Sunday, April 8, 2012

Watercolour Workshop Retreat Coming in May!


This week begins our workshop retreat season with Retreat to Deep Ireland. As part of the immersion into the history and beauty of Beara as inspiration to our writing, we will be taking part in the 100th anniversary commemoration of the Titanic passing by Dursey Island, the last land that the passengers would see, on their fateful voyage.

In addition to year-round individual retreats during which residents come to work on their own projects, we are offering five more week-long workshop retreats in 2012.

Next in the schedule is another Beara-inspired workshop retreat, Evelyn Dunphy's week working with watercolours. Please contact Evelyn directly to book your place. Below is an example of her work and details of her workshop at Anam Cara.

Watercolour Workshop Retreat
Facilitator: Evelyn Dunphy (
Arrival: 12 May 2012
Departure: 19 May 2012
For more information and bookings, contact Evelyn at

"Come and experience the haunting beauty of the landscape that surrounds Anam Cara. Explore ways to find just the right mixtures of pigments to paint all of those wonderful greens, the brightly-colored houses winding their way down the lane and the misty mountains off in the distance - it's an artists' paradise!

"You'll learn to simplify shapes, exaggerate, crop, compose, and build a composition that enables you to enjoy seeing pigments mix and dance on your paper. Be a poet rather than a reporter, paint light and color and shadow, and develop your ability to really "see". There will a demonstration each day, and lots of individual attention. There is nothing like uninterrupted hours of painting time to see a great leap in the quality of your work. No matter what your level of painting ability, there is always so much more to learn and experience.

"My goal is always to enlarge each student's vocabulary of painting 'tools' so that each person has the necessary skills to express their own personal aesthetic. It is necessary to be able to execute the fundamental techniques of using watercolor, and I also believe that passion drives technique; if you really want to paint something you will figure out how to do it. Experienced painters will be challenged and encouraged to move out of their "comfort zone" to realize their goals, and beginners will be guided through the process of using watercolor.
"I also think it's very important to 'name the thing you are trying to do' - whether it's the pigment with its temperature and value, or the concept for your painting. Naming it makes it possible to actually do it."


"I am just beginning to realize how much I learned from you in the workshop. Things that I thought I knew but did not really understand have come to life for me, and my work shows it" - a student from a recent workshop in Canada.

If you want a workshop with a dedicated, talented teacher who is also a beautiful painter, go with Evelyn Dunphy" - a student from a workshop at Frederic Church's camp

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