rik-rat corn pile

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Future Farmers of America.

The local chapter of the FFA (to the city folk, it's a club called the future farmers of america) asked the shirt shop I work at to make a drawing.  They specified the need for a slew of babies for their t-shirts: baby cow, baby horse, baby pig, baby sheep, and baby chicken.

I drew them...they're so saccharine!  I could puke from their cute.  Perhaps I'll color them in with adobe illustrator...but I'm not feeling ambitious today.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Fresh Paint Magazine. Issue III.

I'm very proud to be a part of this lovely publication. Please, check out the link...soooo many brilliant artists. http://www.freshpaintmagazine.com/issue-iii.html

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Someone "borrowed" my image. UPDATE: my new friend was kind enough to take down the image.

EDIT: march 27th. Thanks to Mad One-Eye dog for taking down the image. I appreciate your prompt response. If anyone is ever interested in using one of my images on their website email me @ fluxbiota @gmail.com. I will let you use an image for 50 bucks. If you are writing a blog about my art, no money is needed. Just ask and send me a link to your blog and add a link to my artist website. Much love to my new friend. I thank you for your kindness and I apologize if I made a scene. It is worth noting that the internet has changed how we view property. I'm happy that my work is well received but I (and all artists/musicians/writers) need to make a living. We make a living by selling our work to you lovely people (i really do love all of you). If you want to use an artist's image on your website, please, take some time and contact them before you do so. We really appreciate it when you contact us. And if you want to share our work on social media, please put our website on the post and maybe we'll get some traffic. Thanks for listening. Intemperan├žas de Panino Manino I'm not too happy about this. I'd like to fix it. Anyone know how to do a cease and desist? Maybe I should send a polite message to credit my website. ugh.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Yes. I am begging for money.

UPDATE!: Both pieces have sold! My two friends (Teresa and Kim, you are amazing) have effectively paid for FIVE months of studio space. I feel so warm and fuzzy.
I'm trying to raise money to pay for my NEW ART STUDIO!!!!  Basically, I'd love to sell you a painting.  If you've ever wanted to own one of my paintings, this is the deal of the century.  I'm asking for $250 bucks a piece.  This price includes shipping and A PAINTING THAT IS ALREADY FRAMED (are my caplocks annoying yet?)
Both images are 22 X 30 gouache paintings in a 24 X 32 birch frame from Westfall framing (a fabulous framing establishment).  They were from my MFA thesis show, Flux Biota.  Message me if you're interested fluxbiota @ gmail.com.  Once again, all proceeds will go to studio rent.  Please share this with your friends. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

It's that time of the year!

the ice in the creek bed looks like an ancient glacier (stolen from @itsyourrock on instagram)
I don't know how many of you readers exist in the Midwest...but if you do, our collective pain is palpable.  This winter has been a rough one. I'm sure it's been hard for everyone...there's just something about being land-locked that makes my pain more important than your pain.

Saturday was nice, though.  It was roughly 50 degrees (t-shirt weather, yay!) and we decided to go on a fossil hunt.  We threw the dog in the back of the Honda and were off like rockets to my favorite fossil ditch.  We had a fairly successful venture: horn coral, petrified wood, brachiopods, some crinoid stems, and some Devonian coral (not sure what kind, anyone? anyone...bottom row second from the right).  

Not too shabby.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Wild Things, a juried exhibition in Pennsylvania.

I was recently accepted into a juried show at the Sweetwater Art Center in Sewickley, PA (about 12 miles from Pittsburg).

Here is the description of the show pulled directly from their website:

Wild creatures. Wild urges. Wild colors. Wild movement. For the upcoming exhibition, Wild Things, Sweetwater Center for the Arts is seeking art with an unrestrained spirit that upsets its surroundings and moves the viewer. This exhibition coincides with Sweetwater's awareness campaign featuring a public art installation created by UK Street Artist, Filthy Luker.  All 2D, 3D and mixed media are eligible for submission. We are especially interested in kinetic sculpture and performance artists for the opening reception. Unleash your craziest passion in this ferocious exhibition.
Wild Things will be juried by Cynthia Shaffer, a mixed media artist favoring bugs, bones and sea creatures to traditional art materials. The show will include a sampling of her work which can be seen at www.cynthia-shaffer.com.

