Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Learn, Teach, Share

The only way to get better at something anything, is practice, regularly, consistently.
Bobbi Levitt's painting and easel at Painting by the Pond
The best way to really learn something is to teach it.

And to find joy in something you need to share it.

I loved having my students at my home and studio last week for Painting by the Pond. It was exciting to watch everyone's work develop and I know for sure that teaching makes me a better artist. Takes me from auto pilot to being present, demands clarity and good communication, and I learn and am inspired from what each student, regardless of experience brings to the class.

Kay S. set up in the shade (smart lady) and
kept on going all week.

Milan's first oil painting...
"It was a wonderful, invaluable experience, an inspirational 5 days with a fabulous instructor and mentor who helped me to grow not only as an artist but as an art teacher as well."
Kathy N.
Kathy at work
So much fun we're going to do it again... look for shout outs about a Fall Weekend Workshop of Painting by the Pond. The colors are glorious and the fish are still active.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Over the Hump at the Pond

Today was Day 3 of Painting by the Pond. It was a picture perfect morning- the sun came out after some crazy storms last night, the humidity dropped (thankfully) and everyone is thrilled with the progress they are seeing in their work.  You can see why I love this place and I am so happy to share this with other creative, fun and supportive souls (on two and four legs!)
Bobbi's ptg. mid session of Day 1
water and plants are coming to life in her water
Kay found her place in the shade, a bench for her supplies - and
a friend by her side (look closely)
Kay's perspective on things
Milan, working with water mixable oils for the first time
is painting her passion...

Kathy is adding a bit of the tropics to Landenberg with a
vibrant palette
and Maggie, well after drinking half the pond water is ready for siesta

Monday, June 9, 2014

Painting by the Pond Summer Workshop with Nanci Hersh

Come paint with me.
I love my pond- it is where I often
meditate, practice yoga, chill and of course it is the
heart behind my Koi Pond Series.
I want to share its vibrant beauty, peacefulness and inspiration with you.

I am offering a weeklong summer workshop- Painting by the Pond at my home and studio in beautiful Landenberg, PA, one hour south east of Philadelphia in scenic Chester County.

WHEN: Monday, July 14- Friday, July 18, 2014. 9am-12noon.

These painting sessions will provide an opportunity for inspiration and interaction with other creative like- minded individuals, camaraderie, as well as feedback and technical assistance to create your own peace of paradise right here.

Beneath the Surface II
oil, acrylic, spray paint on canvas
30" x 40"
I will make sure we have tents for shade, cool tunes to accompany the sound of the waterfall, and provide cold refreshing drinks.

How much does it cost? $185.00 for the 5 sessions, July 14-18, 9 am - noon.
Space is limited. Any questions or if you are interested and live out of town please contact me for accommodation information.  I can be reached at nancihersh@gmail.com
Looking forward to painting with you pond side!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Slice of Life- La Dolce Vita

Still unpacking - laundry, postcards, gifts, and memories.
Scott and I returned this week from 8 beautiful days and nights in Italy. Picture perfect weather, art inspiration- and overwhelm, food, wine and history. It's all there.  We hit many of the hot spots- The Vatican, Colosseum, Pantheon in Rome, the Uffizi, Palazza Vecchio, and more in Florence, and the Duomo and the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan.
We stayed in two fabulous apartments that we found through
VRBO. This is from our roof top terrace apartment on Via Montevecchio in Rome.
and we walked, and walked and walked. We spoke to people, went in shops and just enjoyed La Dolce Vita (the sweet life). I did some journaling and sketching and took lots of pictures.
Tiber River in Rome
Still taking the whole experience in...
The great thing about renting apartments when you travel is you can
take advantage of the wonderful markets with fresh food. Here is some homemade
pasta, pesto, and peppers we picked up and cooked at home.

Smile and say.... Gelato!

Friday, May 2, 2014


or Divine intervention?

Landenberg Today, a community magazine here in Chester County, PA arrived in my mailbox today-with my painting and me on the cover!

The timing couldn't be more perfect.

Today, May 2, 2014, 6-9 pm is the opening reception for my Koi Pond Series at Mala Galleria in Kennett Square, PA.

And while I certainly didn't orchestrate that wonderful serendipity, I am truly grateful.

Added bonus, is that Bruce, owner of Aquatic Services also just arrived to get the pump for the waterfall in my pond up and running for the season. That will make my koi- and me very happy. Flowing water, creativity, joy and community.

