Announcing a new way to develop artistic skills - Art Practice! I will be hosting 1 hour long art skills practice sessions live via Zoom for $15!

People always ask me how I developed my artistic skills and the truth is that it was just practice - I painted a lot and continue to paint a lot. The more time you spend with a brush, pencil or pen in your hand, the better you get. But it can be hard to know where to start, what to practice and how to practice. This hour long class will help you do that. In each class, I will walk you through some skills and show you how they can be applied in your own art practice. We'll be focussing on watercolor right now as that's what I know best, but if this becomes a thing, maybe we'll explore different mediums.

This class series is not about finishing paintings, but about developing skills, much like how you practice scales on a piano, strumming on a guitar, or even yoga poses. In fact, this whole idea was inspired by the many delightful yoga classes I've been to where we spend a whole hour together stretching our bodies, expanding our minds and "practicing" poses. As the saying that "Practice Makes Practice" and in order to create the kinds of art we want, to translate the visions we have in our heads onto paper or canvas, we need the tools, the skills and the know how to get there.

<< Sign up for each class by sending $15 to @BridgetteMeinhold via Venmo and send me your email address in the comments >>

What happens in the class:
Each class will focus on a basic skill, which we will explore and then apply to something that we can use in another painting. During the virtual class hour taught via Zoom, I will walk you through steps to master the skill giving you time to practice along with me as you watch remotely from your own home. No need to go anywhere, no need to leave your house, just login to our private online classroom. For cohesion and for the sake of time, all attendees will be muted so you can simply follow along with my coaching. We will have 5-10 minutes at the end of the class for live questions, and I will do my best to answer questions typed along in the comments during the class.

What you need for the class:
This is super basic. I don't want you to rush out and buy supplies for this if you don't have to. If you are looking for specific products I would recommend, please visit this supply list. At the most basic level have the following:
  • A couple of watercolor brushes
  • A pencil & eraser
  • Basic watercolor set - Use your kid's school watercolor palette, or if you don't have anything, you can always paint with coffee, tea, berry juice, anything really. If you have acrylic or gouache you can also use these, just use a bit more water.
  • Watercolor paper
  • A couple of paper towels
  • A rag
  • A container of clean water
  • A quiet place where you can focus
AGAIN - no need to go out and buy lots of supplies. Use what you have and build up your toolkit as you learn what you want and need.

Class Schedule

* Saturday, April 18th at 10 AM Mountain Time - Gradients [On Demand Available]

* Tuesday, April 28th at 7 PM Mountain Time - Hue, Saturation, Value [On Demand Available]

* Saturday, May 16th at 10 AM Mountain Time - Monochromatic Studies [On Demand Available]

* Thursday, May 28th at 7 PM Mountain Time - Color Mixing & Charts [On Demand Available]

* Tuesday, June 9th at 7 PM Mountain Time - Textures

* Saturday, June 27th at 10 AM Mountain Time - Beginner Clouds

If you are unable to attend the live class, on demand videos of the class will be available within the next few days after the class is over. After paying for the course, you may watch the video and practice along with the pre-recorded class at your leisure. To purchase an on demand class, please send $15 via Venmo to @BridgetteMeinhold, include your email address and the name of the class and I will send you the login info.

<< Class special! Get all 6 for $80 >>


To Sign Up for Live Classes:
Please send $15 via Venmo to @BridgetteMeinhold along with your email address and the class date so I can send you login information for our class. As long as you sign up 2 hours before the start of the class, you are in. Be certain to send your email address and which class you are signed up for. Login information will be sent out the day before the course begins. To sign up for the next 5, send $65 and I'll put you on the list for all of them! And if you want all 6, send $80.

Zoom Classes Info:
All classes will be held LIVE via Zoom, which can be downloaded and used for free on all devices. I would recommend that you use your computer or tablet if possible as this will give you a better/bigger screen on which to see the class than your phone. It's also easier to type out questions than using your phone. Please download the app and get used to the interface BEFORE the class begins. I will NOT provide any assistance with Zoom questions, tutorials or problems. Please google "how to zoom" or reference Zoom's tutorials for assistance with this app.

Before the class begins, I will send you an email confirming your attendance with the class as well as the login info for our meeting, which includes a password unique to our meeting. Please be punctual, the class only lasts 1 hour and will start and finish on time. Don't worry about signing up for a plan or paying any money to Zoom - I have it all taken care of on my end as the host. All you pay is $15 to me.

*DISCLAIMER*
I am learning on the go about virtual teaching. I may change the process, sign up, and format of the class as I learn better ways to do things. If you have any suggestions, I'm all ears!



