Italian Cooking Lessons Amplify the Creative Process

Cooking and eating are very powerful in amplifying up the creative process. It’s no doubt they to hand in hand with preparing and digesting new ideas. Relax and enjoy, it’s all creativSOUP.italian cooking lessons

When I read an article about chef Barbara, I thought ‘wow! she’d be fun to do our cooking lesson!’ Looks like she does a lot of different dishes… See what you think? Shall I ask her?

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Nurture a Hibernating Creative Spirit

Girls Dream Weekend

Nurture Your Creative Spirit in the New Year

Cultivate dreams with painting and journaling. 

Inner Sanctum
Inner Sanctum, oil, willow charcoal, metallic copper pigment

Girls Dream Weekend

Join me in my Virginia studio by the pond for a weekend of dream journaling, interpreting dreams in watercolor, painting dreams, and heart-warming connections.

Winter is a perfect time to go within.

While the colors of the landscape are pallid and pale, winter is the best time to cultivate and nurture the brilliant colors of your Creative Spirit.

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Hidden within are vibrant colors. Wondrous harmonies of pastels and jewels are activated with the stroke of a brush and pen. In this special focused weekend, I will share the CreativSOUP Method I use to manifest dreams and paint brilliant, harmonious colors.

Your Creative Spirit deserves ~and requires~ special attention and nurturing during winter. You can use this proactive way of connecting your Creative heart and mind in the new year.

Join me in my studio, footsteps from the Chesapeake Bay, for a color-filled weekend of inspiration and a vibrant, flowing new year!

Beginners and Advanced Accepted

Dates & Accommodations

2-Day Weekend $500/person

CUSTOM DATES

Select 2-day, or 3-day weekend. Custom dates are available in January and February.  

ACCOMMODATIONS

Dorothy’s Art Cottage Suite with Woodlands Nest Queen Bedroom and Pond Within Full Bedroom share the full bath on first floor. Guest rooms filled with inspirational art and decor, luxury linens, and Dorothy’s private art library will nurture your Spirit.

MEALS 

Continental breakfast (granola, yogurt, fruit, coffee, tea) and one meal each day (lunch or dinner with Dorothy at a local eatery) are included. A list of local eateries is provided, along with use Dorothy’s fridge for stowing your favorite snacks.

ART PROGRAM 

Art Program includes Dorothy’s empowering painting demonstrations, one-on-one personalized instruction, and use of sunroom studio, palettes, and easels. Bring own paint, watercolor paper, brushes, and journal; or purchase watercolor kit for $15. Optional visit to Artisan Pottery Studio, Blacksmith, or Art Gallery can be arranged.

OPTIONAL 3rd day

Optional 3rd Day   Fabric Painting Dream Scarf is hand sewn with one of Dorothy’s original fabrics and ready for you to embellish with shimmering opalescent fabric paints. All materials and supplies to complete your scarf are included. You will take home an original, hand-painted scarf!

2-Day Girls Dream Weekend $500/person

3-Day Girls Weekend $700/person

Day 1

Arrive by 1 pm

1:00 – 3:00 pm   Journaling Dreams with Watercolor & Pen

4:00 pm    Tea & Chat

6:00 pm    Dinner

8:00 pm    Relax, Explore Dorothy’s Art Library, Watch a movie

11:00 pm   Dream & Wake Refreshed

tuscany watercolor paintings
In the Field, watercolor,

Day 2

8:00 am    Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 12:00    Painting Dreams  (Watercolor, Oils, Acrylics, or Pastels)

Noon – 2:00 pm    Lunch at Southwind with Dorothy

2:00 – 4:00 pm   Free Time (Visit Artisan Studios or paint, write, nap!)

4:00 pm    Tea & Chat

6:00 pm    Dinner  (on your own)

8:00 pm    Relax, Explore Dorothy’s Art Library, Watch a movie

11:00 pm   Dream & Wake Refreshed

WATERCOLOR ABSTRACT TREES
Happy Dance, watercolor,

Day 3 (oPTIONAL)

8:00 am    Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 12:00    Fabric Painting Dream Scarf

Noon – 2:00 pm    Lunch (on your own)

2:00 – 4:00 pm   Free Time (Visit Artisan Studios or paint, write, nap!)

4:00 pm    Tea & Chat

6:00 pm    Dinner with Dorothy at White Dog

8:00 pm    Relax, Explore Dorothy’s Art Library, Watch a movie

11:00 pm   Dream & Wake Refreshed

hand painted scarves
Select one of Dorothy’s original fabrics and hand paint  a scarf to wear home.

Day 4

8:00 am    Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 11:00    Dream Interpretation / Complete Scarf

11:00    Checkout

Footsteps from the Chesapeake Bay
2-Day or 3-Day Weekends
Custom Dates in January & February

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Power of Emotion = Passion

Contemporary Expressionism

Expressionist Practices

Plein air painting is the equivalent of doing exercises to keep in shape. Then when you need power, strength and endurance ~ it’s at your fingertips.

AUTUMN TREE PAINTINGS
Golden Beauty, oil on linen, 20″ x 16″ PURCHASE>

While I enjoy plein air painting, it’s not always practical to do so. This painting, for example, is inspired by weeks of driving around Tuscany drooling over the stunning autumn colors.

Most of the time, I was sitting shotgun while Jim drove. Better I am free to oogle out the window and let someone else stay out of the way of Italian drivers!

“The power of emotion equals passion!”

Sparkling blue turquoise skies in October dazzled me with their deep intensity. Golden leaves ranging from bright yellow and ochre to greenish gold, orange, vermilion, and bronze ~ created a magical flickering tapestry across the sky. I couldn’t wait to paint it!

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abstract tree paintings
My block in for Golden Beauty began with a big brush and all the emotion I felt from the colors.

My block in began with the biggest brush I had and the biggest canvas, which was a 20″x 16″ piece of linen. I moved quickly, as if signing my signature, to capture how I felt in that moment.

Then I set it aside to dry.

One doesn’t just pull off the side of the A-1 and set up a plein air easel. That would be like trying to paint in the median on I95! Even parking in some of the hilltop villages, space was often at a premium.

After years of exercising my plein air brush hand, I opted to paint from memory instead. Back in the Tuscany studio, I called on all those plein air paintings I have done in the past thirty years ~ and used the power of my emotion at my fingertips!

I came back to the painting several times, each time finding yet another layer of emotion at my fingertips.

Expressionism, in my way of thinking, is working in a way which always insures my feelings are raw and authentic.

What do you think? Can you FEEL the emotion in the painting? How does it feel to you?

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