One of the sweetest Christmas dinners I've ever attended was given by my sister-in-law 25 years ago when she was a student at MTSU and had only been dating my brother a few months. Beth lived in Natchez Place apartments, across the street from campus and the home of the University president, originally built in the 1940s. And although they were old and cold, they did have hardwood floors and loads of vintage charm.
Besides Andy, Beth invited me and my parents to dinner. She had purchased a box of knock-off Christmas dishes resembling Lenox Holiday china from Roses, a local discount department store. For appetizers she had fruit and fruit dip (cream cheese, marshmallow cream, and orange juice), veggies and dip (Ranch dressing), and sausage balls. For our beverage she served hot Christmas Tea (apple juice, lemonade, & orange juice) served in a festive Christmas teacup with a cinnamon stick.
We toured the Oaklands Mansion Christmas Tour of Homes in the historic district of Murfreesboro before settling in for dinner at Beth's. I remember her little table was elegantly prepared. The box of Christmas dishes came with four four-piece place settings, so Beth's plate didn't match ours. And for dessert, she served lemon pie. I'd never had lemon pie before. It was scrumptious and the perfect ending to a perfect meal.
It was the second weekend in December and very cold outside, but the red-hot coils of the heater built into the wall was left on while we were on the walking tour and had kept the apartment toasty. (Well, that side of the apartment, anyway.) Beth has always been a fabulous hostess.
Much has changed over the years. Andy and Beth have been married now for quite a while, and they live in an adorable Craftsman Cottage in historic Riverside in Columbia. Beth's Christmas dishes from Roses have been replaced by a set of Lenox Holiday china and a set of Johnson Brothers Old British Castles Pink Christmas Holiday china. Her culinary repertoire includes recipes and dishes I would not even attempt to prepare. And even though I love every meal shared with Andy and Beth, as well as the others in my family, I don't love them more than the first meal we shared together in Beth's college apartment.
If you come to my house for dinner at Christmas I hope my entertaining will make as much of an impression as Beth's did so many years ago. I love to cook. I love to entertain. But to ensure a little piece of the sweetest Christmas dinner ever, you'll find my table is set very festively, including the old knock-off Christmas dishes from Roses department store.
Wishing you the happiest of Holidays and the merriest Christmas ever!!
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Pastor Bob Gerstenberger and I will teach a variety of Music and Painting classes on December 19 at the Winchester Room of Evan's Park at 2pm and again at 3:30pm. For $25 your child ages 4-14 can take a Music Class AND a Painting Class. Add a second child for only $20. Call or Text 615-668-8263 to register.
Join us for Art Attic Tuesdays and attend painting classes offered in acrylics at our location in Franklin. Learn a new skill, have some fun, make new friends, and create a colorful legacy! Please call 615-668-8263 to register or for additional information.
CREATIVE SPIRITS CLASS: ACRYLICS
Creative Spirits on-going classes meet at 9:30am on Tuesdays and cover a new topic every month. In December we’re studying Gradation - the visual technique of gradually transitioning from one color hue to another. The first class of the new session will be on November 29 and will meet November 29, December 6, 13, and 20. We will not meet December 27.
Students bring their own supplies and a list is provided of items you'll need. Class fee is $99 per one month session (4 classes) and you can take as many or as few sessions as you like.
Please note: Students find it helpful to bring their phones or iPads to photograph the reference painting or pull it up on Facebook. Starting in September class sizes will be limited and paint-along canvases will be smaller so students have a better view of the reference painting and will get more individualized attention.
December 13 “Lily Pads” 1pm $45, with all supplies included 16 x 12 canvas
December 13 "Over the River and through the Woods 4pm $40, with all supplies included 16 x 12 canvas
November 29 House Portraits Workshop 1pm $99, with all supplies (acrylics) and instruction included 16 x 12 canvas
December 6 “Autumn in Franklin” 9am $99, with all supplies (acrylics) and instruction included 20 x 20 canvas
December 22 Painting Potpourri 1pm $99, with all supplies (acrylics) and instruction included 16 x 12 canvas
Paint a Special Gift from your own photo. Under-painting and Basic Shapes will be pre-painted for you and our time together will be spent painting, adding details, and answering your painting questions. Choose a House Portrait, Pet Portrait, Bridal Bouquet Portrait, or simplistic painting of your Child or Grandchild.
