Since 2011 I’ve organised and facilitated almost 100 painting workshops and retreats around the globe and reached over 25000 eager to learn creatives with my online classes and my book Paint Mojo. I feel so blessed to do this work and would be over the moon to have you join me next year to throw around some paint and expand your creative vision!
In 2019 I’ll be running retreats in Italy, Spain, Bali and my home town in beautiful Jervis Bay Australia AND workshops in Norway, Luxembourg and various cities in Australia.
You can email Cece at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to know more about any of the above 🎨💫❤️
Whilst on the theme of pomegranates (see previous posts) I felt I wanted to share a beautiful botanical watercolour by @jackieisard 🖌
Jackie joined us at La Bonita at the beginning of September for a weekend course on painting on vellum taught by Shevaun Doherty.
Painting on vellum is very different to painting on paper because the surface is in fact animal skin.
Vellum is a translucent or opaque material produced from calf or sheep skin that has been soaked, limed and unhaired, and then dried at normal temperature under tension. It's far more durable than paper over time. In centuries gone past -- and even today -- it has been used for legal and religious documents as well as for painting. The rationale is that the document needed to last for as long as the asset 🖌
Vellum was used for all non-wall paintings prior to the production of canvas. It was also used for illuminations in medieval manuscripts and books and was a common base for miniatures. Botanical painters in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries - such as Marrel, Ehret, Merian, Robert, Aubriet and Redouté typically used vellum for their botanical illustrations.
At this year’s International Art Retreat in Greece we added a new spin. Instead of just painting outdoors everyday, we created the perfect creative holiday. With the addition of a stunning marble art school at our disposal, we introduced our creatives to print making as well as ceramic painting. The results blew us all away! We will be running our Greece tour again in 2020 and you will be able to choose from 3 different retreat options. 1. Our creative art retreat option with travel journaling, ceramic painting, printmaking, sailing and more. 2. A pastel workshop with one of our most popular International superstars, or 3. A clay-based holiday where in addition to your own work, we visit and work with a number of local ceramic artists doing amazing things! In the interim, we have added our first mixed-creative retreat a little closer to home. 5 days in the hills of the Byron shire working in a new medium and with a new teacher each day...with 6 retreats to choose from next year there is bound to be a creative holiday perfect for everyone #artretreat#artholiday#creativeholidays#learntopaint#paintingholidays#paintaway#artworkshop#internationalartretreat#creativegetaway#weekendartworkshop#traveljournal#learntodraw
Herman Pekel still remains to be one of our favourite watercolour artists. If you’ve met Herman before then you know the fun he brings to his classes, but beneath the fun exterior lies a genius artist. It doesn’t matter which corner of the world he goes to the results are always outstanding. Years ago Herman talked to me about his love of USA painting family ‘The Wyeths’. I’d just come back from a visit to a small island off the coast of Maine where the Wyeths have a house and the location of many of their famous paintings. There’s nothing like being able to walk in the footsteps of your heros so we hatched a plan to create a workshop there. Our 2019 International Art Retreat sees us taking Herman to this magical place - Monhegan Island. Never before have we seen a single place that attracts artists to paint it like this one #artretreat#artholiday#creativeholidays#learntopaint#paintingholidays#paintaway#artworkshop#internationalartretreat#creativegetaway#weekendartworkshop#traveljournal#learntodraw