Cynthia Shaffer is a lovely artist and I'm proud that she liked this piece (snake nest, made in late 2012) enough to accept it into this fine show.  I'm looking forward to seeing the other artists who were chosen to hang at Wild Things.

Friday, February 28, 2014


After many years of trials and tribulations, the fine arts group in Oskaloosa, Iowa finally got a home!  I couldn't be prouder.  Each member of the board has worked super hard to make this happen.  An art center...and studios!  STUDIOS!  I can't wait to finally have a studio outside of my home (although I love my in home studio).

We're having a big opening next week.  Even though none of my readers live in Iowa, I just thought I'd share the happy news.  Hooray!

Monday, February 17, 2014

An Artist Interview.

an interview tid bit.

I was recently accepted as a featured artist on the 365days/365artists blog.  I did an interview and i don't sound like an ass-clown...so, check it out.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A little write up about my show at Dakota State University.

Soooo, here's a little write up about my solo show, Iowa Dirt. I will be hitting the road and landing in Madison, South Dakota on the 19th...my closing reception is from 4-7 at the First Bank and Trust gallery (Dakota State University). This is my first solo show in awhile. I'm pretty pumped. It was a lot of work and I'm excited to see all the pieces hanging on gallery walls.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Preliminary Drawing.

I've been on a 2 week painting hiatus...now I'm bored with the hiatus and am ready to begin another piece.  Here's the basic idea: a multi-tiered burial mound.  I'll show you the next step in the preliminary drawing process on Wednesday or Thursday.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A wee doodle.

I have a little bit of time on my hands and have decided that I need to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator.  This will enhance my life and I need to quit stalling and just learn. 

First step: Make a lovely little drawing of a moth (check).  Step Two: learn how to add color with illustrator.  Step Three: Possibly turn it into a t-shirt design.

Step Three may or may not happen depending on how thrilled I am with the results.  Step two...I'm all over step two.  Hopefully, I'll have an update for you guys tomorrow.  Expect a colorful death moth.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

365 days/365 artists.

Jane looking very professional in her professional studio.

And artist portrait for all the damn applications I have to fill out.

studio shot, suckas!
It's nice to have talented friends. My buddy, Teresa, is a budding photographer. I hired her to take some shots for an upcoming "thingy." Follow the link to get an idea of what this "thingy" is...I'll make an appearance sometime in February. Until then, enjoy the shots (we learned how to use photoshop to erase acne...I am so pleased.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Under The Gum Tree, a publication.

Two entries in one day?  Unheard of, Jane.  Well, I recently applied to have my work published in a micro magazine called, Under the Gum Tree.  My work was accepted and the publication looks AMAZING.

Under the Gum Tree is an independent literary arts micro-magazine. Because they strive for authentic connections through vulnerability, they exclusively publish creative non-fiction and visual art.

If any of you guys are interested in checking out the publication (which I suggest you do) (if you write or make art you should apply) go to:

A Tiny Spider!

This tiny little jumping spider stole my heart (in August).  He looks so apologetic and pensive.  I was half tempted to set up a terrarium for the li'l fellow but I decided that a spider's place is in the great outdoors. 

I finally have time to blog again!  Be prepared for stories I didn't have time to tell you

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Recently Completed Painting.

Effigy Mound. 30 X 17, gouache on paper, 2014.
I like to keep things scary by working up to the ABSOLUTE final moment possible.  Why oh why do I work better under pressure?  Such a curse, such a damn curse. 

This is the final piece for my show, Iowa Dirt (thanks for photographing it, Teresa!).  I finished, photographed, matted, framed, and packaged it yesterday.  I will be shipping it to South Dakota in a couple hours and I couldn't be happier.  Yay!  Complete, I feel so giddy.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A show! A show!

My buddy, Marty Nelson, invited me to participate in this lovely show at the Franklin Arts Center.  It's the final exhibit he will be curating for FAC.  Thanks for all the support, Marty!  I wish you luck on your artistic journey and I hope some of you lovely readers can make it to the opening this Friday.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Painting so Fresh it Hasn't Been Titled.