Reference Paintings for Paint-Alongs:
Sample Paintings for House Portraits:
Sample Paintings for Pet Portraits:
Sample Paintings for Bridal Bouquet Portraits:
Painting classes are offered in the Winchester Community Room of Spring Hill Parks located in Evans Park at 563 Maury Hill Road behind Spring Hill Elementary. The Winchester Community Room is located on the ground floor at the back of the building (basement). The Spring Hill Senior Citizens Center occupies the top floor. Classes for both children and adults are offered at this location. Please call 615-668-8263 to register or for additional information.
WINCHESTER COMMUNITY ROOM, SPRING HILL
ADULT PAINTING CLASSES offered by Spring Hill Parks and Rec:
Paint-Along with Susan
November 28 "Candy Cane" 6:30pm $40, with all supplies and instruction included 16 x 12
December 12 "Over the River and through the Woods" 6:30pm $40, with all supplies and instruction included 16 x 12
December 19 "Cades Cove Church" with palette knife 6:30pm $40, with all supplies and instruction included 16 x 12
Kids Open Studio will be offered at the Winchester Community Room of Spring Hill Parks for children ages 5 to 12. As long as there are students to make a full class, I'll offer the class for $20 per child with all supplies included. Registration is required and payment is due at registration to ensure an easel and supplies for your child. Supplies include a pre-sketched canvas and acrylic paints that wash up easily with water. Please call 615-668-8263 to register or for additional information.
**May be used as a fundraising opportunity for your child's school, ball team, youth group, or scout group. Please call 615-668-8263 for more information.
WINCHESTER COMMUNITY ROOM, SPRING HILL
November 28 "Candy Cane" 5pm $20, with all supplies and instruction included 8 x 10
December 12 "Over the River and through the Woods" 5pm $20, with all supplies and instruction included 8 x 10
December 19 Santa Belt or Elf Belt 2pm $20, with all supplies and instruction included 8 x 10
December 19 Snowman Belly or Rudolph 3:30pm $20, with all supplies and instruction included 8 x 10
And in December I'll be working with Spring Hill Parks and Rec to host "Santa's Helper Day" for kids to make Christmas gifts for their family. Slated for December 21 from 10am to 1pm, children will have the opportunity to paint and make crafts suitable for gift-giving to parents and grandparents. $5 per craft with several crafts to choose from .
Call Spring Hill Parks and Rec to make a reservation for your young artist, 931-487-0027, extension 421. Ask to speak with Sonja Rine, Programs Director for Spring Hill Parks and Rec.
4. The Athenaeum Rectory, Columbia
Painting classes are offered at the Athenaeum Rectory located in downtown Columbia, Tennessee, on the corner of 8th and Athenaeum Streets. We'll paint in south parlor. Students are asked to bring a cleaning product or paper product to donate to the historic home (either paper towels, tissues, or TP) and a portion of the class fee will be donated, too.
On December 11 we'll paint "Christmas Gift" at 2pm.
Class fee of $40 includes instruction and supplies for 12 x 16 Make your plans to bring your friends and have a fun afternoon painting all while helping support one of Columbia's beautiful historic homes.
This year I've been invited to show my work at the Athenaeum Rectory during the 2016 Maury Christmas Historic Home Tour.
The “Maury Christmas” Historic Home Tour began in 1951 as the Majestic Middle Tennessee Tour.
Since that time, hundreds have flocked to Maury County each year to tour the historic sites that make our county the “Antebellum Home Capitol of Tennessee.” Not only is Maury County the Antebellum Home Capitol of the state, it has also been said that there are more antebellum homes in Maury County, Tennessee than any other place in the United States, save Natchez, Mississippi.
In all 16 antebellum jewels will be part of the Maury Christmas Historic Home Tour, including the Athenaeum Rectory completed in 1837. The Athenaeum is all that remains of two prestigious girl’s schools that operated in Columbia. While the schools have since closed, the Athenaeum Rectory remains and is now a historic site and museum dedicated to promoting and preserving the history of Maury County.
The proceeds of the Maury Christmas Historic Home Tour go toward the continued restoration of the Athenaeum.
Tickets are $25. For more information, call (931) 381-4822.
2. Centennial Women's Club Exhibit, January 2017
Many of my paintings will be exhibited at the Centennial Women's Club in Green Hills starting the middle of January 2017. Thank you Bitsy Hughes for the invitation !!
