Registration is open for our Nov seminar with Kathie George

Ducks in a Row
Mixed Media with powdered dyes.
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We have our dates.  We have our paintings chosen. And we’re excited!  Registration is now open for our Nov 11, 12, & 13 seminar with Kathie George. I’m excited to show you photos of our projects that encompass watercolor, batik, and mixed media, all wonderful imaginative designs. Plan to spend all 3 days with us or register for a single day.

Ducks in a Row Mixed Media with powdered dyes.

Ducks in a Row
Mixed Media with powdered dyes.

Kathie George is an award winning artist who’s work is primarily watermedia or collage, but she is best known for her watercolor batik on rice paper. Kathie is very willing to share her techniques and knowledge in a patient and student oriented style.

These classes are appropriate for all levels of painters, each person gaining from the learning experience.  Supplies and papers will be offered by Artful Endeavors.  We make everything easy for you to participate in Kathie’s classes.

Shell Weave Watercolor with cheese cloth accents.

Shell Weave
Watercolor with cheese cloth accents.

Mark your calendar and register now!  To register and for more information.

Cat in the Snow

Cat in the Snow

Going to the Beach

Great Blue Heron
Colored Pencil
a Janelle Johnson design

The sea breeze must be reaching all the way to the Triangle because we’ve had lots of painters registering for our beach related classes. I’m right there with the rest of you, dreaming of some leisure

Beach Time 3 hr workshop

Beach Time
3 hr workshop

time at the beach.

The Beach Time, 3 hr workshop has been quite popular, and we have painters attending the day class and more for the evening class. What can be more fun that painting the coast.  No prior experience is needed but also fun for those of you who already paint.

Register now!

In Cary we’re getting ready to paint one of Ros Stallcup’s wharf designs with a long fishing pier on a misty coast.  Ros is a master at coastal themed paintings. Always fun for us to paint too.

Wharf A Ros Stallcup design

Wharf
A Ros Stallcup design

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I have just finished the colored pencil design for our workshop on May 15.  We’re “painting” one of Janelle Johnson’s Great Blue Heron. It was lots of fun and an excellent basic colored pencil lesson. We’ll learn the basic strokes and blending while creating a fun piece of art.  If you’ve wanted to try colored pencil join us for some new techniques.

Register now!

Great Blue Heron Colored Pencil a Janelle Johnson design

Great Blue Heron
Colored Pencil
a Janelle Johnson design

Ros’ paintings are at the studio for you to see.  And they look like so much fun to paint.  Ros designed these just for us and we’ll be the first to paint them. Registration is open for the July whole week or single days. I have our surfaces for purchase and have you prep ready for you. Register for Ros’ seminar now.

We have lots more exciting workshops and classes starting soon, so plan to join us at Artful Endeavors.  Visit our class schedule pages to see more information.  All classes except our Tue evening Cary class are held in our Raleigh studio on Sawmill Rd.

Come paint with us!

Liz

 

Our Latest Paintings for Upcoming Classes

Beach Time
3 hr workshop

 

Here are my latest paintings for our upcoming classes at Artful Endeavors.  Here’s your chance to join us.

 

Beach Time 3 hr workshop

Beach Time
3 hr workshop

May 10, Beach Time.  $34. One of our 3 hr workshops where we complete a painting in one class.  This time we’re painting a bit of warm weather at the beach with this weathered post waiting for a sea gull’s landing.  My version of a Ros Stallcup design. There are day and evening options.  And no prior experience is required.

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Wharf A Ros Stallcup design

Wharf
A Ros Stallcup design

April 30, May 7, & 21.  Wharf.  A moody Ros Stallcup design with a little extra texture.  Our Cary class has been waiting for this painting.

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What We’re Painting in April at Artful Endeavors

Crepe Myrtle
Ros Stallcup seminar

Spring is finally here! I was away April’s first weekend and when I returned, spring had happened. The wisteria, forsythia, monarda and lots of other plants have busted into bloom.  NC is looking very colorful right now. And after the rains the last weeks we’re looking very green, all the lively, fresh, spring greens. I love to see all these different shades of green. Now I would like to see a little more rain to wash away some of the yellow pollen.

Speaking of being away the other weekend, Gail and I took a long over due get-away-trip to Nashville TN to Art Is You, art retreat, and had a wonderful time. I thought I would enjoy my 2 classes but was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed them.  What fun, doing something totally different and learning new skills.  Did you see the photos from my last post? There you’ll see my sculpted doll, Maureen I named her, and my wild Baba Yaga birdhouse. I’ve had such fun showing them off. Now I want to do more………….  Gail and I had a chance to catch up with each other, share an art experience, and meet lots of new friends and some that we had just known over the computer. Nice to put a face with the text.

