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SIMPLE IDEAS: Powerful Painting
Simple “ Simple Simple Simple
is Bobbi's teaching and painting philosophy!

March 27 - April 3, 2019

Join me in a tropical Mexican paradise ~ Casa Buena ~ for this4-day Intensive, Challenging and Fun! Oil Painting Workshop where we will joyfully explore 3 subjects from life – Still-Life , the (clothed) Figure and Plein Air Landscape – and thread these simple ideas throughout.

In each workshop you will learn how to approach painting from an “artists perspective” . Bobbi will demonstrate each subject in oil paint and you will receive plenty of one-on-one, hands-on guidance throughout as she sensitively guides you to your own personal artistic vision.

Here is the 4-Day Workshop Outline: (all demos and discussion will be done in oil, however, acrylic painters welcome.)

First Up: 1-Day Workshop:

“Painting the Still Life: Building a Vision”

Next Up: 2-Day Workshop:

“Painting the Clothed Figure from Life: Design/Composition”

And finally!

1-Day Workshop: “Painting en Plein Air”

Bring all of these concepts to your landscape painting!

Studio Visit, 11"x14", oil

While you're busy creating art, your friendly hosts at Casa Buena will be working hard, ensuring that your stay is a memorable one. Outstanding food, accommodations, and field trips will satisfy your desires for both comfort and adventure.

Contact info for Bobbi:

email: bobbi@bobbidunlop.com
Tel. 403-247-4447

Workshop Instructor:

A passion of pursuing the language of painting has channeled Bobbi Dunlop's unique inner vision, experience and life wisdom into an avenue for expressing her truest reactions on canvas. Challenge, personal growth, the pursuit of greater knowledge and especially, the Glory of her Creator, have always been the main drivers of Bobbi's work.

Dunlop's subjects are eclectic, certainly simple, and sometimes personal.

For her, a subject is a vehicle in which to explore paint in all its glory;the quality and character of each brushstroke.

Among her subjects is the figure, still-life, plein-air and a recent return to the horses which lovingly filled her sketch book as a young artist and child. Dunlop's sensitivity to her subject and pure joy of painting, results in a beautiful synergy, often evoking a symbolic meaning or undertone. 

Always, the intent is to consider the aesthetic quality of the painting and to honour beauty in its message.

Bobbi Dunlop is an Associate Member of Oil Painters of America. She began her foray into teaching in 1994 and matured that side of her artist life to become a much in demand instructor. She resides in Calgary, where she paints from life, surrounded by memorabilia and works-in- progress.  Dunlop's work is enjoyed in numerous corporate and private collections in Canada, the U.S. and the UK.

Bobbi's Artwork

Flourish of Limes, detail, oil on linen

Flourish of Limes 18x24 inches oil on linen

Lindsay 18x14 oil on linen

Studio Visit, 11"x14", oil

6x6 inches oil on panel

Gazing and Grazing,
8x10 oil


Tentative Itinerary

Arriving to Puerto Vallarta Airport
Taking taxi to your hotel,
Meeting at the hotel Lobby at 5:30
for Art Gallery walk

8am - 9am Continental breakfast at the hotel

2 hour scenic drive North to Los Cocos, Nayarit,
where Casa Buena is located.
Stopping at La Panita Art Market
and Lunch on the Beach

Settling in at Casa Buena, setting up your work space
Demo evening with Bobbi

7am 30 min Yoga (optional)
8am - 9am Breakfast
9:30am - 4pm workshop
Art discussions or movie in the Casa

Early start at 6:30, light breakfast,
7am - 9am organized tour to the Jungle

Exploring Old Fort and shopping at San Blas,

Lunch at the beach
relax for the rest of the day
return to you studio to paint
Dinner at Casa Manana

7am 30 min Meditation (optional)
8am - 9am Breakfast
9:30am - 4pm workshop
Happy hour, critique

7am 30 min Meditation (optional)
8am - 9am Breakfast
9:30am - 4pm workshop
Happy hour, siesta
Dinner: party with local artists at the Casa Buena

7am 30 min Yoga (optional)
8am - 9am Breakfast
9:30am-4pm workshop:
Happy hour, siesta, free time
Art Show and Tell

8am - 9am Breakfast
Transport to PV Airport

Art Supplies for the Workshop

Please see art supplies list recommended by the Instructor below. Artist quality acrylic and oil paints, solvents, brush cleaners and rugs are included in your fee. Please bring your own easels, favorite brushes, canvases, pallets and whatever else you need.

You can purchase some brushes and canvas boards here.

Click here to see supply list

Cost: $1800.00 plus GST including Instructions,
most art supplies, 7 days accommodation,
transportation from and to Puerto Vallarta,
all breakfasts, lunches and dinners,
entertainment and a field trip to the Jungle.

Payment Options

A. Pay in full 1800.00 plus 5% upon registration

B. Make a deposit of $500.00 and pay balance before December 15, 2018

Payment Method

A. send your check (Money draft or certified check if outside of Canada) made payable to Jane Romanishko (contact Jane for her mailing address)
B. Email your money to janerom@shaw.ca

C. Pay via Paypal NOTE: There will be $30 extra fee for using paypal

Full payment



Cancellation Policy

A. If your workshop is cancelled due to Instructor's unavailability, you will be notified immediately and you will receive a full refund.

B. If you can't attend your retreat and notify us 45 days prior to the retreat, you are welcome to transfer 100% of your full payment to another Casa Buena Art Retreat within 2 years of the date of cancellation. You can transfer your payment to another person or any other options that Casa Buena has to offer.

C. If you can't attend your retreat and notify us 30 days prior to the retreat, you are welcome to transfer 70% of your full payment to another Casa Buena Art Retreat within 2 years of the date of cancellation.

D. If you can't attend your retreat and notify us 14 days or less prior to the retreat, Casa Buena Art Retreat will not issue any refunds or transfers to other session. Your only choice is to transfer your payment to another person.

Los Cocos, Nayarit, Mexico, email: janerom@shaw.ca

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