Thursday, December 30, 2010

AFTER CHRISTMAS SALE AT CASA DE LINDA ART CENTER


CASA DE LINDA ART CENTER AFTER CHRISTMAS SALE!

ORNAMENTS NOW 30% OFF
Small Hand-painted Glass by Shirley Bland...Originally $5.00 ... NOW $3.00 each
Large Hand-painted Glass by Shirley Bland...Originally $10 ... NOW $7.00 each
Ceramic Wildflower Ornaments by Linda Jacobson...Originally $12.99 ... NOW $9.10
Handcrafted Clay Ornaments by Adrienne Speer...Originally $7.95 ... NOW $5.57

TEXAS WILDFLOWER CHRISTMAS CARDS
Originally $12.95/pkg 5 ... NOW $9.07 for a pkg of 5

WILDFLOWER CHRISTMAS MUGS
Originally $12.95 ... NOW $9.07 each

HAND PAINTED CHRISTMAS GOURDS BY HARRY L. NEWTON NOW 50% OFF!

Santa Pastel Painting by Mary Johnson...WAS $150 NOW $105 (that's 30% OFF)


ALSO...

All non-Christmas gourds by Harry L. Newton are now 30% off
Painting: Fairy with Roses by Coe Savage...was $650 NOW $325

Call me at 830-624-5302 to reserve any item(s) in this sale.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

NEW ARTSHARE PROGRAM LETS ADULTS PLAY WITH THE KIDS


Casa de Linda Art Center of New Braunfels is offering a new way for adults to share the creative experience with a special child in their life: ARTshare.

Any combination of one adult and one child is welcome, making it a great way to share the experience with a son or daughter, grandchild, niece or nephew or even a child that you mentor or fill role of Big Brother or Big Sister.

Minimum age of the child varies depending on the class. In some ARTshare classes, the adult and child work on the same piece together; in other classes they work on their own art but side by side with each other.

Classes, which are scheduled for Saturday mornings, are held at either the Art Center, located at 850 S. Business I-35 in New Braunfels, or at the Casa de Linda Art Studio located above the New Braunfels Art League Gallery downtown. Space is limited so pre-registration is required.




The first class scheduled for 2011 is titled “Containers: Mugs and Treasure Jars” and will be taught be Adrienne Speer, a ceramic artist whose work is in collections worldwide. The clay class will meet twice, on Jan. 8 and 22, from 9:30 a.m.-12 noon. The adult and child, age 8-16, can choose to make matching projects or each go in their own direction for this ARTshare. Fee is $95 per adult/child pair, which includes clay, glazes and firings.

Future ARTshare classes include: a family pet papier mache class meeting Saturdays in February and taught by yours truly (Linda Jacobson); one-day silk painting and nuno felting classes taught by fiber artist Leila Reynolds; a two-day ceramic birdhouse class taught by Speer; and one-day stained glass wind chimes, stepping stone inlaid with stained glass and broken china jewelry classes taught by Lynette Clauser. Children as young as 5 can participate in the papier mache, silk painting and nuno felting classes. All other classes are open to ages 8 and up.

For more information call me at 830-624-5302 or visit www.casadelinda.com.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

NEW ART CLASSES STARTING IN JANUARY!

Did you know that we have 17 classes starting and/or continuing in January? Something for everyone, ages 5-Adult. Painting, Drawing, Felting, Photography, Clay, Stained Glass...wow!

SIGN UP BY JAN. 1 AND GET YOUR CHOICE OF $10 OFF OR A FREE WILDFLOWER MUG!
Below is a list of what's starting in January. Visit our website to see a full listing and all the information you need!

For Kids
Ages 5-8
Let's Draw, Saturdays 10-11:30 a.m. January 15, 22, 29
Ages 8-12
Drawing Basics, Wednesdays 4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 12, 19, 26
Ages 10 and up
Basic Acrylic Painting Classes,
Thursdays afterschool and Saturdays 1-3 p.m.

NEW!
ARTshare (for an adult to share with a child)
Clay Containers: Mugs & Treasure Jars,Saturday, Jan. 8, 22

For Adults
Beginning Oil Painting, Tuesdays 6-9 p.m.Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25
Beginning Watercolor, Mondays 1-4 p.m.,Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31
Beginning Pastels,Mondays 10-12 noon,Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31
Basic Acrylic On-going Classes, various times
All-day Painting Workshop: Clouds, Saturday Jan. 15
Stained Glass-Beginning Lead, Mondays 8:30-10:30 Jan. 24-Feb. 21
Wet Felting one-day workshop, Sat. Jan. 29
Digital Photography Clinic, Saturday, Jan. 22, 1-4 p.m.

Visit the Casa de Linda website for more information on these and the rest of the classes we have scheduled for Spring 2011!

Friday, December 10, 2010

CASA DE LINDA ART CENTER GIFT CARDS AVAILABLE





Looking for a no-fuss, no-muss gift for some who loves art? Then how about one of our new Gift Cards? You can even pick a hand-painted mini-envelope to go with it. Drop by during business hours, Tues-Sat, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. to pick some up. We are located at 850 S. Business I-35, New Braunfels. Here's a map.

SPRING ART CLASS SCHEDULE READY...NOW ENROLLING!


We are now enrolling for January art classes at Casa de Linda Art Center in New Braunfels. Oil, watercolor and acrylic painting, pastels, photography, basic lead and intermediate foil stained glass, wet and nuno felting, and basic drawing...check it all out at www.casadelinda.com. Art classes for adults, kids ages 5 and up and even families with our new ARTshare classes! When you visit our website, be sure to take a minute and sign up for our e-newsletter so you'll get our latest news and announcements. Looking for a great gift? Give a Casa de Linda Art Center Gift Card!

Friday, November 26, 2010

CHRISTMAS STAINED GLASS WORKSHOPS at CASA DE LINDA ART CENTER-NEW BRAUNFELS





Get in the holiday spirit with our Christmas Stained Glass workshops at Casa de Linda Art Center-New Braunfels. Taught by Lynette Clauser, each 3-hour workshop includes all supplies and use of tools and equipment to complete your project, all for a fee of only $45. Choose from 4 workshops: Holly Candles on Dec. 4 from 9 a.m.-12 noon; Holy Family on Dec. 4 from 3-6 p.m.; Christmas Tree Trio on Dec. 11 from 9 a.m.-12 noon; and Night Light (3 designs to choose from) on Dec. 11 from 3-6 p.m. Space is limited to 5 students per workshop. Call 830-624-5302 or e-mail us to save your seat!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Are you following me on Facebook yet?

