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Impressionist Landscape Painting - Soft Pastels

with Doug House
January 24 - 31, 2018

Has your spirit ever been elevated to new heights by listening to great music or by being witness to a wondrous landscape and wishing you could create that beauty by painting? Well you can, and some of the great American and French Impressionists and Tonalist painters did just that. In these classes we will discover the techniques they used to make their paintings the great master works that have stood the test of time.

Instructor demonstrations and critiques will teach students how to create different levels of distance within their plein air or photographed landscapes using color, perspective, detail and thoughtfully developed compositions practicing and exploring various techniques with individualized advice and focused direction from the instructor.

Students will complete this workshop with a finished painting or paintings.

You can see Doug's work at www.douglashousefineart.com

Early registration is advised as student numbers are limited. This will assure a place in our program. Students are accepted on a first come first serve basis.


All levels welcome.


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 Douglas L. House

tel +1.651.686.7318

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Science in Studio Art (MS)

School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago, IL - Independent study in advanced painting.

Workshop Instructor:
Doug L. House

Although I started painting by age ten or eleven, later on, when I entered the University of Wisconsin I was very fortunate to be able to have studied with a number of wonderful professors, but especially Adolph Rosenblatt. It was great teachers that affected my life in profound ways that went beyond painting and that over time led to spiritual insights and development.

Other important influences have been the French and American Impressionists, the Barbizon School of painters and the American Expressionists and Tonalists. I am continuously fascinated by their use of light, paint value and color to create mood, mystery and expression.

For the past number of years I have focused my landscape paintings around the national forests, parks and scenes of the Minnesota and Wisconsin Great Lakes area, the Canadian Border Parks and by the grand majestic views of the Great Lakes.

So it has been my goal in painting, not too record nature but to try and open my perception and observation; to seek and reveal natures incredible and never ending gestures. To explore and derive the imagery that distills natures essence; and to to bring those extraordinary and sublime visual harmonies to painting.

Doug's Artwork


Tentative Itinerary

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

8am - 9am Breakfast
2 hour scenic drive North to Los Cocos, Nayarit,
where Casa Buena is located.
Optional stop at La Panita Art Market

Settling in, setting up your work space
Demo evening with Doug

7am 40 min Yoga (optional)
8am - 9am Breakfast
9:30am - 4pm workshop
Art discussions or movie in the Casa

8am - 9am Breakfast
9:30am - 4pm workshop
Happy hour, critique
Dinner at Casa Manana

8am - 9am Breakfast
9:30am - 4pm workshop
Happy hour, critique

8am - 9am Breakfast
9:30am - 4pm workshop
Happy hour, siesta

Dinner: Art Show and Tell

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

Exploring and shopping at San Blas,

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

8am - 9am Breakfast
Transport to PV Airport

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.

Art Supplies for the Workshop
Contents: All items listed below are recommended but very important. You may bring any pastels you already have, but you may want to purchase this kit. Or, without placing an order, you can use this list as a reference to fill in any colors that you may need from other art supply resources.

If you are a beginner you will need to order this Kit.

NuPastel - 48 Color Set ( NuPastel is a Brand Name )

In addition, the following NuPastel colors often used in this workshop have been added to the kit:

White 211P 2 extra sticks

Cold Very Light Gray 299P 2 extra sticks

Cold Light Gray 289P 2 extra sticks

Warm Light Gray 239P - I will bring to class

Cold Medium Gray 279P 2 extra sticks

Cold deep Gray 259P 2 extra sticks

Olive Green 248P 1

Bottle Green 298P 1

Harbor Blue 345P 1

Burgundy 346P 1

Cordovan 353P 1

Indian Red 263P 1

3 Blending Stumps

4 Ply Museum Board 4 Pieces at 16 X 20 ( 32 X 40 cut to 16 X 20 ) Required

You can order this Pastel Kit (or just Museum Board ) direct from Wet Paint Art Materials online.

Or by contacting Wet Paint Artists' Materials & Framing in Saint Paul, MN at 651-698-6431

When Ordering Kit Go To www.wetpaintart.com > School Kits > Scroll To > Doug House Pastel Classes > Click On Painting > Place Your Order > Check Out. Thank you for taking my workshop.


Special kit price is $105.00 (MSRP for materials separately is $121.35)

Students may call me direct at: 651-686-7318 if they have any questions.


Cost: $1500.00 USD + 5% tax includs
accommodations, studio space, all meals, field trips,
limited art supplies, instructions,
plus a night in Puerto Vallarta
transport from and to Puerto Vallarta.

SPOUSES or NON PAINTING FRIENDS are welcome for $1000.00 USD plus GST (5%)

Please contact Doug or Casa Buena for your payment options.

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

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