Painting of the Week

Painting of the Week – Meet Me at the Lake

Use Photography to Develop a Story

Use Photography to Develop a Story

Paul & I were on a boat ride with friends when my first inklings for this painting occurred. Entertaining guests, we discovered two Adirondack chairs hidden high above us on a cliff-like edge on the east end of Pelican Lake. I could feel the late summer breeze on my face and longed to sit there with a friend. Fascinated, I drew several sketches of this meeting place starting first with an idea of a diptych – (two themed paintings- usually identical in size that complete other), but changed my mind. The gazebo added to the mystery. Who’s there? Do you suppose they wore a mask?

Basically with my camera, I am a shape collector. I use photography to develop a story. For example, I’ll take 40 different photos of a herd to choose from versus taking the perfect picture. With speed, I can capture many shapes of a place to tell my story. A pile of photographs is standard travel gear on a flight. It was actually on the plane that I came up with the idea for Where’s Petunia? It still surprises me how much power shapes wield directing relationships.


Please stop by and see me and my work at my

Masked Art Sale July 15-17th

11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Wednesday & Thursday | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Friday

At Ellen’s Studio:   3374 Maplewood Court, Fargo, ND 58104 | (701) 235-4241

At the door we will have hand-sanitizer coming & going. We will be wearing masks and would appreciate if you would wear one as well. As promised, we are serving Ice Cold Corona Beer, Lemonade and chocolate chips cookies in a bag. Bring a friend and get a free pack of notecards. Register for a $150.00 Gift Certificate!

On display we have beautiful new originals, several new giclées with pre-issue discounts and a nice selection of framed giclées marked at 25% off.

Meet me at the Lake” Giclée on Canvas 12” X 30” (45 s/n) stretched & textured

**$50.00 Pre-issue discount expires 7/31


Check out my Online Classes

Some classes will be streamed and others taped and edited. Either way you will be able to re-watch the lessons “put in compressed time” to your heart’s content. You can also take most classes still in person. To preserve social distancing, we have a screen so you can see what I am doing up close from your table, plus you will also get the online link to watch later.


Beginning Watercolor is coming up fast July 21-24 and there is still room for students. It will be taped and offered online also. In person participants also get the online version. Simply pay the online fee and under notes state if you want to take the class in person too.

Basic Watercolor – Henning, MN August 11-14 | Sponsored by Lake Region Arts Council

We will be taping and editing my Painting Flowers in Watercolor workshop in my Fargo studio into workable segments. (It will not be held in Minneapolis as previously planned) Sign up today for a permanent link available by September 10-11. Learn new and easier techniques for drawing and composing beautiful flower paintings, creating volumetric shapes, painting leaves and ways to present the unique qualities of a flower.

Building Transparent Layers in Watercolor will be held in Fargo September 22-25 and will be streamed online.





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