Monday, December 28, 2009

ART CLASSES IN NEW BRAUNFELS SPRING 2010


Yes, I'm taking a break from teaching art classes from my studio in downtown New Braunfels, Texas, but that doesn't mean that I'm not thinking about it! Classes start back the middle of January and I can't wait! I'm looking forward to both returning students and NEW students! With my expanded Spring 2010 schedule, there's something for just about everyone.

ART FOR CHILDREN

...AGES 6-9

I'm adding a new class in the Spring for kids ages 6-9. I'm calling it "Saturday Morning Art" and, guess what, it meets on Saturday mornings. I've split it up into three 4-week courses. The first, concentrating on drawing for children starts Jan. 16 and ends Feb. 6. The second course will be a fun "Collage and Mixed Media" art course that runs from Feb. 13 through March 6. The third is a basic painting course that is scheduled for April 3-24. The classes meet from 10 a.m.-12 noon and are limited to 8 students each.

...AGES 8-12

Back by popular demand: "Paint Along with Ms. Linda!" I'll have three of these courses in the Spring. The classes meet Wednesdays after school from 4-6 p.m. The first course features "Snowy Winterscapes" and meets Jan. 27-Feb. 17. Course #2 will cover "Tropical Islands" and runs from Feb. 24-March 17. The third course for the Spring is titled "Texas Landscapes" and meets April 7-28.

....AGES 10 and up

I'll also be offering my on-going painting classes for ages 10 plus starting Jan. 14. Choose between Thursdays after school and Saturday afternoons.

ART FOR ADULTS

...PAINTING

I've expanded the number of classes for adults for 2010! Students can choose from Wednesdays 1-3 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Thursdays 1-3 p.m or 6-8 p.m. or Fridays 10 a.m.-12 noon. Classes are filling up so if you want to join us let me know ASAP!

...DRAWING

I'm offering my popular 4-week basic drawing class starting in January. Choose betwee the evening schedule which meets Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:30 starting Jan. 26 or the day schedule, meeting Friday afternoons 1:30-3:30 starting Jan. 29.

To see the full schedule go to the classes section at www.casadelinda.com. You can also download a brochure from that page.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009!


To my dear friends and fans:

I feel so very blessed and I have so many people to thank for those blessing. My gratitude extends to:

* Everyone who has taken the time to visit...whether it be dropping into my blog or website or coming to my studio in New Braunfels, Texas;
* My wonderful students who let me share my love of art with them;
* The many fans and collectors of my wildflower paintings

Thank YOU for being a part of life and for letting me be a part of yours!
My husband, David, joins me in wishing you all...

A Very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the Holiday Season!

Linda Calvert Jacobson

Friday, December 04, 2009

Off to the Wildflower Center in Austin Dec. 5th and 6th




We set up our display for the Wild Ideas show in Austin at the Wildflower Center today. We worried about the forecast for snow flurries and slick roads today and tomorrow but we had little to worry about as the snow was light and fluffy and very sparse on the drive up and as we set up the show. The sun was shining by the time we left to return home. The show runs from 9 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Saturday and Noon to 5 P.M. on Sunday.

The Wild Ideas show is one we look forward to each year and this year is no exception. We will have a nice selection of original little wildflower paintings. Along with the original art we will have reproductions of many of Linda's larger wildflower paintings on keepsake boxes, mugs, ornaments, ceramic tiles and of course plenty of wildflower note cards. We have extras of the special wildflower Christmas cards that Linda designs each year to add one more special Texas touch to your gift giving.

We are in great company with a slew of fellow artists that have their own creative artwork on display with us and I thought I would share them with you.

Wildflower Days - 2010 official artist Julia Webber
Maggie Hanus - Wild Texas Soap Bar
Shou Ping - paper art
Peggy Thompson - wildflower linens and apparel
Donna and Andy Hammer - pressed flower creations
Curtis Laudermilk - wood sculptor
Pauline Jacobson -wildflower artist
Smith Sisters Pottery - pottery
Nicole Telkes - tea & therapy
Keith Steber - wildflower art
Artesano - stained glass
Butterflies by Virginia - photography
Antigua - jewelry
Linda Calvert Jacobson/Casa De Linda - wildflower artist

Along with all these great artists the store at the Wildflower Center has book signings, shopping specials and many other special activities as well as other great gift ideas. So swing by this weekend if you get a chance. We are sure you will walk away with something wonderful for a loved one or for yourself. Until next we meet this is David filling in for Linda.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Wassailfest 2009 in New Braunfels TX

Wassailfest 2009 in New Braunfels is fast approaching. This hometown festival is held the first Thursday of December each year. For 2009, Wassailfest will be on December 3rd from 6-9 p.m. The streets throughout downtown will be closed to motored vehicles. This allows families and folks of all ages to come down and enjoy the Christmas lights and sip from over 41 wassail-stops this year. Here is a tip: drink small portions so you can try several with out "floating away"! Over 10,000 attended in 2008 and the weather looks like it will perfect with a chill in air to help us all get into the holiday spirit.

Casa De Linda Art Studio/Gallery will be open and is having a student art show with over 20 participating students. Paintings include those from the children's art classes, ages 8-12 years, and from the adult art classes. Casa De Linda is for most of the year a working art studio but a few times each year we transform it into an Art Gallery.

We look forward to seeing you sometime this week or at Wassailfest. Remember we are located upstairs at The New Braunfels Art League Gallery at 239 West San Antonio. Happy Wassailing and have a joyous holiday season.

Monday, November 16, 2009

WILDFLOWER GREETING CARDS FOR THE HOLIDAYS


For the last 3 years I've designed a greeting card for the holidays to sell in my online store using one of my wildflower paintings as the central theme. This year I chose "South Texas Tapestry," which is a field of wildflowers with an oak tree standing guard, and placed the scene in a "snow globe". The flowers are in various colors but you can see that there are bluebonnets, verbena, paintbrush, and primrose, along with an assortment of yellow blooms in several shades. These are truly Texas Christmas Cards, designed by a native Texan, with a Texas Wildflower theme. However, since wildflowers are universal, they can be enjoyed by everyone.

