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    Color Mixing – A Jump-Start Oil Painting Workshop for You!

    Peggy Cotton Feel in Blue

    July 31 — August 02, 2015

    Have you ever struggled to mix the color you want? This is a painting workshop for you!

    We’ll be:

    • Creating a mixing chart
    • Painting a still life based using the color chart

    If you are a beginner or a just like to dabble, and you want to learn more; you want to learn the basics, then this workshop is for you!

    Have you ever found yourself admiring a painting and then wondering: How did they make that color? Do you ever feel frustrated while figuring out how to mix the exact color you want? Do you want a simple and easy method for mixing the correct color consistently? This is the workshop for you.

    In this beginner workshop you will learn how to keep yourself organized by setting up and using your palette efficiently. You will learn exercises in creating color harmonies, use of grayscale, how to work with contrasts and color temperature.

    These simple tried and true techniques will allow you more freedom in your painting process and faster results!

    You’re invited to join in the fun of bringing your artistic side to life!

    Please bring:

    • Your favorite paint colors including Titanium White
    • Paint box or paint pallet pad (okay)
    • Primed canvas at least 10 x 15 inches (Canvas pads are OK)
    • Princeton Paintbrushes, sizes 8 and 12 Flat
    • Painting knives (2) small and medium size
    • Roll of 1/4 inch masking tape
    • Kneaded Eraser
    • Gamsol odorless thinner
    • Paper towels and/or rags
    • Apron or smock
    • Gloves, if you like

    Please click the Purchase button to the right to register online.

    Bring yourself and wear your apron and comfortable clothes.

    About the instructor: Peggy Cotton has been a Bay Area Painter for ten years. She has been commissioned by art lovers in Boston, New York, San Francisco, Oakland, Alameda, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and Nassau, Bahamas. Her work has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Boston, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Aroma’s Restaurant, Alameda Towne Center, ArtWorks Studio and Berkeley Fine Art Studio.

    Sign up and register online now. (Class size is limited)

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    Sawtooth Building
    Studio 40, 933 Parker Street
    Berkeley, CA [map]
    July 31 — August 02, 2015
    Friday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
    Introduction & Shared Minds
    Saturday, 9:30am – 4:30pm
    Preparing for First Brush on Canvas
    Sunday, 9:30am – 3:30pm
    Paint Your Painting

    Use any card, PayPal optional

    Seeing the World Anew

    Seaing, 40″ x 20″, OIl on canvas

    “I want to know one thing. What is color?” Picasso

    This five day retreat will be a contemplative experience at my studio in Taos, New Mexico, where participants will have time to seriously refine the act of seeing. The many art and meditation sessions will focus on creating from real life, where you will have the time to cultivate an awareness of what it is, exactly, that you want to put on the canvas.

    The benefits of a meditation practice can influence not only your artwork, but can also affect your mindset and countenance on a daily basis: from calming your mind, to lowering blood pressure and affecting how you interact with people. By combining guided meditations with art sessions, you will have time to create a calm, restorative space in which to meditate. Establishing this intentional practice will help facilitate a clear, rejuvenated mind before embarking on a new artistic experience for the day. In this way, you will discover how taking the time to contemplate what you are seeing can have a profound effect on what you depict on the canvas.

    Picasso once asked, “I want to know one thing: what is color?” While this retreat may not answer this for you, what it could do is help you take that which you see, and better transfer that to the canvas without letting preconceptions prevent you from fully expressing the reality of a subject. By introducing mindful contemplation into your art experience, you can emphasize the beauty and simplicity of seeing without words.

    Each day will include a morning meditation, followed by art sessions as well as contemplative walks in order to see how the previous sessions might affect your perception of the world around you.

    Locally prepared vegetarian lunch included.


    Outline of a typical retreat day:
    8:30-9:00 Optional yoga
    9:15-9:45 Morning meditation
    10:00-10:30 Perception exercise
    10:30-12:30 Introduction and beginning of day’s artwork intention
    12:30-1:30 Lunch Break
    1:30-2:00 Walking meditation
    2:00-4:00 Artwork in the studio with individualized instruction
    4:00-4:30 Wrap up and reflection

    *Some timing and topics might be adjusted to meet participant needs

    Please register online now—class is limited to 12 students.

    Taos, New Mexico is a unique locale known for its deep spirituality. The Taos studio is located within walking distance of the Neem Karoli Baba Ashram as well as the Taos Plaza, Harwood Museum, Taos Art Museum at Fechin House and Taos Art Supply.

    Seamus Berkeley has practiced meditation for almost as long as he has been painting. At a young age, his interest was spiked by mentors exposing him to self-awareness practices which include meditation as a compatible, grounding routine. Berkeley has regularly continued a self-guided practice and study of conscientiousness and contemplation as well as non violent communication. Currently, he attends talks given by Anam Thubten through the Dharmata Foundation at Point Richmond Station.

    Special rates for retreat participants can be found at Taos Lodging. Please contact Lovey Jo Supple at 575.751.1771 or info@taoslodging.com.

    Please see materials list for suggested supplies – some easels are available.

    For more information, call 510.984.4143 or email.

    Painting Workshop:

    Retreat in Taos, NM 
    Taos, NM [map]
    July 17 to 21, 2017
    Daily, 9:00am – 4:30pm

    Examples of commissioned paintings and portraits.



    Frida’s Front, 24” x 13”, oil on canvas, Seamus Berkeley


    Frida’s Front

    24″ x 13″, oil on canvas

    This painting is a depiction of the front of Frida Kahlo’s house, La Casa Azul, in Mexico City. The inspiration for the piece was a collaborative art and poetry show Frida Fractured.

    Painting is gallery wrapped, ready to hang.