Creative Juice Break: Painting with Greta Claire

Greta Claire’s drip painting project will add a splash of color to any room (and help you finally get rid of all that extra house paint)!

Let the video get your creative juices flowing and read on for project tips from Greta. Or jump to the bottom for purchasing information to get your own Greta Claire original.

What you’ll need:

Paint brush
7 colors of paint


Get thrifty with your paint:

The first place I recommend searching [for paint] is your garage or basement for any old house paint you’re probably never going to use again.

Otherwise, check out any place that has a paint sale! A good place to check out is Blick Art Materials, Michael’s, or paint from Home Depot (which is what I used for this project.)

Be mindful of your surroundings:

It may seem like common sense, but paint will end up places where you never thought paint could end up. Paint in a place where mess is acceptable and have fun with it!

Prepare for a mess:

Wear messy clothes, put down some poly (plastic sheet, can be purchased at any home improvement store) and if you have another old bed sheet or drop cloth feel free to rest it on top of the poly as well – protect those floors!

The bigger the brush…:

Get some bigger paint brushes that will grab enough paint.

Allow for dry time:

In between the different colors, allow ample time to dry!

How to know when your painting is complete:

Knowing when you’re done applying color is simply just taking a step back and asking yourself if the painting feels right. If you really can’t tell, try taking a picture of it and looking at it later

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How to purchase work by Greta Claire:

Visit For questions about commissions, artwork or private showings email

Upcoming events:

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New Belgium Brewery 25th Anniversary

I currently have quite the project load! I’ve been selected by New Belgium Brewery along with 12 other artists to celebrate NBB’s 25th Anniversary. They decided to ask some of their favorite artists to custom paint some of their anniversary bikes from Detroit Bikes.

Art show November 11, 2016

I’ll be having a really big show November 11th, working on entirely new work/ideas that I’m excited to release – there are just so many fun things!

Private classes

I recently started holding private art classes in my studio. It’s been extremely fun and uplifting helping people dive into the abstract world; allowing them the chance to discover the possibilities that painting offers. It’s rad!   

Creative Juice Break from MN Original presents fresh, short videos, activity prompts and more. Get your creative juices flowing!

Artist Day Jobs: Don Holzschuh – Truck Driver/Painter

MN Original and TPT present: Artist Day Jobs

Artist Day Jobs is back for a second season profiling Minnesota artists whose 9-5′s complement and inspire their creative process.

In this episode, meet Don Holzschuh who works both as a truck driver and a painter.

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Learn more about Don and his work:





Check back next Monday for an all new episode of Artist Day Jobs.

Are YOU an artist with an interesting day job? Let us know on our Facebook page or on Twitter using #ArtistDayJobs.

Artist Day Jobs: Jessie McNally – Tattoo Artist/Assemblage Artist

MN Original and TPT present: Artist Day Jobs

Artist Day Jobs is back for a second season profiling Minnesota artists whose 9-5′s complement and inspire their creative process.

In this episode, meet Jessie McNally who works both as a tattoo artist and an assemblage artist.

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Learn more about Jessie and follow her work:



Check back next Monday for an all new episode of Artist Day Jobs.

Are YOU an artist with an interesting day job? Let us know on our Facebook page or on Twitter using #ArtistDayJobs.

Artist Day Jobs: R.J. Kern – Fine Art Photographer/Martial Arts Trainer

MN Original and TPT present: Artist Day Jobs

Artist Day Jobs is back for a second season profiling Minnesota artists whose 9-5′s complement and inspire their creative process.

The season two premiere features R.J. Kern, a fine art photographer who finds parallels in his work as a martial arts trainer.

When not capturing stunning portraits of animals and their owners, R.J. teaches students of all ages taekwondo at Lakes Martial Arts.

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Learn more about R.J. Kern:


Martial arts website:





Check back next Monday for an all new episode of Artist Day Jobs.

Are YOU an artist with an interesting day job? Let us know on our Facebook page or on Twitter using #ArtistDayJobs.

Meeting of the Minds – August Edition

Once a month, the MNO team gathers over lunch to share videos we find creatively or technically interesting. From unexpected storytelling concepts to new approaches to lighting or editing, these videos and the resulting team dialogue, feed our creative brains and inspire our work.

Heres what we’re watching now:

The Secret World of Foley from Short of the Week on Vimeo.

More Is More from Harmonium Films & Music on Vimeo.

Fra Stasjon Til Stasjon | Oslo 2016 from Selina Miles on Vimeo.

83-Year-Old Mississippi Bluesman Leo “Bud” Welch from Brent Foster on Vimeo.

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Perci Chester – Sculptor

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Marlon James – Author

Artist Day Jobs: Season 2 – Call For Submissions

MN Original‘s web series, Artist Day Jobs, is returning for a second season and we need your submissions!

Are you an artist (or do you know of one) who works an interesting day job to support your artistic endeavors? Are you a painter who is also a prize-winning dog show handler? Or maybe you’re a choreographer who also farms corn? Or perhaps you’re a photographer who works as a train conductor?

Give us a shout.

Our team is interested in capturing video and photos of artists at work which will be a part of our web series premiering on and Facebook during the summer of 2016.

If you’re an artist who would like to be featured, or you’d like to nominate someone, send an e-mail to with “Artist Day Jobs” in the subject line for consideration.

And in the meantime, catch up on episodes from Season 1 below:

MN Original Presents: An Evening With The Washburn Blackbox Acting Program

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Join us May 19 in TPT studios for an evening of theater and discussion.

MN Original and Twin Cities PBS invite you to join us at TPT’s Street Space to enjoy an evening of original theater with the Washburn High School Blackbox Acting Program.

