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Spirit of Christmas

Season of Joy

Santa's List

Christmas Cheer Santa

Christmas Bells

Happy Christmas

Holiday Dimensions

Joy Santa Box

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Brenda's Banter . . . .

Though we have had wildly fluctuating temperatures, winter is still with us...but spring has to be just around the corner. In the sunnier portions of our yard, the daffodil shoots are popping up through the soil, and I am sure the hellebore will soon start blooming.

In late March, we will begin our 2015 Williamsburg seminar program with the Spring Design Class. I have taught many design seminars over the years, but this one will be quite different than any other. I am busy planning, writing text, and compiling a list of supplies and resources for the students. If you are interested, please read the full details below.

Many of you have been writing to ask if I am teaching at HOOT this year. Sadly, due to my schedule and some illness, I did not submit for classes this year. But we will be there with the booth and hope to have some surprises for all of you. We are also not attending the SDP show again this year.Yet another granddaughter is graduating college this year, and activities for her fall during that week. That certainly takes precedence over a show! We hope we will see many of you at HOOT, in one of our Williamsburg seminars, or a travel seminar in your area.

Seminar Update

Spring Design Seminar

March 26, 27, 28, 29, 2015

Optional Watercolor Day

March 25, 2015




Over the years, I have conducted a number of design seminars. They have been some of my favorite seminars to teach. Anyone who has taken a design seminar previously can tell you that the flow of creativity during a design class is amazing. The students have always far surpassed what they thought they could do. The design seminars are planned so that each student is able to start where they are comfortable and progress from that point.

At the March seminar, we will study developing your creative processes and also composition topics such as line of design, color, value, etc.  We will also cover working with a camera, lighting, and an I-Pad and/or a computer as designing aids. There will be lecture, demonstration, and active participation throughout the seminar, including evening sessions. And of course, some painting time  will also be in the schedule.

For complete details and printable information, go to Brenda's Blog to download the Design Seminar Newsletter PDF file. We hope you will consider joining us for this creative experience. Time is short and seats are limited, so register today. You may register by phone or on the web site.

I hope you will consider joining us for this special creative seminar.

2015 Williamsburg Seminars

Spring Seminar 
   The subject matter for this seminar will be design/color study.
   March 26, 27, 28, 29, 2015
   Optional watercolor day March 25, 2015

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

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

You are invited . . . . .


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.


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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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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