Too New to be Titled (next week?), 17 X 29, gouache on paper, 2013.
Oh, man.  Sorry for being such a terrible blogger, guys.  I feel like this show in South Dakota has taken over my life.  The good news?  Over the last two years:

1.  I have officially completed a body of work. 
2.  I have titled this body of work, Iowa Dirt. 
3.  I truly understand the concepts behind each gouache painting and have written a statement about my processes. 
4.  I have officially spent way too much goddamn money on framing and have a new life goal: learn how to frame.
5.  I have a closing reception date for my first solo show in well over two years.
6.  The gallery is covering half of my shipping costs.
7.  I've been published a couple times, I've gotten into a few juried exhibitions, and have participated in a handful of print exchanges/art swaps.
8.  I have worked with a friend to completely redo my website...Bruce, you are a golden god and I'm so thankful for all of your help.
9.  I have made some money selling art/t-shirts...not enough to come close to covering costs but I'm getting there (and I've saved all my receipts in case big brother is watching)

When I allow myself to breathe and focus on the big picture I can tell that I've accomplished a lot.  I basically just completed real life graduate school, only now I'm mature and existing outside of an academic bubble.  Sometimes I can get so emotionally buried in stress and I forget to step back and see how well I'm actually doing. 

I'm still making art.  I live in the middle of nowhere and I'm still connected with all of you.  So, thank you to anyone who is reading this.  I'm starting to balance all this grown up shit with who I am and that's pretty empowering. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Geometry in Nature.

I recently juried into a pretty awesome show.

Geometry in Nature October 10–November 30
Opening Reception: October 10, 6-8 PM

Since its conception, geometry helps us understand and explain the natural world. When shapes, numbers and patterns repeat themselves, intricate and beautiful forms result. Juror Liz Miller selected works in this group exhibition that highlight the relationship between geometric principles and the natural world.


Here's a link to the juror's (Liz Miller, so good!) website http://www.lizmiller.com/work/installation/histrionic-malfeasance/

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fossils 9-26-13

We had to stop at Kyle's camp site at lunch so I took a chance and paroozed the river's edge for fossils.  I found a few!  Well...I found two.

The fossil on the left (not the penny, as if you needed to read that) is part of a bison tooth and the fossil on the right is part of a head of coral.  So cool.

Oh yeah, while I was trying to scan these I spilled coffee all over my crotch and butt.  I'm at work...ugh.  The things I do for this blog.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Not My Finest Work but Hilarious.

Gun Gorilla, 9 X 11, pen and ink, 2013.

The Customer is always right.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Praying Mantis

Well, someone must love me because this thing was laying, dead, on my work desk...pretty sure it didn't die on my desk. 

Of course I had to scan the thing.

P.S  here's a link to interesting mantis facts http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/bugs/praying-mantis/

Monday, September 9, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

New Painting!

"Chimney Lagoon." gouache on paper, 19 X 19, 2013.
This painting was truly a labor of love.  It was not an easy-breezy painting, seeing as I challenged myself to work in a new format...square with little white space surrounding the image.  I feel like I succeeded.  There were times when I wanted to die, times when I wanted to throw my paintbrushes into the garbage disposal and chug a bottle of Makers Mark...but I didn't.  I harnessed my chi, focused, and look what popped out of me...a painting.

I am chuffed.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

I Went to the Iowa State Fair.

Things I accomplished at the Iowa State Fair.
I held an alligator.

I added to my smashed penny collection.

We watched a professional flint knapper make this knife out of flint.  AMAZING.

Comprehensive list:  Hand fed zebra, saw the world's smallest horse (30 pounds, squeeeee!), got harassed by a carnie, rode horrifying fair rides at the midway, ate a deep friend snicker bar and a GIANT turkey leg, found the world's grossest port-o-potty and decided I could hold it, saw a life sized cow carved out of butter, pet a baby cow for five minutes, drank at the Iowa craft beer tent, watched several bands preform, heat exhaustion, watched my friends and family throw axes, bought two beaver skulls for 7 bucks, found out that baby camels are possibly the most awkward looking animal on god's green earth.  OUT.  Peace. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Artist Statement.

