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TABLE OF CONTENTS
HELLO FROM THE STUDIO
EARN EARMARKS and CASH BACK!
QUOTABLE ART QUOTES
OPEN HOUSE INVITATION
WORKSHOPS ARE NOW ON-LINE!
CREDIT CARD PAYMENT OPTION NOW AVAILABLE
PAINT IN FOR PARENTS' LIFELINE OF EASTERN ONTARIO
RECIPE FROM THE STUDIO
HELLO FROM THE STUDIO!
Hello painting friends!
It's the last lazy days of summer and I'm taking advantage of them!
The kids will be back at school. Soon there'll be a chill in the air and the leaves will turn to glorious colours.
I love fall. It's a busy time of year for most decorative painting teachers and students alike. So much to paint and so much we want to teach!
I hope you'll join me in the studio this fall and winter. The coffee will be on and I'll have a great lunch waiting for you!
EARMARKS and CASH BACK!
Here's a great way for me to pay you back for your support and patronage.
For every $15.00 you spend (before tax), either paying for a workshop or supplies, you will earn ONE EARMARK point. When you've accumulated 10 EARMARKS, you get 10% off your next workshop or purchase!
I'll keep your card on file here and alert you when you've reached your 10 EARMARKS milestone! It's that simple! No need for you to carry yet another little card in your wallet. No need to have it stamped.
Start saving today!
CASH BACK, you say?!!?
Yep! Introduce a friend to the studio and get your next workshop at half price. Prefer cool hard cash? I'll refund half your workshop fee when you and your friend show up for your class! (And yes, you still get your EARMARKS!)
QUOTABLE ART QUOTES
One can have no smaller or greater mastery
than mastery of oneself.
-Leonardo Da Vinci
OPEN HOUSE INVITATION
WIN THIS TRAY!!!
This beautiful twig tray will be on display at the OPEN HOUSE.
It's handmade by a local artisan and hand-painted by yours truly!
Open House is
Friday Sept. 5 from 2pm to 7pm,
Saturday Sept. 6 from 10am to 5pm,
Sunday Sept. 7 from 1pm to 4pm.
Bring a friend!
Here are the details for how you could WIN this tray while attending the Open House.
WORKSHOPS NOW ON-LINE!
Workshops and classes for this fall and early winter feature a whole range of styles and subject matter. I think you'll find it all very exciting!
Some of you have already signed up and I can't wait to see you!
I hope you'll try some mixed media classes. Even though it's not representational art...more abstract... it's incredibly liberating. I've been doing quite a bit and my painting has improved in both my decorative painting style and abstract art.
NEW PARKING FACILITY!!
There's now lots of great parking!! The entire driveway and parking spaces have been completely re-designed for your convenience. Newly re-surfaced with lots of elbow room. No more car jostling!!
To make registration a little simpler, you can now register on-line.
I accept PayPal, Visa, Mastercard and American Express.
It's easy and completely safe, because the service is provided by PayPal. And you don't need to have a PayPal account to do your shopping.
I see this as an improvement to the services I provide and I hope you will too.
Of course, you can always pay by cheque. :o)
I love art in any shape or form it takes. From pottery to quilting, it all intrigues me. And now cake decorating artistry!
As a decorative art instructor, I have the priviledge of meeting many, many fine people like you. You fuel my creativity and I am so grateful.
Then there are some people who just do amazing things and perform acts of kindness that leave me speechless.
The cake you see here is an example of doing a random act of kindness that will stay with me my whole lifetime.
The story is that I had agreed to have an informal Open Studio to help a couple students with some troublesome projects.
The scheduled date had to be re-arranged and I decided that even though it was my 24th wedding anniversary, I could accommodate them just the same.
Nancy and Dixie Cearnes arrived loaded down with this tiered anniversary cake! Frank and I were completely gob-smacked!
Nancy spent the better part of the night baking and decorating this beautiful cake for us. It was a complete surprise!
And the fact that 24 years ago we eloped meant I'd never even HAD a wedding cake in the first place! :o)
I'd like to share with you another story from a fellow artist, Myriam Doylend....
I met Nancy Cearnes when I started Tole painting in 2000 at the Painted Pony. Over the years we have taken many classes together and I was always impressed with the care and attention to detail that Nancy displayed both in her painting and in the prep work required for the surface.
Every Christmas Nancy would prepare yummy treats for Open House and I discovered that she and I both enjoyed baking and making chocolates.
In 2004, I was delighted to find out that in addition to Nancy's many talents she also made cakes of all types, including wedding cakes. As my daughter was getting married that summer we asked Nancy if she would be willing to make her cake. She did an amazing job.
My daughter's colors and theme were those of a spring bouquet- and Nancy custom designed the cake to resemble a garden/gazebo scene and incorporated all the beautiful pastel colours reflected in the wedding.
She was so diligent in making sure that my daughter was happy with the final design and then took care to set it up for us and even arranged the flowers on the cake.
The tiers of cakes were all different types- and were delicious and made with the finest of ingredients- a hallmark of Nancy's baking. Thank you Nancy for your wonderful work and creativity and the beautiful memories you provided!
Myriam Doylend- Kinburn
If you would like to contact Nancy about her baking and cake-making for your next important event, you may do so at firstname.lastname@example.org
PAINT IN FOR PLEO!
Speaking of acts of kindness...
The 2nd ANNUAL paint-in for Parents' Lifeline of Eastern Ontario is scheduled for Saturday November 15 and Sunday November 16, 2008.
A small gesture from you can make a huge difference.
PLEO is looking for donated Christmas crafts and ornaments that they can then sell as a means of raising funds for their various mental health programs.
Mental illness is often misunderstood and it is ALWAYS under-funded.
Here's how you can help.
METALLIC FAUX FINISH
Here's a great way to get an amazing oxidized verdi gris effect!
Apply 2 coats of Black Green to your background. When dry, apply gold leaf, following the manufacturer's instructions. Let dry completely.
Now, soak a non-textured rag in vinegar and lay over the gold leaf. After 5 minutes, peak under the cloth...you should see some oxidization happening. The gold will become green to teal green in places. If you don't see anything, leave the rag in place a little longer. Varnish.
Over the years, the green gives way to a dull bronze which looks really rich and antiquated.
This is a wonderful treatment for borders and other embellishments. The rose box featured above was treated with this technique about 4 years ago. I just love it!
RECIPE FROM THE STUDIO
Here's the type of meal you can expect from me during your classes and workshops.
I believe in making your painting experience all-inclusive and I love to pamper my students!
APPLE SAUSAGE BAKE
Makes 6 servings
4 medium-large apples
3 Tbsp butter
Half Spanish onion, sliced thinly
1 cup sliced celery
1/4 tsp salt (I don't use it because of the sodium in the sausage and the cheese)
freshly ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1 lb cooked farmer's sausage or Polish sausage
2 cups grated Medium or Old Cheddar or Gruyère
1/3 cup fine bread crumbs
2 tbsp butter, melted
Cut apples crosswise into 1/2-inch slices and remove core from each slice.
In large skillet, melt 2 tbsp butter and sauté apples gently just until tender; arrange in 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
Melt remaining butter in skillet and cook onion, celery, salt and pepper until onion is softened.
Spread over apples and sprinkle with parsley.
Slice sausage diagonally and place over onion layer. Sprinkle with cheese. Combine breadcrumbs and butter and sprinkle over cheese.
Bake uncovered at 350-degrees for about 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and crumbs are browned.
Serve with green salad.
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