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

June 01 - June 04


11:30 am Jun 1 2023- 02:00 pm Jun 4 2023

4 Days
3 Nights

Prineville, OR 97754, USA

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

Over 50 million years of geology in the Lower Crooked River canyon. Near Prineville, Oregon, just 29 miles from Bend. 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. The fragrances of juniper and sage fill the canyon. The river sparkles in the sun.


6 - 15


Open to all levels, from beginners to experienced artists


Catered lunches included

Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Catered Group Dinner included

Friday evening

This workshop combines plein air painting with studio technique. Grow your skills and explore the element of color. Come take a dive into the deeper hidden areas where you can expand your unique voice and true expression.

  1. Painting What You Actually See - as a painter sees
  2. Expanding Your Brushwork
  3. Color Mixing
  4. Finding Edges To Key Your Composition
  5. How To Move Easily Between Painting What You See and Painting What You Feel
  6. Listening To Your Feelings While You Paint
  7. Moving From Technical Skill to Your Unique Inner Voice

You're also welcome to join us and paint without instruction or demos!

The Lower Crooked River Canyon and Oregon's High Desert

This stunning canyon in the high desert of Oregon is a little-known gem. It offers incredible painting views. With easy day trips to Oregon’s Painted Hills and the Ochocho National Forest, the area is also not far from Bend, the High Desert Museum, the Lava River Cave, rafting down the Rogue River and other family fun.

An hour away, find peace and solitude amidst some of Central Oregon’s most beautiful scenery in the Ochoco National Forest.  The forest stretches across nearly 850,000 acres. The landscape varies significantly, with deep canyons, thick forest, and high desert. The North Fork of the Crooked River flows through the area.

Equally nearby are the Painted Hills, one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon.  The unique colors of the Painted Hills formed over 35 million years ago.

Easy day trips to Oregon’s Painted Hills and the Ochocho National Forest.


When you register for this workshop, I'll send an artist-workshop agreement to the email address under which you are registered. Please return your signed copy immediately on receipt.

Travel insurance is not required for this trip. If you're flying into the area, we always recommend travel insurance.

COVID Protocols
We uphold all current CDC guidelines.  


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Local Transportation Included in Price?    Yes

We'll have a van (or vans) leaving from Prineville 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.