Paulson Pedestals

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Paulson Pedestal

Paulson Pedestal

Paulson Pedestal 2
Paulson Pedestal 2

Last fall I was commissioned by a lovely couple in Breckenridge to make two pedestals to display their fabulous sculptures by Walt Horton: “Catch ‘N Release” and “Two for Dinner”.  They wanted pedestals to compliment the different wood elements in their home.   The pedestals are made of reclaimed barn wood.  The doors and sides have steel panels with a custom patina.

As a working artist, one of my greatest challenges is time.  I constantly work to be on top of orders, apply for shows, create new work and stay up to date with my website and marketing.  Obviously, I fall behind in much of this, as we all do in our modern world.  (Thus I am only now getting this post on my blog. 😉 ) I want to thank the Paulson’s for their patience and understanding as I worked on these pieces.  It is a delight to have customers who value the traditional craft and the time it takes to create unique pieces.



Brush Creek Artist Residency..oh so sweet!

October 5, 2012 | Filed in: Art Progress | 1 Comment »

I  just returned from two weeks at the Brush Creek Artist Residency, which is a residency amidst  the Brush Creek dude ranch-a beautiful dude ranch in the platte valley near Saratoga, Wyoming.  I must say, it was a life changing experience.  I was fortunate enough to be with 7 other amazing, supportive, engaged artists.  It is such a gift to have time to focus on your work away from daily life.  It gave me the needed room to explore some new ideas and flail around, which is an uncomfortable but necessary part of the artistic process.  To get any good work, often we must make a lot of bad work.  And in daily life when we are trying to meet deadlines and sell pieces, often what falls away is the exploratory nature of creating.

Brush Creek Tress

Brush Creek Trees

Old Brush Creek Ranch Sign

Old Brush Creek Ranch Sign










Those two weeks gave me time and space to try some new things, struggle with some old work, and most importantly, connect with other artists doing the same thing.  I learned so much from the other artists.  It is such a treat to be able to eat family style dinner together with a group of artist after everyone worked all day in their respective medium.  We had many enlightening discussions about process, the struggles and gifts of being an artist, and above all else just connected about this strange life we all live.  A few days into it I felt as if I landed in a country where everyone spoke my language, but I had been away so long I forgot I wasn’t speaking my native tongue at home.   I have many artist friends and colleagues I am in touch with in my daily life, but we rarely have large chunks of uninterrupted time to really discuss our daily work and process.  This can be an isolating career at times and that isolation sneaks up on you, unawares.

View From Artist Camp

View From Artist Camp

What is Meg up to?

What is Meg up to?










I had been working on painting series of Contemporary Life in Wyoming and planned to continue that at Brush Creek.  But once I got there I had a really hard time painting at first.    I just wasn’t feeling the “magic” about this series anymore.  One day I decided to stop struggling in the studio and to go outside and play around with my outdoor installation series again.  I have wanted to pick this body of work up again, but I wasn’t planning on doing anything with it at Brush Creek.  But once I let myself go in that direction, it came together.   I ended up doing two temporary installations at the creek with willows and bones.  After that, I was able to return to the paintings with more success.

from "Fishing For Our History" Installation

from “Fishing For Our History” Installation


from Installation #2

from Installation #2 (unnamed so far)








Above is  sneak preview of these two installations.   I have done a prairie series before, for which I am still doing more pieces, but this is the first water installations I’ve done.    I really like to incorporate found materials and movement, like wind or water, into my outdoor installations.  They are so far always temporary, as I take them down after the initial showing and capturing a lot of footage.  Then I go back to the office/studio and attempt to assemble a movie and photographic show out of the pieces.  Stay tuned to see more when they are ready to show!

I would like to sincerely thank Beth and Bruce White and the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, it’s wonderful director, Katie Christensen and the other artists I was fortunate enough to get to know there:  Bill Haskell, painter; Anh-THuy Nguyen, conceptual artist; Kristen Martincic, printmaker;  Carolyne Wright, poet; Anne Guzzo, composer; and Jardine Libaire, writer.  All do really amazing work– look them up!  I was honored to be one of them.  Thank you all, Strange America. 😉



Prairie Buffet Send Off Party!

September 12, 2012 | Filed in: Art Progress | No Comments »

Thanks to all who attended the send off party before the Prairie Buffet hit the road – and thanks to you all for helping set up and take amazing photos!

Setting up for the Send Off party on the prairie and enjoying drinks, appetizers, and cameras during the golden hour.



Exhibitor’s Choice Award at 2012 Western Design Conference!

