Leah Lopez Takes It Outside

Leah Lopez, the extraordinary still life oil painter, decided to take advantage of the inspiring landscapes in the Hudson River / Catskill Mountain Region and took the class outside to discover the similarities between still life and landscapes.

The first outing was to Olana,the historic home of Frederick Church. It was a beautiful day and sun hats were quite the thing to sport!


Back in the studio on another of the 5 days of class, students could choose to work on a still life subject or continue to work on their landscapes.


Meanwhile in the kitchen, Mark was preparing dinner – this night’s menu featured Pesto Rack of Lamb.


Everyone likes to gather before dinner for a glass of wine.


On the final night of dinner on Friday, there were plenty of toasts to a wonderful instructor, a marvelous week, and new found friends!


How Sweet It Is with Liz Kenyon

A sweet and colorful week with Liz Kenyon has just completed. Liz was teaching a pastel still life workshop and her favorite subject matter is desserts!

These are just some of the mouth-watering paintings done by the students.


Just as scrumptious was the trays of soft pastels.


Not be out done in the matter of desserts — here is the dessert served on the final night, a Dacquoise. It is a hazelnut meringue with a cream filling.


Meanwhile, outside around the grounds of the inn, the clematis are flowering and everything is becoming green, green, green!


Currently in-house is Leah Lopez, who is teaching a oil painting still life and landscape workshop.


Next up is Painting in Nature’s Studio, an outdoor watercolor workshop with Tony van Hasselt.


July Painting Art Workshops

Experimental Watercolor, Charcoal Figure Drawing, Studio Watercolor, and Watercolor Collage! That’s what we have coming up in July. They are all 5-day/6-night workshop packages, which means plenty of class time, plenty of pool time, and plenty of fun time with your classmates and the instructor.

First up in July is the ever popular Karen Rosasco. She is teaching Experimental Watermedia and Collage, July 7 – 13, 2013. This watermedia exploration and design class focuses on the completion of paintings started in the first two days of experimentation with color, texture and collage. After accumulating a pile of 6 – 10 exciting starts the class will study composition, value, focal point and line work to bring the paintings to a satisfactory finish.

You can see the fun they were having in Karen’s workshop here last year.


Right after Karen’s workshop, is a charcoal figure drawing workshop, July 14 – 20, 2013, with the incomparable Henry Yan, an instructor from the San Francisco School of Art. This workshop will be focused on both short and long pose charcoal drawings from life models. Different techniques mentioned in Henry’s book, Henry Yan’s Figure Drawing, Techniques and Tips, will also be introduced and practiced in class.


Next on the July agenda, is a fabulous studio watercolor workshop with Frank Francese, July 21 – 27, 2013 (Only 3 spots left!) An upbeat and positive workshop designed to generate enthusiasm. Each day’s schedule includes a 45 minute morning and afternoon painting demonstrations, one-on-one instruction, group critiques and ample time for personal painting. Subject matter will range from nature scenes, country scenes, cityscapes, the tropics, and nature’s moods.


This is a painting that Frank did the last time he was here and it is now hanging in our front parlor.


The last chance to come to a workshop this July is the Stained Papers and Collage workshop taught by Gerald Brommer, July 28 – Aug. 3, 2013. A studio course designed to take you in new directions, using either acrylics or watercolors, combined with collage. You will learn how to abstract natural landscape resources in order to create vivid, exciting images. This unique workshop will feature some design exercises which will lead directly into designing with subject matter of your choice. Emphasis will be on exploring ways to create strong, colorful, unique landscape imagery that is truly personal and different.

Gerald Brommer, NWS, AWS, WCWS, RMNWS, has painted and conducted artist workshops around the world and is in great demand as a teacher, consultant, and art juror throughout the United States and abroad. He is noted for his sincerity, genial personality, humor, and masterful ability to guide and inspire artists at all levels of experience.


A well rounded line up!

More great classes are in line for August:

Paul George

New England artist Paul George, a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and an active member of the New England Watercolor Society just taught a 3-day workshop for us this past weekend.

While the weather report kept suggesting that thunder storms were heading our way, they never showed up, so the class was able to enjoy painting outdoors quite a bit. This shot was taken during one of Paul’s morning demos.


The pool was open and inviting, although it is still a bit brisk! However, with a couple of 90 degree days, it is warming up quickly and several folks jumped in for a swim after class.


It is the time for purple flowers in the forest. Its seems like each month a different wild flower is blooming in the forest.


On the final day of the workshop, the class was learning how to add figures into their landscapes/cityscapes.


Peggy G showed me all of the wonderful paintings she worked on during the class. Nice!


Here this week is Liz Kenyon, teaching pastel still life.

Then coming up in the next several weeks are: