Come watch me paint at the new Art Lounge in Gallery MAR. I'll be there every afternoon starting Tuesday, November 4th until Friday, November 8th painting away from 1-5pm working on a painting for my new show. The Art Lounge is a new space at Gallery MAR showcasing art in a comfortable and swanky setting. There's also plenty of room for me to paint too! All are welcome, just stop by and say hi.

Tonight is the Kimball Art Center Gala and I have two paintings available to buy there. A number of local artists donated their time to create these small works on wood panel. So if you are headed to the gala tonight keep an eye out for my paintings. Let me know if you see them and who gets them.

These two paintings were painted with watercolor on a watercolor ground and finished with a varnish and then cold wax medium to protect the painting. No need to frame under glass, these paintings are fine just as they are.



"Honed & Focused"
40 x 60 in diptych; August 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD


It's been a busy summer of hiking, biking, playing with our new puppy and painting! I just dropped off a few new paintings at Gallery MAR including this large 54x36 inch painting featuring a beefy reclaimed wood frame. This painting evokes the summer rains, which bring us cooling temps and knock the dust down off the trails. It's like the weather just hit refresh on summer - bring on the heat again!
"Idle Time"
25 x 25 in; July 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR

"Empire of the Sun"
25 x 25 in; July 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR

I occasionally do some watercolor commissions for people who want to commemorate a special time or place. I had this great opportunity recently to paint the @wonderhaus_co house, an AirBnB rental in Pagosa Springs, CO. The painting was a thank you gift from my long time friend @cbparker to the owners of the house after they spent some time there. I wasn't personally there and painted it using a photo, but based on the images from their Instagram account and spending time painting it, I know I would love to stay there. Seems like a pretty amazing place to take a vacation.
"Summer Blues"
54 x 36 in; July 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD
My most recent show, "Painting with an Ancient Medium" opened at Gallery Wild on July 18th. The show featured some new works of Jackson and Teton centric views. The Teton Valley is inspiring place in all seasons and having a chance to spend time in the area is a huge inspiration for me. In addition to the new paintings I brought up to the gallery, I also had the chance to paint live in the gallery to demo my encaustic technique. While in the gallery, I completed two new paintings and made lots of new friends. Gallery Wild is so well appointed with studio space and it was a delight to paint, share my process and be in Jackson!





"Pinnacle"
25 x 25 in; July 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild
"Calm Presence"
24 x 24 in; July 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild
"Up With the Sun"
38 x 60 in; July 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild
"Most Certainly"
30 x 30 in; July 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild

I just completed my third 100 Day Project yesterday. Last year, when I finished I said I wouldn't do another, but when the time came around again to start, I couldn't help myself. There is such enormous satisfaction in doing one and I have found that I really enjoy being in the middle of it all. But this year, I went out of my comfort zone of painting into poetry. I paint almost every day as it is and while I'm certain another 100 days of watercolor would benefit me, I wanted to do something different.



So this year's project was to write 100 days of Lune Poems. A lune is an even shorter version of a poem than a haiku and felt like an easy way to delve into poetry. For comparison, a haiku is three lines of 5, 7, 5 syllables, while a Lune is a little shorter with 3 lines of 5, 3, 5 syllables. The Lune is an American version of the haiku and was created by the poet Robert Kelly. I thought by choosing a short poem style that it would be easy and I could whip out a poem in a few minutes. But brevity does not mean easy, and there are some I struggled with. It can be hard to express all the feelings and thoughts in so few syllables. Many of these poems don't do the feeling I had justice, but some capture it all perfectly.



Most of the 100 poems are based on nature, on what I saw that day, or maybe how I felt. I was in the desert a lot, so there are lots of references to desert wildflowers and rock. And it was spring, so lots of mention of green, melting snow, storms, etc. There are a lot of times when I thought I was being quite clever and profound, as one does while writing poetry.


Anyways, thought I'd share a few of the poems. No plans to do anything with this, it was just a fun project for me and made my brain think in new ways. I will miss writing them, because each one is a memory from that day. It's nice to have such a poetic record of one's life. I only made a book big enough for 100 poems, so I guess I would have to make a new one to continue on. The book itself is handmade with rice paper, stitched together and bound with a cover of shibori cloth that I dyed a few years ago.
"Hermosa Dawn"
30 x 47 in; June 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Diane West Art
"Substantial"
47 x 30 in; June 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Diane West Art
"Swift & Bold"
40 x 60 in; June 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Diane West Art
"Grand Dreaming"
20 x 20 in; June 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD

My next watercolor painting workshop is on Saturday, September 7th from 1-6 pm in Park City, Utah. This workshop is for anyone who wants to get outside to enjoy nature, paint "en plein air," learn more about watercolor, or my techniques to capture nature on paper. Read on to find out more about this exciting class and sign up to come learn with me. I hope you can join!

Get a FREE waterbrush if you sign up for my class by July 21st!
"I loved this class! Bridgette was very informative. She taught in a simple and easy way to understand different watercolor principles and techniques. She also offered great individualized help and advice. The class was relaxed and yet we did A LOT with the time we had. I loved learning how to pack supplies for being on the go and finding new ways to paint the great outdoors. I left feeling inspired with fresh new ideas for watercoloring!" ~ Whitney Ostebo, workshop attendee in 2017
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Last year I was selected as one of the artists to have their work featured on a utility box in Park City as part of the EmPOWERment Public Art Utility Box Project. The project's theme was centered around sustainability and reducing one's carbon footprint. I chose to paint a watercolor image of our mountains, which serve as the source of all our water. My artwork can be found at the corner of Kearns and Sidewinder in Park City, Utah in front of the Intermountain Park City InstaCare building.


From my proposal: 

Park City sits at the top of our watershed, a prized position in such an arid state as Utah and also compared to the rest of the West. Our source of water relies heavily then on our snowpack, which acts as a storage vessel for this precious resource. Some years we have average snowpacks, others above average and then some also far below, but with climate change we can expect that the snowpack will decrease. As a result, we will have a more challenging task of managing and protecting our resource. We must remember in the battle against climate change, our biggest fight locally here in Park City will be to protect our water resource.

“Fountainhead” shows our snowpack in all its glory with our mountains fully stocked with
snow and more falling down. This is our ideal – above average snowfall provides us with
enough water for the rest of the year, not to mention plenty of opportunity for recreation that drives our winter economy. Plentiful snow in the winter fills our reservoirs and also reduces the chance of wildfire in the summer. By showing that ideal water source, it will serve as a reminder for us to do our part to work towards greater sustainability. Our snowpack is symbol of our environment here in Park City and a reminder that we are all working together – both humans and the environment to make our world better. 




"On Its Way"
54 x 36 in; June 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Diane West Art
"Summer Start"
40 x 60 in; May 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild
"Wild Country"
25 x 40 in; May 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD