"The Music of Watercolor, and How to Play It"
at Milford House
Wilderness Retreat in beautiful southwestern Nova Scotia. A 4 day intensive
course in watercolor techniques for beginners as
well as artists who have some experience with watercolor but are interested in
taking their work to a more advanced level and gain proficiency in methods of
using the medium.
days – July 2-6th, 2013
– Arrive at Milford House by 4:00 pm on July 2th.
A welcoming reception in the main Lodge will begin at 5:00 pm.
The workshop ends at 4:00
pm on the 6th.
This goal of this workshop is to immerse each
student in an exciting “hands on” experience using the “vocabulary” of
techniques for using watercolor so that they may then express their own
esthetic. Each day will be filled with demonstrations on many ways to apply
watercolor to paper, how to create particular effects by using different
techniques, have a concept for your painting, and “name” the thing you are
trying to do which immediately sets you on the path to accomplishing your goal.
There will be adequate time planned between
demonstrations for students to practice techniques, ask questions and gain
proficiency. The course will also focus on constructing good value patterns,
creating color studies that best suit the concept of the painting, and
designing strong compositions.
Each day will end with a critique and conversation
time which is intended to add to the instruction of the day. A critique is an
opportunity to look at what we have done, see what is working, and where we may
Students who wish to take both workshops will
receive a discount on the tuition. Gift certificates are also given by Milford
House which may be used at some future time in 2012.
We will be using the beautiful wide veranda
of the main lodge as our studio space. The lighting is very good as the entire
side facing the lake is screens. It is perfect even on a rainy day (we may be
lucky and have sun each day!)
The curriculum is designed to provide a solid
understanding of the fundamental skills necessary to succeed with watercolor.
Each day will include demonstrations and exercises to master various techniques
as we focus on many of the subjects that one finds when painting landscapes out
of doors. Of course these techniques also apply to any subject matter whether
figurative, still life or landscape. My
goal is to help you gain a wide vocabulary of techniques and color theory so
that you have the necessary tools to enable you to express your own personal
I plan to cover a wide range of subject
matter during our workshop, including:
to instructor’s work with examples and discussion of many different intentions
in the making of a painting.
transparent mixtures of greens, grays, neutrals and their complements. No
“muddy mixtures” or “wishy-washy” watercolors in this group!
glowing, transparent darks
emotional content of color and how to use it as part of a concept for your
strong compositions with and understanding of design principles and the use of
value studies. Discussion of how to approach an outdoors scene with all of its
and exercises of elements of landscape.
The workshop ends at 4:00 pm on July 6th.
Should you wish to spend that night at Milford House, please make arrangements
in advance with Milford House reservations.
Lodging, Meals and Tuition – 4 Nights
One Student in a
Private Two Bedroom Cabin: $1250.00 If you are interested in sharing a cabin,
please let Ruth know when you sign up. She may be able to connect you with
another student who would also like to share.
Two Students Sharing
2 Bedroom – One Bathroom Cabin: $910.00
Couple (one non-painting partner): $1370.00. This includes 3 meals for student
and breakfast and dinner for partner each day.
Should you choose to take both workshops, there is a 5% discount on tuition, and as that would mean a nine days stay, a weekly rate
is also more economical than paying the daily rate. Please inquire with Milford
House about the weekly rate. Their website address is http://www.milfordhouse.ca.
A deposit of
$500.00 per person must be received with registration. The balance is due by
May 15th, 2013. Please call Ruth at Milford House 1-877-532-5751 to register and
pay the deposit.
contact Evelyn Dunphy for information at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-443-5045. Workshop fees
are payable to Milford House in Canadian funds plus HST.
received prior to May 15th will receive full refund less $100.00.
After May 15th, refund only if space can be filled in workshop.
We are a
rustic wilderness resort located in Southwest Nova Scotia, adjacent to
Kejimkujik National Park and the Tobeatic Wilderness area. We offer unique
cabins with exceptional lakeviews, wood-burning fireplaces and a range of
nature-based activities from tranquil to adventuresome. Our cabins sit on the
shores of two pristine lakes plied only by our paddle powered and canoes and
kayaks. We provide a "country comfort" menu on a modified American
Plan, comprising old favorites as well as culinary innovation using fresh local
produce and on-site produced baked goods. We are also pet friendly.
