Skip Lawrence

GraySpace Art Studios in Santa Barbara

Presents a workshop by Skip Lawrence: “Artistic Exploration”

 February 17- 21, 2020


This five-day workshop will be held at Santa Barbara’s Community Arts Workshop, 631 Garden Street. Come enjoy the California Riviera, congenial atmosphere, lots of painting, and warm hospitality – and a week with Skip!

“This workshop emphasizes personalizing your art. It assumes you all have the rudimentary skills and materials necessary for taking the step into making your art personal and expressively your own. The majority of the class time will be given to one-on-one conversations where we will, together, build a road-map to exploration and discovery, a journey filled with exciting awarenesses and insights. Come with all your favorite materials, (watercolors, acrylics, collage, or even oils, if there is no odor,) and a wide-open mind.

“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.” Skip Lawrence

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 co-founder and contributing editor and writer of The Palette Magazine.

Cost: $625

To enroll, send your check made out to Ruth Ellen Hoag, or reserve your space with a $300 deposit. (Note: the price is cash or check. Add $15 fee for CC payment.) Balance due January 1, 2020. 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.

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Ruth Ellen Hoag
GraySpace Art Studio
219 Gray Avenue
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 689-0858

Ruth Ellen Hoag, AWS, NWS

October 18-20, 2019 Portland, OR

“Composition and Color, for Contemporary Painters” 

This workshop is about ideas. Ideas can break loose the creative spirit in each of us. They help us clarify what gives us joy and give us the satisfaction of making something that never existed before.

Just Above the Horizon Line  Acrylic 38″ x 38″ 

Ruth’s professional training was in music. Having approached music from a lyrical point of view was preparation for her second career as an artist.

Ruth says: “In both art forms, when I go into the studio, all else is left behind, and my mind is opened to what is waiting to be thought or envisioned. Being in the moment of inspiration is quite the same whether making music or putting brush to paper. But it takes practice. What form will an idea take? Being receptive allows something different and unexpected to show up.”

In this workshop, Ruth will present a look at what today’s artists are doing to create unique works that capture the imagination.

How do we build technical skills in acrylic or watercolor, and then use these skills to our advantage? How do we find our own way in this contemporary art world to create what is unique to us? Are there rules for what makes good art? How do we develop a distinctive color palette?

The Tubist – Acrylic
25” x 40″

Whether you work from an expressive mode or see the world through a strong design perspective, you’ll find ideas for creating contemporary realism and non-objective abstraction in this workshop. Developing color sense and creative composition be our focus.

Work shown here is from two different series: “Just above the horizon line” is from a series called, Dream. “The Tubist” is from the Big Noise series.

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Travel to Limoux, France

with Ruth Ellen Hoag

Two weeks painting in the south of France

October 10-24, 2020

Painting Workshops in Santa Barbara CA

Hotel Le Monstére

Reside in a charming B&B with all the modern amenities and enjoy excellent food and beverages; all while painting in an unspoiled region of Southern France.

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