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Little Blue Jug

Snow Queen

Danse des Fleurs

Pansy Passion

Winter Wonder Santa

Opening Act Watercolor

Tangerine Spring

Feathered Glory WC

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Brenda's Banter . . . .

Spring is progressing all too quickly here in Williamsburg. In spite of somewhat colder temperatures, the various flowers have pretty much bloomed on schedule. The late daffodils, tulips, and dogwood trees are finishing up, the wisteria and azaleas are in full bloom, and the iris are opening. The trees have mostly budded out with new leaves, and all the gorgeous greens of spring are beautiful against the bluest of skies! The photo above was taken earlier when the Yoshino cherries were in full bloom. It is one of my favorite photos taken this year.

We just returned last Sunday night from two weeks on the road and seminars with two great painting groups in Jacksonville, FL and Cedar Point, NC.  We rested for a few days in between these seminars on Hilton Head Island. Seeing the different spring phases in these different locations was nice, but we could have done without experiencing their peak pollen seasons!

We head for Kansas on Friday for our granddaughter’s last college production, and then mid-May will be painting with the Old Dominion Decorative Artists in Richmond, Va. The last weekend in May will find us with the Pennsylvania Mountain Laurel Decorative Artists. Be sure and check out the travel show and seminar page of the web site to see if I am teaching near you. A contact person is listed for each travel seminar.

June brings a long awaited Viking River Cruise. The cruise starts in Amsterdam and ends in Budapest. This is a belated anniversary celebration for us and the two friends going with us. I am hoping for many great floral and landscape reference shots.

Early August will find us in Columbus Ohio for the HOOT show, and then back here for our September Williamsburg seminar. Later in September we will be back in Columbus for a seminar with the HOOT chapter, and then on to South Carolina in October for a seminar with the Azalea Coast Chapter. We bring our 2015 seminar schedule to a close here in Williamsburg in November with a colored pencil seminar with Marian Jackson, Master Decorative Artist. Be sure and read the information about that seminar as well as our September Williamsburg seminar further down on the home page.  We hope you will decide to join us for one or both of these events! And we look forward to seeing many of you at HOOT!

Win a Brenda Stewart Original 

Every now and again, we like to surprise our customers with an opportunity to win something on the web site. Since many painters would love to own one of Brenda's painted pieces, we are offering one for our spring drawing. Any web site purchase made now through May 24 will qualify you to be entered in a drawing for the lovely porcelain tray, Dancing Violets.



Remaining 2015 Williamsburg Seminar

Autumn and Christmas Seminar
   Two projects - Fall and Christmas - 1 1/2 days each
  September 10, 11, 12, 13, 2015
  Optional watercolor day September 9, 2015

We will work on two projects during the fall seminar. One is a lovely fall banner done on Roc-Lon. It is attached to a decorative wood top and bottom with velcro strips. The other is a new Santa on a beautiful new box with a framed lid top and decorative brass feet. This one will surely be among your Christmas heirlooms. Due to popular demand, we will again be working on the Ampersand Aquabord for the watercolor project.

The seminars are held at the Clarion Hotel Historic Disctict
Seminar Brochure is available for download from the Seminar Page.

Treat yourself to the perfect Mothers Day Gift . . . . .


Join us for a three day Colored Pencil Seminar
with Marian Jackson, Master Decorative Artist.

WHEN: November 6, 7, 8, 2015

WHERE: Williamsburg, Virginia


Bev Marx and Brenda Stewart are sponsoring a colored pencil seminar with Marian Jackson, MDA. Marian produces some of the most beautiful work in the colored pencil world and is a very detailed and easy to understand teacher. We will be doing two projects: Tomatoes and Basil and Alstromeria in Glass. If you are interested in joining us for this wonderful opportunity to study with Marian, go to Brenda’s Blog to download complete details and printable information.


Latest Additions


        Snow Queen                             Opening Act                    Feathered Glory WC        Danse Des Fleurs


Check out the New Items page for the latest additions....E- packets as well as new additions to Brenda's signature wood items.

Web Site Specials

We are running a special on select wood surfaces and packets. This special will is in effect from May 5 to May 24. All specials are while supplies last, some items are close outs with a limited supply. CLICK HERE for the Web Site Specials Page

Coming Soon


 Winter Wonder Santa                           At Rest                                Market Bounty Watercolor

White Satin Porcelain

You may have noticed the disappearance of the White Satin Porcelain page from our web site. Many of you know that we have been slowly phasing out these beautiful surfaces. A couple of years ago the main factory that produced this product closed and most of our items became unavailable. We tried some product from other factories, but were very dissatisfied with both the quality and the reliability. I made the decision to quit fighting the porcelain battle and concentrate on designing for other surfaces. I am quite excited about spending more time designing signature wood pieces and working on some new surfaces, such as the Ampersand Aquabord.  Meanwhile, we sold down our porcelain inventory and the last pieces left our shelves this fall. All paintings that were originally done on the porcelain may be painted on wood or other surfaces. . . plates, trays, boxes, etc. Alternative surface only need to be prepared with a white or off white acrylic basecoat.

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