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The Toymaker was taught at the Autumn & Christmas seminar September 2015.  We will be releasing the pattern packet in Fall of 2016.

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We are experiencing a very strange autumn season this year...an extended Indian summer, with cooler periods interspersed with days in the 70’s. Our fall color has been slow to arrive and not quite as brilliant as some years, but still beautiful!

It has been busy around here...working on completion of projects to submit for HOOT 2016 and finishing up preparations for the colored pencil seminar with Marian Jackson this coming weekend. We are looking forward to having Bev and also Marian and John here in Williamsburg and showing them around our lovely little burg after the students who will be attending.

Jackie has been busy preparing and up loading a new batch of E-packets, among them Winter Wonder Santa and Spirit of Christmas. These packets have formerly been available only in printed versions.

New Fantastic Fall Finds are also being posted on the web site today. These specials will be valid for one week only, November 2 through November 9.

Join us for a Seminar in 2016

Spring Still Life Seminar
March 17, 18, 19, 20
Watercolor Day: March 16

This is an in-depth still life study...including composition and color theory. The prototype for this seminar has just arrived...a beautiful curved frame panel. If she feels the still life she is painting on this will not take all three days to complete, she will also include a small related still life project.

Autumn and Christmas
Two projects, Fall and Christmas
1 1/2 days each
September 22, 23, 24, 25
Watercolor Day: September 21

Two 1 1/2 day projects will be taught in this seminar. There will be a new small Santa Banner for Christmas, and the fall project is still being planned.

The seminars are held at the Clarion Hotel Historic District
Seminar Brochure will be available for download from the Seminar Page.

Fantastic Fall Finds . . . . .

We will be running a sale on the following items:

Wood Surfaces 25% off (Current stock only)

Ampersand Aquabord Surfaces 30% off (Current sock only)

All Santa Packets 25% off  From old favorites to newly released, soon to become new favorites. (This includes hard copy and e-packets)

This sale will run November 2 through November 9.

Just Released E-Packets


We have just added 18 new E-packets to the web site. There are 9 SEM packets, 8 Watercolor packets and the IS packet, Spirit of Christmas. 





We have found that there is often some confusion about e-packets (Electronic packets). These packets are delivered to the customers through the internet. They are not hard copy packets and are not shipped. Many customers order e-packets in order to save on shipping costs. If you are ordering other items that must be shipped, you might wish to order hard copy packets to be included in your shipped order.

When you order an e-packet, you will receive an order receipt. The link to download your e-packets is included on that receipt. You then have three days to download your e-packet. All e-packets also come in hard copy form. Be certain you are clicking on the correct version of the packet you wish to order. In order to print an e-packet you will need a color printer and photo paper. You may also download and open the images on your computer and paint from that reference. There are detailed hints regarding printing e-packets on the Tips and More section of the web site. If you have any questions regarding ordering and printing an e-packet, please feel free to contact us.

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