A Taste of Spring

Maureen McNaughton updated website and e-packets (coming soon)

A few things have happened since I lasted posted to my blog.  Sally McAloon and I (S & S Brushstrokes) hosted Maureen McNaughton’s final east coast seminar last November.  Though, quite sad, this was the fifth and final seminar that we have hosted since our very first one in Feb 2007.  We had an awesome time with many new and past students.  As usual, our students left with some beautifully painted pieces.  The designs for this seminar, by far, were some of Maureen’s best work to date.

As many of you already know, Maureen has retired from teaching in the U.S.  She is presently working with her webmaster on updating her website to one that is more on trend to our changing market. It will have a completely new and fresh look, but will continue to be very easy to navigate through.

One of the biggest changes will be the packets themselves, which she is converting to e-packets. You will be able to download them to your computer, IPad, tablet, IPhone etc. You can print off the pages in the packet (for your personal use), or paint from your device. The colour quality will be the best onscreen, but will also include instructions on the site on how to obtain the best colour from your printer.  Read more information on this subject in Maureen’s January 2014 newsletter that can be found on her website at www.maureenmcnaughton.com.

McNaughton Brushes

Be sure to get those brushes ready to celebrate the arrival of spring.  You can purchase Maureen’s brushes at Pampered Palette located in Gainesville, VA.  They are the wholesale/retail source for Maureen McNaughton brushes.


David Vernon


Pampered Palette

(703) 754-8141(703) 754-8141
3507 Finish Line Drive
Gainesville, Virginia 20155 USA

World of Color Expo (WOCE) 2014

On another note, I hope that many of you are planning to attend the World of Color Expo 2014 which will be held in the Washington, DC area.  I am really looking forward to attending this event as I have not been to a convention in at least two years.

Here is information on the World of Color Expo (WOCE) 2014:

Pampered Palette, World Of Color Expo 2014 –
Hilton Washington Dulles
November 12, 13, 14 & 15, 2014
FREE Shuttle To and From Washington Dulles Airport for Attendees

McNaughton Pattern Packets reduced prices

Before leaving my website, be sure to take a look at the few McNaughton pattern packets that I have for sale.  They are older packets that are leftovers from seminars that I have taught.  I have reduced the price of these considerably.  Just remember that once these paper patterns are gone, they will be gone forever.  So, if you are one who prefers to have that paper and photo in your hands, please be sure to place your order as I only have a few of each of these; and in some cases, there may only be one packet left.

Sandy’s Teaching Schedule

Please be sure to check out my teaching schedule to see where I am teaching next.  With the blessings and permissions of Maureen McNaughton and Betty Caithness, I am available to teach any of their designs .  Betty’s older designs can be seen and purchased at Sechtem’s Wood Prodoucts (http://www.tolemine.com).   Her newest designs can be seen and purchased from Viking’s Woodcrafts (http://www.vikingwoodcrafts.com).