If you are on FB, I invite you to add my pages to your "like" list.

Click here for Casa de Linda Art Center

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New painting posted to the Student Art Gallery blog


I just posted a whole slew of photos of student's artwork to my Student Art Gallery blog. CLICK HERE to see more!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

ART CLASSES AT CASA DE LINDA ART CENTER IN NOVEMBER



UPCOMING ART CLASSES AT THE NEW BRAUNFELS CASA DE LINDA ART CENTER:

Join us for a 3-week YES YOU CAN DRAW drawing class for adults starting Monday, Nov. 1. Afternoon and evening schedule available.

We have two openings in the BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY class for ages 8-12. Meets Tuesday after school for 3 weeks starting Nov. 2.

Children in the Wednesday Art After School for ages 8-12 will paint an Andy Warhol inspired SELF PORTRAIT in the class that starts Nov. 3. Meets 4-5:30 p.m. for 3 weeks.

A few seats still open in the BASIC ACRYLIC PAINTING for adults that meets Thursdays 12:30-3 p.m. Also have openings for kids ages 10 and up in the BASIC PAINTING classes that meet after school on Thursdays and on Saturday afternoons.

The next 3-week SATURDAY MORNING ART for ages 6-9 starts Nov. 6. The kids will paint an Autumn Mum still life. Meets 10-12 noon.

Mention that you saw it on Linda's Blog and ask for your discount: $10 off any kids' class. For adults, you can get $10 when you sign up with friend! See the flyer posted here for details.

Visit www.casadelinda.com for more information about classes and contact information.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

FOLLOW CASA DE LINDA ART CENTER ON FACEBOOK

Many of my friends-n-fans are already following my Linda Calvert Jacobson Wildflower Artist Facebook page (and if you aren't, please do by clicking here).
But I also wanted to invite everyone to follow the Casa de Linda Art Center Facebook page, too. That's where I post information about things happening at our new Art Center in New Braunfels. Today, for example, I created a photo album of stained glass art projects recently completed by kids. I'm posting one here but please visit our Facebook page and check out the others. They are so cool! And while you're there, click that little "like" button! Just go to: www.facebook.com/CasaDeLindaArtCenter.

And speaking of staying in touch...do you get our e-newsletters? If not, JOIN OUR MAILING LIST today! Just click here.

Monday, October 18, 2010

PUMPKIN CARVING and DECORATING CLASSES AT CASA DE LINDA ART CENTER-NEW BRAUNFELS!




My husband David carved this just-too-cool pumpkin under the guidance of Adam Grumbles, who will leading pumpkin carving classes for adults and ages teens ages 13 and up Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Casa de Linda Art Center. Classes are limited so you'll have 3 chances to get in on the fun: 9-11:30 a.m., 1-3:30 p.m. or 6:30-9 p.m. The fee is only $25 which includes use of tools, patterns and instructions. Plus, Adam will demonstrate advanced carving techniques during class. Students just need to bring their own pumpkin.

If you're looking for something for the kids to do, the day before the pumpkin carving, on Tuesday, Oct. 26, we're hosting pumpkin painting just for the kiddos. This is our gift to the community so we are providing everything...including the pumpkin and even snacks. Classes are limited to 12 children, ages 6-12. Kids under 6 are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Choose from after school, 4-5:30 p.m. or early eve, 6-7:30 p.m.

All classes require pre-registration. Call me at 830-624-5302 if you like to reserve your space for either or both days!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

UPCOMING CLASSES AT THE ART CENTER-NEW BRANFELS

The premise behind Casa de Linda Art Center is really a simple one: to provide a place and opportunities for adults and children to explore their creativity. With that in mind, we have several classes starting soon that just might be what you are looking for. Visit the classes page at the Casa de Linda website for more information and to download a brochure and registration form.

ART CLASSES FOR ADULTS...

Basic Stained Glass

Choose from Monday morning classes starting Oct. 18 or Tuesday night classes that start Oct. 19. This is a 5-week course and you'll finish both a wonderful sun catcher and an 11x14 panel. Learn proper pattern making, glass selection and cutting, fitting, soldering and more. This is the real deal! Fee is $195 and that includes everything you need and the use of the tools and equipment at no extra charge! Instructor: Lynette Clauser

Introduction to Oil Painting

If you've always wanted to try oil painting, now is your chance. This 4-week course starts on Tuesday, Oct. 19. It meets mornings 9-12. Fee is $175, which includes a basic supply kit and canvas. Instructor: Maren Phillips

Basic Photography Mini Workshop

This one-day, 3-hour mini class will give you an introduction to the basics of shooting with a digital camera. Fee is $45, which includes use a camera during class and a CD of images shot. Instructor: David Jacobson

Experimental Painting: Mixed Media

Take the plunge and come play with us during this 3-week course. We'll use various media and create wonderful works of art! Great for beginners or anyone who wants to explore the possibilities of working with mixed media. Choose from Friday afternoons starting Oct. 29 or Tues nights starting Nov. 2. Fee is $135, which includes everything! Just show up! Instructor: Linda C. Jacobson

ART CLASSES FOR KIDS


Saturday Morning Art for children ages 6-9

Oct. 16-30- Papier Mache: Giant Spider and Pumpkin Plaque. What kid doesn't love to make paper mache? In this fun class, students will create two projects, just in time for the holidays: a giant not-too-scary spider and a fall pumpkin plaque that mom will love! Meets Saturday mornings from 10-12 for 3 weeks. Fee is $95, which includes everything...just drop off the child!


Stained Glass Fun for children ages 10-16

Oct. 28-Nov. 18 Kids will learn about basic stained glass techniques in this 4-week course that meets Thursdays after school from 4-5:30 p.m. Fee is $125, which includes all supplies and use of tools to complete a wonderful sun catcher.

