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Brenda's Banter . . . . .
Oh my, it has been FAR too long since I have been in touch. This fall has been a whirlwind of activity...the September Williamsburg seminar, several travel seminars and a much needed vacation in Charleston. Since returning home around the first of November, we have been trying to catch up and prepare for the wedding in Richmond this coming weekend.
We have had the most gorgeous fall color this year...some of the prettiest we have experienced since living in Williamsburg. Winter seems to be off to an early start, so I am sure the lovely color will soon be gone. Since we are in a heavily wooded area, Robert will soon be blowing leaves three times a day!
The students in the September seminar did an outstanding job on their projects. It was so rewarding to lead them through the projects, see their painting growth and the individual touches they added. I was somewhat concerned about teaching the veggie watercolor, but the paintings were some of the best to come out of a watercolor class. I hope to begin sharing some of the 2015 seminar projects in progress soon. We are looking forward to another great year of the Williamsburg seminar program.
We also enjoyed the fall travel seminars with chapters in New York and Columbia, SC. The students in both locations did a wonderful job on their projects. And as always with these groups, there was a lot of good food, fun, and laughter.
We are starting a holiday web site promotion that will run through the last week of December. Each week we will post various holiday sales, plus a different drawing. Some of the prizes will be a gift certificate for a Williamsburg seminar, web site gift certificates, a painted piece or two, and a much requested unpublished project along with the surface. Check back for great specials and exciting prizes.
I hope each of you are having a Happy Thanksgiving holiday that will leave you with wonderful memories of family and friends...and enthusiastic about Christmas preparations.
You are invited to the 2015 Williamsburg Seminars
The subject matter for this seminar will be announced soon. Watch for it! 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 soon.
Recently Released . . . . . .
Announcing . . . . . Spirit of Christmas Chest available for shipping
We have finally caught up with the chest orders and have 4 in stock that can be shiped immediately. They will go quickly so treat yourself to a special Christmas gift and order today.
The chest measures 15 3/4" wide, 10" deep and 10" high. It has a small tray inside that sits on a little ledge. $85.00
It is not too late to order this newly released Santa. We currently have the 8 X 16 holly cut out panels in stock. This Classic Santa would make a beautiful addition to your holiday decor. The packet includes full instructions, pattern, two 8 x 10 color photos and a color worksheet.
This reporduction pencil/pen box has a hinged top and a removable divided tray inside.
Measures 12 1/2" X 4" x 4"
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.