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Roosters!

20170927_204339The kids painted a Rooster this week at class.  Nice!

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Yesterday (Monday) was my day off.  I try really hard to not schedule anything on Mondays since I work most weekends and it’s usually the only day off I get.  But yesterday, instead of laying around catching up on my rest and house work I went to visit my friends at Sanders Ranch (Battlefield Equestrian Center).

It’s owned by Kim Sanders, one of the girls that comes to paint Pet Portraits once a quarter with the group from Centerville area.  We always have such a great time.  While I have been to her place once she invited me to come back to paint.  So I did.  What a fun day.

I got two paintings started which I will share with you as soon as I complete them but even better than that I got tons of reference photos of the animals and barns.  It’s like a petting zoo there with all the fun and friendly animals…..donkey, horses, dogs, cats, sheep, chickens, turkey….  What fun!  Thanks again Kim.  I loved it.

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On Monday I visited with friends at the Battlefield Equestrian Center (Sander’s Ranch) and met loads of beautiful animals.  Of course, I took many reference photos because the kids in my art classes LOVE to paint animals.  So at this week’s classes we painted Finn.  What a handsome guy!  Here are the paintings that the kids did along with my demo piece and more photos of Finn and Lucky.

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pets-feb-19I had a really fun Paint Party yesterday with a wonderful group of ladies that come out from Northern Virginia to paint every few months.  They are all delightful and we have lots of laughs as we paint beautiful pets.  Great work ladies.  Can’t wait till April.

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We had a “Painting with Paper” class at The Studio yesterday and so many people created beautiful art.  We had flowers and fish and elephants and buffaloes and foxes and roosters and more!  What a fun day.

paper-paintig-3Denise Kupiszewski from The Mud Peddler in Shepherdstown came to teach us this fun form of art.  And the good news is she agreed to come back next month so if you missed out this time you still have an opportunity.  Keep an eye out on The Studio calendar for the next class as well as other great classes coming up.  Click here for the schedule.

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Bridal Shower PP 1Bridal Shower PP 3What a fun way to celebrate such a special event with friends…especially when many of these friends work at the Conservation Research Center here in Front Royal and they decide to paint Pet Portraits.  It was perfect.  And everyone laughed and enjoyed themselves so much as we celebrated the bride.  Then they left with beautiful paintings of their pets (or favorite animals because I am pretty sure that the one lady doesn’t keep a Bongo in her backyard)!

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I spent Mother’s Day with one of my best friends, Deb, at the Maryland Sheep &Wool Festival outside of Frederick, Maryland.  Deb spins wool into yarn as well as dyes her own wool so it was fascinating to see the whole thing from her perspective.  There was loads of beautiful yarn for purchase as well as lots of other beautiful items.  I found several new things I would like to learn to do.  🙂

But best of all I got lots of good reference photos for painting.  And I got to hold a one day old lamb….her mother rejected her…not the best mother on Mother’s Day…but the people who own her were bottle feeding her and they have lots of sheep and know just what to do.  They make lovely blankets and throws from their wool.  Check them out here.

 

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