Friday, September 2, 2016

Plein Air Painting Workshop Alert!

Lately, I've been pretty good at holding off on using my blog as a soapbox for workshop announcements.  Instead, I've been keeping to my theme of helpful information for the plein air painter.  But now it's time for a commercial break!

Wilmington Waterfront

October 4-6, 2016: Wilmington, North Carolina

In a few weeks, we will be hitting the road on my seasonal migration west.  As part of that trip, I have a three-day workshop on the North Carolina coast in beautiful, scenic Wilmington.  In case you haven't been to Wilmington before, it is North Carolina's most accessible beach location.   Here's what Wikipedia has to say:
Wilmington was settled by European Americans along the Cape Fear River. Its historic downtown has a one-mile-long Riverwalk, originally developed as a tourist attraction, and in 2014 Wilmington's riverfront was named the 'Best American Riverfront' by USA Today. It is minutes away from nearby beaches. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Wilmington, North Carolina, as one of its 2008 Dozen Distinctive Destinations. City residents live between the river and the ocean, with four nearby beach communities: Fort Fisher, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, and Kure Beach, all within half-hour drives from downtown Wilmington.
In our three days, we'll do lots of exploring of Wilmington.  The workshop will be for all levels of painter in any medium (I will demonstrate in oil and/or pastel), and we'll be working outdoors, weather permitting.  If you're in any of the bordering states, I hope you'll join us.

Sponsored by the Wilmington Art Association.  Price: $350 WAA Members, $385 non-members. Contact: Ann Lees, WAA Education Chair,  You may also sign up on-line, here:

Paint Sedona

October 2016 – April 2017: Sedona, Arizona

After North Carolina and a quick stop to visit family, we will head straight for Arizona and the Sedona Plein Air Festival.  Immediately following the festival, my popular Paint Sedona plein air painting program resumes for another season.  Sedona is home to beautiful Red Rock Country with alluring canyons and creeks.  I've been teaching there for many years now, and every year, we find something new and different to paint!

You'll find these workshops a treat.  I take no more than four students at a time, so you'll have lots of personal attention.  Also, the sessions run from 9 till 1, leaving you afternoons in which to paint more or explore the area with family and friends.  What's more, if you and three friends want a customized workshop—such as pastel-only or an advanced focus on color—I am happy to set it up.

As last year, we are offering a package deal that includes lodging at Gandolfo Studios, where the workshop meets each day.  The workshop alone is $300, and lodging can be included for only $60 a night.  Five days lodging plus the workshop is $600.  But don't wait, as the studio only has three bedrooms and they go fast.

I'm eager to share my knowledge of Sedona with you, so I hope you'll join me.  For more details on Paint Sedona and to register, please visit

That's all for now.  My next post will be from the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park at the Celebration of Art!

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