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Spring has been valiantly trying to arrive for over a month. We have warm weather and some things bloom…then cold again that slows the opening of other things…then spring commences again with warmer weather. In spite of the roller coaster weather, I was pleasantly surprised to find my lilacs in full bloom. They were simply too beautiful to resist, so I cut several large bouquets to place in the house. The scent and color is glorious. I love how they are a darker magenta hue before the small flowerets open…then change to a lighter color…then finally to a bluish violet. I have taken loads of photos and hope to paint them before long.

I recently returned from the Boise, Idaho area where I taught a seminar for the Idaho Chapter of Heritage Artists. It was great working with this very large group of delightful painters. This next weekend, I will be in Illinois teaching the South Side Brushes chapter. All of this travel means that I get to experience spring AND a high pollen count in different locations…but it is great to meet and work with the painters around the country.  Getting there is not much fun anymore, but being there is wonderful!

The web site will have a slightly new look before long. Our web master, Marian Jackson is working diligently to make the site responsive. While waiting on this work to be completed, we decided to go ahead and make some updates. Jackie is posting some new e-packets and we have a few new surfaces. When I return I will begin working on a new little project that will be my first on line class. We hope to have this up and running by the end of May. Watch for this and more new surfaces as we head into late spring and early summer!

Join us for a Seminar in 2016

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.


Bev and Brenda are hosting Marian for a second colored pencil seminar this fall. The two projects for this year are Water Lily and Mortar, Pestle and Garlic. The registration is on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure and register now to insure a seat.

Download the regstration information here:  Marian Jackson Seminar Registration PDF

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

egister today for another fun, creative class with Brenda.

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

Hope to see you there.

Informative Videos

Masterson Palette

Fine Line Work

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