Summer at Bon Secours......the frogs sing at night!
Here we go again!
August at Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center means Skip Lawrence is teaching his unique approach to art composition and intentional design in his
What a great group!!! I am still surfing the wave of creative mojo!!
Believe me - I see a lot of workshops and groups. Some groups work well together and some...well, not quite synergistic.
This group of artists, from all over, as far as UK and Michigan, got right in step and had a very productive week.
Skip presented his foundations of intentional design-design that communicates what you intend it to- through demos and lessons and exercises.
This class is more structured than his mentored workshops in March and October.
Every day was full and challenging. The camaraderie and adventurous spirit of everyone in the class kept the work from feeling overwhelming. Having specific exercises to do each day kept everyone on track.
The group critiques are so helpful to see how each artist approached the lesson differently.
The diversity of work and styles is very inspiring.
In "Not-So-Basic-Basics", Skip addresses some of the advanced principles of design, the elements that can really identify an artist's intention and create a personal style. If you think you have covered all the basics, and you still feel like there is so much you DON'T KNOW, this is where to start. Do you feel like every successful painting is a happy accident that you can't replicate? Do you consistently get caught in the weeds and wonder if the painting is resolved or...what does it need? The "Not-So-Basic-Basics" workshop helps you identify the design elements that resonate with your narrative, that express your story. Once you learn them, you can clarify your intention and your paintings will tell your story!
Why paint like someone else? The world is waiting for YOU!
This workshop will give you the tools to evaluate your own work and decide how to get it closer to your personal intention.
Everyone who has continued studying with Skip over the years, over the decades, has started with these principles. Whether you are a beginner or a long time artist, this workshop is a great way to bring your work home!
As always, Bon Secours is the perfect place for our workshops. There is attention to every detail and the staff cannot do enough to make sure you are comfortable! Just walk around the pond, around the grounds and notice the lovely landscaping. This is a special place! So beautiful and peaceful! It is always a welcome homecoming for our groups to come to Bon Secours! We are on our eleventh year of hosting our workshops here and we really feel like it is a family reunion, every time we do a workshop!
Wouldn't you love to spend a week focusing on your art, digging deep, exploring what you want to say and how to express your unique vision?
If you are interested in Skip's workshops, check his website for his schedule, www.skiplawrence.com, or email me here, firstname.lastname@example.org or through the contacts page on their website.
Artist, writer, workshop planner, swimmer, dog-mom, wife...I find inspiration in the serendipitous connections between making a meaningful, beautiful life and making honest art.
All work on this site is original by Diane Santarella Lawrence, unless noted, and is
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Many of the beautiful images taken in the studios of Skip and me are by Joel Kiester and Brian Eiseman of 1513Photo. Many thanks, Guys, for your friendship and elegant work!
And Thanks to my two biggest fans, my husband Skip Lawrence and Rothko the Wonderdog for constantly surprising, challenging, inspiring and supporting me.