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Your visible instincts list

Visible instincts are personal items that bring magic and specificity to your paintings and, with practice, appear automatically. They’re at times universal and technical, but can be poetic or even self-honed nothings, unique to you and your brush. Your list is one-of-a-kind, and you’re probably already working it:

Grey to neutralize — a rest for the eye
Large and/or interlocking gradations — to catch the eye
Warm colours against cool
Strong value contrast...Read On

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    Arnot Art Museum 75th REGIONAL EXHIBITION

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  • Dec 28, 2015 to Jan 1, 2016 - Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit with Donna and Tom Dickson


    Plein Air Painting on Five days of inspiration, including Jan 1, 2016, in a tropical paradise with expert instruction in oil and all water media. Two instructors, perfect beach. 12 sun tanned students limit. – See Website

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    Casa de los Artistas, Robert Masla Studios South — all-inclusive retreats. Charming fishing village of Boca de Tomatlan, 10 miles south of Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s gorgeous Pacific coast. Paint in the tropics with top instructors: Robert Burridge, Carolyn Jasper, Tony van Hasselt, Tom Lynch, John Macdonald, Robert Masla, Lian Quan Zhen and others. See Website

  • Jan 15, 2016 to Apr 15, 2016 - Choose a 3 Day Watercolor Intensive, in Mexico’s Tropical “Riviera Nayarit” with master watercolorist Donna Dickson


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    The workshops focus on Color Mixing, Composition, Loosening Up, Simplifying, and exploring Watercolor Technique in general. Donna will be giving lots of inspiring Demo’s, while allowing plenty of time for guidance as you concentrate on your own creativity. Limited to 12 painters.      $250. U.S.     See website

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