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Embroidery Wildflower Sampler

Embroidery Wildflower Sampler

For the past few weeks I have been working on demonstration samples for several upcoming retreats where I will teach.  We will be doing all kinds of creative things from painting to crochet to embroidery to sewing.  Trying to get all this done while also keeping up with my regular classes has been hectic.

Here is a little “Wildflower Sampler” in embroidery that we will be doing at a Retreat this summer at Sassafras Farm in West Virginia.  It’s very sweet!

More details on the Retreats in West Virginia coming soon.  Here is a link to the Retreat coming up at The Studio.

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2015-02-25 19 43 56_resized At Kids Class we painted a swimming baby duck this week.  Look  at the great job these painters did on this one!

Kids Art Class is every Wednesday from 4:15-5:15 pm at The Studio.

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PatI love baby goats.  They are just the cutest little things.  And Pat painted two recently.  Her daughter has a little farm and has baby goats that look just like these.  So adorable.  Great job Pat!

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Happy Birthday Renoir!

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Renoir painting in later years with brushes tied to hand

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Luncheon of the Boating Party, oil, 51″ x 68″, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

** Pierre Auguste Renoir  was born February 25, 1841 in  Limoges, France.  He was a French painter  and one of the central figures of the impressionist movement (a French art movement of the second half of the nineteenth century whose members sought in their works to represent the first impression of an object upon the viewer). His work is characterized by a richness of feeling and a warmth of response to the world and to the people in it.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, (1841-1919) “Girl with a Watering Can”  oil on canvas  41”x29” Painted in 1876 National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, (1841-1919)
“Girl with a Watering Can”
oil on canvas
41”x29”
Painted in 1876
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

His early works were typically Impressionist snapshots of real life, full of sparkling colour and light. By the mid-1880s, however, he had broken with the movement to apply a more disciplined, formal technique to portraits and figure paintings, particularly of women.

Renoir was so passionate about painting that he even continued when he was old and suffering from severe arthritis. Renoir then painted with the brush tied to his wrists.

** This information from “The Complete Works” website.  Click on Renoir’s name above to read and see more.

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Jean's FlowersThis photo was recently posted on Facebook by a dear friend in Nashville who has this little painting that I did when I first started painting.  I’m not sure if there is a date on it but I would guess it was in the early 1990’s.  I am delighted that Jean is still enjoying this little piece of art.  Thanks for sharing it with me Jean.  It made my day to see it.

 

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Students wrapping up painting

Students wrapping up painting

Demo Painting for TVOR

Demo Painting for TVOR

The demonstration painting from The Village at Orchard Ridge class is finally complete. (Here is an earlier look at this painting.)  Since we only meet 2 Fridays per month it takes a little longer to complete these.  And I want to be sure the students get their painting to the place they want it to be before we call it done.  They all did great!

Now to see what they want to paint next!

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Appliqued Sweater -Bird

Appliqued Sweater -Bird

Detail of Applique Bird

Detail of Applique Bird

I got to play a little with free form applique this week.  I have been reading about it lately and wanted to give it a try so I found this plain sweater and decided to embellish it with a little birdie.  I like it.  Now I want to try more.

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