Monday, January 20, 2014

Workshop in Holland!

 A Dutch Workshop !


4-12 September 2014...get ready!

This workshop will consist of nine days, including five days of painting, one day for a museum visit, and two free days. The two free days (on which you may sight-see, paint, or do whatever else may appeal), and the museum day (where I will accompany the class to talk about the work we'll see), will be scheduled once we are in Holland. This will enable us to have some flexibility with the weather.

Cornelis Vreedenbergh
 The specific locations within Holland have not yet been decided, but will be shortly. It is my hope that we will paint both in villages and in the countryside. We may also paint one day in town.

 Royal Talens, the maker of Rembrandt oil colors, has suggested that they would be interested in being of assistance to us in Holland. Their U.S. rep, Kyle Richardson, has mentioned some interesting things which we will discuss further.
As of now, we have a quorum for the trip, with a small number of additional places available. Please let me know immediately if you would like to join us.

Cornelis Vreedenbergh
My workshops are different from some in terms of arrangements. The tuition fee of $790.00 covers only tuition. In order to be registered, you must send a deposit of $395.00 at the time of registration. 

This deposit will be non-refundable after 1 June 2014. The balance of tuition ($395.00) is due not later than 15 June 2014. 

Checks should be made to Donald Jurney, and sent to Donald Jurney, 9 Strong Street, Newburyport, MA 01950. Your registration will be promptly acknowledged by email.

28Jan2014---The workshop is filling. Please communicate immediately if you wish to join.

W. C. Keith (American)

Transportation to and from the Netherlands, car rental, accommodations, meals, travel insurance, and other incidentals are the responsibility of each student.

Anton Mauve
Many students combine workshop trips with other travel and we've found that allowing students to make their own reservations for transportation is best. Likewise, students seem to have different ideas about what they would prefer in terms of lodging, etc. Thus it's proven most satisfactory for students to suit their own needs. If you should wish to share a room with another student, let me know and I will put you in touch.

Claude Monet

I will be sending out some accommodation ideas and links to registrants in the near future.

Willem Tholen
Regarding car rentals: public transportation in the Netherlands is very good. Our inter-city travel will be done by train. But for local travel into the countryside, cars will, regrettably, be required. If you would like to share car rental expense with other students, please let me know and I will put you in touch.

Johannes Vermeer

At the moment, Icelandic Air is offering a fare of $925, roundtrip, Boston to Amsterdam, via Keflavik.

P. J. C. Gabriel
Lodging prices cover a large range. It's possible that Royal Talens will be able to get a special rate for us. I will notify registrants as soon as this is determined.

Materials lists, equipment lists, etc., will be sent to registrants as soon as their deposits have been received.

I look forward to painting with you in September! Please don't hesitate to write if you should have any questions (

Monday, January 6, 2014

Catching Up

What's Happened Since Then,
and a REMINDER...

Before Christmas, I left you with this image, the then-current state of the the painting that changed its orientation and its subject.

It's had its moment or two on the easel since then, mostly occupied with adding rocks, ledges and working on the water and sky. Here's where it is at the moment. I couldn't get the color right, and I'm in a hurry, But this will give you some idea.

(That's the sun). 

The detail, below, will give a sense of the color (tho' not so purple). You'll see that it was pre-sun.

On the subject of monkeying with old paintings, here's one I fiddled with today. It was, originally, as flat as a pancake. Today it seems to have gone out West. In fact, a follower on Instagram, who should know, says it reminds him of central Utah in August. Who knew?! It's a phone shot----sorry! (24x30").

December 20th found Todd, Nick, Tom Bailey, and me out painting at Maudslay.

I came away with this 20x16". A good time.

Most important, though, is a
about the new 3-Part Demonstration. It starts this Friday (10 January) and continues for the next two Fridays (17 & 24 January).
The class runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is held in the building where my studio is located: 14 Cedar Street, Amesbury, MA
It will be held in Studio # 101, on the first floor. The cost is $60.00 per session. If you need a scholarship, let me know.

For those of you not familiar with the class, I paint a painting in three sessions, from my imagination. This week's canvas is 50" x 60". As I go along, I tell you about why I'm making the choices I make, and show the various routes I take to find a painting on the blank canvas. It's a lot of fun. 
Non-artists, who have an interest in the creative process, are encouraged to come. Last session, we had six or eight "lay" people.

Time is fleeting! If you'd like to come for some or for all, let me know as soon as possible:

See you then!