Artist Workshop Finds Creativity Begins with a Good Breakfast

Jimplecute News Editor

Ernie Clay

JEFFERSON – As the Old Mulberry Inn staff cleared away breakfast dishes Tuesday, a band of Austin-based artists returned to their creations. Ernie Clay worked in acrylics on an Oregon scene from her 50th anniversary trip.

Beverly Moreland picked up one of her color pencils and returned to her depiction of a young woman with a floral scarf wrapped around her head. Libby Smith’s watercolor of country music star Willie Nelson emerged from the blank page.

Around them hovered Dan Jones, retired high school art teacher, who leads the annual workshop for Austin area artists. “San Miguel De Allende (Mexico) was our first workshop,” Moreland said.

Lynn Jones, Dan’s wife, credits Moreland for prodding her husband into launching the workshops.“Since San Miguel,” Jones related, “we’ve been to Alpine, Santa Fe, Ruidoso, Pagosa Springs, Port Aransas and Galveston.”

This year, the group chose Jefferson. “My husband was friends with Weldon and Mary Nash who urged us to visit here,” Moreland explained. Jones, who taught in Clarksville and Mansfield before retiring to Austin, sets an easy schedule. The group paints until 1 P.M. then spends the rest of the day… (a subscription to the Jimplecute is required to continue reading this article).

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