Santa Visits Florence

Santa Visits Florence

With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore   “Twas the night before Christmas, when all through Florence, The helpers were watching, the snow come in torrents; They had sprung to life, full of good cheer, For they knew that St. Nicholas soon would be here; The brushes...
Autumn in the Arts

Autumn in the Arts

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” This quote from Albert Camus, the French author and philosopher reflects the love that many people have for the autumn season – the gorgeous leaves against the deep blue sky; the colorful and...
Ready for Autumn Art

Ready for Autumn Art

It’s almost the end of September, the time when many summer activities begin to wind down.  One place that is definitely not winding down is Florence Thomas Art School. The schedule for the next few months is filled with diverse and interesting workshops.  If your...
Creative Women

Creative Women

  Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the Corey Anne Celebration of Women in the Arts.  This special event, hosted annually by Florence Thomas Art School is exactly that – a celebration of women in the arts. It was truly stimulating to hear the five featured...
Celebrating

Celebrating

It’s August and a beautiful tradition continues at Florence Thomas Art School as they host the 5th Annual Corey Anne Celebration of Women in the Arts.  The celebration will consist of four events: a special exhibit Opening Reception, a concert, a Symposium, and an...
I Must Go Down to the Seas Again. . .

I Must Go Down to the Seas Again. . .

Warm weather, sunshine – it’s that time of year when the coast calls to many, and the great exodus to the beach is well underway. With its ever changing color, light, and moods the sea has inspired writers and artists for centuries. The title of the blog is the...

Born in the USA

Yes, I’m borrowing this title from a song by Bruce Springsteen!  Since we are celebrating Independence Day around this time, I thought it might be fun to find some enjoyable facts about a few American artists, some well-known and others maybe not so much. So I took to...
Keep Calm And Paint On

Keep Calm And Paint On

Before I walked in, I took a deep breath. I had been in this building many times, for receptions, artist talks, exhibits and the like. This time was different. I was here at Florence Thomas Art School for an all-day beginning acrylics workshop. We were going to paint...
More than Workshops – Much More!

More than Workshops – Much More!

I had the pleasure of attending a very informative, entertaining and educational program the other evening at Florence Thomas Art School. It was part of the series, A Mixed Palette, a monthly evening program hosted by the school, and features a variety of topics in...
Never Too Late- Grandma Moses

Never Too Late- Grandma Moses

  “It’s not how old you are, it’s how you are old.” ~Jules Renard   Have you ever wanted to try something new or resume a hobby but figured it was too late, or you were just too old?   Anna Mary Robertson Moses first “dabbled” with painting when she was a little...
Take it Outside

Take it Outside

“I prefer every time a picture composed and painted outdoors. The thing is done without your knowing it.” ~Winslow Homer We’ll start with a miniature language lesson.  En Plein Air or Plein Air painting is a phrase with French origins.  Loosely translated it means...
So Much More

So Much More

I have decided to jump in with both feet.  Translated, that means that I am looking at the upcoming schedule of Florence Art School workshops and deciding which ones to sign up for. When the word “art” is mentioned, the image of a painting hung on a wall is the first...