Because Mother Nature Wants Her Flowers Back

Winter Pink Geraniums and Pansies
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I've squeezed another painting out of my geraniums, rescuing the pot from chilly rains in my garden today. I'm torn - should I put these plants out in the cold, or keep them indoors? Somehow, I know that Mother Nature wants her flowers back! Out they go tomorrow....!

It's hard to believe 2016 is almost over, a year of nonstop travel and my suitcases are back in the attic. (shocking!) Now that my online classes are up and running, I've reduced the number of in person workshops, but there are a few locations I just can't resist. One of my absolute favorite places to teach in the whole world is the historic German settlement of Fredericksburg, Texas. Registration opened today for my April workshop there, scheduled by my super smart hostess, Jane Drynan, during the height of wildflower bloom.

Fredericksburg is known for its beautiful stone architecture, and a slew of new wineries that have opened in the last few years. We'll take another field trip to Wildseed Farms to snap photos of their fields of poppies, and sample a few Texas wines while we're at it! The hubby and I have already reserved a cute bed and breakfast for the weekend, and will be bringing the newest family member, pug puppy Avery along, for the event!

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Fredericksburg, Texas, Workshop
April 10-12, 2017
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The studio models take a bow (and prepare for a wintry reunion with outdoors)

The pansies will do fine outdoors, they have antifreeze in their petals!

Fall in Love With Color Again ~ Brilliant Color Online Grand Opening October 27

Banish the Blues Pink Hydrangeas, painted live on Facebook
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We're celebrating the countdown to Brilliant Color Bootcamp online! Registration opens at 5:30 am CT October 27, and closes November 9. The first to register gets a free seat so keep those flower pinkies poised!

I've been painting live on Facebook every night this week as we count down the days to brilliant color. You can see all the videos right here! There will be seven full-length oil painting vidoes, with tips for acrylic painters throughout. With the all new, unique Color Games, we'll focus on the building blocks of color: temperature, value, hue and chroma. With dozens of studio tips and extra video clips, the five-week class is open to all levels, with all content open for an entire year.

Wondering what subjects we'll be painting in my all new workshop online? Tickle the link right here for the scoop!

Painting Online This Fall and Brilliant Color to Come

Into the Sky Sunflower Bouquet
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Sometimes it's hard to think of a name for a painting, especially if your brush has been acquainted with a particular flower on more than several occasions! Into the Sky just popped into my imagination, as a late evening at the studio easel drew to a close. I think there's a message for me in there, and it has something to do with hope!

In a few days, I'll be sharing details about my fall online workshop. We'll be painting sunflowers, poppies, daisies and more, but the rest I'm saving as a surprise for you. You can sign up for the colorful scoop right here. Here's to a fall filled with brilliant color!

The studio models take a bow!

Letters From France and Glad Rising

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Glad Rising
France class demonstration, 16X16, oil and acrylic on textured canvas
 

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My blue shuttered window in France overlooks a 17th Century church and rolling hills. The quiet at night and at dusk in this tiny village is profound. Sometimes there are footsteps below my window that come closer, and then move on, echoing on the stone walls. With two full workshops lined up, some students who are visiting Le Vieux Couvent for the first time, and a huge painting agenda ahead (not to mention shopping and eating), there is still room to stop and breathe. It's the thing I forget to do, most of all, when I am home. There is a blanket of serenity that wraps its arms around you when you walk through the green gate and step into Corinne's gardens.

When students arrive here for the first time, I feel a bit like Willie Wonka, leading his charges into the chocolate factory for the first time ~ watching joy rising on their faces, and seeing a bit of wonder there, too.  I am reminded of what Lorraine, a friend from Australia told me last year when she saw my eyes land on the flower stall in the open air market here.

It's okay to run when you get to your happy place.

Run. Run toward your happiness. Life is so sweet, but so very short. Hold onto all the love and joy you can, today. In the past brief time, I have lost my Mother, my aunt who was like a sister to me, and my young heart pug, Annie. I will keep breathing, moving forward, continuing to create, all of the intermediate therapies that get us over the hard bits, until we can laugh again, and feel wonder and joy again.

 

Finding space in your heart to bloom and grow again

 

The chocolate factory in France!

Registration Ends in 2 Days ~ Painting Brilliant Colors Grand Opening July 21

Light Seeker White Tulips
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I shared with you last week that my husband has left his job in order to work for a new boss ~ me! Due to the overwhelming and awesome response to my first online workshop, I have more news to share with you. Beginning in 2017, I will be reducing all but a few of my US-based, in person workshops. I want to dedicate my time and energy to creating the best e-course experience for you in the future.

There are only two days left to register for my new online class, Painting Brilliant Colors. Hundreds of students from around the world have already joined the flower family. I've put a reserved sign on an easel for you, and will be sharing all my superpower color recipes, and how to give everything you paint impact, life and glow. Don't miss this chance to make flowers bloom in brilliant color with me!

Class registration ends the evening of July 20. I'll be teaching in oils, but providing support and tips for acrylic painters and water soluble oil painters in our private Facebook page. Class begins July 21, with all five weekly lessons available for an entire year. Whether you're working on Macs, PCs, smartphones, tablets, or desktops, so long as you have access to high speed internet. Stretch your wings and let your new color adventure begin!

Break Out the Gelato and Win a Seat in My Italy Workshop

Poppy Chorus, detail
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Break out your gelato spoon, and pack your traveling brush, I'm giving away a seat in my Italy 2017 workshop! I promise I haven't gone over the deep end or had too much spaghetti in my diet, I am just one very thankful artist. Registrations for my new online class have been pouring in, and this week my awesome husband gave his notice at his old job to begin a new position ~ working for me! Granted, there are the background checks and personal references that still have to be sorted out properly, but I did let him know so long as he is on his best behavior, this working relationship will be just fine by me.

