If you see something that makes you smile, that makes two of us.

Glenda Drennen

About Glenda Drennen

My sense of humor and “la joie de la vie” are often reflected in my watercolor and aqua media paintings. Adding something whimsical or unexpected to a painting provides entertainment, gives it an “attitude.”

People often ask, “Where do you get your ideas?”

A new recipe I try calls for “rutabaga” – a word that strikes me as the perfect name for a very old, cobbled street somewhere in France, and even suggests the nature of a front door and entry steps at “Four Rue Rutabaga.”. My brother in a distant state tells me he gave his unused unicycle to the neighbor kids, and I suddenly realize the single circle by a door in my painting can become the wheel of a unicycle leaning against the wall next to an orange door where “Anton the Unicyclist” lives.  The list could go on.

My message

For me, painting watercolors is a unique, exciting second language that finds expression in the way pigments react to fine paper, the serendipitous mingling of wet pigments, the layering of transparent jewel colors, the push/pull of adjacent transparent and opaque pigments, and the lush textures of my own collage papers. Hopefully you will enjoy what I have to say. And if you see something that makes you smile, that makes two of us. 

My Biography

Glenda Drennen is a native of South Dakota and a former public school music teacher. Her love affair with watercolor began when she married and left teaching over twenty five years ago. She has earned signature membership in both the Iowa Watercolor Society and the Watercolor U.S.A. Watercolor Honor Society, Springfield, Missouri, and is a member of Iowa Artists.  She has served on the board for the Iowa Watercolor Society and served as Newsletter Editor for four years.  

Ms. Drennen is a sought-after watercolor workshop instructor throughout the region. Many of her award winning paintings hang in private and corporate collections across the United States and abroad.  She was the artist of choice to paint a commission commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Pearson Lakes Art Center, Okoboji, IA and the original of Just Waiting is part of the permanent collection.  

Ms. Drennen resides in LeMars where she creates paintings in her home-based Watermark Studio. In her spare time she enjoys playing her flute and the piano.