And Then There Were the Seminars

Highlights of the year always include our seminar with some awesome visiting instructors. This year we had Susan Crouch, Ros Stallcup, Mark Polomchak, and Kathie George here to share their knowledge and wisdom with us.  Enjoy the photos.

Looking At Classes Past

We’ve had a great year of painting and friendships at Artful Endeavors this past year. It’s been fun to look back at some of our accomplishments.

Enjoy. And get ready for more exciting painting in 2017.


Paint Your Kitty!

Date: Fri, Dec 2, 2016  6-9p        at   Artful Endeavors   with Liz Miller

Class cost $40/participant

All supplies and surface will be provided.

No experience needed.

Bring your own wine and snack to share

Cat's Eyes

I’m teaching a benefit class for Purr Partners Feline Rescue. Help us support our cats rescued from the NC county high kill shelters. More information about Purr Partners.

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 who 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!


In a Giraffe Mood

Giraffe in progress

Giraffe in progress

In Progress:  Once a month I demo painting at one of the local rehab/nursing homes. I keep trying to come up with something different to demonstrate and last month I was in a giraffe mood. This is my progress, upside down because I walk around to show what I am doing, in 2-20min sessions. The residents have been very interested in seeing this painting develope. I’ll finish it now and take it back to show them. My students want to paint it now so I’ll finish it for a class project. It’s been lots of fun to design and create. From one of the giraffe’s at the NC Zoo.

Dry brushing with DecoArt Americana and Traditions acrylics.


Where Did It Go?

It’s been a busy summer around here! It’s hard to believe that summer is in it’s last half and autumn is peaking around the corner. We’re scheduling fall projects and planning for our holiday and Christmas painting!

Many of our painters have been in and out of classes this summer with vacations, and visitors, so scheduling upcoming classes has been a little slow. And, I’m sure you won’t be surprised, we change our collective mind. I am in the process of updating the class schedules now so keep checking back to see what’s coming.

Winter Lighthouse

Winter Lighthouse, a Keith Sluder design

We’ve just finished with our seminar with Ros Stallcup and it was even more terrific this year. All the paintings turned wonderful. We met with old friends and made new ones as happens each year. Our participants helped us come up with some ideas for next year, too. It’s always fun each spring to see what Ros created from our basic ideas each year as she paints entirely new projects for us. We’ll just have to wait to find out, and it’s always a surprise.  We have dates for 2017 so mark your calendars for July 19-22, 2017 and plan to join us. Seats this year filled up quickly so keep checking back for more details.

2016 Ros Stallcup Seminar

2016 Ros Stallcup Seminar

Our seminar with Mark Polomchak is coming up next, Oct 7-9. There are a couple of seats available for all 3 days. On Aug 1, next Mon, single seats will be available so if you want to participate for the 3 days, contact me this week. If you are looking for a single day, contact me next week before the seats are gone.  Pay balance or register now.

11253742_10153254406712898_3578189492983362431_nI’ll have news for you on our seminar with Kathie George very soon. I’m in the process of selecting projects from some new exciting painting from Kathie. Check back just a little later.


Let’s Have Some Painting Fun

Acrylic Painting Play Day!  Introduction to Acrylic Painting

Waiting to Hatch 8 x 10"

Waiting to Hatch
8 x 10″

June 7, Tue am 10a-1p  or June 8, Wed pm 6p-9p


Join us for a fun session of acrylic painting. I’ll have all the supplies and surface ready for you to paint our Waiting To Hatch, bird’s nest.

No experience is necessary, just the desire to learn some painting techniques and have fun. I’ll teach this project in a step by step manner that is easy to follow.

Bring a friend or several and let’s enjoy a morning or evening of painting.

Register Now!

Artful Spring

What a beautiful day with the sun shining and a nice breeze. I’ve been taking reference photo of the flowers beginning to bloom in our yard…. painting inspiration…..

We’ve been busy at the studio. This past weekend CADANC chapter of SDP had a seminar with Patty Stouffer and what fun they had. I painted a loose daffodil with them on Friday and enjoyed exercising my loose self. I was so glad to meet Patty and now have another painting friend! Love having these travel teachers visit to teach for us.

We’ve been working on the schedules and have new, exciting classes planned. Now I just need to get busy on painting samples so that you can see what’s coming.web-rose

* Tue am class: We have not had the attendance for the Tue am class so I am going to take a break on Tue am. No class on Tue am May, June, July, and Aug. I’ll reevaluate at the end of the summer. This way I can schedule workshops on Tue am or use the time to paint.

Right now our Wed classes are small enough that anyone wanting to make up a class or work on an individual project can join us on Wed. Just let me know when you want to come. You can come 10-12:30p, 1-3:30, or 4p-6p.
I have updated the class schedules on the web site so be sure to check. I plan to post a newsy letter about once a month and try to not take up so much time on the computer. Watch the web site and Face Book for photos and updates.
I still have seats in our seminars with Ros Stallcup and Mark Polomchak. Details are on the web site. I just sent out the Mark Polomchak info. again.
Check out my on line classes at Creative Workshops. Cat’s Eyes and Sunning Turtles are new this year. I you can’t come to the studio to paint with me, this in a great option
Our seminar with Susan Crouch is next week! All participants should have received an email from me and one from Susan with a pattern. Let me know if you didn’t receive it. Be sure to check you spam folder first.
We have more watercolor classes coming up. Come join us. Check the web site for our schedules.
We have a portrait workshop with me scheduled for May 19 and 20th. If you would like to join us, find a photo that you would like to use and contact me by May 2. I’ll work with you on any level of experience, beginning portrait artist are welcome. It’s fun!
We have the John Gutcher Santa scheduled for May 26 and 27. And hope that the weather is good and we are all well and can finally have this class. Let me know if you can join us.

Class Schedule:
Tue 6:15p-8:15p Cary
Wed 10 – 2p. Raleigh
Wed 4-6p. Raleigh

Workshops and Seminars as scheduled.

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I have the new DecoArt paint colors and some of the new products at the studio!
Beautiful colors!

No classes Wed Apr 27, that next week. We’ll be getting ready for our seminar with Susan!

No Tue am class Apr 26th. No Tue am classes May – Aug.

Hope to see you painting with us soon.


Fantasy Flower Patricia Reichenbach design

Fantasy Flower
Patricia Reichenbach design

Push, Cross Over, and 20 Times.

If you know what that means then you have learned about side loading your brush from me either at one of my studio classes or one of my online classes.

And, you have improved your side loading and floating. Once you have the hang of side loading correctly it’s such an easy and convenient technique for adding volume and depth to your designs.  And quick.

So many painters moan and groan when you mention side loading that I realized that it was just not being taught in a logical manner so that they understood the technique.

My students asked such good questions about why my SL technique was successful that I had to really think about what I was doing that worked. And I did. When my students use the technique correctly they are successful also. That doesn’t mean that we don’t get lazy some times and get sloppy. But cleaning up the technique will bring us right back.

Here is an example of floating glazes with a SL that I painted from a beautiful Gretchen Cagle design.

From a beautifull Gretchen Cagle design.

From a beautiful Gretchen Cagle design.

If you would like to find out about my technique for SL to learn or improve your technique, you’ll find my Mastering Decorative Painting Basics #2 video class on Creative Workshops where I break it down in a step by step manner for you.  I’ll be glad to demonstrate as many times as you would like. And then it’s just practice.

Remember push, cross over, and blend 20 times.

Good SL to you!