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TABLE OF CONTENTS

HELLO FROM THE STUDIO

QUOTABLE ART QUOTES

NEW SANTA ON FLOORCLOTH WORKSHOP!!

COLOURED PENCIL ART with TERESA MALLEN

GREAT TIPS!

CREDIT CARD PAYMENT OPTION NOW AVAILABLE

PAINT IN FOR PARENTS' LIFELINE OF EASTERN ONTARIO

ANIMAL ANGEL




HELLO FROM THE STUDIO!

Hello painting friends!

Fall is here. The air is cooling and smelling so fresh. This time of year is always glorious. I always look forward to the autumn colours.

The painting workshops are filling up nicely. Some of you have already earned your EARMARKS Certificates. :o) Check the site often as I will be adding new classes all through the winter.

Happy to see that some of you are exploring mixed media with me. It's a big leap from the structure of decorative painting, but well worth exploring.

The fellow on the right is a Ruffed Grouse who came by for a little visit last fall. He flew into our office window but shook himself off after a while. Happily he was fine and flew back into the woods.

Cheryl




EARMARKS and CASH BACK!

Here's a great way for me to pay you back for your support and patronage.

EARMARKS!

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

PHOTO COURTESY OF FRANK FARRELL - COPYRIGHT PROTECTED

After the first brush-stroke, the canvas assumes a life of its own; at this point, you become both governor and spectator to your own event. (Anonymous)




NEW WORKSHOP


SANTA ON A FLOORCLOTH!!

This beautiful project has just been added to the line-up!

2 dates to choose from: Sunday, November 9 from 9am to 5pm or Friday, December 12 from 9am to 5pm.

Class fee includes primed canvas floorcloth!

Space for each class is limited to 5 students so everyone gets a whole table to themselves! Here's where you can register.


COLOURED PENCIL

ORIGINAL ARTWORK BY TERESA MALLEN - COPYRIGHT PROTECTED

My students are often surprised to find out that I take classes from other artists. Well, I do. How else can I keep my teaching skills honed and current?

I must confess that I absolutely love the art of coloured pencil. However, I have no real desire to teach it...but I know someone who's REALLY good at it! As a matter of fact she's quite well-known.

I took a class with Teresa Mallen a few weeks ago and what a blast I had.

Teresa's studio and location are stunning. Well worth the little country drive to get there. As a matter of fact, she's just around the corner from me!

If you've always been curious about coloured pencil, go visit Teresa Mallen. You don't need to know how to draw, so don't worry about that. You work from line drawings, just like we do in decorative painting. As a matter of fact, she even sells pattern packets! Here's Teresa's website


3 GREAT TIPS!!

For submitting these great tips, Myriam D. wins a 1" Wash brush by Heinz Jordan! Thanks for sharing these great tips!

Glazing Medium is a very handy artist's helper. I use it to paint over tape so that paint will not bleed under when one is trying to get that perfect edge.

Another handy use is to brush glazing medium over pen and ink drawings or signatures first where one has used a permanent Sharpie as the inking tool. The glazing medium will prevent the ink from smearing when varnishing.

Last but not least- a very useful addition to the collection- is any kind of Hand Sanitizer. Make sure whichever brand you buy is: a. a gel not cream b. contains alcohol. Hand Sanitizer is wonderful for cleaning brushes and conditioning them- and also allows one to clean brushes and keep them 'dry' in between dry brushing.


REGISTER ON-LINE!

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)





PAINT IN FOR PLEO!

The ornaments are pouring in!!!!! Well, well, I DO BELIEVE we may make our $1,000 goal!!!! Please, please, please, keep em' coming!!!!!

The 2nd ANNUAL paint-in for Parents' Lifeline of Eastern Ontario is scheduled for Saturday November 15 and Sunday November 16, 2008. If you can be here, you will enjoy yourself SO much!!!!!

If you can't be here, consider mailing in a non-breakable ornament.

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.


ANIMAL ANGEL!!!!!!

What fascinates me a lot is our intense love of our pets and the animals around us. I personally have 3 kitties and a big dog. They are, Yukon, Scotia, Tattoo and Gus. Hair everywhere, but I love 'em all.

I know a very special angel who fosters kitties for the Ottawa Humane Society. She goes about her good deeds without attracting much attention to herself. Well I want you to know about this animal angel...

She's an amazing artist who you all know as Lydia Steeves. Lydia's paintings have been featured in numerous magazines and recently she has graced the cover of The Decorative Painter...a posh magazine published by The Society of Decorative Painters.

When you visit her website you'll see that her site, as she says, "is dedicated to the tole painter who loves furry things."

Lydia's Pause for Painting website can be found here. I'd like to share with you a passage from a couple of recent e-mails between us...She wrote:

"Oh Cheryl, It was so sad when I went down there [Ottawa Humane Society] yesterday and worse today. That’s why I took another [foster]. I was going to wait until my three day workshop was over next week. The cages of babies this morning!! One Mom with 6 week olds in a cage. She was depressed and sitting in the corner looking at the wall.

And then another cage of mom and babies and her tongue and nose a bright stressed pink crying to get out. Also a cage of two maybe 4 week old babies (no mom) looking out wondering what was going on. I just know they will all have the URI (upper respiratory infection) in the next while and unless they are in a foster home will probably just die. Terrible. It’s the worst I’ve ever seen actually.

I wrote back to Lydia:

I'm so sorry for those poor kitties...and I feel worse for not being able to take them home to foster. In time I will. May I send your last message to my list of friends? Perhaps it would pluck a few heartstrings?

Lydia wrote back, after picking up the saddest case from the shelter:

"The new preggers mom I picked up on Saturday was so stressed that she got a serious cold in a matter of a few hours. Liquid was just pouring out of her nose and mouth. Took her in for fluids Sunday AM. Didn't help the stress level and she had preemie babies during dinner. One died already. Two hanging on. If they get her cold that will be it for them. If they make it, I will name them all after hurricanes.

And not long after.... "Well, not a good news story at my house. The mama and babies were put down yesterday. She had a particularily nasty form of URI. She had lesions in her mouth and nasal passages. She was in a bad way. So now I have to bleach the room …which I’ve started. And I can’t foster for at least 4 weeks."

I don't know how she does it. The least the rest of us can do is support our local shelters and have our pets spayed/neutered. Please call your local animal shelter to find out what you can do to help...perhaps a cash donation, extra blankets, food?

On a lighter note, of you're crazy about your pets and would like to share pictures with the world, why not visit PetSpots? It's a fun place to showcase your pets!!! And it will put a smile on your face!




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