Pumpkin and Crow

Once a month I visit a health and rehab center to do a painting demo for the residents. I had always wanted to provide some service for our older population and when this opportunity found me, I was pleased to share my painting with them.  I enjoy seeing and interacting with the residents.  My regular attendees help me decide what to paint and colors to use as we discuss past times, seasons, events, or what ever evolves from our getting together. It doesn’t’ hurt the attendance that my demo is right before Bingo.


This painting evolved from one of my 20min, upside down paintings (so they can see what I’m painting).  I like it so much that I’m offering it as a 3 hr workshops in Oct, on 10/11, 10a-1p, and on Sunday, 10/27, 1p-4p for those who can’t attend during the weekday.


Plan to join us and register now!


Pumpkin and Crow

Pumpkin and Crow

Whats on the Easel

Owl ornaments

Owl ornaments


I’ve been in the mood to paint owls this summer and fall. I’ve collected owl photos, there are lots on Pinterest by the way, and studied them.  Seems like there are lots others out there who are into owls right now too. I’ve found them in magazines, on line, and in our painting journals this year. 

When I found some delightful owl ornaments in the latest issue of Paint Works Ornaments, I had to paint my version. My students had so much fun painting their versions this week.

The Winner!

The winner of my 3 class basic techniques series on Creative Workshops is Elaine Allen!

Congratulations Elaine and thanks for your interest in my classes.  I’ll be sending you an email.

Mastering Decorative Painting Basics Part

Mastering Decorative Painting Basics Part

Thanks to all of you who participated in our exciting blog party. You can still take a class with me at Creative Workshops, so hop on over there and register.  I’ll be looking for your name on my registered list.




We’re Having a Blog Party for Our New Creative Workshops Site

Have you every been to a blog party? Well this will be my first one. Our new, wonderful Creative Workshops site where I have my on line classes, along with many other terrific teachers, is have a grand opening blog party. If you participate you could be the fortunate winner or one or more free classes.

Mastering Decorative Painting Basics part 3

Mastering Decorative Painting Basics part 3

Each teacher is giving away one of their classes for free to a lucky commenter!

The way to win is to leave a comment on any teacher’s blog post with this message. You’ll will be entered for a random drawing for a free class from that teacher.

The idea of the list is that you can follow the party trail from blog to blog, leaving a comment on each blog you visit, therefore increasing your chances of winning a free class from one of the teachers you leave a comment for! Now how cool is that?!

Every class giveaway will be different because the teachers are generously each giving away one of their own classes. Gosh, maybe a really lucky commenter could win multiple free classes!! Now THAT

would be awesome for the winner wouldn’t it!  Stranger things have been known to happen. 🙂

My free is class is actually all three of my Mastering the Basics of Decorative Painting classes!  You get the whole series.

See my on line classes.

To win the opportunity for a free class from me you must leave a comment on this post and only this post. It helps me keep track of everyone. The party runs Sept. 23-Sept.29. I will use a random number generator to choose the lucky winner and announce the name Monday Sept 30.

Once you leave your comment on my post then from the list below choose the next blog you have not visited and leave a comment on their blog post. Each blog will have this list so you can move through the party leaving your trails of comments everywhere and increasing your chances of a FREE CLASS!

Go, go, go…tell your friends!!!!


This is a fabulous list!

Sara Naumann

Cat Kerr

Jodi Ohl 

Nancy Lefko

Cathy Bluteau

Mechelle Harrison

Elizabeth Johnson

Terri Heinz

Gaye Medbury

Dawn Meisch

Ann Butler

Gail Schmidt

Marilyn Harris-Mills

Nellie Wortman

Martha Lever

Summer Painting Excitement 2013

We’ve had a fun and busy summer at Artful Endeavors filled with seminars, workshops, and classes all exploring new subjects and techniques.  I’ve added just a few photos here for our reminiscences.  Notice all the smiles.

Please check our seminar pages for more of out photos for Ros’ seminar and ArtFling.

Cat's Eyes

Cat’s Eyes


Our parent/grandparent and child class.

Colored Pencil Class

Colored Pencil Class

Cobalt and Hydrangeas

Cobalt and Hydrangeas



Night Vision workshop

Night Vision workshop

Cary painting

Cary painting

Our awesome Cary painters

Our awesome Cary painters

Our awesome artists.

Our awesome artists.

Paint Your Pet

Paint Your Pet


ArtFling 2013 Painting with Liz


Summer ArtFling 2013


Summer ArtFling 2013 with Gail Schmidt


Ros Stallcup seminar

This Week at Artful Endeavors

Artful Endeavors Update


I just got back in town this afternoon from teaching a terrific group of women in the DC chapter. We had good time painting and they treated me royally. We painted the leaf trilogy, chickadee and dogwood, and Under the Maple, so lots of techniques and lot of painting to do, but, they were up to the challenge.

