Wednesday, February 22, 2017

My husband Dave Rasmussen is a historical fiction author.  His second book of The Wyakin series is due soon. to be out in an ebook "Legend Of The Dreamer"  This series is about the Nez Perce in the Northwest.  We both grew up in Missoula Montana but currently live in Cedaredge, Co.  We miss our hometown, but have grown to love the area we retired in.

This year marks the tenth year that I have been experimenting with alcohol inks on Yupo paper, I say experimenting as each new painting is an experiment.  It is impossible to duplicate any of my past paintings.   The inks spread and change as they dry depending on how much blending solution I have added to the colors.  I am always fastinated with the effects they create as they dry.  I will keep posting some of the methods I have developed.  Hope you all have a wonderful day.

The aspen trees were painted from my neighbors back yard.  Surface creek runs through our back yard.  The sounds of the water over the rocks and the various colors in the landscape draw me back there often.  My studio overlooks the creek.  Take a look at my website and see the painting "A Place of  Secrets".  It is  a part of my back yard by the creek.   It was inspired by the seclusion.  I could see two young women telling secrets, sitting on the log, and the secrets would be kept there forever.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ode to Joy

This image is called "THE SUNFLOWER"  The original is for sale at the Gunnison Art Gallery in Gunnison Colorado.  I love sunflowers and created this using techniques that I developed to control alcohol inks on Yupo.  The original is about 16X20.  It is available in 11X14 prints double matted to 16X20.  Cost is $125 for the print.  Blank note cards are 5X7  and are mailable giclee prints for $7.50.  my website is

I welcome comments on this page and will answer questions about my techniques.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

I work with Ranger Alcohol Inks on Yupo paper.  There are  two inks of other brands that I use as I cannot get the color or effect desired with Ranger.  The reason I try to stick with one brand is that I find the consistency to vary in different brands which affects drying time.  I also don't want to mix brands as I feel that the formulas are different and I don't want to have a problem down the road as to permanency.