I love the warmer months because it means more painting outside! These last couple weeks have seen beautiful days in the desert and the mountains and I've been painting a lot. This capture of the central Utah desert was taken while on a last minute girl's camping trip. I probably *should* have been home working, but the appeal of desert camping was too much for me to ignore. If you're curious what tools and materials I use to make my paintings outdoors, head on over to this post to see what I carry in my travel kit.
"Valley View Winter"
47 x 30 in; April 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Hold Tight"
25 x 40 in; April 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Essence"
40 x 25 in; April 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
"Dawn Breaks"
30 x 47 in; April 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD

I am currently taking a watercolor class with Utah artist, Tom Howard through the Midway Artist Association. It is super helpful to watch an artist in action to see how they produce what they do. From watching them mix colors, to seeing how they hold their brush, the strokes they make and much more. Now three weeks in, I can say I'm learning a lot and am very excited to spend so much time painting in watercolor.

A few lessons I've learned from Tom:

1. Paint top to bottom - start at the top, work down.
2. Paint back to front - start with background objects and move forward.
3. Paint light to dark - you can always make things darker, but never lighter with watercolor
4. Paint general to specific - save the details for the end.

"Raining Down"
54 x 36 in; April 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD
"A Feeling in the Air"
36 x 54 in; March 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
When I first saw this picture, I was just in awe over this gorgeous living room. It didn't even occur to me that my painting was over the fireplace! And then I remembered the painting, which is huge btw, 54x36 in. Big thanks to Gallery MAR for this perfect placement and to the decorators, Alder & Tweed who designed this house and took the picture.

"Just a Little Patience"
40 x 60 in diptych; March 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD
When your soul wants to go to the desert, say yes. I came south yesterday for a little sun, biking, and plein air painting. Southern Utah has gotten a lot of snow this winter and I am surprised by how much. All the high elevations are still covered in snow, ponds and reservoirs are full of water, and growing season is in full swing at lower elevations. The desert continues to amaze me and each year I see a new aspect of it and grow to love it even more.
"Seperation"
30 x 47 in; March 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery MAR
I had an amazing morning stomping in a labyrinth at the pass with my snowshoes. I started as the sun came up and the light on the mountains was just glorious - couldn't have asked for a more perfect start to the day. I drew the labyrinth on the inside of my wrist so I could follow my path into the center. First I walked a circle to create an outside reference point, then I started in using my Soul Poles as halfway markers on the outside while aiming for a metal pole that was buried in the snow in the middle.

This is my 3rd labyrinth now and each is different. They don't always work smoothly, and sometimes I mess up and go the wrong way. I lost track in one spot today, I got distracted for a second, but quickly found my way again. On the way in, I was fine tuning and finding alignment and getting excited as I got closer and closer to the center. I didn't quite get the pole in the middle to match the center of my labyrinth, but I was pretty close. Then I walked out along the same path I walked in. I did all the hard work making the path on my way in, so on the way out, I walked more quickly enjoying movement and my brain was quiet and still. At the end I turned around to see my footwork and felt proud. But still the walking was the best part.


The labyrinth will be gone by the morning, blown over and covered with fresh snow. Not many will see it and likely no one will walk it, but that's ok. It took about an hour and I walked .87 mile and hung out in a gorgeous spot on a sunny morning.

Thanks to @eclecticbrew for being game to come film, to @andrew__muse for his expert drone work and to @eightysixthirtyone for his excellent production services. Excited to see the footage.
"Shroud"
40 x 40 in; March 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD

Many thanks to those who came out for the opening of "Wax & Wool" at Old Main Gallery in Bozeman on March 1st. I was just really blown away by this show and the contrast of my work alongside that of Meghan Purcell's felted wool hangings. Please, please be sure to follow along with Meghan - her art and her story is just incredible. I was very touched by the many people who came to the show, who braved the roads and the weather to see the art, and for all your kind comments. Huge thanks to Old Main Gallery for putting together such a wonderful and interesting show. I'm honored to have a part in it all.









