Big Expressive Alla Prima Painting ~ Girls Dream Weekend

Girls Dream Weekend for 2

January 26, 27 & 28

Big Expressive Alla Prima Painting

Your Signature Style ~ Two for the price of one!
3-Day Expressive Painting Weekend

What is a signature style? And what difference would it make if you were clear about yours? That’s the question I asked myself ~ and it changed my world.

Impacting not only my art, but life itself.  We’ll start with your signature and discover your inner creative voice ~ and what makes yours unique to you.

This special weekend is for TWO women only. Your choice of media; watercolor, oils, pastels, charcoal, mixed media. $500/2 persons

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Ever wish to swing a big brush or palette knife? Capture your own heart and soul on a great big canvas?

It’s an exhilarating feeling!

This special Girls Dream Weekend is especially designed to grant that wish!

Come to my great big sunroom studio by the pond and paint with me for three days!

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You and a girlfriend are invited to use my easels, palette, and bring your own choice of oil or acrylic paint, large brushes, palette knives, and canvas. Or purchase unstretched canvas off my roll of primed canvas and clip it to one of the big studio painting boards.

This Big Painting Retreat is designed for a VERY Small Group. Only two!

And this EXTRAORDINARY weekend ~ YOU AND YOUR FRIEND are the Price of One!

Regular $500/person

This Weekend 2 for $500


First to Apply Gets it!
January 26, 27 & 28

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Itinerary
  • DAY 1 Jan 26
  • Check In Noon – 1:00 pm
  • Afternoon Demonstration 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • 3:00 – 5:00 Tea & Free Time
  • 6:00  Dinner with Dorothy at a local restaurant
  • 8:00 pm Free Time
  • DAY 2 Jan 27
  • Continental Breakfast 8:00 am
  • Morning Art Session 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Lunch on your own in the village Noon – 2:00
  • Afternoon Studio session 2:00 – 5:00 pm Paint with Dorothy
  • 6:00  Dinner on your own at a local restaurant
  • 8:00 pm Free Time
  • DAY 3 Jan 28
  • Continental Breakfast 8:00 am
  • Morning Art Session 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Check Out 11:00

Big Expressive Alla Prima Painting Girls Dream Weekend

Jan 26, 27, 28, 2018


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Supermoon Dream ~ Is it My Place in the Sun? Or just a Dream?

Dream: “something blue, covering the whole thing, light blue…”

blue dream
something blue,

Journal in my lap I glance up, coffee cup in hand. Sweet creamy date bread, the taste of home, mom’s recipe fills my mouth. Crunching a piece of walnut between my teeth ~ I recognize the same lavender blue in the painting across the room.

Radiant Beauty

abstract expressionist painting
Radiant Beauty, oil painting, 48″ x 36″ Purchase Info>

I’d just written about her yesterday, how a fusion of abstract landscape melded with realistic rendering on this painting called, “Radiant Beauty.”

I’d noted that the pond represented home to me, the safe place where I can be myself. And how my paintings beckon viewers to see the Creative Spirit above their own pond.

abstract expressionist painting
detail shows the symbols of pond and home, heaven and earth. Purchase Info>

My Place in the Sun?

Two images flash to mind: tiny paintings from yesterday afternoon’s meditation exercise. The first an old one called, “My Place in the Sun,” repainted on  New Year’s Eve with a violet mountain, vermilion cottages and turquoise green fields.

small landscape oil painting
My Place in the Sun, oil on cradled wood panel, 5″ x 7″ x .75″ , $100.



 

Supermoon Rising

The second, a new painting, inspired by momentum from the first. A similar landscape with cottages and distant hills. This one with deep violet night shadows, opening to those blue fields and pond.

Celestial orbs in both paintings, low to the horizon, burn deeply vermilion, warming cottages, hearts and home. A setting sun in the first is transformed to “Supermoon Rising” in the next breath. It is amazing to me still ~ how a color meditation can reveal such a tale.

supermoon painting
Supermoon Rising, oil on cradled wood panel, 5″ x 7″ x .75″, $100


Home

In an instant ~ I realize I have wandered into my own painting. Standing beside the pond (literally, as there is a pond outside my studio windows), I painted my way home.

Returning to the studio feels strangely new this morning. Switching on the lights, I turn up the heat and survey the paintings. Not just that today is the first day of a new year ~ something else is new.

Two unfinished paintings on the easels speak now, when yesterday were silent. The tall one with a moon behind the cloud, now answers my question about whether or not she is finished.

She’s not at all finished. Indeed her supermoon is rising, illuminating the blue landscape with colorful shadows. Her true work is just begun.

supermoon painting
Supermoon on the Mountain, oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 40″ x 30″
“Paint the moon a bit larger.
“Let it light the landscape.
“And fill those long shadows with hope and dreams.”

Awakened by her light shining through my bedroom window, I’d felt bathed by something Divine. Instead of covering my head with the pillow ~ I let the celestial moment comfort me as I drifted back to sleep.

The Castle

The other big painting, a wide one with a castle atop a vineyard on a hill ~ appears light against vibrant evergreen woodlands and a star-filled, Provence blue sky. Cottages coming together form the castle, supported and unified by the expansive vineyard rising from the valley.

abstract expressionist landscape painting
Castle in the Vineyard, oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 30″ x 40″,

Supermoon Dream ~ Is it My Place in the Sun? Or just a Dream?

In a moment all the symbols embedded in the paintings fuse seamlessly as my story. Spirited palette knife strokes ~ like my signature ~ are mine alone to own.

abstract expressionist landscape painting
detail, Castle in the Vineyard, oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 30″ x 40″

I was that freshman in art history class, who sat in the back muttering ~ “the professor is nuts, the painting is just a landscape ~ how could he think the artist stopped to make up all these ridiculous symbols?”

I own this garden, it’s time to eat my words. I don’t know what artists in the Renaissance did. I do know it’s taken me a lifetime to accept and own the Creator’s gifts as my own.

Welcome to Joy’s Garden!

xxoo

Dorothy

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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