Pleasant Journeys in Painting “Pleasant Cove”

Here’s something new for 2015. I’ve returned to painting in oil, although I have not abandoned acrylic and watercolor. Rather, I am re-expanding my repertoire and it’s exciting. I have not done a landscape this large, in oil, before.

“Pleasant Cove” is 36 by 48 on gallery wrap canvas, making it large enough to feel like you are in the cove, perhaps, in a boat, watching the sun dance on the tree leaves. Maybe sitting on a rock just across the way, watching the dappled light.

It will be available for purchase through Arts on Union until mid-March. After this, the painting will be available to see and purchase at the up and coming Millworks in Harrisburg’s midtown.

Pleasant Cove, an oil painting by Christine Goldbeck

Pleasant Cove, oil, 36 by 48 by 2, on canvas

Painting Party Dates and Details

Painters with their finished Painting Party paintings.

Painters with their finished Painting Party paintings.

YOU can paint! We all have the ability AND it IS fun.

No experience is necessary. I will teach you how to make a painting from start (blank canvas) to finish and you will leave with your own masterpiece to hang in your home or office.

I provide all your painting materials. (Don’t wear your Sunday best unless, like me, all your clothes are custom painted.)

The party is 2.5 – 3 hours with a built in 15-20 minute break for drying time. Come a little early, grab a drink/snacks.  Then, we’ll paint for an hour or so, take a break (refill!) and return to our easels to finish our paintings.  Questions? Call me (570) 205-0736 or send an email to 

Here are some upcoming dates for public parties at The Blue Room in Middletown.

Tuesday, December 9 – 5 p.m.


Saturday, December 27 – 6:30 p.m. The Blue Room 214 S Union St. Middletown, PA 17057 (717) 944-6208

Call or visit the Blue Room to sign up. A $15 deposit will hold your seat.


Arts on Union Painting Party

Friends at a painting party

To register and reserve your spot for an upcoming painting party at Arts on Union or to discuss options and details for a private party, please text (570-205-0736) or email me (


Friends gather at a recent painting party to show their paintings.

Friends gather at a recent painting party to show their paintings.

Since launching Sip and Dip (painting parties) at Arts on Union, I have received and (gladly) answered a lot of questions about why you might want to, might EVEN THINK ABOUT, painting. With the FAQs below, I hope to lessen your fears about painting in public (seeing as you don’t think YOU CAN ACTUALLY PAINT).

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. The last time I painted, I was in kindergarten. I can’t paint!

Believe it or not, YOU CAN PAINT. Ask any of my students who walked in here or  to a place where I  teach and told me they must have suffered temporary insanity for signing up. You are not crazy. Here is the problem. The problem is: we grew up! Yep. We grew up and forgot how to be WONDERful, WANDERful …

Some of the best paintings I’ve seen have come from visitors and students who told me they could not paint.  You are coming to paint night to have fun, not to get graded. (Besides, if you like wine, we have that. If you drink coffee, we have that, too.) 

Christine Goldbeck at a Painting Party at the Blue Room in Middletown

Christine Goldbeck at a Painting Party at the Blue Room in Middletown

2. What are we going to paint?

Well, unless you have booked a private party or a children’s painting party and chosen your option, you are going to find out what we are painting when you arrive. Remember, you are out for FUN. You don’t get graded and I can assure you, you will have something you can hang on your wall, or give as a gift,  when we have finished.

Christine Goldbeck's interpretation of Van Gogh's painting "Starry Starry Night"

Christine Goldbeck’s interpretation of Van Gogh’s painting “Starry Starry Night”

It  might be a mountain landscape, flowers, the beach, an abstract, a tree-lined path, a recreation of Van Gogh or Monet  … or something original you want to paint with my guidance because you already know how to break out. – be free – think outside the box. And, if you think you do not, you are about to find out, and have fun, learning that you can!



3. What is the cost for a party at Arts on Union?

$40.00 payable to Christine for supplies/teaching and snacks/beverages.

$35. 00 if you bring a friend.

4.  What is the cost for a PRIVATE party at Arts on Union?

If you are supplying the food, beverages and paper goods, $30 per person. Children’s parties are $15 per person, when you bring the food/beverages.

If we are supplying food, beverages and paper goods, cost is $40.00 per person for adults and $25 per person for a children’s party.

5. Can you do a painting party at my house or corporate office?

Certainly, if you supply the food and beverage, I’ll bring all the painting supplies and set up at your place. Cost is $35 per person.

Please feel free to call, email or text us with any additional questions.