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Whistle Stop Art Studios in Santa Barbara

Presents a workshop by Skip Lawrence: “Artistic Exploration”

February 18- 22 and February 25- March 1, 2019

These two workshops will be held at Santa Barbara’s new Community Arts Workshop, 631 Garden Street. Come to enjoy the California Riviera, congenial atmosphere, lots of painting, and warm hospitality!

Summer Chairs by Skip LawrenceSkip writes, “Everyone is capable of making art in his or her unique style and statement.  The first step in doing this is to clarify what you want to say and how to say it. In order to set some clear creative goals, I begin each workshop with a one-on-one 20-minute conversation with each student.  I ask each student to provide 3 digital images of their recent work. It is in this conversation that we identify strengths and stumbling blocks and make a concrete plan for our work together.

Some will set a course to improve techniques and design; others will pursue clarifying ideas and search for new ways to give form to their ideas.

All styles are encouraged: realism, abstract, or non-objective. The ultimate goal is to paint more honestly and personally, avoiding “painting like someone else”. So, bring lot of paper, canvas, pigments, and whatever you use to build your art and let’s dig in, have fun, work hard, and create unique images for which we are truly proud.   

William B. (Skip) Lawrence received a B.F.A. degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and M.A. degree from Towson University.  His book, Painting Light and Shadow in Watercolor, was published in 1994.  Skip is editor-and-chief of The Palette Magazine.


Cost: $625 for one session; $1150 for both.

To enroll, send your check made out to Ruth Ellen Hoag, or reserve your space with a $300 (one session), or $550 (for both) deposit. (Note: price is cash or check only. Add $10 processing fee for CC payment.) Balance due January 1, 2019. Cancellations before January 1st will receive a full refund. After that, a $100 cancellation fee will be charged. No refunds after February 4th unless space can be filled. Ask about hotel group rate for La Quinta. Questions? Please e-mail me.

Send to:

Ruth Ellen Hoag
Whistle Stop Art Studios
220 W. Canon Perdido, Suite D
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 689-0858


Ruth Ellen Hoag paintings are showing now at the following galleries.

Sullivan Goss Gallery’s 10th annual exhibition of 100 GRAND
100 works of art priced at $1,000 and under. Opening Thursday, December 6th, 5-8, 11 E Anapamu St, Santa Barbara.

Whistle Stop Art Studios

Visit Whistle Stop Art Studios and see where my paintings are created, and what is in progress at the moment. Open most days through December 31. Great selections and special prices for your holiday giving. Call or text for hours 805-689-0858.

Creative Hands: A Christmas Art Sale at Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art

A benefit for the Museum fundOpening Reception on Thursday, November 29.
The exhibit runs through Dec 16th.

Kathryne Designs, 1225 Coast Village Road

On-going: Visit Kathryne Designs, 1225 Coast Village Road, for beautiful gifts and, of course, paintings. Stop by to see some of my newest works in watercolor and acrylic – scenes from travels in France and new figurative abstractions.

See the Events Page for additional events.

Santa Barbara Funk Zone Mural

Ruth Ellen Hoag's Installed mural in the Funk Zone

Ruth Ellen Hoag’s Mural “East of Yesterday” Installed  in the Funk Zone


These murals were inspired by historical places and figures from Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone.

Below you’ll find a legend for each panel, identifying the real-life individuals behind each figure.

“East of Yesterday” Panel One Legend


Download Panel One Legend


“East of Yesterday” Panel 2 Legend


Download Panel Two Legend


Join the Santa Barbara Art Walk on July 20th, 2018, or stop by any time to view this epic mural!

American Watercolor Society’s 149th International Exhibition

April 4 – 23, 2016

New York City, Salmagundi Club

47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

“Master Class” has been accepted to this prestigious exhibit, marking the second time my work will be shown in AWS. For hours, other exhibitors and more information, please visit 


Kathryne Designs

Montecito Boutique & Studio
Tel 805.565.4700

1225 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

“Icy” Watercolor on Paper 21x20″ ©Ruth Ellen Hoag