Thursday, April 24, 2014

Come Play At The Beach With Me Next January!!

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Doesn't Interrupting Winter Sound Like A Great Idea!?!
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Imagine next January—the long, cold, gray days of snow, sleet and oh, yeah, more snow…orimagine yourself soaking up the sun with your toes in the  warm sand as you enjoy gentle breezes off the Gulf of Mexico!

Doesn't that sound much better than freezing!?! Then come and join me for  Winter, Interrupted: An Artist's Beach Holiday, January 18th through the 22nd, 2015. 

I'll be hosting a 4-day workshop and together, we'll explore St. Pete Beach, Florida as well as several other wonderful locations including lush Florida gardens, wild bird sanctuaries and historic John's Pass. 

With live sketching demos and one-on-one feedback from me, you'll be going home with a very special sketchbook brimming with beach memories and treasures!

The workshop will take place in the morning so that you have plenty of free time in the afternoon to go exploring or to bask in the sun in a royal blue cabana! 

We'll be staying at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort for 5 fabulous nights. Click the link to check out this awesome resort! 

Please click here to see and download the brochure with all the juicy details! 

There is a Frequently Asked Questions document included with the brochure to help answer many of your questions.

If you still have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at the email address listed in the brochure.  

This adventure is so brand new, it's not even on the web site yet!

Saving the best for last, I have a very special offer to share with you, dear friends:
  • Everyone who registers by April 30th,* will save $100 per participant on the total workshop price   they register for! 
  • Past ITMR participants** will save $150 per participant on the total workshop price you choose          if you book on or before April 30th.*
  • On May 1st, the pricing in effect will be prices listed in the brochure. 
Let me mention now that our grand adventure will take place in one of the busiest seasons in Florida. This means I have a very limited number of rooms available. To get the room you want, please, please book early. I don't want anyone to be disappointed. 

If you're interested in coming in early or staying after the workshop, book now!  Don't wait. This isn't a sales pitch. This is me being me asking you not to wait—the rooms will become more scarce and the prices will only go up the closer we get to January. 

*One discount per participant. Completed and signed Registration and Liability Release Forms along with the deposit amount for each participant must be received before or postmarked by April 30th, 2014 to qualify for the discount. Regular pricing will apply if the Registration and Liability Release Forms are received incomplete and/or unsigned. 
**One discount per participant from the NOLA Live! Trip only.Completed and signed Registration and Liability Release Forms along with the deposit amount for each participant must be received before or postmarked by April 30th, 2014 to qualify for the discount. Regular pricing will apply if the Registration and Liability Release Forms are received incomplete and/or unsigned. 
This sketching holiday is brought to you by Imaginary Trips Made Real, LLC (ITMR).


Save $100 Per Participant on Winter, Interrupted Workshop 
By Registering On or Before April 30th!*
Valid through 4/30/2014
Please print, clip and attach coupon to Registration Form 


*One discount per participant. Completed and signed Registration and Liability Release Forms along with the deposit check(s) for each participant must be received before or postmarked by April 30, 2014 to qualify for a discount. 
Regular pricing will apply if Registration and/or Liability Release Forms
 are received 
incomplete
 and/or unsigned.

Prior ITMR Participants, Save $150 On Winter, Interrupted 
By Registering On or Before April 30th!*
Valid through 4/30/2014
Please print, clip and attach coupon to Registration Form


*One discount per participant. Completed and signed Registration and Liability Release Forms along with the deposit check(s) for each participant must be received before or postmarked by April 30, 2014 to qualify for a discount. Regular pricing will apply if 

Registration and/or Liability Release Forms
  are received incomplete and/or unsigned. 
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As always, please let me know of any questions you may have and I look forward to interrupting winter with you next January!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Save The Dates For A Beach Adventure!!



Leave behind the bitter cold and snow of January.
Soak up the warmth of the sun on white, sugar-sand beaches.
Sketch and paint dolphins and seabirds, beach cottages and turquoise waters…sound good?!

Get ready to join the fun!

After you spend the morning sketching and painting the beach and attractions with me, Laure Ferlita, you have afternoons to do your own exploring.

We'll be staying at a resort at St. Pete Beach with plenty to do within walking distance—assuming you can pry yourself out of that royal-blue cabana!!

I will be providing all the juicy, glorious details just as soon as the ink is dry on the contracts.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Recent Sightings of the Manaphin and the Banana-phin!!

Manaphin off Clearwater Beach
Photo Credit © Manaphin.com
Did you hear about the recent sighting of the manaphin off from Clearwater Beach!?! The marine experts in the world had long thought this unique creature was extinct.

It is a mammal and thought to be part manatee and part dolphin.

And oddly enough, the same week of the manaphin sighting, a "banana-phin" showed up on my kitchen counter!
You never ever leave food out on the counter at our house!
Bananaphin
Watercolor and ballpoint pen
Stillman & Birn Zeta Sketchbook
The banana actually came from Chris' sister. She wanted us to try the banana as it is about half the size of a regular banana and she says it tastes better than the larger fruit.

As Chris studied the banana, he began to see "shapes" and with the help of his trusty pen, he'd created a banana-phin!

Of course, I had to put it in my sketchbook.

My husband's food art is legendary.

We used to have waiters that would get excited when they saw us come in the door because they couldn't wait to see what Chris would create for them to find after we'd finished our meal.

All that time his mother just thought he was playing with his food…

Anyway, if you'd like to know more about the really cool manaphin, please visit here. You can see photos and hear what it sounds like underwater.

To learn more about the sighting off from Clearwater Beach, please read here.

As of yet, no further information is known about the banana-phin.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Most Beloved Toy In All Of Catdom

Beloved Toy
Watercolor and Gouache
Stillman & Birn Zeta Sketchbook
5.5 x 8.5 inches
That's a mouse.

Yeah, that gray fuzzy thing at the end of the red string.

Actually, it's the remains of a mouse.

It's lived survived through six cats and counting.

It has outlasted balls, feathers, springs, pieces of paper wadded up into balls, toilet paper rolls, catnip toys and all kinds of other things that pass for toys in the eyes of a cat.

And it, above all others, has been the most played-with, tugged-on, gnawed-on, swatted-at, chased, cherished toy in all of catdom.

It currently hangs off the back of the chair in our living room.

Without fail, if you pass too close to the chair, at least two bright, eager eyes will peer over the seat waiting for you to make the mouse move.

And you do.

Because what kind of human would you be if you did not entertain the feline-in-residence?

And the small, frayed little mouse is leaving—tug-by-tug, fiber by fiber.

I wanted to capture it before it was completely gone.

The string, while picked and pulled, is still in good shape.

We could probably attach a new mouse…but it just wouldn't be the same.

This one has staying power, history.

And you can't replace history.

Because it's just not the same.
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I consider this another sketch in the Ordinary to Extraordinary Series.

What have you elevated from ordinary to extraordinary lately?