Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Rancho Bellota in Baja Mexico

 just returned from Baja, Mexico where I taught a watermedia workshop at the best Horse Ranch ever! Baja Rancho Bellota is a working, off the grid ranch in a secluded 2800 acre beautiful valley. Raul and Caroline Agular are the owners and gracious hosts of this wonderful place.
Save the date! May 5 to 8, 2016....I'll be teaching here again! 

Here are some fine examples of student work. We all had a great time...and the ranch dogs did too! 

a hike we took after painting....I want this rock in my garden....sigh.....

and of course we took off to Guadalupe Valley to a couple of wineries. This was my favorite...Vena Cava. Artful and creative use of materials abound...the roofs were old boats and the awning was made out of irrigation tubes....

and here is our wonderful host Raul with timely Margaritas while we painted on location...just a little spoiled! ..

we rode off for a two hour ride up and down the canyons in the late afternoon. What an experience! My horse was very good to me since I haven't ridden in many years. The views were magnificent! 
our art workshop leaders Ellen and Liz in the sunset.
...and Gabriele...a real Mexican vaquero

Adios! Till next year in May! 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

An Illustrated Journey

Registration opens today for the trip of a lifetime to Southern France 2016! 

Join Lynn Leahy and Helen Shafer Garcia for an extraordinary week in southern France. Live the palette and imagery of Toulouse Lautrecs artworks, historically ingrained in this region while we reside in the medieval village of Durfort.

Our adventure will begin at La Cascade, a beautifully restored home and art retreat on the river Sor. Imagine starting each day to the relaxing sound of a waterfall , a sumptuous meal, and the anticipation of beginning your creative journey.

 Space is very limited to 8 students......

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Pastels in the making

My local classes are starting back up for Fall this week. I teach Pastel on Friday afternoons in Escondido. I love the transition from Watercolor and gouache to Pastel.

Have a look see...you may want to join us if you live in the area...if not...you may just want to break out a set of pastels that have been buried in your art stash.......and play.....

This pastel started out with  a charcoal drawing on brown art spectrum paper. I painted with gouache watercolors to build up complementary colors for high contrast. Hummm....I need to finish this one.......These paper mache dolls were at a factory in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. 

These are little studies for a workshop called Drawing the Lines that I'll be teaching next year for Art and Soul Minneapolis 2016

And 2 steps from a demo on backlit figures.