New Gallery Representation

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April 8, 2013, new post:  I am happy to announce that I am now also being represented by the Wilcock Gallery in Excelsior, Minnesota.  I am thrilled to be “back in my hometown”.  (Excelsior Commons was the sight of many a shenanigan in those ‘olden days’.)  I moved from Minneapolis 18 years ago (I can’t believe it has been that long) and for that time my friends, family and fans have really only been to see my work via website and email.  Now you all will have a chance to see the paintings up close and personal.  Please visit Keith Wilcock at his fine gallery at 218 Water Street, Excelsior, MN, 55331,  952-470-8118,  Here are the paintings you will find there this spring:

 The Eternal Optimist    (11″ x 10″)

Sky Light   (16″ x 12″)



Gilded Grove    (11″ x 10″)


New Work, New Classes

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January 23, 2013 new post: Check out the Exhibitions and Classes section.  I am beginning a 4 week session of Intro to Sumi-e Painting next week (Jan 28 – Feb 18), and a one day Gyotaku workshop in March too.

Earlier I shared with you some of my new explorations in Encaustic painting.  I have entered a piece in the Art Associations members show called “Salon”.  It is the first public exposure for one of my encaustics.  I love the piece but we will see what others think.  The entry is called “Akaka Falls”, from a photo I took when Paul and I visited Hawaii last year.  Here is a front view and from the side so you can see the dimensional quality a little.  It has layers of clear and tinted translucent wax on top of a p’o mo watercolor painting on a gold shikishi board.

akaka falls web

akaka falls web side view



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October 28, 2012, new post:    I was honored to have SPRING PLUM accepted into the national juried exhibit sponsored by the Sumi-e Society of America this year, held in Minneapolis area this past month.  The painting was a gift to my niece and her new husband, Brianna and Alejandro Montes, as a wedding present and Bri and Alex were present at the opening reception.  I hope it brings them many years of enjoyment, especially during the long cold winters of Minnesota.  Congratulations, Brianna and Alejandro.



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SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 Summer flew by, as is always the case here in Jackson Hole.  I actually look forward to our slower season here – which means more time in my studio to paint.  In the meantime there is one more month of intense activity here in Jackson – in the arts and outdoors. September finds Jackson hosting the “Fall Arts Festival” which begins tomorrow Friday, September 7th and runs through Sunday, September 16th.  Just about every arts venue has special events and exhibits, many of them include the whole town’s participation.  Here are a few links to an overview of what to do and experience:  and .
I will be painting in  the gallery where my work is represented – Horizon Fine Art (at 30 King Street in Jackson, 307-739-1540,, several times during the Fall Arts Festival:  Sunday, September 9th from 12 – 5, Friday Sept 14th from 4 – 8 and Saturday September 15th from 10 – 2.  I have several new paintings there as well.  I LOVE to talk with you all while I am painting – please come see me!!

Watercolor + Wax

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May 2012  Early summer (okay, end of May is not yet summer here in Jackson) I co-taught a class called Watercolor+Wax with renowned encaustic artist Daniella Woolf.  I taught my splash and pour watercolor technique as a basis for the students to build encaustic paintings on top of, using the multitude of techniques that Daniella shared.  The venue was the Art Association studios at the Center for the Arts in Jackson.  Results were colorful and creative, and no two similar.  It is my intention to pursue this in my own work, not “reinventing the wheel”, but using it in addition and on top of the watercolor style I have worked years to develop.  This is a piece I created called Boundary Waters Memory.  It is on a wood panel with watercolor poured on the background, a silk print of my sumi-e painting of the Boundary Waters, and an aspen leaf embedded in the wax and textures added:


Splash and Pour – Watercolor without the Fear

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Splash and Pour workshop June 2012 in Jackson

JUNE 19, 2012:  In May I taught an all day workshop for the Art Association here in Jackson Hole called “Splash and Pour – Watercolor without the Fear”.  And I mean it!  It is a non-threatening day to play with watercolor in a way you have never tried before (or to continue developing skills from previous experiences.)  People always exclaim that watercolor is so difficult.  Well, in a playful atmosphere it may still be difficult, but it is lots of fun.  Be prepared to come home with blue fingers, it can be messy.  Recently I had a client, who was watching me paint in Horizon Gallery, ask me how I knew what was going to happen.  And I replied “Experience”.  (Though in reality many times I turn an unexpected “splotch” into a happy accident.  Experience helps in that instance too.

