My April Blog

This blog comes to you a few days early as things have been a bit jammed up this past week. Where to begin?

I think it will be with classes, after all, teaching is really the reason for this publication


Class wise, April was a bit slower. When spring school break ended, the youth lessons were harder to get scheduled. I have lots of time and teach any day of the week or weekend. But I limit the number of sessions I schedule each day and youth students prefer weekends. Occasionally, I like a weekend away as well so they fill up fast.

April 8th, Hadlee Zurcher returned to the classroom and she is proving to be an excellent student. We are in the process of setting up a regular monthly schedule as she has plans to become better than the teacher.

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On the 14th of April, Jayden Henkelman returned for his continuing sessions. Jayden is another of my young group that schedule classes a months or two in advance, in order to get the days and times that work best for him. He is making excellent progress and I am looking forward to seeing how he did in the Art and Soul competition.

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April 18th.. Returning for her third class, Hanna Harr is proving to be a very capable artist and her desire to improve matches many of those who are now experiencing the Joy of Painting.

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And on the 19th, and back for what I think was her 13th class, Ayda Bowman continues to shine. In addition to these regular sessions, Ayda also completed a 5 day workshop which really had a positive impact on her painting skills. She also has her next class time reserved.

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On April 20th I had to cancel a class with a new student, Brayden Fernandez, as that morning I had to rush Wanda to the hospital and did not have time to call. So I left a note on the door explaining the situation and they have been very understanding. I look forward to meeting Brayden very soon.

There are two more sessions scheduled for this month, Jayden Henkelman will be back on the 28th and Clair Hardesty on the 29th. I will show you their results with the next monthly blog posting.

Coming Up

It appears that May will be another busy month and those days are starting fill up. I will not be available for classes between April 30th and April 7th as I will be going to see my sister in Wyoming.

The last day for voting on the Art and Soul entries is April 27th.  I have cast my ballots and be assured that I voted for each of my students. I am so proud of all of them… I think that the winners will be announced on May 5th so I will not be here for that ceremony.

April Student of the Month

Hadlee Zuercher is my pick for Student of the Month. She showed such good potential when taking her first class, but seemed a little reserved. That was not in evidence on April 8th when she took brushes in hand. What a transformation. She, like all of my picks, demonstrated the ability to listen and watch carefully as I demonstrated techniques. She remembered what was taught in lesson # 1 so her second session was a snap. Congratulations Hadlee!

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I mentioned that on April 20th, we had to rush Wanda to the hospital. She was in such pain and the staff in the ER took excellent care of her, doing their best to make her more comfortable before sending her to Intensive Care. The first thought was that she had a bowel obstruction and within two hours of being admitted, had her on her way to emergency surgery. It turned out that something had blocked the blood flow to the large intestine and they had to remove about two thirds of it. She came back to the ICU but her body just could not deal with all of the trauma. Sadly at 5:10 am on Easter Morning, she went to be with our Lord.

I am coping OK at the moment and hopefully my two boys will stay strong, but this woman who shared my life for 56 years will be missed so much. If you are interested, you can see her obituary at

So many of you have come forward with cards offers to help and questions about sending flowers… Thank you for that. Instead of flowers, if you are so inclined we would prefer that you make a donation to the Magic Valley Arts Council in her name. You will see the information on the obituary.

As difficult at this time is, I understand that death comes to us all in time and is a part of life that we all will face. My resolve is to continue to be active and teach. I look forward to seeing many of you in class one day soon.

I am posting a few of Wanda’s paintings including the one most recently completed. She loved to paint and flowers were her passion.

More next time:

Pat Alsup CRI®

Wow, it was a busy busy month!

April 3, 2019


For the past 3 years I have been working steadily to increase my student base, both with more adult classes and the addition of a youth program. Knock on wood, but there is now every indication that ngs are moving in this direction. In March there was an excellent volume of classes and I am finding now that more of my students are reserving class time a month or two in advance. I want to thank each of you who have contributed toward this by making recommendations to your friends and families, talking about the classes on face book and of course, by taking classes. I love you all.

Let’s begin this month’s blog with a quick account of the classes held:

The first class of the month appropriately enough was held on March 1st. Ellery Rowlands demonstrated excellent skills as we worked through her first seascape. These are not easy and she did an outstanding job.

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On the 2nd of the month Jayden Henkelman continued his training with a painting that may turn out to be his favorite. I think it is the one he will enter in this years Art and Soul competition. I call the painting “Tatonka” as that is what the buffalo was called in one of my favorite movies “Dances with Wolves” Check out what a great job Jayden did with this.