Wilderness Area is the largest remaining wild area in the Maritimes, spanning
parts of five counties. The region is characterized by unique barren and
semi-barren landscapes with outstanding undisturbed glacial landforms including
esker fields, moraines, kettles and outwash plains. It protects remote and
undisturbed wildlife habitat, protects expansive wetlands, pockets of
old-growth pine and hemlock forest, and the headwaters of 9 major river systems
flowing to both the Atlantic and Fundy coasts. Taken together with the
neighbouring Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site,the Tobeatic
Wilderness Area forms the central core of an expansive protected landscape
within interior southwestern Nova Scotia.
provides information about the lodge and cottages,
as well as detailed directions for reaching the lodge from the Digby ferry, and
other connections. Just click on “Getting Here”, and then at the bottom of the
page, enter where you are starting from, and a map will be provided.
This link below describes some of
the interesting places that you may want to visit that are nearby, if you plan
to stay longer, or if you are accompanied by a non-painting partner who would
like to explore the area.
A native of
Nova Scotia, Evelyn Dunphy comes back as often as she can to visit her family
and friends. “I love to paint the Nova Scotia landscape, and having been
invited to teach these workshops at the Milford House is very exciting for me.”
I love the idea of collaborating with Kejimkujik National Park, only a short
drive away from Milford House.
As a child in
the one room schoolhouse in Urbania, Hants County, Evelyn already considered
herself an artist. She remembers that she was excused from all the work so that
she could decorate the blackboards with the seasonal decorations, much to the
surprise of her parents when they showed up for the annual Christmas concert.
During the ensuing years, her work and marriage took her to Montreal, Toronto,
Ottawa, Saint John’s NB, Massachusetts, New York, to travels to India, Japan,
Africa, the United Kingdom, and finally to Maine where she lives today.
has been exhibited and received awards in juried exhibitions throughout the
United States, including the 2012 National Watercolor Exhibition in San Pedros,
Ca., Salmagundi Club, New York, Catherine
Lorillard Wolfe Art Club’s 111 Annual Open Exhibition at the National Arts
Club, New York, NY, the Adirondack Exhibition of American Watercolors, 2012
Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor, the Van Vechtenberry Museum’s
Exhibition of American Watercolors, Masters of Watercolor, Art Museum of New
Bedford, MA, the Houston International Exhibition of Watercolors, Watermedia,
Challenge of Champions, the Louisiana Watercolor Society’s International
Exhibition, the Northeast Watercolor Society’s National Exhibition, the New
England Watercolor Society’s North American Exhibition, the Rhode Island
Watercolor Society’s Exhibition, the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s
International Exhibition, North American Flatworks competition, the Northwest
Watercolor Society’s International Exhibition, Hudson Valley Art Association,
Pastel Painters of Maine International competition, Attleboro Art Museum,
Cahoon Museum of American Art, among
Dunphy is a Signature Member of the New England Watercolor Society, a
member of Allied Artists of America, the Transparent Watercolor Society, Union
of Maine Visual Artists, and Pastel Painters of Maine. Her work has been
featured in International Artists magazine, American Art Collector, and
Watercolor magazine. She teaches in her studio in West Bath, Maine and will be
teaching in Ireland and Tuscany as well as Nova Scotia and Maine in 2012.
Dunphy was selected as the first “
Artist” in Baxter State Park, and received the Natural Resource Council of
Maine’s “People’s Choice” award for her contribution to conservation in Maine.
, 2012 National Watercolor Societ
Daniel Smith award,
Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor “Open Water” exhibit
First Prize, Art in the
Maine State Parks, and Baxter State Park
Edgar Whitney Memorial Award for watermedia, National Arts Club,
First Prize, Art of the Maine State Parks and
Baxter State Park
Dennis R. Wyckoff Award, Rhode Island Watercolor Society’s
121st National Exhibition
Dorothea and Albert Gordon Memorial
National Exhibition of American Watercolors.
“Creative Use of Color” award, New England Watercolor Society
Finalist, and included in
“Master Painters of the US”, International Artist Magazine
Award of Merit, International Flatworks Competition