Sunday, September 30, 2012

wOils Certification

What a busy but wonderful three days I had painting with these amazing ladies! We painted, painted and painted some more and even after all that they wanted to paint some more!   Kathy & Charlie drove over from North Carolina, Shobha and her family drove down from Maryland and Margaret (already certified but wanted to take the insruction part again) from GA all came prepared to learn and to paint!

Here are some snap shots of them painting and their finished projects!

Me & Shobha

Me & Kathy

Me & Charlie

Me & Margaret

One a.m. before they got their I took some extra paint I had from the day before and painted these purple hydrangeas on a canvas that I had already done the background on.
I did two special classes after the Certification projects - all them wanted to paint hydrangeas and roses.  I didn't want to do something I had already done so they got a fresh out of my head idea as we were painting ~ colors, design and all.  They all did such a beautiful job on their Cert pieces and these two special class pieces and I KNOW they will be painting with wOils A LOT!!!
Will be doing two pattern packets for these two projects - roses will be a bit different - again since it was just straight out of my head and onto the canvas and instruction while we were painting them - I wasn't thrilled with my final rose design so will take the creative license to change that up a bit! :)


Am so thrilled that my mother in love(law) is doing better! She is improving day by day but they are keeping her in the hospital til later this week to regain some strength. She had a terrible reaction to some antibiotics that were prescribed to her for infection after dental work. Well, 1 in 10 people have a reaction like she did and it landed her in the ICU. Think that is why meds scare me - am hearing this all too often about what meds can do and the side effects just don't seem worth it! Continued prayers for her and our family are greatly appreciated! I adore my mother in law - she is a ROCK, a SAINT, and I am truly blessed to have such a loving and caring mother in law!

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fall Landscape with Weeping Willow

Yesterday in paint class we painted this fall landscape with a weeping willow tree ~ one of my favorites. After I attended HOOT and took Dorothy Dent's class in which we painted a weeping willow, I knew I had to teach my students how to paint one!  We painted this landscape with wOils and everyone did such an amazing job 







Ann (Ann is so funny - she drew out a water fountain on paper and then painted one in on her painting!)




Lanelle brought me this vase that one of her friends purchased but wanted touched up with paint. In fact she didn't just want it touched up she wanted it painted to match some fabric that she had that matched a lot of the motifs that were on the vase. So I got to work with Enamels on it. Was quite pleased with how it turned out and so was Lanelle - hope her friend is too!


Hope you have a wonderful day!

Friday, September 21, 2012

It has been a pampering, baking, painting, & more kinda day!
This a.m. I finally got my hair done - has been way too long although I'm letting it grow out it was in serious need of color and highlights! If you live local and are looking for a hairdresser ~ Mary at Serenity Salon & Spa is ~ AMAZING!!
Then home to paint and get stuff ready for two shows I have coming up with my friend Nicole in November ~ Christmas Made In The South (Macon, GA) first weekend in Nov. & Mistletoe Market (Perry, GA) third weekend in Nov.
Then off to meet my parents for a much needed manicure and pedicure!
Had been since July and boy....were they in some dire need of pampering and that I got! Went to a new place today Footprints Spa ~ again AMAZING! So peaceful, serene and customer service was top notch! Asked many times if I was comfortable, if I needed something to drink, etc. Will definitely go back for some more "ME" time!
I get to see our oldest tomorrow ~ I'm glad he's in college but I sure do MISS him and MISS him not being here at the house every day. I wanted to make him something that would give him a little taste of "HOME" and what came to mind was something that I've always had fond memories of ~ even down to the packaging!
When I was younger and we'd go and visit my grandparents, my grandfather always baked these chocolate no bake oatmeal/peanut butter cookies. Well, we lovingly referred to them as Carl's Cookies. My Grandfather ~ Carl ~ would make them and freeze them and HIDE them because he knew we three girls would eat all of them the first day and want him to make more! He made them PERFECTLY every time! He'd also always pack them in tins separated with wax paper and that always helped us find em ~ cause we knew what we were looking for!
We'd sneak down into the basement and find them in the deep freeze - get some out and yes, knaw on the frozen cookie! They were even good frozen!  Stuff some in our pockets for later and (a little thawing helped too).  He caught on soon when he'd open a tin and half it not more were missing! :)
So, today I baked some and dug through cabinets to find a tin that I could put them in separated with wax paper! He'll LOVE em! Of course I left some for all of us here to eat too when he takes his tin back to college with him! I wonder if he'll share with his roommates? :)
I included the recipe below in case you wanted to make some for yourself! :)

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Holiday Card Class
Had a wonderful Holiday Cards Class yesterday. We painted cards using Martin F. Weber's Mission Watercolors that I purchased at HOOT! Loved the results and everyone did such a fabulous job on their cards!










My day started out a big crazy! Got to Hobby Lobby early to get ready for my class as I had a lot of stuff to separate and get together for each student. I went into the cabinet to get my water basins and took one stack - filled them up and went back to get another stack and there starring at me was a mouse!
Yes, of course I screamed - LOUDLY - and slammed the doors and ran over to the employee break room. Many people came back to see who screamed and then got Chris to get the mouse out of there.

Well he thought he'd catch him in a box or two and instead the mouse decided to climb into my bag that was laying down on the ground with easels in it. Chris scooped it up and ran to the front of the store to get let it go outside! EEK! Threw me off all day. 

Then last night- chills, sweats, chills, sweats, and now sore throat - so home in bed today and no bowling :( sadly.  It's a rainy day here in Middle GA and one of those veggie soup, curl up on the couch with an afghan kinda days!

Have a good one!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Larger Than Life Canvas Painting Workshop

Today I taught an all day workshop ~ painting LARGE!  Everyone brought pictures or ideas of what they wanted to paint and if they didn't I provided ideas for them to pick from and then they painted them on a 30x40 gallery wrapped canvas.
We had flowers, seascape, flowers and tusan landscapes! Loved what everyone did and think they'll all be painting LARGE again!



Roz and I with her beautiful seascape


Stephanie and I


Cheryl & I

Stephanie and Cheryl drove over from Alabama to come and paint LARGE with me today!
Was great seeing you two again! It's been over a year and way too long!!


This was her first class with me - and she did such a beautiful job don't you think?!


Barb will share her finished project with me and I'll post it here when she does!!

UPDATED:  Barb finished her painting!! Isn't it lovely! :)

Hope you have a great weekend!