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I've been painting my tail off, as I say and trying to crank out commissions.  This large one I'm working on is really 8 paintings in one big canvas.  I've spent a ton of time on it, so I look forward to finishing it "soon."  You cannot rush creativity. ;)

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Have a great weekend!


Explore! Discover! Rejuvenate!

Reserving now for 8 lovely ladies to getaway for a weekend of exploring, discovering and rejuvenating their creative spirits!  This Retreat will be held in downtown Athens on a beautiful autumn weekend at Carole's state-of-the-art studio.  Immerse yourself in creativity as our weekend will be filled with painting, punctuated with great meals together and relaxing yoga. In your free time discover our beautiful, historical downtown that offers great places to walk, dine and shop.  This Retreat is open to every level--beginners to those who used to wield a paintbrush long ago!  Accommodations available for additional charge. Plan to join us and bring nothing but your open mind and your creative spirit. 

Read more about it now!

October 1st - 4th

Think it's what you've been looking for? Fill out the Reservation Form.


My site has been revamped!  Check it out and see if you like it--especially the Workshops section.  I feel like the changes in the menu reflect more of what I do and what I offer.  Your thoughts?


Calling Creative Spirits

Coming October 1st - 4th is the next Creative Spirit Retreat Weekend. I was led to teach this curriculum beginning a couple or 3 years ago, and I have had the pleasure of helping many ladies become unblocked in the creativity or discover it for the first time! It has been a blessing to me.

I have changed this workshop from an 8-week workshop to a long weekend retreat, and am really looking forward to the intense solid amount of time that this weekend will be. The workshop is full of discussion time, lots of painting, meals together and yoga (optional).

This fall, why not do something amazing for yourself? Uncover that hidden talent, find that peace and joy inside! The workshop will take place at Carole's state-of-the-art studio in beautiful downtown Athens, Alabama. Meals will be shared at wonderful restaurants around the square, with accommodations available for a little extra to anyone needing to be here from out of town. So, ladies, why not give yourself a rejuvenating weekend of painting and relaxation?

Check current availability and either email or call 256 . 232. 2521 to request more information and to hold your spot. Availability is first come first serve. Tuition is required for your booking confirmation. Space is limited and best to reserve at least 30 days in advance.

Print out Information Sheet & Schedule

Print out Reservation Form

Read more about it on Carole's Site in the Creative Spirit Section!


Encaustic Basics Workshop Announced!

By popular demand! Tuesday Night, August 25, 5:30pm - 9:30pm, bring nothing but your creative mind and soul and learn an old method of painting--with beeswax! Mix molten beeswax and pigment and you have your paint ready to go.

Paint fast onto a hard board--we'll use clayboard, and let it cover and cool.  Then take your torch (as in above photo) and fuse that layer.  Create lots of layers and create lots of melted wonder!  Research the work of one of my favorite encaustic artists, Jasper Johns and see how he worked with this medium.

My flag is done somewhat in the flavor of Jasper's but is very much my own.  It is a diptych --made from 2 boards.  It is for sale in my gallery, and you can contact me for info! ;)

Encaustic is expensive to do.  The paint either is made (very time and labor intensive) or expensive to be purchased ready-to-go.  This is passed on to the consumer.  Just so people know. ;)

I learned this process just over a year ago in Carmel, California.  It has been so much fun.  I hope to share it with some of YOU!

Tuesday Night, August 25, 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Open to 4 Students
$495 per person

Download Workshop Registration Form in the Sidebar
Send it Tuition
You'll be set!


A Full-Grown Man by Bill Hunt

Last night was the real launch of my dad, Bill Hunt's, latest book!  What a grand night hosted by Pablo's On Market bookstore!  Thank you to Hubert and Carolyn for hosting such a nice event complete with wine, cheese straws and Lousiana red beans & rice--perfectly fitting for the book's setting.  There were lots of friends, fans and press there.  Enjoy photos from the event. and visit Bill's website for info on A Full-Grown Man and links to purchase!

Precious owner of Pablo's Carolyn Crow
Friends The Medleys and Tarolis
My gal pals Carla and Leslie

Laura & Brian Moore with Dad as they read/acted out the interview 
at the front of the book.  They did a fantastic job!

Long-time friends

Would not have been complete without red beans & rice!

The author signing books

The author with 3 of his 4 children

The original drawings that are in the book displayed in the window
For your own copy, pick one up at Pablo's if you're downtown on the courthouse square in Athens. 
 Or online at these places:


Blog Follower Special!!

