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The Toymaker will be taught at the Autumn & Christmas seminar September 10, 11, 12, 13, 2015.  We are filling up fast, so if you are interested, don’t delay in signing up! Click on the SEMINAR link in the above menu.

On the road again . . . .

When you see this, we will be at the 2015 HOOT show. We are looking forward to seeing long time friends and making new ones. It will be fun having lots of time to visit this year as I did not submit to teach! We will have new wood pieces, newly released packets, and some show specials, so if you are attending, we hope you will drop by the booth for a visit and some shopping.

Jackie and I have been busy this summer beginning (finally!) work on videos. One is the introduction to The Toymaker that is running on the slide show at this time. Somehow after long editing sessions, we managed to cut about 12 minutes to 3. Chop, chop, chop! I hope you will take a few minutes to watch it and consider joining us to paint him in September.

The other two we have up right now are just short tutorials on fine line work and side loading a brush. Those are in the Tips and More section and can also be found in the brush and sta-wet palette product pages. I have a lot of ideas for new products developed that include videos. Surely we will get faster with time and practice!

If you have not yet registered for the colored pencil seminar with Marian Jackson, please note there is still time. We have limited seats left and have extended the registration deadline to August 31. Join Bev and I as we host this seminar with a wonderful artist and teacher. I am looking forward to having the opportunity to be a student again and to trying this medium!

We hope each of you have had a wonderful summer thus far and have enjoyed some time staying in the cool and painting. It is a nice way to escape the terrible heat this summer has brought to many areas. I always welcome fall and the cooler temperatures it brings. Hope to see you in Williamsburg this September or November, or at HOOT this week!

Join us for the Autumn & Christmas Seminar, September 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

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 banner design is an autumn still life, including a pumpkin filled with mums, cat tails, fall leaves, berries and branches...and of course, the wood pieces are also decorated! The other painting is the new Santa, The Toymaker. It is done on a beautiful new box with a framed lid top and decorative brass feet. This one will surely be among your Christmas heirlooms.

The watercolor is a soft, ethereal painting of a hydrangea..

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

Box measures:
10' X 10" X 7 1/2"  
(price includes brass feet.)






  Banner Measurements:
  Top 11 1/4 "X 3 1/2 " (at widest point)
  Bottom 11 1/4" X 5" (at widest point)
  Overall with banner material added: 11 1/4" X 23 1/2"
  $16.00 (price includes banner material, wood pieces and velcro strips)




Sizzlin' Summer Web Site Drawing Winners are . . . . . . .

Congratulations to Debra Gardner of Great Britain and Charlene Ryan of Amherst, VA. They are the winners of the $25.00 gift certificates.

Treat yourself to a Colored Pencil Seminar . . . . .


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

WHEN: November 6, 7, 8, 2015

WHERE: Williamsburg, Virginia


Places in the seminar are filling quickly, but there are a limited number of seats left. We are extending the deadline for registration until August 31 in order to give a few more of you an opportunity to attend. Don’t delay…get your registration in today and join us for these very special projects. Learn Marian’s techniques for realistic still life and floral paintings, and expand your knowledge from her in-depth instruction.

The seminar is held in a large, comfortable room with plenty of table space for each student. Every seat is a front row seat due to the large screen and state-of-the art projection system used for the seminar.  We are all working hard to offer you the best possible seminar experience. 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.



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