Awakening the Muse

Awakening the Muse B&B is a three hour guided art class (all levels). Classes include all materials needed to create a masterpiece, with a Bellini in hand to awaken the muse.
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Hello, I'm Monique. Allow me to inspire you and your friends through a creative and fun-filled adventure. I have been behind an easel since the age of 2. Over the years I have experimented with all mediums, and am well versed with multiple painting techniques. I would love to bring my lifetime of experience to guide you in creating your very own masterpieces. With a little patience, an open mind, and a relaxing Bellini in hand, ALL will leave with lasting memories and beautiful pieces of art work. NO artistic experience needed. Classes will provide each with all the provisions needed to complete a painting within a 3hr time period. Canvases come pre-lined with the composition chosen, so that means no drawing skills necessary. I am open for any suggestions on a subject and can create a special composition for your event. Browse the FB page albums for inspiration from past events. Host a B&B bash for any occasion, Spouses Groups, Birthday Parties, Social Events, Bachelorette Parties, Girls night out, or just plain ol' Boredom Remedy....I'm sure you can find any reason to have some painting fun. While it may be most common, the parties are not limited to women; many men have enjoyed them as well. A B&B Bash will last 2-3 hours. Food and drinks are welcome. If you are interested in hosting your own B&B please consult FAQ's for the HOSTESS https://www.facebook.com/notes/brushstrokes-and-bellinis/faqs-for-the-hostess/524747584218879 $40.00 per guest provides each with a Bellini, Canvas, all paints and supplies needed to create your masterpiece, and smocks! **A smock is provided for your use, however, you may want to wear something old as any dried acrylic paints on clothing can be permanent.** My favorite Bellini is made with Prosecco, Peach Puree, and a splash of Peach Schnapps. It's an appropriate cocktail for the event as the Bellini is named after the Venetian renaissance artist, Giovanni Bellini. His paintings are known for the many shades of orange, much like the scrumptious color of the Bellini, hence the name. All intellectual property rights of "Brushstrokes and Bellinis" are owned by Monique Moniot Greathouse. Intellectual Property - The content on the Website contains copyrighted material or other proprietary properties, which for purposes of this document, shall be known collectively as Intellectual Property. All Intellectual Property contained in the Website are subject to all applicable United States and International laws and are the exclusive property of Brushstrokes and Bellinis, and it's owner Monique Moniot Greathouse. Content that contains Intellectual Property may be viewed, copied, or printed for your personal and non-commercial use. All other uses of Intellectual Property from the website are strictly prohibited without the express prior written consent of Monique Moniot Greathouse.

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Awakening the Muse
10/14/2016

Awakening the Muse

Awakening the Muse's cover photo
10/14/2016

Awakening the Muse's cover photo

09/30/2016

UNDER RE-CREATION....please bear with me in excitement as I recreate this forum keystroke by keystroke. More Inspired and Creative Living coming your way. I'm currently merging my Artist Page with Brushstrokes and Bellinis and it will have a new name. I hope you will enjoy and follow along with what I have been musing over.

Fine Art Paintings for sale, created by Monique Moniot Greathouse. "Venice" Watercolor $175"Harvest Pumpkins" $200"Ohio ...
06/17/2015

Fine Art Paintings for sale, created by Monique Moniot Greathouse.
"Venice" Watercolor $175
"Harvest Pumpkins" $200
"Ohio Mist" $125

For Sale and a couple of free items.
06/09/2015

For Sale and a couple of free items.

I would like to invite you to join me in Seattle this summer. I will be teaching creativity at this event "The Essential...
06/08/2015
The Essential Essence of Fatima - FemFusion Fitness

I would like to invite you to join me in Seattle this summer. I will be teaching creativity at this event "The Essential Essence of Fatima" July 18/19. Details in the following link.

Join me for "The Essential Essence of Fatima," a 2-day women's retreat in Renton, WA, July 18-19 2015.

