bittersweet 5One would think as a full-time Artist that it is all brushes, paints and creative fun……but there is a lot of background ‘stuff’ that needs to be taken care of too.  So when I finally get to play with my brushes, paint, pencils and my creative thoughts ~ it still is a treat and I enjoy every moment I can escape.

For me…..I need a clear mind that everything is taken care of before I can truly play, relax and enjoy creating.  This piece ‘Blue Autumn’ was one of the first pieces I actually spent creating for enjoyment….it was not hurried ~ created not to entertain but to enjoy the process.

When I finally relaxed and realized this myself…….I enjoyed the process even more.

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Lovin’ this basket tray from Antique Farmhouse, it creates a homespun feel by adding  plaid material as trim and the basket itself adds texture.  The piece could be used for serving your guests or displayed on a wall or even a centerpiece to your table setting.  My friend Sheila Landry cut the ‘wood insert’ surface ~ making it a unique creative surface.

Have your own basket tray and need an insert?  Contact Sheila thru www.tolepaintingdesigns.com ~ she will be happy to provide!

Living in a tiny cottage, a useful item is a must, decorative is a bonus!

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Lately I have been focusing on teaching to learn skills other than just to entertain,  my favorite kind of teaching. We have a fun line up of classes at our local Community Art Center click here if you would like to save the dates to your calendar!

Or ~ gather a group of friends and contact me to schedule a date and time in your area!  (travel expense beyond 50 miles of Tamaqua PA).

‘Blue Autumn‘ classes will begin on May 22, 2019 and will run monthly over a 4 month period.  Both day and evening times available.  RSVP by April 22.

This series of monthly classes are called ‘The Pencilers and The Peddler‘.  One project completed over several months.

The Pencilers and the Peddler' Blue Autumn Proj

Option #1 Blue Autumn Paint and Pencil

Includes prepared basket, wood inset, paper and pattern

$45.00

Option # 2 Blue Autumn Paint and Pencil

Bring your own prepared surface, pattern included

$12.00

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To far away to join us?…..the pattern is available to you.  Simply email your request to classicamyjoanne@gmail.com.  Mention this blog post and receive $2.00 off THIS pattern until May 22, 2019.

Check out the ‘shop’ tab – click here to check out many other patterns too ~ Classic Chalk Art, Colored Pencil, Acrylic and Sculpting!

 this year is filled with possibilities!

A few more new Classes on the Calendar are ~ ‘Paint & Pencil’.  This series of classes will run monthly.   Each month a new piece! A place to learn techniques using acrylic paint and colored pencil on a 5×7 surface suitable for framing…..or join us to learn a few other ideas to use your Art!  Classes begin in August!

And also new to the class line up is a Weekend Workshop called ‘Building Character‘.  We will create a 24 x 24 wood canvas in acrylics and colored pencil.  Including ‘Matilda’ and ‘Santa’ to start us off in 2019!

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And coming soon as a treat to blog followers and fellow creatives ~ a project a month with a free pattern, how-to and a video or two ~ right here on the blog!  Gather a few vintage recipe cards (not your family heirlooms), index cards or manilla tags ~ hoping to get started soon!  We will share thru #hashtags! More info to come…..

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And don’t forget about our Retreat Weekend July 19, 20, 21.  Once registration is received you will receive a confirmation email.  Prep work and information will be provided the beginning of May.  Grab a Bestie and join us!

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Pick up a Brush and Pencil….add Art to your life. It makes a difference, wait till you see!  Join the journey and discover something new about yourself!

Let’s get started…..see you on May 22 to create ‘Blue Autumn’ !

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Coming Soon ~ #recipecardproject, Vintage & Walmart, Spring Robin Curated Vignette, Farmhouse Chalk Art, When a Best Friend Asks and Shop Cottage Classics~Building a Booth!

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