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dog days of summer –

By September 11, 20202 Comments

Hi all –

The term “Dog Days” traditionally refers to a period of particularly hot and humid weather occurring during the summer months of July and August in the Northern Hemisphere. In ancient Greece and Rome, the Dog Days were believed to be a time of drought, bad luck, and unrest, when dogs and men alike would be driven mad by the extreme heat. Well…

The last few weeks have felt like an apocalypse to me – So I want to let you know how much we appreciate all the supportive e-mails that you send, all the beautiful images that you submit for our virtual gallery, and your cheery faces when you come in. Well, we think you’re cheery…  your eyes look cheery 

We have been busy getting kits ready for this Fall’s back-to-school.  Also trying to find ways to feel “normal”.  I’ll confess, it is sometimes a struggle.  Please, please, please send us your beautiful images, positive messages, funny artistic links – we need positivity as much as those of you who are still isolated at home.  

Hopefully you enjoyed last week’s virtual garage sale – I know that some items did sell…  If you sold some things, please let us know!

When things quiet down a bit (HAHAHA!) I may try to put together another “FLASH SALE”.  Of course, we’ll have to see if things quiet down. 

– Reminder –

There are only 2 weeks left to enjoy our special gallery exhibit “WHILE WE SHELTERED”

We will be asking participants to pick up unsold art by Monday, September 28, to make room for our new show – the beautiful watercolors of Rosanne Seitz will grace the guest artist wall of our gallery from October 1st thru November 24th. 

Stay safe and creative and enjoy this week’s


“Here is a shot of the painting that I am donating to the Chapman Estate Benefit to be held starting on the 19th of this month.  16 x 20 acrylic of the 1937 windmill and pool on the estate in Shell Beach.” – Jim Trask
“0176” by A-ME
Ink, marker, paint marker
6×8 inches 

“Rabbitbrush” by Tom Frey, soft pastel over inktense block/water underpainting.

New work in soft pastels. As a new artist I am Loving working with pastels. “Indian women, “Rachel Maddox feeling stressed and angry!” I caught her on TV one evening, this is her expression these days. “Brother and sister”, and “Chadwick Boseman” all by Linda Hammer.

Ever wonder how encaustic artists clean that crusty wax out of their soft brushes?

Here’s the secret:

New Demo Video: How To Clean A Brush
R&F’s latest YouTube demo video focuses on working with R&F soy wax to clean encaustic paint from your brushes. Soy wax is non-toxic and naturally biodegradable. It is also easy to remove. You can simply wash your brushes with soap and water after cleaning them to return the bristles to a soft state.

You can watch this new video on their YouTube channel. For all of you encaustic lovers, visit RF’s Blog to read their blog post with a helpful tip or two, visit R&F’s blog Unique Color

Enjoy. And keep painting!

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  • Claudia Solomon says:

    Love the virtual gallery! Thank you to you and staff for hanging in there. Great to know I can come for supplies. See you soon😘💜🎨



  • Thomas G Frey says:

    Hi Etty, Thanks for the Friday Special. The astronomer in me can’t resist an addendum to your Dog Days clip. The dog days of summer from a historical point of view occurred from about the first of July to mid-August, corresponding to the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius in the constellation Canis Major, along with the Sun at sunrise, signaling all the lethargic conditions you mentioned. Just me being me🙄 Tom

    Sent from my iPad