oil painting of the may queen in color sauntering down a gray drab city street by christine mitzuk
May Queen, 12"x16" oil painting

Come check out my art at the 25th Annual Women's Art Festival. ONE DAY ONLY.

I'll have originals, prints, and cards for sale. There will also be a few special holiday deals.

Over 130 Women Artists, Live Music, Food & Drink, Lots of fun!

Saturday, December 9th, 2017
9:30am - 4:30 pm
Colin Powell Center
2924 4th Ave S, Mpls
Plenty of free parking in the Wells Fargo ramp within 1 block!
(Street parking is limited and the No Parking signs are not very visible so parking in the ramp is strongly recommended).

Free admission/$1 per person donation suggested to musician's tip fund.
For more information:

25th Annual Women's Art Festival

This coming Saturday is full of art!

oil painting of balloons ribbon and cupcakeThe MN Landscape Arboretum will be hosting a show of works from The Atelier titled "Breathing Classical Life into Today’s Art: Works from the Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art in Minneapolis".
Reception: Saturday, June 3 1:00-4:00 pm
There is a fee to enter the Arboretum but once inside the event itself is free. I will be displaying several works you most likely have seen before, however there are 4 other artists participating in the show who's beautiful work you most likely have not seen.
Learn more about this event here:

digital painting of water elemental mermaidNatur Ball: Hidden Persona
The Second event I'm participating in is Natur Ball: Hidden Persona
Saturday, June 3 at 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Location: Artspace Jackson Flats
901 18 1/2 Ave NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418

All are welcome and admission is free! There will be a child-friendly portion of the evening and a more adult portion of the evening. Opening night is a masquerade themed ball with Aerialist, Juggling, Fire breathing, Dance, and other fantasy themed performances!
Learn more about the Natur Ball here:

My 4 elementals printed to the larger size of 12"x16 will be on display as well as many more nature and fantasy inspired works from many different artists.

I hope to see you some time this weekend. Feel free to share this info with someone you think might enjoy either of the events.

Art Academy Artists Talk: Christine Mitzuk on the Creative Process

digital painting of the morrigu as she realizes her potential as a goddess by Christine Mitzuk
The Morrigu

On Friday March 24 I'll be giving a free artist talk at Wet Paint over in St. Paul. I'll be speaking the creative process as it pertains to image making and show the various steps I took to create some of my pictures. These same steps are what I coach people through in our Wednesday evening class at The Art Academy.

Free Event!
March 24, 2017 @ 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Wet Paint Artists' Materials & Framing
1684 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105

Event Description:

Creative play time included!

Learn about Christine’s upcoming class at The Art Academy  “Imaginative Art Inspiration Space” Christine will talk about the class, present some of her work, and the creative process she uses which she also teaches in her class. We’ll also spend some time playing in the creative sandbox.

The Art Academy class description:

Wednesdays 8-9:30pm
“Explore your creativity by developing an imaginative picture based upon an existing story that you select, or an idea that you originate. Work at your own pace to learn the time-honored steps of the creative, visual process – from idea generation, through preparatory work, to completed project. Emphasis will be placed on storytelling through composition and character development, as well as how color theory enhances visual communication. Students choose to work in the medium with which they are comfortable. Christine has experience to support watercolor, colored pencil, pen and ink, or oils.”

2016 Women's Art FestivalThis is the second year I'll be participating in the Women's Art Festival in Minneapolis. It's going to be another jam packed day of art and music!

This year I'm excited to be sharing a space with Villa Villa Vintage Bag Co. Joanna creates very fashionable bags and purses from old materials. Read more about the bags here:
Check out current available bags here:

Women's Art Festival
Saturday, December 10th, 2016
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Colin Powell Center, 2924 4th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
FREE Parking in the Wells Fargo ramp. Get directions here.
A word of caution, do not park on the street. Even though there might appear to be parking, there is not. The No Parking sign is enforced for a very long stretch of the street.

papers-lunch-and-learnLunch and Learn: Papers

Overwhelmed by the many available paper options? Uncertain about pH Neutral, acid free, buffered, and "archival"? During this Lunch and Learn you'll learn about some of the different papers we use in creating our art and the many choices we have. You'll get some answers about what papers to use for what media. Plus you'll learn some useful terms and the different properties to consider when buying paper to use for your own projects.

