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Registration Now Open for “Wordplay Painting” with Lynn Whipple!



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“Wordplay Painting”
with Lynn Whipple
Two-Week Class; 6 Video Lessons

Class Dates: September 15-26, 2015


Hello Hello!!!

A giant, warm welcome to Wordplay Painting.

I am so excited to share with you the many wonders of infusing our artwork with compelling, meaningful and irresistible words!

We will begin our class by finding and preparing a few used books and turning them into what will become our Art Books.

Think of your Art Books as small laboratories for exploration, inspiration and play. There we will use words as inspiration, as graphic elements, as lists, and as the subjects of small paintings and drawings. We will also work, much as a writer might, by considering things such as composition, editing (room for the eye…

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The new Somerset Apprentice is here!

Thrilled to be among so many talented folks in the Autumn 2015 issue :) Catt Kerr, Lynne Perrella, Sharon Payne Bolton (I love her cover piece) Lori Sparkley Franklin, Olga Siedlecka, Laly Mille (her winged key is divine) Kelli May-Krenz… This is a long list… And there is more!!

Lots and lots of great inspiration, information and artful insights. Check it out, on newsstands Sept 1. Yay!!!!

A special thank you to editor Jana Holstein, who is a dream to work with. Jana you are funny, kind and you always put together a gorgeous magazine:)







The Orangies! A toast to our beloved pets!

I don’t know about you, but have hundreds of photos of the pups on my phone :)

Action shots, sleeping shots, playing with the ball shots, belly up shots….and they all make me smile! Today, while I was going through my computer looking for a photo of a art piece, I found some early shots of our Kaya and her 10 puppies!

We kept one of her pups, the dear Smudgie, and the two of them lived blissfully and happily together for years and years :) We still have sweet Kaya, and I am grateful daily for her kind disposition, beautiful face, ever wagging tail, exuberance over the ball and/or treat, her nudging nose (if you stop petting her for a second) and even her snoring.

She is a love. pure love.

Do you have a wonderful companion that adds to your days? Makes you laugh? Is an important part of your family?

I want to send a smile your way, and a loving nod towards you and your very own sweet pets, they are the best! xoxo

sweetest boy ever!!

sweetest boy ever!!

the beautiful girl dog!!

the beautiful girl dog!!



who could resist getting on the floor with 10 puppies!

who could resist getting on the floor with 10 puppies!

my funny girl at the studio with me :)

my funny girl at the studio with me :)

birdman again

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Rock, Paper, Scissors! Inspiration and art in the great outdoors!! Starts tomorrow

Join me for this fun class where we will make art and play outside! STARTS TOMORROW!

We will be drawing, painting, photographing and combining things in a fresh way.

Part of the “Lunch hour ART series” you can enjoy three bite sized, playful, online lessons this week!

There is so much to love in our beautiful, natural world. We will be inspired by nature’s wonderful designs, shapes, colors, textures and more! I would love to see you there!

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Whipple Rocks!


A new class! And a fun visit with Carla and Steve :)

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Steve and I are in Florida this week filming a new Fall class by Lynn Whipple (and it’s going  to be awesome!).

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Here are some images from her very artful garden.

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Lynn has a mini “Lunch Hour Art” class start next week, with Nature as muse. Class starts Tuesday, August 11th… check out “Scissors, Paper, Rock“!

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Kids Art Week –


I couldn’t have said it better! Kids Art week has been a true Joy :) thanks to all who are creating with us :)

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I wanted to give a mid-week report on the Kids Art Week!

We are so excited that so many people have signed up… over 3,400! Many parents from all over the world doing art with their kids each day… what could be better?

Today (Thursday) Lynn Whipple has everyone making faces in nature, and the above image shows the wonderful collaborative effort by the Thomas family from the U.K.

And below is a “Picasso Dog” by Jakey, 7 years old:


So cute!!

Jakey’s mom writes:

This week has been amazing for Jakey! He is a child who was passionate about maths, science and computer games but would never pick up a pencil and draw because he always said he couldn’t. In fact when I told him I had enrolled him for this art class he cried and begged me not to make him do it. I am a firm believer in…

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New Class! “Scissors, Paper, Rock” with Lynn Whipple


A new online class! Nature!!! Yay!!

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Hi there! When Lynn Whipple was here a few weeks ago, she snuck in a filming of a quick “Lunch Hour” class for August. A fun one! ;D

Scissors, Paper, Rock
A 3-Lesson, “Bite-Sized” Class with Lynn Whipple
Drawing, Watercolor, Mixed Media • $25
Class Dates: August 11-14, 2015


Love Nature? Love Art?

Then join Lynn Whipple for a summer celebration of nature through drawing, painting, cutting, collaging, documenting, photographing, rearranging and gift-giving!

Each lesson you will outside and gather both inspiration and your “pieces and parts” to use in the assignments. Inspiring shapes, colors and possible combinations are everywhere in the outdoor world. Muse artists for this class include Andy Goldsworthy, Opal Whiteley and  Tim Hawkinson (his giant rock bear is super cool)!

Your itinerary:


Lesson 1: Journaling with Nature as Our Muse
Tuesday, August 11th
Looking deeply we will appreciate the amazing design found in the great outdoors. After some drawing exercises, you’ll…

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