Thursday, June 10, 2021

Strawberries, Roses and new Classes!


 Roses in May, Vita Copyright 2021, Acrylic on Canvas

Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It'll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they'll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields... and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?
― J.R.R. Tolkien

 Strawberry Season, Vita Copyright 2021, Acrylic on Canvas
Yes!  For the first time I have successful grown strawberries.  Whoohoo!  

I remember picking strawberries with my grandfather.  He grew gardens everywhere he lived- including in the desert in Afghanistan!  I aspired to be that resilient.

"One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste."
- Goethe

The time is ripe to enjoy the garden before the bugs start bitting!

When the sun sets I've been bringing the paints and plants inside.  This painting was made in the traditional botanical style with a flat black background.

Want to paint with me?  
I am excited to announce upcoming workshops and classes at the Studio Alchemy Gallery listed below!  At last it is time to get away from the grind and nurture our creativity.  

I am limiting our class sizes so if you'd like to join our small but mighty group be sure to register as soon as possible.  

Abstract Painting Party: Color Harmony 
Thursday July 15th 9am- noon  
Do you want to create your own unique abstract painting?  In this workshop you will learn how to use the color wheel to make beautiful color combinations then create your own piece to take home.  All materials provided $48

Abstract Painting Party:  Mixed Media
Sunday July 25 1-4pm  
Do you want to experiment with mixed media painting?  In this workshop you will learn how to mix acrylic paints with collage materials to make your own unique piece of artwork.  All materials provided  $48

Learn to Paint: Sunrises and Sunsets 
4 Week Class starts Thursday August 5th 9am-noon  $189

Learn to Paint: Animals
4 Week Class starts Thursday September 2nd 6-9pm  $189

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Alchemy of Art Podcast Episode 75 Should you quit your dayjob?


Do you fantasize that you'd love to quit your day job to pursue a career in art?  Today’s episode of the Alchemy of Art podcast features a chat on whether you should quit your day job or not and how best to do it.

On the Alchemy of Art podcast we chat about the creative process and philosophy.  Each episode includes stories, dreams and reflections to inspire you and keep you going.  Hosted by Vita, a contemporary impressionist painter, art teacher, author and public speaker.  Find out more at Take online creativity classes at:

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