Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Rust And Ink

 After making the walnut ink I got busy on some rust prints. I don't think they are finished but it is helpful to photograph them to get a different perspective.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

It's A Doll's Life

 For Lua's Birthday I knitted some warm clothes for her doll.

I found the patterns on

Monday, December 9, 2013

Oh Baby It's Cold Outside!

 So my attic studio is freezing! It has been around -10 for days now. No art this week, but I have been busy making some things to be revealed soon...stay tuned:)

Friday, November 29, 2013

Making Walnut Ink

All summer long I told my Dad I wanted to collect the walnuts once they fall from the tree to make walnut ink, some how I never got around to it. On our last day in Wisconsin my Dad surprised me with a bag of the now rotting walnuts he picked up under the tree. Thanks Dad:) I found instruction to make ink here...simple to the point, how I like it.

The pot of soaked walnuts ready to boil...Not sure how long I soaked them. I sort of forgot about them, must have been about a month.

 Testing the ink. 

 A messy process, don't wear white...but it all washed up, no permanent stains ,well except for the cloths.

Lots of lovely Walnut ink!!!!I got  4 full bottles (16 oz. each?) of ink from the walnuts pictured at the top of the post.

Friday, November 22, 2013

New Studio

I've been moving through many changes this year. Six months in Madison, then back to Mineappolis, a new apartment which came with an attic! Now my studio! It is still only half unpacked...4  shows in less the a month, moving and looking for a job has been overwhelming. I'm sooooo looking forward to routine studio time.This morning as I was packing for the Winona Art Walk, which is tomorrow, some lovely sun poured into the studio and I thought it a good time to take photo's.

It is a lot of space, YEAH! So far I have managed the cold with  plastic on the windows and a space heater my dear sister Denise gave me. Summer will be another story, but never mind that for now.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Doorway

I saw this doorway in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. I was intrigued by the the play of light and shadow on the different textures. 

The Door Way

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


I have been working hard to get ready for Art Attack.  I have an enormous wall to hang work on so I will have both my encaustics and oil and wax works there!
I'll be in studio 151

If you are close by please stop by and say Hi.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Rusty Creatures

Rusty Creatures spotted in  Wisconsin...this one was in Mt Horeb. Looks hungry.

These very tall guys were spotted in Madison.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Mossy Wall in Paoli

Mossy Wall part of the "Summer in Wisconsin" series

Paoli has many old stone buildings and lovely bricked walk ways. I especially love this chevron pattern with moss going in between the brick

Yes Ice Cream..

This little shop contain the most wonderful varity of Wisconsin cheeses!!!!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Paoli Bridge

 There is a sweet town in Wisconsin called Paoli. You can park your car an walk the length of the town and visit several art galleries and restaurants. It makes for a good afternoon. You will have to cross the Paoli Bridge which after hundred or so years is showing it's bones. Of course it melted my heart and I had to capture it. 

close up

 Not sure if it is done but I will let it sit for a while and see.

One of the great galleries in Paoli.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

AbstractRed Opening

I took pictures before the show, then put the camera down and totally forgot about it. Oh well. It was a lovely night and I enjoyed meeting some great people!! Thanks to those who came .

Saturday, October 5, 2013

"A Summer in Wisconsin" at Bright Red Studios

Bright Red Studios presents: Cathy Missaghi, Rebbeca Lemke,  & Christian Castillo in “AbstractRed” - the inaugural Bright Red Studios monthly curated exhibitions. 

Bright Red Studios is pleased to present the inaugural Bright Red Studios curated exhibition of three regional artists; Cathy Missaghi, Rebecca Lemke & Christian Castillo.  AbstractRed will open on Saturday October 12th and run through Wednesday October 16th. (10-6 Sat & Sunday, by appointment weekdays). There will be an opening reception on Saturday October 12th from 5-9 pm.

Not much time to blog lately. Moving into a new home has totally occupied me for sometime now. It has been one of those summers/year where life has gone through many changes for me, more then I can keep up with. 
The summer spend in Wisconsin was a productive one. Not only did I have precious time with my beloved parents but I also soaked in all the bucolic atmosphere possible. I find it very healing, soothing and inspiring. About a month in I noticed it's influence showing up in my art. I decide to just go with it and see where it would take me. I call the series "A Summer in Wisconsin" . It will be hung at the Bright Red Studio show "AbstractRed" next week!!!!
If you are close by I hope you can come for the opening, I would love to see you there.


Bright Red Studios is pleased to present
the inaugural Bright Red Studios curated exhibition of three regional artists;
Cathy Missaghi, Rebecca Lemke & Christian Castillo.
AbstractRed will open on Saturday October 12th and run through Wednesday October 16th.
10am – 8pm Sat & Sunday, by appointment weekdays.
There will be an opening reception with the artists on Saturday October 12th from 5-9 pm.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Marsh

A marsh in spring...this was taken on our first bike ride of the spring this year. I like the tender new grass rising up out of the dead growth from last year. A new life growing out of the ruins.

The Marsh, oil and wax on linen paper

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Barn

I did this painting in May. It is done in oil paint mixed with a beeswax and damar paste(cold wax) on canvas.

Recently while driving through the Wisconsin country side, actually right next to a town called New Galrus I recognized my painting in this barn!