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Lorraine Ortner-Blake
N6096 Highway W
Portage, WI 53901


Lorraine created these original with watercolor, gouache and other water media. They are one-of-a-kind.

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Original Art

These originals are unique; they are created by Lorraine, by hand. The calligraphic art is made with dip pens, watercolor, gouache, and other media. Paintings are gouache (a sort of watercolor) or oil.

Exhibition at Tivoli

April 6 through July 10, 2017
Reception Friday, April 21, 4 to 6 pm
Sponsored by the Portage Center for the Arts

These images will be on exhibit at Tivoli, on the Divine Savior Healthcare campus, in Portage, Wisconsin. Click for directions.

Please email or call me (608.742-0000) if you'd like more information about these paintings. I'll ship it to you or send you a larger photograph for a closer look. Everything is framed.


Tall Trees

Oil on canvas, about 12 x 16
Seeing the slivers of sky through the tall trees in the Baraboo Bluffs. $400


View from West End of Wall Road

Gouache on cotton paper, about 14 x 18
The fall vista from the steep descent at the end of Wall Road $400


Corn Fields and Hundreds of Blackbirds

Gouache on wood , about 14 x 14
The birds made a surprise visit as I studied this fall view from Wall Road, looking south, in Caledonia Township.

Devil’s Lake

Oil on canvas, about 5 x 7
A little study of the lake and west shore. $40

Distant Fields

Oil on canvas, about 12 x 24
Harvest was partly done as the late afternoon light glowed on the fields.

Durward’s Glen

Gouache on wood, about 12 x 12
I spent a week painting a handful of scenes at Durward’s Glen. This is a bird’s eye view of the landscape. $400

Fairfield Marsh

Oil on canvas, about 11 x 14
The wetlands just west of the Lower Narrows on Highway 33 $300

Field of Benevolence

Oil on board, 12 x 16
A fantastical place of goodness. $300

Field of Benevolence, 2

Gouache on canvas board, 12 x 16
Based on the flea bane and milkweed taking over an apple tree. $200

Foggy Melt in January

Oil on cotton paper , about 8 x 12
A rise of land with lifting fog during a January fog in Caledonia Township $120


Snowy Field from Rowley Road

Oil on cotton paper, about 12 x 7
The low winter sun made shadows on the rolling corn stubble $180



Oil on cotton paper, about 12 x 16
The shortest day was dazzling. $300

Harvesting Corn

Oil on canvas, about 12 x 16
The blue Baraboo Bluffs and gold cornfield of autumn $400

Hoot Owl Road

Oil and gouache on canvas, 16 x 20
I stood in the field just
off Hoot Owl Road and marveled and how many rolling bluffs are in view. $400


Corn and Clouds

Oil on canvas board, about 12 x 12
The view from Highway W and Hamilton Road, looking north

Lower Narrows

Gouache on cotton paper, about 24 x 12
The eastern light across the Highway 33 narrows leaves a shadow on the black soil of the valley. $350



November Field

Oil on canvas, 12 x 12
The upward land north west of Wall Road $80


Once I was a Rock, Once I was a Cloud.
This is not poetry, this is science.

Gouache on canvas, 12 x 16
Text from Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk $400


Peggy’s Wedding was in 1975

Gouache on cotton paper I was a tween when my sister married. This is how I remember the day. NFS



Reflecting Pool at Durward’s Glen

Oil on canvas, about 16 x 20
The moody light reflected on the pond at Durward’s Glen in Caledonia Township. $500



Road into the Field

Oil on canvas, 12 x 12
Evening colors in an autumn field south of Wall Road $120


Run in the Rain with Friends

Gouache on canvas, about 12 x 16
We three got caught in a short, but strong, spring storm while running on Hamilton Street in Portage. $400



God Sent Me an Angel Just to Chase Away My Blues

Oil on canvas, about 16 x 16
I heard John Prine sing these lyrics and had to make a painting. (The song is “Everything is OK.”) $200

Madison Open Water Swim

Gouache and watercolor on cotton paper, about 12 x 16
Swimming in Lake Monona with the distinctive buoys marking the route $300



Big Shoulders Swim

Watercolor and gouache, about 12 x 12
Lake Michigan with heaving waves, rain, and swimmers – tall buildings in the background.


Green Girl and Bicycle

Gouache on cotton paper, about 10 x 18
In the beginning there was the bike $300


Nike Bikey

Gouache on paper, about 12 x 16
A tri bike, a winged Nike and a perfect place to ride. $400


Imagining Eden

Gouache on paper $400, about 12 x 16


Joyful Hills

Gouache on cotton paper, about 7 x 18
We all need help up the hills. $300

St. Francis and the Sow

Calligraphy in walnut ink and painting in gouache
Poetry by Galway Kinnell NFS

Sunrise Ruby

Calligraphy in walnut ink and gouache
Poetry by Rumi NFS


In the Woods

Calligraphy in walnut ink and gouache, about 16 x 20
A text by Ralph Waldo Emerson $250


This original art is about 24 x 30 inches framed in solid wood. I created it with walnut ink, watercolor and gouache on Arches 140# watercolor paper. It has three quotations:

Who plants a tree plants a hope.
Trees are God's first alphabet. W. C. Bryant
We grow when we plant trees whose shade we shall never sit it.
Greek Proverb

Framed: $265 plus shipping | Without mats or frame: $210 plus shipping