Sunrise Sunset Painting Weekend Retreat

Sunrise Sunset en Plein Air

Sacred Footsteps on the Chesapeake Bay
Painting, Sketching, Journaling as Prayer

MARCH 9 – 11

Paint or sketch on remote tranquil beaches, restful marshlands and quaint villages of Mathews County, Virginia.

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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>

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.”

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

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palette knife painting
Pond Tapestry, oil painting

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.


Silver Lining

What does a silver lining mean to you?

When I started this painting, it was not a sunset. I don’t even remember what it was, now that it is finished.

sunset oil painting
Silver Lining IV, oil on canvas, 24″ x 30″, Purchase Info>

The title was already penciled on the back of the canvas and this got me wondering. What was it that got me started on this painting?

It was rolled up with some other paintings in the studio. When I returned from my retreat in Tuscany, I found myself thinking about it. I’d done some small cloud paintings in Italy and wished to explore the idea on a larger canvas.

“Painting dreams feels like layering thin veils of color ~ all sparkly inside.”

Unrolling it and another along with it, I clipped them both on boards and set them on easels, side by side. Like a dream, I don’t really remember the middle part. I only remember painting very thin veils of color, one after another, until the painting looked like this.

That’s the way dreams seem to me ~ very thin, translucent veils, wavering in my being. Only the present one is clear. Then it is replaced by the next, and so on.

Until finally, I can see them all like a prism ~ and I feel amazed and sparkly all inside.

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