06/05/2015

My family and I would like to invite the Brushstrokes and Bellinis community to our annual motorcycle party and coincidentally our going away/and my husbands retirement party (as official as his ceremony gets) the party begins June 20th around 1500 and will last until about 0200. There will be over 40 motorcycles, tons of drinks, and food. Food begins around 1700. Retirement orders at 1630 (casual and quick). BYOB or Drinks €2 (beer/mixed), food €5 (BBQ, potato salads, frites, etc), and all you can eat/drink €20-25 (not set yet). Event will be held at the studio. Please comment with your RSVP if you will be coming by.

Brushstrokes and Bellinis has come to a close, and the sentiments are rolling in and out. I have had the great pleasure ...
05/10/2015

Brushstrokes and Bellinis has come to a close, and the sentiments are rolling in and out. I have had the great pleasure of painting with so many beautiful and incredible people!! I love hearing the stories about how my classes have inspired and given courage to those who have ventured into a personal creative practice. Or witnessing the satisfaction one gets when completing a painting with me in absolute awe "I can't believe I painted that!" And even the sweet (and sometimes not so sweet) surrender in failure, because within failure is the most fertile grounds for success. Just as I have awakened the muse within you, you have awakened in me abilities I never knew I had, and I will be forever grateful. My time here with all of you will be greatly missed, and the community holds a big place in my heart always.

As my family makes this next transition back to my home town Ocean Springs MS, I would like to invite you to stay connected with me on my Brushstrokes and Bellinis FB page. It will also undergo a small transformation, (it may have a name change) and take on as my artist page. For myself as an entrepreneur, this move provides me with a new "canvas". As to what I create for the next endeavor, will soon be revealed. I would love for you all to continue to be a part of it. Living in Germany, and connecting with the military community has inspired me to think in a more worldly aspect rather than small town.

Much love to all of you, keep up the painting & creativity!! "The heart has a story that only the hands can tell" Llorraine Neithardt

Some photos from the Oil Painting Workshop in Rome with Michael Klein. I had so much fun and truly felt like a beginner ...
05/04/2015

Some photos from the Oil Painting Workshop in Rome with Michael Klein. I had so much fun and truly felt like a beginner this weekend. I learned so much!!! Can't wait to put it all into practice.

Michael Klein is the Grand Prize Winner of The 2015 Still Life Competition hosted by Grand Central Atelier in NY. You can read about it and see his winning painting at the following link http://www.fineartconnoisseur.com/Grand-Central-Atelier-Names-Winner-of-Still-Life-C/19614527

You can also see more of his work at michaelkleinpaintings.com

04/30/2015

Im all packed and ready for ROME!! I'm thrilled to announce the winner of the weekend is Caroline Doran!! I will be keeping you in mind and heart as I paint this weekend. Know the painting will be created especially for you!! A HUGE thank you to all who supported me in my Rome Painting weekend adventure. I will think of you through this very special weekend (and always) in deep Gratitude. Without each of your contributions, your friendship and support; I would have not been able to attend. Let's not forget a speedy recovery too. Thankfully the doctor has given his approval for travel post surgery. I'm healing well and my energy is slowly returning. Much love and light to you all!! Stay tuned as I will be posting progress of the oil painting workshop through the weekend.

I'm halfway to my goal!! Feeling blessed beyond measure and grateful to everyone who has supported me. I'm an artist see...
03/25/2015
Click here to support Artist Seeking Patrons by Monique Moniot Greathouse

I'm halfway to my goal!! Feeling blessed beyond measure and grateful to everyone who has supported me. I'm an artist seeking patrons for a special trip for a workshop in Rome. My chance at being the student. For every 5$ you contribute to helping me get there, you get a chance at receiving the study painting that I create at the workshop. More details on my gofundme site. Little money makes big money. ;) http://www.gofundme.com/moniquemoniot

The other day I checked into instagram and found that one of my favorite contemporary artists, Michael Klein is facilitating a Flower Painting workshop in Rome. (You can see his work at www.michalekleinpaintings.com) Most of you know that I am a self taught artist, researching and floundering my...