Please arrive a few minutes early and bring your own lunch.

When: THURSDAY, September 29, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $10
Where: The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art
1681 East Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Another fabulous afternoon at Paws on Grand! Thanks to Virginia at Wet Paint for inviting me to participate again. I had a lot of fun and I hope to do it again next year.

To get through the line of pets and owners we had to keep our sketch time with each sitter to 8-10 minutes max. Some dogs were okay with a stranger looking at them so I was able to sketch them from life, but many were not or were too excited/stressed or way more interested in the other dogs than in sitting still (totally understandable). For those dog sketches I used my phone's camera to capture a pose and then drew from that while checking for color and uniqueness when I could entice the actual dog to look my way. Yay for technology! I must say there were so many very well behaved pets.

Here are a few of my favorites (I used a combination of the Conté white pencil, with Derwent Drawing Pencils, and sometimes played with my Koh-I-Noor Woodless Colour Pencils). Wet Paint supplied some lovely 8"x10" sheets of Strathmore paper in various colors. With the triple dog sketch I used a little extra time and they were at the end of the day. Man I had fun!

Paws on Grand 2016

Paws on Grand 2016 Basset

I think I fell in love with the little gray Chihuahua. She had the most beautiful soft gray fur, with a little bit of rusty color in her ears and eyebrows. Her eyes were the color of a rainy spring sky.
I think I fell in love with the little gray Chihuahua. She had the most beautiful soft gray fur, with a little bit of rusty color in her ears and eyebrows. Her eyes were the color of a rainy spring sky.




Saturday August 6, NOON - 3pm, some artists (myself included) will be donating their time to create quick pet portrait sketches in front of Wet Paint Artist's Materials and Framing. With a donation to the store's chosen group, People & Pets Together, you can receive a free pet portrait. There are no reservations and the portrait is done on the spot so it's first come, first served.

Mostly people bring dogs, but Roz Stendahl drew a sun conure one year. Check out her blog here

It looks like Wet Paint will also have pet themed Origami classes, and other fun stuff. Read more here. The listing is alphabetical so Wet Paint is near the bottom of the page.

dog portrait sketches in colored pencil and brown ink by christine mitzuk
The 2 at the top are colored pencil and pigment-based brown ink on hot press watercolor paper. The one at the bottom is just colored pencil. The pen on the right is my ink filled Niji Waterbrush.

I participated a few years back and it went pretty well. This time I'm practicing with some of the neighborhood pets beforehand instead of just my critters, as well as with some photos I took of rabbits at the State Fair. I'm experimenting with ways to get an impression, the big look, a striking characteristic, and something that looks purposefully styled. So far I've played with spotting the large value shapes or color shapes, a metallic "archival" marker, and some woodless colored pencils. I also filled my Niji Waterbrush with pigment-based brown ink. It's supposed to be more lightfast than the dye-based version. I'm hoping that if I keep ink in it so the chamber and bristles stay moist that it won't get clogged. Only time will tell.

rabbit sketches on brown toned paper with colored pencil and metallic gold marker by christine mitzuk
Colored pencil on toned paper with a little "archival" metallic marker.

I've learned I like the spotting method, and that I need to simplify (go for the essentials and the "big look" instead of getting caught up in making it look "right"). One neighbor also gave me some great advice, to go with my first reaction of what I like about the critter. Plus she gave me some tips on how to either engage a dog or distract it to get either a front or side view. I think these things will really help since I'll only have 5-8 minutes per portrait.

It was FUN and intense the last time I participated so I'm looking forward to it.

