Class changes…

Thursday classes are moving to Tuesday for the Fall sessions…please mark you calendars 🙂  We will be meeting at Muscoot Farm from 12:30-3:30.  Classes begin on September 18th.   The Graphite-Color Pencil class is still in my home on Wednesday mornings from 10am-1pm 🙂  Go to “Classes” in menu for further details ….


August leads to September :O)

What a summer!  I have never seen so much rain followed by soupy humid days.  I admit that I am looking forward to Fall 🍂🍁🍂

Looking forward to seeing  you all  🙂

Thursday classes will begin on September 20th at Muscoot Farm 🐓 for details go to the “Classes” section.

I will be offering a Saturday class in my home and in the field.  The class is going to meet outside during the first weeks of fall.  We will be doing plein air painting and nature journaling.  In October we will begin botanical art.  Please contact me with any questions if you are interested.

Saturday class is very limited  🙂


Watercolor journaling at the Muscoot herb garden 



Nature Journaling tomorrow :O)

Tomorrow we begin our Nature Journaling sessions   As summer arrives there is little that is nicer than sitting in the shade, listening to nature’s bird songs and getting lost in small images of the world around us with paper, pen and watercolors.

Click on link for inspirational pages from many different artists.


Lovely page by artist Helen Correll


Plein air classes begin this week :O) and I need a headcount for Nature Journaling….

I have posted a plein air supply list on the home page that will be helpful to those of you who are new to plein air or are curious about what I carry into the field 🙂

Looking forward to the classes coming up!

I need a headcount for Nature Journaling on Thursday this week.  I will send the address  and parking concerns of our venue 🙂  Please email me at if your coming to the Thursday class 🙂

my plein air gear

Easy L paint box 🙂


Plein air demonstration is on :O)

Plein air demo and lesson will be meeting on Tuesday morning from 9:30-12:30 at my friend’s lovely gardens in Bedford Hills.  We do have one kit left for any latecomer that may want to join in 🙂 If you just want to see the free demo you are still welcome to join us…the demo will last about an hour.  See details about this event on the previous posting.  Please email me for directions to her gardens or any questions at

Nature Journaling will begin this coming Thursday….most of you are returning from previous summers.  If you need directions email me and be sure to check the supply list on my website for thing you need to bring 🙂

I will also be offering a plein air group on Saturday mornings but the kits are already taken so if you want to join in you need your own set up 🙂

Please be ready for a sunny morning….you will need to bring a hat, sun screen, water, an apron that you don’t mind getting messy, a light camp chair or stool is nice to have if you want to take a break….and a snack 🙂

Rain dates announced as needed. ☔️


Small garden study – oil on paper




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