Liz's Hydrangeas GroupLiz's Hydrangeas 1One of my favorite Paint Party students,  Liz, set up a private  party for her support group and friends on Monday.  They painted hydrangeas.  Many of them had never painted before…and they loved it….and did GREAT!  Good job everyone.

Roosters everywhere at The Studio this weekend.  Denise taught us to us paper to paint and there were so many amazing Roosters that came out of the session.  Just take a look!

If you missed this one Denise will be back on September 11th to do it again…and you will have choices of subjects.  WooHoo!  Check it out here.

Saturday we had our Pet Portrait Paint  Party and boy did these painters create some wonderful portraits.  And here is the thing:  A couple of these people have NEVER painted before!  See, you can do it!!!!  Why not give it a try.  The next one is October 15th.  Click here to register. 


Jean Jacoby is the only artist to win two gold medals. He won his second with the above drawing, titled Rugby.

Did you know that there was a time that artists, musicians, architects, writers, etc. competed in the Summer games?  I didn’t!  Amazing.  I just read an article about it where they competed from 1912 – 1948.  Here is some info about it.

And click here for more info including a list of winners including the following categories:  mixed architecture, town planning, dramatic literature, mixed music, composition for orchestra, drawing and watercolors, paintings, and mixed sculpturing.



TB Rivver 2TB Rivver 1We had an enthusiastic group at The Studio last night for a Corporate Team Building exercise.  Our friends from The River 95.3  in Front Royal came together to paint this wonderful image of “The River” which will hang at their Studio on Elm Street. Each person had  one section to complete and by communicating and working together they were able to turn their one little section into a fabulous large painting that looks GREAT!!!!  Just look at how awesome it turned out.

Nice work everyone….and thanks for the laughs.  I have never worked with a group where almost every time I used a word or two or a phrase to describe a part of what were to do someone in the group would break into lyrics of a song that related to it.  Radio people…you all are so much fun!

Yesterday we had a private party.  It was a special one as Ty was visiting from Brooklyn with his “Virginia mom”, Kimberly.  And their friend Josh joined in at the party too.

Ty is Kim’s “Fresh Air Fund” son.   I learned from their website that “since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities. At Fresh Air camps in Fishkill, NY, and with volunteer host families along the East Coast and Southern Canada, Fresh Air kids learn new skills, discover talents, build confidence, make friends and have fun. During the school year, The Fresh Air Fund continues to support students through tutoring, mentoring and leadership programs.”

What a terrific program!  And what a terrific thing that Kimberly is doing with these kids.  Ty was delightful and told me about all the many things they have been doing since he’s been visiting in Virginia.

Making Plans

After being away from The Studio for a few weeks recuperating I have had time to think about new ideas of things I’d like to try at The Studio.  I’d like to know what you want to see us add to the calendar.  Please take a minute to take this poll and let us know what interests you.  And thanks.