It Was A Dog Day

Mostly dogs, thought a couple of cats showed up for our pet portrait class yesterday. And what fun we had. A terrific group of painters from Kernersville NC visited the studio yesterday, joined by some of our lovely local painters, to paint pets. Long hair, short hair, fluffy and sleek we painted pets.

web-20141023_135110 Are here is some of the terrific paintings from our students. And what a fun day.


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I’ll have photos to show of my painting in my next post so come back to see my progress.

Let’s Begin

Daisies in a ring with a beautiful mottled blue background.  Every painting different but each with a common design lesson.  Starting with a simple coma stroke we can create a multitude of design details.  In the first lesson of decorative painting basics we’ll begin learning brush control right away while creating a colorful painting.  The added element is your own personal creative style and preferences.

Basic Techniques Yellow Daisy clock Session 1

Basic Techniques
Yellow Daisy clock
Session 1

I’m starting new students with our Basics In Decorative Painting projects.  You can join us too, either on Tues am, 10am – 12:30p, or Wed evening, 6p-8:30p.  You’ll work at your own pace since I’m adding new students as they are able to begin. Join our community of existing students who will inspire and encourage you. Both classes will have students working on other projects as you begin your artistic journey.

Continue with Basics 2 where we’ll work on side loading for shading and creating volume with our colorful berries.

Berry Sampler

Berry Sampler

These classes are also appropriate for painters who haven’t painted with us or who would like to build their skill level.  You will be working at your own pace.

Give me a call to plan your start date.  More details…..and to register.

What’s Coming Up?

We have an exciting schedule planned for this fall at Artful Endeavors.  Classes, workshops, and seminars.

October will be here soon with hints of autumn in the air and fall colors on our palettes.  I think I see some red and green for the holidays there also.

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1 & 8 Wed am starts a delightful Helan Barrick Star Make Santa. 10am – 2p

web-Star-Maker-Santa1 & 8, Wed 5p – 7:30 we’ll paint a Ros Stallcup Christmas ribbon and holly design.

My vacation is the week of Oct 14 & 15 so no classes

23  Pet Portraits , Thurs, 10am – 5p.  Call or email for details. this is a specially requested workshop

Our terrific pet artists.

Our terrific pet artists.

25 Halloween Cat, Sat 10 – 1p. No experience needed and all supplies included.

Halloween cardboard tube cat.

Halloween cardboard tube cat.


6  Bringing home the tree.  Special workshop with the Albemarle painters. More wonderful Helan Barrick kids. Contact me for details.web bring home the tree final _edited-117, 18, & 19  Kathie George Seminar.  We still have some seats available so register now.Dragonfly Done

More Weekly Classes:  Check the schedule for more weekly classes.


2015 Seminars


Our year will be full of exciting seminars and workshops so plan ahead and go ahead and register.

March 20 & 21, Spring ArtFling with Gail and Liz

web-Jean-fingersMay 29, 30, & 31, Susan Crouch  register now to secure your seatThis seminar fills quickly.

July 22 – 25, Ros Stallcup.  Four days of painting with Ros this summer.demoWatch the schedule for more workshops and seminars.

CADANC, chapter of SDP, is having 2 seminar at Artful Endeavors next year also. Join our chapter to paint with us at our terrific seminars with:

April: colored pencil  Janelle Johnson

Oct-Nov: watercolor with Mark Polomchak


Ladies, and gentlemen, start your engines.

Your creative engines that is.  It’s the last week in Aug, kids are returning to school, and there’s art in the air.  In the studio too!

I hope you have all had a good summer with lots of fun, family, and friends. For those of you have had challenges this year, I sending positive thoughts and looking forward to having all of you back to painting with us again.

We have a new supply of Americana and Traditions paints and the new DecoArt French stencils.  The Chalky Finish paints are in stock with lots of color choices.

We have lots of art experiences planned for this fall including weekly classes, workshops for all ages, and seminars.  Wed am and evening classes resume in Sept with new and exciting projects planned.  You can find more details on the web site but here are some of the upcoming highlights.

  • Basic Techniques Yellow Daisy clock Session 1

    Basic Techniques
    Yellow Daisy clock
    Session 1

    Tue am open class:  We’re open for class on Tue am as usual with opportunities for you to make up a missed classes or work on a project of your own with some assistance from me. Also if you are wanting to start your painting experience with us, we’ll work you into our Tue schedule. Please contact me to get started with Decorative Painting Basics.  If you just like this painting and want to paint it, you can do that on Tue am also.

