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Blossom Packet
Callas in Teapot
Curved Frame - Large -For Pewter and Fruit
Gardener's Delight Watercolor
Horizontal Frame Panel - For Callas in Teapot
Old Pewter and Fruit

Brenda's Banter


It was spring yesterday and today...and I hope it is spring to stay! What a strange late winter and early spring it has been . . . . some upper 70’s and lower 80’s in February only to have winter return with a vengeance in early March. Our blooming season started, stopped, was damaged by both a Nor’Easter and snow, and now spring has “reloaded!” The cherry trees and the late blooming daffodils are beautiful right now, and I actually saw one redbud tree in bloom today. Such beauty to inspire us to paint.

Our March seminar has come and gone . . . all too quickly! It was a great group of students and they did a beautiful job on their still life paintings. It seems the paintings in seminar just get better and better . . . sure makes this teacher’s job fun.  

I am currently working on the new Santa for the September seminar . . . this one will have a colonial theme. Since I have lived in Williamsburg for about 19 years now, you would think I would have been inspired to paint a colonial theme Santa sooner! Preliminary drawings are being done and I may post a few rough sketches on the web site and FaceBook soon.

As you see below, we have closed the registration for the November colored pencil seminar with Marian Jackson, MDA. Marian allowed us to take a few extras to hedge against last minute cancellations, but those slots are also full. If you are interested in coming, just call the office and put your name on a waiting list.

I hope each of you have a wonderful Easter weekend with family and friends.


New Release

Callas in Teapot is now available in hard copy and E-Tutorial formats.


We have also just released Gardener's Delight Watercolor in hard copy and E-Tutorial formats.


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.

Join us for a Seminar in 2018

Autumn and Christmas Seminar
September 27, 28, 29, 30
Watercolor Day: September 26

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. The prices and information below was collected for general information and comparison. These prices may have changed.

Printable PDF Information Here

Colored Pencil seminar with Marian Jackson, MDA

November 9, 10, 11, 2018
Two Projects

Hydrangea in Crystal Bowl

Join us for our fourth 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 be spending two days on the stunning Hydrangea in Crystal Bowl (shown above), and will have another one-day project that will be announced at a later date.

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.

       Marian has just sent us the image of the first day, warm up project, Strawberry Shortcake.

       Sorry  . . .  November is not strawberry season, so do not expect shortcake for afternoon tea time.


THIS SEMINAR IS FULL - If you would like to be added to the waiting list and notified if an opening becomes available, please contact the office at Brenda@Brendastewart.com.

Registration online

Mail in Registration form for 2018

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

Brenda's Blog

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If you enjoy decorative art, learning new painting techniques and reading about what other decorative artists are doing, consider joining the Society of Decorative Painters.

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