We’re Back Online!

It’s taken me awhile with such a busy summer planned for the studio but we finally have out web site back. I’m in the process of updating the schedule and the site so please keep checking back to see what’s new.

Mark Menendez Seminar

It’s almost time for our color pencil seminar with Mark. We have a lively crew of students looking forward to our time with Mark. Everyone should have their pencil list and instructions for finding a head and shoulder photo to works from. Mark is bring a couple photos just in case you didn’t find one yourself. Get ready for fun and learning.

Our seminars with Mark Polomchak and Ros Stallcup were successful and inspiring. I’ll have photos for you so check back.

We have new classes planned for this month and the fall that we are all looking forward to: Santa in his workshop, signs of autumn, and of course more exploration of all the mediums that we’ve enjoyed this year. Watch the schedule and plan to join us.

What Happened to April!!

Wow, April was here and then it was gone! And we’re well into May. And all the fun May and summer painting experiences. Always something new!

Here’s the update:

We’ve made a few changes in our weekly schedules so be sure to check the web site for schedules.

Wed am classes for the next 2 wks is an open class. Need to finish one of your creations, want some assist working through a new one, this is that class.

I you missed one of the projects that we painted this spring, check the Wed 4-6p classes. They have scheduled some of our favorites including the colored pencil house finch, the acrylic lake, and the pastel Italian sail boat.

House Finch Colored Pencil A Liz Miller Design

House Finch Colored Pencil
A Liz Miller Design

Cary has scheduled the Green Door acrylic on textured watercolor paper, the colored pencil wrens, and the pen and ink continuous line drawing and watercolor Olive Walk.Green-Door

This Friday is our Pet Portrait workshop. Contact me today or tomorrow to talk about photo, prep, and to register.

Summer Seminars!

Don’t miss this summer at Artful Endeavors with 3 terrific teachers coming to share their talents with us. Next year’s seminar schedule will be entirely different so don’t miss this summer’s opportunities.

Mark Polomchak,  June 28, 29, and 30:   Mark is wonderful sharing his skills and humor with all levels of painters. Don’t have watercolor experience? Not a problem. This is the watercolor seminar for you.                Single days are now available. Details and to register.#158 SEASCAPE AND MIST

Ros Stallcup, July 24-27: Always fun and creative, Ros will be back with us with her entirely new designs, our southern country theme.                                Single days are now available. Details and to register.Porch Time

Mark Menendez, Aug 23-24: We’re excited that Mark will be sharing his colored pencil portrait techniques with us. Mark is an excellent teacher, presenting information in an easy to understand and fun manner.  Register now!


Are you following us on Face Book? You can find ideas, class photos, student’s work, information, and more. And you don’t even have to use Face Book to see us. Did you like the Iris?

Plan to join us and let me hear from you soon. We’re going to have an artfully fun summer at Artful Endeavors.


Looking For Values

Iris 2019Let’s look for values, the amount of lightness or darkness, in my iris. The sun was shining so we have a wide range of values.
Remember that we are not talking about colors.
First, from what direction was the sun shining on the flower?
Where are the lightest lights? Where are the darkest darks?
Where are our midtones?
We have a lot of cast shadows, shadows that are created by another part of the flower blocking the sun from areas.
We also have shape forming shadows. Do you see them? They help the flower have shape and dimension.
Isn’t this flower amazingly beautiful!

Spring and Summer Workshops

We’ve been working on our schedule to include some different mediums and techniques that we’ve wanted to play with. Note the dates because we’ve changed some of them. Plan to join us. Just let Liz know ahead of time to plan for supplies and subject.

Batik Play-days! Join us for some Batik fun whether experienced or a novice.  10am-2p.

Experienced students will work mostly on their own. If you are new to batik Liz will teach the technique and help you choose an appropriated project from Kathie George designs.

March 18, 2019, Monday


March 29, Pen and ink with watercolors. 10am – 3p. We’ve seen such beautiful loose designs using this mixed medium combination that we’re ready to create our own. Register by March 18, 2019.

May 10, Pet Portraits. 10am – 3p.  Bring a photo of your pet or one you choose to paint and join us. This class will focus on capturing the personality of your pet. More details.  Register by April 19, 2019. Show Liz your photo selection and discuss prep.  $70


Register now!

Conveying Impressions

Medium, definition: the material or form used by an artist; the intervening substance through which impressions are conveyed to the senses; a liquid (e.g., oil or water) with which pigments are mixed to make paint; a means by which something is communicated or expressed (that fits, right?)

