To be the shortest month of the year, February is my favorite. Not only is it the month of Prophesying Groundhogs, Valentines, Superbowls, Mardis Gras and Presidents, it is also my birthday month. And if that isn't enough, February usually surprises us with a day or two of welcomed warm sunshine, teasing us with morsels of spring.
Just look at my daffodils and hyacinths!
February is the time when I get excited about the garden and start making plans. I'm thinking about planting all flowers this year. With a farmers market in my neighborhood I can purchase locally grown produce as I need it. This year's garden will be dedicated to long-stemmed flowers. I'm ordering seed catalogs now and saving jelly jars. Don't be surprised if a bouquet ends up in class for painting.
Are all painters also flower gardeners? Monet on waterlilies,
”It took me time to understand my water lilies. I had planted them for the pleasure of it; I grew them without ever thinking of painting them.”
I know I want to grow zinnias, but not sure what else, if anything. What are your favorite long-stemmed flowers?
And don't forget about
The Colorful & Charming Project.
Every day I am posting a photo of something that is colorful and/or charming on Instagram. Join in! Use the hashtag #Colorful2017 or #Charming2017 and tag me — I’m @susanelizabethjones_art on Instagram and susanejonesfineart on Facebook.
Adding more Color and Charm and Kindness and Happiness and Beauty to the world is my mission. Make it yours, too.
Wishing you the happiest. most Colorful and Charming February ever!
For more information on classes and workshops, visit www.paintingwithsusan.com or call 615-668-8263.
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Join us for Painting with Susan Thursdays and attend painting classes offered in acrylics at our location in Spring Hill. Learn a new skill, have some fun, make new friends, and create a colorful legacy!
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. Please call 615-668-8263 to register or for additional information.
NEW LOCATION, NEW TIME, LONGER CLASS...
CREATIVE SPIRITS CLASS in ACRYLICS
Creative Spirits on-going classes meet from 10am to Noon on Thursdays and cover a new topic every month. In February we’re studying EDGES. The first class of the new session will be on February 2 and will meet February 2, 9, 16, and 23.
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. And plan to join us for lunch! Most weeks we either go out to a local restaurant or plan a pot luck meal at the studio.
You have fun and creative friends you haven't even met yet!!
Please note: Students find it helpful to bring their phones or iPads to photograph the reference painting or pull it up on Facebook. Class size is limited so students have a better view of the reference painting and will get more individualized attention.
February 9 “Pitcher with Flowers” 6:30pm $40, with all supplies included 16 x 12 canvas
February 23 “Fleuron” 6:30pm $40, with all supplies included 16 x 12 canvas
KIDS & CANVAS CLASSES
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
February 2 "Groundhog Day" 5pm $20, with all supplies and instruction included 8 x 10
February 13 "Cupcake" 5pm $20, with all supplies and instruction included 8 x 10
February 27 "Chicken Ballet" 5pm $20, with all supplies and instruction included 8 x 10
Spring Hill Parks and Rec and I will offer a special painting morning for kids with 100% of the class fees collected to be donated to the Dolly Parton Foundation's "My People's Fund" to help those who were affected by the devastating wildfires in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Wears Valley in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.
Kids will have the opportunity to paint 2 paintings, keeping one and allowing us to send the other with a note on the back to Sevier County.
February 18 "Bear Paw Indian Blanket" 10am $5 suggested donation, with all supplies and instruction included 6 x 6
2. 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 February 19 we'll paint "Feathering my Nest " 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.
Join us for a Saturday afternoon painting class at the Art Attic Studio of Franklin on February 25 at 1pm. You'll paint a unique painting of a bridal portrait from a photo you provide. Your photo must be emailed to Susan at email@example.com at least one week before the workshop. Also, Bring Photo with you to class (either hard copy or on iPad)
All supplies are included in $99 fee. Paintings will be painted on 12 x 12 canvas which will be pre-sketched. We will also glaze finished painting. The Art Attic is located at 117B 3rd Avenue North in downtown Franklin, just above "Shop Around the Corner." Plenty of free parking is available. Enter the Art Attic through the back deck on the second level.
Call 615-668-8263 to reserve your easel.
Many of my paintings are on exhibit at the Centennial Women's Club in Green Hills through the end of February. Thank you Bitsy Hughes for the invitation!!
2. Centennial Women's Club Private Painting Class, February 24
Thank you to Bitsy Hughes for inviting me to teach a private painting class to the members of the Centennial Women's Club in Green Hills on February 24 at 12:30. We'll paint "Summer's Bounty" with palette knife.
3. Art Exhibit at Square Market in March, Columbia, TN
Thank you Anne for inviting me to show my work at Square Market Cafe on the public square in historic, downtown Columbia, TN, in March. Spring is just around the corner and I hope to have a new painting of a Mule to celebrate the unofficial first day of spring, Mule Day.
4. Chestnut Group Art Show at the Hermitage April 20-22, 2017
Make your plans to visit the home of Andrew Jackson this spring with the added bonus of an art exhibit and sale by The Chestnut Group. The Patron's Party is scheduled for April 20 from 6:30 to 9pm. The Art Exhibit will be open to the public all day April 21-22.
5. Chestnut Group Art Show at Radnor Lake November 2-5, 2017
Make your plans to visit Radnor Lake in the fall with the added bonus of an art exhibit and sale by The Chestnut Group. The Patron's Party is scheduled for November 2 from 5:30 to 8:30. The Art Exhibit will be open to the public all day on November 3-5.
6. Special Event with Angela Kuprion, April
I'm thrilled to be having a dialogue with Kentucky artist Angela Kuprion about sponsoring an event with her in April. It is our hope to offer a demo of Angela painting on a Friday evening and then an all-day workshop on Saturday. Date and location has not been confirmed, but information will be available soon.
Angela is an amazingly talented artist. She is a member of the Visual Artists League and the Portrait Society of America. Just look at a few of her paintings.
Photos of precious smiles I got to see while painting in the January 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.
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.
As Second Lady, Mrs. Pence will continue to bring attention to Art and Art Therapy programs.
She was the honorary chair of the Art Therapy Initiative at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis and is a member of Riley Children’s Hospital Foundation Board. She also serves as a board member for Tracy’s Kids, an art therapy program for several children’s hospitals in the Washington, D.C. area. She has observed art therapy programs in Israel, Canada, Japan, and Germany.
The first ever peaceful transition of power after bitterly contested popular elections fought by principled partisans occurred in America in the “Revolution of 1800,” after elections that gave the Republican party led by Thomas Jefferson control over both the presidency and congress. Both the Republicans and their opponents, the Federalist party, believed that the fundamental principles of democracy were at stake in the conflict between the two parties.
Sound familiar? And yet America prospered and became the greatest nation on the planet.
Today, once again, the world will watch the peaceful transition of power in the U.S. Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president, OUR President. Let us pray for his success.