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Studio School Newsletter June 2019

Our Easel Society Newsletter is now the Studio School Newsletter. The publication will now be published on this site two times a year.

It is in hopes of adding more interesting articles and adding more content. If you have information to share for the newsletter, images from your classes at the Studio School, or other information, please submit that content to:

Gina at

Studio School Newsletter June 2019

Interesting Article From Art Biz Success- Alyson Stanfield



Lack of confidence is something all artists struggle with at one time or another.

In episode 024 of the Art Biz Podcast, artist and instructor Gwen Fox tackled this critical topic and gave tips for becoming a more confident artist.

This checklist was created using those insights as a starting point.


Confidence comes and then can disappear within seconds. Be aware of these killjoys that can crash your confidence party.

Limiting self-talk.
Listen for phrases that come out of your mouth such as I am bad at or I am not. Rephrase them to reflect how you want to be. Perhaps I am working on or I am becoming are better options.

Beliefs that aren’t truths.
What, in your past, has cast a shadow on how you view your abilities? Examining where your mindset originated will help you identify old stories that need to be shed.

There is no such thing as perfect, so stop trying to be perfect or believing that you’re a perfectionist. Got that? Saying I’m a perfectionist is as harmful as saying I am terrible at[whatever].

Perfectionism is a form of procrastination and will always keep you safe and small.

The inner critics.
You recognize these creatures. They say things like Who do you think you are? Fire those voices! Who let them in anyway?

The outer critics.
When you send your art out into the world, you are vulnerable to rejection, harsh words, and, perhaps worst of all, indifference. While you may glean valuable insight from those who are knowledgeable about art and judicious with dispensing that wisdom, you have to learn to trust yourself. You must learn to have faith in your decisions.

The Artist’s Confidence Checklist ©Alyson B Stanfield, ART BIZ SUCCESS


  • Self-care.
    Take care of yourself inside and out. When you are physically and mentally healthy, you feel better about yourself. You hold your head up higher, speak louder and more clearly, and take more risks that can lead to big growth.
  • Visualization.
    Visualize the future you desire and the artist you want to become. As Gwen said, “What you think about is what you bring about. . . . What you dwell on becomes your reality. . . . Your thoughts are energy so keep your thoughts positive.”
  • Goal-setting.
    Goals help you focus on the life you envision. They give you direction and remind you that there is something to look forward to, and they ensure that you make the most of this one precious life.
  • Affirmations.
    Affirmations are positive statements that reflect the future you envision for yourself. Write, read, and repeat affirmations daily, and sometimes even more frequently when needed.
  • The growth mindset.
    Understand that you are a work in progress rather than believing that you have reached your potential in a certain area. You can learn and improve in every area of your life. You can even embrace failure as a necessary step to success.

If you’d like to explore this list in depth, listen to the interview with Gwen Fox on the Art Biz Podcast.

Why Create Art?

Thank you Judy Bates for sharing this video on why we create art.

Ron Thurston Workshop 2019

The registration sheet to sign up for Ron’s workshop is now posted at Studio School. Easel members who have paid dues for 2019 have the month of December to enroll before this is open to the public.

You will find the information on the final page of our Winter class brochure and on the web site.

Ron has a strong sense of design, describes his philosophy about workshops on his web pages, and does terrific painting.

Vera’s Color Painting Class

The work – similar or same subject, one cool, other painting warm… each with contrasting temperature for interest.

Vera’s Color Painting Class


Jane Ellen Barbe


Angell Pasley


Keith Bullock


Susan Gring

Nancy Stellhorn





Joan Fullerton Workshop!

A great week was had by all!

Here are some of the workshop images and some of the work produced from the participants!





Encaustic Printmaking!

Jodi is melting encaustic pigment onto a ‘hot box’. She will then move the wax along the plate using various shape making tools. Once she is satisfied with the design, she will them print the image onto the paper creating a monotype, or a one-of-a-kind print.

Another image of the printmaking plate, or ‘hot box.’






Several examples of the monotypes! What a great class!

Vera’s Icon Class

What a fantastic class. The participants chose an icon important to them and then translated the idea into a beautiful piece of work!

Vera’s Class demo!

Celeste Tethal……icon to Pele, remembering when Celeste and family lived in Hawaii.

Angel Pasley…….her grandmother’s hand painted pitcher.

Jean Dodson……a cemetery angel.

Cathye Edwards holding 2 from her production line of 7 works.

Spring Road Trip!

Spring is the time for road trips and artists are no exception.Friday, April 13 was a lucky day for several people in Vera’s watermedia classes. They car pooled for a midday stop at the Art Box in Lynchburg where many first time visitors were amazed at the luscious variety of supplies. Manager David Eakin also gave the group a tour of the artists’ studios upstairs at this long time art business.

After doing their bit to help support local business, the next stop was at Woodruff’s Pie Shop in Monroe for a late lunch and some of the best pie ever! 101 year old Mama held court and entertained everyone with her stories while we enjoyed the home cooked food.
Then the drive home was the best of a beautiful Spring day. Thanks to David for suggesting this outing. And you don’t need David to follow the footsteps and do the same.