Intrepid Watercolors with Alvaro Castagnet

Alvaro’s demos were very worthwhile. He is a gifted artist. The meals at the inn were extraordinary! It was an excellent experience.” – Nancy

Alvaro Castagnet was here last week teaching a 5 day plain air watercolor workshop. He was here at the right time to catch all the fall colors at the peak! IMG 2341
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A floor “gallery” of the maestro’s paintings both during the class demos, and well as on location at many of Alvaro’s international travel spots. IMG 2369 A merry and spirited time was always had around the dinner table every night, but the final dinner on Friday night was especially festive. There were toasts, speeches, singing, and dancing. 14692043 10154662354171670 832096763521836365 o Do miss your opportunity to discover this experience next year when Alvaro returns to teach a 3 day workshop in July.

Not-So-Basic-Basics with Skip Lawrence

Skip’s class is always great. He’s a serious teacher with a great sense of humor who guides students to create great art no matter what or how they paint.” – Betsy J.

Skip Lawrence has been teaching at the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops every year at the same time in the Fall for decades. If you haven’t taken at least one workshop from Skip, you owe it to yourself to give it try and discover why Skip’s students come back year after year to learn from this master. About half the students from this year’s class signed up for his 2017 workshop before they left. So don’t delay sign up now before you lose the opportunity. IMG 2303
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The crisp autumn air is just starting the color to creep into the leaves around the inn grounds. IMG 2307
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Ripping, Tearing, Painting with Elizabeth St Hilaire

I loved the convenience of working on our art about any time. I learned a lot from Elizabeth and enjoyed her teaching style – informative, creative, open-minded, joyful, laid back, approachable. Loved her art, technique, & style!” – Jody B.

What a fun week we all had with Elizabeth St Hilaire here to teach her Paper Painting workshop. Lots of ripping and tearing going on, as well is lots of painting, stamping, printing, and splattering. The workshop began with a slew of techniques for creating unique painted papers to use as the palette of colors for paper paintings. IMG 2272
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Jody came all the way from Colorado to take the workshop with her daughter, Molly. Jody is a cattle rancher, as you might guess from her subject matter! IMG 2280
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Pumpkin pancakes are back for the Fall as one of the daily specials for breakfast during the week. IMG 2296 If you missed your chance at coming to this years workshop, Elizabeth will be back again in June of 2018!

Negative Painting with Linda Kemp

Linda Kemp was here last week getting her students to let loose their inner “mad scientist.” The medium was acrylics and the subject was negative painting techniques and strategies.

Linda definitely exceeded my expectations! She was well organized, articulate, and made the workshop exciting & challenging!!” – B Wickham

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Pastel Landscapes with Richard McKinley

Richard McKinley was here last week for another phenominal workshop. The weather was gorgeous and the group magnificent! Studio time was spent discovering the excitement of underpinnings and value drawings. IMG 2235
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Watercolor and Pastel

Two weeks have sped by and now I have two wonderful workshops to post about. The first one was a 5 day watercolor workshop with incomparable Mel Stabin! Mel had them working in the studio and out around the Hudson / Catskill area. IMG 3921
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This is Margaret’s watercolor sketch of the Hudson River as viewed from Olana. IMG 2142
Margaret then showed the class how she used that quick sketch a reference for doing a pastel painting back in the studio. IMG 2146
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During a couple of rainy days in the studio a model stopped by for a sitting! This is Troy, Alexis’ dog (and our “emergency back-up dog.”) Troy can be found in the office on most days, in case anyone needs an emergency dog petting experience! IMG 2147 This is Troy up close and personal! IMG 2149 There are two other inn dogs, in case you didn’t know, Hudson, a dalmatian, and Bree, a ridgeback, who mostly get out and about while the class is in session. They have their own room on the 3rd floor of the Main Inn.

Into the Past with David Dunlop

It was another incredible week with David Dunlop taking his students on a trip through time, visiting the vistas and inspiration of the Hudson River artists of the 1800’s, then cruising up through the Luminists, Tonalists, and Impressionists. With each era, David demonstrated their techniques and discussed their methods and tools. The week finished up with the 21st century and talking about new tools, new materials, and new ways of looking at landscapes. If you missed this year’s class, David will be back again in 2018! This is shot at the Rensselaerville Falls in Huyck Preserve. IMG 2114
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Pastel Figures with Margaret Dyer

Wonderful experience! Great instructor, great participants, and great setting!” – Pat R.

Margaret Dyer was here teaching her first 5 day pastel figures workshop with us. Margaret has been teaching here for many years and is always a popular instructor, but to this point had always taught in a 3-day format. Everyone enjoy having Margaret for a full week! The class worked with models on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday, they worked from photographs taken during a special photo-shoot with the models at the end of class on Monday. IMG 2084 Here is everyone taking their turns shoot photos of the two models in various set ups around the front parlor of the inn. IMG 2079 Here you can see the two models in kimonos posing on the antique furniture. IMG 2080 Now the work begins, first with a background, then sketching in the shapes. IMG 2085
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Portraits in Watercolor with Ted Nuttall

Ted Nuttall was an excellent instructor. Clear explanations and private attention for each student. I enjoyed every aspect of this class. I learned a lot about art and about watercolor painting.” – Ronnie H

We just finished a wonderful week with watercolor artist, Ted Nuttall, who was teaching his watercolor portraits workshop. IMG 2060
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Ted provided lots of one-on-one time with each student. IMG 2065
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Everyone once in a while it’s a good idea to take a break from painting and let your mind wander while doing a little knitting. IMG 2067
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Conservations at dinner were always lively. Chef Mark is either talking about the menu for the night or counting Scrabble points (more about this later)! IMG 2070
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After dinner every night of the workshop, Scrabble was king. Three of the students, plus chef Mark gathered in the parlor or the front dining room to play Scrabble. There was much discussion about “acceptable words.” IMG 2078
I’ll give you one guess who put the word “Barfy” down there. Could be the guy in the chef coat who has the two big dogs who like to eat all the fresh cut grass clumps and then get a little “barfy!” IMG 3874

Field Sketch to Dynamic Studio Paintings with John MacDonald

“John is an excellent instructor, balancing lectures & demonstrations perfectly. Very knowledgeable & experienced.” – Susan K.