I also like to offer several options on the greeting. So you can choose between "Happy Holidays" or "Merry Christmas". And for folks sending the cards from Texas, you can choose to the "Happy Holidays from Texas!" or "Merry Christmas from Texas!" greeting.

All of the cards are blank on the inside so you have plenty of room to add your own personal message. The are available as large 5x7 greeting cards or smaller note cards (perfect for including with a gift or as thank you notes), each in packs of 10 or 20. You can choose a glossy or matte finish.

These beautiful greeting cards, like everything from my online store, come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. The are printed on demand when ordered and ship with a day or two! What a unique way to spread some holiday cheer, don't you think?

Thursday, November 05, 2009

LINDA’S NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2009 EVENTS

If you are in the San Antonio, New Braunfels or Austin area, here are some events you'll find me at.

NOV. 5-7
CANYON LAKE ART GUILD SHOW at Bismarck Studios, 930 Proton (Stone Oak). Thurs. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri. 10-9 p.m. (reception 6-9 p.m.); Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

NOV. 20
ART FOR THE HOLIDAYS reception at New Braunfels Art League Gallery, 239 W. San Antonio St (New Braunfels). 5-8 p.m.

NOV. 28
CHRISTMAS MERCADO at Beacon Hill Presbyterian Church, 1101 W. Woodlawn (San Antonio); 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

NOV. 29-DEC. 3
CASA DE LINDA ANNUAL HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AND STUDENT ART SHOW. Opening reception Sunday, Nov. 29, 1-3 p.m. Event hours 12-5 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and open for Wassailfest, Dec. 3.

DEC. 5-6
WILD IDEAS GIFT MARKET at Lady Bird Johnson Wlidflower Center, Austin.

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Spring 2010 Art Classes in New Braunfels


I have just finished lining up a full schedule of art classes for Spring 2010 that I will offer at my Casa de Linda Art Studio in downtown New Braunfels, Texas. Highlights include:

• NEW: Saturday Morning Art for Ages 6-9
• The return of "Paint Along with Ms. Linda" Wednesdays after school
Art for Adults including Drawing, Paper Mache Sculpture and Experimental Painting
• and, of course, my on-going Basic Acrylic Painting classes for ages 10 through adult

For a complete schedule (view online or download a brochure), please visit Casa de Linda and click on the "Classes" link.

Monday, October 05, 2009

ARTOBERFEST RECEPTION & DOWNTOWN NEW BRAUNFELS WINE STROLL


ARToberfest, the 44th annual juried fine art show at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery, is now up and I'm proud to announce that one of my paintings was accepted! "Wildflowers Rising," posted here, is a triptych of 3 framed 16X20-inch canvases.

A gala opening reception will be held this Thursday evening, from 5-8 p.m. At the same time, New Braunfels will be hosting its Fall Wine Stroll. I'll also have my Casa de Linda Art Studio and Gallery, located above the NBAL Gallery, open to the public that night. So if you are in area on Thursday, Oct. 8, you are invited to come downtown, stroll around the shops, have some wine, see some art, and be sure to come up to come check out my collection of wildflower art and say hello!

Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 21, 2009

MARKETING SEMINARS FOR ARTISTS

Want to kick start your art business? (And, yes, if you sell art you are in business!). Then check out my marketing seminars. Not in the area? I'm now booking for 2010 and can bring my seminars to YOUR town. Contact me for details!

“Marketing and More” Seminars for Artists

Linda Calvert Jacobson will once again be offering her “Marketing and More” Seminars for Artists this fall.

The first seminar, “Self Promotion Basics” covers a wide range of topics from designing marketing materials to writing news releases. Also learn about utilizing social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn, pitching to the media, e-mail marketing and more.

The second seminar, “Art Licensing and Other Streams of Income” answers the question “How can I make (more) money with my art?” You’ll learn how art licensing works, setting up an online “print-on-demand” store, organizing small exhibitions, and more.

Each is a one-day seminar held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Linda's studio/gallery in downtown New Braunfels. The seminars will be repeated several times but Seminar I must be taken before Seminar II.

For Seminar I you choose from Monday, Oct. 5 or Wednesday, Oct. 21. For Seminar II you can choose from Sunday, Oct. 11 or Wednesday, Nov. 4. Seating is limited to 8 artists per class.

These seminars will start at $100 each in 2010. Linda's Fall 2009 special introductory fee for each seminar is $50 (or $85 for both if paid and reserved in advance). Fee includes tons of hand outs, refreshments and light snacks. Students will need to bring a sack lunch.

Linda Calvert Jacobson is a professional artist, specializing in contemporary wildflowers. Her designs are licensed internationally and she is represented by two agents, one in the UK and one in the US. Her paintings are in numerous private collections. Linda also has an extensive background in journalism, marketing, PR and business. She is a former editor of a weekly newspaper and copy editor for a major daily newspaper, and taught communications for seven years at the university level.

To learn more about Linda and her art, visit www.lindacalvertjacobson.com. For more information or to reserve a space, email Linda (linda@casadelinda.com) or call her at 830-624-5302.

GREAT WEB PUBLICITY!


Good Monday morning! On Saturday an article was posted on Wise Bread featuring yours truly. It's an overview of my life as an artist. Hope you can check it out! Special thanks to Julie Rains, the author, for a great interview and a wonderful article!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

CASA DE LINDA ART CLASSES START BACK UP THIS WEEK!