The theme that kept coming up at the retreat was that it’s not about finishing a project that’s so important to our creative souls, but the creative process. That’s been on my mind a lot recently even before AIY. I have so many not yet finished paintings and some of them I am not interested in finishing because I’m at a different place in my artistic journey. I’ve progressed in my art knowledge, technique, and, most importantly, what excited and inspires me. So, it’s OK if I paint over something and start a new painting. Now that liberating.  I hope my students are learning, stretching and are motivated to try new processes or go further with what intrigues them.  I’ll still rejoice with them when they finish a painting too.

Ros Stallcup’s samples are at the studio! Her paintings are wonderful. It’s always such a treat to see what she creates from our vague ideas from the previous summer. Come by the studio to see these beautiful paintings, register, and/or pick up your prep and surfaces.  I do have surfaces for sale and they are at the studio.

Register now and see larger photos!

Mabry's Mill/Tuesday

Mabry’s Mill/Tuesday

Crepe Myrtle/Sunday

Crepe Myrtle/Sunday

 

Copper and Zinnias/ Monday
Copper and Zinnias/ Monday
Garden-cart-with-flowers-w

Garden Cart/Thursday

Hydrangeas/Friday

Hydrangeas/Friday

 

 

 

 

 

Sunflowers/Saturday

Sunflowers/Saturday

I’m working on our upcoming class samples and have several started. Be sure to check the schedule and plan to join us for some exciting painting.  We have more Dorothy Dent designs, a paint your own building scape, a large beautiful Iris, a colored pencil workshop, and several requested workshops. We also have new 3 hr workshops coming in May and June. These workshops require no previous experience so are excellent for anyone wanting to experience a painting class with us, children 8 and up, plus our experienced painters who are enticed by the subject. You can find all of our classes and workshops by clicking on classes on our menu.

Kathie George and I are working out the detail for her Nov seminar at Artful Endeavors. She has sent photos for us to choose from and that’s the difficult part, narrowing down our choices. They are all terrific. Stop by the studio soon if you would like to offer an opinion.  We’ll have some combination of batik, watercolor, and mixed media. Be sure to mark your calendar for Nov 11, 12, & 13, that’s Mon-Wed, 2013.  More detail soon!

More later.  Enjoy your painting journey.  Liz

On the Easel- in progress…

Just a peak at what I’m painting right now. Just wish I have twice the painting time. Each one is totally absorbing.

Oranges and Brass a Donna Bryant Waterson design

Oranges and Brass
a Donna Bryant Waterson design

Sunflowers in Vase

Sunflowers in Vase
a Dorothy Dent design

Out to Pasture A Dorothy Dent design

Out to Pasture
A Dorothy Dent design

Wharf a Ros Stallcup design

Wharf a Ros Stallcup design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Is You

Gail and Liz

Gail and I just returned from 4 fun art filled days in Nashville at Art Is You. This was the first year for this location for AIY and seemed to be a success.  Just a few photos to give you a taste of our adventure. We made lots of new artful friends and had a terrific time learning and experimenting with new techniques.

Art Bar 2 Art Bar 2Gail and Liz

Creating dolls

Creating dolls

Sunny's dolls. Our awesome teacher.

Sunny’s dolls. Our awesome teacher.

My doll, Maureen ready to travel.

My doll, Maureen ready to travel.

Sunny's necklaces. I had to have one with a cat.

Sunny’s necklaces. I had to have one with a cat.

Painting Baba Yaga birdhouses.

Painting Baba Yaga birdhouses.

My table partner, Winn's terrific birdhouse.

My table partner, Winn’s terrific birdhouse.

My creation.

My creation.

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Our birdhouses.

Our birdhouses.

 

We’re looking forward to next year!

 

 

 

 

Artful Endeavors Update

Tuscan Window designed by Kathie George
Bunny in basket

Bunny in basket

Welcome to spring! I think, maybe, but we can’t tell from the cold weather. Although it’s still good weather to be inside where it’s warm and to paint. And the warm days have been delightful.

