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ABUNDANCE- Looking Within, Looking Without: Reflecting on and expressing the Interior and exterior landscape
Instructor: Lynda McIntyre
Start Date: 8/25/19, End Date: 8/31/19
Check-In Begins at 3:00pm at the Welcome Center on 8/25/19. Dinner 5:30 – 6:30; Orientation 6:45 pm
I am so delighted to welcome you to the “Abundance- Looking Within and Without” at Ghost Ranch this summer. Here, in the magic of the private and beautiful Casa Del Sol we will be able to combine the quiet of a spiritual retreat with the exuberance of creative expression. This workshop – a dance between eye, hand, heart and spirit – is always inspiring and FUN, no matter what one’s skill level.
Each participant will have the opportunity to engage in their own creative “art making” and I will lead morning workshops in drawing and painting, including making one’s own paints. We will also have generous open studio time outside under canopies or at differing sites on the ranch. You’ll have time to explore the majestic landscape through photography, quiet meditation, and hiking. There will be field trips to remote and powerful landscapes, time to horseback ride, to write and to CREATE and REFLECT.
Many differing approaches to arts are encouraged and welcomed, so bring your intent, your favorite materials and a sense of openness and bravery. This is a place – your place – to renew and recharge.
The days will be a balance of working, quiet and exploring. And the nights? Ah, the night skies – breathtaking and inspiring in themselves. There will be ample opportunity to share our works, to share writings we find inspiring and to give and get feedback.
I plan to organize a visit to Georgia O’Keeffe’s Abiquiu studio/ home – which is exquisite and inspiring – and you will see that each view from the Casa del Sol hacienda frames a familiar painting vista.
I craft the workshop in response to the skills and interest areas of the participants and have found this most rewarding for everyone involved. To this end I will ask that you, if you wish, send me a sense your arts interests, experience, your passions and interests, projects you would like to explore and your self-assessed skill level. DON’T be SHY. I have had participants in this workshop who have never drawn before to professional painters, photographers, teachers, writers – even weavers, TV personalities and Buddhist monks. We all have something to learn and something to share and there is probably no more welcoming and inspiring place than working at Casa del Sol on Ghost Ranch.
I invite you to contact me directly with any questions (or possibly reading suggestions, etc.) at email@example.com.
I will send a suggested materials list to participants as the date approaches but I encourage people to bring their favorite materials. (Preferably water based if you are using paints, though we will be working outside) and certainly a camera, a journal, open eyes, open heart and unbridled curiosity.
This is always a remarkably joyous and invigorating experience.
Looking forward to creating with you.
Lynda Reeves McIntyre
This class will facilitate the artist/ nature/spirit collaboration. I will lead sessions in specific approaches daily – in seeing, drawing and water-based painting – and will assist people at their own levels as the week progresses.
Days will open with time for meditation and then I will have specific arts workshop each day for approximately 2 hours after breakfast.
Participants can continue to work throughout the day, though certain afternoons will have field trip opportunities to paint/draw /write at other on and off ranch sites.
There will planned and spontaneous critiques throughout the week and an end of week display and sharing. Ample time will be put aside for people to explore the many aspects of Ghost Ranch. I conceive of this course as a fluid interaction with nature, spirit and the art of seeing and expressing.
I will teach specific techniques and with a variety of materials including pencils, charcoal, ebony, ink and water based paints. (Watercolor and possibly acrylic.) If it is at all possible I will give a workshop in making one’s own paints from pigments. Much time will be focused on really “seeing” the relationships between objects, boundaries, shapes, edges, color and form. This vision will also be applied to our interpretation of internal vision and reflection.
We will begin to attempt to not only SEE and draw natural and botanical forms but to give line “LIFE,” to explore qualities that can enhance and expand the sense of voice and spirit. We will work toward a fluidity of expression.
Each day will include time in the natural landscape, actual art instruction, art making, time for reflection and discussion and possibly evening slideshows (we still use this word, don’t we?) and/or star gazing.
I will provide suggested readings, not required, but these can act as stimuli for discussions and artwork, as will the slide visuals. The most powerful inspiration will, of course, be the environment.
Each day will have a differing flow depending upon the weather, participant’s intentions and the possibilities of field trips.
WELCOME—I am so excited to work with each of you. OK—What to bring?
Each participant is bringing a differing background and experience in making art. We have a lot to share. I invite each of you to bring along your own favorite materials and possibly materials you would like to explore.
Ghost Ranch does not have a great supply of art materials so I encourage you to bring your own – either from the following list or YOUR favorites.
