Painting can be a profound experience — one that engages all of our senses, our minds, and our spirits. It brings together observation with introspection, contemplation, and healing. One of the most rewarding ways to explore painting is by painting outside. Faced with nature’s dynamic forces, we develop visual sensitivity, flexibility, and resilience. We come into deeper relationship with nature and with ourselves. We begin to see the world as never before, and our paintings give evidence of that new vision.
This workshop invites both beginners and experienced painters to immerse themselves in the practice of oil painting. Daily sessions will be devoted to painting out of doors as well as doing exercises in the studio. Basic oil technique, instruction in setting up a palette, mixing colors, and brushwork will be balanced with slide presentations. Workshop participants will learn from individual instruction and each other as they share their paintings and experiences in a supportive environment. The spectacular beauty of Esalen, with its radiant gardens, flowing waters, and rugged coastline, provides the perfect setting to explore this exciting practice.
You may supply your own materials (material list provided upon registration) or course materials can be provided for you with a $125 materials fee paid directly to the leader.