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Winging it

On Dec. 8, 1903, with government funding, countless advisors and great ballyhoo, Samuel Pierpont Langley’s flying machine plopped unpleasantly into the Potomac. Nine days later, Orville and Wilbur Wright got their Flyer off the ground. Why did these bicycle mechanics succeed when a famous scientist failed? Langley’s plans were mostly theoretical and his machine was produced from blueprint and built by others. But by studying the Wright brothers’ working notes, you see that their insight and their execution are woven together. By trial and error and over a period of time they solved problems like wing shape and wing warping. Each adjustment was a small spark of insight that led to others. Along the way they found it necessary to build a wind tunnel and other devices to test the lift and controllability of their ever-changing designs....Read On

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    March 14, 2017 - April 6, 2017

    40th Annual International WaterMedia Exhibition

    The 40th Annual International Exhibition will highlight the excellence of its talented members and global participants, past honorees and exceptional jurors in an exhibition slated…

Upcoming Workshops

  • Jan 26, 2017 to Mar 6, 2017 - Artist Retreats Aboard Sailboat Ubuntu in the BAHAMAS

    workshop-sailFind inspiration in the Bahamas! You will live aboard our catamaran, snorkel reefs, sail, and visit unique out-island communities and pristine beaches. Each day will allow you to capture your singular perspective through photography, sketching, painting (on deck or ashore) and journaling. Discover amazing detail, color and beauty on-island and in the ocean. We provide acrylic paints; you bring your preferred media. Evenings are reserved for delicious meals followed by group discussions. We’ll explore the creative process and each artist’s goals. Our program is collaborative, inclusive and relaxed.

    3 choices: January 26-30, 2017 • February 9-13, 2017 • March 2-6, 2017

  • Feb 8, 2017 to Feb 22, 2017 - Feb 8 -15 and 15 – 22, 2017 – MEXICO – Plein Air and Figure Study Workshop and Art Retreat

    hermann-brandt_workshopTWO ART RETREAT WORKSHOPS TO CHOOSE FROM – (4 day workshop, 7 day retreat)
    1. THE FIGURE FROM LIFE: Feb 8-15, 2017
    Develop your ability to draw or paint the human figure with accuracy and expression. Emphasis on likeness, gesture and light. More info:
    2. PLEIN AIR: Feb 15-22, 2017
    Strong light, deep shadow, lively colors – paint the land and seascapes surrounding the CASA BUENA ART RETREAT. Emphasis on design, value, color, and temperature, edges and brush strokes. More info:
    Encouraging, positive instruction: Hermann Brandt. Email or call to register – 1 403 604 2394 or 1 403 560 0894

  • Feb 27, 2017 to Mar 3, 2017 - Nihonga: Then and Now with Judith Kruger in Costa Mesa, CA

    judith-kruger_workshop2Nihonga: Then and Now — 4 1/2 day workshop with Judith Kruger February 27-March 3, 2017

    $700 plus $180 materials fee

    Create deep paintings rooted in ancient Asian practice with organic and inorganic pigments from shell, mineral and plant matter. Traditional and abstract painters welcome. Visit my website for testimonials and for more information.


  • Mar 8, 2017 to Mar 15, 2017 - Capturing Personality in Portrait — Riviera Nayarit, Mexico with Jane Romanishko

    jane-romanishko_workshop2There is nothing more challenging and fascinating than painting a portrait of another human being… and there is nothing more satisfying when you succeed in doing that! Join me for 7 day all inclusive art retreat in the unspoiled back country of Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. In this easy going and very informative workshop you will learn all the steps and techniques of painting a character portrait from photos and from a life model. All levels are welcome. Demos will be done in pastel and oil, but acrylic painters are welcome as well.
    $1500.00 will cover instructions, art supplies, 7 days accommodation, transportation from and to Puerto Vallarta airport, delicious meals, field trip to the Jungle and local markets and much more. Treat yourself to this unique and creative vacation: learn, create, have a good time, make new art friends and take your experiences home with you, in both artworks and in memories. For more information please visit

  • Apr 24, 2017 to Apr 28, 2017 - Paint Plein Air with Ellie Harold in Guanajuato, Mexico

    ellie-harold_workshop-1Create art in the gorgeous light of this beautiful colonial city filled with colorful plazas, markets, churches and people. Based in a charming hotel next to the birthplace of Diego Rivera, we will paint in locations throughout the historic Centro district. Daily demos, instruction focused on values-based design, along with skillful guidance, encourage successful plein air studies that capture the essence of a scene. Favorable currency exchange and even more favorable light combine for a rich artistic and cultural experience Participation limited to ten artists. Workshop fee: $600. For more information, visit Ellie’s website.

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