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March 4th found Tara Hansen back in the studio. She requested a painting of Aspen trees which I developed earlier. She loves to learn new techniques and this provided that opportunity. Check out the faded trees in the background, rocks in the stream and of course, really nice birch trees.

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Four days later (March 8th) I had two young ladies in for their first class. Eliza Lee and her sister Lydia received gift certificates for Christmas and they had a really wonderful time as they painted the same painting. Often when members of the same family paint I will try to make something different in the end result so they are unique to each one. This time I used masking tape to create different designs on the finished canvas. These girls did great.

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Hanna Harr also received a couple of gift certificates for Christmas and on the 9th came for her first class. Hanna is 11 and proved to be an excellent student I was so impressed by how well she listened to the instructions and that she was equally adept at applying what she saw to the canvas. She would return later for her second session.

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March 14th was the day that Bentley Covington arrived for her first Joy of Painting experience. If I remember correctly, Bentley is 9 and as you will see, she did an outstanding job on her painting.

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Elinor Lee, the younger sister of Eliza and Lydia was also the recipient of a Xmas Gift Certificate and she was so excited and ready to prove that she could do just as well as her sisters. She did just that:

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As you can see, the volume of my youth students is growing rapidly. Among those who took their first class was Zamara Trobridge. Zamara is six going on 20. Her Mom sat in the observation corner (which I refer to as the “time out corner”) as this young lady showed that she had no fear when it came to taking on a painting challenge, and, with good reason, as she did great.

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Ayda Bowman has been a student for well over a year. She began at age 11 and immediately showed an aptitude for this style of painting. Her parents have been so supportive and as of this date, she has had more classes than any of my current student base. In fact she has moved from taking the youth series up to adult classes. They are longer and more involved. She continues to improve. Ayda will have a painting in the Art and Soul competition this year.

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March 23rd found Jayden Henkelman back for another class. Here is a young man with a huge passion to paint. He has set up a studio at home and practices on a regular basis. On this day we took on a different medium, black canvas with a liquid clear base. He fell in love with this style and with good reason. Have a look:

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On the 26th of the month I met another young lady who arrived to take her first class. Claire Hardesty loved painting and her painting loved her. Well done Claire!

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The very next day, I greeted a young married couple who traveled from Washington to enjoy their first Joy of Painting experience. Kelsey Fried and Bryant Alma were my first Airbnb clients. I will talk more about this program in a bit. This couple loves to travel and enjoy new experiences. They have been Bob Ross fans for a very long time and were so excited to take this class.


On the 28th I had two more young sisters on the schedule. Macee and Libby Merrell undertook a pretty involved painting. Truth is, there was more to paint that we could squeeze into the allotted time so left out one section of trees. Still, the paintings turned out excellent.


As you can see, the last week of the month was BUSY.. Spring Break was the contributing factor here. So, we finished up the last days like this:

March 29th was the day that young Luke Carlson (age 11) and his grandmother Barbara Crider joined me for a family day. You will remember that I let parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles paint with their kids at the kid rate. I love to see families make these kinds of memories together so make that exception. What do you think? Pretty nice paintings, I would say.

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The 30th found my avid young friend Jayden Henkelman back in the studio. You will see him often as his Mom is trying to get him at least two classes a month. That will certainly provide good strides in painting technique. This is the painting he did this day.

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And the last day of March was reserved for returning Hanna Harr. Again, another of my youngsters  who are determined to become accomplished “wet on wet” artists. You will see a lot of her in coming months. This girl has no fear!.




Every 30 days I pick an individual from one of my two groups (youth and adult) who I think has demonstrated excellent qualities and produced good paintings. The qualities that I look for include enthusiasm, paying close attention to the instructions and then being able to transfer what they saw to the canvas.  This is a load and touch process so loading the brush properly is critical to finding good results. Obviously, once the brush is loaded, how it touches the canvas is equally important. There are subtle things in each element that make a huge difference. This month my choice for this recognition is Hanna Harr. Congratulations young lady. I am looking forward to good things from you!

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I mentioned earlier that a married couple from Washington came to take classes. This came about as a result of my new association with Airbnb. I have been selected as an event provider for this area so when people are making travel plans they can find me on the Airbnb site. There is a calendar that allows them to book up to two classes for one day. I then contact them to determine an exact time for class and send them samples of paintings that they can choose from. It will be interesting to see how this impacts future class schedules. It was exciting to have a booking only two days after being approved. If you are interested in checking out what they offer go to


When the days are filled with classes, it leaves little left to play with new creations. I did play a little and here are the results:



This is the month of Art and Soul, which is the Northwest’s largest public-voting contest and community arts appreciation. It begins on April 12th and runs through April 27th. This is competition organized by the Magic Valley Arts Council that brings art work representing many genres into Twin Falls. These pieces are on display in venues throughout the city. Awards are given in each of the categories and there is also a lot of cash to be won. This attracts artisans from many states and there are some really impressive entries. As indicated, you the public vote for the winners. There is a professionally judged competition as well.

This is not just limited to professionals or adults. There will be a ton of entries in the youth divisions and some of my students will be included. I will probably miss some, but as you are out looking you will recognize entries from Holly Attebury, Ayda Bowman, Tyson Bucher, Jayden Henkelman, Leah Francom, Adam Hompland and Ellery Rowlands. All of the youth entries will be on display at the Magic Valley Mall. I encourage you to get out and see them. While you are there, be sure to vote for your favorites.

To vote, one must first register at the Magic Valley Arts Council. There is no cost to become a voter but you must register.

I have an entry in this year. Not one of my paintings, but a Synthetic Ceramic Tile that is a tribute to My Best Work. I hope that you will have a chance to look at it. My entry number is 9-120 and it is now on display at The Center for Physical Rehabilitation located at 754 N College Rd, Suite D. It features a good number of this year’s students. Check to see what they have done. I am a proud teacher!

Once again, I am looking forward to a busy month. If you are thinking about scheduling classes, I do suggest that you call me soon, as the days seem to disappear in a hurry.

Pat Alsup CRI®


Short but Busy

March Newsletter

February was a busy and productive month. Each of the classes I taught had positive aspects. I can see real improvement in those who are repeat students and the quality of the paintings produced was excellent. I know that several of the youth paintings will be featured in this year’s Art and Soul competition. I look forward to seeing lots of positive results from these entry’s.

Classes Held

On February 2nd, Jayden Henkleman returned for his second lesson. This young man (I think he is 11) is so jacked up about painting and I look forward to some positive growth this year. His mother (Dottie) is very supportive. He told me that he is putting together a small studio area in his home. Watch for his progress. This is the painting he completed in this class:  You can see more of his class pictures HERE.

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February 6th was another rewarding day for me. Sam Kauffman returned for his third class and we decided that he was up to a larger challenge. Painting reflections can be a real test of one’s perception. Here we decided to paint the reflection of a mountain in the water. To do this we first paint the mountain and when it is time to do the reverse image, we turn the canvas upside down and then do the opposite of the original. He did great and this is a painting all would be proud to have hanging on their wall. Have a look and if you want to see the class photo’s they are right HERE.

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On the 7th, I hosted a calss for Tara Hansen and Donna Erickson. These two friends have so much fun in class. This is there second time painting together and each did so with a gift certificate from the other. As you will see, they did the same painting that Sam did on the 6th. They were able to pick their own colors and I have no problem with students doing this….  After all, it is THEIR world. Look at more of their class photo’s HERE.

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Just two days later (Feb 9th) Kyleigh Gratzer was a first time student and, again, came to the studio as a result of a Christmas Gift Certificate. She is 12 and has done a lot of painting, but never with oils. I started here with a more advances painting and she did really well. I do hope that this young lady returns. She is a talent. Have a look at her class photo’s… HERE

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Tara Hansen loves to paint and she returned for a second February class on the 13th. Most of her work previously was on a 12 x 16 canvas. Today we went larger, working with more space and practicing the application of snow on a mountain. It is a learned skill and Tara is a quick study. Watching her progress photo by photo is fun.. They are right HERE.


I teach any day of the week and as often as I can fit students in. With only a two day break Ellelrly Rowlands for her third class. Most of my sessions involve my painting an example showing the individual steps. I paint, they watch and then they do what I did… Simple enough. On February 15th I can say with complete honesty that the students painting was better than my sample. How did that make me feel?  EMBARRASED….NOT ONE BIT…   PROUD… ABSOLUTELY.  This was a great teaching day. Have a look at the photos of that days adventure HERE.

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On the next day, February 16th, Jayden Henkleman was back for his third learning experience. We are now looking at a schedule where he will paint twice a month Jayden has such a good attitude. He enjoys every second in the class, is always attentive and does his best to do each technique correctly. That pays dividends as you can see with today’s finished painting. Oh yes, I almost forgot. Check out the last pictures on his web page.  CLICK  HERE.