TO SEE THE MOST CURRENT ART CLASSES AVAILABLE GO TO CasaDeLinda.com AND CLICK ON CLASSES


I've had a great break from teaching but that's coming to an end. But I'm not sad! I love teaching...and I love my students! Here's a summary of what's coming up:

BASIC ACRYLIC PAINTING FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN
My Basic Acrylic Painting classes for ages 10-Adult start back Thursday. I offer these painting classes for beginners to intermediate level students at my studio in New Braunfels. I have space available for adults only on Thursdays 1-3 and Fridays 1-12. For ages 10-adult, I still have a few openings on Saturdays, 10-12 or 1-3. Then there's the after-school classes on Thursdays for ages 10-14.

PAINT ALONG CLASSES FOR AGES 8-12
These are 4-week courses held Wednesdays after school for kids. The first session starts on Sept. 23. The class is almost full but I do still have 2 seats open.

DRAWING FOR ADULTS
This is a 4-week course titled "Yes, You Can Draw!" It's an introduction to drawing or refresher course for those who already do some drawing. I'm offering it on Fridays, 1:30-4 p.m. starting Sept. 25. It will be repeated as a night course later this fall.

NEW! PAPER MACHE FOR ADULTS
"The Fine Art of Paper Mache" is a brand-new class that I'm offering to adults for the first time! The first 4-week course starts Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. I'll repeat the course later this fall as a day class.

Want more information? Just click here to download a pdf brochure or e-mail me (linda@casadelinda. com)!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

"FRIDAY NITE LIVE" IN DOWNTOWN NEW BRAUNFELS, TEXAS


This coming Friday marks another "Friday Nite Live" and many stores in downtown New Braunfels will be open for business from 5-8 p.m. That includes my Casa de Linda Art Studio and Gallery. Plus, I have a painting in the new "Shades of Red" show at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery and the opening reception is Friday night. So, if you are in the area come on over! Have a glass of wine. See some great art. Stroll the streets of New Braunfels.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

LINDA CALVERT JACOBSON WATCHES AND MORE!


One of the designs being featured on Linda Calvert Jacobson watches being sold in the U.K. on bid.tv and price-drop.tv over the next few days is one of my favorite wildflower paintings: "Dreamy Daze Into Night." This painting really is beautiful on the watches, which come in three different styles of bands. Making them even more special for anyone lucky enough to place a winning bid: these limited-edition, collector watches are available only in the UK. But I have great news for both my English collectors and anyone else who is drawn to this particular painting: I've just added this design to my online store of beautiful gift items! If you own one of the watches, you might want a lovely Keepsake Box to keep it in. Or perhaps you'd like a mouse pad by your computer? It is even available on beautiful porcelain Christmas ornaments! My store is powered by Cafe Press and can fulfill orders placed in the UK, Europe, Canada, and the US, to mention just a few. Best of all, every order comes with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee! Visit my online store to see this and all my other wildflower designs on giftware and cards!

CHECK OUT MY NEW ART WEBSITE!


It's here! My new website is complete and ready for the public to view! This website is all about my art and my life as a professional fine artist. You can browse my online gallery of available paintings from my contemporary wildflower series and when you find one you like, drop me an e-mail right from the image you are looking at. I'll let you know if it's still available and we can make arrangements for you to view the work or purchase it. It's just that simple! You can also click into my events calendar under "SHOWS, EXHIBITIONS & SPECIAL EVENTS" to see where I'll be and when. If you are a fellow artist, you might be interested in my "MARKETING SEMINARS FOR ARTISTS" section. And, of course, you can read about me in the "ABOUT THE ARTIST" section or contact me from the website. So head on over to www.LindaCalvertJacobson.com and check it out!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"MARKETING AND MORE" BUSINESS SEMINARS FOR ARTISTS

This fall I will again be offering my “Marketing and More” Business Seminars for Artists.

The first seminar, “Self Promotion Basics” covers a wide range of topics from designing marketing materials to writing news releases. Also, artists will learn about utilizing social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn, pitching to the media, e-mail marketing and more.

The second seminar, “Art Licensing and Other Streams of Income” answers the question “How can I make (more) money with my art?” You’ll learn how art licensing works, setting up an online “print-on-demand” store, organizing small exhibitions, and more.

Each is a one-day seminar held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at my studio/gallery in downtown New Braunfels, Texas. The seminars will be repeated several times but Seminar I must be taken before Seminar II. For Seminar I you choose from Sunday, Sept. 13, Monday, Oct. 5 or Wednesday, Oct. 21. For Seminar II you can choose from Monday, Sept. 14, Sunday, Oct. 11 or Wednesday, Nov. 4. Seating is limited to 8 artists per class.

These seminars will start at $100 each in 2010. But right now you can still get in for a special Fall 2009 introductory fee of only $50 each (or $85 for both if paid and reserved in advance). Fee includes tons of hand outs, refreshments and light snacks. Students will need to bring a sack lunch. Seating is limited to 8 artists per seminar. Want to join us and get your art business on track?

E-mail me (linda@casadelinda.com) or call me at 830-624-5302 to reserve you seat today!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

"WILDFLOWERS LIGHT UP THE NIGHT"




This is my most recent creation and I'm really proud of it! I've titled this mixed media painting "Wildflowers Light up the Night." It's actually two paintings with one layer over the top of the other. The painting in the back is on stretched canvas measuring 24 by 30. What you can't see very well in the photo are blue rhinestones and tiny glass beads sparkling in the night sky over the field of wildflowers in a distance. The second painting is of the wildflowers in the foreground, which I painted on plexiglas and used spacers to hold it up from the painting in the back so it would give the assembled work depth. On top of the painted plexiglas is another, thinner sheet of plexiglas protecting the painting. We installed the entire piece in deep (1.5 inch) "floater" frame to give it a finished look and protection (as well as a way to hang it) without distracting from the art. It makes it look like the art is floating the black frame!

