Julia O'Reilly

Award-winning color media artist.

"The song of the land is in my bones and in my heart. It seeps into everything. There is magic in that, gentle and wild. And it's that unseen force that I seek to find in the paint. It is the job of the artist to make the unseen visible, to render in some way that which asks who are we, why are we here, what is important."

Julia O’Reilly’s sunsets are seen through an Oregon of stillness, brilliant with a hyper color other artists only dream of. Obtaining it is not easy.

~ Renardo Barden, 350 Words, Portland, OR

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Art-Travel Workshops

Plein Air Painting in France

Come work and play in this plein air workshop retreat to the Dordogne region in Southern France! We’ll explore and paint the inspirational beauty of the area, from rolling countryside to rugged cliffs over the beautiful Dordogne River, with quaint historic villages, traditional French markets and medieval castles.

Julia will demonstrate the joy, vibrance and freedom of gouache paint to capture what we see. And of course you're welcome to paint with your own media of choice if you prefer. There will be plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying.

Soak up French cuisine, the wines of the region, and that incredible light!

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Oregon Coast, Plein Air Painting May 2022

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May 2022, Workshop & Retreat

4 days and 3 nights (Thursday - Sunday)

The Oregon coast is known for its drama and the amazing variety of forest and sea ecosystems that stretch along its expanse.  There are sandy beaches, rock formations, sea caves, dunes, and miles of beach to walk, not to mention miles of trails in old growth coastal forests.  Lighthouses, of course!   

The charming town of Yachats (say YAH-hots) is named after the Yachats River, and sits at the base of the Oregon Coast Range along the Pacific. It's home to artist galleries and gift shops and hiking trails at gorgeous Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, the highest point of the Oregon Coast.  It also provides easy driving access to many awe-inspiring and paintable views.

Your room is steps away from the famous 804 Trail, with wonderful step-out areas and views for setting up an easel. 


All Experience Levels welcome

This workshop-retreat is open to beginners and advanced artists. 

We'll explore the power of color to create light, space, mass, dynamic movement, and feeling!

My demonstrations will use gouache (my favorite plein air paint), but you’re welcome to bring your own medium favorite paints or medium, or get supplied from our optional gouache kit of paint, brushes and papers.  We’ll have a suggested list of supplies closer to the trip.  (No acrylics or oils for painting indoors for this one, please.

We'll have loads of time for relaxing, and time to discuss our work.

Non-painting spouses or partners of attendees are welcome to join us as guests for no additional workshop fees (excluding meals). You pay only for your room.


What's Included
  • Demonstrations and one-on-one instruction at your easel for those who wish it.
  • We'll have space and time to gather daily to share, review and discuss our work, and to relax.
  • Box Lunches daily
  • One evening meal
  • Some local transportation, and tips for the best places for parking, walking and painting, dining and general fun.

Lodgings

Make your own reservation in luxurious rooms of your choice at the beautiful Overleaf Lodge in Yachats, Oregon  541-547-4880  and request our special Golden Dragonfly Academy for Art discount. We have the best rooms set aside for our workshop!

All rooms have a beach view, and either a balcony or patio and direct beach entry. Some have whirlpool tub, and all are at least double queens and larger and can be shared.  

  • Rooms include breakfast, currently delivered to your room at the time of your choosing.
  • While you're there, you might want to book the complimentary day spa! (hot tub and soaking tub). (Sadly, the steam rooms and saunas remain closed due to COVID. We'll post an update if this changes)
  • Massages, facials and body treatments are available by appointment.

The Overleaf Lodge is a completely non-smoking, no-pet property.


Good To Know

Weather can vary hugely, so be prepared for sun, wind, and rain in May.  

Comfortable safe walking shoes are a good idea.  Maybe a couple of pair.  And I always take extra socks.

Remember your camera, phone and charger!

Bring your own travel easels, chair and gear.  We will have an optional gouache paint kit which will be available closer to the workshop, if you'd like to try your hand with gouache but don't know which colors or brushes or surfaces to buy.

