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Creative homeomorphism

Not everyone knows what I’m talking about when I drag the word “homeomorphic” out in mixed company. Specifically to do with equality of shapes in differing chemicals, it’s not in the art books. But it’s a valuable creative concept. Without always knowing its name, homeomorphism is generally pointed out as a type of compositional problem. Typically in amateur work, it’s a lineup of equidistant trees, or a mountain that rises up conveniently in order to avoid colliding with a foreground element. It’s a natural tendency of the human mind to automatically organize things neatly and in a regular manner....Read On

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  • Jun 23, 2018 to Jun 30, 2018 - Paint in Amalfi Italy


    The Amalfi Coast, a World heritage site, and one of the most spectacular vistas to be found in Italy.  Stay at our four-star hotel on the waterfront of Amalfi; all rooms with private bath and with Mediterranean Sea views.  Elevator available.  Small groups or painters with guests. Paint in Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, and Capri.  Work in oils or other media; beginners to advanced welcome.  Demos and individual instruction.  Breakfast each day along with 2 lunches & 5 dinners.
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  • Jun 27, 2018 to Aug 28, 2018 - Ellie Harold Open Studio Workshops — Frankfort, MI


    Do Your Art! Join Ellie Harold (7 Habits of Deeply Fulfilled Artists) for an art immersion experience 4 blocks from Lake Michigan, near beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Two sessions offered: 3-day June 27-29 ($375) and 4-Day August 28 – 31 ($450).


    Energize Your Art Life. The Open Studio format promotes the unfolding of your creative process. Each day you’ll enjoy content and demos related to authentic mark-making, painting as process, and intuitive color along with guided prompts and mentoring topics. New painters as well as more experienced artists desiring a deeper involvement with their art will find the Open Studio Workshops invaluable.


    All levels and media welcome. Some oil painting experience is desirable, although complete beginners have also benefited from the workshops.  If you’d like to try oil painting for the first time or want to refresh, basic color mixing will be reviewed on the first day of each session. Optional materials/equipment provision available Off-site lodging within walking distance.


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  • Jul 7, 2018 to Jul 8, 2018 - Brushes of Barriere with Marilyn Timms — Barriere BC, Canada


    Brushes of Barriere recently announced they will be hosting an acrylic painting workshop with well-known B.C. artist Marilyn Timms on July 7 and 8, 2018, at the North Thompson Agriplex.

    Timms is a highly respected artist and has been facilitating popular painting workshops for many years.

    Brushes of Barriere has room for 14 participants with “any level of painting experience.”
    Accommodation available at the Fair Grounds for a number of RV’s.


    Cost is $180 for the two-day event. Deadline to book a spot is June 15, 2018. For more information or to reserve a spot contact Bob Bambrick at: 250-672-9541 or email:

  • Jul 27, 2018 to Aug 1, 2018 - Creating a Visual Memoir Using Writing and Collage — Taos, New Mexico


    Join internationally acclaimed award winning artist, teacher, speaker and art coach, Gwen Fox, and international speaker, author, psychotherapist and writing coach, Junie Swadron for 5 days of magical artistic expression.


    These five days are devoted to igniting your creativity, imagination allowing you to reconnect with your personal sense of beauty and truth.


    Both collage and writing have enormous power to invoke your muse and the invisible intelligence that emanates from your heart.


    You do not have to have previous experience in painting, collage or writing. Cost of the Retreat…..$1395


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  • Aug 2, 2018 to Aug 7, 2018 - Art Retreat Kawartha Highlands of Ontario, Canada with Keith Thirgood


    On this unique art retreat, Keith leads a group of artists by canoe into the backcountry of Kawartha Highlands. Mixed forest, lakes, islands, rock faces, swamps and more. This place is a great place to paint, if you like views looking like they did 100 years ago. Keith is a post-impressionist painter and teaches compositional fundamentals, how to bring order out of the chaos of a live scene when painting en plein air, plus how modern colour theory can make colour mixing easy.


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    June 14-17 Ottawa Valley, Ontario

    September 1-6, paint in the Killarney/La-Cloche Mountain, Ontario

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