The Way Home

Thank you for today –


The key to creativity is found in the exceptional human capacity to synthesize our experiences, influences, knowledge and feelings into one, unified original thing – art.  Think Like an Artist


Oil Painting

The Way Home - 36 x 24, Oil on Wood Panel, Original Oil Painting by Jamie Eppenauer


My 19 year old daughter and I went to the mall last week to escape the horrendous smoke that is staining our beautiful city.  It was the first time I had been to the mall in years.

The main intent was to get some fresh air and walk around a bit – I know fresh air at the mall, lol.  But it is air conditioned and the air just felt clean. We also bought a few back to school items.

On the way home in the car, I was pondering what life is about.  I ponder this a lot but being at the mall with all the newness made me think about it again.  So much energy is put into working and then buying new things. At some point don’t we all own enough so that we can devote our energy to other things?

As my college-aged student is starting to figure out her path in life, I wanted to see what she thought it was all about.  Plus she was a captive audience for the 15 minute drive home.

Her first response was “Mom do we have to have this conversation right now?”  Yes, she is used to my headiness.

When I said yes, she answered without hesitation, “It is about loving and helping others.”  She didn’t just say this to make me happy, she means it.

And I thought, “I have a done a good job raising you.”


I have the idea that we are all just walking each other “home.”  This painting represents that to me. There are so many glimmering distractions along the way which can lead you this way or that, but the ultimate goal is to reach home feeling loved and loving others.

This painting won Second Place in the Woodinville Juried Art Show.

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Come Sit With Me


Oil painting

Come Sit With Me Medium Oil on Canvas Size 30 x 40 x 1.5 $3,400.00 USD Available


New original oil painting.

Ring the bells  that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in. 
Leonard Cohen


Come Sit With Me


Oil on Canvas


30 x 40 x 1.5

$3,400.00 USD


Ever since I took my first photo, I have been interested in the space between the light and the dark.

This engagement with the play of light has continued in my paintings.

In the art world they call it chiaroscuro, “an effect of contrasted light and shadow created by light falling unevenly or from a particular direction on something.”

I call it the space between the light and the dark, the edge of your comfort zone . . . where life begins.

Come and sit with me in the sunlight and we will tell stories of our adventures.  

Love, Jamie


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How To: Mosaic Vases

One of the most challenging projects at our Elementary Art Camp was the Mosaic Vases. I had completed this project several years before and did not remember it being too hard. However the students still did an amazing job and had so much fun with this project and the vases turned out beautiful!

Keep reading to find out how we made these creative mosaic vases.


Step One: The first thing we had our campers do was draw out their design for their mosaic on a piece of scratch paper. We told them they could do anything they wanted. Some students did flowers, some did landscape scenes and one student even made a mosaic of our family dog, Rocko.

Step Two: Next, the campers picked out glass pieces and planned their design.


Step Three: The hard part – sticking different sizes of glass on round vase surfaces. This was the most challenging part of the whole project. We had glue that we normally used for mosaics but the pieces kept sliding around and falling off, our students were creative though and had fun making it work.


Step Four: Once the glue dried overnight the campers got messy the next morning and started putting grout around their glass pieces.



Step Five: After the grout set up for an hour or so the campers came back and polished all of their glass pieces and cleaned the grout off. The vases turned out so cool and looked even better with some flowers in them!



A Little Bit of Country

I completed this little Plein Air painting at the Sammamish Valley Garden.


A Little Bit of Country


Oil on Panel


10 x 8


$600.00 USD


Everyone loves Woodinville for our wine tasting venues. But there is also a very strong agriculture element that is part of our community.

Walk in the valley across from the tasting rooms and you will find rows of flowers and produce, farm equipment and even a cow or two.

I bought these flowers from Tonnemaker Valley Farm – the flowers are grown in the beautiful Sammamish Valley. I placed them on some antique farm implements during a plein air painting event.


I guess there is still a little bit of country in me too.


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How To: Colorful Animal Collages

What a crazy few weeks it has been at the studio! We successfully had our first two camps and they were so much fun. The elementary students explored color through different mediums and our teens practiced their drawing and painting skills. We will be posting about different projects from camp throughout the summer, starting with one of my favorites: colorful animal collages.


