DEMYSTIFYING THE LANDSCAPE: Exploring the Potency of Black and White

It is often said that in painting, colour gets all the glory while value does all the heavy lifting…So true!

Date: August 21-24, 2023

Location: Gibson’s School of the Arts, Gibson’s, BC, (at High Beam Dreams) (map)

Cost: Early Bird $500; $550 after February 25


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Value (think grey scale) is truly the bones of a painting, and in this workshop you will learn how to strengthen your image by utilizing the concept of Notan* and then pair that with strong brushwork/mark-making. In essence, by removing the complex and emotional layer of color, you can focus on demystifying the landscape.

*Notan is a Japanese term that refers to the arrangement of dark and light elements in a painting.



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10 day Plein Air Painting Tour in Cavtat, Croatia with Debbie Lively, AFCA

This is a 10 Day Plein air Painting Tour in beautiful and Historical Cavtat, Croatia. There will be 8 days of instruction with one day in the middle to visit the historical Old City of Dubrovnik. Each day we’ll be driven to a new location to paint. All food, accommodations, instruction, transportation and local wine is included!

Date: September 18-28, 2023

Location: Cavtat, Croatia (map)


Tour Cost: €2950 + single supplement fee (most people will pay this if you are not travelling with a spouse/partner)
Non-painting partners: €2750*
Single Supplement Fee: €200 (please read our General Conditions, Section 3)
Full payment Due: July 18, 2023
Deposit to reserve your spot: €300 (non-refundable unless tour is cancelled by Slikamilina)
*Painters have priority, but non-artist partners (shared accommodations only) are welcome to come and enjoy the area at their own pace.


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“Plein Air Painting is a truly magical experience! My goal when painting Plein Air is to translate the over abundance of info into a simplified and more impressionistic rendering. On this painting tour my goal is to help students zero in on strong composition / design while capturing the essence, light and beauty of the area. I encourage artists to paint what speaks to them whether it’s a grand vista or a more simple subject. Each student will receive positive instruction at whatever level they’re at.

Sharing my skills with others is so rewarding and brings me great joy! I want this to be a fun, positive experience for all who come!

Beginner to advanced painters welcome.”



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Contact Debbie with any questions about the tour




Gabriola Island Plein Air Retreat

Date: Oct 24-28, 2022

Location: The Haven Resort, Gabriola Island (map)

Costs: From $888


A few days of full time plein air painting at The Haven Resort on Gabriola Island which offers spectacular vistas: There’s the beach at The Haven, Descanso Bay or Drumbeg Park. Paint the beautiful sandstone formations at Malaspina Galleries or perhaps Entrance Island from Berry Point.

While we are not offering instruction on this retreat, there will be plenty of peer support and encouragement. Artists are free to choose where they wish to paint but painting as a group is encouraged. A list of some possible locations will be provided daily.

In the evenings we’ll gather for informal critiques (optional), lots of art talk and possibly some games and challenges!

We also have access to studio space should we require it.​



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CSPWC BC Paint Out Plus

Date: August 27, 2022, from 10am – 3pm

Location: Ranger Station Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs (map)

Costs: $20 non-refundable.


  • Maximum size 15×22”. Watercolour and gouache only.
  • Prizes supplied by DeSerres. Awards Juror: David McEown CSPWC.
  • Paint anywhere in Harrison Hot Springs or around the Harrison River Valley, including around the community of Agassiz.



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13th annual Grand Prix Plein Air Challenge :: Harmony Arts

The Ferry Building Gallery presents its 13th annual Grand Prix Plein Air Challenge as part of the Harmony Arts Festival

Date: August 6, 2022

Time:  10am – 2pm

Location: The Artspeaks Tent next to Ferry Building Gallery, Argyle Avenue at 14th St, West Vancouver (map)

Costs: $35 for adults; $20 for ages 19 and under

Registration fee includes morning coffee and muffins, as well as a wine and cheese reception after the judging.

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