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New items in the Ye Old Christmas Shoppe!

I have been busy creating some new items for the Ye Old Christmas Shoppe. Using my watercolors and digital illustrations there are three new ornaments to decorate your tree AND they are on SALE!!!

Check out the Gift Shop as well as the Ye Old Christmas Shoppe for some cool ideas for your Christmas shopping list! Help an artist and buy artisan gifts this year. These items are made on demand and not produced on an assembly line. There are lovely Garden Journals to give to your favorite gardener as well as a beautiful winter themed puzzle for the brains in your life. There will be more products coming soon, so check back often.

Don’t forget , nearly the entire GALLERY of original oil paintings is on sale this entire month, with more sale prices coming on Thanksgiving weekend. There is only one of each painting, so give a gift that lasts this year to those who appreciate fine art. Remember, art in your space uplifts the soul! And don’t forget to look at your art when you walk by where it’s hanging. Many of us hang it and forget it! Don’t do that. Take some time to really see and stand in front of your art and gaze, allowing your imagination to run free and maybe relieve some stress!

Keep in mind there are shipping delays due to covid restrictions, so shop early and plan ahead.

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate you! If you would like to stay in the loop about studio news and upcoming secret sales, join the TMS Members by filling in your info below. Have a wonderful day. Much Love ~ Rhonda

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Worst Year Ever Sale!

Sunset on the Villa

This year, instead of the typical Thanksgiving weekend sale, I thought it would be cool to have a Worst Year Ever sale; Because 2020 has been the Worst Year Ever. Beginning today, Nov. 7, 2020 and ending on Nov. 30, 2020, the Worst Year Ever Sale kicks off! I’m sick of 2020 as I’m sure you are too, so I’ve put nearly the entire gallery on sale! Select paintings are up to 50% off. Shop early, as there is only one of each painting. More paintings and other items will be added throughout the month for the Worst Year Ever sale, so check back often.

Christmas will be here before you know it and you’ll be up at midnight wondering what to get that hard to shop for person. Do they have an original one of a kind painting of a favorite subject? Humm? Maybe this could be the year you buy something unique, instead of a last minute dollar store gift. Shop early because shipping has been delayed and you don’t want to be a grinch with nothing to put under the tree. Right?

Here’s a teaser of some of the paintings in the Gallery on sale this month:

  • Yellow-throated Warbler oil painting
  • Pears oil painting
  • Pink Conch Shell
  • Pink Rose Bud
  • Purple Lilacs oil painting
  • Bearded Iris oil painting
  • Serenity on the River oil painting
  • Solitude oil painting
  • "Fly Fishing"
  • Sunset on the Villa
  • Dandelion Flowers oil painting

Click on the GALLERY tab on the home page of my website and you will be taken to all things painted in oil. Pastel paintings and gift shop items aren’t included in this sale. You can sign up for divided payments and give your person a card with a note saying their gift will be late, which would be appreciated not only by them, but by me, if that’s a financial position you find yourself in. Which of course because 2020 has been the Worst Year Ever, it’s highly likely, divided payments would be a real help at this time and I would love to help out.

Complimentary gift wrap is included with your purchase as well as a signed Certificate of Authenticity by me, the artist. What is a Certificate of Authenticity? It’s a signed certificate by the artist who created the work, stating the work is an original work of art and not a copy. It gives the year the work was created, the title and size of the piece.

Free Shipping is not included in the Worst Year Ever sale. The Tamarack Mountain Studio watermark is not on the paintings, and is done for online purposes only.

Feel Free to share this post with anyone you can think of! And if you’re interested in quarterly news about secret sales and giveaways, sign up below and become a TMS member! Happy Thanksgiving! Much Love ~ Rhonda

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Bearded Iris Pastel

This week I worked on a new pastel using my Bearded Iris from my flower garden as my subject. The flower garden is a small patch surrounded by a fence to keep the deer out. It contains three Rose bushes, Iris, Lillies, Hollyhocks and Clematis plus hanging baskets of Petunias. Every so often I’ll plant sunflowers but that’s doesn’t go well cause the squirrels and chipmunks dig up the seeds before the sunflowers can root. I usually have to end up starting sunflowers indoors and planting them outside as a seedling.

Here’s a pic of this heavenly spot where the Iris grow:

Bearded Iris in the garden

Next week the weather is going to take a drastic change and go from the delightful 70’s to the 50’s with temps at night dipping in to the low 30’s. There’s even snow forecasted! The garden will be over with next week, so I figured this would be a good time to paint a new pastel in memory of this year’s abundant beauty. I used a photo reference for this piece because the Iris are long gone for this year.