3 framed ink drawings by christine mitzuk
Ink drawings created especially for MarsCon 2016 in Minnesota.

There's less than a week away to MarsCon in Minnesota! I'm very excited to be one of the creative guests of honor and am looking forward to participating in the events.

I created three original pen and ink drawings for the convention's program book. The original art will be on display and for sale in the Art Show (matted, framed, and ready to hang).

I'll also be doing an oil painting demo (solvent free!) on Friday and Saturday in the Art Show.

3 ink drawings by christine mitzuk

My Rough Schedule

Note: you do need to register for a badge for the convention to participate in any of these events.

Oil Painting Demo in the Art Show, 3 - 4:30 pm
Opening Ceremonies, 7 pm
Artist Reception, 9 - 10:30 pm

Artistic Process, presentation of my process for picture making for both traditional and digital, including the maquette from Bear Falls. A brief digital painting demo to follow. 10 am
Oil Painting Demo in the Art Show, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Art Auction, 7 pm
Figure Drawing with a fabulous costumed volunteer, It will be a mini workshop where I'll share some of what I teach in my figure drawing classes. 10:30 pm

Artistic Inspiration, panel discussion with a collection of creatives from different fields, 3 pm
Closing Ceremonies, 4 pm

three sketchbooks with sketches from a cemetery, a raptor foot, and flowersIt's winter in Minnesota and a lot of us are holed up in our homes and don't get to see much of other humans. Maybe you're like me and around February you start to get a little cabin fever. If you're looking for something art-y to do here are a few things I've found.


An urban sketch group organized by local artists Tim Jennen and Liz Carlson. They meet once a month at different locations. Sometimes it's a location with a minimal entry fee, sometimes it's a free public place. It's a great group of people who enjoy sketching and geeking out on art materials or sketch tools. My experience with them has always been positive because I've found there to be a real vibe of inclusion, encouragement, and excitement to draw. The meetups usually take place on a weekend.

Check them out on their Facebook page

Here's a link to their January event

MCBA Visual Journal Collective

A sketch group that is held at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA). I made it to a few of these meetups last year. Each time there was a theme or a special guest speaker. Some past topics included social media for artists, sketching "out" when you can't leave your home, and Spring flowers.  Suzanne Hughes does a great job of organizing this group. It's a very welcoming environment. Also, if you like geeking out on paper or sketchbooks you likely will enjoy this group. There is a parking lot but it was often full (and I think I remember there were some spots that you can't park in) so I usually parked on the street at a metered spot.

Meetings are once a month. Check them out on the Facebook page

Here's a link to a page about the group on Suzanne's blog (please note the schedule is only for 2013 so you probably want to check out the Facebook group page for more recent information.

Sketch Night at the Bell Museum

This sketch night is also once a month. There is an admission fee to get into the museum and if you drive your best bet for parking is in one of the nearby ramps. Or you can try your luck in finding a spot to park in Dinky Town and walk several blocks. It's 6:30 - 8:30 PM and each night has a different theme. There's usually a guest artist/presenter and the coordinator pulls a variety of themed specimens that are often not on view for the general public.

You can check the dates on this page of the Bell Museum's website

If you can't make a sketch night the Bell is open other days and is a great place to sketch animal specimens


Coffee Hour, Artist Meet and Greet

pastel drawing of a pomegranate, dried calla lilies, and wheat by christine mitzuk
Persephone and Demeter

This Friday, November 6, 2015
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Cheryl Hawkins Tax and Accounting will be hosting a Coffee Hour and Artist Reception.
700 Seville Dr. #204 Jordan, MN 55352
(952) 222-8272

Several of my paintings, including the rare pastel "Persephone and Demeter", are on display and available for purchase. The show will be up till the end of November. Stop by for a visit, it's a lovely drive. If you have time you might also like to stop at the local apple orchard.

If you would like to view the art at another time, please contact Cheryl for viewing hours.