Light through the Window, oil painting in progress, Minnesota and South Dakota portrait artists

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This painting is very close to done, but still in progress. It’s the time between when a painting seems almost done and when it’s actually done that often takes the most time, for me.

After just finishing a big portrait painting last week (which came out really well, but I forgot to take a photo before handing it off), I wanted to do a painting of my son that is sort of an anti-portrait. He’s reading Calvin and Hobbes while the puppy looks out the window. I’m really happy with how this painting is coming out – with the design and color-shapes; but there are some little things I really want to finesse.

Contact me about a portrait or (anti-portrait).


Commissions – Updated and Thanks!

Pink Love / ~10×8 in / oil on canvas /
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Update: Thanks to a great repeat collector, I’m booked up for the last commission before Christmas.

There are still a number of paintings available in my Art Gallery, including the paintings shown in this post, and I will have time for more commissions after the holidays. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

Thank you again!

Orcas / ~ 12×18 in / oil on wood
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Satsuma and Stripes / 5×5 in / oil on panel
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Portrait artist paints Cooing – painting of mom carrying baby

Cooing / 5 x 7 inches / available on my paintings of people page /a portrait of you and your baby 

This is the first painting I’ve finished in some time and I’m really excited to have finished. This is painted from a photo, and is part of my Mom Loving series. I’m saving it for my first Midwestern show in South Dakota.

I’ve painted this woman once before – Baby Carrier, in Watercolor Paintings – and she makes a beautiful model.

If you’re interested in commissions, or want to learn more about the Mom Loving series, please email me.


Portrait artist paints a mom and baby in Piggyback 2 & Goals

I’m working on a watercolor painting (here’s a detail) and really working on the composition. What do you think so far? I had forgotten how much I love watercolor.

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Scarlett – portrait painting of mom and baby in love by artist Jessie Rasche

Thank you Katie for sharing your photo!

This one has so many layers. Through the whole process I was really happy with the drawing, but had a hard time resolving the colors and especially the values. I think it turned out really well in the end. They look so in love.

Scarlett / 8×6 in / oil on linen /see all available paintings / inquire

Portrait artist paints a mom and baby in Comfort – portrait painting by Jessie Rasche

SOLD / Comfort / 6×6 in / oil on linen / available paintings art gallery

This portrait painting of a baby nestled in with mom is one of my favorite paintings. It just makes me happy. Thank you so much to the mom who shared this intimate photo with me! I’m so glad you love it!

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I just finished the largest portrait commission I’ve done so far. I worked really hard on it and am very happy with the results, but was pretty anxious waiting for the collector’s feedback… But he said it’s “wonderful.” Yeah! I don’t want to spoil any holiday surprises, so here is just a tiny piece of the painting.

Just started an orange painting this morning.

Kite Mountain 2 – painting of mom and son snuggling by portrait artist

“Kite 2” / 6×6 in / oil on linen unframed / see all available figurative paintings

This mom and boy were in their own private world watching kites together at Kite Mountain in Seattle, Washington this summer. I just love these public snuggles… Mom loving painting #24 – there are only 6 more Mom Loving paintings to complete the project. Email me if you’d like to submit a photo for one.

This is what the painting would look like framed.

Newsletter Giveaway

Congratulations Rebecca for winning the Newsletter Giveaway painting! For anyone who missed the newsletter and wants some news, here it is.

“Dinoball” and Yeah! – hands and toy by portrait artist

“Dinoball” / 6″ x 8″ / oil on linen / See Available Still Life Paintings

This is a painting of my son working a toy. I loved the light coming through his fingers, and that the toy looks like a baby bird or dinosaur.

4 of my paintings were accepted into Randy Higbee Gallery’s 6 Inch Squared show! Yeah!