CreativSOUP 2018 Retreat Schedule Announced

Come Paint with Me!

Join Dorothy Fagan in vibrant colorful gardens, tranquil beaches, watery sanctuaries, & radiant villages teeming with inspiration. Explore, share, & foster creativity with he’ART.

You don’t have to be an expert. CreativSOUP Retreats for novice & advanced artists.

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Retreats feature Sunrise Sunset, Painting aboard an Oyster Boat and Roast, Beach Sanctuaries, Secret Gardens by the Sea, festive villages & hidden harbors, and Vibrant Autumn Splendor in Virginia and Tuscany.

Some of the most remote counties along Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay inland coastline are featured in a creativity enhancing art retreats in 2018. Mathews County, a pristine peninsula etched by nine rivers, creeks and streams, is the home of native oysters, eagles, heron, and artist retreat host, Dorothy Fagan.

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Stress Relief CreativSOUP Style

Painting plein air on remote tranquil beaches, secret gardens, restful marshlands and quaint villages of Mathews and Middlesex Counties for 18 years, Fagan created this opportunity for people to relieve stress and enjoy nature. Novice and experienced alike, “everyone is creative,” she notes. “People need their innate creativity now more than ever.”

Novice & Experienced Welcome

Fagan has designed painting retreats to enable people to come out and try it for themselves in a safe, non-judgemental way. Interaction with others is part of her creativSOUP way. The process of playing with others, sharing a meal, trying out different media ~ as color or line flows onto paper, the feeling of ‘wow!’ energizes.

2018 CreativSOUP Schedule

cloud painting
Breathless, oil painting

Sunrise Sunset en Plein Air

MARCH 9 – 11

Capture low light, long shadows, and brilliant colors of the March sky. Early spring while the landscape colors are muted, skies are dramatic. Billowy clouds, stunning colors, light and shadows present wonderful inspiration for paintings. Location  Dorothy Fagan Studio, 110 Skipjack Lane, Cobbs Creek, Virginia. Apply By  Midnight FEB. 2nd. Fees  Free to apply. $295 if accepted.   Apply for this weekend>

Inn at Tabbs CreekPainting Aboard an Oyster Boat & Roast

APRIL 13 – 15

Capture the essence of the Chesapeake Bay oyster from seeding to harvesting, roasting and savoring. Symbolism of the oyster is especially powerful in art and journaling. Sketch from the boat along creeks and rivers, as you hear first hand from the ship’s captain, how oysters are a staple of life in Virginia. Mathews County.  Location  Dorothy Fagan Studio, 110 Skipjack Lane, Cobbs Creek, Virginia. Apply By  Midnight FEB. 16th. Fees  Free to apply. $295 if accepted.  Apply for this weekend>,

sunset coastal marsh painting
Nesting Place, oil painting

Wild Beach Sanctuaries

MAY 25 – 27

Stillness and wildlife are at the heart of these remote beaches and coastal marshes. Standing between earth and sky, you’ll be captivated by the feeling of fresh air, divine light, and wonder. Mathews County.  Location  Dorothy Fagan Studio, 110 Skipjack Lane, Cobbs Creek, Virginia. Apply By  Midnight MAR. 30th. Fees  Free to apply. $295 if accepted.   Apply for this weekend>

Footsteps on the Chesapeake Bay Painting, Sketching Retreat

May 4 – 11

​Come Paint with Me i​n breathtaking Mathews County, Virginia!

Explore a landscape of watery places, gardens, quaint villages, and wildlife. Paint heron, eagles, osprey, and the spectacular sunset aboard an oyster boat. Painting here for 18 years, Dorothy Fagan​ will guide you in exploring secret gems of this remote and stunningly beautiful region of the Chesapeake Bay.

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plein air painting gardensSecret Gardens by the Sea

JUNE 8 – 10

Vibrant colorful hydrangea, lilies, and fragrant jasmine intoxicate you with inspiration ~ surrounded by a sea of green mowed to perfection beside sand dunes and the bright blue sea. Mathews County.  Location  Dorothy Fagan Studio, 110 Skipjack Lane, Cobbs Creek, Virginia. Apply By  Midnight APR. 20th. Fees  Free to apply. $295 if accepted.   Apply for this weekend>

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PASTEL Three Dreams Set Sail on a Turquoise SeaD1

Festive Urbanna Village & Hidden Harbor

JULY 13 – 15

Colorful village, quaint architecture, a protected harbor filled with pleasure craft and vibrant people will inspire you to capture this dream-like, idyllic Virginia town nestled off the Rappahannock River. Middlesex County.  Location  Dorothy Fagan Studio, 110 Skipjack Lane, Cobbs Creek, Virginia. Apply By  Midnight MAY 18th. Fees  Free to apply. $295 if accepted.  Apply for this weekend>

Tuscany Creativity Retreat

September 29 – October 7

Tuscany Expressionist Painting & Creativity Retreat

Come Paint with Me! Stunning Vistas, Villages, Rocky Coastlines & Beaches

Customize Your Own Retreat . . .  from plein air painting to drawing, a Tuscan cooking lesson, exploring unspoiled landscape, visiting artisan shops, and enjoying the good company of creative souls and a comfortable home off the beaten path. LEARN MORE>

palette knife painting
Pond Tapestry, oil painting

Topping in Vibrant Autumn Splendor

NOVEMBER 2 – 4

Brilliant blue river and sky strike a vibrant harmony against golden, russet, and green foliage in this breathtaking Rappahannock River harbor. Quaint boat houses, oyster house, skiffs, and a creek side table for the best local seafood and brews. Middlesex County.  Location  Dorothy Fagan Studio, 110 Skipjack Lane, Cobbs Creek, Virginia. Apply By  Midnight AUG. 24th. Fees  Free to apply. $295 if accepted.   Apply for this weekend>

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Author: Dorothy Fagan

Experimenter, gardener, grandmother ... Dorothy Fagan plays with creativity, dreams, and paint every day.