Life as we know it 😷🎨🌷🌻

Oil on paper done near Stone House in Somers

I just reread my last entry when all our lives first changed. We didn’t know how long it would last and how bad things would become. Now we know that it got very very bad. So many lives have been lost, so many overwhelming fears have filled us as the virus kept claiming so many people. Our hospitals were overwhelmed and it looked like we would never be able to manage this catastrophe. It is still hard to fathom that the whole world shut down and is still shut down with tiny bits of loosening that we all hope will work. Andrew Cuomo has become my guru. People have joined together to help each other….and this is and is amazing! I am very proud of people…well, most people.

I have my masks and gloves and have gotten used to wearing them whenever I go out to any space where I will be near people. I still walk the dogs every day and am thankful for the beautiful open lands we have to enjoy being outside. I realize how lucky I am to live in a state that offers so much beauty and is so cautious with our lives. I still paint outside and in the studio….so life for me is pretty “normal” …. but then again it really isn’t.

In my last post I was still teaching my classes but that ended the following week as we all learned that even a small group was a risk. I am so thankful that so far none of us have gotten Covid 19.

Andrew came home to work. He set up his office in the art room. He continues to work every day…..from 8-4:30 …..the man is a model of discipline 🙂 I am so thankful that he was able to work at home and not expose himself daily to potential harm. I feel so sorry for those who have no work and are desperate for their incomes to return. I can’t find the words of deep gratitude for the essential workers that go out every day and do their job…from the doctors, nurses, aides, grocery store workers, garbage collectors, mailmen/women, delivery people….and the people who are organizing and handing out food for the thousands of people who are going hungry.

So many emotions, so much sadness, so much pride and yes anger but I won’t go there….and the toilet paper! Oy!

So I am going to dip my toe into this new world and start offering some outdoor classes. For those that feel comfortable and want to have a little bit of normalcy in your lives we will begin on Thursday the 28th of May at 10am….my garden 🙂 I will also be offering a plein air painting class on Saturday mornings from 10-1, location to be announced. We will all wear masks and stay a minimum of 6 feet apart. Please bring your own chair or stool…I ask this so you are the only one in contact with your seating. I will offer some seating and wipes if you don’t have anything of your own. I will put this in the classes section for future reference.

Any of you ladies who feel safe coming out to draw and paint and laugh please let me know 🙂 It will be so nice to see you in person instead of on a screen! I don’t expect all of you are ready for nature journaling….some have already said they are looking forward to it…so we will give it a try ☺️🤞🌸🌼🌷🌻❤️

September classes…some changes are coming 😊🎨

August is here with the summer heat, thunderstorms, farmers markets, BBQs, travel, family and friends. I’ve been getting lots of painting done and enjoying spending two day weekends with Andrew 🙂 We are kooking forward to returning to Cape Cod in September. I have made a friend on the cape who is also a painter. She knows all the good spots for breaking out the easel so I’m looking forward to seeing her again and painting together. Most of all I look forward to spending time with Andrew, to breakfast on the little deck overlooking the bay, walking the dogs on the beaches, eating lots of lovey fresh seafood and whale spotting. 🐋🦐🐠🌊🐶👫⛱☀️

The next season of classes will be timed a bit differently. Many of you prefer a shorter break in January and some want to continue classes in June. So I have decided to create a new schedule. We will continue with 6 week classes but instead of having a long January break I will divide each 6 week session with a two week break between sessions. Classes will run from the end of September until the end of June. See “Classes” for the new schedule 🙂

The Saturday classes will be held outside as weather allows. The Fall and Spring sessions can bring lots of opportunities for painting the changing seasons :O) As winter sets in we will take the class inside for botanical art 🌱

Class sizes are limited to 6 people. Please sign up early so your are sure to secure a place in the class of your choice.

Painting done while teaching plein air this summer
Back Meadow, Muscoot Farm oil on paper

Art, art, art and chickens 🐓

The first week of classes have begun….botanical art in the classroom, journals and watercolors out in the summer sun and plein air painting down by the steam at Ward Pound Ridge Reserve 🙂

Looking forward to journaling chickens 🐓 at Betsy’s house this Thursday! Plein air class will return to Ward Pound Ridge early Saturday morning to continue painting the lovely stream 🙂

Looking forward to lots of painting this summer taking my paints out to all our lovely surrounding open land spaces 🙂

North Salem Open Lands https://www.nsolf.org

June classes starting soon :O)

Looking forward to seeing everyone after our short break. Classes begin the first week of June, see the “Classes” section for details.

June 5th Studio Class will be from 12:30-3:30 – Bring a subject that inspires you 🙂 Summer is here and gardens are blooming! Class is closed.

Our first Nature Journaling class will be at the Whispering Pine Garden Center, Route 6, Mahopac. It is a beautiful place with unlimited things to draw and paint 🙂 See you on June 6th at 10am 🙂 Bring lunch! See link below for directions. Please let me know if you will be attending via email lauragould@mac.com

Plein Air Painting will begin the first Saturday of June from 10-1. Bring your oils, watercolors, pen and ink…all welcome 🙂 Let me know if you will be attending lauragould@mac.com

https://whisperingpinegardencenter.com

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 🙂  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 🙂

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 🙂

NATURE JOURNALING SUPPLY LIST

Essentials:

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 🙂

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 🙂

Drinking water and lunch or a snack.

Camp stool and a hat to shade from the sun.

Optional: 

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 🙂   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…..as 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 lauragould@mac.com if you want an accordion book for you or if you have any questions.

Looking forward to seeing you there 🙂

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