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The Lighthouse

On my way back to the airport I stopped to take a few more reference photos.

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wp-1594572381779.jpg Some family stories just stick with you no matter how young you were when they happened.  One such story in my family involves camping…which we did a lot of while I was growing up.  The story I refer to involves when we switched from tent camping to a trailer.  I don’t recall the year but I was young…maybe 6 or so so it had to be the late 1960’s and my mom, brother, sister, an aunt and uncle went to Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach FL and set up our campsites.  It was a Friday and my dad had to work and was coming down to meet us after work.  Just before he was to arrive a terrible storm blew in….seems like it may have been a small hurricane or at least that is how the story goes….and there was my mom holding on to my young sister as well as a tent pole while Brother held a pole and so did I.  We were practically flapping in the wind!  It passed quickly but not before the tent was gone….except for the three poles we  were holding.  About that time my dad rolls in on his motorcycle (which he had rode through the storm) and my mother greets him by putting us kids in the station wagon and driving all the way home.  I don’t ever remember seeing her that mad ever again.  That is the week we bought a camper and upgraded our camping experience.  It seems like something was said like “if you want to camp it is not going to happen in a tent ever again!”  The view you see in this photos is the very campsite where the incident occurred.  I was small but I remember it well.  It’s been fun coming back to the park to see what has changed and what is exactly the same!

 

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Nature Abounds!

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As I am away on a little Birthday Vacation I am taking loads of photos that will serve as reference material later.  An early morning walk provided much inspiration.  Plus a little double rainbow after the late afternoon rain yesterday.  Beautiful views at Fernandina Beach Florida!

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We spent a few days in Williamsburg recently for our vacation.  It’s fun to wander around Colonial Williamsburg and imagine how it must have been all those years ago.  wp-1577794618186.jpgWe even enjoyed dinner at Christina Campbell’s Tavern…a place that Washington used to frequent.

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We had so much fun creating art at Capon Springs Farms and Resort this past week.  Here are some wonderful acrylic and paper paintings.  Very nice!  We have dates for next year…join us on June 7-10, 2020 and/or October 4-7, 2020.  Mark your calendar and reserve your space.  We promise you’ll have a great time.  Capon is an amazing place.  You will LOVE it!

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Here is a message recently sent out by our friends at Capon Springs.  It’s not to late to join us for the Fall Retreat either for a few nights or just come out for dinner and the Paint Party on Sunday:

“Let your creative side shine and join us next week for our Fall Art Retreat (Sunday, October 27 – Thursday, October 31)! Beginners and advanced artists welcome. This retreat is the fifth collaboration with artist, Kelly Walker from The Studio in Front Royal, Virginia. The $125 per person per night rate includes your night stay, 3 meals per day, art instruction and all other Capon activities (golf and spa not included). Join us for just one night, or all four! You can bring your own art supplies and improve your skills as you paint along… or you can purchase supplies for a small supply fee.

Can’t stay overnight? Join us just for dinner and a Paint Party on Sunday, October 27th! Dinner includes spaghetti, salad and garlic bread with chocolate cake a la mode with chocolate sauce, cantaloupe and raspberry sorbet for dessert! After dinner, join Kelly for the “Follow Along” painting that anyone can do! No experience required. Pricing: $49 for dinner & paint party. See what the finished product will look like above… Click here to register!

For more details about the retreat and to see the complete schedule, Click here .”

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20191019_211047.jpg I got to paint with a big group of Ladies of the Moose in Ashland VA this afternoon.  And they did great.  Wait till you see their results…..tomorrow I’ll post.

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I can’t remember when I have enjoyed something this much!  I don’t get to paint the things I like as often as I like these days as I am always working on projects for classes but this is a style I really LOVE!  And to learn from Angus…an artist whose work I love…has been a joy.  He makes it look easy….but trust me, it’s NOT!  But it is fun and I am learning so much.  Here is some of what I did yesterday…and after studying it last night I can’t wait to get there this morning and make a few changes.  That’s how we learn!

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I’m excited to be in Falmouth, Massachusetts painting at their Art Center with Angus Wilson.  His style is bold and fun…and his method interesting.  I am so glad to be learning directly from him.  We were given so much information yesterday and worked on sketching and developing color plans.  I worked on several designs.  This is the one that I plan to put on canvas today.  Can’t wait to get back to it!

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