September 12, 2012 | Filed in: Art Progress | No Comments »

I premiered my latest furniture creation at the 2012 WDC in Jackson, Wyoming, where I won one of the Exhibitor’s Choice Awards!   It is such an honor to have the respect of other artists–the place was full of amazing work!   Thus, it is not surprising that we had a four way tie for “Exhibitor’s Choice.”   Thanks to all who came and supported it, the WDC staff and all the great artists.   I’m already looking forward to next year and tearing up the dance floor at the Wort and Cowboy again with my fellow artists after a long day “behaving” at the show. 😉


Prairie Sentinel Buffet

Solid wood construction using reclaimed materials: barn wood, barbed wire, old hand-hewn cedar fence posts, antique nails and steel.  The barbed wire is Michael Kelley’s “Thorny Fence,” the first to be patented, 1868.  The door pulls are square nails, torch heated and shaped into pulls.  All carcass joinery is mortise and tenon, and frame and panel, with handcut dovetails for the cherry drawer. The steel panels are streaked with a custom patina.  The piece is finished with a polymerized tung oil.


The design is evocative of the short-grass prairie.  Fence lines arise from the vast expanse of the golden grasslands delineating checkerboard boundaries and containing herds of cattle.  Below the surface, life is deep and rich with ground squirrels, nesting night hawks, countless insects, and the deep, determined roots of prairie grasses, stretching down to reach secret aquifers below.



Jackson Hole Western Design Conference this weekend!

September 4, 2012 | Filed in: Art Progress | No Comments »
Western Design COnference 2012

Western Design COnference 2012

I leave Wednesday for Jackson and the WDC.  I’m very excited to be in this juried show and see all the amazing functional art.  If you are in the area come by!  I can’t post pictures of my piece, “Prairie Sentinal Buffet”, until after the show, but I look forward to doing so.  It is a show piece for sure. 😉







Summer 2012 Shows

May 16, 2012 | Filed in: Art Progress | No Comments »

I am pleased to announce my summer and fall furniture show schedule.  I applied for some long shots and got in, including the exclusive Western Design Conference in Jackson Hole!   If you are in the area or know anyone who is, pass on the information for these sure to be good shows:

July 6th-8th: Breckenridge Mountain Arts Festivals; Breckenridge, CO.

September 1st-3rd: Breckenridge Mountain Arts Festivals; Breckenridge, CO.

September 6th-9th: Western Design Conference, Jackson Hole, WY.

I also got accepted for a residency program at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts just outside Saratoga.  I’m very excited for the opportunity!  I will be there, painting away September 17-October 1st.

My Lil Shop on the Prairie


Custom Saloon Doors

May 16, 2012 | Filed in: Art Progress | No Comments »

This fun custom project was for clients (and long time friends) in Denver, CO.   They had a vision of old saloon doors for their bathroom and we came up with this design, including the custom R brand for their last names (Both begin with R).

The frame is reclaimed barn siding and the panels are reclaimed snow-fence, all using traditional joinery techniques.  The “R” brand is burned into the panels.  The doors swing on café door hinges.  I can do any brand request.

Roth-Radcliff Saloon Doors


The doors enclose the toilet room form the larger bathroom:

Saloon Doors


Arts and Crafts End Table

February 13, 2012 | Filed in: Art Progress, commissions, Furniture | No Comments »

This table was a commission for a Christmas present this past December.  Cherry,  21 3/4″ ht x 16″ diameter top.


Steel Tree

February 6, 2012 | Filed in: Art Progress, Furniture, Metal | No Comments »

Steel Tree: hand forged steel, 77″ ht x 31″ diameter, Meg Thompson, 2011.
This fall I finally finished the Steel Tree I started a few years ago.   It began as a coat hanger.  But as I hammered the hot square metal into textured tree bark, it quickly became clear it was going to be more than a coat hanger.  At the ends of the branches I drew out the metal into curled leaves.  I then encouraged the piece to develop a rust film in places to give some depth of color to the steel.  Finally this fall I finished it with a rub-in metal oil.  You can see alternate images of it on the metal/sculpture page.


NIC show and Open Shop

December 5, 2011 | Filed in: Art Progress, Art Shows | No Comments »

I just wanted to thank everyone who came to my fall shows– in Laramie my first annual Open Shop and in Casper,  the Nicolaysen Art Museum’s Fall Art show and sale.  Thanks for everyone who came out to our place for the Open Shop and endured the chili and company and weather. 😉  And thanks to my friends and family who came by the NIC to say hi and see all the great art.  Both events went well.

Now I am trying to settle in for the winter and get to some custom projects that were on hold until after the shows.  It has been wonderful coming back home and starting up my business here.  I can never thank enough, all the folks who have supported me along the way and since we arrived here last May.  Moving is overwhelming, but the welcome we have received makes it wonderful.  Thank you!

Open Shop Highlight:   My friend Amy showed up on her mule, Manny, in a snowstorm.  And they both insisted on riding the 5 miles back as well, in the said snowstorm.  I love Wyoming.