Thursday, December 23, 2010



this little treasure went to a lovely home in
Wales, Great join a few of my
other paintings :)

Thursday, December 9, 2010


....just for fun......BLOCK PAINTINGS......

Dilon Willard Itzky
Ms. NancyNunn

" X 3.5" X 3/4th " deep....

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Random Artprize Pictures.......

.......a few more pictures courtesy of Sayon Koumalinen.....

......entertainment was too easily found.......

Walked into an impromptu interview at the gallery.....
not sure if it aired....but still good practice at getting over the jitter bugs :) ...... of my favorite photos at Artprize..... not sure what it was titled....loved the expression!

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Velocity Toward Common – Part 1

The Velocity Toward Common – Part 1

This is another great article calling out the quacks from the ducks.
A duck with the most 'soul' often most noticeable. I apologize for the
short post, have to go practice my quacking!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

....Artist A.E. Kieren gave me a highlight blogging about Artprize... :)

.....I was at class the other evening and learned that if you go to google , and then click on the more button, scroll down to blogs and click again.....enter what you are looking for in the search bar.......and there it is..... I tried it.... put in a favorite of mine... (Malcolm Liepke) ........and there it was..... a blog by artist A.E. Kieren (Anthony) , another Artprize Artist , (THANK YOU!!!!) gave me a highlight blogging about Artprize... :) So a big 'thank you' to

more ArtPrize highlights' (click on the link for the full article... he is really a quite talented writer/ illustrator worth checking out)

I was chatting with one of my funny brothers (I have a few of them...I mean funny as in gut wrenching funny- hilarious like) .... He was asking about Artprize, so I told him about the blog highlight ....He wasn't quite sure who Liepke was, so I informed him that he takes in a rough 10 thousand per square foot or so....and sent him a link to some of his work... I suppose he checked out a few of the links and came back with a quick.....'Clearly the guy is copying you'....It was suggested that I may as well forget about painting and just sue the guy for all he is worth. Take the pants right off of him.....and his 'anky' too, if he had one. For anyone who gets an inkling that I am serious here... it would be best just to start laughing..... Malcolm has much more wisdom than I in terms of painting, (I can only be the judge on matters that I know of, though many likely would say he has much more wisdom on all matters !) .....I have yet to see one of his beautiful works in the buff (not talking about me :) I am saying I havn't seen any for real! Only online, magazines, and books. I have been asked several times if I have studied with Malcolm also known as Skip Liepke or another well known artist, Milt Kobayashi, which is flattery in itself, but no, wish I had! Have to add that I havn't even come close to creating equal to their goodness!
What an inspiration! Purchased a book of Liepke work, and catalogues of his from either the Eleanor Ettinger Gallery or the , I don't remember which......

None the less, I feel somewhat sense of accomplishment in getting steps closer. I need to convey my own branding though....I just havn't figured how to call it all out. I am waiting for that day!

Friday, October 29, 2010 I come :)........

I look like I was in a paint war today (accomplished 12 hours worth, and almost 4 paintings :) 3 6x6 inch.... and a 20 by 40 or so, HOWEVER, the paintings DIDN'T just take 30 minutes, or a few hours, it has taken the last 20 years (must have started when I was 9, cause I am holding at 29 yrs- for another 10 :) )......just a quick sharing for today....... .....Ugallery now has some of my work up for sale, looking forward to what may come. Ugallery is an online gallery, based both in San Fransisco and NY, NY...... they also do 3 to 4 art shows per year. Aside from getting tons of press- , in 2009, Ugallery artwork was featured in the movie, "It's Complicated" with Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, and Alec Baldwin. That same year, two Ugallery pieces were selected to decorate the lobby of the new Hotel Palomar in Philadelphia.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

......Artprize photo on Flickr.........

Follow the link over to Flickr......or google Flickr......then enter Artprize 2010 to see tons of photos from Artprize....... the link I entered will take you directly to one taken of ' The Right Stuff '.......

.....and some more fun....... Artprize 2010 .....

.....Also wanted to say thank you to sister Audrey for coming to Grand Rapids for Artprize..... We had much evidence shows..... It was also a pleasure to meet (another Menahga native ) Pete Odland, his wife Bobbi, and children......and a few little pups that I would have liked to smuggle home...they were SO cute!... and yes......they all would be worth taking home ! But I am sure they are not going to want to give up their dreamland .......breathtakingly gorgeous!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

...Time to catch up on Art Prize 2010.......the winner is....

