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!

Living Above a Pastry Shop, Oh My....

Run Wild - Red Poppies
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We are just a few days away from the Big Color Reveal from Flower Mound Studio. Bright and early tomorrow morning, everyone who has signed up to be the FIRST to hear the big news will receive a special giveaway offer. Patience has its rewards, mio caro. In the meantime, because one is not challenged unless one has a few dozen plates to spin at once, I'm heading to beautiful New Braunfels, Texas, to teach this weekend, and then 2 weeks later we are off to Italy! And there are a few sugary twists in the dolci, so to speak. I learned just today, that our hotel in Italy actually owns the pastry shop downstairs from where my students and I will be staying. Which brings to mind a few key questions. *cue Mission Impossible soundtrack*

How early can one sneak downstairs to eat a pastry?
Are the pastries going to be under lock and key?
Is there a back door where multiple trips could go unobserved?
Are there burglar alarms in Italian pastry shops?

Clearly, I should be focusing more on what we'll be painting, as well as our private tour to the Ducal Palace and childhood home of Raphael. We've also been promised some of the best pizza in the region, dinner on the Adriatic coast, a cheese tasting *oh joy!* led by the Einstein of Cheese, and an evening at Terracruda Winery for a dinner celebration and art show. They do say that one must plan for international travel well in advance, carefully mapping out one's itinerary, proper wardrobe choices for appropriate activities each day, and shopping and eating strategies. Which reminds me, I wonder how late the pastry shop stays open. Hmmmm.... Stay tuned, flower friends, I'll be sharing all the best images from my trip! Even if you can't travel, I want to be sure you can see the colors, the texture, and the beauty of Italy.
 

Flower fields of Italia!

Flower fields of Italia!

 

 

The Chosen Hydrangeas and How to Make Your Pinks Glow

The Chosen - White Hydrangeas
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I clipped these hydrangeas from my garden this morning, it was particularly tough choosing who was going to succumb to the snippers. My hydrangea garden is all pastels this year, pale blues and violets, whites and pinks and dusty roses. I suspect you'll be seeing a lot of those colors in new paintings to come!

I am packing for my trip to Italy in June, but before I depart with my brushes, paints and appetite (and sunhat and walking shoes!) in tow, a big announcement is coming. If you haven't signed up to hear the news, be sure to get your name on the list. This group will be the first to hear! ~ Click here for the scoop!

We'll be painting with superpower colors in Italy, and I've used a few in The Chosen. Can you tell which colors they are - do some seem to glow a bit, especially in the pink flowers? One of my favorite ways to underpaint pink hydrangeas is to start with permanent rose. If you're careful not to cover all the permanent rose with petals, and let some of it shine through, you'll be rewarded with a extra color pop between and around the flower petals. Give it a try and let me know what you think. There's a reason I consider permanent rose to be a superpower color!

The moment of truth, who shall be clipped, and who shall be spared? hmm...

The moment of truth, who shall be clipped, and who shall be spared? hmm...

Wishes and Dreams

Shopper's Paradise
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A Scene from Cahors, France

 

I'm just home from Ireland this week, and already planning my trip to Italy in June, so, naturally, I had to paint this scene from Southern France. I'm like one of those compasses spinning round and round, and just can't decide which way I'm headed next! The hubby and the puggies, though, are just very glad I'm home. It's been almost exactly one year since I lost my Mom, and it feels like I am beginning to come up for air again after a long dream. Working and staying busy and painting obsessively helps, but nothing compares to the healing properties of time.

I still have this strong regret I never was able to take my Mother with me on my travels. She was a dreamer and a poet, and a romantic, too (I think all of those things go hand in hand...). I know she would have loved the people of these ancient lands, the outdoor markets of Southern France, the farmlands of Ireland, even more than the ancient structures or impressive histories. She loved people, meeting strangers, engaging them in conversation about everyday things, and finding a way to make them laugh (much to my chagrin when I was a teenager tagging along behind her in the grocery store...). Thank goodness I left that teenage self behind, and realized long ago what a rare and beautiful person my Mother was. I had many opportunities to tell her this, too. For that, I am so very, very thankful.

Something Colorful This Way Comes....A Big Announcement in Flower Mound Studio

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Don't Be Blue Iris 24X12, Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas, Detail Class Demonstration, Tennessee

Don't Be Blue Iris
24X12, Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas, Detail
Class Demonstration, Tennessee

There's a special delivery on its way to you. You might want to peek through the blinds and keep an eye out for the color courier, the delivery is scheduled to arrive in your studio mailbox soon. (Just as soon as I'm through dusting off the sparkley bits and fluffing up the ruffly parts).

Can you guess what's coming next?

