Dream painting trips and a great opportunity for YOU!

I am sharing a newsletter from a long time artist friend of ours, Ken DeWaard.  Learn about his chances to paint in faraway places, which offers YOU some great opportunities to own a piece of his work AND contribute towards these two painting trips (which are fast approaching)! Ken’s paintings are treasures (we have several). If you’ve ever had your sights on one of Ken’s paintings, NOW is the time! And if you are interested in a workshop ONE ON ONE with Ken… that’s on the table as well! If you haven’t heard about Ken’s workshops, let me just say, there is a reason he is a highly sought after instructor! Continue reading “Dream painting trips and a great opportunity for YOU!”


The American Farmhouse Plan by Mitch Ginn & Associates!

American Farmhouse by Mitch Ginn and Associates

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Featured Artist: Mike Beeman!

Clementines by Mike Beeman 8×10″ Oil

Mike Beeman. I love the light in his paintings – and the brush strokes… heavenly! Continue reading “Featured Artist: Mike Beeman!”

Broccolini Chicken Rice Casserole!

I made this recipe on a cold day when something warm and comforting sounded divine. I ran across this recipe (Pinterest to the rescue!), I made a few changes to suit our tastes, and will make this again minus the cheese and will try using brown rice (measurements will be different, so don’t substitute brown rice in this recipe, it cooks for a longer period of time). This recipe was delicious! I’m glad I ran across it!

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Featured Artist: Yong Hong Zhong!

Urban Landscape 07 by Yong Hong Zhong

Yong Hong Zhong. I love the simplicity of his paintings. The bits of dark color placed near the lightest colors makes the painting come alive. Thick textured paint at the top makes it so interesting. Great light and shadows and a sweet subject matter!

See more of Yong’s work via these links:

Website  | Instagram

What a talented and interesting artist – be sure to read a bit about Yong, from his website:

Yong Hong Zhong was born in Canton, China and immigrated to the United States when he was twelve years old.  Yong developed a keen interest in drawing at an early age.  His determination to pursue his dream of being an artist prompted him to attend La Guardia High School, a prestigious school for music and arts in New York City.  Yong continued his education at Pratt Institute in New York to further develop his artistic skills.  He majored in Illustration and has a minor in Art History.

During his third year at Pratt Institute, Disney Animation Studios selected him and fourteen other college students from all over the country to tour their facilities and study under their artists for two weeks.  The animation industry reinforced his love for the arts. Upon graduation, he was offered an internship at the Disney Animation Studios in Florida.  After completion of the internship, Yong went back to New York and worked for MTV Animation Studios as a storyboard artist.  At MTV, he helped design backgrounds, props and also had an opportunity to be a voice-over.   A year later, he rejoined the Walt Disney Company and has worked on featured films since 1995.

While at Disney, Yong had the opportunity to work and learn from many talented artists. The changes and demands in the animation industry from traditional 2D films to 3D films have also broadened his versatility and proficiency in various production softwares. Over the past 14 years, he has refined his skills in story telling, color and composition.  The knowledge and experiences he acquired from the animation industry continue to be an invaluable influence in his art.

After completion of Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” project, Yong was ready to take a different direction and focus on his passion for traditional painting. Yong takes inspiration from many different forms of art but none has more influence on him than the early California impressionists.  His subject matter varies from landscape to portrait to still life.

Oregon’s beautiful landscapes and family oriented communities have motivated him to relocate. He currently lives in Portland with his wife and two sons.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

All images via yonghongzhong.com, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

Sunset – Old Village – Mount Pleasant, SC

Sunset View, Old Village – Mt. Pleasant, SC

We were taking a scenic drive through the Old Village in Mt. Pleasant, SC – the sun was setting and we drove to the nearest spot so that I could jump out and snap a photo. Heck of a spot! Beautiful! The sunset was spectacular that night.

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Charleston Photo – Palm Trees in Sunlight

Palm Trees – Charleston, SC

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