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Sham

When I was at the Los Angeles Art Center my friend Tom Bizzini used to say, "Fine art is a sham." It was a popular sentiment around that workmanlike, survival-of-the-fittest, quality-counts school. In those days it seemed that there were lots of artists who were "putting in a nickel and trying to get a dollar tune." Same as today.

Recently, I saw some of John Stobart's work in a gallery and was reminded once again just how good he is. John is one of the world's top marine painters — his work sells in the hundreds of thousands of dollars....Read On

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  • Feb 22, 2016 to Feb 26, 2016 - San Miguel de Allende, Mexico with Donna and Tom Dickson

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    Five days painting some of the best Plein Air subject matter available. Light, colour, and composition is our focus – it’s everywhere in San Miguel! Limited to 12 persons. – See Website

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    Maximum 4 students, en plein air, all levels, all media, other weeks available, affordable workshop w/ experienced, supportive instructor held in a beautiful and relaxing southwestern landscape, individual attention. – See Website

  • Apr 9, 2016 to Apr 11, 2016 - SONOMA IN THE SPRING

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    Three day workshop in the heart of the California wine country!   Acrylic and oil; all levels welcome.  Learn to use color to create dramatic and joyful paintings.  Use a big brush and loosen up.  Demos and lots of one-on-one attention at the easel.  $ 360

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    5-day watercolor workshop, all levels welcome.   (Re)envision both urban and rural scenes and create the paintings you’ve always wanted.  Make better design decisions, develop a plan and learn how to modify your reference material prior to beginning a painting.   Learn what it takes to make great landscape compositions, add interest and use techniques that lead the viewer’s eye through your paintings.  Lots of demos and individual attention with an experienced instructor, award-winning artist, Judy Mudd. See Website

  • Apr 27, 2016 to May 4, 2016 - Italy, at The Retreat with John W. Skelcher

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    Get inspired by Italy’s ancient hill-top towns and rolling-hills, all inclusive 7-day painting & drawing retreat, workshop & excursion program, all levels, artists’ guesthouse and studio. – See Website

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