I'll give you a few hints ~ it's for you. It's been under construction for months! It's something many of you've been asking about for years. And I mentioned it was coming in my Artists Helping Artists Interview last year! When almost all of my workshops for 2016 filled up this spring, I decided it was high time to kick this flower rodeo into high bloom.

I can hardly wait to share the next chapter with the best blooming flower friends a gal could ever have ~ yes, that's you! Stay tuned....!

This is the BIGGEST announcement I have ever made from Flower Mound Studio - only those who sign up will be notified (I don't want to fill up your inboxes!)

 

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Beneath the Wild Sky Iris Garden and a Big Announcement

Beneath the Wild Sky Iris Garden
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I posted another Facebook live video today, my third one - and the good news is, I succeeded in not accidentally letting my houseslippers show in the film. I've also learned that if I keep kibble on hand, I can lure her majesty, AnnieBee, into posing for her admirers during part of the shoot. This is always a big hit. I was feeling downright smart about the whole thing, until I lost my wifi connection and the video cut short just a bit! whoospie! If you missed the video clip, you can see it by clicking here. I shared a peek at my new little bistro table and chairs, and my new cute little squishable peony pillows that arrived a few days ago. But I digress!

I have a big announcement to make, but not....quite....yet! I'll be sharing it in my next newsletter and if you love color, if you love painting, and if you love FREE stuff, you won't want to miss it. Have you signed up yet? I sure hope so, the early bird gets the blossom, flower friends!

My little breakfast nook! Check out my new peony pillows here....

Pinwheels and Peonies and Driving in a Tornado, Oh My....!

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Pinwheels and Peonies, Detail
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Pinwheels and Peonies is the newest painting in the studio. I arrived home after four days of teaching in Illinois to find fresh peonies still blooming in the studio vase! These brave flowers waited patiently for their moment on the canvas, and then shattered, one by one, into a million fragrant petals on the work table.

It's been a scary few weeks with my little studio director AnnieBee, last Monday, smack dab in the middle of a tornado/windstorm, I got a call from my vet saying to get Annie to the clinic the instant I received her call. Annie's blood work from the week before had some dangerous levels and she wanted to see her right away. This was my first time driving in a tornado, and I have to say, it was scary. The sirens were blaring, there was hail pounding, and the truck was rocking back and forth. As you might have guessed, I hadn't checked the weather channel before taking off for the vet's office. When I arrived at the clinic, everyone in the building was in the central room, cats and dogs, and people too, all residing together quite peacefully side by side, waiting out the storm. Tomorrow we get Annie's ultrasound results, so please send good thoughts her way. I'm not quite sure how I would get anything done without my number one supervisor lending a paw!


Painting Peonies in Tennessee

We'll be painting peonies at my workshop in Tennessee coming up soon and you are invited to join me April 29 to May 1 - I love teaching the Tennessee ladies, and our lovely hostess Gail owes me dessert so I'm especially excited about this trip! Read more here...

 

Studio Director Anniebee

Among the Angels

Among the Angels White Iris
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I dreamed of my Mother last night. We were attending a play about Alice in Wonderland, and my Mother was wearing a funny hat and she was laughing. These are the best dreams of all. On our farm, she planted a bed of red and orange day lilies and every spring they would bloom. In her busy life of raising four teenage daughters and working full time, she rarely watered the lilies or had time to pull the weeds around them. I suspect there were even times she forgot they were there. Through hard winters, through summers without rain, they bloomed for almost two decades. I like to imagine they are still there, waiting patiently under the soil, for the next beautiful person to come, who will be worth blooming for.

Color Boot Camp Is Here!

Fall to Earth Peony
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Color bright enough to make your hair curl!

Color bright enough to make your hair curl!

Are you hopelessly in love with a cad? Worse yet, perhaps you are in love with several cads at the same time!

Fear not flower friends...my very first color boot camp is here! You are invited to paint with me May 20-22 in Irving, Texas, with three days of learning how to make your colors hop up and dance on the canvas.

Let's make dramatically beautifully adventurous and unapologetically bright flower paintings together! I'm going to bring some fun surprises to wake up your palette, with three full days of lessons, demos and paintings.

I'll be sharing all my favorite color recipes and how to create your own personal palette.

Color Boot Camp
May 20-22, 2016
Irving, Texas

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Saying Goodbye to My Childhood Home

Memories Alight White Daisies
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The family farm passed to its new owners today. Summertime memories of walking barefoot down dusty paths, exploring in the woods on our bicycles, and watching my mother's sunflowers grow 10 feet tall in the garden, all of these things will not pass, however, from my thoughts.

The piano room and its shelves filled with her collections of literature textbooks and poetry is empty now. Only the echos of Whitman, Cummings, and Silverstein remain, and the song Fur Elise slips around the corners, windowsills and doorways, of my dreams.

 

Daisies (and memories) alight in the studio....

Daisies (and memories) alight in the studio....