I've been working on this artist statement for what feels like forever.  I've spent time thinking about it, dwelling on it, obsessing over it...just not actually writing the damn thing.  Yesterday was spent drinking pots of coffee while multitasking.  This is what I've put together so far.  Most of you readers are familiar with my work and if you are not, check out www.janeryder.com 

Any input is appreciated.  Feel free to email me at fluxbiota @ gmail.com

My paintings are a right-brained approach to observing, dissecting, and recording the objective subject matter found in the lakes, rivers, prairies, and forests of south central Iowa.  As my intimacy with the land surrounding me evolves, so does my approaches for depicting the complexities of varying terrains and the plants and animals that occupy them. 

Each of my gouache painting is a fictitious ecosystem that has been broken down into a series of vignettes.  Each vignette describes the decay, growth, and interaction between the flora and fauna of that imagined place.  Although bold colors, repeating patterns, and flattened space make the paintings appear fantastic in nature, each scene is based off an observation. 

I am constantly inspired by the complexities of the natural world.  My work is an ever evolving narrative about the interconnectedness of all things and the functions of an organism in a community of plants and animals.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Broken Arrowhead, July 2013.

Crying Piece: Slang in a tiny community of artifact hunters.  A broken arrowhead that would have knocked your socks off if it was whole. 

I found a crying piece the other day, the tie off of an arrowhead.  The stone is gorgeous and white, it has beautiful pressure flaking, and would have been oh so very gorgeous if it was whole. 

Really, I should just be thankful that I found a broken piece. 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Fossil Hunting in Iowa. 7-27-13

We went out adventuring. This is what was found.
1.  This blue marble was a lucky find.  I found it under a cement slab on a river bank. Here's a link that tells you the difference between an old marble and a new one.  This is an old marble.


2.  We were fishing and decided to take a little break and walk up a creek that runs into the river. We found all the shell fossils and the two horned coral in a little rock pile in the center of the dried up creek. 

3.  It's hard to tell how beautiful and awesome the rock next to the marble is...sigh.  It's a recently cracked open geode.  All of the crystals are still shiny and unworn...something about geodes are so magical.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Turkey Feathers and a Kind Vet.

I've been pretty bummed out this week.  My trip to central Illinois was wonderful and it was great to see my mom, brothers, and friends.  The jaunt was a nice distraction from my feelings but the weight of my childhood dog's passing and the health problems of our current dog is testing me now that I'm home again.

Mudd had another mild seizure last night and he has an ear infection.  I went to the vet at noon to pick up more medicine and the vet tech couldn't answer all my questions...it bummed me out (even though I know she isn't allowed to answer questions, that's the vet's job).

I decided to take a walk at a nearby nature preserve to calm down.  I found a turkey feather and a jawbone...and then I saw a woman in scrubs walking in the distance.  The woman in scrubs waved at me and I recognized her as my vet.  She approached me and I reintroduced myself because people out of context sometimes don't register.  I asked if it was ok if I asked her a few questions about Mudd and immediately started to tear up from stress and she touched my shoulder and said,

"Let's talk this through.  It's going to be fine."

Doc calmed my fears and we watched a deer walk across the road.  At that point I felt better and I decided to let her go on her merry way.  I was still kind of shocked by the coincidence and the kindness she showed towards me.  She is a kind person.  I walked to my car, finally content, and a spot covered baby deer crossed my path.  I hope that's good luck.

Have an excellent day.

Monday, July 22, 2013

A Trip to Central Illinois.

Fossils we found on the Mackinaw River.
If I wrote every detail down from my amazing trip we'd be here all night.  I'll just write down some highlights:  

