Monthly Archives: June 2010


Donna and Brigitte Schlemmer

     Donna and Brigitte Schlemmer, Executive Director of the Fallbrook School of the Arts 

I’ve just returned from teaching a workshop for the Fallbrook School of the Arts. The town of Fallbrook is about an hour outside of San Diego, CA and prides itself on being the avocado capital of the world. It is also quite a lively arts community that was once the home of Frank Capra, who directed It’s a Wonderful Life, one of the most inspirational movies of all time. 

I had a fun and exciting week at Fallbrook. It started with a painting demo on Sunday, followed  by a wonderful dinner at the home of sculptor Dr. Jim Helms and his wife Victoria. Also at the dinner was San Diego artist, teacher, (and surfer!) Ken Goldman, and Brigitte Schlemmer. Dr. Helms is a talented sculptor and his beautiful works of art grace the lovely backyard and gardens of their lovely hillside home. Here are some of his amazing metal sculptures………

  Dr. Jim Helms,  Metal Sculpture         DSC_0038          DSC_0011   IMG_0230


My friend and fellow artist and teacher, Judy Morris, was also in San Diego that week teaching a workshop for the San Diego Watercolor Society. Judy and popular San Diego artist and teacher Ken Goldman drove down to Fallbrook one evening and we enjoyed a delicious dinner accompanied by wine and some fabulous art talk.  

                  Judy Morris, Ken Goldman, Donna

                                                    Judy Morris, Ken Goldman, Donna

The workshop, Adding the You Factor to Paintings ran from Monday through Friday. We explored design ideas for personalizing paintings and I debuted a new segment dealing with choosing color schemes for paintings. I was so pleased that everyone embraced the workshop projects enthusiastically and I was truly amazed at the effort these hard working artists put into their work. Here are some of the terrific paintings that came out of the workshop……………
                                          898  Pat

                   Anna Anna

                                      905  Jean

                                   906   Jan

                                    908a    Sue

                                     911   Kandy

  930    Mary

                              917    Susanna

                                      934    Debbie

                                                  894     Robin

                                                  926    Carol

MaryAnne    MaryAnne

909 Kandy and Carol looking at critique paintings in the overhead mirror. Hope you enjoyed the show – we sure did! 



Thank You Brigitte!

 Happy Painting!