John MacDonald was here to teach an intense 3-day workshop covering the process of using photographs, sketches, and plein aire studies to great larger scale painting in the studio. It was a great group and the 3 days passed much too quickly. Luckily John will be returning next year to teach a 5-day workshop in October. A number of this years students signed up for it before they left! IMG 2049
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Sketching and Painting Animals with Joe Weatherly

Joe Weatherly, the renown animal artist from Southern California, returned to teach a workshop for us this past week. The group enjoyed some gorgeous summer weather, great food, and lots of front porch comraderie after class with some cold beers and wine. The first day was spent in the studio learning about basic structure, movement, and gesture. Then for the next two days the group went to the Discovery Zoo in Catskill, NY for a variety of animal subjects. The group also went to the K & K Equestrian Center for some farm animal subjects. The first three paintings below are some of Joe’s demo paintings. Then a couple of animal structure sketches. IMG 2034
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Abstraction By Design with Karen Rosasco

It was a joyful week with a misty-eyed ending. Karen Rosasco was here to teach her last workshop on the road. Karen taught her first workshop with us in 2007 and has taught every year since 2009. Karen has been coming to the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops as a student since the early 1980s! So it was definitely with misty eyes we bid farewell to Karen on the last day of the workshop. Karen, formerly of New York, is now making her home in Virginia and will still be teaching but only locally to her home and also private lessons out of her home studio. You can learn more about this on Karen’s website. Enjoy this glimpse into the activity and creativity of the 5 days of Karen’s workshop. IMG 1975
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This is the Chili Verde that was served one of the nights as the alternative dish for the vegetarians. Many requested the recipe, so I’ve added it to our recipes page. IMG 2033
The grounds of the inn are looking lovely and the weather was beautiful all week, making the lawns a perfect place for spreading out painting to dry or when experimenting with a particular messing technique! IMG 1988
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Watercolor Landscapes with Don Andrews

Just a brief word of praise for Don’s Watercolor Workshop. He took a different approach in sharing information making the class move fast and was very enjoyable. I came home with ideas and thoughts eager to put to practice.” – Bonnie K.

Have you read “Rough Sketches” by Don Andrews (A very funny book)? If you have, you understand what a fun and informative teacher Don is. He can keep everyone entertained and working hard all day! IMG 1965
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Too Much Fun with Alcohol Inks and Cathy Taylor!

What a prolific group this was in Cathy Taylor’s alcohol inks workshop. In just one day the studio was filled with gorgeous array for color! For the most part people worked free and abstract, but a little representation landscapes also appeared. Meagan’s outfits were just as colorful as her paintings! IMG 1918
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Sara was our overachiever for the class. Luckily she was prepared and brought several portfolio books to store all of her paintings in when they were dry. IMG 1921
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All Prima Figures with David Shevlino

This past week David Shelving was here to teach a 5-day workshop on Alla Prima Figures. There was a mix of students, some using oils, some using acrylics, and one using water-based oils. IMG 1893
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This week we have a 3-day alcohol inks workshop with Cathy Taylor and next week a studio watercolor workshop with Don Andrews (there is still time to sign up for this workshop!)

Big and Loose with Patti Mollica

Patti was the best – she had a clear plan and was very encouraging to all students” – Karen H.

Patti is an amazing teacher. I learned more than I could have imagined.” – Carolina D.

This class exceeded my expectations! Patti had so much content with related projects to get her point across that it was a fabulous learning experience. And the meals were simply terrific” – Joan P.

What more can I say about Patti Mollica’s recent workshop with us. It was a great group and everyone had a wonderful time! IMG 1816
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Paint Splashing, Merriment, and Magic

It seemed like a week-long party during Robert Burridge’s Abstract Acrylic Painting and Collage workshop.

Bob makes it fun – very informative, his color wheel made the process easier to understand. I’m very excited to continue and experience Bob’s class!” – Diane D.

They also worked hard in the studio. Bob started each morning with a short lecture and demo, then assigned a warm up exercise to the students to get them going. After that everyone could work in the their own direction, if they chose. IMG 1762
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Chef Mark got to step out of his chef-ing duds and into his painting gear for a little side trip into abstract painting. He enjoyed working in a series themed around cellos (he has recently taken it once again) and other musical instruments. IMG 1776
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Then there was the Bob and Mark after-dinner entertainment show! Both Bob and Mark come from a tradition of entertainment and magic and they traded off with each other presenting fun close-up magic tricks, to the delight of the audience! IMG 1784
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At the final night’s dinner, the student’s presented Bob with a card and gift. IMG 1813 It was sad to see such a happy group leave at the end of the week, but Bob will be back again next year in June. Before Bob left, he and Mark had their heads together quietly scheming about an even more elaborate after-dinner show for next year! Don’t miss it, sign up now.

Egg Tempera with Koo Schadler

Koo Schadler is an exceptional instructor, knowledgeable, able to impart and share her talents – and very personable.” – Kappy P.

Koo is brilliant and she’s a brilliant, effective teacher. She solves problems after analyzing and makes the complex easier with a systematized, logical approach.” – Lea B.

Koo Schadler was here last week teaching her very popular egg tempera workshop. IMG 1727 Koo always supplies the fresh eggs for mixing the paints (egg yolks and pigment). IMG 1725
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Interview with Margaret Dyer: Mastering Dynamic Pastels

Award-winning pastel painter Margaret Dyer has lived in Atlanta, GA, since her family moved from New York in 1960. She attended the Atlanta College of Art at the High Museum of Art and furthered her studies under painters Roman Chatov, Kate Fetterolf and Jim Richards.

A Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, Masters Circle in the International Association of Pastel Societies and award-winner in the American Impressionist Society, Margaret has made her living for over 20 years selling her work and teaching.


