•Private studio for instruction in and enjoyment for the arts

SUSANCARLINFour Saturdays in July


July 6, 13, 20, 27
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To register and pay for the Workshop please click HERE.

Increase your confidence in your drawing skills, in your ability to see value correctly, in your ability to mix the colors you want, be more deliberate in the quality of your edges. We'll also discuss some composition considerations for more effective drawings and paintings. That's a lot to learn in such a compact workshop, but this workshop is as much for the brave beginner as for the seasoned artist who wants to build on her/his mad skills.

There will be an hour lesson on specific areas relating to being more accurate in drawing and painting at the beginning of each session. The remainder of the time will be individual instruction. So, bring a current project to work on, or start something afresh. I will have photographic references available. You may work in oil, acrylic or pastel, or focus entirely on drawing, if that's best for you. Hope you'll join me!

Workshop is limited to 10 participants





PATRICK SAUNDERS WORKSHOP- The Dynamic Floral in Oil- February 16-17-18, 2019
The painted floral requires a balance of spontaneity and accuracy, a perfect subject to practice adding energy to all of your paintings. Learn about choosing a subject, composition, values, color temperature, simplification, how to start and when to stop. Each day included a full demonstration followed by opportunities to create multiple paintings with frequent one-on-one instruction. 15 artists worked from both cut flowers in the studio and subjects on location.

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This portrait workshop -May 14-17, 2015, was like no other! I had the fortune of having three artists only for the three and a half days- a luxury rarely experienced. And I couldn't have been happier with those artists- Sharron, Nancy and Sue. They brought their full attentions and eagerness to improve their skills, as well as their good humor and shiny personalities to the workshop, so I was in Instructor Heaven. I love it when artists really push to earn new abilities and the confidence that goes with them, so these three made me VERY happy. I had to be careful not to hover too much, so I even had the chance to tinker with a portrait of Sharron that I started just to demonstrate the initial drawing/composition. As the three main days progressed, tucked in as I could, I was able to finish it and send it home with Sharron. WooHooo!
On Sunday, our friend Shelby modeled for us for three and a half hours- more luxury. For three and a half days we ate and painted and talked and drank coffee and sipped wine and walked over to Hays Street Bridge at sunset, and had some beer and fries at, where else? The Luxury. (A cute outdoor restaurant next to the San Antonio Museum of Art close to us.)
This really was a satisfying workshop. Thank you Sharron and Nancy and Sue!

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I am SO happy with how my Narrative Figure Inside went. We were a full house of twelve artists, each one giving their all. I'm so proud of how hard everyone worked. I saw some real stretching and reaching from each artist. That always makes me feel like my efforts to share what I've learned is worth every moment it takes to prepare and to teach. Thank you, Beautiful Ones!

Sue Bown was in the house again, this time with our intention that she stay out of the kitchen and just Paint. But, bless her, she made scones for breakfast one morning and put her special touch on each meal. Thank you, Sue!

We had some inspiring model sessions and some inspired paintings came from them. There wasn't a low energy moment in the whole three and a half days of workshop- it exceeded my expectations by a mile.

Outside of the workshop time itself, we have some beautiful memories of a fun walk on the bridge, a horse-drawn carriage ride to the Riverwalk, a crazy-good dinner at Paesano's, evening gatherings with glasses of wine on the porch, yummy breakfasts and lunches, artists in pajamas and robes after hours... Lovely, truly.

Here are a few photos from Susan Carlin's workshop.

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Our first workshop at Whistle Stop Corner was flat out fantastic. Carol Marine gave an amazing still life workshop for 18 artists for five days in November- the 10th through the 14th. One artist was an ex-pat living in Mexico, one came in from Canada and the others were from the States, with even a very few from Texas. We feel like we made 18 new, dear friends. We hosted nine folks here at our guesthouse and cottage, and the others stayed in nearby hotels. With the incredible leadership of Sue Bown from Bide-A-While in Dickinson, TX, we made breakfast for 14, lunch for 23 and even put on two 'movie nights' and an impromptu game night/dance party on our very last evening. A few artists stayed over an additional night, but eventually had to take them all back to the airport or wave them goodbye as they drove off for home.

Here are a few photos from Carol Marine's workshop.

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