Thursday, October 30, 2014

Artist and Musician Collaborate...paintings and lyrics join forces!

On October 17th, I had the privilege of hosting a house concert featuring singer and songwriter Staci Frenes.  It was a wonderful evening of musical talent, mingling, and cheesecake.  Musician-Artist/Lyrics-Paintings, join in creativity.  Enjoy the article below!

 Artist: Linda Aman              Musician: Staci Frenes

Shared Pathways in Creativity
Written by Linda Aman  
Published in the IWS Fall 2014 Newsletter

Thinking outside the box is what we do as artists. I thought you might enjoy a recent sharing of creative ideas between myself and another artist, a musician.

I recently had the privilege of working with a very talented and creative artist. Her expression is through music. Staci Frenes is a musician, songwriter, and writer that I met two years ago. I attended a local performance of her latest songs and as she sang I was moved not only by her talent, but by her lyrics.

After the concert I told her the lyrics she sang reminded me of several paintings that I had just completed! She was singing my paintings….she was probably wondering what I could mean by that statement, but that thought captured her curiosity.  We exchanged emails and a collaborative adventure transpired. Her lyrics matched perfectly to a couple of my paintings. We placed her lyrics into several paintings and we have note cards and now posters produced to sell.  (To view posters for sale, see bottom of article.)

Staci and I enjoyed the process we shared in combining my images to her music. Last week she traveled from her home in California to perform again in the Boise area. She set aside one evening for a concert in our home with invited guests. With my original paintings in the background she performed a magical evening.

The way we as artists can enhance the value of our paintings has a wider range of impact than I realized. Staci has an audience I would never have the opportunity to show my painting to and her lyrics and music were brought into another venue she would not have realized. A great coming together of art forms was enhanced by the combining of the two. 

I would encourage you to think of new venues, ideas and experiences that may be just around the corner from you.  Think outside the traditional and see what happens along with new adventures and new friends. 

Posters sized 24"x36"
Email Linda at to order.

You can see more about Staci Frenes and her music at

 Linda is an artist and instructor who lives in Star and teaches in her studio. She also teaches in other locations in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. You can visit her website at or email for more information. © Linda Aman 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Torch Fired Enameling Class!

In July, I had the honor of teaching a torch fired enameling jewelry class!  My two sisters-in-law came to visit from Oregon, and had the opportunity to create pieces of enameled, wearable art.  They had tons of fun and were very successful!  They were then able to wear their jewelry home.

Here are some photos that show their process:



And their finished projects!

...Watch for Fire Enameled Jewelry workshops in 2015...!
Interested?  I very much welcome your feedback on these workshops!

Feel free to comment on this blog or send me an email at:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Art Retreat at the Ashley Inn 2014

Three Day Art Retreat at the Ashley Inn, in Cascade, Idaho

August 21st--August 23rd, 2014

I had so much fun watching all the creative processes this past weekend at the retreat.  The project this time was a watercolor and mixed media piece, which had many out of their comfort zones; all the while learning the importance of composition, color choices and elements & principles of design.  Just imagine two and a half days of painting and creating art morning to evening!  Of course there was plenty of time for everyone to work on other pieces they brought along.  We all enjoyed the time of relaxation, good food, painting, and just spending time with other artists.

Linda Aman's Workshop from the Artists' Perspective:

Hello, my name is Juli and I am a Linda groupie.
I was so glad I was able to attend the workshop!  Not only was it relaxing and a great getaway, but it also taught me so much about letting go from my normal, detailed way of painting; as well as design and composition, even though I thought I knew a lot on that subject already!  The way I look at things has changed (for the good) and my future art will be all the better for it.  I absolutely loved the whole retreat and I will definitely be one of the returnees.  It was exactly what I needed, and I have a feeling everyone else who attended, agrees!  Now if only we could have one every month...

                      Mine is an abstract collage in a radial design. -Juli

Other artists' comments about the weekend format....
"Lots of time for teaching, painting and free time/breaks; was very relaxed."  "The casual atmosphere"

"I liked how you could work as late/early as you liked"

"The format gave me time to work out in my brain how I wanted to do the picture."

"Composition sets/color pallet choices and creating something abstract"

"We could come and go as own table, able to leave stuff set up the whole time"
"Loved instruction followed by opportunity to implement what we learned in our own project."

"I liked how you got us there step by would have been overwhelming to just begin painting."

"Thank you for your dedication, hard work and your thoughtful, tactful, thorough teaching.  I am so happy I was able to go."

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Artist of the Month July 2013

St. Alphonsus Hospital

1055 North Curtis Road
Boise, ID

I have the priviledge of being chosen as the Artist of the Month; 17 Linda Aman orignal watercolor paintings are displayed for the month of July.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Wind and Water

"Linda has been juried into the Idaho Watercolor Society with her painting "Wind ans Water" Her painting was picked to be on the advertising for the cool!"


Monday, May 6, 2013

Owyhee River Painting

“ Owyhee Mountains ” Painting awarded “Judge’s Choice” at the Nampa Art Guild.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Owyhee River Painting
Like I promised, here is the finished painting of the mountain that I painted on the Owhyee River. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did painting it.