3. Art Sale to benefit Pet Pals of Maury County and Snooty Giggles Rescue, February 2017
Students and those remodeling, please consider donating a painting, either one you own or one you've painted, to the "Yart Sale" to benefit Pet Pals of Maury County and Snooty Giggles Rescue. And make your plans now to attend. More information will be available in future issue of "Wet Paint."
4. Chestnut Group Art Show at the Hermitage April 20-22, 2017
Make your plans to visit the home of Andrew Jackson with the added bonus of an art exhibit and sale by The Chestnut Group. More information will follow in future issues of "Wet Paint."
5. Commissions accepted now for Christmas
If you would like to commission a Pet Portrait, House Portrait, or Bridal Bouquet Portrait for Christmas, now is the time to order. Commissioned works start at $200 for 8 x 10 painting and are accepted only after a photo has been submitted and accepted. Please send your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos of precious smiles I got to see while painting in the November Classes, Workshops, and Private Lessons.
These paintings and many, many more are for sale at auction through Daily Paintworks. If you are local and purchase a painting, please let me know so I can adjust the shipping fee. To see the auction items, click here.
Class sizes are limited, so we ask you give us 48 hours notice if you need to cancel. Cancellations should be made by phone or text, 615-668-8263. This provides us the opportunity to fill the space. No refunds are available, however class fees for reservations canceled at least 48 hours in advance may be credited to another class.
For inclement weather, announcements on canceled classes will be posted on Facebook. If in doubt, please call us before traveling in bad weather. Canceled classes will be rescheduled.
Retro-inspired Messenger Bag for Art Supplies
Feed Your Creative Juices!
Don't you just love these adorable, retro-, pin-up, messenger bags for carrying some of your paints, brushes and canvas to a special outdoor cafe or park or other special place to paint away the afternoon?
Great for hostess gifts, birthday presents, or just a "happy" for yourself, they measure 12 x 11 x 3 with inside pocket perfect for iPad or canvas panels & brushes, and adjustable strap. $20. Text me at 615-668-8263 to hold one for you. Local pick-up only. I'll bring a few to painting classes this month for your convenience.
Jason Saunders opens his studio for two days each autumn to show and sell the work he has painted over the past 12 months. I was able to attend the Open Studio on Friday afternoon. It was heaven!
Jason and his family live on a farm just south of Leipers Fork, Tennessee, in Maury County. The drive on this warm, late autumn day was delightful, one of those days you'll remember for years as to why Autumn is the best month of all.
Last night I had the pleasure to visit the home and studio of Mark and Lori Putnam in Charlotte, Tennessee. They were hosting an Open House and Paint-out.
I also registered for the Lori's painting demo, which was amazing!
Lori recently hosted a workshop in Limoux, France, and gave us the history of Champagne in Limoux. Her husband past out champagne classes so we could christen the studio and toast our health, happiness, and success as artists. It was a lovely evening.
Mark, admittedly the cook in the family, treated us to a delicious feast. He is also the creator of the app Value Viewer which is an essential tool to most plein air artists.
Mark and Lori's house is probably 80% studio. I love it! Mark designed it based on the studio of Joaquin Sorolla, which they visited in Madrid, Spain, during the time they were living in Italy.
Here is Lori's palette. I love photographing painters palettes. They are the original "original" art!
Lori starts with a limited palette and then adds convenient colors as needed. Using fewer tubes of paint lightens her backpack when working in the field, and provides dependable color mixtures. She uses these Gamblin Artists Colors:
ADDED CONVENIENCE Palette
These additional colors can be added for convenience mixing. They come in handy in the studio where mixing large piles of paint rapidly is needed, and added weight for travel is not an issue. You do NOT need to buy all of these colors, but everyone always wants to know about other colors she enjoys using.
In last night's demonstration she used two colors I had never heard of and can't wait to purchase: Brown Pink and Asphaltum. Asphaltum is a transparent burnt umber type paint.
Lori enjoys painting on Raymar panels, #15 double primed linen.
I've attended so many workshops that very little is really new to me now, but I always glean a pearl of wisdom or two from each event I attend. Last night I was intrigued with the lesson on gradation. I've always know what it was, but had never heard it put into words. Gradation is the use of subtly changing an aspect of your painting such as shapes, brushwork, color, value, line size, focal point or detail to add interest and finesse.
I left inspired!
Thank you to Mark and Lori Putnam for an amazing evening!!