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I bought my ticket back in December…the day they went on sale.  And I’ve waited patiently (well, sort of) for the day to arrive.  It was my Birthday present to myself.  And finally the day arrived.  I traveled to DC with my good buddy, Sandy.  We came early and made a day of it.  The rain came down but that didn’t deter us.  By concert time the clouds lifted and it was perfect.

JAMES TAYLOR and BONNIE RAITT!!!!  Can you believe it?  Together.  They were awesome!  They played a few new songs but a LOT of old favorites.  I especially like the one he sang about Sunny Skies…the pug!  🙂  Often, when I look forward to something for this long I am disappointed when it arrives but this did NOT disappoint.  I do love me some James Taylor!  I wish the photos were clearer but you can get the idea from these.  Did I mention it was AWESOME???!!!!!!

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20170610_064000Kids get Art Camp in the Summer and now adults have their own Camp coming up in October! Yeah!!!! We’ve been asked to teach at Capon Springs & Farms Resort from October 1 to 5, (Sunday to Thursday). You can come for one night or all four with this flexible schedule. The best part of coming is that the $99 per night includes 3 meals per day (made from scratch and some from the farm), art instruction and all other resort activities, except for golf and spa services. Bring your own art supplies and paint along. Or if you don’t have art supplies and you want to give it a try, there will be a small supply fee for the things you want to try. How easy is that?!

Capon Springs is such a beautiful place…lots of beautiful views and things to paint.  It’s like going back in time to a peaceful and relaxing place.  So put this on your calendar and contact Capon Springs right now to reserve a room. If you want to bring your spouse/partner there is plenty for them to do there too! Hiking, golf, spa services and more! You can paint in the mornings and enjoy the resort activities in the afternoon. Go to www.caponsprings.net or call (304) 874-3695 to register. We’ll see you there in October. We can’t wait!!!!

You can click this link to see the daily Art schedule. (Capon Springs Retreat Schedule final) We will feature instruction in acrylic, paper painting, palette knife painting and more…. and there will even be a demonstration one evening in spinning wool.  Try something new on these days, or if you already paint, you can work on whatever you prefer and get advice and instruction.  Contact Capon Springs now to register!



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This weekend was Art in the Barn at Belle Grove in Middletown.  I was invited to submit a few paintings (one sold, WooHoo!) and to demonstrate on Saturday.  I was set up in the barn that morning and worked on a floral for a few minutes but I kept looking at the scene in front of me….out the door of the barn and I loved what I saw so I switched and worked on a smaller painting of the little scene out front.  I got quite a bit done and will finish it in The Studio.  You should go to Belle Grove if you get a chance.  It’s beautiful there.  I’ll be going back soon to paint again.

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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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One of the most striking things at the Matisse in the Studio exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston was the fabrics he used in his works.

He had some rich textiles with interesting shapes and colors that he used as backdrops and drapes in many of his paintings.

Sometimes he just used the shapes and designs and changed up the colors to suit his need.

It was fascinating to see them side by side with the paintings.  This may be the best exhibit I have ever visited.

It was just amazing!  I have so many more photos but I think with the ones posted earlier this week as well as the ones today you have gotten a good idea of what the exhibit was about and how Matisse went about his process.

I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

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What struck me most as I saw the Matisse in The Studio exhibit is how he used his collection of objects time and time again in his paintings.  He had a group of items that were special to him and often put them in his still-life set-ups.  In this series today you will see his chocolate pots.

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We are continuing today with more from the “Matisse in the Studio” exhibit at Museum of Fine Art Boston.

As I mentioned yesterday, it was AMAZING!  Here you can click to check out more information.   From the MFA-Boston website:  “Inspiration is everywhere!  Henri Matisse—who revolutionized 20th-century art—believed that a treasured group of objects was instrumental to his studio practice. “Matisse in the Studio” is the first major international exhibition to examine the importance of Matisse’s personal collection of objects, offering unprecedented insight into the great artist’s creativity. See these rare pairings of Matisse’s major works with objects of inspiration in “Matisse in the Studio” in its only US venue at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.”

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