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                                                                     Old Pewter and Fruit

I hope you have had a wonderful January. Things are returning to more normal conditions here in the office and studio after my illness and the big snow storm last weekend. We are currently gearing up for the Spring Still Life seminar in March. Due to my somewhat rocky start to 2016, the images of the actual piece are not quite ready to be posted, however, I am including some of the reference photographs used for painting the still life. I am so looking forward to teaching this painting, and hope that many of you will join us!

Watch your e-mail next week for a newsletter that will include some February web site specials. They are a bit late for an after Christmas sale, but will be great for an early Valentine’s treat!

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. Old Pewter and Fruit is done on a beautiful curved frame panel (details given below). In addition, Brenda is including a lagniappe design, Pewter and Pomegranates. For those who wish to paint the lagniappe design. a smaller panel will be available.


Watercolor: Because of many requests to paint an older watercolor still life, Flow Blue and Narcissus, Brenda has painted a new watercolor still life that includes flow blue, lemons, and a cobalt glass reamer (juicer) This will be a nice companion painting for those of you who have painted some of the previous flow blue watercolors, and a great study for those who are still hoping to paint some of the earlier paintings.  

March Seminar Surface

Here is the wood surface that Brenda will be using in the March 2016 Spring Still Life seminar.


     Dimensions of the wood surface is
     15" X 12 5/8" with a 2" Cradle




Autumn and Christmas Seminar
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.
Seminar Brochure will be available for download from the Seminar Page.

Colored Pencil seminar with Marian Jackson, MDA
November 18 - 20, 2016
Two projects, 1 1/2 days each.
Floral and still life

Bev and Brenda are hosting Marian for a second colored pencil seminar this fall. Marian’s projects will be posted on the web site as soon as we have them. When we have all information, we will be sending out a newsletter and a registration form. It will also be on the web site.

The seminars are held at the Clarion Hotel Historic District.

Announcing a fun and creative HOOT 2016 special event

Join Brenda for this special event class featuring this charming Christmas vignette using DecoArt Media Acrylics, along with Media Modeling paste for dimensional stenciling. Class time will be spent on the Santa panel, but you will receive everything to complete the vignette . . . . all wood surfaces, three stencils, instructions, photos, and paints.

    Friday, August 12
    Time: 10 AM - 4:30 PM
    Class Fee: $76.69
    Class: #070A

    Register today for another fun, creative class with Brenda.

    Class catalogs are available March 1 and registration
    begins in April.   

   Hope to see you there.

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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