Painting the Alaskan Landscape
A Watercolor Workshop

With Nancy Taylor Stonington

August 28– September 2, 2013

Registration is currently filled for this retreat. Please email to be placed on the waiting list.

Reconnect with nature's beauty by seeing with your intuitive eye. As our instructor, Nancy will guide us through creative ways of viewing the world around us by sharing her techniques of sketching and watercolor.

Look forward to a combination of outdoor and indoor painting. Enjoy a relaxed and supportive environment in which to tackle the challenges of plein air painting in watercolor.

Learn Nancy's step-by-step progression through a landscape painting including:

  • Paper stretching.
  • Some drawing basics, including laying out a comfortable composition.
  • Layering of color and washes (and removal of same as necessary).
  • Dealing with the "dilemma" of boundaries.
  • Permission to break the rules!
  • As well as masking for floral studies.

More of Nancy's work can be seen on her website at

Nancy Taylor Stonington was born and raised in Suffern, New York. She graduated with honors from Middlebury College in Vermont in1966. She was awarded an NDEA fellowship for graduate work in Physical Geography, and received her M.A. from the University of Colorado in 1969. In 1971 Nancy moved to Sitka, Alaska, where she began painting fulltime. It was here that she developed her love for the watercolor medium. For the next 30 years she traveled extensively throughout Alaska while maintaining a home and corporate base in Ketchum, Idaho. Early in her painting career, Nancy founded and directed the operation of 6 art galleries in Juneau, Anchorage, Ketchum, Sun Valley and Seattle. She began the galleries in the mid '70's to showcase works of Northwest and Alaskan artists, as well as her own work. The Seattle Stonington Gallery established in 1980, has become the nation's premier gallery for Northwest Coast art. She has had over 100 onewoman shows in areas that range from Basel, Switzerland; Lahaina, Hawaii; Aspen, Colorado; Laguna Beach, California; Prudhoe Bay and Dutch Harbor, Alaska; and Novosibirsk, Russia.

She and her husband Chuck Beatie, are now based in Washington, and travel between Alaska, Oregon and Idaho. In 2002, they sold the last of the galleries and retired from the gallery business. Nancy continues to paint on location and from their studio/home on Vashon Island near Seattle, and their place in Sisters, Oregon. She now enjoys a more relaxed schedule which allows her to host water-color workshops in new locations, as well in the familiar landscapes that have inspired her all these years. When time permits, she and Chuck enjoy working on their land, raising and planting trees, and tending their many animals, both wild and tame.

$895 double occupancy, $1095 single occupancy
Includes: Round-trip boat transportation from Homer, a tour of the boardwalks and art galleries of Halibut Cove, 5-nights lodging, mindful gourmet meals, facilitator, tuition, kayak instruction, guided kayaking and hiking, sauna, Wi-Fi and optional spiritual direction, yoga and meditation.
(Gratuities, massage, gift shop, 3% tax, beer and wine not included.)

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