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

Check Availability

Hand Painting Silk for a Jacket Design

I am so excited about this jacket!

Planning the jacket, I had printed the silk on the 44″ Epson printer in my studio and laid it out on the worktable. Moving the pattern pieces around, I tried to envision where each section of the jacket might look best. It would be a tight fit, and I wasn’t sure which sections of the painting would look best on the front, back and sleeves.

hand painted silk jacket
winter Solstice Jacket, hand painted silk, See more pics & purchase info

You can see on the video of the full image that the painting has some blue sections, some gold, and some very light aqua. When the colors weren’t going where I wished they would, I decided to try out my new fabric paints on the silk. This, I thought, would enable me to get the colors I wished ~ exactly where I envisioned them.

I am really pleased with the way the silk takes my brush strokes. Iridescent aqua, copper, purple, blue green and gold added sparkle and depth to the silk. From wide strokes of subtle washes to finely detailed grasses and seeds, I am able to control the marks by varying the color saturation and brush.

This is going to be a one-of-a-kind!

hand painting silk for a jacket

You can see the details in this photo, how the gold and copper strokes are subtle, yet vibrant. I used a washy watercolor brush to lay the aqua in between the branch. This added depth and sparkle to the fabric.

Winter Solstice Design

The art for the fabric has a story all its own. It began as a pastel painting ~ forty years ago! Yes, you read that right. I painted it with pastels on rag etching paper, 42″ x 29″. The pastel won me Best in Show at the Virginia Beach Arts Center members show the year my twins were born.

As it turned out, I was able to attend the opening and meet the judge. Long story short, Robert B. Mayo invited me to his gallery in Richmond. The following ten years turned into a mentorship in Painting Masters with Mr. Mayo. His generous critiques and engaged conversations with me enabled me to see my artistry as a gift and continue growing as an artist ~ even when it didn’t always look that way.

hand painting silk for a jacket
Details on the silk utilize watercolor techniques.

The big question to me was ‘why the heck is this image still on my painting table?’

I had come to regard the winter solstice theme as symbolic of ‘frozen creative flow.’ Interpreting my art as if it were my dream, had become a habit. I had gained much inspiration from the practice.

That didn’t mean I could answer the question, however.

It would take another pastel from the same period of time to help with that. See my story about Two Sisters>

painting on silk
Winter Solstice painting on silk

I laid the brush on the silk so you can see the scale of the imagery. I decided this section would be the front of the jacket. And that I would cut front bands from contrasting golds on the other side of the silk.

The jacket is for sale on my website. See more photos of the finished jacket with size and purchase info.