George W. Bush didn’t start painting until after he left the White House when he read Winston Churchill’s Painting as a Pastime. (Here’s a blog post we wrote about that book a few years ago.) He found that he loved painting and jumped in with both feet the way many of us do once we discover painting. He has spent the last year painting portraits of veterans in an attempt to bring attention to wounded veterans and profits from this book will be donated to the Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Great idea! His book is released today. Read and see more about it here.
Archive for February, 2017
We painted beautiful Hollyhocks yesterday with a fun bunch of ladies. Great work everyone!
Over the past few weeks I have been working with students from the Virginia International Academy. VIA is full immersion boarding school for ESL high school students preparing them to enter mainstream academic programs. (You can read more about it here). These students want to go on to study some form of art eventually so they come to The Studio for lessons for 10 weeks while attending VIA. They did a fabulous job on our painting of this craggy old tree.
We had a wonderful crowd of ladies who painted these fabulous winter scenes at The Studio last night. Great work everyone! And many thanks for allowing me the intermission during the party to walk down the street for the Pawcasso reception. I appreciate your understanding. 🙂
The Studio is sponsoring a really fun event for the Humane Society of Warren County – PAWCASSO. When Lavenda Denney approached me last year about her idea for this project she knew she had me at art and rescue pets. She wanted to have the available animals at the shelter “paint” works of art to sell at a show at the arts council. I loved the idea and agreed to sponsor it right away but also suggested we take it a little further by offering private lessons for people who already have pets. So The Studio provided 10 sessions to people who would pre-purchase a large (18″ x 24″) painting with their pets. The pets had a private lesson with me and we created the large work of art. And it’s no surprise that those sold out. We have had so much fun with this project. And tonight is the reception from 6-9 pm at The Blue Ridge Arts Council at 405 E Main St. You don’t want to miss it! You have to see this art and these wonderful small works are for sale. Please come. Here are some of the painters at their session. LOL!
Prepared this painting as a sample for an upcoming Easter Paint Party. What do you think?