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Hey all – so sorry about the OOPS post last night!
We had some technical difficulties and posted an archived blog by accident… we artists and technology don’t always mesh so well!

Welcome to this week’s


‘Airborne’ – oil on canvas by Jeanne Miller. 40×40.
“From a photo taken by my husband Mike Bush, at Cheyenne Frontier Days in 2019. I edited the rider and saddle out so I could celebrate this beautiful horse.”

“Monkey Business, in homage to David Roller Wilson” – Mixed Media by Joanie Constable. 12 x 12.

“I have found myself playing a lot more with different mediums and ideas. This was made for my 9 year old grand niece’s birthday. I am toying with adding a little yellow glitter on the bananas. The canvas was an acrylic pour and I started layering. Waiting on a frame and hoping she receives it by her birthday this month!”
“Fire on the Horizon” – Mixed Media by Joanie Constable. 5 x 5.

“This was a fluke but I like it! Being in the Central Valley the Creek Fire influenced this piece as well as the next. I started with acrylic and a palette knife and then started using pastels. I love the texture!”
“Creek Fire” by Joanie Constable – Mixed Media. 18 x 15.

“Another leap for me. Working in acrylics and an abstract!
The lockdown has given me permission to play!”

Airbrush on buttercream drawing on 8″ birthday cake “HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAURA!” by Dan O’Connor

“The customer sent a photo of her dog and said she likes art so Dan came up with this cake for her.” – Cheers, Lynn

“I’ve made these “Spirit Dolls” for years, using things I find on my daily walks with my dog, Wiley. I collect twigs, moss, pods, kelp, shells, dried leaves, flowers and more. It’s a different creative process from my typical paintings to assemble these figures. Each one ends up with a different personality and pose—that’s fun. I’ve made a few more “Spirit Dolls” since March, and I hope you enjoy viewing them. Maybe we can all look at art in person in 2021. 
Thank you, Jay Bonestell”

Want to participate in our next Virtual Gallery?
Send us images of artwork created since March 19th 2020, so that we can include them in our blog! It helps inspire us and others to keep creating and try new things! We want to see what you are creating 
When you send images, PLEASE don’t reply to this e-mail. It is a “DoNotReply” e-mail, and images just won’t attach.  Don’t know why, but they don’t. 

PLEASE E-mail your images and stories to


Show off your creations in our annual “Little Treasures” holiday exhibit this December and January!

This exhibit is unique in that art must sell for $100 or less, for the holiday season. The best gift is a one-of-a-kind piece of art created by one of our local fine artists! Show runs December 3rd thru the end of January.

To participate, fill out this form and drop off with your artwork and entry fee – either Wednesday, November 25th, or Monday, November 30th – between 10am and 4pm.
If you would like us to include your artwork in our advertising, (PLEASE DO!) e-mail us your images with your name, title of your artwork, and medium. ARTIST CONTRACT DOWNLOAD

* * * * CALL FOR INSTRUCTORS * * * *

We have been getting tons of requests for classes lately… Of course, due to Covid restrictions, we can’t host our usual art classes. We want to connect instructors and students!

If you’re an Art Instructor please email us at – Please include your full name, what you can teach and the age groups you’re willing to teach, your preference of zoom or private home classes, a short bio, some images of your work, contact info for students and/or a website link. We are especially interested in teachers for younger artists, in the range of 5-15 years old. But whether you are able to teach young or more mature, please let us know! There are many folks out there looking for fun online classes and learning experiences!

We can overcome and adapt to this obstacle together and continue to enrich our art community!



There will be a two part (am and pm) Pastel Workshop on December 5th.
The next weekly session of Pastel Classes starts on January 1st.
Go to and select Live Sessions, scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the class listings.

You can also find a free Beginning Pastel (Dunes) lesson on YouTube at Tricia Reichert Studio.


Every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday starting at 6:55pm (pst) Jason holds the Mayr Studio Sketch Club LIVE on Mayr Studio Facebook page.  It gets going at 7pm and runs about 20 minutes. Sundays we work on 4 five minute sketches, Tuesdays we work on 2 ten minute sketches and Thursdays we work on 1 twenty minute sketch.

For those that don’t have Facebook we do rebroadcast onto our YouTube channel MayrStudio.

Grab your pencils and paper and come join us. It’s fun for all levels, no pressure just old fashioned sketching fun for the whole family.

Encaustic Demo

New Demo Video: How To Do A Pour
Pouring encaustic medium can allow you to quickly create a smooth even surface for your work. Our newest demo video illustrates two ways to do a pour – one that will create a thicker surface on your panel and a pour-over that works wonderfully with flat panels. You can watch it on R&F’s YouTube channel. Subscribe so you don’t miss any of our upcoming demos. To read our blog post with step-by-step instructions and a helpful tip, visit R&F’s blog Unique Color

Enjoy. Keep painting.

R&F Core Instructor Dietlind Vander Schaaf will be doing a number of virtual demos through Zoom in November. Demos are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Click on the name of the store below to email for more information and to register. 

11/14  Encaustic Demo Artist & Craftsman, Portland, OR
11/15  Pigment Stick Demo Artist & Craftsman, Tacoma, WA
11/21  Encaustic Demo Artist & Craftsman, San Diego, CA
11/21  Pigment Stick Demo Artist & Craftsman, Berkeley, CA
11/22  Pigment Stick Demo Artist & Craftsman, Los Angeles, CA

View SLO County Arts Council’s Newest Newsletter HERE

One Comment

  • says:

    Hi Etty, I just finished doing this pastel of BAM BAM, a dog that died recently and the owner wanted a portrait of him.