One of our most popular and motivating instructors, Margaret returns to the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops July 17 to 23, 2016 to teach her Pastel Figures class. Margaret has previously taught three-day Workshops here, so we’re really pleased that this year, students will have the chance to spend a full five days working with live models in the Studio.


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How long have you been teaching and what got you started teaching?

It’s been so long ago that I can’t count the years. Maybe 15, 20 years ago? I really don’t know. I had been selling my work through galleries and festivals–you can imagine how difficult it can be to make a living strictly on sales–so I decided to try teaching as a way to supplement my income. I was afraid I might not be a good teacher so I signed up to teach a class far out of town. In case I failed miserably, nobody would hear about it. I discovered I loved teaching.


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What is your favorite part about teaching?

I get thrilled when I see the student’s eyes widen in enlightenment. That ‘Aha! I understand!’ moment. I like knowing that I can play a part, however small, in opening new doors for someone.


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What would you tell your prospective students are the three best reasons for taking a workshop?

It is a luxury to have total immersion in art for 3 days or more. Learning a new technique can be invaluable. Getting to know the instructor and being a part of a wonderful community of artists.


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What are you currently working on in your own art?

I am currently transitioning from pastels to oils. I too take classes and have found a teacher who is able to unlock what has been stubbornly hidden in me for many years. I am always striving to improve my work.

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Where is your art currently being exhibited?

At this moment you can see my work at Sue Stewart Fine Art in Charleston, SC and Lagerquist Gallery in Atlanta, GA.


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Is your work represented in galleries, and if so, what hints would you give to artists looking for gallery representation?

I am represented by Lagerquist Gallery in Atlanta, GA; Sue Stewart Fine Art in Charleston, SC; River Gallery in Chattanooga, TN; Allison Sprock Fine Art in Charlotte, NC.

If an artist wants to approach a gallery, I would suggest he or she have a body of work, maybe 6 -10 finished pieces to show the gallery operator. Be bold. Be different. Be consistent. Trust the gallery owners; they know what sells, they know the appropriate prices.


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Do you sell your work in any online gallery?

I sell my small works through my blog and I sell my larger works through galleries.


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What is your favorite art quote?

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.” Pablo Picasso


Describe your studio.

Unfortunately my studio at the moment is in my mudroom. I have an easel between my laundry door and my office. I am splattering paint all over the floor and walls. It’s a mess.

But soon I will have a beautiful northern sunlight-filled room with high ceilings. I am converting a detached garage to a studio but it’s only at its beginning stages. I won’t have a real studio for many months. Until then, my studio is my mudroom, and I’m too embarrassed to provide a picture of it!


Name five of your “can’t do without” tools/products.

  1. my iPad
  2. my camera
  3. my portable pochade box
  4. a good black pastel or tube of oil paint
  5. my glasses!

An Interview with John MacDonald: Landscape painter and Creative Coach

John MacDonald worked as both a full-time freelance illustrator and landscape painter for nearly twenty years. He won awards from Print Magazine as well as having work appear in the Society of Illustrators annual show. Since the late 2000’s, he has been painting full time. His paintings can be found in private, corporate, and museum collections throughout North America.


Professional memberships have included the Society of Illustrators, the Illustrators Partnership of America, the National Association of Plein Air Painters, the Graphic Artists Guild, and the Oil Painters of America. John is certified through the Creativity Coaching Association as a creativity coach and brings his coaching experience to his workshops.


We are looking forward to John’s return to the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops July 6 to 10, 2016, to teach his class From Plein Air to Studio, working with acrylics and oils. This Workshop has 3 full days of hands-on painting and instruction – it should be a spectacular and inspiring time of year to be painting on location in the scenic Catskills!


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How long have you been teaching and what got you started teaching?

After sporadically teaching for years, in the last five or six years I’ve been scheduling a yearly calendar of workshops, usually limiting it to a half dozen so as to give myself as much painting time as possible. I’ve always enjoyed teaching and it seemed to be a natural extension of my art.

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What is your favorite part about teaching?

Seeing students grasp a concept, apply it to their paintings, and then seeing their joy as they see the quality of their work leap forward.


What would you tell your prospective students are three best reasons for taking a workshop?

Workshops give students an uninterrupted period of time in which they can focus solely on their painting. Such times are rare. Our lives are so busy.

We only learn when we’re trying something new. Workshops are an ideal environment–supportive and safe– in which to put ourselves on our edge, try new techniques, make mistakes, and learn.

Art making can be a lonely activity. It’s wonderful being in a group of fellow painters as everyone struggles, learns, and celebrates together.


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What are you currently working on in your own art?

Lately, I’ve been doing fewer small, plein air paintings and more larger , studio canvases, attempting to inject some of the spontaneity, simplicity, and freshness of plein air work into my larger paintings.


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Where is your art currently being exhibited?

Currently, I’m in five galleries:

The Iris Gallery. Boston, MA; Aspen, CO

Warm Springs Gallery, Charlottesville, VA

Sorelle Gallery, New Canaan, CT; Albany, NY; Saratoga Springs, NY

Christopher-Clark Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

Rich Timmons Studio & Gallery. Doylestown, PA


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What hints would you give to artists looking for gallery representation?

Create a body of work that is of your best quality, that is consistent, and of a subject matter that you’re passionate about.

Do your research. Find galleries that sell work similar to yours and in your price range. Study the gallery’s website.

Contact them for submission guidelines. No cold calls.

Be patient. Don’t get discouraged. Finding the right gallery is often a long process.


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Do you sell your work in any online gallery?

I don’t sell through online galleries but have begun to offer a few paintings for sale directly from my website. It’s important not to compete with my galleries and so I’ll be selling only small paintings directly.


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What is your favorite art quote?

I have many. Here are three:


“Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.” – Christina Rossetti, poet (1830-1894)


”If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all.” – Michelangelo, sculptor, painter, architect, and poet (1475-1564) 


“Art enables us to find ourselves and to lose ourselves at the same time.“  – Thomas Merton, monk. (1915-1968)


Describe your studio.

Too small. Now that I’m working larger it’s a bit tight but it’s cozy, warm, and an enjoyable place to spend the day painting.





