Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Wednesday Paint Class ~
Today we painted a landscape with birch trees, shadow trees in the background, a bit of land and water with a reflection from the trees - all NEW to my students and we used the new One Stroke High Definition Paint!
It mimics oils but has none of the smell, clean up or waiting issues like you do with oils.


I am so thrilled with how smoothly the class went and how we all stayed on track - together!
I scheduled it as a 3 hour class as I wasn't sure how much time we'd really need with this new paint. Everyone finished at least 20 minutes early. Since we were there so long I told my students to bring a snack and had intended to bring a small snack to share ~ but got too busy to get anything made ~ so I took my usual chocolates to share! Sweet Jane walks in with a tupperware container full of the greenest, tastiest grapes and Nicole wheels in a HL buggy with two containers one with the sweetest strawberries (I ate half of them) and grapes and the other container had small pigs in a blanket - do you know what those are? Dough wrapped around a small hot dog. YUM! Everyone was very appreciative of the snacks! Thank you ladies. I mentioned a recipe for another yummy treat and will share that recipe at the end of this post.

We had a FULL class today. I normally limit my classes to 6 so that I'm not rushed, they aren't rushed and they get the attention they need from me in each class. My landscape classes are the first to fill up and I usually allow up to 8 ~ I hate to say no.
Here is a group shot from this mornings class!
See Doriann there - the 3rd one over from the left standing - well, she managed to sneak out of class and I even said bye - without having her photo taken! Shame on you D! I'll get you next time!








I'm sad that Christy is moving away - she was one of my first students and left handed students at that which makes a big difference. She amazed me though and rocked out every project she painted in my classes! We'll miss having your smiling face in class Christy and hope you'll keep in touch with us through the blog and email!

Here is the recipe I mentioned above ~ I used to make these for everything when we had to take something to a potluck or friends house - they are yummy and the hardest part about them is trying not to eat them all yourself.
Bacon Pinwheels
Crescent roll dough (pillsbury or whatever brand you want)
Open it and have 2 squares side by side (will be 4 triangles making squares)
Roll out just a bit to smooth the creases together.
Mix ~ block of softened cream cheese, bacon bits, green onions together and spread over the crescent roll dough - leaving one of the long edges without some of the mixture on it.
Roll up the dough - jelly roll style and slice (works best with a scerated (sp?) knife) lay on a cookies sheet leaving space between each pinwheel and bake for 9 minutes on 350. I have found depending on the type of oven you have it might take more or less time ~ so keep an eye on them and when they are golden brown take them out. THEY WILL BE VERY HOT!!! So, don't take a bite of one immediately after removing it from the oven. My husband can attest to the fact that the cheese will BURN your tongue!

Hope you'll make em and let me know what you think! Have a fabulous Wednesday!

Jill over at Who Could Ask For Anything More is having a Vera Bradley bag giveaway - she has a fabulous BLOG and I hope you'll go over and leave her comment, read her fabulous blog and mention that I sent ya!


Julie said...

I have been gone for so long I had to catch up! I adore the pots your class made and the wall hangings are just adorable! Everytime I see their creations - I wish so much I could take your class!

Sandi McBride said...

I hope you gave Christy the grand prize, her painting was really very good...I am impressed with all, but she really did a great job on the reflection and making the water appear wet...bravo Christy

Terri and Bob said...

Love the paintings! I came up with an idea for a tile painting.. I'll email you to tell you about it!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Sandi! I see you are still painting away. Just wanted to say hello & have a great week.


Nicole said...

Thought you would like to know that today was my 46th class! That means at the beginning of next month, I will have taken 50 CLASSES!!!! I have loved them all. You such a wonderful teacher! Thanks!!

judie said...

THANK YOU so much Sandy, for visiting my blog and wishing me Happy Birthday. Such a pleasure that was. Just yesterday I took a one-stroke class from a DD certified instructor and learned about the HD paints. I was familiar with one-stroke, but the HD paints are new to me. We didn't use them, so I'm going to have to go get some and try them out. Thanks again!

Southern Sugar said...

I love your blog. I just found you tonight. I wish I could take your classes. It has been years since I've painted. I'm from the Atlanta area. So glad I found you.

Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

Thanks so much, Sandi! I love your blog, too. And I see one commenter has taken nearly 50 classes from you! A testament to what a great teacher you are.

KJ said...

I always love seeing different takes on the same theme! Such diversity! Yours came out quite nicely!


Terry Richey said...

I so need to take this class! I told Alice that I absolutely hated the HD paint when we painted with it at convention. Wish so bad I could have been in this class with you yesterday. I guess I will get out my HD paint and give them another try. I need you...without you being in the room when I paint I have NO CONFIDENCE! ARRGHHHH Sorry I missed your second call today. Left my phone in the craft room and was in the basement folding clothes. Still waiting on OSCI information, you will be the first one I call when I hear something. I miss ya!

Jen in MS said...

Wow! These are my favorite paintings yet! Everyone did such a great job and the colors are so pretty!

I love your new blog look! So cheery!

Have a great day!

Christy said...

Thanks for the heads up, I signed up!

melissa @ the inspired room said...

Oh, it would be so fun to take a paint class. Maybe someday! You have some pretty talented students there! You must be proud!

Have a great day. I need to get you on my blogroll, usually by the time I see a few comments from someone I remember to get them added. I'm slow. :-) I do enjoy visiting your blog, and you DO inspire!

Have a great day,


Alice J said...

Hi, Sandy,
Just had to put my 2 cents worth in on your class!
Every class is different! Every class is exciting! Every class is beautiful! Every day with Sandy is a day to remember!
But........this was my 45th class with Sandy!!!!!!
Plus I have won a WHOLE PAINTING DAY WITH SANDY PLUS A FREE LUNCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
IT JUST DON'T GET NO BETTER THAN THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jesus Christ put this woman in my life to help me not only learn to paint but learn to live too. She is a wonderful example to me in the way she lives her life.
And she makes me happy even when I'm down! Always smiling! :-)
God bless Sandy. We love you!
From your BESTEST student,

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I am catching up as well... you have been busy!
Now I'm off to Jills! (wonder why)

Kari said...

Hey - tell Sherry I'm diggin' her hair. lol Really, though. Why don't I have hair like that?

justabeachkat said...

Your talent amazes me. I've never taken a painting class, but if I did, I'd love to take it from you. Not only do you all do a great job with the paintings, but it looks like you have fun too.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful post! I just love all the outstanding smiles on your students! They did an amazing job on their paintings! You must be a very good teacher! Thanks for sharing with us! *HUGS*

Scrappy Moments said...

Beautiful Paintings. Glad I stopped by :)