And we have been on a journey exploring different mediums this year and having such fun. All the art theory applies, it’s just learning to use the medium that is the excitement. It’s how we are exploring, gaining knowledge and learning to apply the art experience we already have to a different medium.

We started the year with our usual favorite, acrylics, but exploring how to create a mist or fog effect with our paints using glazes and layers. And they turned out very foggy just as we wanted.


Tree in the Fog, Liz Miller CDA

Tree in Fog, Pat, Donna, AnitaNext we have been playing with colored pencil this month, first with a House Finch design of mine House Finchand now each student has chosen a design they would like to create with assistance from me. I can’t wait to see the results. Again we are stretching our knowledge and learning to work with a new medium for most of us. What fun! I’m getting comments from students saying that they love colored pencils.


Italian Sailboat pastel

Italian Sailboat, Liz Miller CDA design

Next month we’ll continue our explorations of pastels which some of the students have sampled and enjoyed. We worked on Kay Witt’s awesome fox and our creations were also wonderful and exciting. I’ve just finishes an Italian Sailboat design that I think was lots of fun. We’ll start work on that on March 6. 

Plan to join us on our mediums explorations and exercise your mind. We have more acrylic and watercolor classes coming up! Keep watching the schedule.

Ros Stallcup Seminar at Artful Endeavors 2019

We’re excited that Ros is coming back to teach for us again in 2019. 

Dates are July 24, 25, 26, & 27, 2019


Register now for our summer 2019 4 day workshop with Ros Stallcup. We always have such fun learning from Ros as she teaches 4 entirely new projects.

This year we’ll work on 4 square canvases painting designs that can be used together as a collection or individually.

It’s a south east country collection with

a barn, porch, still life, and floral.

You can register for all 4 day now for a price break until March 1. $260 for the 4 days

after March 1 $280 for 4 days

Individual days will be available April 15.

Register Now!

Ros 4 days early registration: $260 

No deposits accepted.

Ros-painting Pumpkin-group Emiko-Lynn-Ros-Bev Group-web





Paint Your Cat Party for Purr Partners

Date: Fri, Feb 22, 6-9p        at   Artful Endeavors   with Liz Miller

Barbara-webClass cost $45/participant

All supplies and surface will be provided.

No experience needed.

Bring your own wine and snack to share

Come join us for an evening of fun where you will paint the face of your own cat on an 8×10” canvas. Don’t have a cat? Purr Partners has many kitties you can paint.  No experience is needed, just the desire to enjoy the experience with friends.

Bring a photo of your cat face for coloring. We’ll use a pattern for the face so no drawing is required.  All supplies and surface are provided.

And we’ll party, so bring a bottle of wine and a snack to share.

Proceeds from our workshop go to Purr Partners Feline Rescue for the benefit of our cats.

Register Now!  $45 

Or mail your check to Liz Miller,

Artful Endeavors 200 Sawmill Rd, Suite 201, Raleigh, NC 27615



Summer Workshops

I’ve added our summer workshops to our schedule. We’ve enjoyed various media and have decided to have periodic workshops to explore them. Join us for some batik, pastels, and colored pencil time.

Workshop schedule

Gypsy a Kay Witt design painted by Liz Miller pastel

Gypsy a Kay Witt design
painted by Liz Miller

Choose your designs, order, and let Liz know if you need help ordering supplies.

The colored pencil is a design by Tina Sue Norris and we’ll order packets from her. Register by June 6 so we have time to order packets.  Photo.

Kathie George batik painted with Kathie last year.

Kathie George batik painted with Kathie last year.

Let’s be creative!

There’s No Place Like Home

I didn’t have any ruby slippers to click but a dark purple Chevy did the trick and brought Maggie and I back home after an inspiring week at the SDP Conference. We had a great time taking classes, seeing old friends and meeting new ones, shopping, and generally picking up ideas and inspirations.

I was pleased with all of my classes and thrilled with the teachers I learned from. I focused on color pencils but just had to take an acrylic class with Mark Menendez painting waves.

Waves Mark MenendezColored pencils covered a red tailed hawk with Tina Sue Norris, a crab with Janelle Johnson, and a frog again with Mark Menendez. I learned a lot of color pencil tip and techniques to bring back and incorporate in my own designs. I can’t wait to get started. Frog Mark Menendez Crab Janelle Johnson Red Tail Tina Sue NorrisI’m on the education committee this next year for SDP and would like to hear from you about what you would like offered in the way of education from SDP, e-packets? videos? Classes to entice new painters?

The next conference will be held in Wichita KS and they have big plans for special events.

Come by the studio and I’ll tell you more and show you the paintings I completed.