Name five of your “can’t do without” tools/products.

Prussian blue. I love it. If it weren’t unhealthy for me, I’d probably eat it.

Worn and disheveled brushes that give unique and accidental effects.

Frames. I can’t tell if a painting is finished if it’s not in a frame.

My 50% gray palette. It’s so helpful when judging the value of paint mixtures.

Mellow, moody background music and a pot of black tea.

An Interview with Christine Ivers: Award-Winning Pastelist

Christine Ivers, the award-winning, nationally recognized pastelist, returns to the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops to teach her always popular five-day Pastel Painting class “Paint the Night”, June 12 to 18, 2016.


Christine recently took some time to give us the background on teaching, and creating her art.


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How long have you been teaching and what got you started teaching?

I’ve been teaching since 2007 after the economic crash that pretty much took away the job that I had worked at for over 40 years. I owned an ad agency and within the course of six months I lost 90% of all my clients due to any number of financial reasons. It was tough, but I was always an illustrator and I was used to giving presentations and I actually taught my four daughters how to work on computers so I thought, “What the heck! The only thing I know how to do is draw!” So, I started to teach and I have loved it ever since. 


What is your favorite part about teaching?

Watching my students succeed in their own artistic journey. That’s the best part! When one of them wins an award or sells a painting or overcomes an obstacle, I’m thrilled. Helping them get to where they want to be is what it’s all about. I believe we all have to make our own path in this life and so I never insist that they paint exactly like me. I encourage them to create in their own way. I am there to help them hone the skills that will make them succeed.


What would you tell your prospective students are three best reasons for taking a workshop?

Oh Wow! You only want three things?


The ability to immerse one’s self in painting or drawing without distraction from one’s everyday craziness. Most of us get wrapped up in the day-to-day stuff. To spend morning until night creating artwork is just so awesome! It’s the ultimate soul cleansing for an artist. 


Meeting and spending time with other artists from different parts of the country who bring their own richness of art to the table. It is such great fun to not only spend time in the studio with other like minds, but to spend after hours or lunches just talking about art and the creative process. Nothing can beat that! You also learn from other students as well as the instructor. It’s just great fun.


Challenging yourself by putting yourself outside of your comfort zone. Whether it is a studio artist trying plein air painting for the first time or a still life artist attempting to paint a landscape, it is good to push yourself a little or sometimes a lot. You will always walk away with something that you hadn’t thought of before. This, in itself, is a great way to learn.

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What are you currently working on in your own art?

I’m still painting nocturnal cityscapes and traditional landscapes, mostly in pastel, but up until the winter hit I was getting myself outdoors to plein air paint. Of course I always retreat to my studio in the end to get back to my NightScapes. Anyone who knows me knows I love the “dark side.” I’m also starting to write an instructional art book, so that will be keeping me busy also. 


Where is your art currently being exhibited?

I exhibit in NYC at the Salmagundi Club and also at National Arts with different competitive shows. I also have a gallery in Essex, CT where I have a number of my NightScapes on display for the next few months. On occasion I show in a gallery in New Canaan, CT. Because I belong to many art organizations, my work is on display in different parts of the country during the year.

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Is your work represented in galleries, and if so, what hints would you give to artists looking for gallery representation?

I would first advise any artist to gather together a “body of work.” Galleries look for a style that reads consistently across an exhibit. Unless it’s a group show, they look for consistency and proficiency. Most galleries are overloaded with artists seeking representation so have your ducks in order. I also know it helps to have a good word put in by an artist who might already be represented by a gallery you wish to get into.


Do you sell your work in any online gallery?

I do have an online gallery with pricing and information, but if the piece happens to be at a gallery at the time of an inquiry I will direct them to the gallery so they get their commission. I price my pieces pretty much the same whether online or in a brick and mortar store front.


What is your favorite art quote?

“Art is not what you see, it’s what you make others see.”  –Edgar Degas


Describe your studio.

I actually have two studios. What used to be my ad agency is where the natural light is really great. The other is in the basement of my home with the hot water heater, furnace, 1981 refrigerator and a conglomeration of stuff all over the place. Right now I can’t show you the home studio because we just ripped it apart to rearrange things, but I can tell you that at that location I work under an eight foot fluorescent overhead bulb. I guess you can work with any light if you get used to it. The photo is the one in my old ad agency.

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Name five of your “can’t do without” tools/products.

My iPhone6.

I use it to take reference shots and as a black mirror for looking at my work upside down and backwards to check the drawing and composition.


My Music.

Need that all the time. Helps to put me in the Zone.


ArtSpectrum Multimedia Gesso with Pumice

I use this to coat my Gator Boards with a crazy texture that I love. 


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This is how I apply the Gesso/Pumice.


3/16” Black Gator Board

This is what I use to put the grounds on. Easy to cut, easy to frame, no need for a back board.


All other supplies I can mix and match whether oil or pastel, but without the five above I’d be lost.

Interview with Don Andrews, Watercolor Artist

Don Andrews is respected by online casino players as an artist. Many online casino players are willing to pay big money for paintings by artist Don Andrews. We are delighted to welcome Don back to the online casino where he draws his inspiration from the Hudson River Valley.

Don Andrews is a nationally known watercolor artist and workshop instructor. He has conducted painting workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Africa for over 30 years.

Don is an active member and past board director of the American Watercolor Society. His paintings have received numerous awards in national watercolor competitions, including three awards from the American Watercolor Society, and two Best of Show awards from the New England Watercolor Society.

We are pleased to welcome Don back to the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops this summer – he will be teaching a five day Studio Workshop, Watercolor Landscapes, June 5 to 11, 2016.




How long have you been teaching and what got you started teaching?

In 1983 I was painting during the day and working at JC Penney at night. That year I was asked to do a demo for the Southern WC Society’s annual exhibition in Asheville, NC. The demo went well and the director of Springmaid Beach Watercolor Workshops who was in attendance, asked me if I would come there to teach.