Ok......this is going to take a bit of work.... I know, I should have been here sooner.....but I have just been wiped ......have classes on Wednesday evenings in Little Falls..... (thought I was done tonight.... but nope, next 3 in St. Cloud)......... I am going to start by stealing some pictures from a very lovely lady, Sayon Koumalinen ..... she is such a dear....... sister Audrey and Sayon came to visit for a few days...... thanks for the photos....... If you don't like it, hit Audrey on the head..... did I say that?........ sorry Audrey, I meant hit me on the head...... My sister Donelle came for a weekend also- which was fun, and a bit creative at times :) I also got lucky and was able to get together with Rachael Siltala, now Wattenhofer - (Raymond Wattenhofer's dtr in law..... I like to refer to him as a pot of gold :) ) ........ok for tonight I am going to load a few pics and chat a little about the fun........ the photos are the winning entry... a crosshatch pencil drawing- 'Cavalry' by Chris LaPorte ....

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Article in Grand Rapids Press.......(pleasant suprise!)

.......Grand Rapids Press article........was reading an Artprize Article- ...and got toward the end of it ...and though someone was playing a trick on me...... THANK YOU GRAND RAPIDS PRESS!!!!

(clik on the title of this posting to get to the article)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Article in local newspaper.......

Kayleen Horsma, a Menahga stay-at-home wife and mother of six, is one of four Minnesota artists competing in the second annual ArtPrize contest in Grand Rapids, MI.

In this contest unique to the art world,founded by Amway heir Rick DeVos, entries are judged "American-idol"-style by the voting public with cash prizes totaling over $449,000. The grand prize winner will receive $250,000. 1,712 artists from 44 different states and 21 countries will be displaying their entry at 192 different hosting venues in Grand Rapids from Wednesday, September 22, through Sunday, October 10. Kayleen knows there is plenty of talent in the competition, so winning something would be a great honor and an added bonus.

The contest, should provide broader exposure for Kayleen's painting titled "The Right Stuff". "I am going there for the experience, education, and to gain connections in the hope of winning a larger following or sales of my artworks," she says.

Kayleen says she began composing "The Right Stuff" last October , then painting from February to the beginning of this month, painting spending about 40 hours or more a week on it. That's roughly 1,800-plus hours.

"The Right Stuff" depicts a gallery setting with two men and a woman in the foreground with Norman Rockwell paintings on the gallery walls in the background as well as "browsers." The four Norman Rockwell paintings in the background of Kayleen's painting are, from left to right, "No Swimming," "Strictly A Sharpshooter," "100th Yr of Baseball" and "The Flirts."

After the debut of the ArtPrize contest, critics voiced concern over whether the concept of the general public vote would have a negative impact on the artworld. Norman Rockwell has also been snubbed by the critics , was his work was art or illustration? ....Evoking the question of whether an artwork has to have "the right stuff", leading Kayleen to the title. It is a tribute piece to Norman Rockwell and in keeping with the contest's unique format of allowing the general public to decide what good art is.

Kayleen's 5-foot-square oil painting, which also honors the style and flair of artist Malcom Liepke, may be an excellent representative of one of the contest's main goals - bringing artists and the general public together to exchange ideas and experience positive change.

"Discovering Malcolm's work was like giving me a breath of fresh air - something I fell instantly in love with and has inspired me to work harder ..." Her goal is to paint simple strokes in which each are most effective and emphasized by the intentions of chiaroscuro. Using the strong contrasts of light and shadow to highlight the essence of its focal point resulting in loose but believable oil paintings."

As beauty is in the eye of the beholder, many who look upon her ArtPrize entry may see it as truly "The Right Stuff."

To successfully enter the ArtPrize contest, artists must first register and then make a connection with an accepted Grand Rapids venue, which could include a gallery, a museum, or even a restaurant. If the venue agrees to host the artists' work, they're in. Kayleen said about 500 artists who tried to find a venue for this years contest are not being hosted.

Those who wish to vote on the artwork must register in person using legal I.D. Last year more than 37,000 people voted online or by text message for their favorite ArtPrize entry.

Kayleen's painting is being hosted by Grand Valley Artists at Altens Place in downtown Grand Rapids. She says she is "fortunate to be able to stay with the President of the gallery" during the 19-day contest.

