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Canned crit

Marcao Pozza-Mendes wrote from the Colorado Rockies, “Do you have a letter that deals with canned criticism? By canned criticism I mean remarking that a painting with an element like a road or river leading to a corner of the canvas always leads the eye out of the picture; there is never a way to make that work; there is never a way to break the ‘rules’ and end with a successful painting. Sometimes the canned criticism is proffered unsolicited, which makes it additionally annoying. We artists are trained not to do certain things in a painting, but there are cases where we CAN break the rules....Read On

Recent Premium Artists

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    James Sclater

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Upcoming Workshops

  • Jan 26, 2017 to Mar 6, 2017 - Artist Retreats Aboard Sailboat Ubuntu in the BAHAMAS

    workshop-sailFind inspiration in the Bahamas! You will live aboard our catamaran, snorkel reefs, sail, and visit unique out-island communities and pristine beaches. Each day will allow you to capture your singular perspective through photography, sketching, painting (on deck or ashore) and journaling. Discover amazing detail, color and beauty on-island and in the ocean. We provide acrylic paints; you bring your preferred media. Evenings are reserved for delicious meals followed by group discussions. We’ll explore the creative process and each artist’s goals. Our program is collaborative, inclusive and relaxed.

    3 choices: January 26-30, 2017 • February 9-13, 2017 • March 2-6, 2017

  • Feb 8, 2017 to Feb 22, 2017 - Feb 8 -15 and 15 – 22, 2017 – MEXICO – Plein Air and Figure Study Workshop and Art Retreat

    hermann-brandt_workshopTWO ART RETREAT WORKSHOPS TO CHOOSE FROM – (4 day workshop, 7 day retreat)
    1. THE FIGURE FROM LIFE: Feb 8-15, 2017
    Develop your ability to draw or paint the human figure with accuracy and expression. Emphasis on likeness, gesture and light. More info:
    2. PLEIN AIR: Feb 15-22, 2017
    Strong light, deep shadow, lively colors – paint the land and seascapes surrounding the CASA BUENA ART RETREAT. Emphasis on design, value, color, and temperature, edges and brush strokes. More info:
    Encouraging, positive instruction: Hermann Brandt. Email or call to register – 1 403 604 2394 or 1 403 560 0894

  • Feb 27, 2017 to Mar 3, 2017 - Nihonga: Then and Now with Judith Kruger in Costa Mesa, CA

    judith-kruger_workshop2Nihonga: Then and Now — 4 1/2 day workshop with Judith Kruger February 27-March 3, 2017

    $700 plus $180 materials fee

    Create deep paintings rooted in ancient Asian practice with organic and inorganic pigments from shell, mineral and plant matter. Traditional and abstract painters welcome. Visit my website for testimonials and for more information.


  • Mar 8, 2017 to Mar 15, 2017 - Capturing Personality in Portrait — Riviera Nayarit, Mexico with Jane Romanishko

    jane-romanishko_workshop2There is nothing more challenging and fascinating than painting a portrait of another human being… and there is nothing more satisfying when you succeed in doing that! Join me for 7 day all inclusive art retreat in the unspoiled back country of Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. In this easy going and very informative workshop you will learn all the steps and techniques of painting a character portrait from photos and from a life model. All levels are welcome. Demos will be done in pastel and oil, but acrylic painters are welcome as well.
    $1500.00 will cover instructions, art supplies, 7 days accommodation, transportation from and to Puerto Vallarta airport, delicious meals, field trip to the Jungle and local markets and much more. Treat yourself to this unique and creative vacation: learn, create, have a good time, make new art friends and take your experiences home with you, in both artworks and in memories. For more information please visit

  • 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

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