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TA-DAAAHHH! Well... a little longer than I had thought to get this posted...but The Autumn Pen/Pencil box tutorial is now available...in both Electronic and hard copy formats. For those of you who have been waiting, thank you for being so patient!

I have been working on the Santa for the fall seminar and will begin posting some progressive photos soon. He is on a banner with a lovely decorative wood top and bottom...quite different than my two previous Santa banners. Watch for progress photos on FB and here on the home page.

For those of you who intend to attend the colored pencil seminar with Marian Jackson this November, you need to get your registrations sent in. The projects are shown below and they are WONDERFUL! I can’t wait for my yearly pencil fix!

Join us for a Seminar in 2017

Spring Still Life Seminar
March 9, 10, 11, 12
Watercolor Day
: March 8

We recently completed the 2017 Spring Seminar. The students did an absolutely wonderful job on the painting and had beautiful results. Most left with both panels totally finished or nearly completed...and everyone agreed this painting was much easier than they had thought it would be. We had one student who painted hers with red china decoration, and one who did the project in oils. For me, it was one of the most fun seminars I have ever taught...and so rewarding to see the wonderful work! Consider joining us for next year’s spring still life seminar. I already have ideas running around in my head for the painting. Perhaps we will tackle crystal or cut glass this time .. . you never know!

Autumn and Christmas Seminar
September 28, 29, 30, October 1
Watercolor Day
: September 27

Join us for our two 1 &1/2 day projects will be taught in this seminar. One will be Brenda’s newest Christmas painting and the other a fall theme project.

Watercolor Project: To be announced 

Seminar Information:
Orientation begins at 1 PM on Thursday afternoon. Following the short orientation,you will prepare your seminar surface. All are invited to dinner in Brenda & Robert’s home on that evening.

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday are spent painting the still life project. There is a full day of painting on Sunday. The classroom is open at AM and class begins at 9 AM. We paint until approximately 5 PM. The classroom is open from 7 - 9 PM for finish up painting.

The paintings are done in acrylics, but students may paint in oil/alkyds or colored pencil if proficient in those medium.

To register on line and read more about seminar accommodations and travel suggestions, click here for the Williamsburg Seminar Page.

All seminars are held at Williamsburg Hotel - Historic District.

New flight and ground transportation options

If possible, we suggest arriving the day prior to the first seminar day and scheduling departures for the day following the completion of the seminar. The last day of seminar includes a full day of instruction.

The best airports to fly into are Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport - Patrick Henry Field (PHF) or Richmond International Airport (RIC).

Because ground transportation costs from either the Williamsburg/Newport News and Richmond airports have escalated in recent years, we have been investigating lower cost options for our seminar students. Click on the link below to review the options we have found.

Printable PDF Information Here

Colored Pencil seminar with Marian Jackson, MDA

November 10, 11, 12, 2017
Two Projects


We are excited to announce the dates for our third colored pencil seminar with Marian Jackson, MDA! The seminar will be held in Williamsburg, VA on November 10, 11, 12, 2017. Marian will be teaching two projects. We will be doing: A striking one day still life titled “Copper Kettle” and a stunning wildlife titled “Kingfisher” in all his glory for two days. Both were designed exclusively for this seminar. A student with any level of experience in colored pencils can do these projects.

Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. Please complete the Registration Form below and mail it to Bev Marx, along with your deposit to secure your seat. The final deadline for registration is August 10, 2017.

Registration form for 2017 is HERE


The seminars are held at the Williamsburg Hotel - Historic District.

New Online Video Classes

Brenda has launched her first video class. Learn to paint the Gerbera painted in DecoArt Media Fluid acrylics. Color conversions are given for Americana paints. This video will show you all the steps to complete the project. Purchase this online class and it will be like having Brenda in your home for a private lesson. You can paint it at your own pace. The video will be set up in units so you can start and stop as you need, and more easily find your place. You will have lifetime access to videos purchased from Brenda Stewart by Design.

You will be sent a confirmation e-mail to let you know that your purchase of the video is complete and you will be notified with your login information and how to set up your password.

Informative Videos

Masterson Palette

Fine Line Work

Side Loading a brush

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