I’ve been traveling and teaching ever since. I often wonder if I hadn’t agreed to drive 500 miles from my home in Mobile, AL to Asheville for that demo, would I still be working nights at JC Penney?


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What is your favorite part about teaching?

There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing a student struggle with some aspect of painting and demonstrating a solution that helps them jump that hurdle.


What would you tell your prospective students are three best reasons for taking a workshop?

You’ll gain a clear understanding of the many uses of light. We’ll demystify color in a logical way, and lose our fear of mud. I will spend one day explaining how we can loosen up to make a more personal watercolor statement and a day showing how figures can be introduced to make landscape paintings come alive.  I’m a firm believer in a no-pressure, fun studio environment.




What are you currently working on in your own art?

My wife Martha and I just moved to Austin TX to be closer to our kids after many years in Alabama. I’m exploring the western landscape with fresh eyes!  (Our kids just had baby Sophie!)


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Where is your art currently being exhibited?

Right now I’m not in any galleries as I travel a good bit each year and take my paintings with me. One of these days I will slow down and explore the gallery scene.


Is your work represented in galleries, and if so, what hints would you give to artists looking for gallery representation?

When I used to be represented in galleries I found it imperative to research each gallery to find a good fit with my work and their clientele.


Do you sell your work in any online gallery?

I do have an online gallery on my website which I occasionally sell from. However, in my experience and from the many artists I have talked to, the online gallery market introduces your work to potential customers but they want to see the painting up close and personal before they buy.


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What is your favorite art quote?

Not long after I began my watercolor life, I was fortunate to take a workshop with my mentor, California artist, Robert E Wood who said , “We learn fastest through experimentation!”


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Describe your studio.

Martha and I have bought a little land outside Austin, TX and we’re hoping to build there soon. Right now my studio is a small spare bedroom, but aside from carpet on the floor, it works just fine!


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Name five of your “can’t do without” tools/products.

My digital camera and home computer… I’m a studio painter so it’s very convenient to keep a camera on hand, take lots of shots, then adjust them on the computer before printing them out to work from.

I have a large mirror on my studio wall opposite my easel…. A hundred times during the painting, I turn to get a look at the painting reversed in the mirror across the room. It usually points out some design, color or value problem I wasn’t aware of standing so close to the painting.

My sketchbook… Before I start a painting I arrange the subject matter and organize the value plan with a few quick sketches.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser… It’s the best tool to lift dead paint from a watercolor that I’ve ever come across!

Stitched Paintings with Katie Pasquini Masopust

We finished off our 2015 workshop season with a fiber art / painting party in the form of Katie Pasquini Masopust’s Stitched Paintings workshop. Some amazing works were created with this fun process that mixes painting with stitching. Here is a peak into the studio during that workshop. The first step of the process was painting gesso’d canvas to create a “palette” of colors to use in abstract landscapes and still life compositions. IMG 1245
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Shadows and lines was another fine possibility. IMG 1261 A composition by Cindy Heath. IMG 1263 An amazing landscape by Kathy Nurge. IMG 1264 A great composition by Sherry Shine. IMG 1265 Katie also showed the group how to put together a fun abstract floral still life. This one is also by Sherry Shine. IMG 1266 Here is Katie’s still life arrangement. IMG 1267
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Manon Boisvert is hard at work creating some amazing abstract compositions. IMG 1280 These are book covers that Katie showed everyone how to make with the painted canvases. IMG 1283 Another thing to do with the painted canvases was to create mini zippered bags for holding stuff! So if you didn’t like the way your painted canvas turned out, Katie showed the group that there were lots of ways to make use of them. IMG 1284On the final day of class every one put all the work on display and we all went around the studio on a tour. This is the work of Sherry Shine. IMG 1286 This is what it looked like to the person standing next to their art work and talking about it. The paparazzi in action! IMG 1288 This is the work of Kim LaPolla. IMG 1290 This is the work of Jane Pinchuck. IMG 1291 A fun landscape by Alison Chandler. IMG 1301 The work of Manon Boisvert. IMG 1306 The work of Kathy Nurge. IMG 1308 The work of Donna Dynes. IMG 1314 The work of Cindy Heath. IMG 1315 Earlier in the year, Katie also taught her Log Cabin Abstracts workshop and Alison also attended that workshop and brought back her finished piece to show to everyone. IMG 1316 It was such a fun workshop that the group formed a “Painting Monday” challenge to motivate everyone to keep on painting! Katie will be back again teaching in 2017 and will teach her fabulous Fractured Landscapes class. Don’t miss it!

An Interview with David Shevlino: Figure Painting in Oil

David Shevlino studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (certificate ’84) and the University of Pennsylvania (BFA ’92).  His work has been featured in national publications and he has exhibited his work and taught workshops throughout the U.S.

We’re looking forward to welcoming David to Greenville – in his first visit to the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops, David will instruct a dynamic Oil Painting Studio Workshop, Alla Prima Figure Painting May 22 to 28, 2016. David’s wet-into-wet painting techniques focus on clarity, directness and looseness in capturing the subject. 

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How long have you been teaching and what got you started teaching?

I started teaching about 5 years ago.  After the stock market crash I realized that I needed to do something more to earn money.  I turned to teaching after self producing a series of instructional videos and realized that I am good at it.


What is your favorite part about teaching?

Before teaching my career was primarily about exhibiting my work in commercial galleries.  Most of the commercial art world involves people who collect art, but collectors don’t necessarily know much about it or the artistic process.  When I teach, I am surrounded by people who know about painting or who want to learn about painting and its process.  There’s a greater feeling of a shared experience.


What would you tell your prospective students are three best reasons for taking a workshop?

Taking a workshop is a great way absorb information from a particular instructor. There’s also a sense of camaraderie among the students.


What are you currently working on in your own art?

My current work is mostly about abstracting the figure.


Where is your art currently being exhibited?

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Is your work represented in galleries, and if so, what hints would you give to artists looking for gallery representation?

Do some research about the gallery and make sure they are reputable. Don’t expect miracles.


What is your favorite art quote?

A line is a dot that went for a walk.


