The Magic of Oops with Bob Burridge

Another super week with Bob Burridge where a marvelous time was had by all. The magic of “Oops” was that even mistakes can be turned into successes with a little “magic” and imagination.

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At dinner on the final night, the group of students presented Bob with a little moment gift. One was a book titled “Beautiful Oops” by Barney Saltzberg. This delightfully illustrated children’s book was a perfect example of the things that Bob Burridge was talking about in the class – how “oops” can be transformed with imagination and creativity into something beautiful.

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Bob will be back again next year in October!

Figures In Pastel with Margaret Dyer

As Bob Burridge says, “She’s the best!” That’s Margaret Dyer, who was here teaching a 3-day workshop in pastel figures. Always a popular class, this year was no different. A great bunch of students and a fine couple of models.

If you missed this year, Margaret will be back with us again next year in March.

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Outside the studio there was also a bit of color on nature’s palette – the tulips are just starting to bloom and with the recent rains and warm weather everything is getting really green!

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Drawing on the Wild Side with Joe Weatherly

Last week the wonderful Joe Weatherly from Southern California taught a 5-day animal drawing and oil sketching workshop. The group had a grand time and learned a lot about animal anatomy and drawing moving subjects. They were able to go to the Discovery Zoo and Balliwick Ranch in Catskill and have the complete run of the place, getting up close to the animals without anyone getting in the way.

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As the zoo was not yet ready with their food concessions, we were able to bring in a picnic lunch to the zoo grounds.

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After two days at the zoo, for change of scenery and animals, the group went to K & K Equesterian Center, which is just 10 minutes from the inn. They found friendly people and friendly animals!

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Here is Joe, having just finished a demo of one of the many horses.

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It was great week and everyone in the class was clamoring for us to bring Joe back again for another workshop, so we did! Joe will be returning June 27 – July 1, 2016. Mark your calendars!

Smoked Salmon and Leek Chowder

This is one of the new hit dishes at the workshop this year. The first time we served it we actually had several people request a second bowl instead of the rack of lamb being served as the main course! (The rack of lamb with the pesto and breadcrumb crust is another of the favorite recipes.) We’ve already had so many requests for the recipe, we decided to post it right away.


  • 3 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 2 medium leeks, white and light green parts only, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 large rib celery, thinly sliced (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  •  2 cups whole milk
  • 2 8-oz bottles of clam juice
  • 3 small red potatoes, cut into a 1/2″ dice (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 oz hot-smoked salmon, skin and bones removed, flaked into bite-size pieces (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbs chopped fresh dill
  • 1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

To Make:

Melt the butter in a 4-qt saucepan over medium heat. Add the leeks and celery, and cook, stirring, until tender, about 6 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring for 1 minute.

Slowly whisk in the milk and clam juice, then bring to a simmer. Next, add the potatoes and bay leaves. Simmer gently until the potatoes are tender, about 12 minutes.

Add the salmon, cream, dill, and lemon juice, and cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper and serve!

Fun with Digital Printing with Kathyanne White

Mixed media artist, Kathyanne White, brought her knowledge of digital printing on alternative surfaces and dazzled us with the endless possibilities. Her enthusiasm and humor made this class a weeklong party.

These photos show just some of what they were working with, including printing on beverage cans, metal mesh, plastic milk cartons, and more. They also creating some really neat constructions by crocheting wire and bits of printed aluminum cans.

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If you missed this wonderful class, you’ll have to watch for your next opportunity. In the meantime, Kathyanne’s new book, “Digital Printing Alternative Surfaces“, is a great resource. It really is as the title says, “The Definitive Source.”

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Around the inn, Spring is taking shape in the form of loads of blooming daffodils and the greening of lawns and trees.

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