut 28:13 The Peacock Hat

    There is an old hymn that sings to my soul. I have kept it guarded in my heart all these years, as one of my cherished treasures. And when I am afraid, the words bring me peace.  The words go like this: Whenever I get discouraged and sink beneath the way, About me… read more

Jesus Christ’s Return Is Very Soon! First Sign

For those of us who await the Lord Jesus Christ, amidst all the evil that surrounds us, the good news is Christ’s return is very imminent. In fact, the signs are shouting at us, “Repent! The King is coming! Look up, for your redemption draws near!”   The First Sign is Israel’s return to the… read more

Word of Light

Imagine getting up early one morning, you grab the daily newspaper. You sit down at the kitchen table with a hot cup of coffee. As you scan the front page, suddenly you are enveloped with words. The last two days these words were found on our newspaper’s front pages: fiscal cliff, sequester, homicide, rebels, civil… read more

Natural Beauty of Lowe

The natural beauty of Lowe Arts and Environment Center As seen through the eyes of photographer William Huebener  

Creative Artists Lowe Exhibition

The Creative Artist Reception to be held last Thursday at the Lowe Art and Environmental Center was postponed due to a blizzard. Art receptions are so much fun! Rubbing elbows with other artists amidst the gallery atmosphere sated with stimulating art topics: techniques, messages conveyed, visual impact, everything artsy is worth the time and effort.… read more

Built on the Rock Collage

Collages are quite fun to do. This is my collage “The Fountain”, made with handmade papers on a rigid canvas board. The word “collage” is taken from the French verb caller, which means to paste or to glue. Collage today is the gluing of paper-to-paper, board-to-board, or of any of several materials to others. Collage… read more


Glazing: the successive transparent or translucent layers superimposed on the support. Each layer of paint applied over another layer, not only modifies its color, but also creates jewel-like brilliance. The light is reflected back to the viewer’s eye, imparting a special depth and luminosity.     An artist friend, Julia Kulish was the Showcase Artist this… read more

Lying and Lance

 Just recently, the Associated Press had an article on lying and Lance Armstrong.7 They quoted Robert Feldman, professor at the University of Massachusetts, saying, ” Nothing about the Lance Armstrong case is shocking. We all lie every day. We live in a culture where lying is quite acceptable.” David Livingston Smith, a professor at University of… read more

Transparent, Translucent, Opaque

An important characteristic of each pigment is whether it is translucent, transparent, or opaque. Knowing this characteristic for each pigment used is crucial for the serious artist to achieve the results desired. Some tubes of paint have this information printed on the tube itself. For pigments that are lacking this information, an easy test can… read more

Daniel 12:4 Knowledge Shall Increase

      What an amazing information age we live in! We have easy access to any knowledge we need – instantly! All we have to do is “Google it.” Need to know how to work on your car? Google it. How does one cook quinoa? Google it! Have health issues? Google it.    This… read more

Isaiah 55: The Trees of the Field Shall Clap Their Hands

  What does that scripture mean, “Trees of the field shall clap their hands”? Envision a time of great joy and celebration. You are standing in a bountiful field of grain surrounded with fruit trees heavy with harvest. You feel so blest that you shout with joy! The trees of the field are just a… read more

Support System

How was it when you were growing up? Did you have someone who believed in you and expected the best from you? Did you have someone who encouraged you to follow your dream? Was there someone in your life who informed you that without a shadow of a doubt, you could accomplish whatever you set… read more

The Wilderness March

He was better to me than all my hopes;    He was better than all my fears; He made a bridge of my broken works,    And a rainbow of my tears. The stormy waves that marked my ocean path,    Did carry my Lord on their crest; When I dwell on the days of… read more

Rock in the Road: View Three

There exists, however, yet a third view of the rock, not one of peace or one source of quenching one’s thirst. In this view, the rock is the head of a venomous snake, seeking whom it may devour. It has slithered upon the path ahead. To see this snake on one’s path would cause anyone… read more

