Saturday, March 26, 2016

Portland, Oregon Art Retreat, Landscape, September 19-23

PaintingExperience fall through five days of Art
Autumn’s clarity, light changes, coolness, earth’s aroma, signals an inner soul change from summer’s dreaminess to Michael’s wakefulness.
Mornings:  Veil painting: Let spaces of Blue, Gold, Orange & Red arise.  A hint of Green, shimmering.  In the periphery overlapping veils of yellow, red and blue die into grey, contrasting the light.  Add Black for weight and wakefulness.  Feel the release of light. As outer nature dies, an inner light appears in the autumn landscape.
Over 5 days, we will explore various artistic approaches to landscape painting.  Such as color moods, gestures, color relationships, compositional light & dark and inspirational exercises from artists of the past. Material:  watercolor, gauche, charcoal.
Work Space:  Studio & Outdoors ……nearby area:  garden & creek, possible 2 afternoon outings at Sauvie, Columbia Gorge or a Japanese Garden (depending on weather)
Bring with you:  brushes & note pad or sketch pad
Daily Class:  9am to 5pm (2 hour lunch break)
Tuition:  $425 includes art supplies, 5 veggie lunches and snacks.
Deposit:  $100 nonrefundable, to reserve a space
Accommodations:  $25 to $35 per night with a community family.  Call Kathy or Robin
Location:  Lovely westside, forested setting in Portland, Oregon.  Details given upon registration.
Info & Sign up:  Robin Lieberman,, 503-222-1192
1410 SW Morrison Street, Suite 901
Portland, Oregon 97205
Jennifer Thomson,,

Landscape Painting Retreat, August 26-29, Crestone, Colorado

Landscape Painting Retreat August 26 -29
Experience” Nature through Art” with Jennifer Thomson
The landscape Retreat is about change; experiencing another way of working.  It isn’t a ‘how to” retreat.  It is a time to explore new color exercises, ideas and playfulness.  Sometimes one has to walk through ugliness to find anew.  Sometimes we have to stretch further in art to find a new approach to our usual way of working.

 Mornings for example, explore a fall exercise:  Tint paper orange in areas creating a color mood.  Bring colors; reds, yellows, blues to wakefulness.  Balance colors compositionally.  Find an inward glow of light.  Use greys and black to enhance the glow.  White in gesture for trees …what next?
Afternoons, inspired by John Marin’s (1870-1970) & Emil Nolde’s(1867-1956) art, exercises of their techniques & composition will be practiced and applied to our own artwork.

Work Space:  Sun Studio & outdoors into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to experience Nature through direct observation.

Daily class:  9 am to 4:30 pm
Tuition:  $275 includes 4 organic veggie lunches, snacks & supplies
Deposit:  $75 nonrefundable, to reserve a space
Camping:  5 minutes driving to Sun Studio
Info:  Jennifer Thomson, PO Box 894, Crestone, Colorado 81131, 719-937-7694
Come join us in Colorado 2016

2016 Art Retreat, August 12 to 16, Crestone, Colorado


 Art Retreat
August 12to16, 2016
Darkness & Dawn
Peach blossom, Rose, and Green give luminosity, as ethereal world presents itself to balance the earthiness of Blacks and Browns.  We will explore lightness and weight through color and the art of painting.  The moving colors awaken our own inner movement and we begin to perceive a motif that condenses from the flowing color.   
Taking the theme of Persephone ( a Greek myth), we will strive to awaken the motif artistically.  Mornings are devoted to this ongoing exercise of watercolor veil painting.  Afternoons, a variety of artistic exercises devoted to compositional work inspired from Emily Carr and Lawren Harris’s art.  One outing will be sketching & painting in the National Forest.  We will practice techniques from the ‘Group of 7’ to apply in our own work.

Evening Presentations:
Canadian artists, Emily Carr & Lawren Harris Artistic presentation: Ammi & Jennifer
Health through Anthroposophy by Philip Incao
Material:  watercolor, gouache, ink and charcoal
Location:  Sun Studio in Crestone, Colorado
Tuition:  $355 includes supplies, plus 5 organic veggie lunches & snacks
Deposit:  $75, nonrefundable, to reserve a space
Accommodation:  B&B, Hotel, Camping
Sign up & Info:
Jennifer Thomson
Sun Studio
PO Box 894
Crestone, Colorado 81131
Renew yourself and your life path in contemplation and color in nature’s beauty in the 8000ft. Alpine Valley of Crestone.

The main importance is silence..listening to nature while you work.  Quieting your thoughts and being present.  There is an inner peace that finds its way into the soul and an inspiration that carries you to the next piece of art and the next..........jt