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Catching the eye

A subscriber wrote, “I’ve been a photographer for longer than I care to mention and have recently taken up painting in acrylic. I find that all the subject matter has been expressed through my photography and not much, if anything, catches my eye for painting. There are always subjects to paint, but none that I want to paint. My wife and I are packing up and moving to the B.C. Gulf Islands in an attempt to spark the creative juices again. Have you ever run into this kind of block?”...Read On

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Upcoming Workshops

  • Sep 28, 2018 to Nov 4, 2018 - Painting Workshop in France


    Indulge your love of painting at this still life painting workshop set in the beautiful French countryside. The focus will be on improving foundation skills through demonstrations, exercises and one-on-one instruction. Learn in an intimate atmosphere under expert instruction complemented by the renowned Circle of Missé hospitality. You will find it wonderfully inspiring and relaxing.


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  • Oct 1, 2018 to Oct 5, 2018 - Rocky Mountain Plein Air Workshop


    October 1st to October 5th 2018


    The Aspens turning golden, blue mountain streams rushing, and migrating flocks of birds and animals that call the National Park their home are grazing in the autumn fields. We will be staying in comfortable historic accommodations near the entrance to the park. All ground transfers, en-suite accommodations, a delicious chef-prepared welcome dinner, boxed lunches and painting with professional artist Sharon Rusch Shaver


    All inclusive* $1,450. Beginner to Advanced, oil, watercolor, pastel, pencil, and photography are welcome. We work together daily sharing our knowledge of capturing a moment in time in such a wonderful and historic location.


    Register before July 30th and receive a discount, and more workshop information. Adventure-Artists Website Join us!

  • Oct 8, 2018 to Oct 13, 2018 - Batik Workshop at Rancho Santa Cruz


    Participants will have 6 days to explore and immerse themselves in the ancient art of Batik. There will be a $30 materials fee.  The instructor is renowned artist Dikki Van Helsland, who has taught throughout the US and Germany.  She is represented by several galleries in Arizona.

    The workshop fee is $750 with required accommodations at the historic B & B, Rancho Santa Cruz. For workshop registration contact Dikki at 1-520-399-2703 or

    Reservations for the ranch accommodations are 1-520-955-3718 or

    Deadline for the workshop is Sept. 20 with a $300 deposit, nonrefundable after Oct.1


  • Feb 20, 2019 to Mar 6, 2019 - COME PAINT MEXICO with Hermann Brandt


    I am very happy to be teaching two workshops at Casa Buena Art Retreat Center again next year.  Register for one or stay for both.

    THE FIGURE – Feb 20 – 27, ’19. Enjoy working with a live model using dry media. We will deal with proportion, measurement and likeness.

    PLEIN AIR – Feb 27 – Mar 6, ’19. Paint authentic Mexico – village life, beaches and landscape. We will deal with composition, light & shadow, color, value and more.

    Cost: CAN $1800 + GST. Includes instruction, some art supplies, accommodation, all meals, transportation to and from Puerto Vallarta airport, visits to surrounding areas, a jungle boat ride and a lot of fun.

    Contact Jane Romanishko for the extra 3 day “no-pressure” painting option.

  • Apr 6, 2019 to Apr 13, 2019 - San Miguel Art Retreat for Women


    Do you feel stuck in a rut? Need time to reflect on transitions? Long for an extended art-play date? Join Ellie Harold for a unique expressive art-making retreat for 12 women in colonial San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  Re-establish flow in your life through painting, movement, soulful discussion, and a wealth of cultural, visual and culinary delights. (Everyone has their own room!)


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


    An inspired facilitator and prolific oil 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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