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Plein Air Paint in Authentic Mexican Outdoors 

with Hermann Brandt
February 21 - 28, 2018

Imagine swapping a week of February chilliness for a week of outdoor painting in Mexico!

Plein air painting is as old as creative expression itself and can be as rewarding as it is challenging.

This will be as much a painting workshop as a creative retreat. Open to all levels, we will focus on composition and design, color, temperature and value among other things, as well as best practices for outdoor painting.

Subject matter is as varied as the culture itself - landscape, seascape, village life and more…

I am excited to share this experience with fellow creative adventurers!

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 Herman:
email: hermannabrandt@gmail.com
Tel.1. 403.604.2394
or 1.403.932.2197

Workshop Instructor:
Hermann Brandt

I was born in South Africa and grew up both there and in Zimbabwe. I loved the bush and drew and painted the animals and birds from an early age. Art was not offered at schools in the places we lived. Until we moved to Cape Town, I had no access to galleries or art-supply stores but I did what I could with what I had.

I was not encouraged to pursue art but enrolled in the graphic design program at the Pretoria Tech Art School, focusing my attention on drawing, painting and illustration.

We currently live just south of Cochrane, Alberta. From my studio, I can see the Rocky Mountains stretch across the entire horizon from north to south. Deer, foxes and coyotes come right through the yard daily. We have porcupines and other small animals living in the bushes and moose and bear show up from time to time.

As for mediums, I paint primarily in oils, but will use acrylic as an under-painting for bigger studio pieces. Any dry medium works for drawing – graphite, charcoal, coloured pencil, pastel... For sculpting I use petroleum-based clay and cast in bronze. Plein air painting is one of my favourite things to do. I go out as often as I can, winter and summer. I love being out in the sun and the fresh air with birds, water, mountains and insects … the sounds, smells and serendipitous happenings – it is so much more than just painting!


“Art is a challenging but deeply rewarding and all encompassing pursuit. For me it is an expression of gratefulness for having been given a gift. I also see it as a platform, a way to be involved in the issues of our day. I want my artwork to celebrate our beautiful world but also to tell the stories of real people in real circumstances and hopefully make a real difference – to them. I want it to draw attention to the things we find difficult to face – people in desperate circumstances, to endangered species and threatened habitats. I want to do what I can with what I have.” 

Creativity is a gift, reflecting in and through us the nature of God. It would be contrary not to understand it as such or live accordingly.

Hermann's Artwork

Old Banf Coach Road
Afternoon in the Rockies

Mountain Sunset

Alberta Round Bales

Tentative Itinerary

Pick up from Puerto Vallarta Airport
Settling in your hotel, dinner, 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 Hermann

7am 40 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 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

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

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

Dinner: party with local artists at the Casa Buena

8am - 9am Breakfast
9:30am-4pm workshop:
Happy hour, siesta, free time
Art Show and Tell

8am - 9am Breakfast
Transport to PV Airport unless you would like to stay an extra 3 days for self guided plein aire or studio painting.


Art Supplies for the Workshop

Cost: $1500.00 plus GST including Instructions,
most art supplies, 7 days accommodation,
transportation from and to Puerto Vallarta airport,
all breakfasts, lunches and dinners,
entertainment and a field trip to the Jungle.

Cost: $500.00 plus GST for extra 3 days self guided painting days.
including most art supplies
, transportation from and to your painting locations, all meals and critique session.

Payment Options

A. Pay in full $1500.00 plus GST upon registration
B. Make a deposit of $ 500.00 and pay balance before Dec 15, 2017
C. Spouses or friends are welcome for $1000.00 plus GST (5%)

Payment Method

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

C. Pay via Paypal by clicking here:

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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