It’s now fall with a little nip in the air, at least today. Our upcoming painting schedule is filled with fall and holiday projects.


I’m now reorganizing my “to do” list, so here it is:

  • ·         Paint upcoming class samples
  • ·         Continue to get all the information on our web site again and add on line payments
  • ·         Get our Kathie George seminar organized and registration together


  • ·         Finish up projects for the State Fair and deliver between Oct 10-13
  • ·         Work on projects with our Cary group during this weekend’s retreat
  • ·         Figure out what to demo for the Litchford Health and Rehab residents on Thursday
  • ·         Enjoy the fall weather!


That should get me through the next week and a half.


More notes:

  • ·         Our last cat and pumpkin key ornament class is this coming Wed at 5:30-8:30p. Our young painters could do this class also.
  • ·         Wed 10am we start the Candy Canes.  There’s still time to join us.
  • ·         No Tue evening class this week. Next week is our first night at DU Salon in Cary.


Our terrific new Creative Workshops site is up and running. 

To celebrate we’re having a blog party all this week where you visit the teacher’s blogs and can leave a comment for a chance to win free classes as well as see their wonderful work.  Check out my blog to get started and for links to the other teachers. Remember to leave a comment.  What fun!


Register now for our seminar with Kathie George, Nov 11, 12, & 13!  

Cat in the Snow

Cat in the Snow


I hope to see you at the studio soon.



August at Artful Endeavors


A few important notes for you:

·        We’re painting with Ros next week so there are no regular classes.  The following week I am taking off for a short break to catch my breath.  Classes will resume on Aug 6 & 7.  Tue open class resumes on Aug 6. Let me know if you plan to join us.

·        We have lots of fun painting planned for Aug so be sure to plan ahead.  You can register for all the classes on line or at the studio.




  Wed am starts the Wolf on Aug 7 so be sure to get your prep this week. He’s a handsome fellow I think.  Register now.

·        Wed pm continues with Basics on Aug 7 with Trudy Beard’s Garden Shed.  We’ll be using lots of good refresher techniques and finishing a delightful painting in our 3 hrs.  Anyone can join us for some painting fun.  Register this week.

·        Wed afternoon, 2p-4p, painters are working on the Iris in our open class. If you want to paint this beautiful design join us either this week, tomorrow, or Aug 7 .  Get your prep this week.

·        Our Cary classes are moving in Aug. So far we are painting the Iris at Linda’s house.  If you are interested in joining us



starting Aug 13, contact me to register and get directions.

·        ArtFling update:  If you can’t resist joining us for Gail’s Gelli Print class, and I hope you can’t resist, please register by July 30. Gail needs to order our Gelli mats so that we’ll be prepared.  Plan on joining my nostalgic, misty morning, Rope Swing class too. I won’t teach this project again for at least 6 mo. So don’t pass up this opportunity.  Don’t’ forget to register by July 30.  Did I mention that you should register by July 30?

Gelli Class

Gelli Class

·        It’s also time to register for the Cobalt and Hydrangeas if you haven’t do so already. This will be the last time I’ll teach this project for about a year.  Register by Aug 23.

·        We’ve schedule another parent/child class for Aug 6, that’s Tue afternoon, 1p-3p. We’re painting a light house! Plan to join us. Register by contacting me by the end of July.


Hope to see you at our air-conditioned studio in Aug!



Liz Miller CDA

Artful Endeavors

200 Sawmill Rd, Suite 201

Raleigh NC 27615




Our Paint Your Pet class

Our awesome artists.

Here are  the paintings our awesome students created today in our paint your pet class. Each student brought a photo of a pet to work from. We started learning about common elements such as eyes and noses and worked from there.  I think they painted some wonderful animals.

Melissa's cat.

Janet's dog.

Mary's dog.

And here is my painting of Rocky that I completed today. He’s a handsome fellow.

Rocky by Liz Miller CDA

Rocky by Liz Miller CDA

It’s June at Artful Endeavors

Night Vision workshop

Night Vision workshop

June 2013 started with a hot day outside and some cool painting inside the studio.  We had a lively group of painters here on Sunday painting stormy skies of Night Vision: learning, laughing, and scheduling more workshops for the summer.  Students left the studio commenting on how much they learned from this class.

Cobalt and Hydrangeas

Cobalt and Hydrangeas

On Aug 31 the students have schedule for me to teach my Cobalt and Hydrangeas design. This will be the last time I can teach this design for the year so be sure to join us in Aug.

I’ve been busy painting upcoming projects for workshops. I finished my Rope Swing design for our Summer’s End ArtFling.  I’ve been wantign to paint mist and have had a request for a weeping willow. Here I’ve combined them both for what I think is a nostalgic painting bringing back memories of early morning  from younger days.  I’ve designed this painting for all levels, so no prior painting experience is required, but always appreciated.  Gail has become a Gelli printing addict and she is planning to share her Gelli passion with us. Each participant will get their own Gelli plate to experiment with and keep. You’ll mono-print on fabric as well as paper.  Find more information and register here!

