Brenda's Banter

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love...and the time to share that love with family and friends. Over the years I have done many Valentine theme paintings, but as I was writing this, I realized I have neglected that subject in recent years. The small painting shown above was done waaaay back in 1991, but it is still one of my favorites. What do you have in your painting archives that celebrates this special day?

As a Valentine’s surprise for you, we are starting two weeks of web site sales today. We thought you might be gearing up for some spring painting, so the first is for a number of spring tutorials and quite a few surfaces. We do not offer sales frequently, and this one is really great...with the tutorials at a 40% discount and the surfaces at a 30% discount. Those of you who have purchased our wood surfaces previously know that we have some of the best quality surfaces on the market today...thanks to a truly wonderful wood company. The sale is for 1 week only, and supplies are limited, so don’t miss this one. This same time next week we will begin a new sale.

    • While you are here, check out two new acrylic painting, Afternoon Snack,  and one watercolor, Hiroki’s Rose. Both are currently available in hard copy as well as an E-Tutorial.  The surface for Afternoon Snack is also offered at the 30% discount during this introductory period.
 • There is also some updated seminar information below. We will be sending out a newsletter early next week to all who are currently registered for the March seminar or those who are on our seminar interest list. If you wish to receive more information about the seminar and are not already on the list, please drop us an e-mail and we will be happy to send you the newsletter.

Finally, remember to check the web site frequently over the next few weeks. We will be adding more updates for the March seminar, and we will also be announcing the second project for the November colored pencil seminar with Marian Jackson. And of course, don’t forget the second sale that begins a week from today!

Happy Day of Love,


Join us for the March 2019 Seminar

Spring Seminar
March 28, 29, 30, 31, 2019
Watercolor day - March 27, 2019

March Projects:

Afternoon Cuppa Tea and Irish Eyes

Afternoon Cuppa Tea will be done on a new box with a framed lid and Irish Eyes is being done is a 8" X 8" X 2" panel. Irish Eyes is a head view portrait of a young girl. The giril is developed with the Grisaille method, using warm brown values. Both are painted in DecoArt Premium Acrylics, with the option of working in oil/alykyds.

  Box Measures:    Price $20.00
     Overall: 11 1/2" X 9 1/2" X 3 3/4"  
     Interior Panel: 9 1/2" X 7 1/2"  
Panel Price $12.00

Seminar Information:
Orientation begins at 1 PM on Thursday afternoon. Following the short orientation, you will prepare your seminar surfaces.

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday are spent painting the seminar projects. There is a full day of painting on Sunday. The classroom is open at 8 AM and class begins at 9 AM.

To register online and read more about seminar accommodations and travel suggestions, click here for the Williamsburg Seminar Page.

All seminars are held at Best Western Historic.

Colored Pencil seminar with Marian Jackson, MDA

November 8, 9, 10, 2019
Two Projects

Join us for our fifth annual Color Pencil Seminar with Marian Jackson, MDA. This is a 3 day seminar hosted by Brenda Stewart, CDA, in beautiful Williamsburg, Virginia. Marian will be teaching two projects. We will begin with Golden Glow and then move on to the second project, Peek a Boo Birdie.

Golden Glow features a new surface to challenge you (Sanded paper) and a different approach to techniques. In addition to the Prismacolor Pencils Marian normally uses, this painting will introduce a few pencils from the Derwent Colorsoft line.

Marian has been painting for 40 years and teaching for more than 30. She is a Master Decorative Painter with the Society of Decorative Painters. She also paints in oils, but for the last 15 years has specialized in Colored Pencils, which she has used for more than 30 years.

Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. You may register online by clicking the link below or complete the mail in Registration Form and mail it to Brenda Stewart, along with your deposit to secure your seat.

Registration online

The seminars are held at the Best Western Historic.

New flight and ground transportation options

If possible, we suggest arriving the day prior to the first seminar day and scheduling departures for the day following the completion of the seminar. The last day of seminar includes a full day of instruction.

The best airports to fly into are Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport - Patrick Henry Field (PHF) or Richmond International Airport (RIC).

Because ground transportation costs from either the Williamsburg/Newport News and Richmond airports have escalated in recent years, we have been investigating lower cost options for our seminar students. Click on the link below to review the options we have found. The prices and information below was collected for general information and comparison. These prices may have changed.

Printable PDF Information Here

New Releases


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On Sale at 30% off $24.50 - While Supplies Last
Retail Price $35.00

Click here for Wood surface


Click Here for Tutorials

New Items

We are now stocking the DecoArt Premium Acrylic paints and Mediums.

We are offering them at a reduced price for a limited time.


Retail $4.48   Our Price $3.50

Retail 4.48   Our Price $3.50

Click here or on the photo to purchase

DecoArt Retired Paints

DecoArt recently announced a new list of retired DecoArt Americana colors. We have 9 of those colors in stock and we are offering them at a close out price of $0.99 each. Quanitities are limited so don't delay.


Click here or the Photo to be directed to the list of colors

Tutorial Correction

It has come to our attention that the Old Pewter and Fruit tutorial was published with the seminar instuctions and not the full tutorial instructions. The students in the seminar were to decide how to finish the frame. I have added Brenda's instructions for finishing the frame in the file below. 

If you purchased Old Pewter and Fruit either in hard copy or E--Tutorial prior to 08/01/18, please download the following file to update your tutorial with the frame instructions.

/Corrected Pages for Tutorial.pdf


Ruling Pens are back in stock

We have received our order of the ruling pens.

If you have not used one, watch the video currently running on the web site.


Online Video Class

Brenda has launched her first video class. Learn to paint the Gerbera painted in DecoArt Media Fluid acrylics. Color conversions are given for Americana paints. This video will show you all the steps to complete the project. Purchase this online class and it will be like having Brenda in your home for a private lesson. You can paint it at your own pace. The video will be set up in units so you can start and stop as you need, and more easily find your place. You will have lifetime access to videos purchased from Brenda Stewart by Design.

You will be sent a confirmation e-mail to let you know that your purchase of the video is complete and you will be notified with your login information and how to set up your password.

Informative Videos

Masterson Palette

Fine Line Work

Side Loading a brush

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