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April

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 Brenda's Banter . . . . .

Spring has officially arrived in Williamsburg. Forsythia, Japanese Magnolias, ornamental pears, and the Yoshino Cherries all seemed to pop open over night! My daffys had an extra heavy bloom, but their little heads were droopy from beginning....from two snows, sleet, and multiple rain storms. Some later blooming varieties are still pretty throughout the area. If you have never visited Williamsburg, spring is one of the prettiest times to come.

I am departing for Portland to teach for the Raindrop Chapter and then we start our spring Williamsburg seminar next week. I can’t wait to see how the students do on the little table and the tulip watercolor. It is so exciting to see the work that they do, and so rewarding to be able to lead them through the paintings.

While visiting the site, check out our Spring Eggstravaganza Web site specials. Some things for spring and Easter, and also some get an early start Christmas deals. These run through the month of April.

Best Wishes for a lovely spring and Easter season...filled with lots of sunshine, flowers, and Easter goodies! This time of the year brings so much wonderful painting inspiration, so get out there with your cameras and sketchbooks, and exercise those brushes!

Until next time.....

Web site Eggstravaganza Sale

Now til the end of April, we will be featuring the following Specials:

Combos - Packet and Surface for one low price
Go to Web Specials Page

Our entire stock of wood eggs and stands at a 40% discount

And, because we feel it is never to early to get ready for Christmas - Purchase any Christmas themed packet and get one equal or lesser value free.
Please do not add your free packet in with your purchase - notify us in the comment section of the check out to let us know which packet you would like. NOTE: The free packet will be sent in the same format that the Christmas Packet is ordered.

HOOT 2014 - August 11 - 16, 2014 

I am excited to announce that I will be teaching two regular classes and a special event at HOOT this summer. The special event is very different and a lot of fun, and you will receive a packet for the extra project shown below. Due to many requests by students, I am once again teaching an oil/alkyd class. It is a split day class so it will give some drying time between the first and second stage paintings.  I hope you will consider joining me for one or more of the classes.  All three classes, times and dates may be viewed on the Travel Seminars and Shows page of the site.  

 
Seminar Update

The 2014 dates and general information are as follows:

  Autumn and Christmas Seminar
   Two projects - Fall and Christmas - 1 1/2 days each
  September 25, 26, 27, 28, 2014

  Optional watercolor day September 24, 2014

The seminars are held at the Clarion Hotel Historic Disctict

Seminar Brochure is available for download from the Seminar Page.

Spring Seminar

I am excited to announce that we will be working with some of the new Americana Decor Chalky paints and finishes in this seminar. I know the students are going to enjoy this introduction to the new paints. They are just perfect for the project as the piece is done in soft colors with a French feel. We will be using the standard Americana Paints for painting most of the actual design.

This diminutive little stand is a truly special piece and there are many places it can be used. I must order the pieces soon, so if you are interested, let us know.

    
      Danse des Fleurs - 3 day acrylic                                             Feathered Glory  - Watercolor day


Brushworthy News

Lorraine Thomas, member of the Pocono Painters, won the second place ribbon and a $75.00 cash prize at the chapter’s luncheon in October 2013. In addition to the art contest, This annual chapter event includes several wonderful raffles, an auction, and hand painted centerpieces. This year’s theme was Painting Is my Cup of Tea. Lorraine submitted a wood tray with Brenda’s Kitchen Tea design. She did a beautiful job on the painting! Congratulations Lorraine.

For more information on this great group in Northeastern Pennsylvania, check out their web site at: www.poconopainters.org

E-Packets Tips

The major benefits of purchasing e-packets are the savings of postage and time, and they can be delivered almost instantly. Wonderful if you are overseas or have to worry about customs. However, the end result will only be as good as the attention you put into printing it out.  While regular, inexpensive copy paper is good enough for emails, recipes and other text content, good images require a little bit more. Here are a few points to consider:
  • Purchase a good quality premium or Bright White paper for the brand of printer you have. [e.g. HP- HP Premium paper, Canon - Canon Paper] Matching the paper to your printer brand usually produces better results. It doesn’t have to be photo paper. Make sure you have enough ink in your cartridge before you start.
     
  • Learn how to print only the pages you want. Don’t just automatically hit print.
     
  • Take a moment to look through each page on a print preview and decide if you need them all, then make your selection.
     
The e-packets on our site are set up in the following order: Instruction pages, pattern pages, any color worksheets or step by step color worksheets and then color photos. To get the most out of the photos, you should print them onto a good quality photo paper. The color worksheets may be printed on good quality paper or photo pager, it is your choice.

Copyright applies to e-packets as much as printed works, so please respect the artist and don’t be tempted to share your e-packet
The major benefits of purchasing e-packets are the savings of postage and time, and they can be delivered almost instantly. Wonderful if you are overseas or have to worry about customs. However, the end result will only be as good as the attention you put into printing it out.  While regular, inexpensive copy paper is good enough for emails, recipes and other text content, good images require a little bit more. - See more at: http://brendastewart.com/brendasblog/tips-more/printing-e-packets/#sthash.GjAsUGhW.dpuf
The major benefits of purchasing e-packets are the savings of postage and time, and they can be delivered almost instantly. Wonderful if you are overseas or have to worry about customs. However, the end result will only be as good as the attention you put into printing it out.  While regular, inexpensive copy paper is good enough for emails, recipes and other text content, good images require a little bit more. - See more at: http://brendastewart.com/brendasblog/tips-more/printing-e-packets/#sthash.GjAsUGhW.dpuf
The major benefits of purchasing e-packets are the savings of postage and time, and they can be delivered almost instantly. Wonderful if you are overseas or have to worry about customs. However, the end result will only be as good as the attention you put into printing it out.  While regular, inexpensive copy paper is good enough for emails, recipes and other text content, good images require a little bit more. - See more at: http://brendastewart.com/brendasblog/tips-more/printing-e-packets/#sthash.GjAsUGhW.dpuf

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If you enjoy decorative art, learning new painting techniques and reading about what other decorative artists are doing, consider joining the Society of Decorative Painters.

For more information write to: SDP, 393 McLean Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203 or visit their website decorativepainters.org

 

 


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