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Blossom Packet
Curved Frame - Large -For Pewter and Fruit
Flow Blue & Lemons
Gerbera Online Video Class
Horizontal Frame Panel
Old Pewter and Fruit

Brenda's Banter


September here in Williamsburg was off to a great start with wonderful low temperatures and a touch of fall in the air. Sadly, we are going back into the 80’s for the next week or so. Surely the fall weather will be back soon...hopefully just in time for our fall seminar September 17 - October 1.

We still have some space in the seminar and hope you will consider joining us. We are painting the Autumn Splendor canvas seen above and the Merry Christmas Santa Banner seen below in the seminar section. I had such fun painting both of these, and can hardly wait to share them with the seminar students. We still have some spaces in the seminar and hope you will consider joining us!


New Release


Santa & Friends is now available for purchase just in time to have it painted for Christmas decorating or gift giving. Packet is available in hard copy and E-packet.

Also available is Spring Song packet in hard copy and E-Packet formats.


New E-Packet Releases


We have just released Old Pewter & Fruit, Autumn Banner, and Blossom in E-Packet format.


Ruling Pens are Back in Stock

We have ruling pens back in stock, and they are going fast. If you have not used one, watch the video currently running on the web site.

Join us for a Seminar in 2017

Autumn and Christmas Seminar
September 28, 29, 30, October 1
Watercolor Day
: September 27



Banner Measurements:
23 1/4" X 10"
Ornaments included

Ornaments will also be available for sale separately.

What fun we are going to have with the two September seminar projects. We will spend 1 and 1/2 days each of class time on two new projects. The Merry Christmas Santa Banner comes with two ornaments. Additional ornaments will be available for those who wish to paint extras for themselves or gifts. They would also be cute painted on small boxes. The wood banner comes in three parts for ease in painting and is assembled after painting.

Autumn Splendor is done on an 8” X 16” canvas. It will expose you to new acrylic techniques, and will include some brush and some palette knife painting. I had a great time painting both of the seminar projects, and think you will really enjoy them.

Since there is a great deal of work in both of these projects, Barbara Moore and I are going to do some of the preliminary prep on the banner portion wood piece for you. Unheard of, right? Don’t get used to it as it will not be a regular service! The watercolor day will be spent on a painting of a peony in a glass basket.

It is not too late to join us....there are still seats available. The hotel renovations have been completed, and the classroom is gorgeous with fantastic lighting!

Seminar Information:
Orientation begins at 1 PM on Thursday afternoon. Following the short orientation, you will prepare your seminar surfaces. All are invited to dinner in Brenda & Robert’s home on that evening.

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. We paint until approximately 5 PM. The classroom is open from 7 - 9 PM for finish up painting on Friday and Saturday.

The paintings are done in acrylics, but students may paint in oil/alkyds or colored pencil if proficient in those medium.

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.

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.

Printable PDF Information Here

Colored Pencil seminar with Marian Jackson, MDA

November 10, 11, 12, 2017
Two Projects


Paint Impressive Still Life and Realistic Bird in Colored Pencils.

Join Marian Jackson MDA for a 3 day seminar hosted by Bev Marx, CDA & Brenda Stewart, CDA, in beautiful Williamsburg, Virginia, The seminar will be held in Williamsburg, VA on November 10, 11, 12, 2017. Marian will be teaching two projects. A striking one day still life titled “Copper Kettle” and a stunning wildlife titled “Kingfisher” in all his glory for two days. Both were designed exclusively for this seminar. A student with any level of experience in colored pencils can do these projects.

In the first class, Marian will guide you through the theory of vivid colors on black backgrounds. She will discuss layering, creating dimension and form, achieving a smooth texture, shines and much more. Marian will then move on to the beautiful Kingfisher and will address color theory, using complementary colors, and balancing what you see with what you know. Learn how to use different pencils to achieve realistic water and drops.

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. Please complete the Registration Form below and mail it to Bev Marx, along with your deposit to secure your seat. The final deadline for registration is August 10, 2017.

Registration form for 2017 is HERE

The seminars are held at the Best Western Historic.

Website DeStash

We are excited to announce that we are participating in a new FaceBook Group called Website DeStash. Many of these items are discontinued, out of print, or difficult to find...or they may just be items the vendors have in overstock quantities. There is a link from the FB group to the DeStash page of individual vendors. You are only able to purchase from the web sites of the participating vendors. Anyone may view and purchase from the DeStash page on a vendors site, however, the big advantage to joining the group is you will see FB notification when something new is posted to the vendors DeStash page.

I find that regular “purging and reorganizing” is a necessary evil in the office, merchandise and studio areas of Brenda Stewart by Design. This past week, I found I had purchased duplicates of a number of the books in my painting library, so we have just added those to the Web Site DeStash page on the site.  Many are out of print and very difficult to find. I have also added two paintings...one very special piece by Joan Johnson.  Be sure and check out these items.

Website DeStash Page

Facebook Group Link

New Online Video Classes

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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