Describe your studio.

My studio is behind my house and faces north.  It measures roughly 19 x 24 feet.


Painting Loose with Award-winning Watercolorist, Eric Wiegardt

Eric Wiegardt is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society (Dolphin Fellow), National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America (Master Status) and others. He has been awarded the 2012 AWS Gold Medal of Honor, among many other national and international awards. 


Eric returns to the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops May 15 to 21, 2016 to teach his popular Secrets of Painting Loose five-day watercolor class. Late spring is a superb time of year to mix Studio and plein air painting in the Catskills!

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How long have you been teaching and what got you started teaching?

I have been teaching for 30 years, ever since I started my career in watercolor. I found it a way to earn extra income and pass on my painting techniques  I have gathered over the years.


What is your favorite part about teaching?

The satisfaction in knowing that I have helped someone in their watercolor journey.


What would you tell your prospective students are three best reasons for taking a workshop?

Concentrated time in learning with one who is a professional in the field,  camaraderie, and fun! 

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What are you currently working on in your own art?

Working more from my mind, rather than from a reference.  It is very freeing.


Where is your art currently being exhibited?

Wiegardt Studio Gallery, Ocean Park WA.  River Sea Galley, Astoria, Oregon.


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Is your work represented in galleries, and if so, what hints would you give to artists looking for gallery representation?
Not applicable, as most of my work is sold out of my own gallery.

Do you sell your work in any online gallery?

We sell some work on line through my own website.


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What is your favorite art quote?

“A slightly false statement, yet fresh, is much better than a tiresomely truthful one”.  Irving Shapiro


Describe your studio.

I have a studio gallery in my great grandfather’s house, built in 1897.  The lower portion is mainly display area, framing in what used to be the kitchen, and my studio is two bedrooms opened up with a large north light window.

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 Name five of your “can’t do without” tools/products.

Truly, my signature five brush set.  Everything else I am flexible.

Koo Schadler: Techniques for Exquisite Egg Tempera

One of our most popular instructors, Koo Schadler, returns to the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops this Spring. Koo’s Egg Tempera Painting II Workshop will be held April 24 to 30, 2016. This comprehensive five-day workshop, taught by an internationally recognized tempera painter, offers the opportunity for in-depth work in egg tempera: students will spend five full days working on a painting of their own design.

Koo shared some insights on her style of teaching, and her creative process with this unusual and timeless medium.

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How long have you been teaching and what got you started teaching?

Shortly after my first solo exhibition a local art center asked me to teach a workshop.  There are not many full time egg tempera artists and even fewer who teach the medium, and they were excited by the possibility of offering a class in tempera.  I had neither considered nor knew anything about teaching – a complete beginner!  But I took to it immediately, learned a lot and loved it.  That was 20 years ago.  In the intervening years I’ve taught workshops (several every year) all over the US and abroad.  It is one of the most rewarding parts of my career. 

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What is your favorite part about teaching?

Taking a workshop requires time and resources, and speaks to a person’s commitment to his or her artwork.  I’m very impressed by this so it’s important that, in return for making the considerable effort to attend a class, a student goes home with clear, practical ways to strengthen their technique and imagery.  My favorite part of teaching is giving students concrete, specific skills and as a consequence seeing immediate improvement in their work. 


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What would you tell your prospective students are three best reasons for taking a workshop?

1.  No matter the subject matter or stylistic preferences I’m confident I can help a student improve.  I believe one of my strengths as an instructor is the ability to diagnose and solve problems.  I’m practical in my approach.  I don’t offer vague concepts or clever aphorisms.  I give specific solutions, both technically (how to light subject matter, mix colors, turn a form, etc.) and in design (how to arrange values, colors, shapes, etc., into a compelling image).  I’ve had many students with MFA degrees tell me they learned more at one of my workshops than four years of art school.  I don’t mean that in a boastful way, only to affirm that I teach useful, applicable skills.  If a student is willing and able, I’m confident he or she will leave my workshop a more capable painter.


2. A room of a dozen or more painters offers an incredibly diverse range of skills, ideas and perspectives.  I have learned so much from my students!  In addition to what I offer, students invariably are inspired by and learn from one another. 


3. Contrary to its reputation, egg tempera is not solely about meticulous, fussy brushwork (although, for those who enjoy fine brushwork, there are plenty of opportunities!)  I teach a wide range of working methods.  Expressionistic, loose painters like the splattering, faux finish demonstration, crafty painters get to work with stencils and rubber stamps, traditionalists learn about under paintings and glazing.  I tailor the curriculum to suit each student’s individual nature and goals.  In short, amidst the challenge of learning a new medium, I make sure everyone has a rewarding and genuinely fun week.   


11 5 10 Portraits 0014What are you currently working on in your own art?

Tempera is a relatively slow medium.  Creating enough paintings for a solo exhibition takes time, which means I will spend this entire year working exclusively for a solo show at Arden Gallery scheduled for December 2016.   I currently have two triptychs (three-paneled paintings) on the easel, each with a fairly ambitious and complex composition.  These two pieces should keep me fully occupied for a couple of months, at least.


Where is your art currently being exhibited?

This winter I have a silverpoint drawing in a group show at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka, California.  Arden Gallery in Boston, which represents my work on an ongoing basis, is featuring a mini show of my paintings this winter as well.  I have a larger solo show planned at Arden for next December.  


Is your work represented in galleries?

The J. Cacciola Gallery in NYC has represented my work for over a decade.  Arden Gallery in Boston has also shown my work for many years.   About once a year I send one or two pieces to a gallery hosting a special event; for example, I’ve participated in M. A. Doran Gallery’s Annual Realism Invitational a few times.  I also often have work in various museum shows, such as a solo exhibition at the Huntington Museum of Art last year, and a piece in the silverpoint drawing show currently at the Morris Graves Museum in California. 


What hints would you give to artists looking for gallery representation?

