Friday, February 18, 2011


1 6X 20 X 1.5 OIL ON CANVAS
Last summer this guy was a regular on the deck, waiting for a handout.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Contemporary Western American Wildlife Art, Mountain Goat Painting, by Theresa Paden

Contemporary Western American Wildlife Art
Mountain Goat Painting
"Purple Majesty"
By Theresa Paden

24" X 36" 
Acrylic on 1.5" gallery wrapped canvas.
 Edges are painted so no frame is needed. 

Email me for purchasing information.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Walk on the Wild Side

wild horse on the beach watercolor
8 by 10 inch watercolor

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Jack Rabbit #1

Here in the valley we have Jack Rabbits and they always make me smile when I see them hopping along in the pasture.  Their ears are long but I decided to paint this little Jack Rabbit close up to show off his big brown eyes.  "Jack #1" is the first in a series of three Jack Rabbits for a triptych series.  Finding this little Jack Rabbit made for, "A Painting Day".

"Jack #1" -6x6-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre
Commission A Painting Information

Bison Roundup at Badlands National Park S.D..

Pastel 18x24 by Dan Vaughan

Rocky Mountain National Park Elk

Pastel 24x30 by Dan Vaughan

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

"Falling Snow" by Kristin Jurist Haakenson

Falling Snow
acrylic on canvas
24" x 24" x 1.5"
Available for purchase from Freshwater Studio & Gallery, Dillon, MT

This winter, I've been aching for peaceful, snowy days that make the world a lot quieter and hot chocolate all the more delicious.

Since it's mostly just a rainy mess out here in Washington, I found a lot of my atmospheric inspiration from reading a poem by Joanna Klink called "Porch In Snow." It helped to put me in the right mindset for this painting. Originally featured in Klink's amazing book of poetry called Circadian, I first came upon "Porch In Snow" in an absolutely outstanding anthology called Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart (seriously...this is an amazing book. I highly recommend it). Klink is a professor of graduate creative writing at the University of Montana-Missoula.

I just want to share a few lines here to give you an idea of how lovely it is...but you should read the full version via Google Books' preview of Montana Women Writers here. I hate to excerpt from poetry, since the poetry gets so mangled as a's especially hard to share a brief excerpt of Klink's poetry, since every line is so darn good.

"There you are, snow filling the air,
in the midst of silence [...]
Winter, there is no prayer but this,
to hold fast in the time of few choices.
An animal moves through the backyards, its eyes
precise and lit, the premise of everything I believe"
-Joanna Klink, excerpted from "Porch In Snow", from Circadian (Penguin: 2007)

Isn't that just stunning? I hope you'll check out Klink's work and find as much inspiration in her poetry as I have.

Kristin Jurist Haakenson

Monday, February 7, 2011

"Crossing the Yellowstone" by Kristin Jurist Haakenson

Crossing the Yellowstone
acrylic on canvas
24" x 36" x 1.5"
RIP - This painting was destroyed by its shipping carrier, UPS, en route to a gallery.

I tried loosening up a bit more for this painting...I wanted to focus on the colors and give a more surreal impression to the landscape.

Fair river! in thy bright, clear flow 
Of crystal, wandering water,
Thou art an emblem of the glow 
Of beauty—the unhidden heart—
The playful maziness of art
In old Alberto's daughter
-Edgar Allen Poe, from "To the River"

Kristin Jurist Haakenson

Sunday, February 6, 2011

"Morning Stroll" by Kristin Jurist Haakenson

Morning Stroll
acrylic on canvas
12" x 12" x 1.5"

I have a soft spot in my heart for chickens. We keep 4 hens in our backyard, and besides the delicious fresh eggs they provide, they also make surprisingly great pets. We've handled them since they were chicks, so they're incredibly tame and like to follow us around the yard when we let them out of their enclosure. David & I have even recently started a blog about our chickens, since we've been getting a surprising number of emails with questions about raising an urban flock.

Kristin Jurist Haakenson

Peacock by Teresa Stieben

"Coat of Many Colors; Peacock"
Acrylic on canvas, 18"x36"
Edges of canvas are painted.

Friday, February 4, 2011

"Yellow-Headed Blackbird" by Kristin Jurist Haakenson

Yellow-Headed Blackbird
acrylic on canvas
12" x 6" x 1.5"
I decided to try something different and paint a small bird rather than the usual four-legged creatures that I focus on.

The beautiful yellow-headed blackbird makes a surprisingly piercing squawk.

Kristin Jurist Haakenson

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Sandhill Cranes by Teresa Stieben

Lesser Sandhill Cranes, Parent and Juvenile
acrylic on canvas, 16x24

Sandhill cranes are attentive parents. We watched the family for a few hours as the parents poked about for marsh voles and other delicacies placing them a few feet away from the youngster and watching to be sure the meal was eaten. 

Silhouette of a Moose

9 by 12 watercolor on Arches watercolor paper

"Silent Witness" by Kristin Jurist Haakenson

Silent Witness
acrylic on canvas
24" x 12"
$525 + $30 shipping (contact)

This was my first attempt at painting a cougar.  It's amazing how much my own housecats resemble this impressive animal.  Cougars are the largest cats that can purr (to the best of my knowledge...scientists are still debating, apparently).

For my Seattle show in December, we hung this painting right next to Little was a bit eerie but had a pretty interesting visual effect.

He crouched low and long on the road,
Low and long and golden against
The leaves, watching pensively,
A damp sphinx of the woods. 
-Keith Holyoak, from "The Cougar"

Kristin Jurist Haakenson

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Rain Dear

Rain Dear
an 8 by 10 inch watercolor

Grey Fox "Bringing it to the Plate"

24x30 Pastel

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Wood Duck

18x24 pastel painting by Dan Vaughan

Cedar Waxwing

"Cedar Waxwing" Watercolor on paper.