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Table Runner 5After the last few Rag Quilt classes we were asked to have a “regular” quilting class.  Of course, traditional quilting is more detailed than the simplicity of Rag Quilts but they are great fun to make and there are so many variations.  This pieced quilted table runner is a good example of a beginning quilting project…and just in time for Memorial Day and the 4th of July!  Click here to register for this two-part class on Monday, May 15th and 22nd.


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SNP 1st Overlook 1.jpgSometimes a last minute drive up in the Shenandoah National Park produces some terrific painting ideas.  This is one from late yesterday afternoon.

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I paint many demonstration paintings as I teach and most of the time I don’t go back and finish them up because I don’t usually have time before I am on to something else.  But occasionally I will go in and tighten up one or two so that they are a little more complete.  Here are a few that I did add a little more to recently.  You can see the original posts for these paintings here:  Still Life,  Sailboat Landscape, and Tulips.

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20170413_064052Working on a new spring painting.  This will be a great party idea!

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Miss Clara

Today I am reposting this one from 5 years ago because it’s about Clara. I got calls from her sons yesterday letting me know that she has left us. She was 96. We will miss her so much…

"A Place for Learning"

When I moved to Front Royal almost 15 years ago into a quiet little established neighborhood the first person to come to welcome me was my across the street neighbor, Clara Larsen.  She was friendly and warm and made me feel like I belonged.

Over the years Clara and I became really great friends.  We had lots in common:  the love of politics (even though our views were far apart) and art (she too is a painter).  We would go to events together and sometimes just have a glass of wine at the end of the day.

Clara, who turned 92 on Monday, is moving today.  I see the moving truck across the street as I type this.  It’s a sad sight.  She is delighted about the move and change.  She is going to Elkton, Maryland to be nearer one of her sons.  She’s excited about her new apartment, excited…

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Easter PP“Easter Sunrise” is the piece we painted yesterday at our 1st Saturday Paint Party.  Everyone did a terrific job on it.  Great work!

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RappCell May PaintingHere is a new vineyard painting that I worked up yesterday for another Paint Party coming up at Rappahannock Cellars.  We’ll be doing this one in May.  More details on the party soon.

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