Basic Painting for children ages 10-16

These are on-going classes and students can start at anytime and continue as long as they would like. New students need to purchase a starter kit for $95 plus tax, which includes all the paints and brushes they'll need plus their first canvas. Class fee is $125 for 6 classes. Choose from Thursday after school or Saturday afternoons.

This seascape was painted by an 11-year-old student!

Monday, October 04, 2010

ART CLASSES STARTING THIS WEEK IN NEW BRAUNFELS

We are getting ready for another busy week at Casa de Linda Art Center and at the Casa de Linda Studio at the New Braunfels Art League. There's still time to sign up and join us!

(The painting shown to the left was completed by an adult student taking my on-going Basic Painting class last Spring. It was her first painting...ever! Yes, you can paint!)

Wednesday, Oct. 6: The next round of our very popular Paint Along for Ages 8-12 starts this week. These classes meet from 4-5:30 p.m. for 3 weeks. Theme for this round is "Autumn Landscape" and the kids will complete a large 16x20 painting in the course. Canvas and all supplies are included in the $95 fee.

Thursday, Oct. 7: David will be teaching another round of Basic Photography for adults starting Thursday. Learn about the various preset modes common to most digital cameras as well as manual camera settings and topics like flash, macro, ISO, exposure and shutter speed. You'll also learn about perspective, composition and lighting. The class meets on Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. for 3 weeks. Fee of $125 includes use of camera during class and a CD of all images taken.

Friday, Oct. 8: Come join my Papier Mache for Adults class and you'll leave with a giant gecko. Class meets for 3 Friday afternoons from 1:30-4 p.m. plus you'll put in 2 additional studio sessions by arrangement. This is a really fun class! Fee is $125 and all supplies are included.


Saturday, Oct. 9: This will be a second option for David's Basic Photo class for adults. Same description as the Thursday class, only it will meet from 8-10 a.m. for 3 Saturdays.

I also have a few openings in all of my on-going Basic Acrylic Painting classes! Adults can choose from: Wednesday nights 6-8:30 p.m.; Thursdays 12:30-3 p.m.; Thursday nights 6-8:30 p.m. or Friday mornings 9:30-12 noon. For the kids ages 10 and up, I have openings Thursday after school and Saturdays 1-3 p.m. Visit our website for more information and to download a Fall 2010 brochure.

Monday, September 20, 2010

NEW CHILDREN'S ART CLASSES STARTING SOON

If you've seen the schedule for Children's Art Classes at our studios in New Braunfels, then you know that something new is starting up every few weeks! That's certainly true of the next few weeks with painting, photography and stained glass on the schedule.

SATURDAY MORNING ART FOR AGES 6-9
Saturdays 10 a.m.-12 noon, Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 9


The next course is "Experimenting with Paint" and will be so much fun! This is a variation of one of my most popular summer art camps. Kids will drip, drizzle, squish and smear paint. But that's not all...they will also be learning about some of the elements and principles of design while they play!
This sunset is one of the projects that they will complete during this 3-week course. Fee is $95, all supplies and daily snacks included. Limited to 8 students.

STAINED GLASS FUN FOR CHILDREN AGES 10-16 WITH LYNETTE CLAUSER
Saturdays 10-11:30 a.m., Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 23


Lynette will teach the students about project design, wrapping, soldering, glass cutting and so much more in this 4-week course. Fee is $125, which includes all supplies, use of tools and daily snacks. Seating limited to 6 students.

BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY FOR CHILDREN AGES 8-12 WITH DAVID JACOBSON
Tuesdays after school 4-5:30 p.m. on Oct. 5, 12 and 19


David will take the mystery out of how to use the preset modes and manual settings common to most digital cameras while also teaching the students about composition, perspective and lighting. Fee is $95, which includes use of camera during class, a CD of all images shot, two enlargements with mats and daily snacks. Enrollment limited to 4 students.

WEDNESDAY ART AFTER SCHOOL FOR AGES 8-12
Wednesdays 4-5:30 p.m. Oct. 6, 13 and 20
PAINT ALONG: AUTUMN LANDSCAPE


My oh-so-popular paint along class for kids is back! This time we are painting an Autumn Landscape on a large 16x20 canvas! Fee is $95, which includes the canvas, all supplies and daily snacks. Limited to 8 students!

For more information, visit our website.

Monday, September 13, 2010

ART CLASSES AT CASA DE LINDA ART CENTER IN NEW BRAUNFELS

An update to the class schedule at Casa de Linda Art Center and Casa de Linda Studio at the New Braunfels Art League...


Art Classes for KIDS
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WEDNESDAY ART AFTER SCHOOL for ages 8-12 starts this Wednesday. The first 3-week course will be all about drawing. Meets 4-5:30 p.m. in my original studio above the New Braunfels Art League Gallery. Fee is $95, which includes all supplies and daily snacks.

The next SATURDAY MORNING ART for ages 6-9 course will begin on Sept. 25. The topic for this 3-week course is "Experimenting with Paint: Drip-N-Drizzle." This class is tons of fun and give kids a chance to get creative while learning about color harmony and technique. Meets 10-12 a.m. in my original studio above the New Braunfels Art League Gallery. Fee is $95, which includes all supplies and daily snacks.

The Stained Glass Fun and Basic Photography September classes have been postponed. We are now enrolling for the October dates as follows:

Stained Glass Fun for ages 10-16 with Lynette Clauser: Saturdays Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 10-11:30 a.m.. Fee is $125, which includes all supplies and use of tools and daily snacks. Class is limited to 6 students and is already starting to fill up! Meets at the new Casa de Linda Art Center location on South Business I-35.

Basic Photography for ages 8-12 with David Jacobson: Tuesdays afterschool Oct. 5, 12 and 19 from 4-5:30 p.m.. Fee is $95 and includes use of camera during class, CD of all images taken, two enlarged prints with mats and daily snacks. Meets at the original studio above the New Braunfels Art League Gallery; limited to 4 students.

Basic Painting for ages 10-16. These on-going classes meet Thursdays after school and Saturdays 1-3 p.m. at the new Casa de Linda Art Center. Students can start at anytime. Contact me for more information.

