Plein Air Painting - Lower Crooked River caldera, Oregon, June 2023

Crooked River from Chimney Rock cg, Autumn

01 June 2022

Retreat and Workshop

Over 50 million years of geology surrounds us where the Lower Crooked River canyon winds through rimrock, extraordinary lava formations and river meadows.

Low in Oregon's High Desert, June 2023

Book now at Golden Dragonfly Academy for Art

All Experience Levels welcome

This workshop combines plein air technique with studio technique. We'll take a dive into the deeper hidden areas where you can find your unique voice and true expression.

  • Painting What You Actually See - as a painter sees
  • Improving Your Brushwork
  • Color Mixing
  • Finding Edges To Key Your Composition
  • How To Move From Painting What You See, to Painting What You Feel
  • Listening To Your Feelings While You Paint
  • How Art Gets Better When Driven by Strong Emotions
  • Moving From Technical Skill to Your Unique Inspirations
  • You're also welcome to join us and paint on your own

What's Included

I have rooms reserved at a special price the very hospitable Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, for shared or single rooms. Rooms include breakfast.

See the workshop registration page for more details on alternate lodgings, the workshop space and more.

Box lunches and one evening meal are included in the workshop price.

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 medium that allows for transparency and a wide range of texture possibilities.

Julia O'Reilly