And a safety reminder: pay attention to tide charts and warnings. Respect the mighty power of Mother Ocean.


What is Gouache?

Gouache is a water-soluble medium similar to watercolor, but toothier and opaque (so you can paint light colors over dark colors!). Gouache is a wonderfully flexible and toothy medium that allows for transparency control and a wide range of textural application. We'll have an option for a gouache painting kit, if you'd like to jump in and try this exciting medium.

Location
Yachats, OR, USA

Oregon Coast, Plein Air Painting September 2022

Workshops

September 2022, Workshop & Retreat

4 days and 3 nights (Thursday - Sunday)

The Oregon coast is known for its drama and the amazing variety of forest and sea ecosystems that stretch along its expanse.  There are sandy beaches, rock formations, sea caves, dunes, and miles of beach to walk, not to mention miles of trails in old growth coastal forests.  Lighthouses, of course!   

The charming town of Yachats (say YAH-hots) is named after the Yachats River, and sits at the base of the Oregon Coast Range along the Pacific. It's home to artist galleries and gift shops and hiking trails at gorgeous Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, the highest point of the Oregon Coast.  It also provides easy driving access to many awe-inspiring and paintable views.

Your room is steps away from the famous 804 Trail, with wonderful step-out areas and views for setting up an easel. 


All Experience Levels welcome

This workshop-retreat is open to beginners and advanced artists. 

We'll explore the power of color to create light, space, mass, dynamic movement, and feeling!

My demonstrations will use gouache (my favorite plein air paint), but you’re welcome to bring your own medium favorite paints or medium, or get supplied from our optional gouache kit of paint, brushes and papers.  We’ll have a suggested list of supplies closer to the trip.  (No acrylics or oils for painting indoors for this one, please.

We'll have loads of time for relaxing, and time to discuss our work.

Non-painting spouses or partners of attendees are welcome to join us as guests for no additional workshop fees (excluding meals). You pay only for your room.


What's Included
  • Demonstrations and one-on-one instruction at your easel for those who wish it.
  • We'll have space and time to gather daily to share, review and discuss our work, and to relax.
  • Box Lunches daily
  • One evening meal
  • Some local transportation, and tips for the best places for parking, walking and painting, dining and general fun.

Lodgings

Make your own reservation in luxurious rooms of your choice at the beautiful Overleaf Lodge in Yachats, Oregon  541-547-4880  and request our special Golden Dragonfly Academy for Art discount. We have the best rooms set aside for our workshop!

All rooms have a beach view, and either a balcony or patio and direct beach entry. Some have whirlpool tub, and all are at least double queens and larger and can be shared.  

  • Rooms include breakfast, currently delivered to your room at the time of your choosing.
  • While you're there, you might want to book the complimentary day spa! (hot tub and soaking tub). (Sadly, the steam rooms and saunas remain closed due to COVID. We'll post an update if this changes)
  • Massages, facials and body treatments are available by appointment.

The Overleaf Lodge is a completely non-smoking, no-pet property.


Good To Know

Weather can vary hugely, so be prepared for sun, wind, and rain in September and early October.  

September can be a good time to see our resident gray whales as they come close to shore for feeding. 

Comfortable safe walking shoes are a good idea.  Maybe a couple of pair.  And I always take extra socks.

Remember your camera, phone and charger!

Bring your own travel easels, chair and gear.  We will have an optional gouache paint kit which will be available closer to the workshop, if you'd like to try your hand with gouache but don't know which colors or brushes or surfaces to buy.

And a safety reminder: pay attention to tide charts and warnings. Respect the mighty power of Mother Ocean.


What is Gouache?

Gouache is a water-soluble medium similar to watercolor, but toothier and opaque (so you can paint light colors over dark colors!). Gouache is a wonderfully flexible and toothy medium that allows for transparency control and a wide range of textural application. We'll have an option for a gouache painting kit, if you'd like to jump in and try this exciting medium.

Location
Yachats, OR, USA

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