landscape painting workshops

Announcing Borrego Springs Workshop

The Western Sky, 12" x 16", Oil on panel, Private collection, © Eric Merrell

Title: Desert Painting Workshop with Eric Merrell Location: Borrego Springs (Anza-Borrego Desert State Park), California Dates: March 9 – 11, 2012 Time: 9 am - 4 pm (hour break for lunch) Cost: $450 Description: In this workshop we will emphasize color and design – not copying nature, but using it to create our own voice. The California desert provides a perfect place to learn to simplify, one of the biggest challenges in painting. Californian artist Eric Merrell has spent a good deal of time painting and exploring the California deserts, resulting in two solo exhibitions on opposite coasts of the United States: at The Forbes Gallery (NYC) in 2010 and American Legacy Fine Arts (Pasadena, CA) in 2011. Materials: See my website under Workshops To register: Email eric@ericmerrell.com to register or for more info

Provençe Workshop

Though unfortunately I can't be there, I wanted to pass on the word about a painting workshop that my good friends Jim Smyth and Brigitte Curt of the California Academy of Painters will be teaching this summer in Provençe, France, from July 7 - 21, 2011. More info here. Jim was one of my first painting instructors way back during my high school years and got me working in oil.

Painting by Jim Smyth

It will be a small workshop, limited to 9 students. Jim and Brigitte have been teaching this summer workshop in Provence for many years now, so they know the area well and you know it will definitely be an unforgettable artistic experience. Check out the link above for more info, photos, and to sign up. It's not hard to come up with an excuse to go paint in France!