When new things happen…..

This summer I have been trying to challenge myself each time I step in front of my easel, either in my studio or outdoors.  One very extraordinary  moment was when I went to a moonlight painting event at Weir Farm guided by Dmitri Wright.  I went in with no expectations but looking for a new opportunity.

What I am doing this summer is to step out of my comfort zone, to be willing to make a mess, to make mistakes, to return home with nothing worth keeping but great lessons learned from each painting.  With each failure I learn what not to do the next time…failure is a great teacher…it is where we grow 🙂

My first moonlight painting makes me extremely happy…it pushed me into deep colors and to paint faster than ever as night set in and colors began to distort…form and light became magical.

Nocturn paintings have a long tradition in plein air and with the impressionists…one we all know very well is “Starry Night” by Van Gogh. Enjoy this great article from Plein Air Magazine on night painting http://www.outdoorpainter.com/is-plein-air-in-moonlight-possible/


My first moonlight painting © laura gould

What! August already?

It’s the last month of summer and I’m making a few promises to myself…paint paint paint  and then paint some more.  Every Wednesday I am painting side by side with mu friend and student Lynda…below is my most recent painting with cows. I think I’m developing  a serious crush on cows!  Last but not least I may try to begin a new accordion nature journal with Weir Farm as my subject.

So now the challenge is to accomplish these promises to myself while walking doggies, doing day to day errands, eating and sleeping!  I’ll let you know how it goes….maybe I’ll get at least half of it done by summer’s end 😉

Enjoy the remaining days of summer…fill them with things you love ❤️


Summer Cows – Small oil painting on panel 8″x 8″

Time to move along :O)

We have had several lovely weeks at Vickie’s garden.  This Thursday we will go to Weir Farm in Ridgefield NY.  Weir Farm is a lovely place dedicated to the arts through it’s history and through it’s continued support of the arts.  We will meet from 10-1pm.  There are gardens, beautiful historic homes and barns and lots of lovely open land. Beautiful old growth trees provide lots of shade.  Go to this link for directions and information.  https://www.nps.gov/wefa/index.htm  A minimum of three people required, please let me know in advance of the class if you are attending.

Thank you Vickie for the use of your beautiful garden and thanks to all who came to fill your journals 🙂

July 4th already! :O)

We will be having our last Thursday Nature Journaling session at Vickie’s garden this coming week (July 6th)  🙂

We will travel to a few new spots for the month of July. We will go to Weir Farm in Ridgefield CT then Katonah, NY full of lovely homes and town scenes, and last but not least Lasdon Arboretum for all it’s beautiful trees and the completed conservatory!  A minimum of 3 people must attend for the sessions to run.  $15.00 per session  10am-1pm

Weir Farm, CT  July 13th https://www.nps.gov/wefa/index.htm

Katonah, NY July 20th (we will meet in from of the library)

Lasdon Arboretum, Somers, NY July27th (we will meet at the conservatory)

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Plein air painting lessons will continue to be offered through July 🙂  There is space available to join a small group on Wednesdays or Saturdays as well as private lessons. Groups consist of 2-3 people, beginners new to oils are welcome.

Semi private group (2-3 people) with equipment supplied $45.00 per session or 125.00 for a group of 3 sessions.

Semi private group (2-3 people) with your own supplies $35.00 per session or $100 for a group of 3 sessions.

Please contact me via email lauragould@mac.com with any questions about summer workshops or lessons.


Summer days :O)

Nature Journaling and Plein Air Painting are filling the days 🙂

Because of some generous friends and students I now have enough Plein Air kits to offer a small group option.  I will begin offering small group workshops for the month of July.  Workshops will be in the mornings or afternoons when the light is best.  There are enough kits for 2-3 people per session. The group session will be $50.00 per session with all supplies included.  Private sessions will continue to be available for $75.00 per session.

Vickie's garden 2017

Foxgloves in Vickie’s garden, Plein Air demonstration

A beautiful day :O)

The sun finally came out just in time for our first one on one plein air painting session!

My friend’s dog Ollie was happy to join us…while we painted in beautiful gardens 🙂

Price options available:

Each session is three hours.  The price varies depending on the package chosen.

Single Private Session with easel, paints and canvas supplied – $75.00

Single Private Session with your own equipment and supplies – $50.00

Private three day sessions with paints, easel and canvas supplied $175.00

Private three day sessions with your own supplies $150.00

Semi private group (2-3 people) with equipment supplied $45.00 per session or 125.00 for a group of 3 sessions.

Semi private group (2-3 people) with your own supplies $35.00 per session or $100 for a group of 3 sessions.



Anyone want to try Plein Air?

This summer I will be offering one on one painting lessons.  We will work side by side at a chosen site and enjoy painting outdoors together.  You will learn how to set up your painting site, how to begin your blank canvas and how to build your painting from start to finish 🙂

You won’t need to worry about supplies…I will supply your equipment, paints and canvas. Just bring yourself, a sun hat, a light camp chair/stool,  water and a snack.

This is a fun way to dip your toe into oil painting without the commitment of purchasing lots of supplies.

A 3 hour session with all supplies included will cost $75.00.  Mornings or afternoons are the best to enjoy light and shadows that can illuminate your painting but any time of day offers something beautiful to paint.  Sessions will be available starting the second week of June-August on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Saturdays mornings will also be available starting in July.

Reserve your spot through my email lauragould@mac.com

Looking forward to seeing you this summer in the great outdoors 🌻🦋🌻


The Grand Opening is almost here…calling all tropical art work :O)

For years the conservatory at Lasdon Arboretum seemed like just a dream.  On June 17th the Conservatory will officially open!  They grounds around the Conservatory are being transformed and everything is coming together 🙂  A percentage of our classes have contributed to the building of the conservatory so we can all be proud!

For information about opening day – http://www.lasdonpark.org/conservatory/ 

Please have your tropical botanical paintings delivered to me at Lasdon by the 10th of June so we can have a nice showing in the main house to support the opening of the conservatory.  All pieces must have picture wire for hanging…no brackets allowed.

Only one more week of classes and we transition to summer…see you at Lasdon 🙂

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Saturday class? :O)

Headcount please 🙂 Who is coming to class tomorrow?  Realizing this is Memorial Day Weekend I just want to know if anyone is showing up 😉   We will be downstairs in the main room.  Email me at lauragould@mac.com

The last class of this session will be this coming Thursday, June 1st and Saturday on the 3rd 🙂

We will begin Nature Journaling in Vickie’s Garden on Thursday June 8th, 15th, 22nd and  29th.