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A beginner’s lesson

The phone rang early — it was an artist friend from the other side of Earth. A recent collaboration had left him feeling humiliated: “I compromised my vision, thinking I could get through it,” he said, “and in the end it didn’t pay off; I lost the job anyway.”

An early lesson at the bottom of my parents’ property came to mind, where I was learning to be a painter in a re-configured boat shed. A client, in search of a treasure, found the shed constraining and asked if she could commission something specific. ...Read On

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  • 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.

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  • 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: http://www.casabuenaartretreat.com/retreatHermannfigure.htm
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    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: http://www.casabuenaartretreat.com/retreatHermann.htm
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  • 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. http://www.judithkruger.com/adult-workshops/

     

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

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  • 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 JSalucciPortraits@yahoo.com or call 631-286-8786  For photos and more info see website

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