Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Susan Lyon and Scott Burdick at WIFAS

Two fantastic painters at WIFAS this past week
Susan and Scotts, draftsmanship and color are superb and they are able to convey their knowledge very well also!
Every morning brought a new demonstration, 3 days of Susan and 3 days of Scott, they were brilliant!!

Outstanding instructors,great studio space,serious students,organized monitor,dedicated director,friendly people,delicious food-the perfect workshop experience

 Cary painting with Susan and Scott after the workshop! Lucky her!!

 Beautiful Lady with a nice apron!!

 Student / Instructor dinner




Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Golucho coming to Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio in September, can you help?

Well, we did it. Our first Indiegogo campaign through Fractured Atlas (our large arts non profit that fiscally sponsors us!)
We would so appreciate any help we can get.

This is a workshop no other art school offers and an opportunity for artists to make a leap to the next level. 

Golucho is a highly regarded European painter on the level of LUCIEN FREUD, VINCENT DESIDERIO and  ODD NERDRUM. We want to provide the opportunity for advanced level artists to glean inspiration from this exceptional artist. We request assistance to ensure that this unique workshop will be offered. The number of seats are limited and we want to make the workshop as accessible as possible. We would also like to offer one scholarship for a  qualified student.

If you involve yourself in debates about the process of painting, it will not take long for you to realize that some view the  mastery of technical skills will result in a good painting- specifically from an academic standpoint.  However, a  painting can be solid,  without strict adherence to mastery of skills.  Technical skills as a painter are important but not everything.
 What makes a painting 'great' is the unique spark that rests within it-- a spark that makes what is being viewed more than just a painting on canvas. Often the deeper you dig within yourself-- who you are-- the more powerful your art will be. So in that sense the mastery of the art of painting is not all about technical mastery of skill-- it is also about mastering yourself. In other words, mastering your authentic voice expressed visually on canvas. That connection can be more valuable to a painting than just skill alone.

Lupe Galvez: "I was involved in getting Golucho to come visit my school at that time (The New York Academy) to give studio crits. I had the opportunity to visiting  him in Spain as well while I was involved in a workshop with Antonio Lopez Garcia. Golucho's work is very amazing when you see it in person, you get a feeling that you are standing in front of something unqiue and indescribable. Golucho is someone who is incredibly intelligent, poetic and philosophical. His observations really hit at the core of something and go far beyond the technical approach."


The ongoing ability to continue to run this school, offer workshops of high caliber artists, contribute to the quality of South Whidbey Island, educating young people and employing artists, so they can continue their work.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

This is the way to use our Fairgrounds!!
Duane Keiser workshop!, thank you for coming to Whidbey Island from Virginia Duane.

More pictures from workshops this year. We had so much fun. such nice people, such wonderful instructors.

and more......

Thursday, May 29, 2014

what a day, woke up this morning singing.. can spend the whole day in the studio.
New Students, Old friends and students.
We have our mentoring class today, this is what we do, we paint and paint.
Connie and Claudia today for all day.
This morning one more gentleman. All did very well.
This happens every Thursday, Painting and Drawing from life. Cary helps with what it is YOU want to do.

Thursday, May 22, 2014


Really this is a great video with Duane. His workshop here still has space and it is going to be so interesting!!

Premier Coup Oil Painting
 June 24 - 27
 $650  All levels
Originator of  ' A Painting A Day'
Through painting sessions, demos and critiques, Duane Keiser will lead a dynamic four-day workshopon premier coup oil painting. Included will be a series of talks on being a painter in the digital age which will include Keiser's unique take on the current state of the internet, social media and the business of art. 

Spring is here in full and the leaves are out, everything is blooming, just beautiful!
We hope you can make it.
We had a wonderful demo with Pam Ingalls last night her painting of Celina in one hour and 45 minutes was fabulous!
A portrait is finished when there is something else left to do........
this is fresh and a perfect likeness!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Workshop with Qiang Huang
Fabulous demos with this artist during our workshop. Qiang has a distinct style, one can recognize it from far.

"Qiang Huang is the most thoughtful artist I know and an excellent communicator, both in words and writing. Before he makes a stroke on canvas, he has fully evaluated the hue, the color value, the intensity, and whether the color is transparent or opaque. Only then does he place the stroke exactly where he wants it. Working with Qiang has changed my thinking about oil painting. Wonderful workshop!

Barbara Benedetti Newton
Qiang also did a wonderful portrait demonstration: 

Here in Langley our 2nd Street has been torn up for a couple of months for a major remodel and will be finished mid June. There has been heavy equipment all over the place, and pedestrians have been detoured to alleys and back ways. Getting from place to place is a bit more of an adventure than usual. It will be over soon and the result will be wonderful.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

We just had a great workshop with Kate Stone. we hope both she and Dave will come back next year.
Kate is very concise and organized in her presentation and shares everything she knows.
See their blog at  '' with photos and a detailed description.
Love this blog.
Another good blog is by Matthew Innis!

Kate teaching!!

Kate's bird!

We have some wonderful workshops coming up please check them out at
If any of you have a minute could you let me know how you get your inspiration? It has been fascinating me.  (

Inspiration (from the Latin inspirare, meaning "to breathe into") refers to an unconscious burst of creativity in a literary, musical, or other artistic endeavour. The concept has origins in both Hellenism and Hebraism. The Greeks believed that inspiration or "enthusiasm" came from the muses, as well as the gods Apollo and Dionysus. Similarly, in the Ancient Norse religions, inspiration derives from the gods, such as Odin. Inspiration is also a divine matter in Hebrew poetics. In the Book of Amos the prophet speaks of being overwhelmed by God's voice and compelled to speak. In Christianity, inspiration is a gift of the Holy Spirit.
For more go to Wikipedia.....