The students got so into this project and had such a fun time making these crazy, colorful collages. I love this project because it combined fun with practicing artistic skills. Keep reading to see a step-by-step overview of how to complete this project as well as see the finished results!

Step One: Have the students scribble or create some kind of design using crayons or pastels on big sheets of paper. Then, using watercolor, tempura paint or dye from a tie-dye kit, have the students paint over their design to make bold and colorful paper. Make sure they know that everyone is sharing their paper creations.



Step Two: Let the students brainstorm about what kind of animal they want to create. We let the campers choose from birds, cats and dogs but a few students got creative and did wolves, bunnies and hamsters.

Step Three: Assemble the base of the collage once paper has dried. Have the students tear or cut up the colorful paper and post it on stiff cardboard or paper using Elmer’s glue.



Step Four: Using black acrylic paint, trace the outline of the animal’s eyes, noses and mouth on multimedia paper. The shape of these features changes based on the animal so the students were shown demonstrations and samples but also used reference photos. See examples of the different animals at the end of this post.


Step Five: Fill in the eyes using different shades of oil pastels. Trace the outline of the eye with the darkest shade and slowly blend to lighter colors to make the eye pop. Allow the students to color in the mouth and nose with pastels or acrylic paint as well.



Step Six: Paste the facial features on the collage using glue then have the students add finishing touches with acrylic paint such as whiskers, fur or ears. Fan brushes are great for this step.

Step Seven: Admire your work!


Dog Collage:


Cat Collages (this was a popular choice):






Owl Collage:


Bunny Collage:


Hamster Collage:



Hope everyone is having a great summer!

Ceramic Sea Turtles

To get in the spirit of summer, our elementary students crafted sea turtles out of clay and painted them and they turned out so cute. The elementary students always love clay, it is one of their favorite art projects.


This project was spread out over a few weeks and I was so excited to see the results. Every turtle turned out different and the students put their own, unique spins on the project. See some of their work below!








Charcoal Self Portraits

After practicing charcoal drawing with the teen class when they drew paper bags, they were ready to move on to something more challenging: self portraits. Personally, I have never enjoyed drawing myself.

I think it is extremely difficult because beyond drawing faces, you are representing yourself. However, the teens did such a great job and I am so impressed with how hard they worked and how they turned out. A few of the students drew half their face and used a photo for the other half, but most drew full self portraits.


They started by drawing their faces with pencil using a lesson we taught about the measurements of the face. Then they put in the darks and the lights and worked on shading. See some of their results below.







Exploring Charcoal: Paper Bags

A few weeks ago the teen class drew paper lunch bags using charcoal to practice value. We really wanted them to be able to look at their bags, find where the darkest areas and lightest areas were and use charcoal to express these values.


Many of the students had never used charcoal before and we were so impressed with how well they did! They were a little uneasy at first but quickly gained confidence in their drawing and they all turned out so well. Proud of our teen artists!








Georgia O’Keeffe Inspired Flowers

This past week the elementary art students have been finishing up their Georgia O’Keeffe Flower paintings. I was feeling inspired by all of the greenery and flowers around the studio and wanted to use this inspiration in the art project for the week.


When the students arrived for class we learned a little bit about O’Keeffe’s life then the students went out into the yard and chose the flowers they wanted to paint and draw. The students practiced drawing their flowers with pencil, then traced their drawings with bright oil pastel colors before adding watercolor to finish them off.


The students were extremely creative and I loved the results! We encouraged them to draw their flowers from the perspective of a bee or butterfly up close to the flower.

I hope these “May flowers” bring you joy, happy Sunday!






Silk Scarves for Mother’s Day

The past few weeks at PFA, the elementary students have been working on silk scarves for Mother’s Day gifts. I was blown away with how colorful and creative the scarves turned out. A few of the teens made scarves too and liked them too much to give away.

This process is a little bit easier than silk painting because the designs are not as intricate. We told the students to either repeat a simple pattern or just use color.


Before they began they briefly learned about complimentary colors and how mixing them together too much would turn the scarves brown so many of them focused on either cold or warm colors instead. The results were beautiful, I want one for myself!


We hope everyone had a great mother’s day and we can’t wait to see you all this week in the studio.  I hope you enjoy these pictures of the student’s creations!