Before trying to get a gallery, an artist should be sure he or she can produce a consistent body of work, frame it properly, get it photographed, have a sense of how to price it, etc. Don’t go in with amateur skills; a good gallery wants to work with a pro.  Look for galleries where your work fits, both stylistically and pricewise.  Make sure they are reliable and have a good reputation (which you can learn by talking to other painters). Find out the gallery’s submission guidelines and follow them precisely.  Galleries get scores of requests from artists; a good way to stand out is a personal reference (such as a friend who shows there). Once you have a gallery be sure you understand their terms and expectations, and ideally get it in writing (i.e. a signed contract).  In return for promoting and selling your work a gallery takes a commission, often 50%.  A good dealer earns and deserves it.  


If you aren’t quite ready to enter the gallery world, a good warm-up act is to organize a show yourself.  It could be either a solo or group show, but if you can produce enough work I suggest going solo – no problematic group dynamics, and then you are responsible for everything: producing a body of work, framing and photography, advertising, pricing, organizing the opening, etc.  Start modestly and pick a local venue such as a café, library or community art center.   A relatively low-stakes solo show is excellent practice to see if you have the interest, ability and discipline to not only produce a body of work, but also attend to the various tasks required to market and sell it. It demonstrates to galleries that you are serious and is a helpful addition to your resume.


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Do you sell your work in any online gallery?

The galleries that represent my work all have a presence online.  I prefer to leave marketing and sales to the galleries so I can spend more time at the easel!


What is your favorite art quote?

I have many beloved art quotes, posted all over my studio.  My favorite is by Cennino Cennini, a 14th century painter.  In his treatise “The Craftsman’s Handbook” he wrote,


“Begin by adorning yourself with these vestments: love, reverence, obedience, and constancy.”


In my experience these traits are precisely what is required to succeed as a painter.  


Michelangelo was a poet as well as a sculptor and painter.   Among his many quotable lines, I especially love this one:  “Beauty was given at my birth to serve.”  I too feel in service to the mysterious, demanding, wonderful job of being an artist.

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My Studio 

My husband Jeff and I spent many years moving from house to house (because for a time he worked in renovation) so in my twenty-year career I’ve had fourteen studios.   They ranged from a 1000 sq. foot warehouse space to a 4’ card table; heated and unheated; with and without water; visual delights to utter eyesores (including two dusty, moldy, spider-filled basements!)  At this point I have a wonderful studio, which undoubtedly helps with my concentration, contentment, and production as an artist.  Still, with sufficient commitment and determination I’ve found it’s possible to paint almost anywhere.  

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Right now I actually have two studios.  For eight months of the year we live in New Hampshire.  Jeff designed and built a beautiful studio building as well as the furniture within that keeps the space organized (such as my blue pigment shelf, tailored to various-sized jars).  My NH studio is fully stocked: art supplies and tools of every kind, a large library, copy machine and printer, desk, long work table, a couple of sinks for clean up, shelving to display work in progress.  It’s a great environment and I get a lot done in it.

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From December to March we live in a small village in the mountains of Michoacán, Mexico, where eight years ago we bought and restored an old adobe fixer-upper.  The property came with a concrete outbuilding that serves as my winter studio.  It is a small, spare room stocked with the bare minimum: a desk and chair, painting supplies, lights – that’s it.  From my perch I look out on a courtyard of flowers (jasmine, gardenias, roses) and citrus trees.  Despite its simplicity, my Mexico studio is also a great environment and I get a lot of work done there too! 

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Experimental Workshop with Bob Burridge

This year Robert Burridge taught a workshop in the Fall for the experienced painter, having fun with acrylics, collage, and more. Each day started with a demo and some suggested exercises to get the creative juices flowing. IMG 1119 One of the morning exercises was simple figures, working with just one color plus black and white. IMG 1123
In case you can’t read what is on the back of those figure’s jackets, it’s “Bobette.” Those who have taken a workshop with Bob before know what this means! IMG 1125
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Our staff likes to have some artistic fun in the kitchen! This was the first night’s meal that we were holding for someone who was going to be arriving late and couldn’t make it in time for the dinner time. IMG 1117 This was a fun class and a great group of artists. If you missed your chance, Bob Burridge will be back again in the Spring of 2016. Sign up now before it fills up.

Artistic Exploration with Skip Lawerence

It was another memorable week with Skip Lawrence this year. Skip said is was one of the best groups of students he has ever had. IMG 1103
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Everyone had fun painting and eating the wonderful meals, including this delicious Apple Pie made from local NY apples. IMG 1112 This is one of Skip’s demo paintings. IMG 1113
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Mixed Media Paper Collage with Fran Skiles

Fran has a gentle approach to teaching; she encourages & inspires her students through her lectures and kindness. Your workshops are still the best of all the others that I have attended (Maine, Vermont, NY, CT).” – Maryfran L.

Great pace, attitude! Lack of stress, love her process of day by day to avoid ‘pre-planning.’ Lets students react to the present opportunities.

Another great workshop with Fran Skiles was enjoyed a couple of weeks ago. Here are some photos for you to enjoy a glimpse into the fun things that happened. IMG 1094
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David Taylor Makes Watercolors Sing!

Excellent class & teacher. Mr. Taylor is persistent in getting students to practice techniques and progress. Excellent painting venues!” – David L.

The wonderful watercolorist from Down Under, David Taylor, was here for another informative and inspiring workshop. The group painted around the inn, at various riverfront parks, and at Olana, the historic home of Frederick Church. IMG 1072
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Re-imagined Mono-printing w/ Esterita Austin

Esterita Austin’s workshop exceeded my expectations! She is a terrific teacher – genuinely wants to facilitate her student’s creativity. Very clear, and funny!” – AnnaMarie V.

We had a wonderful mix of fiber artists and collage/mixed media artists in Esterita’s in her re-imagined mono-printing workshop. The process is fun and produces amazing results. The final painting is transferred to sheer fabric (organza) which can then be used in an art quilt or attached to watercolor paper, canvas, or whatever. Multiple paintings can be layered to creative dynamic compositions. IMG 1043
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Watercolor in Nature’s Studio with Tony van Hasselt

Tony surpassed my expectation. He was so generous with sharing his knowledge and with such humor!
Tony is a good instructor, personable, and makes class fun & challenging.
Tony is always wonderful and kind and very generous with his amazing talent.”