Art Classes for ADULTS
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Choose from weekday/evening or Saturday morning for David's BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY class. The weekday class starts Thursday, Sept. 16 and is held from 5-7 p.m. The Saturday class starts Sept. 18 and is held from 8-10 a.m. Fee for either 3-week course is $125, which includes use of camera during class, a CD of all images, 3 enlargements and mats. Enrollment is limited to 4 students.

Want to try something new and different? Join us for EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING: TEXTURES. Classes start this Friday, Sept. 17. Meets 1:30-4 p.m. for 3 weeks at the new Casa de Linda Art Center. Fee is $135 which includes ALL paints, canvases and supplies.

The on-going BASIC PAINTING classes are filling up! I still have a few spaces open in the Thursday afternoon 12:30-3 class. I can take one more in each of the night classes (Wed or Thurs, 6-8:30 p.m.) The Friday morning class is full! We paint in acrylics and everyone starts off with a landscape. Call me if you want to join us! 830-624-5302.

If you've always wanted to try watercolor painting, the class starting next Monday is just for you. INTRO TO WATERCOLOR with Maren Phillips starts Monday, Sept. 20. Runs for 4 weeks, meeting 6-8 p.m. Fee is $175 which includes all supplies. Classes are held at the new Casa de Linda Art Center. Call me at 830-624-5302 NOW if you'd like to join this class.

We have postponed the Stained Glass and Papier Mache classes scheduled to start this week. We are now enrolling for October as follows:

BASIC STAINED GLASS with Lynette Clauser: Mondays 9-11:30 a.m. starting Oct. 18 and Tuesdays 6:30-9 p.m. starting Oct. 19. Fee is $195 which includes ALL supplies and use of tools. Seating is limited to 6 students.

THE FINE ART OF PAPIER MACHE with yours truly, Linda Jacobson: Fridays 1:30-4 p.m. starting Oct. 8. Fee is $125 and all supplies are included. Enrollment is limited to 6 students. Come make and paint a large gecko!

Sign up TODAY!
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Want to join us? Call me at 830-624-5302 or e-mail me. Hope to hear from you soon!

To see what's scheduled for the rest of the fall, visit www.casadelinda.com and click on classes. You can also read bios for the instructors, see a map on how to find us, see samples of students work and read what they have to say.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

CASA DE LINDA ART CENTER GALLERY ARTISTS

Casa de Linda Art Center is open and in addition to the teaching studios and expanded class schedule, the Art Center is home to New Braunfels' newest art gallery! Twenty one local and regional artists are represented at the Art Center, with works ranging from hand-painted glassware and carved wood and gourds to paintings, photos and jewelry.

Artists include:
J A (Judith) Baker, Canyon Lake
Fiber Arts — Crocheted Jewelry
Shirley (S.E.) Bland, Spring Branch
Hand-painted Glassware
Christine Bowden,New Braunfels
Wood-burned Jewelry
Bill Brockmeier, Bulverde
Panoramic Photography
Joseph Hammer, Austin
Collage
J. Hicks, New Braunfels
Collages, Pen & Ink, Watercolor
David A. Jacobson, Fischer
Scenic Photography
Linda Calvert Jacobson, Fischer
Acrylic Paintings
Cindy Jennings, Canyon Lake
Hand-crafted Clay Crosses
Sue Kemp, Austin
Watercolors
Harry L. Newton, Canyon Lake
Hand-carved Gourd Art
Kathy Perales, Canyon Lake
Hand-painted Glassware
Fran Patterson
Acrylic Paintings, Mixed Media
Maren Phillips, Universal City
Watercolor Paintings
Susan Raine, Kyle
Encaustic Paintings
Leila Reynolds, New Braunfels
Fiber Arts — Scarves
June Russell, Adkins
Wood Carvings
Coe Savage, Canyon Lake
Acrylic Paintings
Adrienne Speer, Universal City
Stoneware & Earthenware Pottery
Ron Votaw, San Marcos
Digital/Photographic Art
Carol Wilhelm, Canyon Lake
Pastel, Acrylic and Watercolor Paintings

For a sampling of what each artist is displaying at the Art Center, visit the Casa de Linda local business Facebook page.

Casa de Linda Art Studio is located at 850 S. Business IH 35, New Braunfels, Texas. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues-Sat and by appointment.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES IN NEW BRAUNFELS SCHEDULED FOR FALL

This past summer, 14 kids took David Jacobson's Basic Photography camp, part of the Casa de Linda Summer Art Camp program. The response was so positive and results were so amazing that we have put his classes on the schedule for the fall and expanded them to include several options for adults as well!



BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY FOR ADULTS
The adult classes will be offered as 3-week courses, 3-day workshops or 1-day mini-workshops.

3-Week Courses...
Choose from the following dates: Thursdays Sept. 16, 23, 30 (5-7 p.m.); Saturdays Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2 (8-10 a.m.); Thursdays Oct. 7, 14, 21 (4-6 p.m.); Saturdays Oct. 9, 16, 23 (8-10 a.m.).
Fee for each 3-week course is $125, which includes use of camera during class, 3 enlarged prints and mats, and a CD of all images taken during class.

3-Day Workshop...
Rather get it all in in a shorter time frame? David is offering the same basic instruction but in a workshop that runs 3-days back-to-back. This will be held Nov. 1-3, 9-11 a.m. Fee is the same as the 3-week course above.

1-Day Mini Workshop...
If you'd just like an overview and introduction, then this is the class for you! David will be teaching the mini-workshop twice: on Sept. 27 from 5-8 p.m. and on Oct. 25 from 9 a.m.-noon. Fee is $45 and includes use of camera and CD of all images taken.
For more information, call us at 830-624-5302 or visit www.casadelinda.com.

BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY FOR CHILDREN AGES 8-12
These classes will meet on Tuesdays after school from 4-5:30 p.m. for 3 weeks. Classes are held at the Casa de Linda Studio at New Braunfels Art League in downtown New Braunfels. Parents can choose from the following dates: Sept. 14, 21, 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19; or Nov. 2, 9, 16. The is $95 and includes use of camera during the class, a CD of all images taken; two enlarged prints with mats, and daily snacks. To read more and download a brochure which includes the registration forms, go to www.casadelinda.com.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

BEGINNINER ART CLASSES NEW BRAUNFELS

If you've always wanted to paint but didn't where to start, we have art classes in New Braunfels just for you! Whether your interest is in Watercolors, Oils or Acrylics, you are sure to find just what you are looking for at Casa de Linda Art Center this fall.

