Explore the Power of Gouache in Plein Air Painting - Lower Crooked River Canyon, Oregon

June 01 - June 04


Explore the Power of Gouache in Plein Air Painting - Lower Crooked River Canyon, Oregon

Over 50 million years of geology in the Lower Crooked River canyon. The canyon winds through rimrock, lava formations and river meadows. The summer light is dramatic, defining and mystical. There's something to paint for every mood, every moment.


6 - 15


Open to all levels, from beginners to experienced artists


Find your own voice and expression

This workshop combines plein air technique with studio technique. We'll take a dive into the deeper hidden areas where you can find your unique voice and true expression.

  1. Painting What You Actually See - as a painter sees
  2. Improving Your Brushwork
  3. Color Mixing
  4. Finding Edges To Key Your Composition
  5. How To Move From Painting What You See, to Painting What You Feel
  6. Listening To Your Feelings While You Paint
  7. How Art Gets Better When Driven by Strong Emotions
  8. Moving From Technical Skill to Your Unique Inspirations
  9. You're also welcome to join us and paint on your own

My demonstrations will use gouache (my favorite plein air medium). 

You’re welcome to bring your own favorite paints or medium. Or get supplied from our optional gouache kit of paint, brushes and papers.  

This trip includes day-trips to awesome locations, as well as instruction and discussion.

I'm looking forward to our painting time together!


Discover tips to make gouache sing for you


We'll take day trips to paint the wonders of Oregon's rugged and steep Crooked River Canyon. There are spectacular vistas as well as more intimate spaces.

Climate and Conditions

The high desert sun can be intense, so prepare accordingly. It also gets cold at night.

If the fire season is high for the year, we have alternate plans available if it's too smoky to be outside.


We uphold any current CDC guidelines for masks, sanitation and social distancing.  We follow the guidelines of the hotel, or restaurants or caterers.  We follow current CDC guidelines in the van for day locations.  Please be prepared to show proof of vaccination to attend.

Note from Julia:

After you book, I'll send a workshop agreement to the email address you used for registration.   Both you and I will sign via Adobe e-sign, so we each have a signed copy for our records.  This document states liability and payment/deposit terms. Please return your signed copy immediately on receipt.


Travel insurance is not required for this trip. However, if you're flying in, we recommend travel insurance, especially in these uncertain times.


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09:00 am Jun 1 2023- 09:00 am Jun 4 2023

4 Days
3 Nights

Prineville, OR 97754, USA


Local Transportation Included in Price?    Yes

We'll have a van (or vans) leaving from Country Inn & Suites by Radisson to take us into the canyon.  Safe, easy pullout parking is very limited on the scenic highway. We'll park in a choice location in one of the campgrounds or day use areas where there are restrooms, and some shade. 

You're welcome to bring your own vehicle if you prefer. We recommend ride-sharing if you choose to drive. 


Your plein air easel, or a small lap board with clips to hold your watercolor paper.

Portable stool if desired

Your media and tools: paints, brushes, and preferred substrates (paper, board, canvas). We will have an optional Gouache Paint Kit available with a set of quality paints, a few select and very good water-medium brushes, papers, a small portable palette, a brush dipper and a small spray bottle. If you have questions regarding supplies, contact Julia.


Skincare:  Hand balm, lip balm, moisturizer (if you're not used to the high desert, it's dry!)

Refillable water bottles, for drinking. We'll have a dispenser of cold water for you to fill your drinking containers. It's super-important to hydrate in the very arid high desert.

Clothing for both hot and cold.  It can be very hot in the high desert, and temperatures can drop radically after dark, so layers are good.

Remember your camera! Or your phone, for taking photos.


Non-painting spouses or partners of attendees are welcome to join us as guests for no additional workshop fees (excluding meals).