Upcoming Public Event...March 28, 6-9pm "BOATS". This painting is inspired from a photo I took while on a pilgrimage in ...
03/21/2015

Upcoming Public Event...March 28, 6-9pm "BOATS". This painting is inspired from a photo I took while on a pilgrimage in Fisterra, Spain. Fisterra is on the rocky Costa da Morte (Galician: "Coast of Death"), named because of the large number of shipwrecks along these shores. There in the docks, I found these abandoned boats. Fisterra was also known as the end of the world, is one of the most western points of Spain. Join me for a night of creative fun, and awaken your muse.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/220229374/public-event-boats-march-28th-2015

Artist Seeking Patrons
03/17/2015
Click here to support Artist Seeking Patrons by Monique Moniot Greathouse

Artist Seeking Patrons

The other day I checked into instagram and found that one of my favorite contemporary artists, Michael Klein is facilitating a Flower Painting workshop in Rome. Most of you know that I am a self taught artist, researching and floundering my way through trial and error. At times it truly feels li...

I have a private event scheduled this Saturday night, March 7th 6-9pm, in which a few spots are being released to anyone...
03/05/2015

I have a private event scheduled this Saturday night, March 7th 6-9pm, in which a few spots are being released to anyone who may like to join. PM to reserve a spot. Attached is an image of the painting we will create.

If you are looking for an exciting ArtVenture, allow the talented Ash Weisel of The Sunny Side Up Studio take you on a c...
02/21/2015

If you are looking for an exciting ArtVenture, allow the talented Ash Weisel of The Sunny Side Up Studio take you on a creativity filled adventure. Artistic Escape to Italy registration has been extended to March 5th.

Registration for the Artistic Escape to Italy has been extended until March 5th. When you register you will receive this art print of the main stop on the trip, The enchanted Cinque Terre!
Visit: https://artisticescapetoitaly.eventbrite.com to learn more and view the full itinerary!

Ash Weisel of  The Sunny Side Up Studio is due back in town with kids art classes in May, and much more to offer while s...
02/20/2015

Ash Weisel of The Sunny Side Up Studio is due back in town with kids art classes in May, and much more to offer while she is visiting. Check out her page for more details.

Registration for the Kids Art Camp in Germany is OPEN! Visit the Eventbrite link for complete info! Share this post to have your child entered in a drawing for art supplies the first day of class!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kids-art-camp-in-germany-full-camp-deposit-tickets-15798864830

Tulips
02/03/2015

Tulips

Look what's in the works for the upcoming Valentine's Day Class Feb 14th.....I just may have to buy myself a new toy!! T...
01/29/2015

Look what's in the works for the upcoming Valentine's Day Class Feb 14th.....I just may have to buy myself a new toy!! The Silhouette Cameo is awesome!! We will be using stencils in the couples class to create 3 canvases "Mr & Mrs". Thanks to Rayandmaria Steele for showing me the ropes and sharing the creativity. Follow the link to sign up for the class. https://www.etsy.com/listing/220081619/public-event-mr-mrs-february-14th-2015-6?

I AM ABSOLUTELY BESIDE MYSELF!!! BEYOND EXCITED!! I just secured reservations to paint en plein air at MONETS GARDENS in...
01/28/2015

I AM ABSOLUTELY BESIDE MYSELF!!! BEYOND EXCITED!! I just secured reservations to paint en plein air at MONETS GARDENS in Giverny, France. Literally shaking with excitement!! If you would like to join me, I still have availability for my upcoming Normandy Art Retreat MAY 14-18. 350€ includes 5 days 4 nights at a French Gíte in Northern Normandy, includes round trip transportation (from Kaiserslautern), 4 breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches, 2 dinners. Come and paint with me!! See France through the eyes of your inner Artist. Deposits must be paid by Feb 10. PM to register, or for more details.

