Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summer Faire Open House

Open House Picnic

Hello sweet friend...I was sooo hoping you would make it!
(Hugs and kisses all around)  

Come and see what I have 
-just for you-

Summer Faire  |  Online Workshop

We are headed out on a picnic today!

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It has been so fun this month, bringing sketches together and thinking of you.  I always get so excited for summer workshops that I can hardly function as a normal person.  I am sketching and imagining at the grocery store and in line at the post office (no wonder they whisper about me).  There is no end to creative thought...it is everywhere!  I just sketch away thinking and wondering if you will pick yellow...or pink...or my favorite blue.    
Summer mornings (and evenings) have such beauty, don't they?  It is as if we chill out and let our sweet artist hearts have a break from our stress.  We are more apt to sketch on our porches, more willing to sink our toes in the grass and sand and experience the world around us.  Does summer speak to you too?    
Each morning I grab my cool drink and skip to my studio.  I seriously do!  Right now, it is filled with bright colors, fresh (and buggy) blooms, and plastered with photos and sketches of summer's most wonderful things. This is truly what I hope for you as well, an artist life that is abundantly blessed with life's amazing gifts.   

Heavens, I need to be a better hostess...
Let's get you a cool drink and see what our chef has prepared.
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The sun is out and we have things to do! Let’s take our snacks with us today so we don’t lose a minute of the fun… 

I’ve packed a little bag of goodies for each of you that we can eat along the way! We’re taking nice big water bottles filled with chopped frozen fruit to keep it chilled….frozen grapes and slices of lime are my favorite! Perhaps you want the frozen pineapple and cherries? Oh...try the watermelon! Those cold bites of sweet fruit are so refreshing!
So nothing can spoil were snacking on a pearl couscous salad packed full of chopped cucumbers, little bits of preserved lemons, grape tomatoes, dried cranberries, fresh mint, and crumbled feta. We’ve dressed it with a simple vinaigrette and there’s a little roll of fresh flatbread you can scoop with but there is also a spoon...it’s probably at the bottom of the bag where all spoons go! These flavors just melt together and are so refreshing…  This salad would be good with lentils, too, or quinoa, or white beans! Oh my.   
Oh...for those adventurous eaters I've tossed in some jicama sticks, carrot sticks, sliced fennel bulb, and sweet baby radishes to snack on. There, in your bag, is a cute little container of fresh hummus to dip them in. Fresh hummus is so fun to make and tastes so good. We are going to keep our energy high for all the adventures we’re going to have! (Is there some reason you are all drawing your radishes instead of eating them?)  
When we’re tired and ready for a break come back to the kitchen, grab a chair and put your feet up...I have adorable little ice cream cones with a sweet scoop of gelato. I couldn’t help it - I made pistachio, raspberry, and salted caramel. A scoop of each? I just can’t choose. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of this summers events!  
Welcome to our Summer Faire...  
Rhetta McIff

Rhetta, our bon vivant - fresh & delish chef, is serving up the most wonderful farm-fresh, bright and lively, dishes for us again this summer. I am always awe of the things she is able to create, she is an adoring (and adorable) food-maker.   
She makes the kind of art that you can eat. Now, that is brilliant!   
Even if you don't jump into every art project, I know you will want every recipe. Her fresh offerings are so captivating!

We also have one of my favorite guest teachers with us this summer. Oh my goodness - I am in love with Valerie Wellers heart and art.  You too?   
She seems to live a life of colorful loveliness.   
Her love of teaching artist-hearts is so evident. She is so good at sharing techniques, a  wide variety of ideas, and her love of color is so wild!  I love that! Her projects are full of great content with thoughtful meaning and an abundance of love mixed in.  
When she shared with me the projects she had planned each week, I couldn't believe how lucky we are!  What a treat!  

our guest artist - Valerie Weller

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While you are sampling the tasty treats, let me tell you what we have planned. 
Our workshop this summer is a mix of 
*sumptuous spirited summerlicious joy*  
It can't get much better than that! 

