Skip's Studio Notes

  1. “Not-So- Basic-Basic” painting workshop at Bon Secours Conference Ctr.

    August 12, 2018- Just completed a another workshop at BonSecours Conference Center in Marriottsville, Maryland. I always begin my description of a just finished workshop with high praise and excitement. I imagine that some readers might question the possibility that every workshop is great. There is no exaggeration in my […]

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  2. Skip’s Famous Maine Workshop July 2018

    Every summer for the least 40 years I have conducted painting workshops in Maine. In 1978 I was totally committed to watercolor and all that goes with being a “watercolorist”. In 1976 I attended a workshop with Edgar Whitney. This was my first painting workshop and consequently I followed Ed’s […]

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  3. Skip’s Maine Workshop 2018- Students Work

    Every summer for the least 40 years I have conducted painting workshops in Maine. In 1978 I was totally committed to watercolor and all that goes with being a “watercolorist”. In 1976 I attended a workshop with Edgar Whitney. This was my first painting workshop and consequently I followed Ed’s […]

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  4. Late winter painting efforts 2018

    If I feel nothing you will feel the same.  It is easy to be enthusiastic about those people in your life who mean the most to you.  These images are of the people who mean to most to me, Diane Santarella (wife), Joshua Wesley (son), Rowan Wesley (grandson) ,and  Jennifer […]

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  5. Skip Lawrence’s “Not-So-Basic-Basics” August 5-10, 2018

      If you are ready for a painting workshop that will exceed your best expectations, here it is! Skip Lawrence’s “Not-So-Basic-Basics,” Art Workshop Appropriate For All Levels, Styles and Media August 5-10, 2018, at Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center, Marriottsville, MD For full Workshop info and enrollment, contact Diane, […]

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  6. Santa Barbara, CA Workshop – Feb 2018

    Anne Gaffey                           Peggy Odgers Pat Berberich  Peggy Odgers Pat Berberich Pat Berberich Pam Fletcher Pam Fletcher Marlies Pertersen Marlies Petersen Liz Tamayo Liz Tamayo Liz Tamayo Jan Loomis     Gail  Rowe Cheryl RadetskiCheryl Radetski Althea JacobsonAletha […]

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  7. Santa Barbara class declares Independence

    Students Paintings  When people are encouraged to be more creative  than imitative in their art making, their true nature, style, and voice are free to explore.  I offer these examples as proof. I just returned from conducting two one week workshops in Santa Barbara, CA sponsored by Ruth Ellen Hoag […]

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  8. My love affair with Maine

    “Pemaquid Point Light”  watercolor on paper    22″ x 30″, 1975 Every year for the last 47 years I have traveled to Maine to paint, eat lobster, and enjoy the cool temperatures that few  places in the country offer in July and August. So here I am again and I […]

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  9. Poetry and Craft

    I recently heard David Hockney say, in reference to making art that, “craftsmanship is a must.” From the Renaissance to the Abstract Expressionists art students began their apprenticeship by learning the craft of their chosen media. “We can teach craft, it’s the poetry you cannot teach. Now we teach poetry […]

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  10. Pine Disease makes for interest paintings

    The White Pine trees of Maine, and other states, are dying from a disease. Needle blight pathogens have been a primary issue affecting white pine since approximately 2010.While this is unfortunate for many woodland creatures and insects it offers me a visually exciting palette.  The edge of pine forest that […]

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