Janice Blue RibbonYesterday Jan, one of my Wednesday morning art students, shared with me her success!

Great job Jan….a blue ribbon from this year’s fair.  Good work!

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20140819_083027 I recently received a commission to paint a scene from Harrisonburg with the mountains in the background.   It is a graduation gift.  It took a little longer than normal because it’s a larger painting, 18″x24″ acrylic on canvas.

JMU Cont 20140818_120501 20140818_142616 20140818_153223You can see the progress in these photos:


Studio with New Sign Left 1Since The Studio opened on August 1st we have had all sorts of exciting and creative classes from painting to cupcake decorating to yard art totem making to social media seminars and much more.  It’s hard to believe we are packing so much fun into that little building but we are.

So don’t miss out.  Take a look at the calendar for the rest of this month and beyond and you will see we have even more great workshops and classes planned.  Coming up is Intro to Digital Photography and Bookbinding and Embroidery and Marketing and……

Take a look by clicking here.

"Chickens in the Road" photo by Suzanne McMinn

“Chickens in the Road”
photo by Suzanne McMinn

It’s time to register now to go learn at the Chickens in the Road Farm!  I will be teaching again with my friend Suzanne McMinn at Sassafras Farm in West Virginia in September and October.  Here is the info that Suzanne just posted on her blog:  Chickens in the Road

Primitives & Pioneers Retreat — Canning, Cooking, Arts and Crafts!
September 13 – September 14, 2014 OR October 11 – October 12, 2014

This retreat will span two days, offered in both September and October, taking you from the kitchen, to the woods, and to the art easel with workshops including “Oh, Pioneer”–including corn cob jelly, hand-dipped tapers, homemade potpourri, rustic breads, fresh lard, and burnt sugar cake, along with “Let’s Paint Primitive”–an awesome art experience in which you’ll be led step-by-step to create two works of art, one on canvas and one on a old-fashioned bucket. (No prior experience required!)  Three meals per day are included along with all your supplies, materials, and take-home projects. All workshops and activities will take place at Sassafras Farm in Roane County, West Virginia.  Click here for information on registration.  


Pet Portraits

2014-08-16 18 46 30What fun we had yesterday painting Pet Portraits.  Here are some of the wonderful paintings.

Great job everyone!!!

Horse Portrait A few weeks ago a gentleman came by The Studio asking about portraits.  He had a pretty faint photo of a horse that belongs to his daughter and he wanted it done for her birthday.  This is the horse.  I do quite a few dog portraits, even some cats but very seldom do I get to do a horse.

They were very happy with the results.

Cupcake Decorating 2Yesterday I had  a chance to help with the “Cupcake Critters” decorating class at The Studio.  What fun!  We made frogs and horses and lions and dogs and Angry Birds and more.


Cupcake Critters by Ruth Wahl

The kids had fun making cupcakes to take home for dessert…and maybe they ate a little icing along the way.  :-)