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Atmospheric Painting Workshop, Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, TN

Join me, October 14 – 20, 2018, in the gorgeous East Tennessee Mountains of Gatlinburg, TN, where I will be teaching a week-long course in atmospheric painting at The Arrowmont School of Art. In this workshop, students will learn to interpret the landscape through process of introspection, observation and application.

By painting with acrylic and oil, you will create mood-driven art by layering, subtracting and adding molding pastes, gel mediums, cold wax medium and glazes. You will explore composition, structural elements of landscapes, color mixing, capturing light, principles of art and design along with a daily mixture of demonstrations, studio time and individual consultations. This is not a traditional plein-air course, but you will paint out-of-doors, weather permitting, and in the studio. This course is open to all skill levels however an understanding of color theory and basic painting skills is helpful.  

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Upcoming Women’s Retreat to Italy – June 8 – 15, 2019

I’m excited to announce that Artistic Adventures Abroad is offering a unique opportunity to attend a workshop in the beautiful Tuscan hillside town of Cortona, Italy. This retreat will be a week dedicated to creating art, journal writing, personal reflection and, of course, outstanding food and wine!  By spending a full 7 nights in one city, you will get to know Cortona personally.

Cortona is where “Under the Tuscan Sun,” was set and where the author, Frances Mayes still lives. The author described it best when she said, “I think I went to Italy initially for the art, architecture, food and history, but I stayed there because of the people in Cortona.” It is a special place I discovered when I spent a summer there at a University Studies Abroad program and it’s brand new each time I go back. It’s a wonderful opportunity to stay there for a week and really get to know this very special village and its inhabitants.

We are staying at a beautiful property mere steps away from Cortona with breathtaking views of the Valdichiana valley below. This is a double occupancy trip for women only (each king bed can be made into two twins). Some of the bathrooms are ensuite, and others are shared. So think about who you would like to partner up with for this incredible experience and make plans to join us next June 8-15, 2019! There are only 10 spaces! 

Before or after our week in Cortona, I recommend that you take the opportunity to travel in Tuscany as there are so many incredible villages and ancient towns nearby.

For $600 you can hold your spot for this amazing trip and experience. Please contact me directly. For more images of the property read on:

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Painting Trip to the Cotswolds! Summer 2018!

This is an a magical trip to the gorgeous Cotswolds in England July 23 – August 3, 2018.  I hope you can join us for 10 glorious nights in the Queen Anne Manor home not far from Chipping Campden. We will paint, draw, write, travel, dine, laugh and have a great time. We will tour gardens and learn about the Arts & Crafts movement which originated there in the Cotswolds. Landscape Architect, Curtis Stewart, will teach us about English Garden Design and Rachael McCampbell will talk on the Arts and Crafts Movement, taking the group to see examples of the work. We will do journal painting, see Highclere castle, many of the ancient Cotswolds villages, Blenheim Palace, Roman ruins, have high tea, dine in pubs, hike the English countryside and more. I hope you can join us!


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Artistic Adventures Abroad – Trip to Italy Fall of 2017

The beautiful Villa we will be staying in.

Another creative adventure lies ahead this August 30 – September 9, 2017, Cortona, Italy!

I’m taking a group of 14 guests to Cortona, Italy this fall to an amazing villa on gorgeous grounds with olive groves, a swimming pool, fountains and more. We will experience the joys of painting plein-air, hand-making pasta, truffle hunting, antiquing, seeing ancient churches and masterpieces of art while traveling to beautiful spots like San Gimignano, Siena, Volterra, Arezzo and of course Cortona!


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Come Join Me in Spain! June 2-9, 2015!

Virginia Harper, Rachael McCampbell and Minton Sparks invite you to join us for a week long trip to Spain where we EAT gourmet, healthy food, PAINT from our innermost core and WRITE our personal stories. This is an intimate experience of like-minded travelers who wish to check-out from the chaos of life and check-into a place of renewal to revive body, mind and spirit…all in a luxuious, spa setting. Please sign up now to hold your spot….the trip is beginning to fill up. I hope to see you there! Rachael

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