|Down by the Fox River|
On our way east this spring, we stopped in Batavia, Illinois, where I taught a workshop for Water Street Studios. You wouldn't think there'd be a small town like Batavia just a few minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago, but there is. Batavia, founded in 1833, became one of the biggest manufacturers of Conestoga wagons ("prairie schooners") and windmills. Today, still surrounded by farm fields and straddling the Fox River, the town offers several beautiful parks and maintains a quiet, small-town feeling.
Batavia also has a thriving art scene. Water Street Studios, which sponsored my workshop, has a gallery, two classrooms and 26 studios. It takes its workshop program seriously, which is why I teach there regularly.
|Fox River Dam|
9x12 oil by Michael Chesley Johnson
Now we are at the Art Barn in Valparaiso, Indiana, where a three-day workshop begins tomorrow. The dogwood tree is blooming, which guarantees some good painting! I still have space in this workshop, so visit www.artbarnin.com for details.
Here's a taste of what's to come this week at Art Barn: the dogwood tree.