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Beach Scenes

20170613_110424We painted beach scenes at a special class yesterday at The Studio with a day care group.  From time to time we get special groups in for a class.  They did a great job painting this summer scene.  Good work everyone!

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The very first Paint Party ever at Capon Springs was a HUGE success!  The painters were terrific and did a fabulous job creating a beautiful work of art featuring the Band Stand at the Resort.

Capon Springs is an all inclusive family mountain resort …. and while it is only about 32 miles from Front Royal it seems a really long way away.  It’s like going back in time.  I told my friend who went last night to help with the Paint Party that it is “32 miles and 6 decades away”!  It’s wonderful.  You can learn more about it here.  We had a grand time enjoying dinner there before the Paint Party.  It was delightful to see all these multi-generational families sitting together passes plates and bowls of food around the table and having conversations while dining.  I am thrilled that Jonathan, one of the owners of this gem, has invited me to come back and teach again.

I’ll be back for another Paint Party and we will also be offering a multi disciplined Art Week in the Fall.  Stay tuned for more info soon.  You will definitely want to plan to go for a few days.

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We made a quick trip to the Quilt Show in Chantilly yesterday.  It was the first time I had been and I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the quilts on display.  The amazing work that went into these beautiful creations was too hard to even describe.  Here is just a sampling of what I saw.

And speaking of sampling…… I am obsessed with these sampler quilts.  I think this is the  next big project.  And of course, there were wonderful vendors with terrific new projects for us to try. 20170604_185539 I particularly love the things at “Epicurean Boutique”.  Patty Vatter had the most glorious patterns for handwork.  You  need to check her out on Facebook to catch her next show.

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We painted a floral painting this week in the style of Matisse.  The kids got to pick their colors and they went right to work. We talked about Matisse as I get ready to go see a Matisse exhibit in Boston.  Can’t wait to see it.

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One of the best places to get some colorful and interesting reference photos is at Farmer’s Markets.  Sunday I rode over to Little Washington with my friend Sandra.  We wanted to check out their market and even though it was drizzling rain we found some nice things (bread, baskets, and tea) as well as got a few nice shots for future paintings.

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Sometimes you find art in the most unusual places.  Yesterday morning while walking my boys we saw this down the street at a neighbors house.  They have lots of kids so I don’t know which ones did it but I love it!

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We believe everyone can paint….all that is necessary is the desire to do it!  We get new students in at The Studio all the time wanting to give it a go.  We love that!  Everyone who has ever wanted to paint should try.  Here’s Kitty and Mary, two of our newest students.  Look at the super job they did on their first paintings.  Nice work!  If you have ever wanted to try painting check out our classes here.

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