01/26/2015

I'm interested in hiring a Male Model, willing to pose nude. I have a special request from a Hostess for an upcoming Brushstrokes and Bellinis class. PM for details if interested.

Winter Trees
01/24/2015

Winter Trees

Red Red Wine
01/23/2015

Red Red Wine

Oil Painting Classes with Monique(Only two sessions before my summer move)For painters who are looking to improve their ...
01/21/2015

Oil Painting Classes with Monique
(Only two sessions before my summer move)

For painters who are looking to improve their basic understanding and ability with painting, come and join me in The Artist Loft for the "Series Art Class with Oils".

Learn the principles of oil painting in an experimental and fun way. This is a great class for those who wish to explore their creativity while painting, whether you are a beginner or an intermediate. Students will learn to harness components of painting such as the fundamentals of color mixing, composition, paint application, brush work, creating the illusion of light and depth, and creating texture, etc. My goal is to provide you with valuable feedback and guidance in a structured but relaxed environment. Soon enough, you'll master the art of oils and expertly depict and creatively interpret what you observe.

Currently we meet for 6 weeks, every Wednesday, with the option of morning or evening. Morning sessions will be held from 9-12, and Evening sessions will be held from 6-9. This year I am willing to open up Thursday Oil Classes, provided a minimum enrollment is met. Please let me know if you would be interested in AM, PM, Wednesday or Thursday. The tuition is $180 for each 6 week series.

Upcoming Series Art Class with Oils.....

"Still Life"
February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11,
In this series we will be painting from life, with a focus on color and form. COLOR will be the Primary focus. Exploring Color mixing, color combinations, seeing color, and exaggerating color, replicating color, and Values.

"Monique"s Mechanical Method to Portrait Painting"
Or "Open Theme/Any Project"
March 18, 25, April 1, we will not meet over Spring Break, April 15, 22, 29
In this series I will share with you how I use personal portrait photographs, Photoshop, printing methods, and transfer methods I use in painting a portrait painting. However I would like to be flexible to accommodate anyone who is not interested in Portrait Painting and am open to working on any oil painting projects in this last Oil Painting series I have to offer you.....sniff sniff :(

Est cost of materials 50-100€ (materials not included) can be purchase at the art store/frame shop in Einsiedlerhof.


Pre Registration required by
Feb 2, 2015 via email, to [email protected]

Please include your name, email address, telephone number, and which session you would like to sign up for, morning or evening, Wednesday or Thursday. I will then send you a PayPal invoice for payment to secure your spot. Upon registration for either series, a materials list will be sent to your email address. With this list printed, you will receive an extra 10% discount from the art store for QUALITY materials. Don't forget your vat form, that's an additional 18 % off. The ladies are wonderful and very helpful. They are familiar with the materials that you need. I buy all of my materials from them.

I have 10 available seats for each class. They will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Accepting ages 13+

All workshops are offered contingent upon minimum enrollment. Workshops are evaluated two days prior to the starting date and if minimum enrollment is not met, it may be cancelled. Registered students will be notified of any changes, and a full refund will be issued or applied to the next scheduled workshop if preferred.

Thank You
Monique Moniot Greathouse

01/13/2015

I will be hosting back to back Public events January 30th and 31st. Both nights 6-9pm, and the theme is Tulips. I'm just getting back into the studio today from holiday and will be working on the sample painting and will post it when its ready. I have created the etsy listings for early registration. Sign up at the following links.

Friday January 30th 6-9pm
https://www.etsy.com/listing/218310394/public-event-tulips-friday-january-30?

Saturday Januray 30th 6-9pm
https://www.etsy.com/listing/218309615/public-event-tulips-saturday-january-31?

Now Accepting Reservations for January and February.The best way to stay in the know for upcoming Brushstrokes and Belli...
12/31/2014
Brushstrokes and Bellinis : Sign Up to Stay in Touch

Now Accepting Reservations for January and February.