On the easel – “Bearded Iris” pastel

I have a new pastel tray thanks to my husband, who built it for me. It will be fun filling it up with pastels. Right now it looks like I don’t have any pastels to speak of, but every color I need is there. The shelving has wheels so I can move the pastels close to my easel.

Here’s a pic of the finished piece. The watermark is not on the pastel and is done for online purposes. “Bearded Iris” Pastel is 7” x 9.5”. I’m super pleased with how it turned out.

“Bearded Iris” Pastel

If you like this new work, hit the “Like” button below. You don’t have to leave a comment, but clicking on the “Like” button let’s me know I have readers out there who enjoy reading my posts. The more readers, the more posts I will create. Otherwise, if I’m talking to myself, then there won’t be any posts.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a super weekend! Go out and enjoy the fall colors! Much Love ~ Rhonda

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New Interest in Pastels

Summer on the Lake Pastel Painting

Its been a minute since last time I posted! I’m still here ~ just been busy with the garden and my new interest in Pastels. I think I may have found my preferred medium of choice!

There’s nothing like a new box of pastels ~

When I was a kid I used to adore a brand new box of crayons, all pristine and freshly sharpened. Opening a new box of pastels brings back those fond memories. Pastels today, compared to what I used 10 or so years ago, are so much better. The paper has come a long way too and I’m totally in love with this medium. The way the soft pastels lay down creamy vibrant color on the paper is fascinating and delicious, if I may say! Here are some of my new works:


These are a few of my faves. You can see the rest of the new work in the Gallery under the Pastel Paintings tab. I’ve taken the pastels plein air painting and even on a super windy day, it was a pleasure to paint with them. I didn’t have to worry about bugs becoming stuck on the paper, as when I paint with oils. Or like when I paint with oils in plein air, no worries about yellow jackets being attracted to the smell, because pastels have no smell. You can understand why my new interest in pastels has such a great appeal to me. No fuss, but a lot of mess, which is the only drawback. Not to worry, if you work in pastels, you know to have a wet towel on hand to wipe your hands off.

Look at all those vibrant colors! The most wonderful thing about pastels is there’s no mixing to do, like there is with oil paint. I don’t have to think about adding just the right amount of medium or which colors are transparent or opaque, or complimentary and greyed down, etc, etc. I can just be free to paint what I see with ease and not have to wait for paint to dry.

Plein air pastel

The above photo is where I last painted plein air while on a camping trip. We stayed in a campground on the Moyie River in north Idaho and had a great time. My husband fished down below while I painted and my only complaint was the strong wind. But everything stayed together and only my hat threatened to blow away. I’m bummed that the summer is over and we probably won’t have any more outings. In the meantime, I’ll use my reference photos and paint in the comfort of the studio. I hope you had a decent summer and the trials of the times weren’t too harsh. Stay well, be prepared, and thanks for stopping by! Much Love ~ Rhonda

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New Work ~ “Bearded Iris Backside”

New Work ~

This new work entitled “Bearded Iris Backside” describes the back of the Iris where two buds were growing out of the stem. Why did I paint the back of the Iris? Well, viewing a flower from all sides is one of my favorite things to do before deciding on a view to paint. There are so many interesting parts to a flower and most times, the back is just as interesting as the front. Hidden behind this flower were two buds that I never saw until I turned the Iris around, upon cutting it in the garden.

The Bearded Iris had grown crooked in my flower garden and wouldn’t stand straight in the vase. So, upon turning the Iris all different directions, I discovered the buds made a more interesting story and I let the Iris be the backdrop to the buds.

Iris in a vase

The Studio Set up ~

Originally, when I placed the Bearded Iris into my vase, I didn’t add any leaves. The vase is too small to hold the thick stalks of the plant. Further into the painting I decided the composition needed the addition of leaves. You can see how there isn’t a good balance of the elements.

Iris painting in progress

Here is the point when the decision was made to add a single leaf from the Iris patch, which would add flow and balance to the composition. As the last bud was wilting I added a few leaves for reference. The blue tint to the vase is from the addition of water soluble fertilizer. I have discovered flowers last longer with this addition, and that adding an aspirin or some sugar to make flowers last longer is an urban myth.

Iris leaf added to painting

Finished Painting

The painting was done alla prima on an 8”x10” oil primed linen panel, using a tetrad color palette. Because the buds opened so quickly photo references were used to complete the piece. (The original flower set up wilted before the painting was finished.) Here is the finished painting:

Iris Backside oil painting
“Iris Backside”

This new work, “Bearded Iris Backside” oil painting, will be varnished and framed when it’s dry. Afterwards, the painting will be posted in the gallery under Floral Paintings. I’m super pleased with the results and had a wonderful time painting it.

Please note: the Tamarack Mountain Studio watermark is not on the original painting. The watermark is for online purposes only.

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