"Wildflowers Light up the Night" is on exhibit this month in the New Braunfels Art League's Contemporary Art Show. And speaking of the show, you are invited to join us this Friday night(Aug. 7) for the opening reception! The New Braunfels Art League is located at 239 W. San Antonio St in downtown New Braunfels, Texas. Many of the shops downtown, including my Casa de Linda Art Studio and Gallery upstairs will be open this Friday from 5-9 p.m. for the August Friday Night Live event. Hope you drop in for a glass of wine and see this newest painting!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

ART CLASSES IN NEW BRAUNFELS FALL 2009

To learn about current art classes go to CasaDeLinda.com and click on classes

We are barely into the month of August. The forecast for the next week predicts highs each day between 101 and 105. But school is starting soon as are plans for Labor Day, the last blast of summer. So let's talk about the FALL! I've got my schedule planned for classes and workshops that will start up in September. Below are a few highlights but you can also download a pdf version of my Fall 2009 Classes brochure for all the details.
BASIC ACRYLIC PAINTING
These are my on-going, year-around, Basic Painting classes for ages 10 through adult. I'll have classes for "adults only" on Thursdays 1-3 p.m and 6-8 p.m. and on Friday mornings 10-12. Classes for ages 10-14 only are held after school on Thursdays. On Saturdays from 10-12 and 1-3 are the classes for ages 10-adult. Fee is $60 for 4 classes plus new students must purchase a starter kit for $80 plus tax.
PAINT ALONG WITH MS. LINDA
Back by popular demand are my 4-week long painting workshops for kids ages 8-12. We complete two paintings in each 4-week session. The first one this fall will be held on Wednesdays 4-6 p.m. starting Sept. 23. Topic is "Southwest Landscapes." The second 4-week course will begin on Oct. 21 and the them will be "Still Life" and will include a special palette-knife project. You have a couple of different options on the fees so contact me or download the brochure for more information.
ART EXPLORATIONS FOR ADULTS: Paper Mache and Drawing
This fall I have two 4-week workshops planned.
NEW: The Fine Art of Paper Mache
First (and for the first time ever), I'm offering a Paper Mache workshop just for adults! Choose between the night course on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. starting Sept. 23 or the day course on Fridays from 1:30-3:30 starting Oct. 23. Fee for each 4-week Paper Mache workshop is $80, all supplies included.
Yes! You can Draw!
I'm also bringing back my popular "Yes! You can draw" workshops this fall. Choose between the day course on Fridays 1:30-4 p.m starting Sept. 25 or the night course from 6:30-9 p.m starting Oct. 21. Fee for each 4-week Drawing workshop is $100, which includes all supplies.
SPACE IS LIMITED in all of my classes and workshops so if you are interested, contact me soon! Just drop me an e-mail to linda (at) casadelinda.com!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

SCHERTZ ARTZ '09



I am so pleased to have been invited to participate in the first "SCHERTZ ARTZ" fine art exhibition this week! The show is being held at the lovely Schertz Civic Center and is open to the public on Friday, July 31, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A VIP reception, which is sold out, is also planned for this evening. For the next 3 days, the civic center has been transformed into a fine art gallery! For those not from the area, Schertz is located between San Antonio and New Braunfels. They have a newly created Schertz Area Arts Council that is co-sponsoring, with Schertz Magazine, this first exhibition of high quality fine art created by some of the area's most well-known professional artists. I've posted to photos with the blog entry. One is of David (my husband and partner), being interviewed by WOAI 4's San Antonio Living, the local NBC affiliate. The other is photo of my display at the exhibit taken right after we did the installation on Wednesday. Special thanks to Stella Marroquin and Kathy Perales for providing these photos. Both are fellow artists participating also featured in the exhibit. The Schertz Civic Center is located at 1400 Schertz Parkway. If you are in the area, it's worth the short drive to see this wonderful exhibit!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Wildflower Paintings Make Beautiful Watches


Germany is the newest country offering my wildflower paintings as fine jewelry. Two of my paintings "Freedom" and "An Eternal Love" are the focus of these ladies watches being sold at 1-2-3.tv. These limited-edition, artist-inspired watches are being offered in smaller quantities than last year. There are only 500 made of each of the two watches being offered in Germany. The few auctions we have seen show they are being well received and going fast.

Meanwhile Bid.tv in the United Kingdom is using the painting "Dreamy Daze into Night" with a brand new watch style that is selling very well. This limited-edition has only 720 watches to offer, so they aren’t likely to be around for very long! So don’t wait if you want one, get it now for that special someone or for yourself.

Another difference from last year is they have etched the "Jacobson" part of my signature on the back along with the series number and my full name. We have one each of the three watches that sold last year and these are truly beautiful time pieces. J.K. Henderson, the watchmaker, has done a wonderful job in creating a fine watch that accents the artwork very tastefully.

Unfortunately they are still not being offered for sale nor can they be shipped to the U.S. from either of these companies.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

New Braunfels' Friday Night Live-JULY 10


Downtown New Braunfels, Texas, will be open for business from 5-9 p.m. next Friday, July 10. And so will my Casa de Linda Art Studio and Gallery, located above the New Braunfels Art League Gallery. Come on up for a glass of wine, visit for a bit and check out some of my newest Wildflower paintings! We are located at 239 W. San Antonio St...in the heart of historic downtown New Braunfels! The gallery downstairs will also be hosting a reception for the "Texas" show that just opened. See you Friday?

Saturday, June 20, 2009

KIDS AND ART

For the most current art classes for kids go to CasaDeLinda.com and click on classes

Just finished the second week of my Summer Art Camps! The camps continue through Aug. 13. Some of the camps are filled but I still have a few openings...so if you have a young Picasso in your life now's the time to sign them up! The photo collage above shows some of the projects completed in last week's "Pets are our Pals" art camp for kids 5-9. This was the first time I offered this topic. I'll repeat the camp July 20-23. The children bring a photo of their pet and that's what we work from. Cute results, don't you think? If you are interested in my art camps, click on the box at the top of the column to the left. The art camps are held in my Casa de Linda Art Studio in downtown New Braunfels Texas.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

ART CAMPS NEW BRAUNFELS JUNE HIGHLIGHTS

For the most current art classes go to CasaDeLinda.com and click on classes

My Summer Art Camp 2009 schedule kicks in on Monday, June 8. Thought I'd give a quick summary of the fun that's in store at my studio in New Braunfels for kids ages 5 to 13 this summer. As of this this writing, I still have room in all of the camps but some are getting close to full.

