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Vest in cotton yarn

Vest in cotton yarn

Vest in bulky yarn

Vest in bulky yarn

I found a super Lion Brand pattern for a crochet vest that I really love.  I made it with bulky yarn (as the pattern called for) and was so pleased when it was finished.  It’s REALLY heavy.  And I like the design so much that I reworked the pattern to make it in cotton so I can wear it in the spring.  Here they are!

And here is the link to the original pattern.  Enjoy!

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March Pet PartyWe had a super fun “Paint Your Pet’s Portrait” Party yesterday at The Studio in Front Royal.  Everyone did a superb job!  I love seeing people paint portraits of the pets they love so much and hearing their stories.  It is so much fun.  Consider joining us for the next one.  We have a Pet Portrait Party every 3rd Saturday.  Why don’t you come?

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Spring Cotton Shawl

Summer Cotton Shawl

Summer Cotton Shawl

For years I would only crochet in the winter time because I mainly used wool or acrylic yarn and it is heavy and hot.  But several years ago I got hooked on cotton yarn.  It is lightweight and fun to work with.  I just finished this Spring Cotton Shawl altering a pattern I saw that I really liked from using acrylic holding two strands of yarn to the cotton instead.  I like the way it turned out especially since this was a Yarn Buster for me using up some leftover colors from previous projects.  You can find the original pattern here.

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Butterfly on Hydrangea

Butterfly on Hydrangea

Wildflowers Along the Road

Wildflowers Along the Road

Here is what the Kid’s Art Class painted over the last few weeks.  They are doing fabulous work, don’t you think?

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Beach Scene II

Beach Scene II

We had a new student in our morning painting class yesterday.  And when someone  new joins the class I usually paint along with them on the first painting they do so as to show them how to color mix and use brushes, etc.  She chose a beach scene as her first painting.  The one she did has just the dune on the left but before the evening painting class I worked on it a little more and added a little more interest.

So this is “Beach Scene II”, acrylic on canvas panel, 8″x10″.

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Guy Wiggins, Snow on Wall Street

Guy Wiggins, Snow on Wall Street

John Marin, Related to St Pauls

John Marin, Related to St Pauls

Last Tuesday evening I attended the first in a series of lectures at our library about American Modern Art.  (Read that here.)  Last night was the second lecture in the series.  The subject was “The Modern Metropolis” and the focus was New York City.  This very interesting series is an eye-opening for those of us attending about the drastic differences that emerged in the art world in the early 1900′.  It’s fascinating to see the same subject matter depicted by different artists of the same time.  Here is a great example:  one by Guy Wiggins  and the other by John Marin’s during the same time period and basically the same subject matter.  What a different view!  Art was taking a distinct turn!

 

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Gayl with Hunter

Gayl with Hunter

This is Gayl with her kitty, Hunter.  Gayl painted this pet portrait at the last “Paint Your Pet’s Portrait” Party and she came to Open Studio last Friday to put some finishing touches on him.  Doesn’t he look GREAT?!

Good job Gayl.  Remember everyone that every 3rd Saturday we have a “Paint Your Pet’s Portrait” Paint Party.  Be sure to reserve early as space is limited.

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