Saturday, April 25, 2020

2020-What a Year!

We don't have to tell you that 2020 is an unprecedented year. Changes have happened so fast and everyone has scrambled to find their bearings. Our new vocabulary includes "social distancing" and "Stay at Home" ordinances and it all happened in the blink of an eye.. And now with horse shows canceled, workshops and classes canceled, in fact all events with over 10 people canceled, we have had to regroup to keep afloat.

But enough of the current affairs as there is always a light at the end of every tunnel and we are seeing a slow re-emergence. We are continuing to do what we have always done-paint and create. So let's bring you up to date!

So for our Horse Show clients: Steve, after a hiatus with neck surgery has updated his popular blog !As many of you may know he has become known for painting outside the rings at many horse shows. In fact over the years, with so many changes taking place at some of the show grounds, he has been told that he is painting the history of some of the long standing events!  With that in mind there are several of his horse show oil paintings available.
Below is an 8' x 10" oil of the Upperville in gate. So much has changed over the past 15 years at Upperville and his paintings reflect that. You can find more information here 


 You probably have to be a certain age to remember the old stables at the Warrenton Horse Show. But if, in the days when no one had the glitzy barns of new show grounds, you kept your pony or horse here, the painting below will hold a definite nostalgia for you! An 8" x 10" oil with details  here.


 Some Historic showgrounds which used to be on the outskirts of cities and towns are beginning to crumble under the steady growth of  progress. One such show is the Sedgefield show outside of Greensboro, NC which faces a sale and re-zoning.

Stephen Filarsky painting the old Sedgefield Barn

All the original oil paintings that Stephen Filarsky painted on site have been sold, however there are prints available!

 For prints of Devon and Deep Run, visit his blog


The Portraits continue to be a mainstay of our "Filarsky Brown Art Studio" with both Theresa and Steve creating in their favored mediums of oils, pastels and watercolor.

24" x 36" pastel by M Theresa Brown  "Greg Best on Gem Twist"

For those who didn't realize that Theresa was also a printmaker in college and has, for the past 10 years included that among her creative pursuits, well you can enjoy a peek at that art form at The Silk Thread.
As well as painting and printmaking, she brought back her dormant sewing skills to create her own artisinal fashions with her fabrics!  The past month or so has been crazy with sewing and donating many masks to needy organization. If you have need of one with a horse design, you can find them in her Etsy shop.!

The matching button headbands are designed so the elastic loops over the buttons, saving your ears!

There are so many ways to reach us! We have found that our Facebook pages can be updated far faster than a website! We confess our long time websites are a bit out of date BUT we both solved a part of that by using the Etsy format to add photos and keep pricing up to date!  Our long time landing page On Road Artists will share our many links!
For Theresa's portraits
For our Filarsky Brown Art Studio Facebook page
For Steve's Facebook paintings:
That's plenty to absorb for now :-)
We hope you stay safe and follow the guidelines. Together we will all get through these times!

Warm Regards
Steve and Theresa

Thursday, March 22, 2018

When you want more than a copy of a photo!

The Internet has provided opportunity for learning never experienced in the past! No longer do schools need volumes of books or shelves of audio visual  equipment. All one needs is an Internet connection and the time to watch videos and read stories on every conceivable subject!

There are huge benefits and huge pitfalls in this age of mass marketing and communication and in my area of expertise-the arts-everyone has become an artist! Now that's not a bad thing. In fact today's kids and adults have the tools to learn all kinds of art forms unavailable to my generation of artists :-). I was delighted to get the cardboard packaged in my dadd's shirts from the cleaners (yes they came folded!)  Now there are art toys that do all the drawing for the kids. Becoming an artists used to mean practicing over and over to become good at a subject (lol-horses come to mind with me) but now there is very little of that. Children (and adults) do not develop "the eye". In a class environment, kids can create wonders!

But what I am seeing today in adult artists are copyists. Few are "seeing" their subjects. Most have learned the technique of copying and pasting with their computers and printers and so longer seem to have a "hands on" approach to painting. Have they actually walked in the woods to see that landscape? Watched the clouds and the weather roll in?  Handled that dog or horse? Or more importantly, drawn "from life?"
When you compare art that is copied to art that is created from knowledge and goes beyond copying, then you are seeing a true artist at work :-). Think about that the next time you might be thinking of investing in a portrait. You really often do get what you pay for :-)

A few dog portraits

A few horse portraits

People and their pets
Often it is the moment and the feeling!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Holiday Open House at our Studios!

Holiday Open House at our STUDIOS!

2 Artists Studios!
Saturday Dec 16 from 11-3! Come see the art studios of 2 long time working artists and see the
variety of, dare we say, amazing art! A perfect place to pick up those last minute hand crafted
gifts 🙂
Meet our ponies, Helen and Shadow, feed a peppermint to Bella, our alpaca…
yep-the chickens will visit you as well as our dogs! See examples below.
Enjoy some light refreshments in the large studio (our painting one) and do some shopping!
Kids are fine, leave your pets at home though please..rain or shine.
Located at 2109 Old Mill Farm RD., Franklinton, NC 27525.

Email with questions.
Our chickens sometimes claim the studio front porch!
Silk work by Theresa

Plenty of portraits to see by Theresa
Steve’s watercolor table

Steve hand lettering on glass

Theresa Painting

Monday, January 2, 2017

Welcome 2017! More art, more silk......

Wow I have been keeping up with so many blogs that I forgot about this one! Whew-my own name!
But not to worry I won't spend pages catching you up, instead I will share several links. One is  from my silk blog:
The other is from my site.


Facebook, here we come!