JUNE 8-11: The morning camp from 9:30-11:30 for kids 5-9 is titled "Prehistoric Times." This is the second year I've offered this dino-themed camp and the kids love it. I'd say "especially the little boys" but I had a couple of girls last year who were busting with pride over the huge paper maché dinosaurs they created and painted. The afternoon camp from 1-3 p.m., titled "Painting: Sunsets and Still Life," is geared toward ages 8-13. The children will complete 2 paintings on stretched canvas in the 4-day camp!


JUNE 15-18:
"Pet are our Pals" is a new camp I'm offering this summer for the younger kids. Children will bring a photo of their pet for a painting project and create a paper maché cat or dog and personalize a pet placemat. The afternoon camp will all about drawing. In this "Ready, Set, Draw" camp, we'll learn how to really look at objects and improve drawing skills.

JUNE 22-25: The morning camp this week is another new one. "Hurray for Horses" is just for the horse lover who also loves art! Students will draw and paint horses and decorate a box with a carousel of horses and ponies. The afternoon camp explores the world of color. "Painting - Experiments with Color" will take the students through assignments where they'll create a color wheel and learn how colors work with and against each other. The featured project will be a self portrait painting inspired by Andy Warhol's "Marilyn" series. I did this project in several camps two years ago and the kids -- and parents -- loved it!

JUNE 29-JULY 2: Ages 5-9 will go on a safari to the rainforest in the morning camp titled "Tropical Safari." Projects include drawing and painting and creating a fantastic paper maché animal mask. In the afternoon, it's all about girls ages 8-13 as I offer my first-ever "Girl Power" art camp! The featured project for this camp is a large, Georgia O'Keeffe-inspired floral painting on canvas. We'll also design some jewelry and decorate a keepsake box.

Camps continue weekly through mid August. You can read more and download a complete brochure and registration form by clicking here.

Monday, May 25, 2009

BLAZING GAVELS AUCTION JUNE 3-12


Here's a riddle for you. What do I and my Casa de Linda Art Studio and Gallery have in common with H-E-B Foods, the artist Brother Cletus, Burger King, and the Weston Centre? Answer: We all support San Antonio's public television station KLRN through their annual Blazing Gavels TV auction!

For the 3rd year, I'll be joining these and a whole slew of businesses, ranging from huge, international corporations to mom-n-pop corner stores to fellow artists and artisans, by donating services and products to be auctioned off June 3-12. This year I am again donating 10 gift certificates for the one-a-day promotion. That's right, you have a chance everyday to bid on a Casa de Linda gift certificate! Each certificate has a $100 value that can be used toward my Summer Art Camps for ages 5-12, painting classes for ages 10-adult or applied to the purchase of one of my original wildflower paintings! Bidding will start at $25 for each certificate so you might have a chance for a really good deal. And you'll feel great knowing that the money you do spend goes toward KLRN programming!

So if you are in Central Texas area I hope that you'll tune in to KLRN Ch. 9 June 3-12 for their 43rd Annual Great TV Auction.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Donations needed for Summer Art Camp Program


Five years ago I rented a studio space above the New Braunfels Art League Gallery in downtown New Braunfels Texas and opened Casa de Linda Art Studio and Gallery. I started giving painting classes for students ages 10 through adult in my new studio. That first summer, I also decided to offer a few week-long art camps for younger children. I quickly found that the Summer Art Camps filled an important need as there are few opportunities for art classes for children. As a result, the program has grown every year.

In 2008, 39 children took a total of 62 camps. For Summer 2009, I have again scheduled 10 weeks of camps for ages 5 to 13. Camps start in early June and continue through mid August. Mornings are reserved for younger artists, ages 5-8. In the afternoons, I offer camps for ages 8 to 13. Each camp is limited to 8 children. (A full brochure can be downloaded here.)

Last year, a wonderful retired gentleman and local resident learned about the program and offered to donate $500 to the New Braunfels Art League -- and to get a matching grant from his former employer -- to fund scholarships for children of families with financial need. Thanks to his generosity, NBAL used the $1000 donation to award 12 Summer Art Camp scholarships to children ages 8-12.

This year, we have again been blessed with the $1000 donation. But there is a great need in our community. I have set a personal goal of at least doubling the number of scholarships we award in 2009. To do so, I need to raise an additional $1000. The funding is facilitated through the New Braunfels Art League, a non-profit arts organization, so donations are tax deductible.

If you are in a position to donate toward this program, you have two options.

First, you can mail your donation to the New Braunfels Art League, P.O. Box 310325, New Braunfels, TX 78131. To learn more about NBAL, please visit their website. Be sure to include a note with the donation that it is for the Summer Art Camp Scholarship Program.

Your second option is to simply donate online using any major credit card or your Paypal account.

All donations will be turned over to the New Braunfels Art League to be consolidated with the other donations for this special scholarship program. Please let me know if you need a receipt from NBAL for your tax records. To donate right now, click here or use the "Donate" button at the top of the column to the left of the is blog posting.