What more is there to say? Tony van Hasselt’s full workshop had a great time painting outside at the many inspiring locations, from out at the farm to down by the Hudson River. IMG 3553
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After a hard day painting, Tony’s group liked to gather on the front porch for wine or beer and lively discussion. IMG 1019 Before he left, Tony enriched our art reference library with a copy of his book, the “Watercolor Fix-it Book,” and five of his DVDs. These are available for guests to view at any time during their stay. IMG 1021 If you missed your chance to get into this class, don’t worry – Tony will be back again in 2017.

Capturing the Moment in Oil with Kim English

Another intense painting workshop with Kim English. He really put the students to the test, changing the model’s poses every twenty minutes or so. Most of the days were spend on the grounds of the Greenville Arms, on the back lawn by the studio, on the front lawn by the main inn, or around the pool, but mid-week the class went out to a local farm for more interesting structures and variety.

Excellent teacher, very generous with time and info and willing to answer questions. Please see if Kim can come every year!” “Loved the models and all the locations.” “Fantastic meals! What a chef! Too many cookies and desserts! Ha!

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While class time was intense, this group knew how to unwind at the end of the day, often gathering the parlor for wine, beer, and laughs. IMG 3527
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Watercolor and Collage with David Daniels

Life happens even in the art workshop business! One of our instructors was forced to cancel his participation in a workshop. But lucky for us and all the students who were signed up, David Daniels stepped up to the plate to offer his fun, informative, encouraging, and innovative take on watercolor and collage.

Excellent instruction!” “It surpassed my expectations in many ways. David is a wonderful artist, a terrific teacher and a great inspiration.” “Great teaching skills – learned a lot about color, values, and making my own paper.” “I feel very happy about having taken this class. I learned much more about materials and techniques than I had known. And the food was delicious!

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Watercolor – Alvaro Castagnet Style!

“Alvaro is a masterful teacher!” ” Alvaro painted like mad and was excellent as usual.” “I had heard about Alvaro from my art friends. I learn a lot of new strategies.”

These were just some of the glowing reports we had about the fun week this group had in Alvaro Castagnet’s workshop. The weather was marvelous, so the class enjoyed hopping to a different Hudson River town each day, as well as hanging local to the inn and art studio. IMG 3390
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If you missed the chance to join this lively workshop this year, Alvaro will be back again next year, October 16 – 22, 2016, for another 5-day workshop.

Loving the Landscape with Susan Ogilvie’s Pastels

It is always an enjoyable week when Washington pastelist Susan Ogilvie comes to teach a workshop. It was a busy week and the group painted around the inn, a the Greenville town park, a local farm, and a couple days at Olana, including in the midst of their BIG paint-out event. We were able to catch them in action at the farm. IMG 3361
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IMG 3375 Susan’s was our final pastel workshop for this year, but we have lots more coming up next year. Our full schedule for 2016 is on our website and we are already taking enrollments. Richard McKinley’s class is almost full! We also have Christine Ivers, Margaret Dyer, and Margaret Evans coming to teach pastel workshops.

The Brilliance of Watercolor with David Daniels

BEST CLASS EVER!!” “Absolutely met my expectations. Tremendously good instruction. Congenial and interesting group. Great workspace and environment.” – Barbara B.

It was a great week with David Daniels as he taught his popular watercolor workshop to a full house. IMG 3350
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Cloe like to “offer” the opportunity to give her a belly rub every chance she got, plopping herself on the floor and presenting her belly. IMG 3356
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Here is a behind the scenes shot of chef Mark and Nancy rolling out dough for the Chinese soup dumplings that are being served this year. They are made and steam right be for service, so they come out hot and fresh to the table. IMG 0971 If you were on the wait list for this class or are now thoroughly intrigued about taking a workshop with David Daniels, as luck would have it David is stepping into to teach a combined watermedia collage and watercolor workshop in just a few weeks. This is sure to be a fun and informative workshop that you don’t want to miss.

Expressive Portraits with Paul Leveille

Better than expected – learned to paint what you see not what you think you see.” – Marianne P. “This class exceeded my expectations! I learned so much and Paul is such a wonderful man.” – Toni D.

Paul Leveille was here just a week ago to each his 5-day workshop on creating expressive portraits. He showed his step-by-step process for developing a portrait starting with the large light and dark shapes, and then progressing to the detail. The group enjoyed working with a different model each day. IMG 0961
Paul offered plenty of help at each person’s easel. IMG 3338
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This is a sketch of the first day’s model done by Paul as he was talking about values. IMG 3340
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Here is Paul’s demo in done in pastels. IMG 3343 Paul’s demo done in watercolors. IMG 3344
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Karen Rosasco’s Watermedia Exploration

Karen’s class took over the parking lot one day to get messy with charcoal and water! IMG 0954
There were a lot of interesting starts and finishes in this class! IMG 0955
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This is a bird house painted by Peggy Pepmiller, one of Karen’s students (and our retreat regular!) We gave her an unadorned bird house last year at the retreat so that she could take it home to decorate. We plan to have a painted bird house topping each “post” of our flowering fence by the pool. IMG 0943
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This is Cristina Del Sol with a beautiful painting she started in Karen’s workshop last year and then finished at home. IMG 3336
The happy crew all together! Most of them have already signed up for Karen’s class with us next year. It will be the last class that Karen teaches for us because she is semi-retiring and will teach only private lessons out of her home in North Carolina. IMG 3337

Smear, Scumble, Glaze and Paint with Liz Kenyon

It is always a fun and colorful week when Liz Kenyon is here to teach a pastel workshop. She has everyone working on projects with vibrant, shiny, and yummy subjects. Everyone created an amazing array of paintings. Each one a step up from the last. This photo is of Liz’s demo. IMG 3281
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IMG 3282 It was quite colorful outside around the grounds, too. As the climatis on the flowering fence are starting to put on their annual display. IMG 3287
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