“Spring Wildflowers” and art show announcement

Spring Wildflowers, 36 x 48 inches, oil on canvas

Very excited to be sending four brand new paintings down to the “Pop of Color” show at Southwind Art Gallery in Topeka, KS, opening on April 5th. I’m planning to be at the reception on April 5th. If you’re in that area, I hope to see you there.

This painting started off a while back and while I really liked the subtle, hazy quality to the distant area, I wasn’t happy with the foreground. But over the weekend, after working on several smaller paintings for this color show, I realized that even with the river, this painting could really benefit from a path in. I added in the colorful wildflower and green grass path, and now I think it’s pretty lovely. Sometimes you need something bright to really show off something subtle – or vice versa.

Yellowstone Colors, midsize painting of Yellowstone National Park

I am absolutely in love with the colors and textures of Yellowstone National Park. 

Yellowstone Colors, 16″ x 20″, oil on canvas.

This painting will be dry and ready to ship to it’s forever home in a couple days. Email or call (605) 695-5815 to purchase.

This valley is full of buffalo relaxing and grazing after “the party,” as one of the rangers euphemistically called it. I love the dark patches of buffalo mingling with the greens and yellows and violets of the land, and the sky-reflected waters.

This summer we went through Yellowstone for the second time, and what a wonderful national treasure it is. I could spend months there and my eyes would not get bored. I wonder if the people who work in the park are still just as impressed by it’s beauty or if they grow used to it…

Windmill, Minnesota landscape painting

I love the windmills around South Dakota and Minnesota. There’s an area on the Western edge of Minnesota that I drive through on my way to my mom’s house that is pretty glorious. The windmills look like giant flowers all spread around.

I’ve got a new page for farm paintings. If you get a chance, check it out and let me know what you think.

Cow painting (SOLD). South Dakota landscape paintings.

This is one of the lovely cows that lives to the North of Brookings. She was emerging after a bath in the river, and I really enjoyed the way her reflection mixed with grasses.

I’ve got a new page for farm paintings. If you get a chance, check it out and let me know what you think.

Yellow Sun, Minnesota and South Dakota large landscape paintings.

I’ve been trying to capture the amazing sky colors of South Dakota ever since we moved here, but have wiped most of my efforts. This painting was started about a month ago, and then yesterday I realized that I wanted my sky to be darker and more dramatic, and now I really like it. Hope you do too!

Cow and farm paintings. Minnesota and South Dakota landscape paintings.

The spring colors of the fields in South Dakota are beautiful, and change constantly. Here’s a vista of cows on the slightly rolling hills around Brookings. I love the rainbow of rich colors in the fields around here. Velvety browns, oranges, and violet in the distance, and the sky could be anywhere between grey to vibrant blue to orange or purple. In this painting it’s a subtle blue grey.

You can purchase this painting, or see it larger, at http://jessiesfineart.com/gallery/brookings-series-spring-orange-with-cows/.

Please forward if you know someone who might be interested! Comments are read and appreciated.



Campanile, Brookings, SDSU. Minnesota and South Dakota landscape paintings.

This is “Campanile on a clear March day” (Can you suggest a better name?). For some reason this painting isn’t photographing well. The trees are very dark and have a lot of red in them, and the snow a cool color. I’ll try again later for a better photo.  That person walking looked to me like a teacher on their way to teach class.

I’m planning a whole series of that building in different weather and light, as part of a painting journal of Brookings, SD, which I’m hoping to publish into a book when I make enough of them. The paintings will be at SD Art Museum as soon as they’re framed up.


The second painting is a Afternoon Stroll getting boxed up and shipped out (Thanks Janet!). I really like that painting. I’m going to keep trying at that idea.


Cow Clouds looked very lovely framed, and also shipped out yesterday (Thanks Ann!). I forgot to take a picture of it framed up, though. I received a lot of great feedback / compliments about this painting, and am really excited about how it turned out.


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