Here it is as promised!  A Special for my FOLLOWERS!  I love you all!  Any of you may reserve your spot in my  Marketing YOU 101 coming Tuesday night!  Email or call (256 - 232 - 2521) to reserve!  You're the best and you deserve such a special!  Thank you for following my blog!


Calling Fun-Spirited Ladies Who Paint!

Painting Ladies,

Is Italy Calling YOU???

We are so excited about our upcoming trip to Italy this September to stake out our next
C&C painting journey!

Carole and Claire are now taking reservations for the few spots in our Italy painting journey week in the Tuscan town of Cortona September 11 - 18, 2010!
Cortona is a most charming walled town that Claire spent the summer of 1994
studying drawing and painting for her Master's degree.
The town dates back to 500 B.C.!!! Read more in the link above.
The experience was life changing!

The painting journey will include several hours of daily painting and instruction by Carole and Claire, creative spirit time, shopping and sipping cappucino along Via Nationale (Cortona's lovely main street full of boutiques, antique shops, dress shops, perfumerias, restaurants, coffee shops, etc.), and a day trip to Florence to visit the wonderful Uffizzi Museum and to see Michelangelo's David! We will stay in the heart of Cortona just a few steps away from Via Nationale at the beautiful Hotel Sabrina! Cortona is a walking town and boasts a gorgeous park and a 2-mile walk around the town giving you the most breath-taking
views from every direction that you will ever see!

This journey is limited to only12 spots.
It will be first come, first serve by submitting 1/2 of the total fee due by
November 30, 2009
balance due August 11, 2010.
Total fee will be $2900.

We will be planning a detailed itinerary in the coming weeks once we visit next month!

CORTONA, ITALY 2010 (at a glance)
September 11 - 18, 2010
Fee: $2900
Key Date: 1/2 fee due by November 30, 2009
12 student limit
2 instructors (Carole & Claire)
Lovely accommodations at Hotel Sabrina
Breakfast each morning
Evening dinner
All painting supplies
Shipping of your work back to the U. S.

All that YOU provide:
Your fun spirit!
Air fare to and from Florence
Tickets for train and other activities
and lunch

Let us know ASAP as we expect spots to go fast! Questions? Call or email Carole or Claire.

We hope you can be a part of this fabulous, life-changing experience in your painting journey!

Carole & Claire

Carole's phone: 256.232.2521
Claire's phone: 651.983.2743


Crab Night Fun!

Last night's Crab Night was so much fun!  I had a full house of fun folks, and we got to painting.

 I love watching their paintings evolve from a white canvas as we tone first, then begin the first stage, then the next, then voila!  They begin to emerge one by one!  

And the greatest, most fascinating thing is that they are all so different--very individualistic!  I love that!  Out of 18 people's pieces, none of them looks like another's.

And after everyone leaves, I use the left-over paint on each person's palette and tone canvases.  There was so much paint left last night that I painted for another hour and a half and covered over 14 canvases!!  I will have to hire an assistant to help me next time!  But look at the colorful pieces I have created.  Fun....


Crab Night Tomorrow Night!

Back from an awesome vacation and ready to paint!  Crab Paint Night is kicking off my newly scheduled Paint Nights for the autumn season.  Crab Night is filled up, but if you wish to join us on future Paint Nights, please do!

Here's how it works.  I schedule nights with a theme.  They are advertised here on my blog, my site and on facebook.  Each spot is first come first serve and secured with your tuition fee of $75.  Tuition may be paid in different ways: Through Paypal on my blog sidebar.  Call the studio with your credit card.  Or send a check to the studio.  It's always good to call and check the status of the Paint Night's reservations before sending in a check.  256.232.2521 is the studio number.

The schedule:
Doors open: 6:30
Mingling till 7pm
Painting begins 7pm
Painting ends 9pm
Group photo soon after.
Masterpiece taken home by 9:30 or so!

All levels of skill can attend.  All supplies are included.  You just show up with your choice of drink (non-alcoholic please) and I provide hors d'oeuvres to enjoy.  We all paint together, you along with me until 9pm.

I provide high quality art supplies--supplies that I use on my own paintings. Bring a friend, a significant other, your group of friends or come in your own glory!  All nice and fun people are welcome!


September 8: Funky Flowers in Van Gogh style 16x20 canvas
October 6: Simple Tuscan Landscape 12x12 canvas