In light of the world in crisis, I am now offering a 20% off sale in my Etsy store using discount code COVID19. This means 20% off prints, my book Down Deso, cards, and original watercolors. I don't know what the future will hold for us or how long this will last, but I know I'm going to keep making art and doing things that bring me joy. I hope you'll do the same.


It's that time of year again when I go out and stomp a labyrinth in the snow. Let's call it a mental health day or something. I find a lot of satisfaction in making these - finding the location, making the pattern and then walking back out all while in a beautiful setting. Snow conditions were a bit challenging this year with very crusty, hard snow and my site was on a slight slope, but the views were fantastic and the sun was out and warm. From above, the drone shot would have caught my mistake when I got lost in the middle and would definitely not be perfectly round, but that's what it's all about right?




"Blue Shift"
36 x 54 in; February 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Kind of Blue"
40 x 30 in; February 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild

"Lonesome"
36 x 54 in; February 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild
I've been working on a lot of paintings lately in the blue color palette and I might just be in my blue period. Don't worry, I'm not sad, in fact this color blue makes me quite happy. I also love working on these small 10x10 inch studies, which feel very satisfying to make. This one is headed off to Gallery Wild in Jackson next week.
"A Prayer"
30 x 40 in; February 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild
"Grand Entrance"
30 x 30 in; February 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild
"Blue Valley"
40 x 40 in; February 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD
"Blind trust"
36 x 54 in; January 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Sage Passage"
30 x 47 in; January 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD
"In A State"
40 x 30 in; January 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Timp from Heber"
40 x 60 in; January 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD
"Jupiter in Profile"
30 x 30 in; January 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Pines at Dusk"
47 x 30 in; January 2020
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD
"Star Valley"
30 x 30 in; December 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD
"Lone Tree"
40 x 40 in; December 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD

On Saturday, December 14th, I gave a talk at Gallery MAR on how meditation is part of my artistic practice. I am by no means an expert in meditation, but I strongly believe that being present is a skill that can be practiced just like anything else. If you missed the talk, you can hear it as Gallery MAR had the foresight to record the talk so you can hear it as well. In the talk, I discuss how art and meditation play a roll in my life, and how to find unique ways to meditate in the non-traditional sense. You can listen to the whole talk for free on SoundCloud here.


Then we spend 15 minutes with this painting and discuss what we all see in it. This part of the discussion may not be as interesting to a listener who wasn't there, but if you stare at the painting while we talk, it might be a bit more fun. This painting is called Rojo Y Negro by Laura Wait and is available through Gallery MAR.

Finally, we finish up the talk with a guided drawing meditation that I narrate, while the guests of the talk participate in. It takes about 15 minutes and I would encourage you to do as well. All you need is a piece of paper and a pen or a pencil. No artistic skills necessary. I'd love to hear your thoughts and if you would be interested in me doing more things like this, especially the guided meditation.
"Silent Valley"
40 x 60 in; December 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD
"Foggy Blues"
40 x 30 in; November 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD
"Morning Hues"
25 x 40 in; November 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild

Announcing my new ornaments are now for sale! These holiday ornaments are hand-painted on aspen wood rounds and then covered with a thin layer of encaustic (beeswax). Each ornament is completely unique and roughly 3.5x3.5 inches in size and about 1/4 inch thick. The sale os these ornaments is a way to raise money to plant trees in our forests and help combat change.

Head over to my shop to purchase your ornaments and help me raise money to plant trees!



Again, each ornament is totally unique - some very round, some oblong, some a little skinnier and some a little squatter. Each one is painted with a unique series of three layers of trees.



Along with the ornament, I will be donating money to the National Forest Foundation to plant 5 trees for every ornament sold. Right now is the most important time to plant trees to help offset the effects of climate change as a way to sequester carbon dioxide. The whole point of these ornaments is to actually to raise funds for this tree planting effort. The National Forest Foundation and many other tree planting organizations are running campaigns to plants millions of trees. I chose the National Forest Foundation for this project, because they are working to replant and revitalize our National Forests within the US which have been damaged due to wildfire, invasive species, beetle kill and overuse. This reforestation within our own country is critically important, just as all reforestation is around the world. As I live in the West, and spend a lot of time in our national forests, I wanted to give back to them.


To learn more about the importance of protecting our forests, reforestation, and tree planting, please check out the following links:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/want-to-stop-climate-change-start-by-planting-a-trillion-trees/2019/07/23/dcd8039c-ad8f-11e9-bc5c-e73b603e7f38_story.html

https://wildaboututah.org/a-world-without-trees/

https://www.arborday.org/trees/climatechange/plantatree.cfm

https://www.nationalforests.org/





"Unmistakable"
54 x 36 in; November 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild