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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

DATE NIGHT PROMOTION:

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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 http://magicvalleyhasart.com/?utm_content=%7BURIENCODE%5BE-MAIL_ADDRESS%5D%7D&utm_source=VerticalResponse&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=MagicValleyHasArt.com&utm_campaign=Art%20Scene%201.31.19

 

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:

ABOUT FEBRUARY

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.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH – DECEMBER

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.

ART AND SOUL

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: www.MagicValleyHas.Art.com

WHAT IS NEXT?

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.

OCTOBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH

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!

WORKSHOPS

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.

 

DECK THE WALLS

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.

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NEW PAINTINGS

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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WHAT ELSE?

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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Remember, BRUSHES ARE EXPENSIVE…. TAKE GOOD CARE OF THEM. ALWAYS CLEAN THEM A SECOND TIME WITH A FRESH BATCH OF THINNER.

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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®

It has been much too long…….

August 13, 2018

I have been negligent these past 60 days and must apologize for not keeping this blog current. It has been a busy summer, some traveling and then there are the responsibilities of lawn care and helping my kids with projects. That’s it. Apology complete!  Let me catch you up.

I mentioned that I have been busy with classes and want to recognize those students. Some are first time students and others you will remember from previous mailings:

June 18th saw Kathy and Richard Goddard here for a date night. What fun that was

 

Then, on the 21st of June, Tyson Bucher began a youth workshop where we worked with some of the fundamentals of the Ross technique. We are still in the process of competing this, but here are some photo’s from our time together:

June 29th  had two sisters in the studio. You will remember Alalynn Zaldivar and her sister Iliana. Both are such talented young ladies.

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July began with first time student Dana Lieu who was here on the 4th and she showed real abilities.

On July 5th Tara Hansen of Kitchen Tune-Up tried her hand at a seascape

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Skip to the 10th where Hailee Freeman came for her first painting experience

One day later (July 11th) young Sara Cutler showed me that she has a yen to be an artist. She has no fear and proved it on canvas

July 13th found another young lady in the studio. Meet Mayalei Yates who as you can see received a birthday gift certificate. This is a gift that will never be forgotten.

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You might be thinking that I allow only girls into the studio. That just is not true. This young man (Sam Kauffman) did an excellent job when he was here on the 17th of July.

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On the 19th Ayda Bowman returned for another lesson. This is another young lady with a real hankering to become a skilled artist. Watch for her in the future

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July 20th was very special to me. Lily Emery came to class with her father Curtis. This was my first father/daughter class since coming back to Idaho and it is so rewarding to see parents sitting at the easel with their kids. I look forward to more of these

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Earlier in the day, I had another first time youngster showing her ability to paint. This is Maqlynn Lancaster

The remainder of the month I took some days to assist my son with the construction of a patio at his home. Wanda and I also participated in the Twin Falls Art in the Park where we met many new potential students, sold some artwork and did some demonstration paintings which we gave away in periodic drawings. I also had my young student Ayda Bowman stop by to do a quick demonstration painting. Here are some photos from the park.

After our event in the Park, I went to Cody Wyo for my 60th high school class reunion. I also did some demonstration paintings there and even had a drawing for a free class. Don Brown from Fairbanks Alaska won and had a great time playing in the paint.

Once back, I jumped right back into classes beginning. On August 8th Tara Hansen had purchased a birthday gift certificate for her friend and fellow Kitchen Tune-Up proprietor Donna Erickson. This was Donna’s first painting experience and what fun they had:

Early on the 9th, Sara Cutler returned for her third class and again demonstrated her ability to watch, listen and then apply what I teach to the canvas. Trust me, she will be good!2018-08-09 14.21.20

On the evening of the 9th we had another date night class. Rhett Larsen arrived with his wife Cassis but had no idea where he was headed or what he would be doing. He is a Bob Ross fan and she surprised him with a special birthday gift. They did great!

I find it interesting that the last class I reported on in my previous blog was that of Janet Milligan. And she fills the same spot on this blog. Janet was here on the 10th to recreate on canvas a photo she had sent me earlier. We worked it out while painting. That was a great experience for both of us. I look forward to doing more of this.

Each month I select one student who I feel has done exceptionally well as my “Student of the Month”. In June that person was Ayda Bowman and she was very deserving..

And now, I am announcing the July recipient. My choice is Dana Lieu. Congratulations Dana! You have skills that I hope you will develop.

This has been a long, long report and I promise that I will not be as long between mailings.