BASIC ACRYLIC PAINTING (on-going)

These are the "jump-in anytime" on-going painting classes that I've been teaching at my studio since 2004. They will now be held at the new Art Center location. New students start with landscapes and learn a ton about mixing colors, getting different effects and so much more. The fall schedule gives you several options: Wednesday nights 6:3-8:30; Thursdays 12:3-3 p.m.; Thursday nights 6-8:30; and Friday mornings 9:30-12. Seats are filling up fast so let me know ASAP if you want to jump in!

INTO TO WATERCOLORS

Maren Phillips will be teaching this 4-week introductory class this fall at Casa de Linda Art Center. Classes meet from 9 a.m.-Noon on Tuesdays starting Sept. 14. This is a great class for anyone who has ever wanted to explore watercolor painting. You'll learn about color theory and experiment with the process of watercolor, trying several types of papers, brushes and techniques.

INTRO TO OIL PAINTING

Maren will be back in October to teach this 4-week course that will again be held on Tuesday mornings starting Oct. 19. Maren will explain and demonstrate techniques and the students will complete 3-4 paintings and a color study.

For more information visit the classes page at casadelinda.com.

STAINED GLASS CLASSES FOR BEGINNERS IN NEW BRAUNFELS


With the expansion of Casa de Linda, I am thrilled to be able to offer even more classes in more topics. One of those new additions for the fall at the new Casa de Linda Art Center will be Basic Stained Glass. Local master craftsman Lynette Clauser will be setting up a stained glass workshop in back studio where she will be offering basic classes for both adults and children ages 10-16 this fall. In the spring, we hope to add more advanced classes to the schedule.

Lynette is the owner of Creative Hands and has been in business, first in Gruene and then downtown New Braunfels and has over 25 years experience in the field. She has taught all levels and is excited to once again be teaching and sharing her love and expertise for this ageless craft. Classes begin on Sept. 13; both day and eve schedules are available. Go to the Casa de Linda website for a full schedule and to download a brochure with registration forms.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

DRAWING CLASSES FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS AT CASA DE LINDA-NEW BRAUNFELS

Basic Drawing Classes for three age groups will be offered in September by Casa de Linda Art Center in New Braunfels.

DRAWING FOR CHILDREN AGES 6-9: Starting Saturday, Sept. 4, I'll be teaching a 3-week drawing course for ages 6-9 as part of my Saturday Morning Art series. These classes will be held in the Casa de Linda Studio at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery.

DRAWING FOR ADULTS: On Mondays starting Monday Sept. 13, Maren Phillips will be offering a day and night version of her Basic Drawing for Adults at our new Casa de Linda Art Center location. The class will meet for 4 weeks and students can choose from 3-5 p.m. or 6-8 p.m.

DRAWING FOR CHILDREN AGES 8-12: To kick off my Wednesday Art Afterschool series for ages 8-12, I'll be teaching a Basic Drawing for this age group at my studio above the NB Art League Gallery starting Sept. 15. This is a 3-week course.

For a complete list of classes, visit my NEW website. And here's a bonus...a coupon so you can save $10 on any course this fall:

Saturday, August 21, 2010

BLUEBONNETS SELLING IN ENGLAND!


I just love that my Texas Bluebonnets are selling on watches in the UK! (If you bought one, thank you!). I want to remind my fans and friends that I also have an online store where you can purchase a number of products with my wildflowers, including note cards, ornaments, mousepads and even t-shirts for the dog! Just go the Casa de Linda online store, browse the dozens of designs and products and load up your cart. You can even match some of the watch designs as you can see from the mug and tile coaster I've posted today that are very similar to the timepiece being sold this month on UK TV.


Check out is easy and secure. Plus, every purchase comes with a money-back guarantee. Want to see what's available as original art? Visit my online gallery and enjoy touring the current selection of wildflower art. If you live in Central Texas or you're planning a visit to New Braunfels, be sure to check out our NEW gallery opening Sept. 1. See the previous post for more information.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

CASA DE LINDA ART CENTER NEW BRAUNFELS OPENING SEPT. 1


We've been working on something really big for the last month and I'm ready to start sharing the news with everyone. Casa de Linda is expanding! We've rented a 1200-sq-ft retail space at 850 South Business IH 35 in New Braunfels where we are setting up two teaching studios and a small gallery/gift shop. We will be open for business on Sept. 1.

David, my husband and partner in business, life and love, has been working overtime getting the place ready while I finished out the Summer Art Camp program at my studio. It's great building but has been around for awhile and was a little neglected and mistreated by previous tenants. But David's been giving it lots TLC (several coats of paint, a thorough cleaning and several layers of wax on the floor) and now it's looking great. I'm posting a before and after photo of front room (which will be the main studio).

It took a lot to cover up that awful green but David did it! This will be much more conducive to our classes, plus it's going to be great for showing off my Wildflower Art and artwork by other artists whose works we'll be exhibiting in our gallery.

We are dubbing this new location: Casa de Linda Art Center. This was after much debate. I "tried on for size" the name Casa de Linda Art School and even went to print with that name for the Fall 2010 Class Brochure. But it just didn't fit and after the order was placed, I came up with Casa de Linda Art Center. (So when you see the brochure, you'll know why it has this temporary name.)

We are keeping the Casa de Linda Studio upstairs at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery where I'll continue to teach, mostly children's classes. This has been my "home" since 2004 and I'm not ready to leave yet! It's also just such a great place to teach children and to introduce them to the world of art as they walk through the beautiful NBAL Gallery downstairs!

The two studios at the new Casa de Linda Art Center will be in use for a wide variety of art classes for adults and older children. To make this happen, the staff has expanded from one (yours truly) to four teachers for Fall 2010: Maren Phillips (who will be teaching Intro to Oil, Intro to Watercolor, Basic Drawing and Advanced Drawing); Lynette Clauser (offering Basic Stained Glass for Adults and Stained Glass Fun for ages 10-16) and David Jacobson (offering Basic Photography and Advanced Photography for Adults and Basic Photography for ages 8-12).