Thank you for taking the time to read this important post and for considering a donation to the Summer Art Camp Program. Every donation, regardless of the amount, will be greatly appreciated! If you have any questions, please contact me.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Wein and Saengerfest New Braunfels 2009


UPDATE 4-29-09 Wein and Saengerfest HAS BEEN CANCELED
Fine wine and fine art are an excellent pairing. But many folks still think of France when they hear the words fine wine and we all know the fine art that has been produced there over the centuries. Texas, however, is becoming better known for both its fine wines and talented artists. The original artwork above, appropriately named “Wine Soaked Meadow”, celebrates the wildflowers and the wines of the Texas Hill Country

Yes, it's time to check out the new offerings of Texas wine and what better way to do so than spending the afternoon at Wein and Saengerfest. This all-day celebration of the grape in downtown New Braunfels, Texas, is being held on Saturday May 2, 2009. The official hours are from 12 noon to 10 p.m. There will be wine tasting, wine seminars, grape stomping, food booths and local artisans offering their latest creations. Live music and street dance under stars will be featured in the main plaza. This is a family friendly festival and there's even free art and craft activities for kids in the upstairs of the New Braunfels Art League Gallery at 239 W. San Antonio.

If that's not enough, we are having our own celebration as well. Casa De Linda Art Studio and Gallery is celebrating its 5th anniversary with an Open House and Studio Sale Friday, Saturday and Sunday (May 1-3). Our studio is located above the New Braunfels Art League Gallery. So if you are thinking of coming to the Wein and Saengerfest, plan to come upstairs (or take the elevator) to the second floor at the NBAL Gallery and check out all the wildflower paintings and art-related gift items. Yes “Wine Soaked Meadow” is one of the featured paintings that will be for sale. Our Open House hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 12-5 p.m. Wine, wildflower art, great specials and friends...now that's the way we do it in Texas!

Monday, April 13, 2009

MARKETING FOR ARTISTS SEMINAR; EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING

I have a very busy week ahead at the Casa de Linda Art Studio in New Braunfels Texas! In addition to my regular painting classes and some special workshops already underway, I'll be starting a 5-week EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING CLASS FOR ADULTS on Friday. I still have openings so if you are interested, contact me. We'll be doing some mixed media, playing with palette knives, learning new techniques and more! Great for beginners or if you are in a rut and need to break out. Space is limited!

On Sunday, April 19, I'll be offering my Seminar I: MARKETING AND PR FOR ARTISTS from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at my New Braunfels studio.

Here are some comments from artists who attended my last seminar:

"This seminar was extremely helpful to know where to go to get help" -Pam P.

"Linda is extremely well informed on marketing, drawing on her wealth of experience in the marketing arena and as an artist. Well done!" -Lotus M.

"Linda has such a tremendous background in journalism and marketing and add this to her expanding art career, this is a seminar that can jump start your art careen or give yourself a realty check to improve your marketing skills. You leave with strategies that have worked for Linda and can work for you." - Wendy Z.

What can you expect on Sunday, April 19?
Artists will explore writing a marketing plan; receive templates for creating press releases; learn when, how and where to pitch themselves to the media; get tips on creating "buzz" and getting free publicity; receive information on domain registration and web hosting; learn how to make the most of "social networking;" examine opportunities for creating multiple streams of income from their art; and more!

The fee is $75 for five and a half hours packed full of information and a ton of handouts to take home. HOWEVER, I'm offering a one-time special on April's seminar. Sign up and pay ONLY $35! That's $40 off the regular price. I will never again offer this seminar at this ridiculously low price! Space is limited. Save your seat today! Contact me today to sign up and take your art business to the next level!

By the way, soon, I will be offering Seminar II: "LICENSING FOR ARTISTS." To sign up for that seminar, you need to first take Seminar I, "Marketing and PR for Artists."

I am also booking my marketing seminars with outside groups and associations. Please contact me if you'd like information on having me set up a seminar in your area.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

SUMMER ART CAMPS 2009 in NEW BRAUNFELS

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Summer is around the corner and at Casa de Linda Art Studio that means that our Summer Art Camps for ages 5 through 13 are open for registration! We've have added several new topics and brought back popular camps from the past for a fun-filled Summer 2009 Art Camp program New Braunfels Texas studio this year! More information is posted at our website plus a pdf brochure ready to download that includes a full listing, prices and a registration form.

Casa de Linda Summer Art Camps are divided into two age groups. Camps for younger kids ages 5-9 are held in the mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Topics for Summer 2009 include: Prehistoric Times; Tropical Safari; Hurrah for Horses; Circus, Circus; and Pets Are Our Pals. Children ages 8 to 13 may sign up for the afternoon camps, 1-3 p.m. This summer will feature: Ready, Set, Draw!; Painting-Experiments with Color; Art in 3-D-Real & Not; Painting-Sunsets & Still Life; and Girl Power!

This will be the 5th anniversary for my Summer Art Camp program. And this May will mark the 5th anniversary for the Casa de Linda Art Studio and Gallery as well! I'll be posting more information on this later but you might want to "save the dates" of May 1-3 and plan to drop the studio to help us celebrate our 5th anniversary!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Bluebonnets Are Survivors

Bluebonnets&Company

2009 looks to be a very lean year for Texas bluebonnets and enjoying a nice display at the Wildflower Center Artist's Show last weekend may be as good as it gets for this spring.

Linda and I have enjoyed a few fantastic wildflower displays with bluebonnets as the dominant flower over the last decade in the Hill Country. These along with childhood memories south of San Antonio are a great part of Linda’s inspirations for her contemporary wildflower paintings. Reflecting back over the last 10 years I can really think of two years where almost every where in the Hill Country we traveled we saw awesome displays of bluebonnets.

It seems to me that even though Texas is world renown for the sweeping vistas of bluebonnets the frequency of these displays of grandeur are fleeting and not at all something you can count on each spring as one might think. These realizations lead me to have even more respect for the tenacity and sheer ability of bluebonnets to survive as a species. This favorite flower so deeply identified with Texas can be decimated by drought and reduce these prolific fields of blue azure to tiny spots of color along such famous scenic drives as Willow City Loop near Enchanted Rock. Too much rain at the wrong time can be just as detrimental for these floral displays and the forthcoming seed that insure their very existence for future generations to relish.

