Sunday, February 18, 2018

2018 Art Retreat in Estes Park -- Registration is open!

Registration is open for the 2018 Painted Prism Art Retreat in Estes Park, Colorado.  

in Estes Park, Colorado

JULY 12-16, 2018

To find out more about the retreat, click HERE:

To Register for the Painted Prism Art Retreat:

- You can secure your spot at this retreat, by paying a deposit of $250, HERE.  The full balance of $300 will be due by July 1, 2018.

- You can also register by contacting Pat Howard at:

Once you register for the retreat and pay the $250 deposit, you will receive an e-mail from us, describing how to book your lodging for the retreat.  

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


I'm pleased and excited to announce the dates of my workshops and retreat for 2018:

This is a SAVE THE DATE post.  More details will follow -- and, registration is not yet open for any of these -- but, I did want to let you all know the dates.

Painted Prism Art Retreat -- in Estes Park, Colorado -- July 12-16, 2018

This retreat has been such a success and so much fun, that we are doing this again this year.  Cheri Miller Thurston (my partner in creativity) and Mo Garrity (our yoga instructor and personal chef) will be helping me out once again!  Couldn't do this without them.  There is a new Grand Cabin on the property this year, so we'll be able to accommodate more people.

This will begin on Thursday afternoon, July 12th, and end on Monday morning, July 16th.

Stay tuned for information on how to register -- coming soon.

3-Day Watercolor Workshop -- Durango, Colorado -- August 17, 18, 19, 2018

My annual Durango workshop is now being held at a friend's beautiful house/studio near Vallecito Lake.  She was gracious enough to host this last year, and surprisingly, wants to do it again.

This year, the workshop will be in August, instead of September, and will again be a 3-day workshop -- Friday, 8/17, through Sunday, 8/19.

Watch for more details!

Workshop at the Winery -- Wolf Creek Winery, Norton, Ohio -- September 11, 12, 13, 2018

This year, the workshop will again be three days, but it will be in September, instead of August!

Last year, after a fire at the winery, we were unable to have the workshop in their Great Room (which had been destroyed).  But, they accommodated us beautifully -- we had a big white tent, and it worked out fine.  They have started construction on a new building, but we are unsure whether it will be completed by our workshop.  If not, we will still be just fine under the tent.

This workshop will be on Tuesday, September 11th, through Thursday, September 13th.



Friday, September 22, 2017

Durango Watercolor Workshop at Vallecito -- 2017

This was my first annual Durango Workshop at Vallecito Lake -- September 15-17, 2017.  

The theme of the workshop was "Drawing and Painting from Nature -- Outside and Inside the Studio". . . 

and we did just that . . . 

We had some great discussions . . . 

Diana taking everyone on a tour of her property, before they all started sketching

Bill's lovely arrangements from their garden -- which we brought into the studio in the afternoon.

There was something to sketch, in every direction!

Inside the studio, after lunch, we did some color studies.

Pat's demos

Back into the house in the afternoon -- for wine and sharing . . .

The next morning, we were back outside for more sketching . . . 

After painting in the studio all afternoon, we were ready for a glass of wine, and more discussion and sharing of paintings -- 

Our friend, Janice, stopped by and offered to be our "rotating easel"

On the last day of our workshop, everyone painted in the studio all day -- and in most cases, finished one large painting.  A few people were able to start and finish another one.

So much fun!  See you next year, Durango!