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February 22nd. Ayda Bowman is another of my regular students and she will have an entry in Art and Soul. The one she did today focused on making buildings. They are a challenge. She is always up to whatever test I put before her. This young lady is now taking the adult classes. That is progress. This is the LINK to her web page.

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Paul Marsh received a gift certificate from his wife for Valentine’s Day. This couple is preparing for retirement and she thought painting might be a good hobby for him to pursue when that day comes. What a great student he turned out to be. If so inclined this February 23rd student can do well with the Joy of Painting technique. LOOK HERE

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On the last day of the month Leah Francom came in with a request to do something that she could enter in the Art and Soul competition. Leah had painted twice before. Once with her Dad and she is a really good little painter. When you attend the Art and Soul showings, look for her painting. It is an eye catcher.  When you look at her web page you will find that I am now trying to put video shorts showing students in action. This is my first try at that. SEE IT HERE.

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Picking one student for this recognition continues to be one of my more difficult assignments. This month, like many before it, has more than one person that could be chosen. I look for several things including: The quality of their painting(s). How well they watched how I loaded the brushes and copied the way the brush touches the canvas. Their general attitude and their enthusiasm is also a factor.

This month my choice for the Student of the Month is Jayden Henlkeman. Congratulations young man.

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As previously mentioned the annual Art and Soul completion is coming soon. Youth entries are only $10.00 and I hope that my students come home with a ton of cash. I know that those who look at their paintings with do a lot of Ooohing  as  they will stand out as winners. But win or lose, the most important thing is to compete It makes me happy that so many are proud enough of their work to display it for the public. I know that attendees will be impressed with the Joy of Painting entries. I hope that every one of you will attend and please vote. There are lots of different venues and so many different types of artistic work displayed. I am entering again this year. It will not be one of my paintings but a large Synthetic Ceramic piece. I call it “My Best Work” and is a collage of many of my students with their paintings. There was not room to include all I would have liked to, but it is representative of what all of you do. I hope you like it. Not sure yet where it will be on display but will let you know. Here is a sneak peak at the tile:


Sadly I don’t paint very much for myself. I did work to develop a few paintings for my student base and tried a couple of new things just to mix things up. Here are some of them.


I want to remind you that I have a small (and dwindling) supply of used brushes and knives that I will sell at an excellent price. They all have lots of paintings remaining in them. I do carry a limited supply of new brushes and can order in additional ones that I sell for a lot less than you will find in the stores. The same is true of the liquid bases, paints and any of the other Bob Ross supplies.

I am currently trying a different brand of canvas. It costs me a bit more than what I pay for my current classroom canvas, but I hope will be worth it. The canvas I have been using is good, but sometimes requires an additional amount of liquid base or  gesso. As I have limited space I am going to sell some of the canvas that is being replaced and you can benefit by this. I have some 12 x 16 that will sell for $3.50 each or if you buy 3 it will be $9.00 (plus tax). There are also 16 x 20’s that are on sale for $4.00 each or 3 for $10.00 (plus tax). Let me know if you want some of these.  And please don’t forget that we carry a pretty nice selection of frames in several different sizes. These are nice frames and very affordable.


I guess the last thing I should mention is that I was selected by Airbnb to be an event provider. That means that I will be scheduling classes further in advance for people visiting the Magic Valley. I hope this works. It will be important for each of you to plan ahead and reserve those dates that you want to be in the studio.


Reviewing January (and more)

February 1, 2019

I want to begin this update by recognizing all of those who took a class in the first month of 2019. It was a busy month. My first student in January was Sam Kauffman and he was followed (in order of the classes) by Adam Hompland, Hailee and Clint Freeman, Raven Archer, Tammy King, Megan Peacock & Elsie Summerfield, Chris Sant, Jayden Henkelman, Dan Scrimpsher, Will Couch and my last class was with the Ficklin sisters (Chloe & Ella).

Let’s have a look at the completed paintings for each of these classes.


Student of the Month

It seems that each month the decision as to who receives this recognition becomes more difficult. Each of those listed above really did a fine job on their paintings. My two most senior students (Dan Scrimpsher & Will Couch) had exceptional paintings but as you will see, when I factored in all of the consideration elements, Adam Hompland was my choice. CLICK HERE to see his class pictures. CONGRATULATIONS ADAM!