Though she has no formal training, she feels fortunate to have a strong mentor in Dorset, artist Ray Wattenhofer (

Other 2010 showings of Kayleen's artwork include 2010 Artfair at Devos in Grand Rapids, 2010 New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, 2010 Vertin Gallery in Calumet, MI, and 2010 APW Gallery in New York, NY. Her artwork was also recently accepted by Ugallery, based in San Franciso, CA, as well as New York, NY. , U gallery exhibits at 3 to 4 physical shows and also their online gallery

Kayleen and her husband, Jay, operate Chet's pumping septic service. She is really looking forward to the contest coming up in Grand Rapids, but this stay-at-home mother knows she will miss her family dearly during the nearly three weeks she is gone. "I will miss them very much ...I have never been away this long and it is difficult to think of. I am sure the time will fly by though as I will be busy at the show." She's confident, though, that her oldest child, Rachael, a 2010 Menahga High School graduate, will be "a big help when I am gone."

Two quick ways to check out entries and artists before the contest is to visit the ArtPrize web site ( and iPhone app. The top 10 entries will be announced Thursday, September 30, and the grand prize winner will be announced Thursday, October 7.

Before she goes, though, folks can still see Kayleen and her ArtPrize entry painting, "The Right Stuff," at the Good Life Cafe in Park Rapids from 5 to 7 pm. Thursday, September 16. Her brother, Phil Ylitalo owner of Heartland Monuments, will be playing his banjo starting at 5:30. Park Rapids is holding its third month of Third Thursday Art Walks.

You can also get a sneak peak and follow along by visiting the following links Http:// or HTTP://

Thursday, September 9, 2010

......24x36 oil on Belgian linen....



'THE RIGHT STUFF'..... 5 ft oil on linen- entry piece for Artprize 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Better pics....... I noticed- after I said it is finished.....that is not! Would you believe that I signed my name and an '09? ...... (you can click on the images to get a full screen detailed view)

FINISHED!!!!!! (my 5 foot entry for Artprize 2010)

.......had an all nighter and got her finished! YAY!- I probably should have taken out the tripod for my camera rather than balancing on a cheerios box- and learn.....and then live again- that would be me :)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

...this is getting a little rediculous....


..(this is half of my five foot square oil on Belgian linen for Artprize 2010)

Monday, August 16, 2010

......a little clearer.......

....making progress ...

on my 5 foot painting for Artprize 2010- The Right Stuff (poor pic. quality... but here it is)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

.......fresh 5x7 inch oil on linen panel........

5 x 7 inch loose oil painting
on Belgian linen on panel...
200- SOLD

Monday, July 19, 2010

three..........hope you can join us!

"Curved Pine" photo by T. Besonen;
"Lexington" painting by D. Rossbach;
"Attytude" painting by K. Horsma

Three: An exhibit by 3 Menahga artists
Tiffany Besonen
Kayleen Horsma
Dawn Rossbach

Paintings, Photographs, Sculpture
July 21-August 28th, 2010
Reception, July 29th, 7-9pm

New York Mills Regional
Cultural Center Gallery
Tues-Friday 12-5pm
Saturdays 10am-3pm
July 21-August 28

.......hope you can join us!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Guarding Secrets .....

'Guarding Secrets'



I decided that the proper name for this piece would be 'Disambiguation', meaning the process of resolving the conflicts that arise. Plain and simple......or dig a little deeper. SOLD

Sunday, June 20, 2010

....blogging about my Artprize 2010 artwork....

.........just wanted to share that I am in process of setting up a new blog that will follow and explain what my process has been, mentally as well as physically, on creating my Artprize 2010 piece.....titled 'The Right Stuff". I decided to keep this blog for a record for myself, as well as for others who might have an interest in painting, or my artwork. Either would be a good thing. (.....disclaimer......if you are interested in learning how to paint etc, you may not necessarily be excited about my work......however, keeping in mind that I am self taught- you can follow along and see what it is like for a greenhand to create a 5 foot painting, or how it was for me.:) ....I hope also to blog, and even get some you tubing in about my experience at the show this year.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Vertin Gallery Exhibit........

My paintings from the Torola Show at Vertin Gallery in Calumet, Mi......up thru June
click on any of the images to expand them.