Took Friday off work and drove to Illinois, landed in East Peoria at two and picked up Matt, ate Thai food, find two abandoned kittens and save their lives, go to Rhodell's to drink micro-brews with my amazing professor (Oscar Gillespie) and a smattering of others (we play darts, I hate darts).  Hug Juice Wallis. Go to the Mackinaw  River with friends (Steve, Jessie, Chris, Dave, Christine, Matt, and a few new friends) where we float in tepid water, look for fossils, and drink beer.  Go to Steve's house to see Rishika!  Get some nostalgic photos while we listen to music and do "other" things.  Sleep.  Wake up at 9 and have some food with Miss Elizabeth Carol.  Leave for Bloomington, IL to see my brother, Barton.  Get some food and beers while we wait for my mom to show up.  Go to the National Guard gym and see my little brother, Paul, receive three awards (he's at the top of his class, woot!).  Mom arrives and feeds the three of us at another micro-brewery.  Boys leave and mom and I get a hotel.  We buy swimming suits and beer.  We sit by the poolside and catch up, drinking beer and smoking cigs (ahhh!)...coz, we cool like that.  We watch dumb teenager poolside antics and meet a young man that was about to audition for The Voice (he wouldn't perform for us...he's gonna suck).  Mom and I get hungry and go to Stake and Shake....mmmm.  Go back to the hotel, sleep, wake up, hug mom "bye", love her so much!  Hit the road for Iowa.  The sadness from losing my Ryder-dog is heavy in my heart on the ride home.  I think about him a lot.  Think about my Ryder-Dog and what a good life we had and how it's ok to be sad for awhile.  Come home to a happy boyfriend and a happy dog.  Life is good.  I had an amazing weekend. 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

In Memory.

I lost a good friend yesterday. 16 years is a long run for a dog but it's never quite long enough. I was 14 years old when my mom told me to get into the car and refused to tell me where we were going. I was not a fan of surprises at the time and I sulked the entire car ride...worried that we were about to visit one of my mother's friends. We pulled up in front of an unfamiliar house on the south side of Oak Park. My mother and I walked to the door and were greeted by a kind woman, she invited us inside. THERE WAS A LITTER OF PUPPIES INSIDE! and I picked Ryder. He was the best present I've ever received. It's been a beautiful 16 years. Ryder filled our lives with love and was a happy member of our family. Every time I came home from college, grad school, or adult life...he was waiting at the door for me. Always happy to see me. The thought of him not being there the next time I go to my mom's house is enough to break my heart but I know that if there is a heaven it's for dogs. And he'll be waiting at the gates for me.

Monday, July 8, 2013

A Painting in Progress.

a detail of the painting. mmmmm, crayfish.

19 X 19, gouache on paper. 
I'm trying something new and I'm NERVOUS. My paintings utilize a large amount of white space...this one will not. I'm trying to create flattened depth. Whoa. It'll work out. I'll pull out some of my hair and keep on keeping on.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Art and Life.

Here's a funny little drawing I've been working on for a local Pub.  The bar's logo is a peanut and they requested a "hipster peanut riding a penny farthing bicycle" for their Ragbrai t-shirt
(http://ragbrai.com/....Lance Armstrong will be riding in Ragbrai this year).

I'll post a picture of the t-shirt design after the customer gives their approval.  I gotta tell ya, it feels great to do creative things at work.  I get paid to draw...my boss even offered to buy me art supplies.  I'm ecstatic.  I make art at work and I make art when I get home from work.  Life is good.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Hognose Snake!

You'd think a dog called a Rat Terrier would be more inclined to hunt rats.  Not our dog.  Mudd is a Snake Terrier and a few weeks ago he came across a very interesting snake, indeed.

It all started on the river.  We pulled the boat over so I could get out and stretch my legs.  Of course the dog jumped out of the boat, onto the shoreline, and disappeared into the trees with a quickness that can't be registered on a wristwatch.

I ran after the pooch and found him yelping and pawing at a log.  I walked over to grab him and saw a HUGE snake.  The snake saw me and began to puff up in an attempt to look larger.  It was quite a display...hissing followed the puffing and I knew that it would be a dumb idea to get any closer.

I went to the other side of the log to get a look from another angle.  The snake's head periscoped over the log and he made intense eye contact with me, like he wanted to eat me.  Of course, I ran away (dog in my arms) like a scared little baby.

I went home, did some research, and found out that it was a hognose snake.  They're known for their impressive displays but not for being aggressive.  Who knew?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Commissioned Drawing.

"Alison's Pickle." 9 x 13, ink on paper, 2013. Commissioned drawing.
This drawing was defiantly a "pickle."  Talk about an interesting combination of idea.  This is the message I was sent.

how much would it cost for a commissioned painting of an owl made of pickles?
I'm serious on the content.

And I'm serious about giving the customer what they want.  Boom.  Pickle owl.