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Tammy Nara is a hiking artist and art teacher. Her drawings and paintings combine representational line with layers of abstract color. She enjoys using watercolor and acrylic to create responses to the natural world.

“We have so many choices about how we impact the world. There are so many urgent needs. I am working out the puzzle of how to spend my time so that I take care of myself and do what I can for others. I want my art to motivate others toward positive action. If you have been waiting for a sign to get started, this is it! Take that first step!”

At paintandhike.com you can view art, read about places to hike, and discuss the struggle of balancing creativity with the other important aspects of life. Subscribe to Tammy Nara’s email newsletter here.

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Tammy is part of the group of artists in Studio 321 of the Northrup King Building.

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Northrup King Building

1500 Jackson Street Northeast
Studio 321
Minneapolis, MN
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painting of bike tire and plants

“Don’t Let the Grass Grow Under your Bike Tires”

I love to ride my bicycle, why do I put it off?

The original 12″ x 9″ watercolor is already in its new home, but three sizes of prints are available.

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drawing of trail maintenance volunteer

“It’s a Sign! Volunteer!”

This is a drawing of my daughter doing trail maintenance on the Superior Hiking Trail. It includes black ink, watercolor, and acrylic. Volunteering on the trail was a great experience for both of us.

20% of the sale of these prints will be donated to the Superior Hiking Trail Association.

The original is not for sale but there are two sizes of prints available.

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Boundary Waters Island Campsite

We put in our canoes at the end of the Gunflint Trail. This is where we camped the first night. Many places in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are like this. Trees growing in impossible places. Still water so clear you can not believe it. I love watercolor on Yupo paper. It is so moveable. Hard to control but sometimes you happen upon something beautiful. Just like the Boundary Waters.

The original is a 5″ x 7″ watercolor on unframed heavy Yupo paper with a rigid black cardstock backing.

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abstract colorful leaves

Collected Leaves

This was an exploration of shape and color. Outline of leaves was drawn in masking fluid. In some places the line is the edge between colors and in some places the color is allowed to flow across the line. Color outside the lines! These leaves were collected at Frontenac State Park in Minnesota.

The original watercolor is 12″ x 9″. Outside dimensions of the wood frame are 17″ x 13″.

The 7″ x 5″ prints were printed from a photo of this painting that was altered to increase the color saturation.

Products with images of my art printed on them are available at Fineartamerica.com. I ordered a canvas bag with this painting on it. I wanted to see if I approve of the quality and I do. It is heavy canvas with sturdy straps. 18″ x 18″ is a good size for shopping.

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watercolor flowers

Flowerview: 5 Tulips

Watercolor on Yupo paper is a great combination to get across the feeling of dense overlapping foilage. I painted layer over layer over layer until it told me it was done. This process requires letting go of the idea that it can all be controlled. Painting and gardening are more enjoyable for me when I think of my role as guide and observer.

This orginal unframed watercolor is 11″ x 11″.

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Flowerview: One of Each

This watercolor on Yupo paper was inspired by the poem, Now We Will Speak in Flowers by Micki Blenkush. It will be the cover of Blenkush’s book of poems by the same name.

The concept in the poem that intrigued me was the idea that communication can still happen even when talking is not possible. The actors in the poem are in a garden and one of them cannot find the words they want to say but can point out the species of flowers and name them. The point was that the two of them being together was enough. Knowing the flowers was their shared experience.

This original is sold.

There is currently one print available.

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drawing of fox, leaves and a person

Fox at the Bottom of the Steps with a Black Background

This drawing was part of the Poet-Artist Collaboration at Red Wing Arts. It was inspired by the poem, Reverie with a Fox by Mim Kagol.

When I first read this poem, I was struck by the phrase, “placid yellow glisten of just-sunrise sifting through the maple leaves”. I wanted to capture that pre-dawn appreciation of first light.
I spend a lot of time outside and have encountered animals in my path. It reminds me that we are all entitled to our existence. The poem mentions a hand stilled on the door latch and feet feeling the chill of the stone floor. I imagined being jolted from my preoccupation with human concerns to contemplate the way the fox must be experiencing this same morning light.
Because of the need to stay home during the pandemic, I switched from paint to colored pencil and paint pen. These are materials that I enjoyed in the past and my inner child was thrilled to use them again. My color choices were responses to that joy. I used similar colors for all the objects in the picture. This was both to create visual unity and to express a connection between all the objects represented: human, animal, plant, stone, sky.
This poem draws attention to the fact that chance events can be powerful reminders of what it is to exist.

 

The original colored pencil and paint pen drawing is sold already.

There are two sizes of prints available.

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abstract jigsaw lines in orange space

Going Deep

A soft and pleasant surface that is cut away by a jigsaw. I was thinking of how water carves away at the land, like at the Grand Canyon. The layers go deep. The two pieces are part of the same thing but no longer fit together. I showed this to some friends who all saw it in their own way. Some saw tranquility, some saw an abyss, some saw pizza.

This 5.5″ x 7.5″ original watercolor is in a frame with outside dimensions of 13″ x 16″.

The notecards are 5″ x 7″ and include an envelope.

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painting of river rapids in deep gray and rust

Iron Rich Water and Energy

The St. Louis River flows through Jay Cooke State Park in Northern Minnesota. The water forms an interesting shape here as it falls and then splashes over a large rock. This is one of my favorite places. Over the years I have returned to this spot many times to paint. Each painting is unique. The colors, the line style, the composition, and the textures change with the weather, the season, and my mood.

This 12″ x 9″ original watercolor is in a frame with outside dimensions of 16″ x 13″.

The notecards are 7″ x 5″ and include an envelope.

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painting of river rapids in purple and tan

Jay Cooke Favorite Spot in Purple and Tan

The St. Louis River runs through Jay Cooke State Park on its way to Lake Superior. This spot is a little bit off the trail. There is a perfect chair-shaped rock with a ledge for my water cup and paint palette. I have often sat here over the years and painted this same spot. The shapes are always the same, but the colors and the way I interpret the scene are always different.

This is a 6″ x 4″ watercolor with details in ink. The frame is black and has outside dimensions of 11″ x 9″.

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K2 P2 With a Double String

“Make Time for What is Important”. That is the phrase that helps me stay true to my values. Painting, hiking, family, friends, and community are important to me. When I paint, I show what I notice in the world around me. I am giving back to the creator by creating my response. My intention is to convey gratitude. Knitting is a process that requires time. When one person knits for another, they are giving their time. This picture could be God knitting for us, or it could be you knitting for a person you care about.

This 12″ x 9″ watercolor was part of an exhibit at the Benedictine Center in St. Paul titled, “Seeing God”. I was honored to be included in the multi-faith event.

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Yarn Landscape

Knitting is the act of giving your time to someone you care about. It is fascinating to me how looping yarn in different ways creates an infinate variety of fabric types. I find that the overlapping curved forms create reminders of many different things. In this case I was reminded of a landscape but I still wanted it to be recognizable as a skein of yarn.

This unframed original watercolor and ink painting is 12″ x 9″.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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