Two wonderful and very different artists share a birthday today – Edward Hopper and Alexander Calder.

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper (July 22, 1882 – May 15, 1967) was a prominent American realist painter and printmaker. While he was most popularly known for his oil paintings, he was equally proficient as a watercolorist.  Both in his urban and rural scenes, his spare and finely calculated renderings reflected his personal vision of modern American life.  See more here.

Calder Mobile

Calder Mobile

Alexander Calder ( July 22, 1898 – November 11, 1976) was an American sculptor known as the originator of the  mobile, a type of kinetic sculpture made with delicately balanced or suspended components which move in response to motor power or air currents. Calder’s stationary sculptures are called stabiles. He also produced numerous wire figures, notably for a miniature circus.  More about Calder here.


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4 Years Ago

Abraham Lincoln Walker

Abraham Lincoln Walker

Lincoln looking handsome in a blue sweater

Lincoln looking handsome in a blue sweater

Lincoln in the snow Copy of Lincoln playing with duck 1 4 Lincolns Lincoln's mess 2 Lincoln and the Fish 1 Lincoln I got the chickenFriday was the 4th anniversary of Lincoln’s Adoption Day.  Apologies to Mr. Lincoln for letting it get by without a huge celebration.  We have been dealing with a LOT this weekend and now it’s time to make up for it.

Lincoln is quite a character but a VERY loving little boy.

He wants nothing more than to be loved by everyone.  We have painted Lincoln several time over the years…especially in the kids class.

Ethan and Lincoln

Ethan and Lincoln

He makes a great subject.

So Happy 4th Anniversary Lincoln.  We are so glad you are part of our family!!!

July "Paint Your Pet Portrait" Party

July “Paint Your Pet Portrait” Party

We had a wonderful group for our “Paint Your Own Pet’s Portrait” Party yesterday.  It was great fun!!!

Thanks everyone for the good time.


Zoey with Painting of “Old #40″

Zoeys Photo for Camp Cow

Reference Photo of “Old #40″

I had a small but talented group for the two-day Art Camp this week.  Zoey, a new student for me, did a fabulous job painting a cow from her grandparents farm and their cute chocolate lab pup, Lincoln.

Zoey and Lincoln

Zoey and Lincoln

Great job!



Logan and the Carnival Painting

Logan and the Carnival Painting

Logan, a long-time art student and VERY talented painter, chose to paint an interesting view of the carnival.  So clever.  Super work Logan.


Kids Class BeachKids art class painted a beach scene yesterday and a fine job they did!  Good work everyone.

We have art class for kids every Thursday afternoon from 4:15-5:15 at The Studio at 105 E Main Street.  If you have a budding artist consider signing them up.  More info here.

Art Camp Week 1 Final Day Trading CardsThere are just 3 weeks of Art Camp left this summer.  And they are almost full so if you know of a young painter (ages 7-13) you need to sign them up.  You can find all the information you need to know on the Art Camp page by clicking here.

These are the dates and age groups still open:

Ages 5 – 7  (10 a.m.- Noon)  $50 per session  -  

August 11 – 12-   Post-Impressionists (Matisse  & Van Gogh)

Ages 8 – 13  (9 a.m. – Noon)   $150 per session - 

July 21 – 24 – Local Flavor (Paint Your Own Pet Portrait or House)

August 4 – 7  -  Famous Painters (Cassett, Van Gogh, Manet)

It is so much fun and the kids create some fabulous art!  Don’t wait.  Sign up today.

Charlee and SophiaThis has been the week for former students returning to paint with me at The Studio.   (See Olivia’s painting here.)  Charlee was one of my very first students.  She used to come to my house and my basset hound, Truman, would love her.  He loved kids!

And now Charlee is all grown up and she brought her friend Sophia to have a private lesson yesterday.  It was great seeing them and helping them paint.  We hope to get together again in the next few days to complete the paintings.