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Art of the Horse – Painting Workshop

Joan doing a demo at last year's Art of the Horse painting workshop

May 11, 12, & 13, 2012 ($375, accommodation and all meals included!)

Back by popular demand – an Art of the Horse painting workshop with Joan Larson at Twincreeks!

Joan offers her years’ of professional expertise as one of the top equine artists in North America. Her most recent bodies of work include the “RCMP Musical Ride” and “Wild Horses of Sable Island.”

This is a 2.5 day, in-residence, workshop including live observation and sketching lessons as well as studio work. All levels of experience are welcome – everyone learns something. Joan will demo in pastel, however you are more than welcome to bring the painting medium of your choice since she is well versed in many mediums.

Itinerary: (Full itinerary upon request)

  • Friday Evening: demo, snacks and “get to know each other”
  • Saturday & Sunday: Full day painting with potential for evening ride.

Participants can expect:

  • Demos each day
  • Plenty of individual attention tailored to your specific concerns
  • Hands on drawing from live subjects (using the guest ranch horses)
  • Equine anatomy for artists
  • Interpreting your photo reference and how to use it for painting
  • Discussions about Composition & Design, Colour Theory, Colour Mixing, Contrast and other related issues
HORSES WELCOME – at no extra charge!

For info about bookings, horses, and location contact Deborah Flinn at 250-746-8769 or Email at twincreeks@shaw.ca

For specific info about workshop & painting contact Joan Larson at 250-752-0395 or Email at joan@joanlarson.com

To see photos from last years workshop click here

Art & Bloom Festival – Woodland Gardens

So this blog has been under-going quite a bit of shuffling around…this post was originally written on May 25th, 2011


We  just returned home from our show at the annual “Art & Bloom Festival” at Woodland Gardens in Courtenay, BC. This year the show ran from from May 21 – 23rd, 2011

Brian Zimmerman, owner and creator of the extraordinary Woodland Gardens, invited me to be the Featured Artist. I were very pleased to be part of this show!  There is a wonderful and relaxed atmosphere among the visitors and artisans like.  My husband, Paul, and I met some great people, including MP John Duncan and his wife Kim.

You can see their website for yourselves…but I highly urge you to check out Woodland Gardens if you are near, or passing through Courtenay.