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CITR Retreat June 2015 Painting CITR Retreat EaselsThe Wildflower Retreat at Sassafras Farm (Chickens in the Road) was a fabulous success!  We had so much fun learning all about wildflowers and all the things we can do with them from pickling, to frying, to making jelly and infused oils, and much, much more.  And of course, we painted wildflowers too!

And if you missed out on all the fun there will be another Wildflower Retreat in the fall – September 12-13, 2015.  Check that out here.

These ladies were loads of fun and we laughed constantly.  Thanks ladies for making this Retreat such a delight!

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Cute Goat

Cute Goat

Cutest goats!

Cutest goats!

Another shot of the cute goat

Another shot of the cute goat

Chickens everywhere

Chickens everywhere

The Chicken Poses

The Chicken Poses

Maia in her Tutu

Maia in her Tutu

Maia Can't Wait for her Animal Crackers

Maia Can’t Wait for her Animal Crackers

CITR Retreat Maia eating cookies 2

Maia in her Super Hero Cape

Maia in her Super Hero Cape

One thing I love about going different places are the reference photos I take so that I have loads of material to choose from when I paint.  Of course, at Sassafras Farm this weekend there was lots and lots to photograph.  Here are some shots from the weekend.

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Painting buckets

Painting buckets

Painting more buckets

Painting more buckets

Beautiful Buckets

Beautiful Buckets

Great job on the Folk Art Buckets

Great job on the Folk Art Buckets

Bread Rising

Bread Rising

Loaves of Grandmother's Bread ready to go home

Loaves of Grandmother’s Bread ready to go home

The second day of the Pioneers & Primitives Retreat at Sassafras Farm with Suzanne McMinn was just as much fun as the first.  (See the first day here.)   The attendees spent the morning making bread…homemade, old-fashioned bread and each created a loaf to take home.  They also made the “Burnt” Sugar Cake cupcakes to take home.

They completed their potpourri by gathering more items and incorporating dehydrated sliced corn cobs, orange slices, apple peels, cucumber peels and some amazing scents.

And of course, we painted Folk Art Buckets!  And each person painted their own amazing design!  GREAT JOB!!!

So many other fun things happened as well with the many animals at the farm and I will try to describe some more of it to you tomorrow.  In the meantime you need to consider coming to one of our retreats next year.  We will have several scheduled next spring and summer.  Suzanne will post the descriptions and dates soon and I will share those with you.  It’s fun to learn new  (or improve) on skills.

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Suzanne demonstrating how to "burn" sugar for the cake

Suzanne demonstrating how to “burn” sugar for the cake

Fabulous Folk Art Paintings

Fabulous Folk Art Paintings

Our youngest painter working on her cow

Our youngest painter working on her cow

Items to add to Potpourri

Items to add to Potpourri

The first day of the Pioneers & Primitives Retreat at Sassafras Farm was CRAZY busy.  (Learn more about Suzanne and the farm here.)  The participants milked the cow, cut corn from cobs to make corn cob jelly, made the jelly, made lard from fatback, made taper candles, made butter, painted a “masterpiece” and learned how to make homemade vanilla flavoring.

Oh yeah, they also collected items for their homemade potpourri, learned to “burn” sugar for a cake they will make tomorrow and learned to clip chickens wings.

WOW!  When did they breathe???!!!  A very busy, busy day!  Wait till you see what we do today.

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Maia made an appearance in her tutu

Maia made an appearance in her tutu

Another view of all the painted buckets

Another view of all the painted buckets

Here is one more look at images from the Pioneers & Primitives Retreat this past weekend at Sassafras Farm in West Virginia.  Maia spent some time with us.

There are lots of great photos that attendees have been posting.  Take a look here to see many, many more.  And in case you want to join in on all the fun we will be offering this same Retreat once more this year on Oct 11-12.  There are just a couple of spaces left so register right away.

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20140515_205007_resizedThe next workshop in West Virginia has been scheduled!  The one last month was so well received that we are planning another one.  Here it is:

Fall 2014 Primitives & Pioneers Retreat!  – September 13-14 in Clio, WV  – This retreat will span two days taking you from the kitchen, to the woods, and to the artists easel featuring lessons on corn-cob jelly making, hand-dipped taper candles, homemade potpourri, rustic breads, painting a primitive landscape and a decorative bucket plus more!  The retreat includes all instruction and 3 meals per day.  The host and my teaching partner is Suzanne McMinn of “Chickens in the Road” and Sassafras Farm.  Learn more about her and her farm and get registration information here.

Come join us!

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CAM00003This is the second plein air painting that I worked on while at Sassafras Farm a few weekends ago.  (See the first one here.)  I still have a little more to add but it’s almost done.  Now that the weather is beginning to cooperate I plan to get outside to paint more.

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