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Web Site Modification

In addition to inputting all of the class information, this month I added an entirely new section which I call Articles. This will be a category is to present various items which relate to Bob Ross or the Wet on Wet Technique. My first entry is an article titled “Things You Don’t Know About Bob Ross” which is really interesting and the second is one showing the statistics on how often Bob included things such as trees, clouds, cabins, people, etc in his paintings. I think you will find that interesting. Here is a link to the Articles category:  CLICK HERE


Valentine’s Day will be here in just two weeks. If you are wanting to buy your special someone (husband, wife, significant other, or just a good friend) a gift that will be remembered for a very long time, maybe even a lifetime, then a gift certificate for you and that person might be the perfect choice.

Valentines Day

This is an offer limited to just the Adult Classes and if you purchase the special Valentine Coupon you can save $20.00. That’s right, normally a class for one person is $55.00 and that includes the 4 hour session (approximately), the canvas, use of brushes and paints. You will leave the class with a completed painting. So, for two students the cost is normally $110.00 but the price for a Valentine Date Night Coupon is only $90.00. This offer lasts only until February 14th but you will be able to redeem the coupon anytime in the future. For more information give me a call at 208-539-7732.


I know that several of you have already submitted your entry for this year’s Art and Soul completion. I know that a number of my young students have an excellent chance of winning in their age group.  I think they have cash prizes for the first three finishers in each division. Youth entry fees are only $12.00. For complete information on the show go to


Parent Child Classes

Are a real treat for all involved and I really encourage them. They take about an hour (or maybe a little longer). The adult gets to paint at the youth price and each of you go home with a completed painting. My experience has been that both parties love the experience. I think it builds a lasting memory of a fun, positive event. Please consider painting with your child and while doing so, check out these smiles:


This month has the look of being busy.. Many have already called about setting up classes. I have some parents who are reserving days on a continuing basis, so finding prime painting times may become more of a challenge. I will continue to offer as many days and hours as possible but making arrangements a good bit in advance is an excellent idea…

Until Next Time….. HAPPY PAINTING.

Pat Alsup CRI®

It Was A Rewarding Year

January 6, 2019

Normally one waits until the end of a message to express feelings of thanks, but today I want all of my students to know how much I enjoyed working with them this year. All of you did amazing work and together I feel that we had a good deal of fun. Here is a recap of what the 2018 teaching program was like:

Classes Held:     82

Students Taught:  99

Hours I Spent Teaching:   330 +

Hours Spent in Preparation and Cleanup:   100 +

A healthy percentage of those classes involved brand new students. Many of those were the result of your referrals and for that I am so appreciative. I also had a good number of students that found me on Facebook. A few were found us at events like Art in the Park and even the Pop Up Sales that I have sometimes in my yard.

While this seems like a lot, it was not so many years ago that Wanda and I were traveling to teach group classes where we would have 12 students in each class and often held these classes 5 to 7 days a week. I don’t want to even think about how many hours went into those years. And I have to say that I much prefer my current teaching circumstances. Working with one or two students at a time allows me to give close personal attention to what the student is doing and that results in a better learning experience for them.


I can’t think of a better way to end the year than by having dual winners of this recognition. Andrea Bucher and Jana Petersen completed a 5 day workshop in December and their work was excellent:

Each day would begin with a practice session that lasted 2 or more hours. Then they would clean that canvas for use the next day after which they would use those techniques to complete a painting which then went home with them. As you can see, the work payed off.


Once again one of the biggest art events of the Magic Valley is about to begin. I am going to give you a link to the Magic Valley Arts Council that will tell you all about it. I am in hopes that some of my young students will consider entering into that competition. If you do, please let me know so I can follow up on it.  Here is the information:


2019 has every indication that I will be even busier. Lots of you purchased gift certificates as Christmas gifts and my early January schedule is starting to fill up. I hope that this year will result in being able to introduce more people to the Joy of Painting and that many of you will consider one of my workshops. I showed you the paintings that resulted from the Adult Workshop. You will also remember Ayda Bowman who took the abbreviated Youth Workshop. Ayda has now graduated from youth classes to the more advanced adult instruction:

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I hope you all have a HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Pat Alsup CRI®

November was full of happenings…

December 7, 2018

Here we are in the final month of 2018 and I am busy trying to figure out where the year has gone. More than that, maybe someone can explain how the past 78 have slipped by in such a rush?

November has been a blast even though my class total is below the summers’ average. The quality of my students work continues at a very high level. There have been new students along with those returning for additional instruction and fun. Let’s have a quick peek at who was here.