Come on out to First Friday Art Stroll Kennett Square and see what inspires me- and you.
Koi Pond Series at Mala Galleria
206 East State St.
Kennett Square, PA
Call you what you wish- sometimes things just line up perfectly.

Thank you.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Take it Up a Notch

There's perseverance and then, there's perseverity. Think high octane.
Nate IS perseverity.
photo by Bob Lefton

Talking with a friend recently about life's challenges and what is needed to get through it all. Go through that mucky, dark place come out shining.

After 2011, a challenging year to say the least. I received a second breast cancer diagnosis followed by surgery, chemo, radiation and in the midst of it all, my two sons were injured- one of them permanently. Nate was blinded in one eye. I- we, needed more than perseverance, we needed perseverity.
Maggie has perseverity too! She was getting in on the fun no matter what!
photo by Jessica Czerwin
My own word for using all of my energy to come back stronger and more centered.

My Koi Pond Series is a celebration of my perseverity. 

May 1-June 3, 2014. Mala Galleria,206 E. State St., Kennett Square, PA.

Own it, baby.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Top 10 in Kennett Square, PA

It's fun to be a tourist whether you are venturing to a new destination or revisiting your home town. The upcoming exhibition of my Koi Pond Series at Mala Galleria in Kennett Square, PA, from May 1- June 3, 2014 is a great opportunity to share with you new work, as well as my adopted home town. 

Top 10 Things to Do in Kennett Square, PA

1. Come to my Artist Reception on May 2, 2014, 6 -9 pm at Mala Galleria.  Owner Zvezdana "Stella" Stojanovic Scott has a great "eye" and exhibits local based as well as international artists.

2. Check out the studio and gallery of artist and friend Carol Lesher just around the corner. We met through our sons when I walked into her house to pick up Nate. I saw a yoga mat on the floor and a beautiful painting over her mantel (her work) and knew I had met a new friend.

Carol Lesher in front of her paintings at a recent evening of Art & Culture
at the Genesis Healthcare Building
3. Dinner at Lily Asian Cuisine- especially on Tuesday for their all you can eat sushi.

BONUS OFFER: Bring my exhibition card to Lily's, May 2nd, the night of my reception
and receive 10% off your dinner bill. 
Card front for exhibition at Mala Galleria, May 1-June 3, 2014

4. Wine tasting and live music on First and Third Fridays at Flickerwood Wine Tasting Room AND while you're there...
Owner and Chef Brett Hulbert of Portobellos with his partner Sandy visit Cathy of
The Mushroom Cap to order some mushrooms for their restaurant. 
5. Order dinner from Portabellos (did I mention that Kennett Square is the Mushroom Capital of The World?) The restaurant is across the street from Flickerwood and a server will deliver your food along with a linen table cloth, ceramic plates china and silver utensils.

6. Shop at Eco Boutique- the shop with a conscience, and often, an art show. I have shown my Walks thru Life: Shoe Portraits there.

7. Coffee at Talula's Table, a Kennett Square staple- or the newer and very hip Philter. Each with it's cool decor- and more art to see.

8. Nourish Juice Bar and Cafe at the Liberty Market. You will be able to sample a personal juice favorite at Mala Galleria for my Opening on May 2, thanks to owner/ entrepreneur Francine Covelli. (Thanksgiving, the best pumpkin pie I have ever tasted- the chocolate pie crust may have had something to do with that)
Juice guy Brendan Foster at Nourish at the Liberty Market. Love love love
his kale, carrot, apple, ginger juice!
9. George & Son's Seafood Market, also at Liberty Market. Always fresh- and friendly. 

10. La Michoacana Ice Cream- family owned and home made ice cream with intriguing as well as traditional flavors served with chocolate toppings, chili powder- or not.
Cool or hot, La Michoacana's got it... so yummy!
If you need to walk all this off, Longwood Gardens just up Route 1 never disappoints, and Anson B. Nixon Park is right down the street with their walking trails, disc golf, courts and fields and a stage for summer performances.
Spring at Longwood Gardens

Kennett Square is 1.1 square miles of history, culture, scenic beauty, hip downtown and wonderful people. To stay in the loop check out Historic Kennett Square for up to date happenings year round for cool things to see and do.

Looking forward to seeing you on May 2, from 6-9 p.m. at Mala Galleria
206 East State St., Kennett Square, PA. 202.591.6548

For more information or any questions please contact me at
732.241.0359 or nancihersh@gmail.com