Thursday, May 27, 2010


If your have ever wanted to paint plein air in Venice, this is your workshop.   I have been there with Lesley three times,  and I am going again this coming September.  Lesley is a marvelous instructor, genuinely wants her students to learn, and shares her knowledge unstintingly.

My first attempt with oil and canvas
was in a Lesley Rich workshop in Mexico.  I, a non-painter, went to Ajijic, Mexico, on holiday and she was there staying in the same house.  Long story short, friends outfitted me with painting gear and I went out on the street with Lesley and her workshop people. 
Guess you could say that experience changed my life.

Tell her Dalsing sent you.

Venice is an unforgettable experience and then there are the islands of Murano and Burano which offer a different experience.
And, of  course, there are the magnificent churches.


                                                      VENICE PAINTING WORKSHOP

                                                           Instructed by Lesley Rich

                                                                  Venice, Italy

                                                           September 14 - 24, 2009

Eleven days in Venice. Limited to fifteen students. A wonderful painting opportunity.

I've reserved 8 rooms in a hotel in Venice for September 14 through September 24, 2009. It's a small hotel on a small canal that just happens to be a popular route with serenading gondoliers, certainly not fancy, in fact, modest, but clean and the owners are very, very nice. A perfect painting location in the heart of Venice. The hotel has a terrace, 'perfetto' for a small group of painters to get together at the end of the day for a glass of wine and painting talk.

Years ago I spent five weeks in Venice painting and identifying locations for a class and I guarantee that this "Paint Venice Experience" will be exceptional in its genre ... breathtaking and diverse painting locations, both in Venice proper and on the outer islands. Now every year I return to this city, my favorite place on earth, sometimes by myself, sometimes with a class. Venice can be a very crowded city so part of the exercise is to stay away from the crowds when it is possible. I've become expert at locating walkways that dead-end at the Grand Canal and secluded residential areas for quiet canal paintings and less visited spots for Venice sunsets and heart-stopping skylines for Venice sunrises. I know where to board the vaporetto to get a front seat, so you can ride, ride, ride, taking photographs of the Grand Canal until your luggage can't hold any more film.

And then of course there is the art all around you in Venice, in every church, on every building, around every corner. Venice IS art. Venice respects art. Venice both diminishes and encourages the artist. But it is an experience that every artist must have. Venice has my heart and I am looking forward to sharing it with you.

The cost for ten nights, eleven days, tuition, lodging (double occupancy) and daily continental breakfast is $1950.

Register with me,


  1. This is so interesting. Some of my friends have been to Italy w/ Lesley an have told me I should go.! Do you know Robin Wallace, jane Cooper and Lois Olsen. Maybe they were in one of your trips.

  2. I am pretty sure I don't know them, although I am not great at remembering names. I have met and enjoyed getting to know some wonderful artists on these trips.

    You should go sometime....while it is still there. I hope all that beauty doesn't finally get overwhelmed by the sea......such a loss.

    Always enjoy hearing from you and visiting your blog and most certainly appreciate that you visit mine.