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Santa Tray Table

This is a little tray table that I painted last week to donate to the Blue Ridge Arts Council for their “Deck the Halls” fundraiser tonight.  They will have many beautiful trees and wreathes that are decorated and ready for the holidays.  And there will be other great holiday items for sale as well.

Go tonight at 7 pm and buy one and support the arts in Front Royal-Warren County.

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Here are two more crochet stitches that are fast, easy and beautiful that we will be learning at the upcoming crochet class.  (You can see more about that here.)

If you are looking for a quick yet beautiful design to whip up some lap throws or blankets then these are for you.  Come join us on Tuesday, December 1st at 5:30 at The Studio….and get your crochet on!!!

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Who knew that a dozen painters could make so much noise!!!

Great job kids.  The windows look great!   And thanks Town of Front Royal for giving these kids such a public place to show off their art.

 

 

 

 

 

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Relay for Life Sample Painting

Relay for Life Sample Painting

Last night I was invited by the organizers of the “Relay for Life” committee to do a demonstration painting for their kick-off meeting.  Their theme this year is “Paint Your World Purple”.  So I did a demo of what our mountains would look like purple.  Here is the sample painting I did for them.   After the demo we invited people to paint with paper and create an inspirational piece to take with them.  Here are some of the wonderful collages they created. wpid-wp-1447764332383.jpg wpid-wp-1447765507608.jpg wpid-wp-1447765508070.jpg wpid-wp-1447765508415.jpg wpid-wp-1447765508752.jpg wpid-wp-1447765509089.jpg wpid-wp-1447764332837.jpg wpid-wp-1447764333610.jpg wpid-wp-1447764333947.jpg

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Van Gogh's Starry Night

Van Gogh’s Starry Night

There are so many thoughts and explanations on why so many people are drawn to Van Gogh’s Starry Night.  Here is  really interesting one.  Be sure to when you click this link to read it that you also watch the short video explanation.  Fascinating!

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Granny Stripe & Double Crochet pattern in bulky yarn

Granny Stripe & Double Crochet pattern in bulky yarn

Close up of pattern

Close up of pattern

Granny Stripe & Double Crochet pattern in worsted weight yarn

Granny Stripe & Double Crochet pattern in worsted weight yarn

Blanket with edging

Blanket with edging

Just completed a crocheted Granny Stripe Combo pattern in a blanket for an upcoming crochet class at The Studio.  I was asked by a couple of our best clients to offer some options for a simple yet beautiful pattern for blankets and lap throws.

I saw this one several times on Pinterest and loved the look of it with the change in colors and raised stitches from the pattern change.  Plus the best part is that it is all double crochet stitches and a great way to learn one of the hardest things for new crocheters – where to put the last stitch on a row in order to keep the edges straight.

A bonus for the class will be this very easy but nice edging that can be used on most any blanket.  The date for this class will be announced soon.

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Snowman Time

Lone Snowman

Lone Snowman

A fun little snowman painting that I worked up for an upcoming private birthday paint party.  They requested a snowman.

Part of the fun of doing private paint parties is hearing people’s ideas on what they would like to paint.  I love their ideas.

Check out information here for holding a paint party for you and your friends and family.

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Logan

Hannah

Hannah

Logan and Hannah have both been painting with me for several years.

They moved from the kids class to the adult class a few years ago and they are doing terrific work.  They love a challenge and take on detailed pieces.

Logan is a fan of silent movies and has reproduced and old silent movie poster and Hannah worked up a beautiful streetscape.

Terrific work girls!

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Amedeo Modigliani’s “Nu Couché” (1917-18). Credit via Christie’s

Amedeo Modigliani’s “Nu Couché” (1917-18). Credit via Christie’s

“A painting of an outstretched nude woman by the early-20th-century artist Amedeo Modigliani sold on Monday night for $170.4 million with fees to Liu Yiqian, a former taxi driver turned billionaire art collector, in a packed sales room at Christie’s. It was the second-highest price paid for an artwork at auction.”

“The sale propelled Modigliani into the $100 Million at Auction Club, whose members include Picasso (three times), Bacon, Giacometti (three times), Warhol and Munch.”  Read the New York Times article here.  Fascinating!

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Chamber of Commerce's Women in the Know

Chamber of Commerce’s Women in the Know

The Chamber of Commerce’s “Women in the  Know” gather every quarter to network and learn.  Last night they painted.  And they painted some wonderful fall river scenes.  Great job everyone!

Paint Parties are great way to bring people together.  Learn more about how to schedule a Paint Party for your friends and family here.  

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