The Texas Hill Country and bluebonnets seem to be perfect for each other. The extremes of weather conditions that the Hill Country is known for seems like the perfect training ground for the bluebonnets to evolve as a species. This land of extended droughts and infrequent but furious flash floods, searing summer heat and poor soil fertility, of winter months that can soar to 100 degrees for a day and the next week be below freezing. The Hill Country is a land of extremes yet the bluebonnets thrive in the few good years and survive the many harsh ones.

It all in the bluebonnets genes, they simply know how to proliferate in this land of extremes. As a human being in these uncertain times I take great solace and stand in awe of this ability to survive and thrive. Yes, times may seem harsh now but we will survive and in due time we will thrive. At least if we take a lesson from nature and our beloved Texas bluebonnets.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Wildflower Days Are Here Again!

It’s that time of year that the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin puts on its annual Wildflower Days. For 2009 it all starts March 21 with the Artists & Artisans Festival. Linda has been invited back this year and will be among the 20 artists that will be offering their unique Texas artwork for sale.

The days and hours for the event will be Saturday March 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday March 22, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. We invite you come by and peruse the artwork as well as all the wildflowers on display throughout the Wildflower Center. The Hill Country wildflower show may be sparse this spring but the vast variety of Texas wildflowers on display at the Wildflower Center along with the artist’s festival will make this the place to be to put a spring in your step and joy in your heart.

Artist Dalhart Windberg will be signing his newest print “A Spring Occasion” from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and the proceeds will benefit on-going work at the Wildflower Center.

Shou Ping will be on hand to discuss her wildflower watercolor sculptures that are on display at the McDermott Learning Center and Art Gallery from March 14 to May 31. Both Linda and I admire this very gifted artist and look forward to see her and her newest creations.

Linda will of course have some of her most recent large wild flower artwork, a great selection of smaller original wildflower paintings along with several of her newest designs from our online store. No rain needed to enjoy these floral delights. We hope to see you in Austin next weekend. Pray for more rain!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

2009 SPRING BREAK ART CAMP - March 23-26

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Last year's Spring Break Art Camp was so successful that I'm offering it again this year. I teach this art camp for ages 7-12 from my Casa de Linda Art Studio in downtown New Braunfels and it's scheduled for the week that both local school districts, New Braunfels ISD and Comal ISD, are taking off, March 23-26.

Parents can choose between half-day camp (mornings 9-12 or afternoons 1-4) or full-day camp (9 a.m.,-4 p.m.) Each camp is limited to 8 students maximum. Fee for the half day is $145 and that includes ALL art supplies as well as mid-morning and mid-after snacks. For the full day camp, which includes staying over for lunch, all of the art supplies and two snacks a day, the fee is $275. (Full-day campers need to bring a sack lunch).

Students will complete a variety of projects during the camp, including some drawing, some painting and some 3-D work. At the end of the camp, they will take home all of their projects. We'll talk about some famous artists, such as Andy Warhol and Vincent Van Gogh, as well as more contemporary artists such as William Wegman, which they may not be familiar with. Some of the projects will be inspired by the works of these artists. We'll also do a color wheel and explore how colors work with each other, experiment with various painting techniques and learn about composition.

If you are interested in saving a seat for your child, please call me at (830) 624-5302 or e-mail me (linda@casadelinda.com).

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Incredible Floral Paintings:Austin



The wildflowers are blooming in North Austin as of March 3, 2009. Linda and I, with help from a fellow artist from the New Braunfels Art League, just finished hanging Linda‘s latest Wildflower Show. A dozen of Linda’s wildflower paintings are now on display at the newest Kerbey Lane Restaurant off Hwy. 183 at Anderson Mill. The décor and painting schemes for the various rooms seems like they were designed just for Linda's wildflower art . We posted a few photos for your viewing pleasure.

The dining areas that we hung the wildflower art in were mostly earthy tones of rusty brown, mustard yellow and lime green. I thought that shade of green was going to be a challenge but once we had some of the paintings hung we knew they were going to look great.

They have a state-of-the-art hanging system that made hanging the artwork a breeze. Allison who curates the art for all the Kerbey Lane locations was a pleasure to work with and we had all the artwork up in a little over an hour. One of the quickest art displays we have done in a while.

This new facility lends itself to large contemporary art pieces so we couldn’t be more pleased with the invitation to display here. Viewing the final outcome exceeded all of our expectations. Several customers made very positive comments as the art went up so that helped affirm what we were feeling. We do hope you will get a chance to stop by for a bite and enjoy the artwork.

Monday, March 02, 2009

WILD FLOWERS IN BLOOM, MARCH 2009


Wildflowers are in full bloom in Central Texas, as well as flowers of myriad varieties and colors, and it is only March 2nd. That’s not possible, you say. It is too early; we just had freezing weather last night. We are in one of the worst droughts in recent memory, you say. Well tell that to artists on display at New Braunfels Art League Gallery that just opened their special show today called “Art in Bloom”.

I worked at the art league yesterday and saw several of the entries as they were coming in so I know that if you come in during the month you will be impressed. Linda entered some of her newest wildflower paintings for the show. They are not even on the blog or website yet so if you want to see some of her latest artistic efforts you will want to stop by. The three wildflower paintings are called “Wildflower Paradise”, “Royal Assembly” and “Sunrise Serenade.” Each uniquely different, but they are all full of joyful expression.

March 6th is Linda’s birthday and as luck would have it that is also the date for the opening reception for the “Art in Bloom” show. The hours are from 5 to 8 p.m., so if you get a chance stop by, and maybe raise a toast to the birthday girl. Wine and hors d'oeuvres are being provided for your pleasure while you view all the incredible floral paintings, photography and mixed media. You will walk away inspired, refreshed and maybe with some new artwork to start spring out right.

This is David, Linda’s biggest fan and loving hubbie writing this post. Linda is going at a furious pace right now, trying to keep up with all the shows and events she is or will be doing this month, so I may be writing several more posts this month

You can always subscribe to her e-newsletter to keep up with all the happenings in Linda’s world of wildflowers or stop by this blog often as I will be trying to post every few days about this very busy month.

