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TABLE OF CONTENTS

HELLO FROM THE STUDIO

QUOTABLE ART QUOTES

IT'S A PAINTING PARTY!!!!

NEW WORKSHOPS and MORE BEING ADDED

NEW PATTERN PACKET

USED and OUT OF PRINT BOOKS

2008 PLEO FUNDRAISER UPDATE... WE DID IT!!!!!

RECIPE FROM THE STUDIO


HELLO FROM THE STUDIO!

Hello painting friends!

Here in Ottawa, we are deep into the snowy season. A perfect opportunity for cocooning and for some painting time in a warm and creative atmosphere.

Also a great time for bird watching. The little fellow above is a male Pine Grosbeak. One of many, many species which I am privileged to watch from my office window. I love working from home!

I have been busy getting projects painted for the Winter and Spring season...heck, I'm even looking at projects for the summer! And, by POPULAR demand, more Christmas projects off-season. And why not!? It seems to be everyone's favourite theme...from Santa, to snow-people, to poinsettias, just to name a few. You ask, I deliver.

I have added a MINI WORKSHOP section to the website, which features adorable projects, some of which I do all the prep work for you!

I hope you enjoy the newsletter and the yummy recipe at the end.

Cheers and happy painting everyone!

Cheryl





QUOTABLE ART QUOTES

PHOTO COURTESY OF CHERYL POULIN - COPYRIGHT PROTECTED

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.

Art is knowing which ones to keep. - Scott Adams




COME TO MY PAINTING PARTY!

On Saturday, April 11, I am encouraging anyone and everyone to come to my painting party.

If you've never painted, have lost your nerve 'cause you haven't painted in a long time, want to start again, or you simply love birthday cake, I'd love to see you!

Registration is on me.

All the details can be found here.


NEW WORKSHOPS

The start to a new year is always exciting for me. I start my new diet (again) and I vow to keep my painting area as tidy as possible (ha!). But most exciting of all is leafing through books and magazines for possible painting ideas.

This year I've taken all of your project suggestions and I tried to accommodate as many of you as possible. I hope you like the new line up! I sure do.

Remember to check the site often because I'm always adding new projects. You wouldn't want to miss anything, now would ya!

Here are the featured WORKSHOPS
And here are the MINI WORKSHOPS!


PACKETS IN ELECTRONIC FORMAT!

Over the next couple of weeks, my packets will become available as e-packets. You'll still be able to order the printed version, but you'll save a lot if you choose the electronic version.

AND, I do have 2 new packets just about ready to publish as well as another percolating in my sketchbook and in my head.

As far as designs go, why not drop me a note and let me know what you'd like to paint and on what surfaces.

Recently I've noticed a shift back to the older projects. So if you'd like to see more florals, animals, Santas...whatever, let me know. And your surface preference...floor cloth, glass, metal, stretched canvas, wood. All of this information goes a long way in providing you with what you want to paint.


USED and OUT OF PRINT BOOKS

I have a personal library of over 500 tole and decorative painting books. Needless to say, it is time to cull my collection down to a manageable size.

To that end, I have cataloged all of these books in a database that my husband created for me. The books can be looked up by Title, Artist, Publication Date, Style, etc.

I'm saying that if you're looking for a particular book, like the one featured here from the late Susie Saunders, it is likely I have it. And it is available for sale. Most of these books I consider used, even though some are like new.

All books are $2.00 up to $5.00 each, plus postage.

So if you're looking for a book, drop me a line. :o)


PLEO FUNDRAISER

We did it! Our goal was to raise $1000 and we surpassed that goal. You wonderful, caring painters came through and painted nearly 300 ornaments and other crafts. Unbelievable.

Here is a message from the President of Parents' Lifelines of Eastern Ontario.

"On behalf of the Board of Directors, the PLEO families and the young adult participants of our young adult peer support group - The Source, I would like to thank everyone who so generously contributed to this fundraiser.

Through your efforts we raised $1200 that will be used to help us continue to operate our program - the Source. Through this program we provide recreation and socialization for 16 to 25 year olds living with mental illness.

PLEO is a totally volunteer driven non profit organization providing support to families with children, youth and young adults with mental illness. We will use your contribution well." - Phyllis Grant-Parker"

Here are all the details and who was the lucky winner of the Heinz Jordan brush set!!!.


RECIPE FROM THE STUDIO

TRI-COLOR BEAN SOUP - a recipe by Anne Lindsay, from her book Smart Cooking

Makes 12 servings, about 1 cup each.

This is really hearty (and economical). Add some dark pumpernickel or multi-grain bread and a salad for a great lunch or supper. Freezes well.

2 large Spanish onions, sliced

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups water

2 medium potatoes, cubed

3 medium carrots, cut in 1/4-inch slices

1 can (19-oz / 540-mL) Pinto beans, drained and rinsed

1 can (19-oz / 540-mL) Kidney beans or black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed

1 can (19-oz / 540-mL) Chickpeas or Garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

1 tsp dried oregano

2 tsp dried basil

Salt and pepper to taste.

In a large saucepan, combine onions, garlic, water, potatoes and carrots; bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 20-minutes or until veggies are tender.

Add all the beans, herbs and seasonings.

Simmer about 5 to 10 minutes to allow the flavours to blend.

CALORIES per serving: 120

FAT GRAMS per serving: 1.6

Excellent source of fiber and really good in iron and vitamin A.


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Special Workshops

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