Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Packing Up, and Upcoming Spring and Summer 2014 Plein Air Painting Workshops

Packing up the Oil Gear
Well, the time is nearly here.  We are cleaning up the house and studio and preparing to hit the road for the distant east coast.  When all is said and done, we'll have clocked over 3,000 miles between Arizona and Campobello Island, New Brunswick.  In many ways, it is sad to leave our winter place - but then we are also eager to get back to the ocean.  I'm already imagining sunrise walks along our beautiful beach on Friar's Bay.

Packing up the Pastel Gear
But before we go, I have a few things coming up.  One is the Verde Artist Challenge this weekend.  Something like 25 artists will be kayaking down the Verde River to gather resource material for a traveling exhibit that will happen later this summer.  It's for raising awareness of both the Verde River Watershed's beauties and its fragile future.  You can follow the progress on the Verde Artist Challenge Facebook page.  Although I won't be kayaking, I will be joining the group via car at the campsite.

Also, I want to let you know about some upcoming workshops that are imminent.  I always enjoy these cross-country workshops.  They not only break up the trip, but they give me a chance to spend some in-depth time with new locations and to meet new people!

May 1-2, 2013: Valparaiso, IN 
Two-day workshop at the Art Barn in Valparaiso. Beautiful grounds with old barn, pond, woods and meadows.  Includes lunch All Levels, All Media.
Price: $215
Contact: The Art Barn School of Art,, 219-462-9009,

May 4-5, 2013: South Bend , IN - FULL, WAIT LIST ONLY
Two-day workshop at the South Bend Museum of Art in South Bend, IN. All levels. In addition, Michael will be giving a lecture at the Museum from 5:30 to 8 on Friday, May 3. All Levels, Pastel Only.
Price: $175
Contact: North Indiana Pastel Society, Cathy McCormick,

June 18-21, 2013: Acadia National Park, ME 
Four-day (Tue-Fri) workshop on Mount Desert Island in Maine. We'll paint Acadia National Park and other scenic spots such as Bernard and Southwest Harbor.  Think boats, wharves, beaches and, of course, LOBSTER! All Levels, All Media.
Price: $575
Contact: Acadia Workshop Center, , 207-460-4119 ,

June-September 2013: Paint Campobello Workshops 
During this period, Michael is teaching workshops from his studio on Campobello Island, NB, Canada.  Quaint fishing villages, boats, working harbors, bold cliffs, quiet beaches.  For more information on Paint Campobello workshops, visit

And don't forget Albert Handell's workshop that I am hosting August 26-30 in Lubec, Maine.  Mr Handell is a master painter, elected to the PSA's Pastel Hall of Fame, and also an OPA Master.   For details, visit

I have other workshops this year, of course.  For a full list, please visit my plein air painting workshop page.

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