The first class was on the first day of November when Kathy Hanson came for a second Joy of Painting experience. She has seen a painting displayed at our Twin Falls “Art in the Park” booth this past summer and wanted to have a go at it. Unfortunately we are not sure which painting it was. This might be it, or close to what she wanted to do.

On the 10th, Jonah Hepworth returned for a second class. It was a ‘family day[‘ event as his mother, Joanne, painted with him. This was her first time in the studio and her first time painting in the “{wet on wet” style. They had a terrific time and as you can see, their smiles reflect that.

Ayda Bowman is a regular in the studio. Last month you saw all of the work she did in her 5 day youth workshop but in addition to painting at home, she is still expanding her skills in the studio. On this day she did a really beautiful painting with mountains reflected in the lake. Tricky to do, but she did it well. (Check our her new Bob Do)

November 16th was really special for me. Many years ago, Denise was a lovely young girl in our neighborhood. She would stop by from time to time to see check on what Wanda and I were doing. Now she is grown, has children of her own and is also a lady with good artistic skills. She stays busy with a varied array of craft activities including getting back into water colors. She has never done any ‘wet on wet” oil painting and is determined to learn it as well. As you can see, she made an excellent start and I look forward to showing her much more.

The last part of the month saw the return of Andrea Bucher to the studio. She and her husband, Todd, had painted once before. And, her son Tyson has had several classes. Daughter Gracie has also been a student. Andrea convinced her friend Jana Petersen to take a 5 day adult workshop with her. Jana had not painted previously. The workshops involves a morning session where they  learn the various techniques of loading the brush and then touching the canvas at the proper angle and pressure that then result in clouds, mountains, trees, waterfalls, etc. After a break for lunch, they then complete a painting using the practiced strokes. Each day we add new techniques using the same format. I will have a feature on the workshop in the January blog as it is not yet complete. However, here are the results of their first two workshops.



STUDENT OF THE MONTH:  One can usually make a case for several to qualify for the month’s honoree and it was no different this time. After a good deal of reflection, my pick for November is Kathy Hanson. Check it out HERE.

Christmas is only days away but there is still time to purchase Joy of Painting Gift Certificates. They make great gifts for kids, adults, family and friends. The student has a great time and goes home with a painting that they can be proud of forever! You can pay without coming to the studio and I still have time to mail the certificates to you..  Call or text me at 208-539-7732.

Wanda and I wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas.

Pat Alsup CRI®

Celebrating Four Years

It is nearly impossible to comprehend but in just a few days Wanda and I will have been back in Twin Falls a total of 75,920 days. Do the math folks!  That equates to 208 weeks! Yep… 4 years in the land of four seasons. We loved our time in Arizona but it has been nice being back in Idaho where we are closer to our boys.

The time has been good to us. We have rekindled relationships with acquaintances accumulated during the 19 years we lived here previously AND we have developed so many new relationships with students and their families. Speaking of students, my teaching schedule has changed pretty dramatically. When I began offering classes we strove to have 12 students in every class and we tried very hard to hold classes 5 or 6 days each week. At that time all of the sessions lasted about 4 hours and were directed at individuals 12 years or older. When we moved here I decided that my body would not hold up under that kind of schedule. We decided to devote about half of our garage to studio. That meant a dramatically smaller teaching area and classes would be limited to no more than two per session. I love these personalized, private classes. In the past year my student base grown with the addition of youth classes catering to kids as young as six. Developing a youth program has been one of the most rewarding things I have done as a Certified Bob Ross Instructor®.

Speaking of my young students, now that school has started, those sessions have slowed down A LOT! That means I now have time for you moms who can paint while their kiddies are in school.

Gift Certificates

If you are looking for ideas as to what you can get those special to you for the upcoming Christmas season, please consider a gift certificate or maybe even several. Just this week I held a class to Jonah Hepworth and his grandmother Joanne Hepworth who both cashed in their certificates from last Christmas. As you can see, they did well and have a lasting family memory.

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You can see more of their class photo’s by CLICKING HERE.

OK, enough reflection on days past. Lets talk about what is happening now at Brush Stroke Studio.


The honors for October went to Janet Milligan who is proving herself to be an excellent student. She is very deserving. HERE is a link to her  November class. Congratulations Janet!


Last month I concluded my first youth workshop which was a huge success. Congratulations to Ayda Bowman for completing this. Ayda is now painting at home and I have seen some of the work she is doing alone. It is excellent!

