This past weekend, I attended the most inspiring Art Life painting retreat with Nicholas Wilton at a wonderful hidden gem called Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma, California. I've been wanting to attend one of his workshops for a very long time and I'm so glad I finally got to go. Nick is a gifted teacher and makes artistic concepts accessible to a novice. He is open, kind, encouraging and instructive. As a teacher, he presents wonderful, cohesive lessons in his six principles and gives each student individual feedback on their work. I found the experience enormously helpful and it has already changed the way I see the things around me. I look forward to going to another retreat (a longer one!) in the future.
It was so nourishing (not to mention the incredible food!) to be able to learn techniques and refine our sensitivity to art and just paint, paint, paint! And of course it was fun to paint with others and make new acquaintances. Westerbeke is a sweet, rustic, meticulously cared for place and the owners take a special pride and pleasure in sharing it with others. It's a very special place. A perfect place to paint. Unfortunately, I didn't take many photos as I was so busy painting, but there are a couple below of the cabin I stayed in and the rock fireplace in the dining room.