Archive for July, 2016


I have worked on several hydrangea paintings this week in preparation for a private Paint Party coming up tomorrow with a good friend and a large group of her friends from Lake Frederick.  I’m looking forward to it.  Part of the fun of hosting Paint Parties is coming up with interesting subject matter that can be simplified so that even people who have never painted before can create a successful painting.  That’s what we are good at doing at The Studio and we love it!  (And please don’t forget to vote for us in the poll.  You can vote each day.  Click here and vote in categories # 3, 29, 49, 97, and 105.  Many thanks!)

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Best of Ribbon 16-1WOW!  Every year the Northern Virginia Daily has a poll where the community votes for the “Best of”  businesses in the area. We are thrilled that The Studio has been nominated in several categories and we can use your help.  Please take a minute to vote for us in the following categories:

#3 Activities for Kids

#29 Business Owner

#49 Customer Service

#97 Kids Party Venue

# 105 Local Artist/Drawing.

There are many other great businesses in Front Royal to vote for too. We would really appreciate the support.  Just click here to vote and you can vote every day on your phone, laptop and desktop.  This type of publicity really helps a small  business like mine so your votes are MUCH APPRECIATED!

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Camp 6 Day 4 OKeeffe Calla Lily.jpgYesterday was the last day of Art Camp for this summer.  We had a fabulous group of painters who created amazing paintings.  Great job everyone!

And yesterday the girls painted this O’Keeffe Calla Lily.  Isn’t it beautiful??!!

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Camp 6 Day 3 Pissaro Windmill.jpgYesterday at Camp we studied Pissaro and recreated a lovely painting that he did in 1894 called Windmill at Knokke, Belgium.  And these young painters did a terrific job with it.  Take a  look!

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Camp 6 Day 2 Cezanne Still Life

Painting like Cezanne

Yesterday we studied Cezanne at Art Camp and painted Apples & Pear, a still life, just like Cezanne’s.  And these kids are AMAZING!  Look at what a great job they all did.

Camp 6 Collage 2

Collage Bird

And when we had a few extra minutes at the end of Monday and Tuesdays sessions we put it to good use and created a collage painting of this little bird.  Beautiful!

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Camp 6 Day 1 OKeeffe Barn.jpgWe studied Georgia O’Keeffe at Art Camp yesterday and recreated the beautiful Red Barn that she painted in 1928.  They look GREAT!  Nice work painters.

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PP Private We had a terrific group painting Pet Portraits at  a private party yesterday at The Studio.  Super work!

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BG1BG2BG3BG4BG5BG6BG7Yesterday I drove over to Belle Grove in Middletown to deliver some art for an upcoming event called “Art in the Barn” that they are having there. I happened upon a reenactment weekend.  It was quite a sight to see….impressive with the huge mansion on one side of the field and a big red barn on the other with tons of tents in between.  You have to wonder is that what it looked like all those years ago?!     Wow!

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NFCU.jpgWe had a great time with the group from Navy Federal Credit Union last night at a private Paint Party at The Studio.  Nice work!!!

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Yesterday at Sophia’s private lesson we had fun with something different – collage!  We did these great little paper collage dogs.  It was lots of fun.  Here is  Sophia with her really cute piece and a close-up of mine.  Great work girl!!!!

And here is a couple of photos of Sophia and Joey with their work from the last several weeks.  They are creating some beautiful works of art!

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