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Shades of Maple

16 Sep

This was a piece I started as a demo painting for a workshop I led (shame) last fall.  I am only getting around to completing it because has a challenge for fall leaves for September!..  I am really glad they did this as I finally dusted it off and worked it through.  It was pretty basic until this morning… I worked all day and am happy with the finished word!  The hardest part was titling –once again


Garden Workshop and WIP Drama Queen Update 2

8 Jul

Such a wonderful weekend!

We had a garden worksop scheduled for yesterday – only to have to reschedule until today because of potential thunderstorms.  And I am so glad we did!   Thunder raging overhead and torrential rain!  Today was somewhat calmer and with so much less humidity.  Had a somewhat smaller group thatn we expected and it was wonderful.  We got to laugh, share a pot luck lunch and get to know each other.  Good times!

We worked diligently, weighted our material and lunches down with rocks and painted the day away. Some worked in watercolors, some worked with acrylics as watercolor.

And we had a surprise visitor.  Took our breath away! We could not believe how close she came to us.





I have also been slowly picking away at Drama Queen, the Dizzy Lily.  I have discovered that at this time of year, I am not a fair weather painter.  In fact, the nicer the day the less likely I am to paint.  Round here summer is like a religion – if the sun is out then  so are we,  we devour every freaking sun ray!  Winters are long… spring is wet and foggy and well summer can be just as wet and foggy.


Workshops by Design – Custom Workshops

19 Jan

This past weekend, I hosted a small acrylic workshop in my studio.  I had been approached by four watercolor painters looking to broaden their base of acrylic knowledge and skills – focusing on skies and water.

This is a fun approach to workshops, gather a few like-minded friends and reach out. So, for a fee per person ($75) for a full day (up to four) and the fifth person is free – materials may be included depending on the type of workshop (except for brushes).  This fee structure is a work in progress… still thinking it through, but you  get the idea.

This approach to workshops also works for themed events – gather you friends for a winter, Christmas, spring, bridal shower..Halloween etc., themed painting event.  Makes for a fun day of creativity and at the end of the session you have a completed seasonal painting. The paintings below are the two from each of the four participants this past weekend.  They started a third as well and are completing on their own.

I love workshops – seeing different people painting the same or similar subject and yet the end results are so different! They painted until they were tuckered out but  left with smiles are thinking of what may be next……

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