Thursday, October 13, 2016

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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This was the vegetarian dinner option one night - Chili Verde topped with feta and avocado. IMG 2313
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IMG 2321 This is also a group that knows how to let loose and have some fun in the after hours studio time! IMG 2322
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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

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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IMG 2288 The perfect Fall weather made the back lawns of the inn a great place to take a break and stretch you legs. IMG 2290
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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!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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
IMG 2236 Richard had loads of information and guidance for all the students, as well as plenty of great stories that only a traveling art teacher can have! Here he was regaling the group with some rattlesnake stories from his workshops out west. IMG 2240
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IMG 2230 The class spent a full day at Olana, down by the pond. 14305430 10154547543636670 8254346263895790087 o Enjoying the delivered picnic lunch! 14362484 10154547890806670 989732066509691511 o Richard McKinley is one of our most popular instructors, so about half the class signed up for his 2018 class before they left this year's class. If you want to get in on the fun in 2018, but sign up fast!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Retreat to the Comfort of Art

Every year at around Labor Day we hold the Artist Retreat, a self-directed retreat welcoming artists working in any media, paint, fiber, or anything else, to come enjoy working in the air conditioned studio, open 24 hours a day. This year we even had a bead mosaic artist stay for the week, but instead of working on her art, she spent the week working on a presentation for her "day job." She said it was very liberating to be able to focus on her project and not have to worry about meals, or cleaning house, or anything else. She felt totally taken care of. Meanwhile in the studio, we had number of painters enjoying the focused creative time. IMG 2222 This is a cold wax piece in the works by one of the artists who comes every year. He says this place is "his muse" and is always preparing for a show when he comes to the retreat. When he returns the next year, we get the report of all his paintings that have sold that he created at the retreat. IMG 2223 Here we have the work of the first of the "dueling painters". This woman would go out early in the morning and paint outdoors at some of the wonderful locations in the area. IMG 2225 Then this painter would ask us for a photo of the same location from our extensive files and he would gleefully paint the same scene while remaining in the air conditioned studio with coffee, lunch, and cookie time just a short walk away. IMG 2224 And speaking of food, everyone enjoyed the maple soy salmon on one of the nights. IMG 2232

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Stitch Therapy and Luminous Illusions

First we had Rayna Gillman here for a week with her "Freeform Design Spa" where everyone was slicing, dicing, and stitching to let the design magic happen. After that was a quick 3 day workshop with Esterita Austin teaching "Luminous Illusions" - an unique method of transferring a painted image onto organza to then layer together to create your composition. IMG 2205
IMG 2206 The squirrels are busy around the inn! They left this "art installation" - Exploded Pinecone - on the little bridge to the carriage house. IMG 2207 Innovation and invention are in abundance in the workshop - is Esterita and one of her students showing how they turned a folding chair into an painting easel! IMG 2212
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