Skip Lawrence

February 17 – 21, 2020 Santa Barbara, CA

“Artistic Exploration”

We just finished Skip’s 12th year coming to Santa Barbara with two weeks of his fabulous mentoring and inspired teaching. Those in attendance were eager to know next year’s schedule. Since we announced the dates and the word is already gone out, I want everyone to have equal opportunity to sign up. We will keep the same time slot we’ve had for the last several years, and, at this time, have penciled in one week, Monday through Friday, February 17-21, 2020. So, if you’d like to attend, please send me an email.

skip lawrence“This workshop emphasizes personalizing your art. It assumes you have all 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.” 

Skip Lawrence


Cost: $625

Enrollment is limited. To receive a flyer with details, or to register, send an email to to reserve your space. A deposit of $325 is required by August 1st to hold your reservation.


Ruth Ellen Hoag, Whistle Stop Art Studios

220 W. Canon Perdido, Suite D

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Cancellations before December 15th will receive a full refund. After that, a $100 cancellation fee will be charged. No refunds after January 27th unless your space can be filled. Hotel information and venue location forthcoming. Questions? Please Contact me.

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”.  Website: .

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, 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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