Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Taos “COVID-Aware” Painting Retreat

The Rio Grande Gorge & the Sangre de Cristos

Taos, New Mexico - "COVID-Aware" Painting Retreat
October 3-9, 2020

Join me in this special “COVID-Aware” painting retreat in Taos, New Mexico.  To keep you safe, all participants will lodge separately.  Each morning, we'll meet at my place, which has plenty of room so we can spread out for our morning critique session.  Afterward, we'll head to one of many spectacular locations to paint while practicing proper “social distancing.” In the afternoons, you're invited to join in an optional activity such as a museum visit or more group painting, or you are free to paint or explore on your own.  (I'll be happy to give location suggestions.)

If you've not been to Taos before, you're in for a treat.  Taos sits between the 800-foot-deep Rio Grande Gorge and the aspen-clad peaks of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.  Our subject matter will include the Rio Grande, which should be starting to show some autumn color, as well as the mountain streams and aspens near Taos Ski Valley and rustic adobe structures in historic Arroyo Seco.  I've painted here many times and will be happy to share with you my knowledge of the area.

But Taos isn't all about the landscape.  It's also home to the Taos Society of Artists, and you can visit some of their studios, which are now museums.  The Taos Art Museum at the Fechin House is a great introduction to these artists, as are the E.I. Couse and Blumenschein studios.  The Taos Pueblo, painted by many of these early artists, is right outside of town.  (It is currently closed to visitors but hopefully will be open again very soon.)  Taos is also home to many excellent restaurants including Doc Martin's, Orlando's Mexican Cafe and Michael's, as well as to many galleries.

This painting retreat will be limited to only FOUR painters.  Participants should have some outdoor painting experience and be comfortable painting without assistance.  Cost for the retreat is $300, not including lodging or meals.  (You can find many excellent and reasonably-priced options for lodging at AirBnB and elsewhere.)  A $150 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your space.  Once I receive your deposit, I'll send a confirmation letter with important details.  Contact me to reserve your space.

Although this is not a workshop, I will be giving critiques daily for work we do during the week.  What's more, when I am painting, you are welcome to watch me paint as a demonstration or to paint along beside me, and I will gladly narrate as I work.  I'll also serve as your location scout and host.

I invite you to join me in this special painting retreat!  Here are some photos to whet your appetite.

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