How to teach this coming September….😷

Plein Air gouache on paper at Rhinoceros Creek Reserve

Summer days have given us many hours of nature journaling. Although it is hot under our masks it has still been so nice to gather with friends and enjoy drawing and painting on Thursday mornings and plein air painting on Saturday mornings.

So how is the upcoming Fall session going look….this has been a constant puzzle for me to solve as summer has marched along.

We will continue with nature journaling as long as there is enough interest through August. The Plein Air painting class will continue through the summer and into the fall on Saturday mornings. Once the mornings get too chilly for painting outdoors we will move the Saturday class into the studio for botanical art and natural world subjects.

Our botanical art studio classes will not look the same but they will still be a place where we can gather online or in the studio with each other. Thursday we will have one small class limited to 4 people on….we will wear masks at all times and the tables will be spaced to the four corners of the room the room will be cleaned carefully. On Wednesdays I will be offering a live online studio class…no masks rewired 🙂 We will be able to share art work, ideas, questions, enjoy each others company and share how lives have been since we last gathered in mid April. I will be able to give examples and help with any questions you have as we move through this weird new world. I hope in time we will be able to return to classes….but for now to keep each other safe we will carry on with these new class arrangements.

Please go to “Lesson” section at the top of this page for the new season of lessons 🙂

I will continue to create videos on techniques in watercolor, color pencil and graphite. I will be sharing them for a small fee on this website. These will be available to students and all people that follow my videos 🙂 Free videos will also continue be posted on my YouTube Channel (Laura Gould).

Please email me with any questions at

New session begins next week 🍂🍁🍂

Ward Pound Ridge Reserve – oil on paper – 15″ x 5″

Suddenly the days are moving so quickly…the clocks change this weekend, the leaves are flying and Thanksgiving is on it’s way 🙂

We will be having a Student Show at the North Salem Library during the month of December. For those of you who want to participate please bring your work to class the week before Thanksgiving break. 🙂 I hope each of you will bring 1 or 2 paintings ready to hang.

Please check “Classes” for details about the upcoming sessions 🍂🦃🍁

For those of you that don’t know about my new website with a focus on my artwork please go and visit If you want to hear about any new works or changes on my site please sign up via email for any updates and news 🙂

Classes begin 🎨🌻🍂🍁☺️

Summer has been good…lots of painting….time at The Cape with Andrew and the dogs. Andrew did lots of gardening this summer and last night we ate our own Delicatta Squash from the garden 🙂 Now Fall is here and time for classes :O) Looking forward to seeing you all!

This last week I created a new website for my artwork. Paintings, Works on Paper and Prints are all available now on Please go and visit…hope you like it :’)

This website will now be for updates and all things that pertain to classes and workshops..and all things Barking Dog Studio.

Painted at Muscoot Farm this summer

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 🙂   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 🙂


Lasdon Arboretum Plant Sale and Art on May 16th

The house will be opened on May 16th during the Plant Sale.  If you would like to have some of you work on display please bring me your framed piece with proper wire hanger this coming week.  Deadline for drop-off is May 13th. 1-3 pieces per student 🙂

Spring is here!  © laura gould
Spring is here! © laura gould

Where have all the Sable Brushes gone….?

As many of my students know I stopped using sable brushes long ago.  I began to question how the sable hair was acquired and never received a satisfactory answer.   I became uncomfortable with the product.  I found the new synthetic watercolor brushes to handle beautifully so I happily stopped purchasing any animal hair brushes of any sort.

Below is a great link about he fur trade and Kolinsky Sable brushes….why they are getting hard to find and why we should consider alternative brushes that give a wonderful effect without effecting wildlife. :O)

Where Have All the Kolinsky Sable Brushes Gone?.

Summer mornings on the farm :)


Come and join us at Kitchawan Farm this summer!

I will be offering 5 sessions from June-August.  We will meet every other Tuesday from 9am to Noon beginning on June 11th and ending on August 6th.  We can sketch the farm as it grows through the season….from the early plantings of June to the full blooms of August.  Kitchawan Farm is a working flower and CSA vegetable farm we will be sketching alongside farmers and gardeners =o)

The end of August we will have an art show of our drawings on the farm.  The show will be opened to your family, friends and to friends of Kitchawan. Drawings will be priced modestly $10-25.00 dollars.  Half of the proceeds will go to support Kitchewan Farm.

If you want to join us at the farm send $125.00 to reserve your space.  This payment will guarantee your place in each class.  There is a limited amount of space, registration will close on June 1st.  People who want to pay on a class by class basis will need to email the day before to  make sure there is room available. Drop in cost will be $30.00 per class. (

Hope to see you under the shade tree 🌳