April 14 – 19th, 2013
Final Registration Date: February 15, 2013
Watercolor in the Land of Enchantment - New Mexico
Plein air & Studio Workshop
Workshop Fee: $650.00 (does not include lodging, airfare, transportation to and from the airport)
Please send $400.00 deposit upon registration to Evelyn Dunphy, 596 Fosters Point Road, West Bath, ME 04530.
Balance due: February 15, 2013
This workshop is designed to expand your knowledge and ability with
plein air painting, accompanied by studio work that will underscore and
re-enforce the field work. I hope that the combination of this and a new
landscape will prove a winning combination.
“Evelyn Dunphy offers clear, concise methods
of looking at the complexities of nature and choosing the major and minor
“chords” that enable her students to express their personal excitement about
the landscape. Her analogies to music are especially enlightening: “a staccato of brushwork against the long
rest of a graded wash…….”
The complexities of the landscape are sometimes
over-whelming. We want to “put it all in”. Learn to select the elements that
excite you; arrange them in a beautiful way on your paper, choose the colors
that will support your concept and with a solid value study on hand, have the
freedom to be as expressive and spontaneous as you can possibly be with your
brush and paints. To quote Martha Graham
“the purpose of discipline is to free the spirit”. This is my view of the
preparatory work that goes into planning a painting.
I’d love to have you join me in a unique painting
experience in the village of Corrales, New Mexico. We’ll stay in two
award-winning B&B’s (more on that later). Each morning we’ll be picked up
and driven to a sweet view of an adobe church, or the view of the Sandia
mountains from a protected portal where we can paint in comfort – or, again to
a view of the Bosque (the cottonwood trees that border the Rio Grande) and one
or two more places. I’ll be there two weeks early to choose sites that I think
will be most inspiring and exciting for you.
Each day will be different. In this small group
workshop I am available for all the personal attention that you may want; I’ll
paint along with you, do many small “demos” of specific landscape features that
you may have questions about, and be completely available to you. We will have
a picnic lunch and then in mid-afternoon we will return to our “studio” space
where we will have an intensive critique and conversation accompanied by any
requested demonstrations of subjects which perhaps proved challenging that
The experience of spending several hours each day
painting the landscape and architecture of this beautiful area of New Mexico
will bring you to the afternoon’s critique with questions, good work, and
excitement about the next day’s work. All will benefit from the experience of the other group
members. Building day to day with the
“vocabulary” required to have a successful plein air painting will ensure a
productive and enjoyable workshop.
My experience tells me that in a five day workshop,
Wednesday is a day when everyone is tired and a “day trip” is much appreciated.
It revives our energy and gets everyone fired up to begin again. And so I am very
excited to tell you that we are going to visit Acoma Pueblo.
Few travelers who have visited Acoma would fail to agree
that it is the most wonderful habitation of man in the United States, and
better worth a visit than any other, east or west. It is absolutely unique in
its location, and well deserves the name of the “City of the Sky,” so often
applied to it. The giant rock on whose summit it has its seat, rises
perpendicularly nearly four hundred feet from the great plain below, which is
itself over seven thousand feet above the sea. The cliff, or mesa, as every
elevation with a level top is called in New Mexico, has been well compared to a
lofty rocky island of the sea; the only difference being that one is surrounded
by water and the other by air. The area of its summit is not far from a hundred
acres, but it has a multitude of lesser remarkably rough and irregular contour,
indented by deep bays which almost bisect it, and by a chasms; so that its
that of the rocky
islets on the coast of Maine or of Norway.
The history of Acoma
is perhaps the most romantic of any of the Pueblo Indian strongholds. http://southwest.library.arizona.edu/spmc/body.1_div.18.html this will be
linked to the Acoma website.
After a picnic lunch we’ll go to Albuquerque to see
the 2012 “Masterworks” exhibit of paintings by New Mexico artists.
A link to Masterworks here. Then we’ll be
driven back to our B&B’s in time to freshen up, have a glass of wine and
decide where to have an interesting and delicious dinner (I happen to really
like New Mexican cuisine. It’s much lighter than Tex-Mex or California Mexican
food, and I’m looking forward to dinner in a new place every night!)
We have selected a group of very good restaurants
that feature different varieties of the local cuisine. Each night we can choose
where to go, and either go as a group or in any arrangement that is preferred.
After you have registered for the workshop I
will send room descriptions for both the Chocolate Turtle B&B and the Sandhill
Crane B&B in Corrales. We have reserved all of the rooms in these two
award-winning B&B’s. Because this is a small group workshop, there are
enough rooms between the two to accommodate everyone. Some rooms are suitable
for two painters to share. Others may prefer a private room.
Workshop tuition is to be paid to Evelyn Dunphy Studio, 596 Foster Point Road, West Bath, ME 04530. Each participant will contact the B&Bs and reserve the desired room. The room rate is to paid directly to the B&B owners.