What an abundant month October has been!
On the first Saturday of October, I had the pleasure of teaching a painting class for the Desert Institute at Black Rock Campground in our beautiful Joshua Tree National Park. The weather was lovely, and my 6 students and I painted and lunched al fresco! My next class will be on March 2, 2019 https://www.joshuatree.org/desert-institute.html In fact, several participants visited Studio 27 during the art tours; the last photo shows one who brought his painting to show me after some touch ups at home!
In the Hi Desert, October marks Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours. This involves not only preparing artwork but creating the atmosphere you want guests to experience in your “studio.” Despite the wicked weather and crazy flooding that occurred throughout Joshua Tree on October 13th, I was very fortunate to escape the mud and welcome guests to Studio 27. Kudos to friends and family as well! My friend and fellow artist, Marjorie, offered to assist both days. Previously, she and I have shown together during the tour. Lots of credit is due to my husband for clearing the “unartistic” debris! Reflexologist, Miriam Turner, was available with lots of free hand massages and full foot and hand reflexology. https://www.miriamturnerproducts.com/Product-Reflexology.htm
This year has been one of rich opportunity. Short trips throughout California and a vacation in France have provided me with inspiration for new work. Despite many years of teaching art, each class drives me to explore new approaches to suit the experience.
I am especially excited about an opportunity to teach a new workshop at the historic and charming Campbell House Bed & Breakfast and gardens in 29 Palms January 22-24, 2019. (Tuesday 3 p.m. – Thursday noon) Believe it or not, January is generally a lovely and sunny time of year.
My Gateway Getaway: “Desert Landscape Painting in Water Based Paints,” workshop offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the Mojave Desert near world famous Joshua Tree National Park and to explore your creative side. Campbell House has recently built a modern studio workshop and new cottages, all in the style of the original historic New England style home. http://www.campbellhouse29palms.com/
This workshop will be limited by the small number of rooms available-so register early. The deposit deadline is December 1, 2018. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or have questions. $399 + tax will include:
· painting instruction by Janis Commentz, local artist and 40 year resident of the area
· 2 overnight accommodations (single occupancy) and breakfast at the Campbell House and Cottages
· Box lunch on Wednesday
· Use of the modern workshop/classroom
· Access to the Campbell House gardens/facilities
Note: Dinner Tuesday and Wednesday are on your own.
Participants provide art materials.
Taxes not included.
The Campbell House was recently featured in the Washington Post! I sincerely hope this year has provided experiences that have sparked your creativity and fed your soul. Most often, a harvest depends on planting. Sow seeds of intention!
Note: The last 15 months have challenged us! This month I encourage you to learn from the isolation and I wish you a cautious, but joyous June reopening!
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