Join me for my intermediate 6-week long landscape course in both acrylic and oil painting at Plaza Art Supply in downtown Nashville. We will meet on Friday mornings from 9-12 to learn about many aspects of acrylic and oil painting with the focus on landscapes. We will discuss, for example, the materials we use in acrylic and oil painting, composition, perspective, color mixing, trees, water and water reflections, rocks, clouds and skies, textures, mediums, glazing and more. This is meant for students who have some experience painting.
Ladies, have you ever wanted to stay where Georgia O’Keefe painted — on the ranch where she lived? Well, this is your chance. Join me for 8 nights (or more if you do the extended spa retreat) of art, art and more art in the gorgeous and inspiring environs of Santa Fe, New Mexico. We will stay in Santa Fe for 3 nights, tour the Georgia O’Keefe museum, see the famous galleries of Santa Fe, shop, go see Pueblos and their pottery, then stay at and paint at Ghost Ranch for 5 nights. On our way back home, if you want to join us for 2 more nights, we will stay at a fabulous resort/spa for some down time and relaxation in natural spring waters before heading home.
I am still working out all the details and will get a price for this trip soon. But if you are interested, please let me know so I can add your name to the list. Space is limited. This will be either a private or double occupancy experience so let me which you might prefer so I can hold you a room. All details and the flyer on this trip will be posted soon. I can’t wait!
Sign up now for my next 6-week long landscape course in both acrylic and oil painting at Plaza Art Supply in downtown Nashville. We will meet on Wednesday mornings from 9-12 to learn about many aspects of acrylic and oil painting with the focus on landscapes. We will discuss, for example, the materials we use in acrylic and oil painting, composition, perspective, color mixing, trees, water and water reflections, rocks, clouds and skies, textures, mediums, glazing and more.
Painting with Gamblin’s Cold Wax Medium is becoming a very popular method with artists all over the world. In the process of painting with Cold Wax, artists can build layers of paint on paper or panels, add textures, use printmaking techniques, create mark making with charcoal, pencils wax pencils, incorporate powdered pigments, R & F paint sticks, oil tube paints, draw with paint sticks or use solvent for reductive techniques along with scratching and digging techniques when the wax is dryer. You can even use these materials on top of acrylic bases and textures. The applications are numerous and highly creative.
This class, taught by Rachael McCampbell, is for beginners or intermediate level artists who want to learn about the many amazing things you can do with Gamblin’s Cold Wax Medium and oil. This process of painting lends itself beautifully to abstraction or representational art. If you like to experiment with painting techniques that can surprise and delight you, then you may want to try Cold Wax and oil. It can be used in a thin, spare way or as a thick impasto.
I want to share some comments from the last workshop I did at The Vienna Arts Society, Vienna, VA. It was a lovely group of dedicated artists who were very excited about Cold Wax Medium and oil. I will return for a week-long workshop where we can really go deeper. I’m looking forward to it! Thank you fellow artists for your supportive comments!
“This workshop was so enjoyable – nobody wanted to leave! I learned so much and will continue working on abstract compositions. I loved abstracting my landscapes and the cold wax added so much to the painting. I definitely will continue learning, working and experimenting with this medium! Love it! Hopefully you’ll come back up to teach!”NS
“Rachael, as a teacher, you are so patient, kind, and inspiring! You challenged us in ways I have not worked in years with my own art! I am so proud of the work I created- even if it isn’t quite there yet! I am so grateful for your guidance and positivity about our work. i know that the learning I experienced will carry over into my teaching and I am even more grateful for that!! Thank you a million times and I hope you come back for a week in the summer… when I can attend! :)” PC
“And may I also say what an extraordinary teacher Rachel is! She is SO talented and such a terrific teacher. She was so accommodating to each of us and met us where we are in our artistic journey. She patiently answered every question and made such insightful suggestions. I can’t wait to take another glass with her.” SH
“Rachael, thank you for a great workshop! I keep staring at my work, itching to carry it forward, when I’m not thinking “Wow! I did THAT?! ME?!“ What a crazy cool medium.” MS
“Your workshop was informative, inspiring, and fun, and I appreciated your generosity in sharing your knowledge and insights about the cold wax process, and painting and design. I do hope that I am able to take another workshop or class with you! “LM
“Rachael, thanks so very much for teaching us so many new techniques using cold wax and oil. Your class was interesting , fun and so inspiring. Thanks again for giving us your all!”HL
“Still reveling in all the “learning” from your class this weekend. You are a fabulous teacher and can’t wait to take another class with you!!” SH
“Thank YOU Rachael! I learned so much and was so grateful to be able to try so many different techniques in such a short amount of time.”KL
I just returned from teaching a 2-day workshop to a fabulous group of artists from The Vienna Arts Society in Vienna, VA near D.C. It was a beginning intro to Cold Wax Medium by Gamblin Oil. They did such beautiful work. They learned many new techniques and ways of painting with oil that only Cold Wax allows you to do. There are printmaking techniques, scraping, stenciling, drawing, brayering, reductive/removal techniques, painting, glazing and much more. It’s so fascinating to work with. I love it! I hope to return to Vienna to teach for a week-long workshop.
