Monday, August 18, 2014


My work will be on view in the Art of the Heirloom exhibition at the National Heirloom Expo in CA September 9 - 11, 2014.

Heirloom Eggplants, watercolor Donna Miskend 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014


Teaching is awesome. I enjoy being able to share my love of art. It's rewarding when a student who said they can't create art proudly displays their finished project. My students learn something new, they learn art is interesting, fun and hard work. And it gives them a great sense of accomplishment.

Creativity is about a sense of play and wonder and that forms the basis for critical thinking and problem solving throughout life. I'm happy to be a part of anything that gets the message out there that art is a vital part of our lives. I could go on and on, but instead I'll leave you with your new motto - get out there and CREATE! (Students from my workshops:)

through the generous support of the Sils Foundation
Funding through the US Dept. Ed. Arts in Education-
Model Development and Dissemination Grant Program

3rd graders working on their ecosystems mural
detail from one of the murals, cold and hot deserts

Monday, August 4, 2014

NEW WORK - Nature Illustrations

I'm adding to my repertoire of nature illustrations.

This and That, Donna Miskend 2014
These are things I've picked up that I thought I wanted to paint. Sometimes it's the color, or the design element, so to make sense of them individually I decided to put them all together. Acorn, ginko leaf, pine cone, the fruit from a cherry tree, maple seed pods, a dried cherry and I think the other seed pods are either also maple or oak.

This bunny was at the botanical gardens.

Red Cabbage and Rabbit, Donna Miskend 2014