More on the Watercolor+Wax week-long workshop that followed Splash and Pour in my next Musing.

Painting under Construction…

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March 3, 2012    Here are some photos of Monday Morning Breakfast Group being created:


Sketchbook and drawing

Sketchbook and drawing:  First comes the idea in the sketchbook and then an enlarged drawing to be transferred to the shikishi board later.



Background:  The background is painted first and is the most difficult part of the painting.  Colors are manipulated to flow and blend together, all at the same time.


color is removed behind the birds

Color is removed behind where I will paint the birds and cattails.


Birds being painted

Black watercolor flows into the space left for a red-winged blackbird.



One New Painting to Share

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January 25, 2012  My newest painting is Monday Morning Breakfast Group.  The title came first (my husband has breakfast with a bunch of guys every monday, and they call themselves that.)  But the idea was right there with the name.  You will see in the New and Available works that I first did a study, a smaller piece of the larger painting, to determine colors, positioning etc.  Normally my works are much more spontaneous.  This one required lots of planning.  The loose, watery background looks like it was the easy part, but no, it took 3 tries to get it right.  The details are oddly not as difficult. If I can figure out how to post photos in my blog, I will share the finished piece and the anatomy of the painting. (Click on the thumbnail to see the full painting.)

Two Teaching Announcements

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January 25, 2012   Hi all, I have two teaching announcements and one new painting to share.

Announcement 1 – I will be teaching a 4 day workshop along side fabulous encaustic artist Daniella Woolf this spring for the Art Association at the Center for the Arts in Jackson Hole.  The details are as follows:”Encaustic Combo,Watercolor + Wax”, Daniella Woolf & Kay Stratman, May 29 – June 1, Tues – Fri | 9am –4:30pm. I will teach P’o Mo painting as a base for the multitude of encaustic techniques you will learn from Danielle.  It will be lots of fun, I guarantee. Don’t intimidate yourself by expecting a masterpiece.  Expect instead to learn many new techniques, and new art form, create a mess, and some delightful artwork as well.  (See my description of Danielle’s Encaustic workshop last year, below.) The enrollment deadline is April 27.  The link to the Art Association website, in order to sign up is:, and is on page 12 of the catalog.

Announcement 2 – I will be teaching SPLASH AND POUR – Watercolor without the Fear  (really!) on SATURDAY MAY 19 at the Art Association/Center for the Arts in Jackson Hole from 10am – 9pm.  P’o Mo techniques, demostrations, lots of hands-on.  Either beginning or intermediate.  Learn something new, refresh your memory from past workshops, adapt it to your own style of painting.  Anything goes.  Some materials will be provided. The link to the Art Association website, in order to sign up is:, and is on page 10 of the catalog.

I’m back! After several months hiatus

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 Nov. 11, 2011  I’m back!  After several months hiatus, I am excited to be back in my studio!  Several new paintings are posted, and one announcement that I am proud of:  My painting “Ruffled Feathers” was purchased this summer by the Grand Teton Association for their collection.  I am quite honored as they have some very prestigious artists in their collection.  (You can see it in the “Flower and Bird Archives” on this website.)

I took a workshop taught by Daniella Woolf in encaustic painting.  Soooo much fun and so very different than watercolor painting.  I plan to incorporate some of the techniques with my own painting and what I come up with we shall see.  In encaustics basically you “paint” with molten beeswax mixed with pigment.  Colors are layered on and textures are added using many different techniques. Things can be collaged into the piece and that is where I hope to do some experimenting – incorporating pieces of my paintings with an encaustic background.  In fact I will be teaching along side Daniella in the spring in the same workshop here in Jackson Hole at the Center for the Arts.  Watch the Art Association of Jackson Hole offerings for more information.  I will post it as well.