In this workshop we focused on abstraction using the landscape as a jumping off point. Here is some of the beautiful work they created. In two days, you cannot expect to get finished art but many actually did just that! They were ready to frame! Way to go ladies! See below for more photos.
I’d love to have you join me for a week in Tuscany — in Cortona, Italy to be precise! Come for a week of plein-air painting, hiking, eating amazing food, taking wonderful photos, wine tastings, seeing world class art the Uffizi in Florence, making new friends and generally having a creative trip that will inspire and excite you for years to come!
Cortona, home of “Under the Tuscan Sun” fame, is a beautiful medieval city up on a hillside that overlooks the Chiana Valley. We will stay in a villa that is walking distance to the village which has many beautiful shops, restaurants, churches, museums and picturesque views to photograph and paint. The village is a lively town full of locals and tourists all mingling in the piazzas each day and evening enjoying the gorgeous views from each angle, the cobblestone streets, pealing church bells and delicious pasta dishes at the many open air restaurants.
We will paint in different locations close to the villa and in town. I teach in both acrylic and oil and will meet every artist where they are to encourage their own individual style and voice–from realism to abstraction. All painting levels are welcome and if you are someone who likes to work in pen and ink, pencil, pastel etc…I encourage you to work in whatever medium you feel comfortable in with the understanding that I will only be teaching acrylic and oil. This is YOUR Artistic Adventure Abroad and I am here to help you fine and create your vision.
The food is always amazing, the villa has outstanding views and the camaraderie is life-changing! Painting there in Italy is a sensual delight–the smells, the sounds, the sites…it’s something everyone should experience at least once in their life!
I am now accepting deposits to hold your spot. I have attached a two-page flyer with more information below–please click further to see. Let me know if you have any questions.
Spring is the perfect time to revisit and reignite the creative spirit that lives within us. Check-out from your daily life and check-in to a beautiful, nourishing environment designed to renew your mind, heart, body and soul. This will be a time to explore what inspires us, clarify our spiritual connections and delve into painting from a prayerful point of view. “Renew” is about examining what creativity means at this juncture of our lives. What does God say about creativity? Why are we given these gifts? What have other women taught us along the way? Where are we to go from here?
These are some of the questions we will explore with Reverend Betty L. Proctor and artist Rachael McCampbell for a spring retreat focused on exploring the mysteries and blessings of the creative gifts we possess. For 3 nights and 4 days, delve into your spirituality through the painting process, journaling, nature walks and intimate circles with other creative and curious women. Betty Proctor, an accomplished speaker and a gifted leader, is the pastor at Hillsboro United Methodist Church of Leiper’s Fork, TN. Rachael McCampbell brings 35 years of experience as a professional artist to this retreat along with years of teaching art, writing and leading groups on annual painting trips to Europe and headlining painting workshops in the US.
Beersheba Springs, TN is a gorgeous area on the Cumberland Plateau with distant views, waterfalls, beautiful hikes and cool fresh air that enlivens the soul. The historic and charming Beersheba Springs Assembly, built in 1854, is the centerpiece of this small community. Each guest will have their own private room and bath plus 10 full meals and snacks while on this retreat. The group will gather for vespers outside and/or in the chapel each morning, meet for circle gatherings for lessons, journaling and conversation, followed by painting, silent walks in nature, painting some more and finally joining around a campfire in the evening to recap each day. This will be a time of creative exploration, resting, learning, growing in your faith combined with lots of laughter as friendships will be made to last a lifetime.
Space is very limited, so if you are interested, contact Rachael soon. She is accepting $200 non-refundable deposits now to hold your place. To register and sign-up, contact Rachael McCampbell. Email: email@example.com
McCampbell Offers Private Lessons and Art Consultations
Sometimes you get stuck as an artist. You don’t know what to do next. Perhaps you cant’ solve an issue with your composition or you can’t figure out how to mix your colors, or you are having trouble figuring out the order in which to approach a painting, and you need someone to guide you through it. If a house call with a professional artist would help, then Rachael McCampbell is here to accommodate you and get your art moving to the next level.
Rachael is an accomplished artist with over 35 years experience. She is also a recognized Gamblin Workshop Instructor and a Golden Art Educator. She leads workshops for Gamblin Artist’s Oil Colors, teaching techniques in oil and also in acrylic both in the United States and abroad in Europe.
Cost for a private art lesson at McCampbell’s studio in Franklin, TN or online: $125/hour
Cost for a private art lesson at client’s home: $150/hour plus drive time
Learn about a new women’s spiritual retreat, “Renew,” next spring in 2020 at Beersheba Springs, TN. Rachael McCampbell is partnering with Reverend Betty L. Proctor for a 3 night/4 day retreat to reconnect with our creativity and revitalize our souls through fellowship in a gorgeous natural setting on the Cumberland Plateau. For information about this retreat click on Artistic Adventures of the Soul.
Over the years of teaching, Rachael McCampbell has had many requests for private discussions about art outside the classroom setting for artists who want 100% of her attention. She is now offering these private sessions to discuss individual artists’ art either in person or online. To learn more, please go to her Private Consultations page.