I’ll be teaching a series of 3 botanical themed workshops at the UCSC Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. May 15, 16, & 18, 2019.
Watercolor Sketching the Pacific Northwest
This art retreat is designed to capture the nature and spirit of the Pacific Northwest, a place where sky, water, and land meet in ever changing light and movement. Our class will explore the beauty of Salt Spring Island, in the Gulf Island archipelago, British Columbia, Canada, while staying at the lovely Skipping Stone Beach B&B and cabin.
Dates: September 12-16, 2019 (Thursday – Monday)
Retreat offerings and pricing:
4 nights including 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner, wine and cheese reception; transportation (private shuttle) from Victoria International Airport to Salt Spring Island and return.
Early Bird Price til April 15: $1400 CD ($1049 USD); from April 16 to May 15: $1500CD ($1126.00 USD). Please note: Local and Provincial taxes will be applied on top of that amount.
Maximum 6 guests
What is NOT included: artist materials, dinners out, airfare, additional accommodations and meals in Victoria (if extension is opted for), entrance fees to Butchart Gardens.
To Register or for more information: Contact Tanis Wilkie or Paul Whidden at Skipping Stone Beach B&B, (250) 537-2519; email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Info@skippingstonebeach.com
Registration/refund policy: 50% deposit – non-refundable (travel insurance is highly recommended); balance is due 30 days prior to check in. Cancellations 30 days prior to check in date can be refunded only if the attendee can find a replacement. If retreat organizers cancel for any reason, full refunds will be given. To register or ask for more information email Tanis with the subject heading: Painting Retreat Sept. 2019.
Tanis and Paul are happy to speak to you about the different room accommodations in the B&B and Cabin.
5 Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Victoria International Airport; Meet Cynthia to transport to Swartz Bay & the Salt Spring Island ferry. Settle into rooms at Skipping Stone Beach B&B; wine and cheese reception, dinner out at one of the many fine restaurants on the island.
Days 2, 3, 4: Breakfast; instruction from 9am to 12pm, Lunch; afternoons – combination of rest/free time, work on assignments, or plein air painting outings (may involve some hiking, or at least walking to reach viewing spots). Dinner in Ganges Harbor or other Island location. Dinner at Skipping Stone Beach on the last evening (Day 4).
Day 5: Breakfast; return to Victoria Airport.
Possible extension stay to explore Victoria, tea at the Empress Hotel, sketching trip to Butchart Gardens. Email me if you’d like to discuss this option: email@example.com
Features of retreat art instruction include: indoor workshop instruction on some basic watercolor and sketching techniques and specific elements of landscape painting. Landscape elements including water, sky, trees, rocks. Glazing for depth and atmosphere, negative space painting. Compositional elements: how to use thumbnail sketches to decide what to put into a painting and what to omit. Explore ideas for creating layout and design in journal pages. Outdoor/plein air painting/sketching to capture the wealth of subject matter that autumn in the Gulf Islands offers: colorful arbutus trees, beaches, misty forests, vistas, rocky bluffs, and old farm buildings, seascape scenes. We will work in pen, ink, and watercolor.
Materials list: Each artist is responsible for bringing their own materials. There is an art supply store on the island, but I don’t know how well stocked they are.
Moleskine journal (or other suitable for watercolor – Stillman & Birn – Beta, Zeta, or Delta series)
For those wishing to paint on larger sizes than journals allow: #140 cold pressed paper – I suggest no larger than quarter sheet size – think travel ease; support for the paper – gator board is lightweight and strong, cut to an inch larger than your watercolor paper sheet size. Make sure it fits in your travel art bag (back pack) for plein air painting.
Selection of Pigma Micron pens – 0.01, 0.05, 0.08, 0.1, 1
Travel watercolor palette (See Winsor & Newton, Schminke, Rembrandt) – with your favorite colors (some suggested colors for painting the Pacific Northwest islands include: Undersea green, Quinacridone Gold, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, azo yellow, yellow ochre, cadmium red, permanent alizarin crimson, Quinacridone burnt orange, burnt umber, indigo, cascade green or sap green, dioxazine purple, sepia, ArtGraf water soluble graphite tin). NOTE: you do NOT have to buy all these colors. Pick a few primaries and a couple of other favorites.
Watercolor brushes: a range from #4 to 12 rounds, 1/2 inch flat, 1 inch flat. (Niji waterbrushes in large, medium, small are super for travel).
Sta-wet sponge – or other sponge for blotting/cleaning brushes
Art bag (or back pack) suitable to carry supplies , water, snack
Small square of oil cloth to sit on ground for plein air painting
Thrilled to be an ‘Artist in the Garden’ during the Home Garden Tour sponsored by the UCSC Arboretum – April 27, 2019; 10am to 4pm
I’ll be hosted by a generous Arboretum supporter, meeting and greeting visitors as I paint and sketch her lovely garden.
Click HERE for information on purchasing tickets to this wonderful event supporting the operations of the Arboretum & Botanic Garden.
Thrilled to be taking part in this year’s ‘tiny’ show at the Studio Gallery, November 8th – December 23rd, 2108.
Reception: Sunday November 11th.
1641 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109.
I’m getting into the holiday spirit early, prepping for the Santa Cruz Art League Holiday Watercolor Workshop. December 9, 2018, from 10am to 4pm. Loads of fun holiday projects and sweet treats.
I’m thrilled to have been asked to participate at the Santa Cruz Art League, with samples of my science illustration work featured in their Spotlight Gallery. I was a sort of ancillary participant in their Planet Pulse show.
My friend, Gerardo Aymard, sent me a photo today of the plant he had me illustrate back in 2003: Tetracera boomii G.Aymard C. I had a plant pressing to work from….dead, brown, not terribly exciting. Nice to see it in living color!
I was recently introduced to Fuyu persimmons by a friend. Love the orange-ness and not a bit astringent….two great reasons to have them around.