Happy Leap Year! It’s always such an odd thing. And the history of Leap Year is quite interesting. Read more about it here.
I am very superstitious. (Thanks Granny!) So here are some Leap Year Superstitions for you.
We’ve had a couple of Private Paint Parties this week. The first one was last Thursday with a group of friends who painted The Snowman. Awesome!
And yesterday we had a Pet Portrait Private Party with family and friends. Great work by everyone.
Private Parties are so much fun! You can put one together for your friends. Click here for more information.
I know it’s hard to believe but Spring is coming. I just completed a couple of sample paintings for upcoming Paint Parties …. and the are both spring themed! It won’t be long now.
This one is Apple Blossoms. We’ll all be ready to paint this soon.
I missed wishing Renoir a Happy Birthday yesterday. We shouldn’t let the day pass without recognizing his wonderful talent. “Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born in Limoges, Haute-Viene, France, the child of a working-class family. As a boy, he worked in a porcelain factory where his drawing talents led to his being chosen to paint designs on fine china. Before he enrolled in art school, he also painted hangings for overseas missionaries and decorations on fans. During those early years, he often visited the Louvre to study the French master painters.” Read more about Renoir here.
What strikes me most now about Renoir is all that I have read about his late life when he developed rheumatoid arthritis but continued to work by strapping brushes to his hands when he could no longer hold them. Amazing!
Here are three pictures of Renoir. A photograph taken near the end of his life. The others are two self-portraits (selfies!)..one from 1875 and the other in 1899.
Let them PAINT cake! And that is just what the kids did yesterday. They did a fine job. Just look at these delicious paintings!!!
There are some terrific classes happening at The Studio besides art! This weekend Denise Kupiszewski taught us how to make these beautiful mini mosaic jewelry pendants and earrings. Fabulous!
I love the set that I made. Denise is offering an “Art & Tea” series so she will be at The Studio each month to offer something fun and new. Keep an eye on calendar and be sure to join us to create your own fabulous pieces. Next month we’ll be doing Wire-Wrapped Rings & Earrings and she’ll repeat the Pocket Watch Pendant class. All of that will be on March 20th. Check out the calendar here.