Bodie Lighthouse at Sunrise

Bodie Lighthouse at Sunrise

The Bodie Lighthouse was another of my recent paintings. This is one of the 3 hr workshops coming up June 21, either day or evening, your choice. No experience needed to join us for one of these workshops.  Supplies and surface is included.  Register now!

Starting this Wed evening we will paint the Susan Crouch Watercolor Sheep.   This will be a 2 week class June 5 & 12, starting at 5:30p until 9p so that we’ll finish in the 2 weeks.  We’ll have fun exploring new watercolor techniques for novice watercolor enthusiasts.  Register now.

Our seminar with Ros is approaching quickly. We still have seats for most days.  Mabry’s Mill is full on Tue,

Garden Cart

Garden Cart

but I am keeping a wait list and if we get enough interest on the wait list we can see about adding another class.  More information and registration!


Registration is open for our seminar with Kathie George, Nov 11, 12, & 13 and we have an exciting assortment of projects chosen.  We’ll create a trendy watercolor Shell Weave using cheese cloth for an interesting effect in our paintings.  We’re also

Shell Weave Watercolor with cheese cloth accents.

Shell Weave
Watercolor with cheese cloth accents.

painting a batik, Cat in the Snow, who is actually my cat from a photo that I took in the 70s.  How “cool” is that.  Then there is the Ducks in a Row, my personal favorite, using powdered inks for a very interesting effect.  Leave it to Kathie to keep coming up with exciting new techniques for us.   Register now!

Gail and I are ready for our Summer’s End ArtFling, Aug 17 & 18.  We’re asking everyone to register by July 31 so that we can make sure to have all the supplies ready for class.  Plan to join us for some Gelli-licious, paintabulously, creative fun.  Register now!

Gelli Class Summer ArtFling 2013

Gelli Class
Summer ArtFling 2013


My next trip to Litchford Falls Healthcare and Rehab Center to demonstrate for the residents is coming up June 13, 2p,  if anyone would like to accompany me. I have a following of residents that join me each month to make suggestions and approve my painting. This is a very rewarding trip for me, sharing my love of painting, and giving back to our community. And enjoying some special people I’ve met there.

My vacation is coming up the last week of June. It’s time to study the ocean waves, sand dunes, and coastal skies, just for reference of course.  So no classes June 23 – 30!

Be sure to check the schedule for updates and additions. We’re being creative with our class times this summer so double check hours too. So much to paint and so little time.




Summer’s End ArtFling with Gail Schmidt and Liz Miller

Summer’s End ArtFling at Artful Endeavors  

with Gail Schmidt and Liz Miller     Aug 17, & 18, 2013, 9a-5p  


Gail Schmidt (my very good friend) from Shabby Cottage Studio and Creative Workshops online classes and I are teaming up again this summer to bring you an exciting Aug weekend workshop/retreat at Artful Endeavors.


Gail will teach some splendid Gelli design techniques. Each participant with get their own Gelli mat. I’ve seen her working sample and I want to do that! Just so you know, Gail is artistically fearless and has an awesome design sense that she willingly shares. We always learn so much and have such fun with Gail. She is very creatively inspiring.

I will bring some fabulous different painting techniques including an original new design never before offered.

Saturday: Mixed Media  Get Your Gelli On!  With Gail Schmidt

Gelli Class Summer ArtFling 2013

Gelli Class
Summer ArtFling 2013

Come join me for a day of immediate gratification with some of the most art fun you’ll ever experience without using a brush or a palette. We work with the Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate that allows for some fabulous monoprinting results without a press. The results are always spontaneous, always a surprise.

Absolutely no experience is needed and you will be amazed at the gorgeous prints you create. The Gel Printing Plate and brayer needed for this technique is included in the price of the class and is yours to keep when the class is done.

Be careful though…this form of art has been known to be highly addictive and

stress relieving.  Sometimes art just needs to be about play and Gelli printing is all about play!   

 I promise it will be a blast!  Gail

$145 includes Gel Plate, brayer, and most supplies.


Sunday: Acrylic Painting  Rope Swing   With Liz Miller


Rope Swing Summer ArtFling 2013

Rope Swing
Summer ArtFling 2013

In our acrylic class we’ll create the effect of a misty background with a tree swing waiting to invite you to join the unfolding story.  We’ll learn to create atmosphere and texture on canvas with our acrylic products as we develop the feeling of anticipation in our painting.

No prior experience is needed (although always appreciated) to join us for this nostalgic painting.  Liz

$85 includes 12 x 12” canvas, paints, and products.

Register Now!