I received word on Sunday that Debbie Garrison passed away Saturday evening. She had been fighting cancer for quite some time. She is now healed and pain free. Her visitation and funeral arrangements are listed below.

Visitation DEC 10 & 11 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM (CST) DEC 12 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Funeral DEC 12 1 p.m.

Gilbert Funeral Home 610 N. Broadway St. P.O. Box 546 Portland, TN, 37148


Pumpkin by Fonda Kopski

Friendship Painting
October 20, 2018

Sam Davis Lodge #661
Smyrna, TN

Water based oils

Palette fee: $10

Surface is an 11×14 canvas. Student can provide their own or Fonda will provide and prep with reimbursement to her for actual canvas cost, which is about $12.

Canvas to be prepped by applying 2 coats of white gesso, drying in between coats. After dry, sand lightly.

Level is beginner to oils. Note: these oils are very low odor, contains no linseed oil and your painting medium and clean up, is water.

Supplies student needs to bring to class: Graphite and stylus for tracing pattern, water container, paper towels, q-tips, palette paper.

Brushes: Bristle brushes: size 20 or 1/2” flat, #4 round stippler, fan brush. Synthetic brushes: #8 flat, liner, #00 small round. (No one should buy brushes, bring what you have closest to these sizes.)

Contact Betty Hooper to sign up. 615-355-1739

Bring sack lunch for this event.

There is still space available for this great project.  What a wonderful way to learn to use water based oils if you have never tried them.  Hurry and sign up today.



Paula Leopold Seminar Special Note:
I’ve been told by several sources that colored pencils are currently in High Demand due to the popularity of Adult Coloring Books. Below is the list of colored pencils for Paula’s seminar classes. If you plan on taking her classes, below are the pencils you will need. Hopefully by sharing the lists now, you will have plenty of time to order yours, just in case of backorders.

Strawberries & Cream
Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils – Please no brand or color substitutes!
White, Yellow Chartreuse, Yellowed Orange, Apple Green, Carmine Red,  Dark Green
Crimson Red, Ultramarine, Black Cherry, Black, Colorless Blender, Cool Grey 30%, 50%, 70%, French Grey 10%, 20%, 30%, 70%, White Gelly Roll Pen

Orchids & Antique Pitcher
Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils – Please no brand or color substitutes!
White, Powder Blue, Cream, Blue Violet Lake, Hot Pink, Copenhagen Blue
Process Red, Indigo Blue, Mulberry, Cool Grey 70%, Dahlia Purple, Cool Grey 90%
Celadon Green, Gold Mettalic, Limepeel, Marine Green, White Gelly Roll Pen

Etched Silver & Peony
Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils – Please no brand or color substitutes!
White, Mulberry, Goldenrod, Lilac, Mineral Orange, Lavender, Hot Pink, Dark Purple
Greyed Lavender, Imperial Violet, Cool Grey 30%, 50%, 70%, 90%
White Gelly Roll

Please note:  Prismacolor Color Pencils are in short supply.  If you need any colors for this seminar, please try and find them now, do not wait until the last minute.  Also, you may contact Carol Winslow to see if she has any colors available.

PRAYERS NEEDED…and other items

I just found out today that one of our members, Mary Lou Gentry, had a heart attack.  She is currently in ICU at St. Thomas Rutherford in Murfreesboro.  Please keep Mary Lou and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


Don’t forget that our “2 Much Fun” paint day is Saturday, June 11th starting at 8 a.m. at Matthews Memorial United Methodist Church in Madison. (our regular meeting place).

Supplies for color pencil project: Prisma Colored Pencils-white, cream, hot pink, carmine red, magenta, pomegranate, crimson lake, dark purple, sap green lake, spring green, dark green. White graphite paper, clipboard for backing, pencil sharpener dusting brush and eraser.

Supplies for acrylic project: Regular acrylic painting supplies, brushes, water basin, paper towels, graphite paper, palette paper etc.

Lunch menu:Chicken Salad – chicken, mayo, celery, grapes, pineapple, onion, salt & pepper served on croissants with lettuce leaves and tomato slices, carrots & broccoli served with ranch dip, Buttermilk Sheet cake with Vanilla frosting


Other news: Hey Painter friends!! Robin Raymond has a 200 bottle spinning paint rack for sale…$20.00 if anyone is interested . Call or email


First, I apologize to Janet Hamm for taking so long to get this on our blog.  I’ve been having some computer issues and can’t add things to the blog from my phone.

I think most of you know, but in case you don’t, Janet Hamm’s husband, Ken, passed away on Thursday, April 7th.  Please continue to keep Janet and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Sad news…..

Harriett Parrish, a longtime MTDA member, was listed in the death notices.  She was 97. Among her survivers is her sister, Evelyn Mason. She  was also one of our members and they both attended many retreats. Too bad we did not know of this while we were in Manchester.
…..Joyce McKelvey


Friendly Reminder:

If you haven’t sent in your registration for retreat, you’d better hurry.  If Melissa doesn’t receive by Feb. 1, you’ll be missing out on all the fun at Retreat & we’ll be sad to miss you.  Last chance…hurry, hurry, HURRY!!!

Bratt & Carol

MTDA March Workshop

March Meeting Workshop
Taught by Betty Hooper
Design by Janice Miller
Class fees:
Member fee$11.00
Non-Member fee $18.00
This cost will include the paint, paper, color photo, & lesson plan.
Students should bring to class:
Bring a board (stiff surface) that you can tape your your water color paper on. Bring a .25 or .30 black permanent marking pen. Bring normal painting brushes along with a 1/2″ angle brush.



Hello MTDA members,

I  recently received an email from SDP stating that my member number has changed.  Please check your emails for this note from SDP.  Remember, you will need to get with Fonda Kopski and let her know your new number.  It might be helpful if we all brought a copy of the email to the Christmas party to give to Fonda so she can record the correct numbers.

Also, remember to renew for SDP before December 1st to avoid the $5 late fee.  When you register, you will be taken to the Craft & Hobby Association website for payment.

Thank you,



I received word that Karen McCalla’s husband Bob has passed away.  Funeral arrangements are below.  Please keep Karen and family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Mr. Robert Roger McCalla, Jr. age 70 of Brentwood, Tenn., passed away peacefully on Nov. 1, 2015.

Memorial services will be conducted beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, 3009 Columbia Ave., Franklin.  Memorials may be made to the Robert McCalla Memorial Fund.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday at WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 615 794-2289