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Thursday, April 20, 2017

First Student in My New Studio

New Studio - New Student

This week I had my first student in my brand new studio.
June had an heirloom picnic basket,
stained it and then I taught her how to paint iris on the top.

This basket looks like it can carry a pie or cake.
It is in super shape and I love the richness of the dark color.

Painting iris, as in any flower, takes practice.
There are lots of curling edges, light and dark shadows, 
different pressure on brushes,
Lots of things to learn.

We practiced on freezer paper.
It's inexpensive and it's slick so you aren't fighting the tooth of canvas as you learn how to use a brush.

June practiced her iris a number of times
and then we started putting them on the top of the basket.

It's kind of scary painting something on something
that's been in your family for years.
What if I screw it up?
What if I can't do it.?
What if I hate it?

I'm sure June felt and thought all those things.

But she did a super job, don't you think?

Her family will love it for years to come.

If you'd like to come to The Blue Iris Studio 
and learn to paint, contact me at
and put Art Lesson in the subject line.

There is another way to learn to paint iris.
I have an iris class on my website at

Follow the above link and scroll all the way to the bottom.
There are three classes listed there.
One is my FREE Daisy class so you can try it before you buy it, and one is my iris class.
You can purchase the iris class, you will have access to it for one year and the daisy class never expires.
You can learn how to paint both subjects and create your
own family heirloom.

Happy painting. 

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Ghent, Kentucky, United States
I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows and flowers. I work almost daily. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at and there is also a tab across the top of my blog for available paintings and one for small paintings with buy now buttons. You can also purchase through my Etsy shop using the name of Fine Nature Art. . Thank you so much for stopping by.