Happy Painting…

Pat Alsup  CRI®

So Much To Talk About

June 15, 2018

It has been only 8 days since I last sat here to work on the blog. Since then, it has been a tad busy.  Wanda and I have been doing some painting but our surfaces were larger. Recently we had kitchen counter tops replaced and new facing on the cabinets. Naturally our old paint was not exactly what we wanted so I applied two coats on those walls. I used brushes larger than we paint with, so that was not too bad…  The problem came after we were done. YEP, WE DIDN’T LIKE THE COLOR. The walls now have extra coats of paint, but we are happy…

On another personal note, I celebrated my 78th birthday and want to thank many of you for the good wishes.  Now back to the real reason for this missive.

June 12th

Ayda Bowman was back in the studio for her second class. She first painted here about 6 months ago and proved herself to be a good student. Now that the school activities will afford her more time her Dad is hoping we can find a couple of dates each month for her to learn. I am very proud of what she did this time. If you want, you can see all of the class photos HERE but this is the end result. Way to go Ayda!

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June 13th

Gracie Bucher returned for her second lesson and brought with her a cousin from Utah. Hannah Fares, like Gracie, is only 8 and this was her first time taking a class. These girls certainly had fun, as did their instructor. Painting is supposed to be fun and we try to keep the atmosphere here pretty loose. Still, students are paying to learn so I try to be sure that even we being silly, it is a learning process. If you look at the class pictures (CLICK HERE) you can see them in action. And below, meet Gracie and Hannah.

 

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June 14th

This was another day to teach lesson # 2.   Janet Milligan was here in May to take her first Joy of Painting lesson. Janet loves to paint and has some good skills. We think they can be improved upon. I told her when she left that it makes me really proud with the students” painting is better than the teachers. I am going to show you both paintings and you will see what I mean. If you want to look at all of the class photo’s you can do that HERE

STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Every month I pick a student who I think has done well in all aspects of classes. I consider the painting they did, how well they listened in class, how hard they worked to translate what they saw me do to their paint strokes. It is not always easy to make these decisions and for the first time in a very long time, we have a tie.

Adalynn Zaldivar brought her older sister, Iliana, to class. This was Adalynn’s 3rd session and the first for sis. Look at their paintings and you will see a lot of talent emerging here. Congratulations girls!

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CLASS TIMES for the summer months are beginning to fill. I will be out of town for 3 weeks or so over the next 3 months and that cuts into things a bit. So, if you are thinking of a class or series of classes, now would be a good time to schedule.

Happy Painting.

Pat

 

 

 

 

So Much To Talk About

June 15, 2018

It has been only 8 days since I last sat here to work on the blog. Since then, it has been a tad busy.  Wanda and I have been doing some painting but our surfaces were larger. Recently we had kitchen counter tops replaced and new facing on the cabinets. Naturally our old paint was not exactly what we wanted so I applied two coats on those walls. I used brushes larger than we paint with, so that was not too bad…  The problem came after we were done. YEP, WE DIDN’T LIKE THE COLOR. The walls now have extra coats of paint, but we are happy…

On another personal note, I celebrated my 78th birthday and want to thank many of you for the good wishes.  Now back to the real reason for this missive.

June 12th

Ayda Bowman was back in the studio for her second class. She first painted here about 6 months ago and proved herself to be a good student. Now that the school activities will afford her more time her Dad is hoping we can find a couple of dates each month for her to learn. I am very proud of what she did this time. If you want, you can see all of the class photos HERE but this is the end result. Way to go Ayda!

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June 13th

Gracie Bucher returned for her second lesson and brought with her a cousin from Utah. Hannah Fares, like Gracie, is only 8 and this was her first time taking a class. These girls certainly had fun, as did their instructor. Painting is supposed to be fun and we try to keep the atmosphere here pretty loose. Still, students are paying to learn so I try to be sure that even we being silly, it is a learning process. If you look at the class pictures (CLICK HERE) you can see them in action. And below, meet Gracie and Hannah.

 

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June 14th

This was another day to teach lesson # 2.   Janet Milligan was here in May to take her first Joy of Painting lesson. Janet loves to paint and has some good skills. We think they can be improved upon. I told her when she left that it makes me really proud with the students” painting is better than the teachers. I am going to show you both paintings and you will see what I mean. If you want to look at all of the class photo’s you can do that HERE

STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Every month I pick a student who I think has done well in all aspects of classes. I consider the painting they did, how well they listened in class, how hard they worked to translate what they saw me do to their paint strokes. It is not always easy to make these decisions and for the first time in a very long time, we have a tie.

Adalynn Zaldivar brought her older sister, Iliana, to class. This was Adalynn’s 3rd session and the first for sis. Look at their paintings and you will see a lot of talent emerging here. Congratulations girls!

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CLASS TIMES for the summer months are beginning to fill. I will be out of town for 3 weeks or so over the next 3 months and that cuts into things a bit. So, if you are thinking of a class or series of classes, now would be a good time to schedule.

Happy Painting.

Pat