We have daily garden giftings, maker-creations, romantic sketches and watercolors, summer sparks and muses, art that tells stories, and instruction that gives us permission to play...sometimes the reminder "It's okay to play in your paint" helps us get our feet wet (and then we jump right in!)    

fast . easy . fresh 

We are filling our three weeks together with easy sketching, watercolors, art journaling, and makery:  
a favorite mailbox collection
market fresh wreaths
kitchen window cottages

ice cream & gelatos
tomatoes & "basil" the cat
potted herbs and vintage seeds

bikes & blooms - stops & smells
street fair treasures
summer porch art

garden steps, stoops, and stories
a big summer canvas (or creative art journal pages)

...and new scrumptious recipes to try, too!

Each week, on Saturday, our classroom will be filled with brand new projects, instructions, tips and helps, fresh recipes, and creative ideas. Each project will be listed in the classroom in order -- for anyone that is new to any of our mixed media techniques it will be easy to follow.  
Dozens of fresh sketches are included each week.  Photos and videos of each project are available and easy to access on multiple devices (computers, laptops, ipads, phones).  You will be sooo immersed with ideas and techniques your sketchbooks will be filled with joyful projects to keep your art going all summer long! 

Summer Faire

We will have three FULL weeks of inspiring and spirited art
& a delicious mix of fresh organic recipes. 

Projects to keep your fingers, tummies, and  hearts full of creative fun~ 
available all summer (and lifetime access) long!

Class begins Friday evening,  July 10

Each week's projects will be immediately available on each Saturday for three weeks. 
You will have access from any computer with your passwords.  
So simple!

(an amazing price for all the content!)


You will receive an email confirmation and welcome letter within 48 hours of signing up.  
          *Please make sure to give me your preferred email address when you complete your payment. 


materials list: 
***I strongly encourage you to grab a basket and shop your own stash. You may want to see the projects first before purchasing supplies.These are many of the items Valerie and I use in our projects, and you are always welcome to substitute

watercolor paper - a pad, notebook, or block of 140 LB cold press & hot press paper (Arches, Cotman, Strathmore Mixed Media - vellum, Windsor & Newton) any size you like. For some projects sheets 9 x 12 or larger will work best.  

watercolor brushes -  a mix of “watercolor” brushes, like:  #12 round, #8 round, #6 round, #2 round, #1" flat wash brush, #3/8" angle shader or a #1/2" angle shader and a mop brush. You may want to choose a variety package or use what you have and love. 

watercolor paints - (we discuss this in class)  Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayon Sets or Angoras are great starter sets. I am using Sennelier. Valerie is using Holbein & Windsor Newton.

watercolor palette - a surface to mix your paints 
clipboard - large enough to hold your watercolor paper

mechanical pencil
sketchbook - one you will use
white eraser

art journal - any type - store purchased or homemade 
book paper, random colorful papers
photo corners 

wood blocks (from a 2x4, cut in squares/rectangles) or thick/wide canvases
fine sand paper 
white gesso - I like Daler-Rowney

Krylon workable fixative spray
black pen -  uni-pen 0.1, 0.2  
white pen - uniball signo pen

white acrylic paint - I prefer Golden brand heavy-body acrylic paint
summer palette of regular acrylic paints - you choose
extra soft artist pastel white or soft white chalk

matte decoupage
sharpie fine point pen in black (or other mixed media pens) 
needle & thread
small pieces of fabric (a summer variety)


Now, can I interest you in a little Open House Project?  

Oh, I hope so...we are going on a picnic!


We will finish our *picnic collection* in class along with 
some of these fun projects in our first week:

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Try something new.  You will be stunned by your own darling art (from your very own fingertips). My workshops provide simple, easy to follow instruction, a loving and a wildly supportive artist community, and the gift of *merriment* throughout the summer. 
I will be with you, too -- in our online facebook group with help and encouragement.  Whether you are new to art or have been with me for a long time...we are going to have a great summer adventure together!  I can hardly wait!!!
 love & gesso,

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A special treat for those that missed our original summer open house - Wildflowers.  Here is an adorable summer project to add to your summer collections!  

May I sit with you?  xo

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