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New Pickwick Workshop Series Offered in Downtown Middletown

Carolyn Anderson is Coming to Ohio!!

Finally!!!  I can finally announce a partnership that promises to bring some nationally recognized artist to Downtown Middletown and we are pretty darn excited about it!

Chris Lohr, owned of the Pickwick House & Studio, and Linda Riesenberg Fisler chatted over lunch one day. Linda expressed her desire to host a workshop series and Chris joined Linda in that desire. After a little more conversation, the Pickwick Studio Workshop Series was created!!

Chris and Linda met a few times discussing the details and then they got to work. After having attended many workshops, instructing, and talking with other artists, it was clear that students lamented that they desired smaller class sizes so that more one on one instruction could be given. They also lamented that they would prefer to have workshop offered to just intermediate to advanced students so that time could be spent on topics not covered due to the limitations of time and class size.

“I’ve always wanted to launch a series of workshops that was geared to a piece of the art market that I don’t think is being addressed; a small class size (ten students) filled with artists who are at the intermediate to advance level and want a fun but intensive experience with a master artist. If we could have gone smaller and made the numbers work, meaning cover the daily rate of the master artist and other costs, we would have. The numbers don’t work for anything smaller, but we are hopeful that this experience will blow artists away!”  Riesenberg-Fisler commented.  “Chris and I are into a lot of different things–writing, creating music, marketing, and so on.  We may even expand our scope a bit in the future.  It’s a thought, but for now we are focused on bringing master artists here for workshops that intermediate to advanced painters would enjoy attending. These workshop are designed to help us up our game, be intensive, provide lots of attention, but be friendly and fun too.”  The Pickwick Studio Workshop Series is just starting out and just starting to pull its 2017 calendar together, but it is not wasting any time!

Kicking off the series is a nationally recognized master artist who lives forty miles from the Canadian border in Montana. Carolyn Anderson, who has appeared as a guest on Riesenberg Fisler’s Art Chat a number of times, will open the series in March.  Carolyn is well known to artists and her work is recognized across the nation. “The workshop will focus on fixed subject with fixed light,” Carolyn explained. “We’ll be painting utilizing live models and on the last day, we’ll discuss painting from photographs.”   For more on the workshop, which is entitled, “Interpreting Reality”, Click here.

In July 2017, Pickwick Studio Workshop Series welcome Debra Keirce, who is a master artist who specializes in painting miniatures. Here paintings can sit in the palm of your hand, but the detail achieved is amazing!  Debra lives in Virginia and travels across the nation(and sometimes internationally) conducting workshops, attending award shows for miniatures and painting with her group of artist mentors. She also has been a guest on Art Chat.  “The benefits of painting in miniature include smaller work and storage spaces, less expense in supplies and shipping, a unique niche audience in the art world, and the camaraderie of a unique group of artists once you are assimilated into the societies and shows.” Debra described.  For more information on this workshop, Click here.

You may recall that these workshops are design to accommodate a small number of artists–TEN–to be precise.  If you want to attend either or both of these workshops, we advise you to sign up quickly.  Don’t take a chance and wait–it may fill up quickly and you’ll be left out in the cold!

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss!

Hello Fellow Creatives!

We hope this quick blog finds you in joyfully creative pursuits!  There is a ton of stuff happening this fall and we wanted to put them in quick blog so that you can mark your calendars and not miss a single event!  So grab your pen and calendar, take a deep breath; here we go!


The Ever Popular Art Chats!

While September seems to be a busy month for all artists (including Riesenberg Fisler as you’ll see below), what we lack in September chats we make up for in October!  We’ll have two chats in October and one in November.  Here’s the schedule and a brief description of what we have scheduled.  We also wanted to thank everyone for listening and spreading the news about the chats.  Our audience is continuing to grow!


October 2nd at 1:30 pm Eastern– Joseph McGurl


Joe McGurl paints gorgeous landscapes only from studies and from his memory; no photographs, no taking pictures at the scene.  He uses the sight see method and we’ll talk about that as well as his two workshops coming up in North Carolina.

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October 16th at 1:30 pm Eastern–George Gallo


George is publishing his first art instruction book with North Light Books and we have the exclusive interview about that journey, what the book is about and we’ll also talk about his painting style. George paints plein air on large canvas.  Learn how George can paint huge canvases in one session.


November 11th at 11:30 pm Eastern–Lori Putnam


We’ll be covering a lot of topics with Lori, from painting to the art journey she is currently living. She has a lot of wonderful things happening in her life and lots of advice to share with you.


Painting Demonstration Sept 13th-Middletown Arts Center, Ohio.


Riesenberg Fisler will be painting at the Middletown Arts Center on September 13th from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.  During this presentation, Riesenberg Fisler will be answering questions and talking about the process as she paints.  She will also be raffling off some painting goodies and the painting she is creating.  What a special memory for someone–to actually watch your painting being created!


(The painting process for Mas de Flory.)

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Mas de Flory  18 x 24 oil on linen

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Upcoming Plein Air Workshop

Don’t forget about Riesenberg Fisler Fall Workshop!  We’ll be painting en plein air at various spots in Southwestern Ohio just as the fall colors are at their peak!  Sign up today for this two day workshop.  For more information, Click here

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New Book Deal!

In case you haven’t heard, Riesenberg Fisler will be publishing her first novel! She signed the book deal this past week with Dog Ear Publishing.  Riesenberg-Fisler has been creatively writing since her childhood.  Hearing so many stories from artists about how their painting careers started at a very young age got Riesenberg Fisler thinking about her writing.  This novel which she started back in the 1980s is finally to the point of publishing.  To learn more about her novel and the journey so far, click here.


Here is Riesenberg Fisler with Miles Nelson, President/Partner at Dog Ear Publishing just after signing the book deal.

Milesandlinda                                        Miles Nelson and Linda Riesenberg Fisler @ Dog Ear Publishing


We wish Linda the best!  If the teasers (little selections from the book) that she has been posting on social media are an indication of what she has in store for us, this is going to be a great suspense book!  Here’s one that she posted that had everyone wondering what was going to happen next!


“After pouring the water into the coffee maker, Jenkins walked to the front door to get the morning paper. He opened the door and stooped down to pick it up when a pair of shoes literally appeared in front of his eyes from nowhere. Senator Jenkins picked up the paper beginning to stand upright as his eyes scanned the legs that were attached to those shoes. He continued his motion upward. When he saw the face of the man standing in front of him, he smiled. “I was wondering when I would have the honor of your presence. Come on in.” Jenkins opened the door further and moved aside to let his visitor enter his condo. As the visitor passed, the Senator stood a moment and looked around the outside. He wanted to make sure that his visitor wasn’t followed, although he knew that the visitor would have taken great strides to make sure of that. When confident that the man had not been followed, the Senator went inside, shutting the door behind him.”


After posting this on Social Media, Symi Jackson of Rosemary Brushes said:

“I love what you posted-the little teaser from your book.  I want to know more–what happened after he closed the door!  That was great!”


Lots of excitement over Blind Influence.  We hope you’ll come along for the ride!