We have a full schedule of art classes, which is now posted on the Casa de Linda website. You can also download a complete brochure, which includes registration forms for both the children and adult program.

Starting Sept. 1, Casa de Linda Art Center will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment. We are planning an Open House for the Sunday after Labor Day, Sept. 12, from Noon to 5 p.m. Come join us and help us celebrate!

Sunday, August 08, 2010

LIBRARY COMMUNICATIONS AWARD


It was my honor to have recently been recognized for my PR and Marketing work with the Tye Preston Memorial Library (Canyon Lake, Texas). The staff nominated me for the award, given by the Alamo Area Library System. I'm shown above accepting the award from Roxanna Deane, left, and Bette Wehner, right. Also receiving awards for work as government officials were Comal County Commissioners Donna Eccleston, center, and Jan Kennady, shown with me in the photo below.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

SUMMER ART CAMP NEW BRAUNFELS 2010 OPENINGS

Hard to believe that the summer is half over! But we still have 4 more weeks of fun with the Casa de Linda Summer Art Camps!

WEEK OF JULY 19-26 Schedule & Openings:

"Basic Photography," ages 8-13 (meets 8:30-10:30).... Only ONE space open!
"Monsters & Aliens," ages 5-9 (meets 9:30-11:30)...TWO spaces open.
"Girl Power," ages 8-13 (meets 1-3 p.m.)...TWO spaces open (note: this camp was added due to popular demand and replaces the camp "Famous Artists" that was originally scheduled).
"Painting-Texas Landscape," for Adults & Teens (meets 4-6 p.m.) Only ONE space open! Click here to see what the students did last month in this class.

And coming up....

July 26-29 Schedule & Openings:

"Basic Photography," for ages 8-13 (meets 8:30-10:30) ...TWO spaces open
"Pets are Our Pals," for ages 5-9 ...FULL (see Aug. 2-5 listing)
"Making Pictures 3-D (Mixed Media)," for ages 8-13 ...FOUR spaces open
"Painting-Large Floral" for Adults & Teens ...THREE spaces open (Click here to see a painting from last month's Large Floral camp).

August 2-5 Schedule & Openings:

"Basic Photography," for ages 8-13 (meets 8:30-10:30) ....THREE spaces open
"Pets are Our Pals," for ages 5-9 (meets 9:30-111:30) ...THREE spaces open (Note: this camp was added due to popular demand and replaces the "Let's Draw" camp original scheduled)
"Girl Power," for ages 8-13 (meets 1-3 p.m.) ...FULL (see July 19-22 above)
"Monsters & Aliens" for ages 8-13 (meets 4-6 p.m.) ...THREE spaces open

August 9-12 Schedule & Openings:

"Advanced Photography," for ages 8-13 (meets 8:30-10:30)...FOUR spaces open
"Circus, Circus," for ages 5-9 (meets 9:30-11:30)...THREE spaces open
"Build it in 3-D" for ages 8-13 (meets 1-3 p.m.)... FOUR spaces open

All camps are held at Casa de Linda Art Studio in New Braunfels, Texas. Casa de Linda is located upstairs at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery, 239 W. San Antonio St, New Braunfels. Visit our website for more information.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

PHOTO ART CAMPS FOR KIDS, NEW BRAUNFELS, TEXAS


In case you didn't already know, my husband David A. Jacobson is teaching photography camps at Casa de Linda Art Studio this summer! I'm posting one of the photos from this week's "Fun with Photos" camp that we are team teaching this week. This pretty little rose was taken by a 7-year-old! She just loves it...and can you blame her?! Each student gets to take home an 8x10 and several 5x7 enlargements, as well as a CD of all of the images they took this week.

David will be offering a "Basic Photography" art camp for ages 8-13 July 19-22. The camp will be repeated July 26-29 and Aug. 2-5. Each camp is limited to 4 students so we set up several weeks to accommodate more kids. During final week of camp this summer, Aug. 9-12, an "Advanced Photography" camp will be held, open to any of the children who have completed the basic camp.

The fee for one camp is $150, which includes a $25 summer 2010 registration fee, use of a digital camera during the camp, several prints and a CD, daily snacks and a cool art camp t-shirt! Additional camps (same child or another child from the same family) are only $125 each. Each camp lasts four days, Mon-Thurs, and meet from 8:30-10:30 each day. They are held at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery.

Let us know if you are interested in reserving a space. Visit the Casa de Linda classes page for more information!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

SUMMER ART CAMPS 2010 SCHEDULE CHANGES

I never know what's going to be the "it" Summer Art Camp from one year to the next. But for the summer of 2010 two camps have surpassed expectations. For ages 5-9, one of the most popular camps is "Pets are our Pals!" The kids bring a photo of their favorite pet and we do projects based on that special pal. For the older kids, ages 9-13, the most popular camp is "Girl Power." Yes, it's just for girls and we talk about how few famous women artists there are and the fact that one of them may be the "next Georgia O'Keefe." Each girl does a large painting of a flower of their choice and we get to create a little jewelry, too. Here's one of the flowers painted in camp last year by a 10-year-old girl:




Because these camps have filled up, I'm offering another section of each. The "Pets" camp scheduled for July 26-29 is full but I have openings in the new class on Aug. 2-5.

The newly scheduled "Girl Power" will be held July 19-22. I have room in that class but the original class on my schedule, Aug. 2-5, is full.

To see the full schedule, visit my website at www.casadelinda.com and click on "classes."

Art Camps are held at my Casa de Linda Art Studio, located at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery in downtown New Braunfels, Texas.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

NEW ART POSTED TO STUDENTS' GALLERY


Just posted some recent works to the Students' Gallery Blog. Check it out!

WILDFLOWER WATCHES STILL SELLING ON UK TV!

Watches with my wildflower designs continue to be offered on television in the UK for Summer 2010! These are limited edition "Linda Calvert Jacobson" designs and are available exclusively on bid.tv, pricedrop.tv and speedauction.tv. If you live in the UK market, check them out! The watch here is from my painting "Field of Dreams" and is being offered on bid.tv this week.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

MAKE ART, MAKE MEMORIES

I like using the phrase, "Make Art, Make Memories" on my brochures and marketing materials. I believe that it sums up what we do in my classes and camps. Not only do the students leave each class with some fantastic artwork, but they also go home with great memories of the experience of creating the art...memories that will last a lifetime.