Thank you Jackson! What an incredible week painting, skiing, and exploring. My mini residency was a blast and I cannot wait to come back this summer to do it again and hopefully teach a workshop! I got out of the comfort of my home studio and found that I could do encaustic painting anywhere and in front of people. I skied all over the valley - downhill, cross country and backcountry. I got to paint outside and play with some new ideas. We went to a gala at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Plus I got to know the wonderful people at Gallery Wild and see them move into their new gorgeous space. Thank you to gallery manager, Jenny for hosting us and letting us take over your house for a week. And thank you to Carrie Wild for inviting me out, and giving me the space to paint.

There are 4 brand new paintings available in Gallery Wild now, including this painting "Furtive Glance" a 30x40 encaustic. For more info, please contact 
Gallery Wild 
"Furtive Glance"
30 x 40 in; February 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild
"Teton Pines"
47 x 25 in; February 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild
I got out of my comfort zone this last week and painted somewhere that was not my own studio. I packed up all my tools and materials and drove north to Jackson, WY to spend a week painting in Gallery Wild. Set up right in the middle of he gallery on a couple of saw horses and a large plywood table, I worked every afternoon for the week to make 4 new paintings. Visitors to the gallery were at first unsure of what I was doing, but quickly became entranced by the smell of the beeswax and the flow of my torch. I enjoyed sharing my process with visitors as well as working in a new and inspiring setting. It was really wonderful to spread my wings a little bit - metaphorically and physically.

Join us!

Opening Reception
Friday, March 1st
5-7pm

Wax & Wool
Bridgette Meinhold and Meghan Purcell

 
Bridgette Meinhold is an artist and freelance writer based in Park City, Utah, where she lives in a small A-frame cabin in an aspen grove with her husband and dog. From her front porch she has access to backcountry skiing, biking, hiking and a whole world of inspiration. Meinhold’s encaustic process begins with time spent outdoors. Taking inspiration from a mountain, a ridgeline, a stand of trees or a wisp of fog. Using natural material like beeswax, tree resin and milk paint, Meinhold distills a landscape down into it’s bare elements.

Meghan Purcell studied fine art at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and Montana State University – Bozeman. She earned a BFA in Art Education at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2011. Through the ancient technique of wool felting, Purcell explores ideas of genuine connection, sustainability, and the integrity of the human hand in an industrialized society. From sourcing wool locally, to assisting with sheep shearing and felting each piece entirely by hand, every step of the process is highly intentional. Purcell’s work is an expression of Montana’s identity in landscape and ranch heritage. Through every stage of the sheep-to-wool cycle, these felted wool works aim to connect the viewer back to the source; to Montana’s agricultural resources and the surrounding wild, vast landscapes.
129 E. Main St.
Bozeman, MT 59715
406.587.8860
After a gorgeous cross country ski in Grand Teton National Park, I found a quiet spot to have lunch and do a little paining. As it was about 2 degrees outside, I painted in my car, looking out through the driver side window to peer into the mysteries of the Tetons. There is far too much detail in those peaks to capture it all in a small, sketchbook painting, but I tried to pull out the interesting details, highlight some colors and the feeling of the moment. When I started the peaks were fully exposed in all their glory, but gradually became covered with a thin veil of clouds. I had them for just a half hour, but it was long enough to get to know them a little better.

If you are in Jackson Monday, February 18th through Saturday, February 23rd, please stop by Gallery Wild to say hello and see me in action. I'm taking a little mini residency up in Jackson for the week to take in the sites and paint live in the gallery. I am so excited to share my process with you and explore Jackson in more depth. Stop by and say hello this next week!

photo @JP Gendron
"Curation"
34 x 47 in; February 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
AVAILABLE at Gallery Wild
"Expansion"
36 x 54 in; February 2019
Encaustic + Milk Paint
SOLD