It’s been a busy winter at Artful Endeavors and spring is looking to be just as busy. We’re in the midst of projects and plans for our upcoming seminars.
Ros Stallcup seminar update: The first of April single day registration is available. Ros usually sends our new projects in April so that we can get excited about them. I understand that she has been working on them. She paints completely new designs for us and we are the very first to paint them.  As soon as they arrive we’ll take photos and post them for you to see.
• I’m working on our upcoming projects and have paintings and paints all over my table. Raleigh morning’s next painting is Copper and Oranges, a very dramatic Donna Bryant Waterson design that we’ll paint mostly in Traditions paints. It’s lots of fun working with all these rich browns and oranges. This class starts April 10th, 10-3p, for 2 wks.
• Lots of news about our Cary classes. Chambers Arts is changing hands. JJ Jiang is taking over the studio April 1 and will be offering classes. We’ll look forward to see what he does with the studio, newly named Village Arts Circle. JJ is pleased to have us painting at his studio and our Cary classes will continue as scheduled on Tue evenings. Yeah! Our next project is another Dorothy Dent design called Out to Pasture, a wonderful old yellow truck abandoned in front of a barn. My Raleigh students who have seen the beginning progress on this painting have been interested in it too. We might have to paint it in Raleigh too.

• I’m emailing with Kathie George and plan to have our Nov seminar information for you by May. Batiks and mixed media!

• We have new Sunday workshops coming up throughout spring so be sure to check the schedule. I had requests for Night Vision, the stormy sea and light house; another paint your pet; colored pencil; Sunning Turtles; and a batik. They are all on the schedule so just go the classes drop down on the web site and look for workshops.

  • We’ve scheduled new Wed evening classes, Trudy Beard’s Santa in White, this time in smaller size for one evening painting, and a batik.  Here’s your chance to either try batik for the first time or choose your own design and have some help from me.

• I’m planning more 3 hr workshops and working them into the schedule so watch for them.
• Our painters have been turning out some exciting new paintings. I’ve posted some of them on the web site so be sure to look for them.
• I saw some of you for our parent and child workshop where we painted the cute black and white bunny in a basket. It was a lively class and we had lots of FUN!  The kids painted wonderfully and the adults did also.

This Wed afternoon I’ll leave to pick up Gail for Art Is You, an art retreat in Nashville, TNN. We’ll be learning some things totally different for both of us and planning to have a lot of fun. It’s been awhile since we’ve taken a trip together and are looking forward to our adventure. There will be no afternoon or evening class on April 3 since I’ll leave after the morning class.

Hope to see you painting with us soon!

Liz

Paint Your Own Landscape Workshop

Janet F landscape

We’ve had such exciting classes and workshops recently and I’ve gotten behind in posting all the fun photos. So here I am trying to catch up, but I wanted to be sure to share some of the awesome painting our students have created.

Our still life class finished up this past Wed. Students brought in photos of scenes and created composites of the photos to construct their own landscapes. Our aim wasn’t to turn out copies of the photos but to take the idea of the scene, and using our artistic knowledge, produce a pleasing landscape. Student’s are bringing their completed paintings in to reveal their inspired handiwork.

Here are a few completed paintings. Wonderful!

Lois A barn

Lois A barn

Jean S landscape

Jean S landscape

Janet F landscape

Janet F landscape

Dianne W Landscape

Dianne W Landscape

Spring ArtFling Fun

Colorful Backgrounds
Colorful Backgrounds

Colorful Backgrounds

We had a terrifically creative time at our Spring ArtFling.  Gail brought out our inspired imaginations as we painted, stamped, stenciled, and all of that all over again.  Students turned our some wonderfully colored backgrounds which we used to fashion booklets.

And we already have plans for our next Summer ArtFling in August!  Gail’s latest art thrill is Gelli printing and when she described the process and showed the students some of her prints, they wanted to  have the opportunity to Gelli print too.  You can see some of Gail’s Gelli creations on her blog.

Gail inspiring Donna

Gail inspiring Donna

ArtFling Booklets

ArtFling Booklets

On Sunday students painted Spring Greens with me. What a wonderful variety while all painting the same subject.  Students created with texture and acrylic washes.  Each painting turned out unique and beautiful.  What a terrific group of students and a delightful day of painting.

web spring Greens group

Spring Greens painters

We’ll have more information on our Summer ArtFling a little later in the year but you can go ahead and mark your calendar for Aug 17 & 18, 2013. Plan to join us as we celebrate the end of summer with a creative filled weekend.

Still Life Class

Still Life class
Still Life class

Still Life class

The first of this year we held a Paint Your Own Still Life Class at the studio.  Students brought in items that they might like to use in a still life. We sat up a photo booth and each student created  a different combination from these props into  a still life vignettes.  I photographed them using a single light source.  The students then began to create a painting from their photo.  The paintings still needed finishing touches and students are now bringing the paintings back into the studio to show us their completed work. And the paintings are beautiful.  So are the smiles on the painter’s faces.

Dianne W Still Life

Dianne W Still Life

web Janet F still life

Janet F Still Life