Rock in the Road: View Two

Perhaps the rock in the road represents to you something other than place to rest. For you, the rock  is quite different. Journeying on the trail ahead, you find yourself face to face not with peace, but instead with a great rock of lack. A shortage of provisions or lack of wisdom, whatever this lack means to you,… read more

Robert A. Wade Art Wisdom

The artist within me has been influenced greatly by the artist Robert A. Wade who said:                       See with your brain.                       Feel with your eyes.                       Interpret with your heart.   I am an artist, a creator, an author, a poet, and a composer. When I was beginning to paint, with all the techniques,… read more

Road of Success in Acrylic Paintings

Road of Success in Acrylic Paintings is like when one keeps notes & photos when journaling the chronology of one’s life. Like a journal, it involves personal statements, a series of steps, growth, failures, and victories.   Road of Success in Acrylic Paintings’ uniqueness is that one exhibits one’s progress openly on the wall, shelves,… read more

Rock in the Road: View One

Amidst golds and browns of a sunlit hiking path, a massive tan rock obstructs the fluency of the trail. Creating an abrupt pause from a steadfast gait, this huge rock could be seen as a maddening hindrance. But could it possibly mark a place of rest, a spot in which to reflect   and to get… read more

Size Comparison

  The following sample artwork:   “Show Time!”  Largest: 16″ X 20″ Middle size: 14″ X 16″ Smallest: 8″ X 10″  Professionally printed on matte canvas and stretched over Fredrix wood stretcher frame. Feature of the gallery wrap is the continuance of the painting onto the edges. _________________________________________________  

Show Time!

  You’ve been through years of preparation and hard work trying to attain a certain goal. It hasn’t been easy. Through it all, the years have been laden with responsibilities and other heavy burdens to bear. You’ve been steadily working towards the prize located at the end of the tunnel. This fulfillment of your dream… read more


  Got any rivers they say are uncrossable? Got any mountains they say, “can’t tunnel through”? We specialize in the wholly impossible, Doing the things they say you can’t do.  song of the Panama Canal builders       Isaiah 42:16 “…I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make… read more

Opportunity calling…It’s for you!

  So you think you are over the hill. You feel your time to follow your dream has been way past the “It’s too late!” mark for years. You feel inadequate to do anything about it. True, your years have been productive and you have done a good job. Perhaps you have spent your entire… read more

Forged Into Steel: Part 2

Psalm 125:1  “They that trust in the LORD shall be as Mount Zion which cannot be removed, but abideth forever.”   Here is an old Scottish version of Psalm 125:1   Who clings to God in constant trust As Zion’s mount he stands full just, And who moves not, nor yet does reel, But stands… read more

Forged Into Steel

  Are you having a rough time? Do you find yourself surrounded by pressures and uncontrollable adversity? “Hang tough” is the usual phrase people say to such times. This is very easy to say, but hard to swallow when it is you who are amidst the intense heat. Perhaps you even feel the breath of… read more

Blessed Concentration

  Several circumstances have allowed me to change my course in the spectrum sea of art. For years I have taught, promoted, and encouraged art in others, while in the background, I created my own art whenever I had spare time. However, I am embarking in a different direction, advancing to concentrating solely on my… read more

Karen Sands : Part 2 Pottery

  Featured Artist: Karen Sands   Pottery #9811-1 ******* Pottery #9811-2 ******* Pottery #9811-3 ******* Pottery #9811-4 ******* Pottery #9811-5 ******* Pottery #9811-6 *******   Bowls #9811-7 ******* Karen Sands is truly an artist alive and growing, not only in knowledge and in skill, but also in courage it takes for one following the dream of producing fine artwork.… read more

Dry Creek Art Fest Roster

September 10th and 11th  Noon to 6 pm. Fantastic Art – Refreshments – Live Music! 2310 Robins Road Hiawatha, Iowa   Dry Creek Art Fest Roster     Karen Sands – Paintings and PotteryHandthrown stoneware Pottery Karen Sands- Paintings         Linda Blackwell – Design Purses Repurposed Art in the form of harvest sewn design… read more