I have a wide range of camps planned for this summer. As they say, "Something for everyone!" Have a child who likes photography? We've got that. Want to learn how to draw? We have drawing camps this summer for ages 5 and up. Know a kid who likes to build things and make 3-D construction, wants to learn how to paint, is crazy about animals or into monsters? Got it...got it...got it...got it!

And the Art Camps aren't limited to the kiddos. I've scheduled several painting and drawing camps for Adults and Teens this summer. Plus, I have a few openings in my Wednesday and Thursday night on-going basic painting classes, too.

So, you see, there really is something for everyone. Camps are starting to fill so don't wait too long to save your seats. To see the full schedule and download a brochure that includes the registration forms, please visit www.casadelinda.com/classes.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

NEW ONLINE GALLERY OF CASA DE LINDA STUDENT ARTWORK


I've started a new online gallery to showcase samples of my student's art work (like the one shown here) . I'll be adding photos in the days and weeks to come so I hope you'll visit again. Right now, I've posted several photos of projects from last year's art camps at Casa de Linda Art Studio. Enjoy!

Monday, May 17, 2010

INTERNATIONAL PRESS COVERAGE FOR WILDFLOWER LICENSING!


My wildflowers are in the news, again! Total Art Licensing, a full-color trade magazine produced in the UK for international distribution, included an article and photo for my latest watch licensing deal in their 2010 Summer/Fall edition. Copies of TAL are handed out at the major licensing trade shows, including SURTEX, which is going on this week in NYC, and Licensing International Expo, taking place in Las Vegas in June.

And speaking of SURTEX, I am represented there by my two art agencies (Artistic Designs Group, which is based in the US, and Eaglecrown out of the UK).

A complete digital version of the Total Art Licensing magazine may be viewed online by clicking here.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

STUDENTS, CLASSES FEATURED IN LOCAL NEWSPAPER


The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung ran an nice feature today about the upcoming 45th Anniversary of the New Braunfels Art League. I'm proud to be a member of this organization, which has a wonderful gallery at street level and several studio spaces on the 2nd floor. That's where Casa de Linda Art Studio and Gallery is located. The article details the history of the organization and explains how it started. I'm also delighted to have been interviewed for the article and to have my studio and students featured in the print edition! The online version has only the article so I'm posting a photo of the section so you can see the students at work. NBAL will be celebrating the 45 Anniversary on Friday, May 7, with a reception and special exhibit of students who take classes from the various artists who teach at there (including my students!). That will also be the closing of the week-long Casa de Linda 6th Anniversary Open House and Studio Sale. We kick off on Saturday, May 1, during Wein & Saengerfest. The Open House continues daily through Friday, May 7. So if you are in the area, mark your calendar and plan to come to downtown New Braunfels!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

WILDFLOWER WATCHES SELLING IN THE UK SPRING 2010


The newest of my licensed Linda Calvert Jacobson Wildflower Watches are being sold in the UK on bid.tv, price-drop.tv and speedauction.tv. This is the third year that my wildflower art is being featured on these wonderful watches. If you love my wildflowers on watches, then you'll love the many other products that I offer in my online store! Ceramic tile coasters, mugs, mousepads, Christmas ornaments, notecards and so much more! Every order comes with a 30 day money-back guarantee! Also check out my online gallery of original art!

Monday, April 05, 2010

WILDFLOWERS ARE BLOOMING IN TEXAS!


For those of us lucky enough to live in Texas, this is the time of year that we wait for and celebrate. The roadsides are filled with a tapestry of color as the wildflowers bloom in all their glory. It's called the "march of the wildflowers." The flowers start blooming first in the lower Rio Grande Valley and lower South Texas, where the weather tends to be warmer. As fewer cold fronts make it into Central Texas in late March and early April, the flowers start popping their colorful blooms in the Texas Hill Country region. And that, my friends, is what is happening right now. This past weekend my husband, David, and I were in Fredericksburg for the opening of my gallery show at Artisans at Rocky Hill. We found some time to drive a bit through the Hill Country and what a vision of beauty! Friends told me a few weeks back that they took the drive and were disappointed. If they go this week, I can assure them, and you, that you will be pleased. Willow City Loop is just one of the many color-filled drives that you can enjoy right now. And a visit to the area is never complete without a trip out to Enchanted Rock, a pink granite dome rising 425 feet above ground and covering 640 acres. Of course, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin is great for learning all about Texas Wildflowers. Plus, their annual Spring Plant Sale is this weekend, April 10-11.

Look at my wildflower art and you'll see why I am so inspired this time of year. The image I've posted today is titled "A Slice of Heaven." Can you see why I selected that title? It's one of several paintings on exhibit at Artisans at Rocky Hill. I take great joy in capturing a bit of this beauty on canvas so that people can enjoy a Texas Spring year around. I hope that where ever you are that there's a bit of Texas Spring in your heart right now!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

WHAT'S NEW?

Just a quick post to point out some new additions to this blog. If you've visited before you can tell that I've worked on it...after all, it is Springtime in Texas! The Wildflowers are blooming, the sun is shining, the birds are singing!

FOLLOW THIS BLOG!
One feature (or widget, as it's called) that I've added is the "Follow This Blog" box. It's in the column on the right. Just scroll down a bit and you'll see it. I invite YOU to click on it so you'll know when I've posted something new here.

SUMMER ART CAMP LINK
At the top of the column to the right, you'll see a link to my Casa de Linda Classes page where you can read about the great Summer Art Camp 2010 I have scheduled. You can also download a brochure and registration forms from my website.

WILDFLOWER ART SLIDESHOW
Just for some eye candy, I've added a slideshow widget in the column to the right as well.

Remember, you can also sign up for my e-newsletter mailing list. It's free and be assured that I will never sell or knowingly share your address! Plus, you can unsubscribe at any time.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

SUMMER ART CAMPS 2010 — NEW BRAUNFELS, TEXAS



The Casa de Linda Summer Art Camp 2010 schedule is ready! And I am so excited. This summer will feature new camps, new projects, and even three new instructors at Casa de Linda Art Studio in New Braunfels, Texas! More information below or you can go to my classes website and download a brochure.

