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Watercolor Workshop in Nova Scotia with Evelyn Dunphy

"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.

4 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 learn more.

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 esthetic.


I plan to cover a wide range of subject matter during our workshop, including:


o Introduction to instructor’s work with examples and discussion of many different intentions in the making of a painting.

o Mixing transparent mixtures of greens, grays, neutrals and their complements. No “muddy mixtures” or “wishy-washy” watercolors in this group!

o Paint glowing, transparent darks

o The emotional content of color and how to use it as part of a concept for your painting.

o Designing 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 complexities.

o Demonstrations and exercises of elements of landscape.

o And much more!


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.

Workshop Fee All-inclusive, 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 each

A 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.


Please contact Evelyn Dunphy for information at artist@evelyndunphy.com or call 207-443-5045. Workshop fees are payable to Milford House in Canadian funds plus HST.


Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received prior to May 15th will receive full refund less $100.00. After May 15th, refund only if space can be filled in workshop.

Milford House

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.


The Tobeatic 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.


The website www.milfordhouse.ca 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. http://www.milfordhouse.ca/ourfacilities/nearbyinterests.html


The Instructor


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.


Dunphy’s work 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 others.


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 “ Visiting 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.



First Prize , 2012 National Watercolor Societ y

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, New York

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 prize, Adirondack 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 competition

Award of Merit, International Flatworks Competition