Thursday, March 10, 2011


Just got in Shirley Koenig's new book Country's Edge 6, if you want one let me know, I have 5 left. Also Brushtiques 6 by Linda Lover. The newest PaintWorks is here, there are some great projects in it - watercolour, oils, coloured pencil, acrylics, something for everyone.

Jo Sonja sealer just came in as well as Rich Gold.

Vegas part 2

Here are a few pictures of Vegas and the girls and I. The day before we came home we drove out to the Red Rock Canyon, stunning, such a different landscape than we are used to. While there we learnt that the rock is red in some areas because of the amount of Iron that is in it. I am thinking hence came the colour name 'Red Iron Oxide'. While there we also went to see the Cirque du Soleil show 'Love', it was wonderful, I would definitely see it again. We did see Thunder from Down Under, but that one I won't post, you will have to come into the store to see it :)


So, after a week in Vegas with Paulette and Sharon I think I am finally caught up on my sleep. I thought I would be able to update the blog with pictures etc. while there but truthfully didn't have much time. We were up at 6:30 every morning to go to classes and I think the earliest we went to bed was 12:30. The weather was great, the painting was great and most of all the company was great. We painted, we shopped, we walked, we talked, we laughed, we indulged (a bit), we shopped some more and we had fun. It is so nice to go to Painting Conventions because you always run into someone that you know, usually you only see them at the conventions but it is nice to catch up and hear what is going on in other parts of the Decorative Painting World.

I took workshops with Janice Miller (watercolour pumpkins), Kathie George (watercolour Hollyhocks), Jillybean Fitzhenry (Pink Hibiscus), Prudy Vanner (Elf on Rocking Horse) and Leslie Bird (Cave Art). My favourite class was the one with Leslie, it was fun and relaxing, I enjoyed all the rest except for the Hollyhocks, not because of Kathie but because I am not into that loose of Watercolour Painting. Following are some pictures of the projects, all are finished except for the Hollyhocks and a couple of things on the pumpkin.


Okay so lots has been happening around here since the last post. Where to start, as most of you know I am closing the store at the end of April. This was a very hard decision for me to make, as I love the store but most of all I really enjoy all my customers and the interaction with them. Unfortunately due to a few factors it just isn't feasible for me to keep the store open. I know for a lot of you the workshops at the studio where your getaway or destressing after a long work week. I would still like to stay in touch and occasionally try and run a day workshop at the Lions Hall here in Stittsville, if this is something that you would be interested in please be sure to email me with your contact information.

I have been marking things down daily, and things are starting to look a little more sparse. The only things that won't be reduced or if they are not by alot will be the Deco Art and Jo Sonja Paint and also some of the varnishes and mediums. I have ordered some more All Purpose Sealer and Triple Thick Spray so if you want some let me know.

I have also added four new workshops to the website. A Batik with Lydia (last one before the store closes), ornaments with me, cards with Janice and the last Saturday workshop before the store closes will be with Edie Hebert. For those of you who don't know, Edie was the one that started The Painted Pony over twenty years ago, it was actually just across the street from the current location when it first opened.