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A gift of art

A subscriber wrote, “Recently I’ve been asked for a painting as a wedding present, as a birthday present, and as a keepsake. Of course all these requests, while flattering, take time or cost money. What does one say? I recently asked my brother-in-law to pose for me while we chatted over a beer. He was disappointed when I told him I needed the sketches. Am I obligated to give him one? My colleague asked me to paint her portrait. Thinking she meant commission, I said I’d love to but she thought it would be my gift for her birthday. What does one do?”...Read On

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Upcoming Art Shows

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Upcoming Workshops

  • Mar 11, 2018 to Mar 17, 2018 - Persephone’s Journal

    Julia-Morgan_Jump,Float,Fly Come to Taos to paint, draw and write with a group of artists interested in deepening their vision and skills. Stay at the iconic Mabel Dodge Luhan House, a place where artists and writers have been gathering for nearly a century.

     

    Artist and Instructor Julia Morgan will teach how to transform sketchbook pages with watercolor and drawing techniques that tell stories of vast and ever-changing skies, adobe dwellings nestled in cottonwood groves, red mesas along the horizon, the colored striations of cliffs, and the winding canyon carved by the Rio Grande.

     

    All levels of art experience are welcome.

     

    http://www.jmorganart.com/workshops/

     

  • Mar 21, 2018 to Mar 28, 2018 - The Power of Paint; Creating the WOW factor in your paintings with Dutch artist Carole Boggemann Peirson

    casa-buenaWeek-long workshop in gorgeous paradise retreat between Puerto Vallarta & Mazatlan, Mexico for beginning and intermediate students in oils (or acrylics with experience). You will learn how to create a painting with beautiful light that captures viewers’ attention and keeps them fascinated. Small group size guarantees personal attention.

    While you’re busy creating art and exploring, your friendly hosts at Casa Buena will ensure that your stay is memorable. Outstanding accommodations, food, and field trips will satisfy your desire for both comfort and adventure. Spouses are welcome!

    For more info, visit: http://www.casabuenaartretreat.com/Retreat_Carol.htm or contact Carole at: cpeirson@earthlink.net or call: 001-757-678-3340 (EST).

  • Apr 6, 2018 to Apr 9, 2018 - Painting Light With Cheri Christensen: Oil Painting in The Russian Impressionist Tradition II

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    This workshop is designed for students who understand the basics of value, color and drawing and want to take their art to the next level. The emphasis will be on creating your own personal style, and continuing your development as an artist.

     

    The class will be limited in size to allow each student more individualized attention. Each student will have a private question and answer time with Cheri to help them discover their own direction as an artist.

     

    She will discuss choice of subject, path of light, composition and edges, needed to create your own artistic painting.

     

    For more information, please Click Here

  • Apr 7, 2018 to Apr 14, 2018 - Travel Sketching with Watercolours in Italy

    joanne-hastie_workshop-1Join Vancouver artist Joanne Hastie to sketch the landscapes of Italy. Joanne will share her art process during this 7 day adventure.

    Highlights: See all 6 Mosaic’d churches in Ravenna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Visit & sketch the places where Michelangelo sketched in the late 1490’s in Bologna; Wander the house where Renaissance artist Rafael’s grew up; Tour the castle that inspired a chapter in Dante’s Divine Comedy; Paint while watching the sunset over a cliff-top castle; Ride a bicycle along the beach to a Roman Bridge built in 10AD that is still in use today!; Sketch alongside Canadian artist Joanne Hastie & experience how the Italian countryside inspires her art.
    Included:  7 nights accommodations, 7 gourmet breakfasts, 7 gourmet dinners (wine included) at Hotel Belvedere in Riccione;  transportation to and from Riccione to each location; watercolor sketchbook, plein-air starter kit (watercolor), ink pen, eraser

    $3325 CAD per person
    Click here to learn more.

  • Apr 7, 2018 to Apr 14, 2018 - San Miguel Art Retreat for Women – Only 1 Spot Left

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    Are you stuck in a rut? Need time to reflect on transitions? Long for an extended art-play date? Join Ellie Harold for a unique art-making retreat for women in colonial San Miguel de Allende.  Re-establish flow in your life through painting, movement, soulful discussion, and a wealth of cultural, visual and culinary delights.

     

    Art practice will encourage intuitive use of color and expressive mark-making with emphasis on process. Materials provided or you can bring your own.

     

    An inspired facilitator and prolific painter, Ellie invites all experience levels (including none) to participate in Painting for Pleasure.

     

    Visit Ellie’s website to learn more. 

     

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