Archive for February, 2014

Gretchen with her "Alpine View"

Gretchen with her “Alpine View”

Kathy with her "Cat in the Door"

Kathy with her “Cat in the Door”

I love helping my students create beautiful paintings each week in class.  For those who don’t know in our weekly art classes each student paints whatever subject matter they prefer and I help each person individually instead of everyone painting the same thing as we do at the Paint Parties.  This allows each painter to have something they really want when they complete a painting rather than just the subjects that I select.

Here are a couple of really nice ones that Gretchen and Kathy completed this past week.  Great job!!!

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CAM06432The 1st Saturday Paint Party is this Saturday, March 1st at 3 pm at the Blue Ridge Arts Council.  This month we will be painting a landscape.  There are 2 spaces left in this session so if you are interested in painting with us contact me right away.  We would love for you to join us.

Take a look here at last month’s results.  Paint Parties are a great way for you to try painting.  We provide all the supplies.  You just show up and HAVE FUN!

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P1010870 P1010868If you recall, I had an interesting commission before Christmas from a gentleman to paint three paintings for his family of scenes from North Carolina where they spent time as kids and that had meaning for them.  (See the posts for those paintings here, 2nd one here, and the last here.)  I got the nicest email from him this past week and he gave me permission to share it:

“I just got back from visiting my family in North Carolina and thought you would like to see us  (me, my brothers and my 97-year-old Mother) all holding our paintings. My youngest brother has promised to put them in rustic frames of Rhododendron he is making.  Thanks again.”
What a treat to hear this!  Thanks Worth.

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Chickens at Sassafras Farm

I’ve been invited to teach again at a creative retreat with my friend Suzanne McMinn of Chickens in the Road fame.  The Creative Blast Retreat will be Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, and will feature cooking like Julia Child and painting on canvas as well as gourds.  Read all about the retreat here.  Space is limited to a dozen or so people so instruction will be very personal.  Be sure to sign up quickly if you are interested.  You don’t want to miss it as it’s held at Suzanne’s Sassafras Farm where we will be surrounded by animals.

Here is just some of what you will learn in the cooking portion of the retreat:  “Breadbaking – yeast dough from French-style loaves, baguettes to various types of rolls and even pizza; Cakes – Julia’s famous chocolate cake;  Dessert – creme brulee and any kind of mousse;  Main Dish – classic chicken fricassee!

And on top of that we will also be painting!  Doesn’t this sound like a fun 2 days?!  Join us.

(You can read here about past retreats that I taught there.  )

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CAM06368I finally got back to the demonstration painting from the 1st Saturday Paint Party and finished it up.  I often start demo paintings while teaching and don’t get back to them to finish because I get busy helping students complete theirs.  I like this one and wanted to wrap it up.

The next 1st Saturday Paint Party is this Saturday, March 1 at 4 pm.  There are a few spaces left to paint a landscape this time so register today.

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Hats Off!

CAM06354Yesterday I attended an event with women owned businesses with an emphasis on specialty items…like my hats.  This was what I have been making hats for over the last few weeks.  There are still some hats available and you can see them at Delilah’s.  Still a little more cold weather coming this winter so  you might as well look good in it!  🙂

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Apple Cinnamon Bread

CAM06335I don’t know about you but I am always seeing these really good-looking recipes that friends share on Facebook or Pinterest.  I have tried a few and they are never as good as they look.  But I recently ran across this one that is AMAZING!  I have made it several times and it doesn’t last long.  It’s great for a breakfast bread or a dessert.  Hope you enjoy it too!  You can print the Apple Cinnamon Bread recipe at this link.

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