Jane Latus Emmert

Montana Artist


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A horse is a horse is a horse

Posted by Jane Latus Emmert on July 13, 2011 at 11:07 PM Comments comments (0)

OK, so I had to post the horse because so many of you were curious to know what it would look like if I painted ONLY with a palette knife.  It's thick with paint and very impressionistic.  What do you think?  Some will love it and others won't.  It's OK!

Plein Air Paintout along the Swan River Trail

Posted by Jane Latus Emmert on July 13, 2011 at 10:56 PM Comments comments (1)

We've had beautiful weather for the "Saddle UP and Paint" plein air paint out in Bigfork, MT, a fundraiser for the Bigfork Museum of Art and History.   I've spent the last two days painting sunlit trails along the beautiful Swan River and then I even used just a palette knife to "play" and experimentally paint a horse.  It would have been perfect if it was a "paint," but it's not.  :)  I'll post the horse picture another day.  I wanted to start with this quiet painting of the Swan River near Bigfork, MT.

Thank you to everyone who walked or biked down the trail and stopped to visit.  I hope you were inspired by all of the incredible artists who are participating in this event.  Remember that you can look at my Upcoming Events or click the link above to learn about the dinner/auction Friday night at Flathead Lake Lodge.

I painted this early in the morning on a portion of the river that was amazingly still with the sky and mountains reflected in the water.  Can't you just hear the robins singing and smell the pines?

Summer fun in Montana

Posted by Jane Latus Emmert on July 11, 2011 at 10:49 PM Comments comments (1)

Montana summers may be short but we pack them full of fun!  Last weekend my husband and I took our 1978 trailer up to a high mountain lake and camped with his 75ish year old parents.  We left 80 degree weather in town and ended up with cold, windy days and frost on the grass.  I'm not sure what our elevation was, but apparently it was HIGH.  We fished anyway and caught enough fish to feed a group of 10 on Sunday afternoon. 

I painted a picture of a sunlit trail leading into the forest and as I painted joy filled my heart and brought tears to my eyes.  I can't explain the tears except to say that I was thanking God for a perfect weekend with good food, sweet family memories and the opportunity to try and capture the beauty of his artwork on my canvas. 

Summer Art Festival in Whitefish

Posted by Jane Latus Emmert on June 28, 2011 at 10:23 AM Comments comments (0)

The Whitefish Art Festival evokes memories of warm sunshine on my face, the sizzle of burgers on the grill and great art.  It is a fun, festive weekend for visitors and it is free.  I used to help run this show and I know that behind the scenes it takes a lot of work and organization.  Volunteers spend most of the year preparing for this event so it runs seamlessly.  It is one of my favorite art shows and I'm not just saying that because it's in my lovely hometown of Whitefish, MT.

One year someone visited my art booth and said, "It must be fun to be an artist and just hang out at art shows."  Gulp.  I had to bite my tongue to avoid pointing out that the awning, walls, tables and art don't just magically appear.  It's my weight lifting exercise for the week!  Then, we always have to be worried about weather.  One year at this show it rained and rained and rained until we had rivers running through our tents.  It was hard to protect the art because our awnings got saturated and started to leak.  Amazingly, the people still came out for the festival and bought art.  I guess they couldn't go out on the lake so they were looking for something fun to do.  This year when you look at my art booth I hope you'll be surprised and delighted by my newest creations.  Happy 4th of July!

Glacier Park is buried in snow

Posted by Jane Latus Emmert on June 18, 2011 at 9:23 PM Comments comments (1)

Glacier National Park is buried beneath deep, deep snow and the snowplow crews have to tread carefully to stay on the roads and plow layer after layer to reach the asphalt.  The plowing crews risk plunging off mountainsides or being swept away by avalanches and yet they work in one of the most beautiful places God ever created.  Sometimes I think about the risks I take as an artist—experimenting with bold colors, painting difficult subjects or entering art events where I may be rejected—and I can relate to the Glacier Park road crews.  We’re doing what we love while taking risks and hanging on with faith to succeed.  Helen Keller said, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.”  Today I will face my canvas and consider it a daring adventure.  To view the Glacier Park plowing pictures click here.


Painting to please yourself

Posted by Jane Latus Emmert on June 18, 2011 at 9:11 PM Comments comments (0)

I read an article in American Artist Magazine by Jeffrey T. Larson who did a review on Anders Zorn’s art.  He said, “Any artist looks at Anders Zorn’s work and sees that he put a note down and left it.  He was not timid and he did not try to please anyone but himself.”  I love that concept!  I want to be an artist who is bold (not timid) and paints to please herself. It is easy to get caught up in the art of making a living and miss out on the art of making art.  Today, as I face my canvas I give myself permission to explore boldly and experiment wildly while placing wonderful color “notes” on my canvas.  May my finished painting be a symphony of beauty.

Montana Artist

Posted by Jane Latus Emmert on March 6, 2011 at 9:08 PM Comments comments (2)

I want to share a glimpse into one woman’s world as an artist. A Montana artist. My life encompasses the incredible joy of seeing and capturing the images I see, but it also includes discipline, self-doubt, hard work and a fair share of rejection. I’d love to say that each painting is a masterpiece, but it is not. I have dozens of canvases I need to sand and paint over. Some are salvageable, but most need to be covered up. Imagine putting heart and soul into a painting only to discover that you’ve made a serious flaw and it will never become the quality painting you want it to be. You have to let go of your creation and start something new. For me, it takes determination and guts to let the painting go. It’s a good analogy to life. Sometimes we can’t undo the past and we need to let it go and make something new and better. May we all start with a fresh canvas today and paint something beautiful in our lives and the lives of others. Happy painting!