(Cold Noses) What It Means, happy cows, large cow painting

What It Means, 24″ x 36″, available.


I started this cow painting a couple years ago. It was based on some photos I took and a smaller painting I made of these cows relaxing on a chilly day. I loved the yellow sky and the blue and gold snow… The sky in South Dakota is often suprising and beautiful.

The small painting, btw, was called Cold Noses, and was printed in South Dakota Magazine and sold through the South Dakota Art Museum – Thanks!

Anyways, What It Means got started a couple years ago, but I had to set it aside and live with it for a while before finishing it. I had to think about what I wanted to say in this larger painting that I hadn’t already said in Cold Noses. Finally this week I realized that it could be a narrative painting, about the emotions and relationships. I pushed my painting pretty far with a lot of pallet knife use and calligraphy in the trees…

Here’s a close up of a happy girl enjoying some good company and a nice view.

Thanks for looking!

Best Wishes, Jessie

Color sketch for a larger portrait painting

I’m doing some portraits to push my skills and process. A lovely friend and her daughter modeled for me for the color sketch, so that I could get their skin color right when working larger. When I only have an hour and a half to get my colors right, I set up my pallet completely differently. 3 convenience browns and no warm blue… I think I’ll stick with that pallet for the larger portrait.


Sunset oil painting. Minnesota and South Dakota landscape paintings.

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The sky gives us a light show here almost every night. It’s quite beautiful. This painting is painted on Winsor & Newton Artists’ Canvas Board, and is ready to frame (unframed).

Jessie Rasche is an award winning South Dakota artist.

Her landscape, floral and portrait paintings hang in private collections in every region of the US and Canada, and in Ireland, and have shown in galleries in South Dakota, Washington, California and Kansas. You can see a rotating display of her work at the South Dakota Art Museum gift shop and at the Southwind Gallery in Topeka KS.

Jessie’s paintings have been published in the South Dakota Magazine, the Brookings Register, the Spokesman Review and other publications.