Plein Air for beginners 👩‍🎨

I will be giving a free demonstration on Tuesday, June 5th on how to set up the plein air easel, mix paints and decide on a subject. You will learn how to create a foundation of light, dark and mid tones and finally how to begin. There are enough kits for 3 beginners, more are welcome if you have your own plein air equipment, brushes and paints. After the demonstration you will be able to try your hand at a small painting 🙂

Attending the demonstration is free 🙂  If you want to try your hand at a wee painting it will be $50.00.  I will provide the plein air kit, paints, brushes and canvas – all included with the fee 🙂

If you enjoy yourself and want to continue we can arrange private or semiprivate sessions on days of the week that work best for you. (see classes for prices).

The demonstration will be on June 5th, 9:30-10:30.  Painting your first painting will be from 10:30-12:30 🎨  If there is enough interest I may repeat this demo and painting session on other dates in coming weeks.

I only have room for three students per group session unless you have your own kit and supplies, so please let me know soon if you want to join the class 🙂


Painting in Vickie’s beautiful garden.

How do I get that color? :O)

Back by popular demand 🙂  If you missed this class the first time around here’s your chance to learn about mixing a limited watercolor palette and finding those elusive colors.  You will have a lovely color chart for reference and an understanding of color that will help your future paintings. You will see how expansive your choices of colors are once you learn how to combine and glaze colors. 🙂

Class will be at Lasdon Arboretum on June 5th, 12th and 19th – Tuesdays from 1-4pm –  $125.00 for the three day session. (minimum of 3 people needed to run class)

This video will give you a window into what we will be doing 🙂


Summer sessions starting in June :O)

Nature Journaling and Plein Air Painting will be offered this summer.  After a long winter it will be so nice to get outdoors and enjoy the wonderful gardens and parks around us.  Please go to the “Classes” link for details 🙂

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Hilltop Morning © laura gould


Busy busy busy :O)

Last session of classes coming up before our summer break.  It is hard to believe with this chilly weather that continues keep bulbs from rising that Spring is truly here.   The next session begins April 26th – May 24th.  All levels are welcome to join us 🙂  We will transition to Nature Journaling in June and some workshops throughout the summer…dates and times will be announced in May.

My Beacon Open Studio weekend is quickly approaching.  I have been hard at work organizing my work,  getting giclee prints made for signed archival prints and mounting small oil paintings on paper at affordable prices 😉  I am nervous and excited with fear and hope all at once.  Putting your art work out for all to see is a bit like that dream we have all had of walking into a room naked and hoping nobody notices…it’s about exposing your personal vision. Some people will love you, some people will be baffled and some people will shrug and pass by.  So I’m putting on my big girl pants and putting myself out there.  There is a reception on Saturday night from 6-9pm at the Oak Vino Wine Bar on Friday April 27th…it is open to one and all.  If you would like to attend go to this link  for more information.  All the artists participating in the Open Studio weekend will be attending and will display an example of their work. The exhibit will remain on display through the month of May.

If your coming to see me on Saturday or Sunday I am no.7 on the map, the address is 756 Wolcott Avenue.  I am one of first homes you will see if you come up from Cold Spring on 9b which becomes Wolcott Ave.

Please go to this link for the map and all the information about the event 🙂

Snow Shadows

Snow Shadows will be on display at the Oak Vino Wine Bar 

Save the dates :O)

It’s almost time!!!  I am looking forward to my first open studio weekend in Beacon NY.  I will be one of several artists showing a collection of works.  If you are in the area and would enjoy a day of strolling around Beacon and visiting artists of all sorts come to the Beacon Open Studio Weekend on April 27 -29 of April 🙂

Go to this link for information and to see the participating artists

I will be showing my work at 756 Wolcott Avenue in the home studio of Samantha Palmeri with two other artists on the 28th and 29th from noon until 6pm. There will be a new map available for download soon so you can chart your own path through the studios and see the artists the peek your interests.  The historic town of Beacon is filled with places to enjoy lunch and coffee as you chart your way through the galleries, showplaces and studios in peoples homes.

I have been working on many new pieces all inspired by the beautiful land that surrounds us.  I will be showing a collections of plein air paintings and studio paintings done during the long snowy winter :O)  My latest muse…the beautiful snow shadows.

Come and see!

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Snow Shadows – Ward Pound Ridge Reserve – oil on panel 12″ x 12″

Not one but two Nor’easters!!!!

What a snow….heavy and beautiful…trees snapping as the weight of the snow lays heavy on their branches. What stunning light in the early dawn hours.

No class today…hopefully tomorrow…I will update after I hear from Lasdon and see if they have power and can have the park cleared by then.

Stay warm and safe 🙂


Andrew clearing the car at 5:45!  Off to work….


A break in the deep freeze :O)

I trust everyone is warm in their homes…maybe of cabin fever setting in.  I was at the vet a few days ago and there was a whole family there with their dogs.  The mother said they decided to make a family outing of the vet visit because they were going a bit nuts after staying inside for so many days 🙂

So now to class business…  Things are changing this year.  Lasdon Arboretum can only give us one day a week because increased demand on the house.  We will be beginning our class on Thursday, January 25th from 1-4pm.  There will be three 6 week sessions.

Thursday class will include all levels of students and we may be welcoming one or two beginners into the fold 🙂

Please see “Classes” in the menu for details.

I am working on some other solutions to expand class days but as of now we will be having a more limited schedule.  Because of this limited schedule makeups will not be possible.

Warm wishes to all in the new year!!!

Winter Walk baxter road ©

“Winter Walk” oil on paper



Winter break coming……

Time for a break this January ❄️ Classes will begin again in early February.  I will post class times in the next few weeks.  Enjoy a wintery break with friends and family and recovering from holidays and beginning the new year.

Wishing everyone all the blessings of the holiday season and a very merry Christmas 🎄


Snow Day


Here comes the holidays…ho ho ho!

I have found a space for a four week session at Muscoot Farm in the month of January.  The class will take place on the four Thursdays in January from 10am-1pm.  If you are interested in taking the class please let me know so I can commit to the space.  I need a minimum of 5 students for the class to take place 🙂  Please contact me via email by Monday to let me know if you are attending.  Four Thursday classes in January $175.00. Because this class runs for only one day each week it is not a class that is useful to use your makeups classes.  Everyone is welcome to carry their makeup classes forward to future sessions where there are extra class times to choose from 🙂

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Merry Christmas and Joyous Holidays to all! 🎄🎅🏻🎄




Jump into fear….you might surprise yourself :O)

Where do you feel the most uncomfortable?  For me painting a portrait of my son was the largest fear. What if I did a horrible job?  What if I couldn’t capture his spirit?  What if I tried and failed?  What if I didn’t try?  What if I never tried?

The week of Graham’s birthday I thought I would do a line painting of his image….something simple…not too complicated.  Before I knew it I began putting down touches of paint and little by little Graham’s face started to emerge from the canvas.  Over the next 5 days his image disappeared and reappeared in the paint many times.  The day after his birthday I decided it was finished.

Something  happened by spending so many hours trying to capture his image….the gift was spending time with him….hours and hours of time together…a wonderful gift. We lost Graham in 2003 but his bright spirit continues to be part of our lives.

The lesson is to try and try and try….and if you fail….try again….with each try and with each failure you will grow and you will get closer to your intention.  Someday you may surprise yourself :O)

Graham's birthday portrait 2017