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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Twenty Four

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"Parked in Ventura"
Oil, 12" x 12" on stretched canvas
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Thirty Things You Don't Know About Me

#24 - We bought a house in Venura last summer. But neither of us knew anything about Ventura.

Believe it or not I had only been to the city of Ventura twice. And my husband had only been there once. I know you are thinking WHAT? You bought a house in a town you really had never been to? It may not make a lot of sense but we love the beach community in Ventura and every weekend we discover another reason why buying a house here was a great decision!

What do I love about it here? I love listening to the waves crashing every minute of every single day. I love the cooler air and sea breeze. I love the fact our street dead-ends at the ocean so there is never any traffic and noise. I love that there is no public parking on our street but that our driveway can hold six cars. I love that we ride our bikes to go out to dinner. I love that Ventura has an Antique Flea Market ... every week. I love that you can pick your own heirloom tomatoes a few miles from here. I love that our dog Sport can run on the beach and play ball and not get in trouble. I love that the wines from the wineries from nearby Los Olivos and Paso Robles are amazing! I love that it only takes an hour and fifteen minutes to get to Ventura from our house. With traffic, it's only an hour and a half. I love the fact when I pull in the driveway and open the car door I can feel the stress leaving my body immediately. And finally, I love the fact that my three boys, my husband and my dog love it here as much as I do. 

Next week I am releasing my 2015 workshop schedule. I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information!

I am also offering Monday Online Studio painting classes beginning October 2014! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to find out more.

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