NEW ART CAMPS FOR SUMMER 2010
Each year I try to offer something new while bringing back popular camps for years before and this year is no exception. So, what's new for 2010?
• For ages 5-9, we have 4 new camps plus we are repeating 4 of our most popular camps for past summers. The new camps are: "Monsters & Aliens," "Fun with Photos," "Little Princess," and "Let's Draw!" Returning camps are: "Prehistoric Times," "Creepy, Crawly Bugs," "Pets are our Pals!," and "Circus, Circus."
• For ages 8-13, we have 5 new camps and we are repeating 3 camps from previous years. New this summer are: "Basic Photography," "Advanced Photography," "Build it in 3-D," "Making Pictures 3-D," and "Advanced Drawing." Returning camps include: "Basic Drawing," "Girl Power!," and "Painting-Famous Artists."

ART CAMPS FOR TEENS AND ADULTS, TOO!
We are thrilled to include on the schedule this year 4 camps for the "big kids" (ages 14-adult). The offerings include a basic and advanced drawing and two painting camps, one on Texas landscapes and one on florals.

SUMMER ART CAMP INSTRUCTORS
I've decided to bring a few new people on board this year for the Summer Art Camp program. They are all accomplished artists and I am honored that they are sharing their expertise with our students this year. Here's a brief introduction:

MAREN PHILLIPS is an amazing artist well known for her portraits of dogs, hummingbirds, butterflies and people. Maren will be teaching basic and advanced drawing camps for ages 8-13 and for teens-adults. I've known Maren for almost 20 years and have been impressed with both her talent and her people skills. She has been teaching art at various venues for more than a decade, including three years with the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts in San Antonio as well as the North East Independent School District's Community Education program. You can read more about Maren and link to her various websites at www.marenartlines.com

PAM POHL is a extraordinary mixed media artist. Best known for her incredible press flower artworks, Pam started experimenting with acrylic abstracts and the use of gel mediums and clay to add texture to her paintings. Pam will be teaching camps in "Making Pictures 3_D" for ages 8-13 as well as a bug-themed and a dinosaur-themed camp for the younger children. While I had known Pam for sometime through our mutual membership in the New Braunfels Art League, I was able to get to know her better several years ago when I interviewed her for an article for the San Antonio Express-News (when I was still doing a lot of freelance writing). Pam enjoys talking with people, and especially children, about her art. Read more about Pam and see samples of her art on the New Braunfels Art League website.

DAVID JACOBSON may be a familiar name since he is my husband and business partner and you may have met him (or read his posts on this blog). If you live in the Canyon Lake, New Braunfels or Seguin area, you may know David for the talks he has given at libraries, garden clubs and even for the Master Gardeners on horticulture topics. But what you may not know about David is that he is an accomplished photographer. Hundreds of his photos of Canyon Lake, Canyon Gorge and scenes of the Texas Hill Country are hanging in homes and businesses throughout Comal County and beyond. He has been selected as the New Braunfels Art League Artist of the Month for April 2010 and a large selection of his photos will be on exhibit at the NBAL Gallery all month. David will be sharing his knowledge of the art of photography this summer as he teaches basic and advanced photography camps for ages 8-13. David is also the official photographer contracted to document the building of the new Tye Preston Memorial Library at Canyon Lake. You can see samples of David's work on the TPML website.

Of course, yours truly (Linda Calvert Jacobson) will be teaching again this summer! To read more about my life as an artist and see my online gallery, you can visit my website.

To read more about the Casa de Linda Summer Art Camp 2010 program, visit our website where you can download a brochure that includes a registration form. If you have questions, feel free to e-mail linda @ casadelinda(dot)com or call me at 830-624-5302.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Texas Wildflowers and St. Patrick's Day


I wrote this for my e-newsletter last week. I had so much positive feedback that I thought I'd post it to my blog for others to read. That's a photo of me taken on the farm where the Bluebonnets bloomed and, as you can see, so did the wild prickly poppies! Enjoy...

So you might be wondering: What do Texas Wildflowers, my art and St. Patrick's Day have in common? How could there be a connection?

To explain that, I need to tell you about my early years, growing up on a farm outside of Floresville, Texas, and a little about my dad.

In case you don't know, Floresville is located south of San Antonio and is believed to have been named for its early founders, the Flores family (who came here from the Canary Islands, but that's another story). But I always liked to think that it was a play on the Spanish term for flowers and was named for "town of flowers." Very appropriate, don't you think?

I am the youngest of four children and spent my childhood roaming the fields and creeks of our farm with my sister. I have many memories of coming across a bed of clover and looking for that elusive 4-leaf specimen. While Irish, that's not the real St. Patrick's Day connection that I'm writing about today.

My dad moved the family from Corpus Christi where he had a heavy equipment business and took up farming and ranching. He'd plan the crops, making use of the land, plowing under the weeds and grass as needed. There was, however, one corner of one field right at the front entrance of our farm that my dad did not plow under. And each Spring, Mother Nature provided the most glorious display of Texas Bluebonnets. Even so, I remember asking him one day why he did not plow that field. He told me that he liked the flowers.

Of course, this flew in the face of conventional farming wisdom of the time. It was the early 1960s and Texas was just emerging from a horrific drought from the previous decade. The neighboring farmers, no doubt, shook their heads in disbelief that my dad would prefer the wildflowers, which many considered to be nothing more than weeds, over a crop that would be harvested or, at least, baled into blocks of hay to feed the cattle.

About the time that the Bluebonnets would start to bloom in March was special in another way. My father was born on St. Patrick's Day. Not only did mid-March signal the start of Wildflower season, but it was also a time to celebrate my dad's birthday.

My father encouraged my art from a very early age and as I developed my skills in my teen years and into my early 20s, he became my biggest fan. He died a few days after his birthday almost 30 years ago. Not a St. Patrick's Day passes that I don't think of him. But more than that, I owe my love and appreciation for Wildflowers to this amazing man who was willing to let a field of weeds bloom, which created not only colorful childhood memories but influenced what would become my life's work decades later.

Thank you letting me share this little story with you today. Happy Wildflower Season and Happy St. Patrick's Day!