Washburn students will perform their original play, “Untold Stories,” which explores issues including domestic abuse, racism, Islamophobia, and anxiety. Following the performance, students will engage the audience in a discussion about the issues raised, the use of art as a tool for social justice, and how activism can continue beyond the classroom.

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are limited and reservations are required to attend. Click here to reserve your tickets by Thursday, May 12th.

Event Details
When: Thursday, May 19, 7 – 9 p.m.
Cost: Free Admission (but please reserve a ticket here)
Location: Twin Cities PBS, 172 4th Street East, St. Paul, MN 55101 (Click here for directions)

Be sure to check out Washburn Blackbox Acting Program’s recent feature on MN Original below:

New MN Original Episodes Premiere January 3!

A new season of MN Original is finally here! Our weekly arts series returns for a seventh season with features on a whole new batch of talented local artists.

Tune in Sundays at 6 and 10 p.m. on TPT 2 starting January 3 to see new episodes featuring more than 50 Minnesota artists, musicians and arts organizations.


Pictured: Greta Claire, Paul Peterson, James Brenner, Theater Latté Da’s production of Sweeney Todd

The January 3 season premiere is set to feature 2015 Man Booker Prize winning-author Marlon James, renowned public artist and sculptor James Brenner and Indie-folk musical-duo The Ericksons.

Additionally, look for features on actor Tyler Michaels, a performance from Shapiro & Smith Dance, gunpowder and pyrotechnics artist Lisa Friedrich and many more.

With the new season also comes new sound for our episodes thanks to students from McNally Smith College of Music!

This exciting partnership between MN Original and the College gives students professional experience to create original music for television by contributing to the series’ music library. The new compositions really complement our artists’ work!

As always, new episodes of MN Original and individual segments will be available on, and through connected streaming devices like Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.

We can’t wait to share this new collection of stories showcasing what makes Minnesota’s arts community so special.

Know of a Twin Cities artist we should feature next season? Let us know by filling out our Artist Submission Form here!

And don’t forget to connect with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram


Buy Local This Season With MN Original’s Holiday Gift Guide


This holiday season, why not give the gift of art? From prints, to jewelry to books, there are plenty of ways to support local artists and give a gift that is extra unique and special.

Scroll through to find some gift ideas from a few MN Original alums. Of course, we could only include a handful so if you’ve got more ideas, feel free to share by leaving a comment or letting us know on Facebook and Twitter!



1. “A Brief History of Seven Killings” by Marlon James, $17

The Minneapolis-based author just won the prestigious 2015 Man Booker Prize and will also be the first artist featured in the upcoming season of MN Original on January 3, 2015.

2. Coffee Art painting, $10-500

Angel Sarkela-Saur created this original “Coffee Palette” Coffee Art® painting. It features coffee dripping into a cup with a brush on the saucer used to create the works.

Watch Coffee Art on MN Original here.

3. Headpiece with roses by Karen Morris, $295

Milliner Karen Morris’ wine-colored cocktail headpiece with handmade roses, feather and crinoline trim is perfect for the style-consious person in your life.

Watch Karen Morris on MN Original here.

4. 2016 Calendar by Amy Rice, $40

Great gift idea for your gardener, conservationist or outdoor loving friend or family member.

Watch Amy Rice on MN Original here.

5. Art Coloring Book by Chuck U, $20

Who says coloring books are just for kids? Not us. And not Chuck U who has created a 31-paged book of his intricate and imaginative prints — all black and white and waiting to be filled in with your own colorful patterns. (Note: the first run of coloring books sold out quick so don’t miss out on grabbing yours while they’re still available!)

Watch Chuck U on MN Original here.

6. First Avenue print by Mike Welton, $17 – 20

Oil painter Mike Welton’s digital prints of iconic Twin Cities landmarks would make any Minnesota enthusiast smile. We especially love this one of First Avenue.

Watch Mike Welton on MN Original here.

7. I Heart MN necklace by Emily Johnson, $145 – 195

Who wouldn’t want this part of their jewelry collection? Emily Johnson’s Minnesota-shaped design is hand-cut out of sterling silver with a 14k red gold heart over the Twin Cities.

Watch Emily Johnson on MN Original here.

8. “Adrift” by Greycoats, $9

Literature and mythology inspire the atmospheric music of the Anglo-rock quartet Greycoats. The band’s recent album, “Adrift,”  combines “unsurpassed artistic mastery with the dazzling enchantment of a lunar voyage.”

Watch Greycoats on MN Original here.

9. MN Original Commemorative Print by Adam Turman, $25

We might be biased, but this MN Original commemorative print by Adam Turman would look great on an empty wall or desk space. The 18×24″ print features the Twin Cities skylines behind a roving Minnesota landscape. Only 150 prints of this design have been made and each is signed and numbered.

Watch Adam Turman on MN Original here.

10. The Wedding Is Off print by Greg Gossel, $45

We can’t get enough of Greg Gossel’s colorful pop art prints available in a choice of color options and styles. Each print is signed and numbered by Greg in an edition of 150 prints.

Watch Greg Gossel on MN Original here.

Don’t forget to share more great local gift ideas in the comments or on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter).

Look out for the new season of MN Original airing Sundays at 6 and 10 p.m. starting January 3, 2016!

Join MN Original At Art Attack 2015

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On Saturday, November 7, MN Original, will partner with public artist Greta McLain’s Good Space Murals team to bring interactive art-making to Art Attack, Northrup King Building’s annual open studio and gallery crawl.

Join us in the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis Art District as we create a community-made and inspired mini mural, to be eventually installed at the iconic arts building.

Plus, a MN Original screening area will be available to watch past episodes while you rest your feet between perusing all the art!

All abilities and ages are welcome. For more information on the artist, visit

Event details:

Art Attack 2015
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Watch Greta McLain on MN Original below: