Reading List

As often happens in the happy hours conversing during breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the subject of good books comes up. In Lorenzo’s workshop, there were so many good book suggestions that the group came up with a list. Here is their list:


Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity

The Cloud Collector’s Handbook

The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How.

Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art (Wheaton Literary Series)


Wolf Hall: A Novel

Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel

Waiting for Snow in Havana

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption


The Mask Carver’s Son

The Rhythm of Memory


The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life’s Work at 72


Cutting for Stone

The Walk: A Novel (Pocket Readers Guide)

The Carousel

If you are like me, the list of books you want to read is way too long to actually remember, so I’m currently using an iPhone app called Book Crawler. It allows you to keep a list of the books you want read and the list of the books you’ve already read – so you don’t buy the same book twice! It even has the ability to add books to your list by scanning the barcode on the back of a book (handy when browsing at a bookstore).

Field Study to Studio Concepts with Lorenzo Chavez

Lorenzo Chavez, painter of the American West, is here this week teaching a pastel/oil workshop to a fabulous bunch of eager participants.


The first three days were spent on location – at our town park, a local farm, and at Olana.


It’s been perfect picnic weather all week with temps in the 70’s and 80’s, so the class enjoyed lunch delivery to the painting site each noon.


Of course, when group painted around the inn, cookie time meant cake time, too!


Lorenzo’s son, Derek, is here assisting his dad, but also has made himself available to help cart art stuff around for everyone in the workshop. I wonder if he wants a permeant job?


We have a mother and her three grown daughters with us for two weeks, taking both Lorenzo’s workshop and then the workshop with Donna Zagotta (2 spots left in this workshop!). I’ve taken this as a challenge to come up with some new breakfast specials. Today the special was Asparagus & Wild Mushroom Strata. It was a winner!


In case you don’t know, we serve a full short-order menu for breakfast, with a menu that includes various types of eggs, pancakes, & French Toast, as well as a fresh fruit, yogurt, and cereal buffet. Each day there is a special entree available to order.

The New Jersey blueberries a great this year. One of the desserts we do is, of course, fresh blueberry pie with home-made ice cream.


Versatile Pastels with Margaret Evans

It was a whirlwind 3 days with Margaret Evans of Scotland! Margaret usually teaches a 5 day workshop for us every other year, but due to popular demand we just had to fit Margaret in for a workshop this year, too!

The group enjoyed a day at a local farm.


The marvelous painting in the foreground is Margaret’s demo.


A grand time was had around the dinner table – delicious food and lively conversations.


Margaret will be back in 2014 for her usual 5-day workshop. You don’t want to miss it!