I have an Adult Workshop scheduled for the last part of November. It will have two students one of which has never had a class from me. It will be fun to keep you advised as to how well they do. For additional information about workshops CLICK HERE.

These are the paintings that the workshop students will complete in the five day session.



Wanda and I were recently honored by the Magic Valley Arts Council by being selected to display work in an exhibition featuring twelve Full Moon Gallery Guest Artists.  The event kicks off on November 15th with an Artist Reception and Open House. Wanda and I will be there to greet all who attend and we do hope that you will be in that group. The open house runs from 5 pm to 7 pm and is at the Twin Falls Center for the Arts. That address is 195 River Vista Place, Twin Falls. We are humbled by the invitation. Hope you can come and enjoy all of the work displayed.

Deck the Walls


I am always working on new paintings. Some just to sell but most of them are pieces that we can do in a class. Maybe you would be interested in completing one of these?

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I am sure that many of you receive the Canyon Community Corner, an exclusive magazine serving the residents of the Twin Falls area. This month the feature article spotlighted the contributions that Dan and Sonja Willie have made to our fine community. They are a remarkable couple and the recognition is certainly earned. There is also a piece about Wanda and I as it relates to our Joy of Painting journey. If you have not received the magazine, here is a copy of the article.

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The Pace Is Slower Now

It is a chilly, wet October evening as I prepare this addition to my blog. I guess that summer is over and Fall has made its appearance. As I look at my calendar I can tell that school is once again occupying my young students’ time but that is OK. I can use a bit of a break.

September was a very busy month filled with a mixture of new and repeat students. I have already told you about the youth workshop that Ayda Bowman completed in August. I am pleased to report that she is now working on paintings at home. Here is a sample of a recent practice painting that she did. It is her own composition and is well done.

Ayda Practice Piece

I will show you the two classes she has taken since completing the workshop but first want to announce that she is my choice as the Student of the Month for September. This is the second time she has earned this distinction. CONGRATULATIONS AYDA.

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Let’s have a look at the September class happenings.

On Sept 19th Ayda returned to the Brush Stroke Studio with a request to develop a painting with a cabin. Below are the pictures from that session.

Then, of the 22nd she was back and during our time together we did a painting where we made a canvas look like wood grain and then immediately painted on top of that. She did such a good job.

Two days later, I met with Gabe Larsen. Gabe is eleven and his first painting was a bit more advanced than I normally do when working with a first time youth student. He was up to the challenge and I am sure he will be back. Here is Gabe:

On the 28th of August Ellery Rowlands came for her second class. Ellery just had a birthday and instead of the usual birthday presents, she asked for cash which she used to take her second class. That makes me so proud and she will certainly attest that receiving a gift certificate for a class would make a great gift for any youngster.

This past Friday, Janet Milligan returned to the studio for her fourth lesson. Janet is a joy to work with. She has such good skills and is so dedicated to learning all she can about many different styles of painting. This class was devoted to painting trees so we worked on a practice canvas for a couple of hours and then did the painting you see below.

Janet will be back later this month at which time she will learn how to make a 12 x 24 canvas look just like a piece of wood… That will be fun so stay tuned.

It will not be very long before the kids are knocking on doors asking for either a trick or a treat. Keep in mind that your child might like to have a gift certificate for a free class in their pumpkin. This is also a good month to schedule a date night out at the Brush Stroke Studio. Or maybe a Friends Class where you can share an afternoon or evening with your bestie…

Keep your brushes clean!

Pat Alsup  CRI®

Things are cooling down!

September 10, 2018

It is just very hard for me to believe that summer is nearly over, but all of the signs are there. The days grow shorter, the nights cooler, the flowers are beginning to fade a bit and the garden is nearly ready to be cleaned out.

Along with this, my youth schedule, which has just been bursting at the seams, now is a bit quieter. We can contribute this to the fact that school has begin. Every day, a bit before 8 am and around 3 pm. the street in front of the house is lined with cars as parents haul kids to and from their classrooms. With school in session the times that kids can paint is more restricted which means that those windows here at Brush Stroke Studio will be more in demand. I have more requests for weekend classes but normally don’t schedule more than one, sometimes two of those on Saturdays and Sundays. So, it is imperative that you think ahead and reserve times early.

Since we last visited Ayda Bowman has completed her Joy of Painting Youth Workshop. She came to the studio five different times simply to practice various techniques. Those included painting various types of clouds, putting snow on the mountain, making tappy grass, happy little trees, rocks, a big old oak tree, lakes, streams and waterfalls. There was also a session devoted just to pallet knife work, including making a cabin. On the sixth day, Ayda painted a complete 16 x 20 work of art.