Karen Sands : Part 1 Paintings

Karen Sands is the epitome of a “fine arts” artist. She emits creativity emulating from passion deep in her soul into exquisite pieces of art, whether it is in paintings or pottery, or directly with nature surrounding her home and studio. Karen thinks and breathes art, while actively striving to procreate her best artwork possible.… read more

Setting Up A Series

  Setting up a series of paintings, particularly made up of textured images, is as exciting as painting it. The set-up usually depends on one of two things: one’s mood and size of the wall space. If one has a wall space definitely lacking in personality, try selecting a series that you can play with… read more

Dry Creek Art Fest Extras

Before sharing more web sites of the art fest artists, for those of you who have never attended the Dry Creek Art Fest (this year on Saturday Sept. 10 and Sunday Sept 11, 2011), here are a few extras, especially aimed at the creativity portion of your brain. As stated before, the Art Fest is… read more

Diane Rattner Catfucius: Part 2

  Featured Artist: Diane Rattner   Shakespeare *** Reclining Cat *** Yellow Blue Cat *** Stacked Cats *** Three Blue Cats *** Be Happy ***   Romeo, Diane’s male kitten Easy going and lovable ***    And Roxie, Romeo’s sister Loves to snuggle and to explore ******* Diane Rattner’s Catfucius Creations are a success, because her… read more

Be Bold I am told.

Continuing in my depth studies, I am working on a painting of rods, most of which are colored pencils. Here is a portion of my painting. So far, it is a light value painting. However, to improve it, I get out my trusty red filter  to get another perspective of the painting’s values. *** Ouch!… read more

Dry Creek Art Fest

Mark your calendar Saturday Sept. 10 and Sunday Sept 11, 2011 for the fastest growing two-day art fest this side of the Mississippi – yes, the Dry Creek Art Fest. Named after the beautiful scenic Dry Creek which meanders around in this area, this juried Art Fest is a definite treat! Besides refreshments and live… read more

Diane Rattner: Catfucius Part 1

  Diane Rattner is an artist who loves cats, or is it that Diane Rattner is a cat lover who paints. I forget, since she has intertwined these both tightly in her life. In Diane, you simply cannot have one without the other. Diane has developed “Catfucius Creation,” her art business. Cats are so wise,… read more

Color Review

With all the information flowing through the artist brain, serious painters from time to time take time to review their art notes. The reason for this is that the complete process of creating art requires the best we have. Today I have chosen to view a few of my color notes. Perhaps it will be… read more

Ulysses S. Grant

In Galena, Illinois, an historic treasure is located, Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site. In 1868, Ulysses S. Grant became our country’s 18th President and was re-elected in 1872. The Grants maintained this home as their voting residence until 1881, when they moved to New York City to be near two of their children.… read more

Brian Jensen Part 4: Jewelry, Sculptures, and Paintings

Jewelry Copper Pin Forged copper Nickel silver sphere ******* Brass and Silver Mokume Ornament Twisted steel pin Pierced and formed *******   Close-up of Mokume Ornament as seen above ******* Shawl Pin Forged copper ******* Sculptures Sculpture #81211-1 Carved walnut ******* Sculpture #81211-2 Carved Red Oak ******* Sculpture #81211-3 Carrera Marble ******* Opposite view of… read more

Playtime With Oriental Red

A patterned canvas stares you in the face and you shudder thinking the words, “What’s next? What is the next step? Where do I go from here? I am blank with no ideas! “ If an ominous artist block is keeping you from seeing ahead, then I say to you… “PLAYTIME!” Kicking that artist block… read more

Importance of Artist Attitude

  Attitude in the dictionary is “a position or manner indicative of feeling, opinion, or intention toward a person or thing.” However, to an artist, there is a deeper meaning of the word attitude. Attitude actually presents life or death to an artist. How so, you may be thinking. What effect does my attitude have… read more