I think that Spring is Here!

As I write this post today, it is quite difficult to sit still as the weather is so delicious.  It is currently about 70 degrees and temperatures are expected to remain in this range for the next week or so.  I am sure that many of you are experiencing much the same.My last seminar took me to Pampered Palette in Gainesville, Virginia.  I taught Maureen’s Jacobean Delight on a large Mirror frame (pictured below).  My students were a wonderful group of ladies who came from as far south as Raleigh/Durham, NC and as far north as Scranton, PA.  They all did a great job on their pieces.  If you are interested in this piece, please check with Pampered Palette and they may have extra patterns from the seminar.  If not, they can certainly order it for you.  Keep in mind that Pampered Palette is a distributor of Maureen McNaughton products which includes Maureen’s brushes, wet palettes, palette paper, yellow mechanical pencils, chamois and palette paper, etc.

David Vernon and his partner Mark Greynolds, owners of Pampered Palette, have a wonderful studio loaded with three of the latest 42? TV monitors, excellent lighting, a fantastic speaker system, the most comfortable seating, and great food.  Every seat is a great seat.  Seminar times at Pampered Palette are a lot of fun.  If you have not had the opportunity to visit or take a seminar there, you are in for a real treat.  Check out their website at pamperedpalette.com.

My next teaching engagement will take me to Steph’s Folk Art Studio in Strasburg, PA,, March 23-25, 2012.  Steph’s has always been dear and near to my heart.  For many years, several of us would travel to Pennsylvania to paint with Maureen when the original Steph’s was located in Smoketown, PA.  On the morning of class, we would get to the shop as early as possible, line up outside the classroom door, in the cold, so that we could grab that special seat in class for this fabulous 5-day seminar.  I can remember it as if it were yesterday.  I really miss those friends and fun times.

This time, I will be teaching three of Maureen’s designs.  Check out my “Schedule” to see these lovely pieces.  I hope that you will be able to join me there.  The classroom has a wall of windows on the outside wall which overlooks a pond with occasional visitors of Canadian Geese.  What a beautiful site!

I have also been certified by Betty Caithness to teach any of her designs.  I will be teaching one of Betty’s unpublished designs (Hickory Ridge) at The Tole Patch in Camden, Delaware.  You can see a photo of this piece by visiting thetolepatch.com.  So, be on the lookout for other Caithness classes to appear on my schedule in the near future.

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Hope to see you in one of my classes soon!