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.

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

Wow, That Was Quick!

Our seminar with Susan Crouch is now full and I’m not surprised because Susan is such a wonderful, sharing artist. We had such a great time last May and learned so much.

And registrations for our seminar with Kathie George are coming in quickly.  Reserve your seat now so that you don’t miss out.  Register Now!


Susan Crouch Seminar April 2016

Registration is open for our seminar with Susan Crouch, April 28, 29, and 30, 2016!

Our 2015 seminar with Susan was wonderfully educational and we all learned a lot.  Our watercolor paintings turned out beautiful and we are excited to have Susan back with us for 2016.  Susan is a wonderful teacher and beautiful artist.

From our 2015 seminar

From our 2015 seminar

Susan Crouch Watercolor Workshops 2016

Level: Beginner with basic watercolor skills / Intermediate

With a focus on light and color, we will explore ideas for interpreting the subjects of nature in watercolor. You’ll learn a step-by-step approach for planning your composition that includes working with photos, creating a value pattern, and selecting colors for your painting. Possible projects include flowers, birds, or other animals. Drawings and reference photos are provided so you can paint along as I demonstrate – or if you prefer, bring you own reference material and paint the subject of your choice. Each year new demos are created to provide practical experience with various subjects and watercolor techniques.

More details.

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Susan lives in North Carolina where she has been painting in watercolor for over 20 years. She is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina and her artwork has received numerous awards. Susan has created designs for the Dayspring Division of Hallmark Cards, and her paintings have been selected for publication in Splash 12: Celebrating Artistic Vision and Splash 14: Light and Color (North Light Books)
Susan’s techniques are featured in her DVD, Painting in Living Color: Carolina Morning (Artist Palette Productions). In addition to teaching workshops, Susan has exhibited in juried outdoor art festivals throughout the Southeast.

Summer At Artful Endeavors

Summer is usually referred to as the time to be lazy. I’ll interpret lazy as a time to enjoy something for yourself, those activities that we often put off because we have to do this or that other thing. So far summer has been far from lazy here at Artful Endeavors, instead it has been full of special events, enjoying out of the ordinary painting occasions. And, there are more of these special times to come!


Liz Miller painted with Susan Crouch from her design

The end of May brought Susan Crouch with her in-depth watercolor workshop. We learned so much and painted so much. Every painting by our participants was lovely, no “need to do overs” in the lot. Of course we now understand how to go about creating our own similar designs, and that’s even better. And we have Susan scheduled for next spring! I’ll have details later for you.


Liz Miller painted with Susan Crouch from her design

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I’m editing more photos from the seminar and will have those to show you soon.

This week I’m off to a watercolor seminar, learning and increasing my skill. Maggie and I are headed to Charlotte to paint with Anne Abgott for a colorful 3 days of learning and painting. I’ve painted with Anne once before, before I knew much of anything about watercolors, and she is an excellent teacher. She loves vibrant color so her style is just fine for me. We’ll be mingling colors.
More when we return.

Seminars Coming Up

2015 is an exciting year for seminars at Artful Endeavors.  Four seminars/workshops and all with exciting instructors coming to share their expertise with us.

Grace: Gail Schmidt

Grace: Gail Schmidt

ArtFling with Gail Schmidt and me is happening very soon, in a little over a week actually. We always have such fun when Gail is here, nice messy, creative fun. Get ready to laugh a lot and wear an apron.

Live; Liz Miller CDA

Live; Liz Miller CDA


Then our watercolor seminar with Susan Crouch is just at the end of May.  Susan is looking forward to sharing with us and she is such a wealth of information.  Our seminar is full, prep sheets have been sent out and we are ready to paint.

In July Ros Stallcup is here and again the seminar is full with enthusiastic painters. Participants have their preps and photos are posted. The projects this year are extra wonderful. I can’t decide which one I like best and maybe I don’t have to decide because I’ll just paint all of them.

You can see the photos on Ros seminar page on this web site.

Kathie George plans to be here with us in Nov. Check back for an update a little later.


My Head Is So Full

Of ideas and inspiration that is.  The seminar with Susan Crouch that Maggie and I attended in Charlotte this past weekend was terrific.  The facility was great, the food delicious, the company awesome, and Susan was wonderful, teaching us new (to me at least) watercolor techniques, theory, and generally inspiring us. 1385947_10152395279142898_8329862203537310940_n 10339631_10152395279032898_1569550040404715053_n



The seminar was about learning and not just project oriented, although I did finish one of my paintings.

Finch painted by Liz Miller, designed by Susan Crouch

Finch painted by Liz Miller, designed by Susan Crouch

I’m excited that we will have Susan teach for us at  Artful Endeavors next May. I can’t wait to share her with you. Find more information and register for our seminar.    You can register with a deposit to save your seat.