Before the final session, I sent a book of Bob Ross paintings home with Ayda so she could select one for us to do on day six. She could not decide on just one, so designed her own and sent me a sketch as well as a paint color list that we would work with. Oh how this young lady has gained confidence as well as skills these past weeks. If you would like to see a video slide show of her JOP journey to date, you will find it HERE. And here is Ayda with her completed painting!

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STUDENT OF THE MONTH for August recognition goes to Roper Haines. Congratulations to you young lady. Roper painted with me twice in August and demonstrated excellent skills.  Here are some photo’s of those classes.

Before I close this, let me mention a Pop-Up-Sale that Wanda and I had here at the house this past weekend. A couple of times a year we haul out the canopy as well as some older paintings, damaged frames, old supplies, etc and put them all on sale. It also gives me a chance to do some demo paintings and meet new potential students.

Most of those who stopped by went home with some real bargains. It was nice to see all of you. I also managed to set up new classes. What I was most aware of at the close of the day was how tired I was. This old body just does not hold up very well any more. Anyway, here are come pictures of our day.

Cooling Down

August 28, 2018

It has been a hot summer and I am not just talking about the temperatures. Activity here at Brush Stroke Studio has been smoking hot and I love it that way. My activity with young students has been so rewarding but I suspect that as school begins I will have more time available on weekdays. As you know, I am willing to hold classes on the weekends, both Saturday and Sundays, so if you are wanting to schedule a class then, I suggest that you do it well in advance as those times may be already filled.

With school starting it often means that Moms and Dads have more time by themselves during the week and this will be a good chance for you to experience the Joy of Painting. Let me prove to you that parents can achieve great things at the easel. Bring a friend and enjoy a new experience.

While my studio is limited in seating size, it is just right for time out with that someone special in your life. Why not plan a date night. It can be to celebrate an anniversary, birthday or simply that you enjoy doing new things with friends and family. I can begin adult classes in the early evenings. Most adult sessions last four hours and yes, if you want to bring a bottle of bubbly to share, that is fine with me.

Since my last posting I have taught several new students as well as those returning for additional instruction. I have also near the completion of a Youth Workshop. Ayda Bowman has spent five sessions with me, working on the fundamentals of this technique and is doing so well. During these sessions she works on a practice canvas which is wiped clean in anticipation of the next class. Our next time together will be this Thursday when she will complete a 16 x 20 painting which will be framed. I am anxious to show you those results. For now, here are a few pictures of the different sessions:

Let’s have a look at my most recent classes and begin with a cousin session on the 14th of August. Kaylee Wright and cousin Taylor Gartner shared an experience that will not soon (or maybe ever) be forgotten. Lets look at what these two young ladies did that day.

Classes completed in the past couple of weeks include a first time meeting with Emery Zimmerman. Emery recently turned 6 and was so excited to take a painting class. Here is why:

The day following Emery being here Leah Francom returned with her father Michael and they had the very best time with a father/daughter session. Dad is a huge Bob Ross fan and learned that the results can be great but not quite as easy as it looks on TV.. Fact is, the technique is easy to learn and the results can be really good…

That same day, (August 17) I had met with Roper Haines who took the introductory youth class and she did so well. So well that they scheduled a second session for the 21st and here are pictures of both meetings:

On August 24th Ellery Rowlands proved once again that these young kids can paint. If I remember correctly, Ellery is just 10. She drives past my home daily to attend school down the street and I am hoping that on occasion she will have an opportunity to stop after classes to say hello and to take another class. She has lots of potential.

So, as I said, it has been busy here. I am looking forward to a few days off. We will be heading back to Wyoming with a group of “my kids”. Some will be on bikes and there will be two cars. That will be fun. I love young people and will have some photo’s for you when I return. Or, you can check my face book pages for daily photo updates.

Last Saturday I took advantage of time created when a returning student had to cancel class owing to illness. I have had a painting floating around in my hear for the past couple of weeks and wanted to see it on canvas. So, I first painted a 5 x 7 trial painting to see if the approach and colors would work.

Fire on the Horizon

I then made some mental corrections and did it again on a 18” x 24” canvas which I then framed for hanging. It is for sale, but may spend time on my wall. I call it “Night Fire”. Hope you like it.

Night Fire

Don’t forget.. Gift Certificates are good for almost any occasion. I can personalize them to your needs…   Hope to see each of you soon.

Pat Alsup  CRI®