It’s taken me awhile to make a separate page for the Dream Horse Art on Facebook. After all I have The Silk Thread ArtArt Career Experts, Art Student Academy… let’s see, Filarsky Brown Art Studio.  So I am busy administrating let alone creating!
BUT I have now done so and it is there you can see my latest posts. There can be a lot because although the site celebrates the HORSE, I have fudged a bit and added portraits that may not actually (gasp) include a horse. But after 25 years of full time portraiture, I can’t leave anyone out!
A few dog portraits
So although I may have traditional people, horse and dog portraits, I also have my abstract horse on both canvas AND silk (well fiber art)!
I am excited to finally feel more organized.
I know we are on the cusp of a New Year and 2017 promises to be as busy and as creative as ever!
Enjoy a few images and right now, for shopping, I am sending you to my Etsy shop!
Happy 2017 everyone!
Three Muses
Horses on Silk

Friday, March 11, 2016

News from our studio and SHOW schedules!

Early Spring (March), 2016

March and there is SO much going on. Many art shows and horse shows coming up this spring. We  love to show and tell so scattered throughout this newsletter are some of the many art pieces we created for our collectors. 
Also meet our newest family member, Bella, our baby alpaca. Theresa is already deciding what to do with all of her fleece when she is sheared the end of March.

What's Happening:  Shows where you can find us, as vendors or on the grounds with our easels   (Remember to check back with us on our calendar as sometimes this changes)

March 12 Triangle Farms C horse show, Hunt Horse Complex, Raleigh, NC ! Look for us on just Saturday, March 12 at the show! At the Hunt Horse Complex. We'll be there with portraits and silkwork (oh the horses!)

March 17-20  Triangle Farms A horse show, Raleigh NC    Steve will be at this show part of the time with his paintings. Check with us for the dates!

March 18-20  Spring Carousel Gift Market  Raleigh, NC, At NC fairgrounds, Jim Graham Building  Theresa will be there with her all of her silk art.

March 23-26  You will find us at the Spring Premier Horse Show at the Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh, NC.  Portraits, paintings and silk art in our indoor booth!

April 23 Bynum Bridgefest!  A one day art and craft event (on the Bynum Bridge) between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro, NC that meshes with Earth Day.  Come see Theresa with her fiber and silk art!

April 30:Cary Spring Daze!  Long URL to a long established one day art and craft show held in a beautiful park in Cary, NC!

May 6-7: The Handmade Market    We're still waiting to hear back on this art and craft event but if it's a go, Theresa will be there with her silk and fiber art!

May 21 & 22 Keswick Horse Show: Like last year, Steve will make his annual jaunt to the Keswick Hunt Club (in Virginia) and can be found around the grounds with his easel painting the scenes at the show!

May 20-22  Artsplosure  A very busy, super fun art and craft show in downtown Raleigh, NC. Theresa will be there with all of her fiber and silk art!

Well that's probably enough to keep all of us busy! There will be our long time horse shows in June, July and August including the 2 weeks at Blowing Rock, NC and possibly  some Virginia shows. YOU can easily keep track of where we will be through our Facebook pages!

ART classes and workshops (March-August) 
These are classes held at our studio location and others. If you would like us to set up a workshop with your art group, just drop us a note. Sign up for our separate art student academy newsletters that are just for our painting students!
Theresa is teaching some new classes with the Vance Granville Community College ( in the Personal Enrichment program, including some Heritage Programs coming up. Make sure you are signed up for our Art Student Academy newsletters to stay on top of all art classes!

SHOP with US!
A great landing page to branch into the areas we have that interest you is  From there you can read our blogs, see what we are painting and so much more! But additional locations are below:
Theresa's  portraits are online, is:
Theresa's abstracts and silk art: to the shop section to see what is available!
Visit Steve's store with his paintings is:

To reach us, all you have to do is go to ONE page: 
There you will find links to our blogs, Facebook pages, various websites, phone numbers and emails!

New work images posted regularly on our Facebook pages! Watch for our updates!
Until next time!
Theresa and Steve

Friday, February 12, 2016

Mother Nature’s Colors in eco-printing on silk

Mother Nature’s Colors in eco-printing on silk

Close up of vegetable plants on silkDetail of an eco-scarf.
So painting on canvas is not the only thing I "paint."
Enter my silk scarves (which can be found on

My last “batch” before leaving for a trip to Oregon earlier this month.  Grinding, then boiling cochineal bugs and laying out plants on silk, I worked on about a dozen eco-printed silk scarves as well as some silk noil.

Laying out the plants
Laying out the plants

Cochineal extract
And the results? Oh my, what fun! :-)
Collage of Mother Nature’s colors
Detail of an eco-scarf.

Cochineal extract
cochineal bug extract

Close up of vegetable plants on silk
Bella watching the silk dry.

  Almost 3 weeks in the Pacific northwest and I could not leave without expanding my collection of leaf matter.  Check out the monster Big Leaf maple.  The weather promises to break, the snow is melting and the sun will make it possible for me to create more of Mother Nature’s Art :-)
Big leaf maple
Big Leaf maple
Pacific northwest oak leaves
Pacific northwest oak leaves

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Oil portraits from Christmas

January 2016. That's kind of crazy. As usual, the last quarter was hectic and 2 things slowed me down-the hard drive on my 6 month old computer crashed (thank you 1 year warranty!) leaving me scrambling to do even the basics, let alone photos, book work and correspondence. Sorry but my android phone just doesn't cut it. :-(. The other was a rotten cold that, for the first time in years, was bad enough for today I am coldless and have my computer back (a ridiculous 3 week hiatus) Life is good!

So what have I been painting...too many to put up here so how about a few oils? 
Maureen and Duncan-oil 20 x 24

Favorite Hunter-oil 16 x 20
Oils take longer than my pastels but they do sort of "pop" don't they?
I am off to Portland Oregon Jan 10-27 so let's see what I come back with!
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