It may still be freezing and the drought may stunt the beautiful displays of wildflowers in Texas this spring but rest assured Linda is busy making sure that wildflowers in all their glory will be there to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Wildflower Art on Display in San Antonio


Linda’s wildflower paintings have a new venue in the Stone Oak area north of San Antonio as of last week. Taco Cantina is a newly opened, family friendly restaurant located in the Village at Stone Oak, just off from Stone Oak Parkway and 281. They had their Grand Opening last week and Linda was invited to hang several of her wildflower paintings. The art ranges in size from 30x 40 inches all the way down to some of her 8 inch squares in some of the narrow areas. The art has helped to create a very festive and colorful atmosphere.

Troy and Marisa Fulmer, owners of the 20nine Restaurant and Wine Bar at the Quarry, have created another wonderful dining experience. Linda and I dined there last Sunday while enjoying a rare play day in San Antonio. The service was excellent and the food was creative and tasty. Linda had the Pepita Chicken and I had the Venison Picadillo. Both were very good but at the end of the day we both liked the Pepita Chicken more. This dish is a pumpkin seed crusted boneless chicken breast, pan fried and served with a salsa verde and jalapeno crema. I am not a big fan of pumpkin seed, but, man, this dish was a great flavor sensation.

The venison dish uses ground venison and wild hog braised with potato, roasted poblano and tomato served with queso Oaxaca and fresh avocado. I truly enjoyed it and thought I had chosen a great dish until I tried Linda’s chicken. We like to order different things from the menu so we can share and explore at the same time. There are several more items on the menu we both want to try so we will have to allow for another play day sooner than later.

We hung most of Linda’s wildflower artwork early last week before they were actually open. This terrific new venue shows off both the Contemporary Wildflowers and well as her newer Summer of Luv series of wildflower paintings.

We are planning a “meet the artist” reception with a date to be announced later. Linda will be hanging until late May so we would like to invite you to come by and have a bite and look over her artwork, especially if you don’t get out of San Antonio much, because Linda’s wildflowers are more often on display in Austin.

Taco Cantina is planning to have a happy hour that will be from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. They have an extensive selection of tequilas and Mexican beers and the margaritas and beers will have special pricing during that time. They are open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. For directions or more info go to Taco Cantina.

This is David filling in for Linda as she is busy trying to keep up with all the other requests for her time. As always we would love to have you visit our website at Casa De Linda or join our e-news to keep up with all the wildflower happenings as it looks like it going to be a very busy spring for Linda.

UPDATE 4-1-09 Unfortunately Taco Cantina is closed as of March 26th and we no longer are exhibiting Linda's wildflower artwork there.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Artist Marketing Seminars

I've had so many fellow artists ask me about offering classes on marketing, PR and licensing. And the time has come! I've schedule the first of my mini seminars for early March. The first half-day seminar is titled "Marketing and PR for Artists" and will be held in my New Braunfels, Texas, studio on Sunday, March 1 from 12-5 p.m. and again on Wednesday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can download my flyer for more information, or e-mail me at linda@casadelinda. com. The New Braunfels location is convenient for Central Texas artists. If you are not in the area but would like to study with me, I'm also booking these seminars for art leagues and other groups who would like to host me. Please let me know if you are interested.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Back from CHA Show in California


I must start by saying that I feel remiss for not having posted to this blog since early January. Both David and I were caught up in preparations for our booth at the Craft and Hobby Association's Winter Convention held in Anaheim, California. The show was Jan. 25-28, but we flew out a day early to set up and returned to our beloved Texas just yesterday (Jan. 29).

This was our first time to exhibit my wildflowers for licensing at a CHA show. As you may know, we have made three trips to NYC, twice for Licensing International (which, by the way, will be relocating to Las Vegas this year) and once to Surtex. The CHA show gave us a chance to reach out to both the markets we have been in touch with before and new markets, most specifically scrapbooking and papercraft.

We couldn't be happier with the results of the show. We made some great contacts and will now be following up with each of them. We were also able to take advantage of CHA's great educational program, including seminars and consultations. We attended a couple of CHA business meetings, walked the show floor and learned about new products in the crafting industry. Beyond the great business prospects, the highlight of the trip was getting to hear a keynote presentation from Deborah Norville. You may know her as a TV personality, but her life long passion is crafting. She is also a very inspiring speaker and author of "Thank You Power". She also just introduced her own line of yarns! She told us that quality yarn feels soft to your lips. Now you know the way to tell great yarn from average yarn!

We also enjoyed the CHA Winter Show Event and Dinner, which featured a live stage show performed by three Elvis impersonators, each representing a different stage of the King's singing career. David and I even cut loose on the dance floor. What a treat!

We are now back in the Texas Hill Country, preparing for a very busy Spring! Check back often for the latest news. And if you haven't signed up for my e-newsletters, please do so. It's FREE, it's EASY and you can cancel at any time. Just click on the "Click Here to Join" section to the left of this posting.

And don't forget to visit my website to learn more about my wildflower art and how it can brighten your home...and your heart!

Sunday, January 04, 2009

More about my Art Classes in New Braunfels, Texas

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Want to improve your drawing skills, learn a new painting technique or explore your creative side? Do you have a child in your life who might be the next Van Gogh or Warhol? Well, if you are within driving distance of New Braunfels, then check out my "Art Explorations" schedule for this spring! Download a pdf brochure, or e-mail me at linda at casadelinda dot com.

Welcome 2009!

Today is the 4th of January, so we are firmly into a new year. I don't know about you, but I welcome this year and look forward to it. The last 12 months was a roller coaster ride in so many ways. Let's put that all behind us and make this year one that fills our heart with fond memories when we reflect on it in the future. I wish for you your personal best, whether that be improved health and wealth, creative and mental growth, love and companionship...or some of everything! I believe that all have the power in us to visualize our lives as we want them and then make it happen.