September 17 - 19, 2013
Paint the "Living Landscapes" of Frederic Church at Olana Historic Site on the Hudson River, New York
September 17 – 19
Two Day Small Group Workshop
I am so pleased and honored to have been invited to teach a watercolor workshop at
Olana, the New York State Historic site which was the home of Frederic and Isabel
Church on the Hudson River in New York. I have painted the views of Katahdin from
the Church’s rustic camp on Millinocket Lake here in Maine for several years, and it was
a thrill to go to Olana last August to paint Church’s “other” views at this wonderful place
that I had heard so much about.
The eminent Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church (1826 – 1900)
designed Olana, his family home, studio, and estate as an integrated environment
embracing architecture, art, landscape, and conservation ideals. Considered one of the
most important artistic residences in the United States, Olana is a 250-acre artistdesigned
landscape with a Persian-inspired house at its summit, embracing unrivaled
panoramic views of the vast Hudson Valley.
Olana State Historic Site, a historic site administered by the New York State Office of
Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Taconic Region, is a designated National
Historic Landmark and one of the most visited sites in the state. The Olana Partnership,
a private not-for-profit education corporation, works cooperatively with New York State
to support the restoration, development and improvement of Olana State Historic Site.
Basic Workshop Fee
These special rates for accommodations at Mt. Merino Manor B&B located a short drive
away in Hudson, NY have been made available to workshop participants.
You may choose from three different packages for the workshop. Please visit
www.mountmerinomanor.com to view the rooms.
Package One: $ 725.00 Queen Standard, (Rip’s Room, Eagle’s Nest, Deer
Package Two: $ 875.00 Queen Suite (Isabel’s Parlor, Diamond Street
Package Three: $1025.00 King Deluxe (Blue Mountain View, Master Sabine)
If you live in the area and do not require accommodations, you will pay the basic
What is Included
Two full days of instruction, including studio instruction in the event of rain at the
Wagon Wheel Education Center
A Guided Tour of the House
What is NOT included
Accommodations (please see information on Mt. Merino B&B recommended by
Transportation to and from Olana
The painting workshop will begin at 9:30 am on September 18th. However I would like to
invite everyone to arrive on the afternoon of September 17th. You will be able to check
into your B&B any time after 1:00 pm on that day. A guided House Tour will be provided
by the Olana Partnership at 3:00 pm. This will “set the tone” for our time on the property.
I promise you that you will be in awe of the “living landscapes” that you will see from the
windows of the house.
Chapters could be written describing the incredible detail of the house and furnishings. But what
I found most exciting and would love to share with you are the “living landscapes” that Church
framed in this palatial home that he designed
As you enter the house, you look straight through to the far end where a large window looks out
on the Hudson River. The light is wonderful. Each room has a large arched window with a
spectacular view. He planned every window to frame a landscape. The portico along the side of
the house has a view between each carved pillar that adds up to a visual wonder. In the master
bedroom the window’s view is framed in a wide gold frame just as his paintings.
He planned the landscape with a background, middle and foreground, so that your eye goes
from the grassy slope to the trees, the Hudson beyond and then to the Catskill Mountains. More
than one thousand trees were planted and a huge lake was created to echo the shape of the
Hudson – it truly is a living painting.
The workshop ends at 4:00 pm on September 19th.
Plein air painting is challenging and just plain wonderful! The biggest challenge seems to be how
to simplify the complexity of the landscape, compose a strong design and value pattern, choose
your palette for the painting and not get lost in the many possibilities that exist.
And, to make this happen for you, during the day I like to do small demonstrations to illustrate
any particular problems that you may be trying to figure out. The "big" daily demonstrations are
very informative, and I also have found that addressing the personal questions that come up for
you is equally important. So if you are struggling with how to come up with a way to paint a
particular area of the scene, or if the values just aren't working - you know how many things can
stop us in our tracks - I like to do a small demo of that and anyone who shares the same question
may watch. If you don't need that particular lesson, you just keep on painting until something
comes up that you need help with.
A small group workshop allows me to spend as much time with everyone as they would like;
equally important is to allow you quiet time to work through your painting process, knowing that
there is help available if you want it.
Please feel free to send me an email with any questions that you may have.
I’d like to include some messages that I have received from students who have attended my workshops.
You, your teaching and your work still inspire me daily. I have been painting about three
paintings per week which for me is great! I learned the importance of a value study from you
and adhere to them with most of my paintings. I used much of what I did in Ireland to paint
finished works here in the US.
I love every second of process even when it's hard. Especially when it's hard and then turns out
and makes me happy. I am eternally grateful for your introduction to my world, of water color. I'll
never forget our time in Ireland and I'm still developing paintings from memories, photographs
and studies. Lori McKenna, San Diego
This workshop with Evelyn fulfilled my every expectation. She is a gifted artist with great
teaching skills. I acquired a tremendous amount of usable information while enjoying the warmth
and compatibility of a wonderful group of people. Lisa Oettinger. Maine
Evelyn Dunphy is one of those unique artists who can effectively convey her years of knowledge
and experience to her students. She takes the fear out of learning watercolor. Erin O’Connor,
Please contact Evelyn Dunphy at 207-443-5045 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evelyn Dunphy’s work has been exhibited in juried exhibitions throughout the United States, Canada and the UK including the Salmagundi Club, New York, the National Arts Club, New York, NY, the
Adirondack Exhibition of American Watercolors, Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, Royal Watercolour Society, London, UK, 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. Paintings are presently
being exhibited in the Rhode Island National Watercolor Society exhibit, the Audubon Artists
Exhibition and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor International “Open Water”
exhibit in Toronto.
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, American
Society of Marine Artists and Pastel Painters of Maine. Her work has been featured in
International Artists magazine, American Art Collector, and Watercolor magazine.
Dunphy was selected as the first “Visiting Artist” in Baxter State Park, and was the first artist to
receive the Natural Resource Council of Maine’s “People’s Choice” award for her contribution to
conservation in Maine.
First Prize, 2012 National Watercolor Society’s Exhibition
First Prize, Art in the Maine State Parks, and Baxter State Park
Edgar Whitney Memorial Award for watermedia, National Arts Club, New York
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