  • ArtFling:  Gail is packing her bags and will be here ready for some mixed media fun on Fri, Sept 5. I’ll take over on Sat to continue with our endeavors.  If you are not registered yet, contact me quick!  There are supply lists on line and you can register there too.
  • web-Sodas-and-Sundaes-2Sodas and Sundaes Workshop:  Join us Sept 27th for a 4 hr workshop painting these colorful ornaments. Could be for your holiday tree but just too darn cute not to keep out all year.  Register now!
  • Halloween cat workshop: Did someone say toilet paper?  Oh yes, that was me. Come see what I have designed using the cardboard from TP.  Getting ready for some friendly Halloween festivities Oct 25, 10a – 1p.  Fun for 8yrs and up.  Join us and bring a friend.  Register now!
  • Wed evening classes:  Our classes are starting back again starting Sept 3.  We’ll have our weekly crew working on a fall schedule for classes, but also look for special workshops as well as a chance to start our decorative painting basics.
  • web-Yupo-PoppiesKathie George seminar:  Register now for our seminar with Kathie. Register and details.  We have some awesome new techniques to explore with Kathie.  Do you Yupo?
  • Susan Crouch seminar:  Register now before Sept 5th to secure your seat in our seminar with Susan, May 29-31, 2015, and take advantage of preregistration discounts. Registration opens to everyone on Sept 5. Details and registration.


NC State Fair: Remember to register your entries before Sept 19th. NC St. Fair 2015

It’s time to get you entries registered for this year’s NC state fair.  Entry forms need to be completed and mailed or emailed by Sept 19, 2015.

Be sure to notice that the groups have changed.  There is no professional group any longer. There is E/experienced, 5 yrs or more of experience, or N/novice, less than 5 yrs experience.

You can enter one item in up to 10 categories.

You can find the complete instructions at

And on line entry at


That’s all I can think of right now but watch the web site and blog for updates. Hope to see you at the studio soon.


The Last Straw

Drinking straw that is. We has such fun creating with acrylic inks, acrylics, and drinking straws.

Liz straw painting.

Liz straw painting.

It didn’t take much demonstrating until the student’s had their creative juices flowing and were ready to create their own painting.

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Straw paintings.

Straw paintings.

I have such terrific students.

My terrific students

My terrific students


Falling into Autumn

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We had a great time painting with Ros this summer. It was a week full of painting with old friends and meeting new ones while enjoying Ros again. I have lost exact count but this was somewhere around 18 or 19 yrs of seminars with Ros. Each one successful. Our dates for next year are July 22-26, yes, we’re planning 4 days next year. We have some good ideas planned and would love to have you join us.  We’ll call next year our 20th year anniversary!

web-Yupo-PoppiesRegistration is open for our seminar with Kathie George for three days of mixed media exploration! Always fun and educational. Registration, photos, and more information.

Night Hunter Liz Miller CDA

Night Hunter Liz Miller CDA

ArtFling is coming up Sept 5 and 6, that’s Fri and Sat. Join Gail Schmidt and me for more mixed media fun.  We’re asking everyone to register by sending in your fee by Aug 8. That’s coming up soon so be sure to get your seminar fee submitted. Let us know if you want Gail to supply the surface for you. More info and on line registration.  Register now!

Summer Geraniums stage 2.

Summer Geraniums stage 2.

I’ve updated the class schedule on the web site so be sure to check for updates. There are a few date changes and we have some exciting plans for new projects. I’ll be designing more original paintings and will have photos on the web site as soon as they are painted.

Straw Fish

Straw Fish

Our Aug 9, Saturday workshop is coming up soon. We’re painting fish with a straw and acrylic inks! What fun. We’ll probably have time to play around with this technique with other animals. Register by Aug 4 so that I have time to plan.

Watercolor Sheep: my painting from a workshop with A Susan Crouch design

Watercolor Sheep: my painting from a workshop with
A Susan Crouch design

 I have some exciting news for you. We have award winning watercolor artist, Susan Crouch coming for a seminar at Artful Endeavors, May 29, 30, and 31, 2015. This is a theory and techniques seminar and you will probably not be completing specific projects during the seminar. Our focus in on learning not finishing a project.  You can find more information on this web page. I’m still working on the page and need to get photos from Susan to post.

  More info about Susan.  I’ll open the seminar on Sept 5. Participation is limited to 15.  Susan is from Statesville, NC so one of our NC artists.

 NC St. Fair 2015

It’s time to get you entries planned for this year’s NC state fair.  Entry forms need to be completed and mailed or emailed by Sept 19, 2015.

Be sure to notice that the groups have changed.  There is no professional group any longer. There is E/experienced, 5 yrs or more of experience, or N/novice, less than 5 yrs experience.

