Classes this summer…

June classes: ¬†I need to have some idea of attendance from day to day. ¬†Please email¬†me by 9pm the night before Wednesday Classes and/or Thursday Nature Journaling. ¬†If anyone is coming and has forgotten to email be sure to contact me in the morning to be sure class is on for the day. ¬†Tomorrow¬†we will be meeting at 10am-1pm…to draw Lasdon Park , please be sure to let me know if your are attending :0)

Exciting news! ¬†For those who¬†haven’t heard the Conservatory is finally going to be a reality!!!!! After years and years of raising funds it is finally happening! ¬†While at Lasdon this morning¬†I saw the boundary stakes marking the foundation area…so exciting ūüôā ¬†It is to completed this Fall…what a beautiful addition to Lasdon Arboretum.

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Summer changes …..

Changes this season…changes in classes and nature journaling.

This June I will be offering 4 more botanical art classes in the month of June.  Class will be on Wednesdays from 10-1pm on June 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th.  The 4 week session will be $150.00 and those who want a drop-in option they will be $35.00 per class (drop-in option only available to previously enrolled students).

Nature Journaling will also be changing this year…. ¬†Kitchawan Farm has gone¬†through some reorganization¬†and is now being farmed by a NYC restaurant, so this summer we will be trying something different. ¬†I was so inspired by Dick Rauh as I know so many of you were I thought this would be a great venue to carry on and draw our park. Looking at the lovely trees and surroundings of Lasdon I was reminded what a beautiful park we have….so this summer we will meet and draw the trees, the formal gardens¬†and many of the beautiful views and structures of the park. So get out your camp chairs, sun hats and pens and watercolor pencils…and get ready to sit under some shady trees and draw Lasdon Arboretum.

For those of you that missed Dick’s tree workshop here are some photos of our day…Dick Rauh guided a wonderful workshop with his energy and enthusiasm, as always he was an inspiration to everyone that had the honor of sharing the day with him. ¬†Thank you Dick for being our teacher for the day ūüôā

Nature Journaling classes at Lasdon Park will be $20.00 per class…pay as you go. The first class will be on Thursday, June 7th. and will run for 6 weeks. Supply list at the bottom of this post. They will be held on Thursday mornings from 10-1pm. Rainy day adjustments will be made via email the night before class. ¬†We may also visit other venues over the course of the summer ūüôā



Back pack or bag to carry supplies.

Journal 9×11 or 9×5 journals or in this general size, these journals can be bought at any art store.¬† Paper should be acid free with heavier paper that accepts watercolor this will allow you more freedom to apply color. You may also use cold press watercolor paper journals for those of you who would like to work with watercolor pencils ūüôā

Fine tip marker (micron .005-.01 and 1 are my favorite) there are many fine tips on the market, make sure they are permanent ink. There are also sets of microns available that you can purchase…just be sure that they have some fine points in the set.

Ninji Watercolor Brush great for the¬†field if your using watercolor. They come in multiple sizes..fine, medium and large…I have one of each ūüôā

Drinking water and lunch or a snack.

Camp stool and a hat to shade from the sun.


Pencils (preferably a HB) Mechanical pencils with tiny leads are easy for the field because there is no sharpener needed and bring and eraser if you will be working in graphite.

A small selection of color pencils or watercolor pencils if you want to introduce colors into your studies. A water brush if you would like to create washes or bring a brush and small¬†container of water if you don’t have a Ninji Water Brush.

Some paper towel squares.

Small clear ruler to add to notes about size of your subject.

A magnifying  glass to see details or a loop.

Above all come ready to enjoy your day =)

Back to the farm :O)

Kitchawan is beckoning. We¬†will be going¬†to the farm on Wednesday mornings this summer from July¬†22nd thru August 26th, meeting¬†from 9:30-12:30.¬†That gives us 6 lovely weeks of drawing at the farm ūüôā ¬† This year I will be offering accordion books.¬† Please let me know if you want one and I will have it made up for you. Accordion books will be $10.00. We will discuss possible ways to create a story through page layouts and how to have a finished book of your summer at the farm. ¬†You are welcome to make your own accordion book or draw in your journals or sketch pads… always the goal is to enjoy yourselves. ¬†Choose your own medium….micron pens, watercolor, color pencils, pastels whatever you enjoy.

Cost will be $75.00 for six classes or $15.00 individual classes (pay as you go).

Contact me at if you want an accordion book for you or if you have any questions.

Looking forward to seeing you there ūüôā


New Fall Schedule

The Fall Schedule is now ready in the “Classes” section above :O) ¬†We will return to Pound Ridge Nature Reserve from the end of September until Christmas week. ¬†Weekday classes will be from 1-4pm and the Saturday classes will be from 10am-1pm.

Summer isn’t over yet and we are looking forward to two more visits to the farm. ¬†The last farm visits will be on¬†August 6th and August 27th.

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The farm ‚̧ԳŹ

We have had several visits to the farm this summer ….never disappointed ūüôā ¬†Looking forward to more as everything grows with the summer sun and showers!

The next visit one is July 23rd :O)

a good day!

a good day!


hard at work


Summer is here!


friends :O)


passion flower!


Linsay and her teapot tree!


the main house…


artichoke plant


guarding the gate


Hollyhocks and Echinacea

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First day at Kitchawan Farm :O)

Today was a glorious day….breezy and sunny….couldn’t have been nicer. ¬†It was so wonderful¬†to be back at the farm and to see my friend Linsay. ¬†Looking forward to returning next week crossing fingers for more good weather!¬†‚̧ԳŹ





An amazing primrose that I have never seen before!





Betsy drawing the teapot tree :O)


These lovely huge leave are¬†Japanese Coltsfoot also known as Butterbur….brought some home for my garden!!! :O)