Featured items...

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

Brenda's Banter



Recipe for a Still Life

Apples, shiny and bright
A container, (pitchers optional)
Piece of linen
Knife for cut apple

Directions: Arrange in various ways for a pleasing composition and then photograph from different angles and with different lighting.

Join us this March 8, 9, 10, 11 (optional watercolor day on March 7) for our annual spring seminar. Learn the thought process behind the choice of objects, the initial set up and composition, the lighting and shadows, and the color theory used when developing the painting. The seminar this year will alternate painting time with short discussions on these topics and Brenda will share a selection of her reference shots used in making her decisions.

In our still life seminars, students are encouraged to paint in different mediums...Americana Acrylics, Americana Premium acrylics, oils, or alkyds. Some base coat with acrylic and then glaze in oils or alkyds.

There are seats available in the seminar. Complete information and registration can be found on our seminar page. We hope you will consider broadening your painting experience and knowledge by attending this very informative seminar.

A photo of the seminar surface is shown below in the Seminar 2018 information section.

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 will be back in stock soon

We are currently out of the ruling pens, but will be back in stock soon.

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.

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. We are already slightly over 2/3rds full for this seminar, so do not delay if you are interested in attending.

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.

For more information write to: SDP, 393 McLean Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203 or visit their website decorativepainters.org