You can enter one item in up to 10 categories.

You can find the complete instructions at

And on line entry at


I’ll look forward to seeing you entries this year. I know they will be awesome.


Just a few un-fun notes:

  • I receive many telemarketing calls each day so I let the phone go to voice mail if I don’t recognize the number. If you are not a telemarketer be sure to leave a message so I’ll know you are a real person interested in something to do with painting.
  • Someone has blocked century link/embarqmail from receiving email from Artful Endeavors by labeling us spam. Anyone with one of these email addresses will not be receiving emails from me unless you go to your email provider and tell them you want to receive emails.  Please pass the word if you know anyone from this provider who is wondering why I am not sending them email any longer. They are missing out on seminar and class information.
  • You are receiving emails from Artful Endeavors because you have requested to do so. I do not solicit email addresses from any other source. If you would like to be removed from our email address please just let me know and I will be glad to remove you. Do not just mark our emails as spam. You block everyone else from your email provider from receiving our emails.
  • If you have requested our emails and are not getting them, and have a different email provider you might have our emails in your spam folder. Be sure to add us to your address book.

Come paint with us soon.


Where’s the creativity in that?

Recently on face book someone questioned where the creativity was in everyone painting the same design in a seminar. This created a lively response and got me thinking about our project classes.

Colored Pencil Class

Colored Pencil Class

Decorative painting opens art for those individuals that think they aren’t creative.

Everyone is creative in some form or another. We all choose our clothes to wear each day, colors, what goes together. Some may express their creativity through cooking, child care, writing, photography, sports, and numerous other ways depending on their interests.

Most important for the student to have is an interest and a desire to learn to create art. The techniques can be learned and practice just means painting more which is the fun part anyway.  If someone is interested and motivated they will work/play with their art and develop their skills.

web-DianneBy offering patterns and teaching step by step the teacher is able to focus on theory and techniques that are specific to the project.  Each student is encouraged to  develop their own style and to exercise their preferences as they build on art theory and techniques learned in class. Even though painting the same subject each painting is personalized by the different student to reflect their own style. And no one can paint exactly like the teacher anyway.

Project classes where students paint the same subject allows more time to focus on theory and technique associated with that specific painting. Students grow their skill sets while developing their art preferences and then continue on to create their own individual and independent pieces of art.

Cats Eyes

Cats Eyes

There is always creativity involved. There it is!

It’s July! Ros is at Artful Endeavors

We’ve had such a great time painting with Ros Stallcup this week, polishing techniques as well as learning new ones. We’ve played with new products and used our familiar products in creative ways.

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Ros’ seminars are always a terrific occasion to see old friends and make new ones while sharing a common love for art.


And we’ve made plans for our July 2015 seminar. Save the dates: July 22 – 25, 2015.

I’m Back!

I’m back from vacation, which was lots of kid-filled fun, and ready to get painting again. Hope you are ready to join me.

Janet's dog.

Janet’s dog.

We have our Pet Portrait class coming up next week, Saturday, July 12. Be sure to register and talk to me about your portrait by this Friday so that we can plan your prep and pattern.  Don’t have a pet, you can still join us.  Paint a friend’s pet or find a magazine photo or I have plenty of cat photos to share.

Our seminar with Ros is only 21 days away but there’s still time for you to join us. Contact me now or register on line.

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Registration is open for our Summer’s End ArtFling!

Come join us, paint, and enjoy the cool.



Just off the Easel

In case you don’t already know, we love painting Dorothy Dent designs at Artful Endeavors.  This week we’ll start a new design, the Brook, which I just love. I enjoyed painting my sample and am looking forward to sharing this beautiful painting with my students.

I thought you might like to see my painting as I progressed.  Dorothy paints in oils but I use acrylics for our classes. Although I’ve enjoyed oils in the past, I have discovered that I’m allergic to some of the products.  And, there is very little we can’t paint in acrylics since they are so versatile.  I use the wonderful DecoArt Traditions and of course Americana, my first acrylic love.

Here’s the beginning of the sky and water area.  This is about 3 layers of adjusting.  DecoArt’s new Americana color Blue Haven is a wonderful color, medium light value, not too greyed, a happy blue.


Step 1: background sky and water.


Step 2: adding the background trees and foliage for the large foreground tree.


Step 3: Adding the tree and sunny grass.


Step 4: Adding rocks and beginning the water.


Step 5: Sunshine on rocks and working on the water.

I love the colors in this painting.  Such a pleasing combination.

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Finished! Complete with splashes and accent colors.