You may choose to bring supplies with you, purchase them in Santa Fe (where there are very good art stores) or you can ship them from your favorite supplier ahead of time to Ghost Ranch (contact GR to make sure you have the correct address- include your name, name of workshop, dates and Casa del Sol).
This workshop will explore a variety of approaches in DRAWING and PAINTING as we look art ART and NATURE, so materials may vary person to person –
DRAWING – will require materials listed below.
PAINTING -workshops will be in water-based paints- materials listed.
(I am happy to assist participants who wish to work with in pastels, watercolor pencils and oils. If someone wishes to work in oil this must be done outside because some participants are allergic to oils. Best to bring oils only if you are already experienced – remember they take time to dry.)
Please think portable for working on site and for ease of shipping.
Do speak with your local art materials provider and get recommendations as to sizes, weights and brands of materials and papers – remember travel light!
Please contact me if you have questions or suggestions. firstname.lastname@example.org
I invite you to share your skills and experience with others in the group.
This promises to be quite the creative mix.
Now to the FUN –
GENERAL MATERIALS LIST – Bring what you wish
Paper (for drawing and painting)
Watercolor or multi-medium sketch book, watercolor block and/or watercolor paper of 80lb to 140 lb. weight (the heavier a weight and cold pressed gives best results but is also more expensive)
Vellum finished paper for sketching and ink
A paper palette for mixing paints
2H, HB and Ebony Pencils
Rust, brown and white Conte Crayon
Pink Pearl Erasure, kneed erasure
Small pencil sharpener or exacto/knife
Flexible tipped markers (optional)
India Ink –with brushes( optional)
Watercolor pencils (Derwent is a good brand)
select colors that reflect an arid landscape if buying separately—include a white, green and purple as compliments
Small Container for Supplies
PAINTS + BRUSHES
If buying individual tubes– think “arid landscape” and full color range (if in doubt ask art supplier)
Holbein or other quality brand plastic water tray
small water bottle
One can also buy a Windsor Newton or parallel watercolor packet – portable, full color range, with brushes and palette. (easy for on-sight painting.)
2-4 variable sized good quality pointed watercolor brushes
Golden or good quality small tubes of arid colors along with white, black, greens, purple and blue
2-4 good quality acrylic brusheS – very thin to broad, pointed and flat.
Water spritzer to keep paints wet
For materials and paper
MUSTS to bring with you
Small test pad for colors
Waxed paper to separate art work for packing
Possibly blue painters tape for crisp edges.
Some people like to bring a small portable stool or easel – your choice.
But certainly, bring—
CURIOUSITY and ENTHUSIASM
990 Mount Philo Road, Shelburne, Vermont 05482 1 802 985-2019
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I haven’t ever drawn? Is this for me?
YES – You can. I have taught novices for over 40 ears and have seen every participant grow and flower.
I am a professional. Is this for me?
YES Many professional artists and photographers have taken this workshop and we all have much to share and learN. It is a remarkable opportunity.
I am hoping simply to come and meditate. Does this make sense?
YES. Casa del Sol is a place of spiritual reflection and renewal. You may just want to participate in creative writing, journaling, painting, etc but can use this time and place to reflect and contemplate.
The beauty encountered at Ghost Ranch could not have been anticipated, despite the many anecdotes I had heard. Everywhere I looked there were stunning juxtapositions of color and shape, which changed constantly as the day passed and the wind blew the clouds around. Each day I had multiple experiences of being overwhelmed by beauty. We often had what we called “photographic emergencies,” as we were on the road to some destination but came to have an urgent need to photograph some spectacular vista that suddenly appeared or a cloud formation or a double rainbow. Many afternoons were spent painting in the courtyard of our U shaped adobe, Casa del Sol, with a view of Pedernal, a gorgeous mesa that was the source of material for arrowheads for generations of native people, as well as the inspiration for at least 28 of Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings. We returned stoked and inspired by beauty which inspired us to share with our community in the form of the images we harvested.
The spectacular Ghost Ranch landscape, along with the fabulous art-making opportunities and the wonderfully diverse group of workshop participants, led by an experienced and passionate instructor, blended together to make an incredibly inspiring and rejuvenating experience for me as an artist, environmentalist and educator. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenging hikes, magnificent trail ride, impressive on-location painting sessions and informative museum visits. Simply having time to be thoughtful and intentional about art, nature and self was restorative. Add the lovely and authentic southwestern Casa Del Sol accommodations and the caring Ghost Ranch personnel and you have an amazing experience.