The best way to stay in the know for upcoming Brushstrokes and Bellinis Upcoming Public Events and Available Dates for Private Events, is by my email newsletter. (Sign up at the following link)

http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?llr=sjc5ivkab&p=oi&m=1110963063090&sit=59mu46ghb&f=a9cb7ff0-5665-4cb7-aefd-dddbe3c34ae4 .

JANUARY TO MAY of 2015 will be my last months of operating Brushstrokes and Bellinis in the Kaiserslautern Military Community. My Husband retires next fall and it will soon be time to return home; Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Before I go lets have as much painting fun together as we can!!! I will utilize the emails to notify for public classes as well as dates available for scheduling private events. (No more than 2-3 emails a month) After the close of Brushstrokes and Bellinis, I will move on to my next adventure as a creative entrepreneur, and would like to invite you to remain a subscriber to keep in touch. My intentions are to continue offering art for purchase, international workshops and retreats, art classes, maybe even starting up a youtube channel, and who knows what else. A creative journey is always better shared.

(Supposedly there are changes coming to FB business pages again and I may not always pay to promote a post.)

January to May of 2015 will be my last months of operating Brushstrokes and Bellinis in the Kaiserslautern Military Community. My Husband retires next fall and it will soon be time to return home; Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Before I go lets have as much painting fun together as we can!!! I will uti…

12/25/2014

Merry Christmas! I hope you each discover a gift of creativity within, far beyond your wildest dreams. You are all so talented and it's always such an honor to be a part of it.

Full size bed frame and Armoir for sale. $350. (Round furniture sliders and accessories in the Armoir are not included.)...
12/21/2014

Full size bed frame and Armoir for sale. $350. (Round furniture sliders and accessories in the Armoir are not included.) Pick up in Otterbach.

The hostess for the private event scheduled for this Saturday night Dec 13 would like to open her event up to anyone int...
12/11/2014

The hostess for the private event scheduled for this Saturday night Dec 13 would like to open her event up to anyone interested in joining in on the painting Fun. Class is from 6-9 and the theme is "winter barn". There are 5 remaining spots available. Please PM me for details on reserving a spot.

Christmas Sale!!! 30% off all Brushstrokes and Bellinis paintings from previous classes. Painted by me. (Follow the link...
12/10/2014

Christmas Sale!!! 30% off all Brushstrokes and Bellinis paintings from previous classes. Painted by me. (Follow the link to see what's left.) I also have 2 ballerina paintings available, as well as 2 snowman paintings that are not in the album. Pay via PayPal and schedule an appointment to pick up in Otterbach.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.989916534368646.1073741876.303301809696792&type=3

Any of the paintings in this Album are available for pick up at the Artist Studio in Otterbach. Please PM or comment on the photo to purchase. Paintings may slightly differ in color compared to the digital image.

12/04/2014

If your looking for a Christmas tree, my son Murray and I are working at the Boy-scout tree stand for Pack 69. Prices are $35/$40/$45 small med and large trees. Murray and I will be here tonight until 8. And the stand is open from 5-8pm tomorrow night, and 10-8 on Saturday and Sunday. The boy-scouts appreciate your support.

Upcoming PUBLIC EVENT "Snowman"  This Saturday night, December 6th. 6-9pm in the Artist Loft.I would be grateful if you ...
12/02/2014
PUBLIC EVENT "Snowman"

Upcoming PUBLIC EVENT "Snowman" This Saturday night, December 6th. 6-9pm in the Artist Loft.

I would be grateful if you would be willing to share the etsy link or this post for the upcoming public painting class with local friends. FB is changing their ways again, and word of mouth will depend on shares, likes and comments. Without you, there would be no painting fun!! :) Your support is appreciated.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/213731023/public-event-snowman?

PUBLIC EVENT------------Snowman Hosted by Monique Moniot Greathouse, instructor and owner of Brushstrokes and Bellinis. This listing is a single

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