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Rag Quilt - Orange 2 Rag Quilt - Cat Brown 2 Rag Quilt - Dog Black Red 1I spent most of this weekend sewing Rag Quilts.  Lots of fabric in my stash and a free day on Saturday got me busy making them.

Since the class last month I have had several requests so here are a few that available in my online store.  Just click on the photo and that will take you to the store for more information and photos of each lap quilt.  Thanks!

American Flamingo, John J Audubon

American Flamingo, John J Audubon

Wild Turkey, John J Audubon

Wild Turkey, John J Audubon

Born on this day in 1785, John James Audubon is recognized for his detailed study of American Birds and his watercolors and drawings of them.  Read more about his fascinating life here.

His book, Birds of America (1827-1839) is considered the finest ornithological work ever written. He identified 25 new species.  Take a minute to click the link to Birds of America or his life above and enjoy his wonderful work.  Happy Birthday JJA!

Ocean View

2015-04-18 12 26 22_resizedThis little painting called “Ocean View” is a paint-along piece I did with the class at The Village at Orchard Ridge recently.  They pick and we paint!  This one is oil on canvas measuring 11″x14″.

Open StudioToday is Open Studio day at The Studio-The Place for Learning.  Open Studio is from 10 am – 1 pm and is a time where creative people can come together to work on projects while socializing and sharing ideas.  If you like to create having a place to share ideas and create will improve your skills.

Need help finding the time to paint…or to catch up on that knitting or crochet project?  If you need a place to let your creativity shine or just a little down-time to work on your project without the distractions of home then Open Studio time offers the solution. We do this on the 2nd and 4th Fridays. Having several hours to create with other inspired artists helps to keep your creative juices flowing. .Ideas get tossed around; lots of laughing occurs; FUN!

While instruction and supplies are not included in Open Studio time there is always someone there that will offer advice if asked.  You are welcome to use any of our rotating galleries of paintings for inspiration or flip through the many reference books that are available. Ample space is provided for you to bring your own snacks and beverages.

Come create with us!  We love the company.

Kids Paint Bluebells

Kids Paint Bluebells

Bluebell Reference Photo with Lincoln and Jed

Bluebell Reference Photo with Lincoln and Jed

Almost every morning I walk my dogs along a path at the Shenandoah River down to the Dog Park.  They love it and so do I.  It’s a beautiful place in any season but it’s particularly lovely right now as the Bluebells are blooming.  I posted several photos on my Facebook page earlier this week (check that out here) and everyone thought it would make a great painting.  So at Kid’s Painting class yesterday they painted it.  Great job everyone!

Side Table

Side Table

Sewing Box

Sewing Box

Night Stand

Night Stand

Here is some more of Cindy’s work.  She painted several pieces of furniture while visiting this past week.  I love them all.  Some I may not be able to part with!

Tray Table

Tray Table

20150421_055410_resizedWe have had an artist from Charleston visiting with us this past week.  And when she hasn’t been busy teaching classes (see that here and here) and visiting friends she has been busy working on projects at my house.  Look at all the things she has gotten done in just a couple of days.  WOW!  Thanks Cindy.  We love it!