But I bet you want to know how to nab that seat to Italy, don't you? Here's how to win! Click the button, look at the pretty Italy pictures, and share your name and email. The winner will be selected on July 27. As soon as the winner is notified, I'll announce who the lucky Italy traveler will be! Here's the scoop! Airfare is not included, and other restrictions apply. (*said in TV announcer voice*)

Want to warm up your brushes and dazzle your palette before the big trip to Italy? Sign up for my new online class, Painting Brilliant Colors! Registration closes on July 20, and the e-course launches July 21, with all content available to you for an entire year.

 

Paint Brilliant Italy
June 18-24, 2017
Sant Angelo in Vado
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Sunflower selfies in Fratte Rosa, Italy!

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Pinkberry Daisies
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I'm super excited and delighted to announce that registration opened today for Painting Brilliant Colors, my first online workshop! Students from around the world and across the US have already joined the flower fold! Go boldly where no flower painting brush has gone before! Registration opened this morning, with flower and panting landscapes in oils, studio tips and fun stuff to give you a giggle ~ let the new color journey begin!

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Love Spills Over Daisies and Hydrangeas, 30X40, oil, purchase information

Italian Sunnies and Two Days Until Painting Brilliant Colors

Italian Sunnies
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The excitement is building in Flower Mound Studio, registration for Painting Brilliant Colors, my first online class opens July 7 at 5 am CT, and the first to register gets a free class! Correction, some of us are very excited. A few of us in the studio are lying about in heaps on pillows snoring. Fortunately for my helpers, they are extremely cute when they sleep in piles and snore. I may join them on one of those pillows, the jet lag from returning from Italy yesterday is just beginning to kick in. And now that I'm home, I have this overwhelming urge to add a cheese course to every meal and say ciao ciao because I like how that sounds, don't you?

July 7, 2016 ~ 5 am CT
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One of my favorite experiences while teaching in Sant'Angelo in Vado last week (besides the multiple gourmet meals, thanks to having an incredible sommelier as host!), was walking through fields of sunflowers in Fratte Rosa. Just next door to the acres of sunflowers were fields of purple allium, a tall palnt from the onion family. I've shared my favorite photo of allium with you here. It may appear we landed on another planet, but it just appears that way! Allium is in the onion family, and is a crop in Italy. I was so amazed and astounded at seeing miles of allium growing, I begged the driver to stop the bus. I was the lone admirer wandering in the purple fields, remembering the allium my Dad once planted on the farm. The bulbs lay dormant by the chimney of our childhood home for over 10 years, but bloomed again, much to our surprise, the spring after his death. Tiny miracles happen all the time, they happen in farm fields in Italy, they happen on tiny farms in East Texas. I think the secret to the wonder, is to open our eyes and see.

Purple allium, three feet tall, for miles and miles in Fratte Rosa, Italy

 

The studio models take a bow and a dip!

It's Almost Time to Paint With Me Online - Painting Brilliant Colors

Summer Spray Daffodils
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Ciao from Italy flower friends! I'm excited to announce registration for my new e-course, Painting Brilliant Colors, opens bright and early July 7, at 5 am CT. For the first time, you can paint with me online from the comfort of your own studio, with all course materials available to you for an entire year. The first person to register wins a free seat in the course, so set your flower timers!

Take a Peek at the E-Course Details Here

Registration will close on July 20 or as soon as the class fills up. I'm honored that over 3,000 of you have asked to be notified as soon as the class doors open - the flower queue shall move forward in a polite fashion, no bending of petals or trampling stems, per favore! Announcing the countdown to the online course from my workshop in Italy this week seemed appropo, as we just finished a cheese tasting tour, which always puts one in a celebratory mood.

July 7, 2016 ~ 5 am CT
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Every moment of creating Painting Brilliant Colors has been a quest to create the absolute best online painting experience for you. Painting Brilliant Colors features elegant navigation, full color inspirations, and dozens of new streaming videos, viewable from your phone, tablet or computer. Each week with Painting Brilliant Colors, you'll receive an email with links to new full-length painting videos, joyful inspirations, and a few extras to make you giggle. We will paint florals and landscapes during this 5-week course designed to razzle dazzle your palette and get your muse up and dancing again. The e-course price will be shared on the morning registration opens. It's been a long road, and we are finally at the starting gate. I'm so happy to share this next chapter in Flower Mound Studio with you! Thanks a million, you're the best blooming flower friends a gal could ever have!

 

The view from our restaurant this evening in Urbino, Italy!

The view from our restaurant this evening in Urbino, Italy!

The Wait Is Over - My New E-Course Is Here - Painting Brilliant Colors

Pink Halo Peonies
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I'm SO excited to announce my first online workshop, Painting Brilliant Colors, is finally here. You've waited patiently to hear the big news, with over 1600 signed up to be the early birds on the notification list! Thank you for your kindness while my whole team of smart computer type people, photographers, assistants and videographers polished the sparkly bits and fluffed the fluffy parts - along with me, most of the time standing on the sidelines with a nice big caffeinated beverage on hand to keep me going!

Take the First Peek at My New E-Course!

So what exactly is an e-course all about? Painting Brilliant Colors is my web-based classroom, created especially for you, and designed to deliver the contents of five complete three day workshops all in one to you. The five-week course will launch this summer, and will be available for an entire year, with all videos and content accessible on your phone, tablet or computer, to be experienced at your own pace and speed. It's full of studio tips, colorful inspirations, and full length painting videos, with every moment of content fresh and new, and never before seen. The course will open this summer, but seats will be limited. Stay tuned flower friends, for the launch date announcement to come. May the flower force be with you!