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Artistic Adventures of the Soul “Renew” – A Retreat for Women

Spring is the perfect time to revisit and reignite the creative spirt that lives within us. Take a break from your daily life, get away 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 United Methodist Church of Leiper’s Fork, TN. Rachael McCampbell brings her 35 years 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 spot on the Cumberland Plateau with distant views, waterfalls, beautiful hikes and cool fresh air that enlivens the soul. The historic 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 meet for vespers outside and in the chapel, meet for circle gatherings, paint, go on silent walks, and join around a campfire at night to recap each day. There will be creative exploration, journaling, hiking, resting and lots of laughter and friendships 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:

“Renew” Retreat Flyer
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Atmospheric Painting Workshop at Arrowmont School in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Join me in the gorgeous East Tennessee Mountains of Gatlinburg, TN at The Arrowmont School of Art, where I will be teaching a week-long course in atmospheric painting in both oil and acrylic. In this workshop, students will lean 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 cours, 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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Come join us in Italy, September 15 – 23, 2016 for 8 glorious nights in a beautiful villa in Cortona. This will be a wonderful trip where we paint, travel, cook and make new friends. We will stay in a 17c villa overlooking the valley on 5 acres of olive groves and pine trees. Please join us for a trip you will never forgot!



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And So It Goes… 

by Rachael McCampbell

(I first published this on my blog in 2015 under the title: “Are Artists Courageous or Crazy,” which was picked up by Nashville Arts Magazine and published as “And So it Goes…”. This then lead to a monthly column entitled, “And So It Goes…” about personal issues encountered in my life. I write about my own experiences as an artist and other artists’ lives as well.)

Are Artists Courageous or Crazy?

Imagine that you attend a job interview and they say, “You will work for six months on a project, pay for all the supplies, but not earn any money until the exhibit—that is—if you sell any of the products you make. And the place where you show your products—they will take 50 -60% of all the proceeds. You will also be required to work 60-hour weeks and almost every weekend. You will be the creative talent, marketing director, graphic designer, Webmaster, secretary/assistant, sales force, public speaker, framer, bookkeeper, maid, landscaper/gardener, cook and housekeeper. You will not get an IRA, nor any health care—no benefits at all, actually. Well, yes, one benefit. You will get to do what you really love to do—that is, make the product.” Continue reading And So It Goes… 

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Art Classes – March, 2015

Come join me on an 8 week journey of artistic expression. I not only want to cover the basics of how to draw and paint, but I also want to help artists find their true voices. This class is for every level. It meets January 13 – March 3, 2015. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

Note: The morning and evening classes are sold out, but please email me to be put on a waiting list and to be notified for the next class beginning in March 2015. Thank you! email: