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Creative influence

When IBM surveyed the world’s CEOs on how to thrive in business, technology, health and every other industry, the results almost unanimously pointed to one determining factor. More than rigor, management, strategy, integrity or even vision, creativity came out as the top skill. Less than half of senior leaders believe their businesses are equipped for an increasingly complex and volatile global economy, and their proposed solution is to bump up the value of imagination. Part of this plan is to set up projects like “skunkworks” -- innovation theorist Everett Rogers' term for a free-association think-tank on company time. The problem is that committees, by their nature, tend to kill ingenuity in favour of what’s comfortable. And what’s comfortable is usually what's most familiar. In advertising, it’s called “status quo bias,” and brands rely on it to keep their customers coming back for the mediocre....Read On

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Upcoming Art Shows

  • March 10, 2017 - June 29, 2017

    49th Watercolor West International Exhibition

    49th Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition Call for Entries. Online only. Deadline: June 29, 2017 Juror: John Salminen. Approximately $20,000 Cash and Merchandise Awards. Entry…

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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…

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    October 1, 2017 - October 31, 2017

    37th International Exhibition

    37th International Exhibition The San Diego Watercolor Society The 37th International Exhibition will highlight its talented members as well as National and International participants in…

Upcoming Workshops

  • 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.

  • May 13, 2017 to May 23, 2017 - Spain Painting Retreat with Jeanne Salucci

    Jeanne-Salucci_workshop2 You are invited to paint and relax in beautiful Southern Spain May 13-23, 2017.  See Spain through the eyes of an artist.  NO Experience needed.  I will take you step by step into the incredible world of  Watercolor. Great for beginner painters or experienced. Get your Creativity flowing. Relaxing, Friendly, Fun! Perfect for Solo travelers or bring a friend. We will stay in a wonderful Hacienda, one mile from the sea. Amazing grounds  nestled in a 10 acre mango orchard, swimming pool, peaceful surroundings, beautiful daily painting locations, fantastic fresh meals, a trip of a lifetime! To register email Jeanne at or call 631-286-8786  For photos and more info see website

  • May 19, 2017 to May 26, 2017 - LeMistral Painting Adventures – Pender Island with Perry Haddock

    kathleen_theriaultPlein Air Workshop with Perry Haddock, SFCA
    Like a jazz musician who improvises, integrating freedom of expression with well-honed skills, a plein air artist strives to capture a moment, an expression of ͞being there. This workshop is designed to build on fundamental skills, allowing the artist to approach subject matter with confidence and freedom.

    Too often, as painters with a blank canvas in front of us, we approach with trepidation, worrying that we need to get it right with every stroke of the brush. That approach often produces tight paintings, where detail overrides the big picture, colour accuracy overrides value, and reality overrides impression. This workshop will challenge painters to experiment and improvise, gaining confidence through practice. We’ll paint a lot, with the end goal of learning to be loose, lively, and expressive. Perry will do a demo each day, and also some practice exercises, using them as an opportunity to talk about fundamentals of design and composition. Afternoons will be spent with participants painting on site in different locations, followed by group critiques.

    LeMistral Painting Adventures

  • May 25, 2017 to May 28, 2017 - 3-Day Plein Air Art Retreat in Ottawa Valley, Ontario with Keith Thirgood

    keith-thirgoodJoin us in the Ottawa Valley for three days of instructor-guided painting. The Valley has something for everyone. Small towns, rivers, lakes, rock faces, beaches, forests, farmland and more.
    Keith Thirgood leads this retreat, guiding you in painting out-of-doors in a loose, free manner. You will also learn Modern Colour Theory and how it can make you a better colourist.
    Your retreat includes shared accommodation in rustic cabins with kitchens (bring and prepare your own meals), instruction and beautiful scenery. (Spouses/friends welcome.) Small group, individual instruction.
    Visit my website for more information and to sign up:

  • Jun 11, 2017 to Jun 15, 2017 - Rocky Mountains Plein Air

    sharon-rusch-shaver_workshopJoin award winning artist Sharon Rusch Shaver to learn the fun of plein air painting in the majestic Rocky Mountains in springtime, when the wildflowers are blooming in the valleys and the creeks are still rushing from snow still clinging in the highest elevations. Your 4 nights will be spent in modern comfortable  accommodations which include heated pool, hot tub, and en-suite guest rooms in a historic lodge built over 100 years ago by one of the founders of the Rocky Mountain State Park. Delicious chef-prepared meals, and transfers to painting sites included.  This plein air workshop is for all levels beginner to advanced, watercolor, oil, pastel, photography. $1,450 all inclusive.*




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