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Oil Painting: Alla Prima
drawing with paint
with Doug Levitt
November 22 - 29, 2017

Please join us in the beautiful warm surroundings of Casa Buena for a week of painting, learning, fun, laughs and new friendships!

If you like drawing and always wanted to paint or If you want to improve your confidence as an artist, this is the workshop for you!

Doug's style of painting is called Alla Prima which, simply put, is painting
wet paint into wet paint.

The overriding concept taught in the workshop is how to see your subject in a deeper way to enable you to use paint successfully. You will draw' with your paint based on live subjects.

Basic composition, drawing, colour mixing and brush work are the skills you will focus on. The type of teaching Doug employs is a combination of short demonstrations and hands on work by the student. Painting is Doug's passion
and he experiences deep joy when he paints and teaches so the workshop tends
to have a strong humour element. It's hard to be joyous and not have fun -
so plan to enjoy the learning!

While you're busy creating art, your friendly hosts at Casa Buena will be working hard, ensuring that your stay is a memorable one. Outstanding food, accommodations, and field trips will satisfy your desires for both comfort and adventure.

Trapper, oil

Contact info for Doug:
email: thepainter@douglevitt.net
Tel. 1.403.243.4510

A Man of His People
sold for a record $63,000.
at Calgary Stampede Western Art Auction

Workshop Instructor:

“I believe that painting is a calling – because of this, I am constantly inspired to strive for whatever level of skill I can muster to honour that calling. I think an artist needs to feed their soul and challenge their skill level by painting everything around them so they can learn the art of painting as deeply and as well as possible, by believing in themselves and in other artists, by kicking judgment and other bad attitudes out of the heart and mind because they only restrict creative energy. But most of all, I think painting should be a source of joy for the artist and the viewer alike. At least, that’s what I tell myself until I face another blank canvas… and then it’s just a battle for survival against a sea of doubt and fear. ‘Welcome to the life of an artist,’ I tell myself.”

Doug Levitt was born and raised in Calgary and although he was accepted to the Alberta College of Art and Design, an acting scholarship drew him first to the theatre. He went on to become one of the founding performers of the Rosebud Dinner Theatre and School of Arts.

In 1998 he was commissioned to create a graphite pencil portrait of Guy LaFleur, and invited by retired National Hockey League players to tour North America with the Old Timers Hockey group. During the games, Doug sketched the hockey legends and the ensuing series of graphite drawings are exhibited in venues throughout North America.

A near fatal accident in 2001 altered Doug’s focus forever. Facing months of physical recovery, Doug armed himself with a fresh load of art supplies and began painting for the first time. Doug quickly demonstrated a natural talent for painting and he soon found inspiration in western heritage and in particular First Nations culture. These themes have continued to be subject matter for many of his paintings. A series of dreams inspired him, he says. “I’d keep dreaming these vivid images of Native people and they were so clear in my mind all I had to do was close my eyes to recall the image and then I’d paint it,” says Doug. “If I got lost, I’d just close my eyes and ‘see’ the image again and keep painting – and I never remember my dreams as a rule – so that struck me as a special thing.”

Since 2003, Doug has been selected to exhibit his original artwork at the Calgary Stampede Western Art Show. The Calgary Stampede commissioned Doug to paint the 2008 Calgary Stampede poster, which promotes the Stampede world-wide. The original oil painting, “A Man of His People,” sold for a record $63,000. Doug has delighted Calgary Stampede Western Art Auction crowds as a Quick Draw artist since 2008. He donates the proceeds from these pieces to the Grade 12 Scholarship fund.

In 2011, Doug was inducted into the WestGuild Artists in Canada as a master signature artist. He also teaches workshops and individual students of all ages. He is a three-time winner of the Artists’ Choice Award and has also won the Best of Show, Collectors’ Choice, and Jurors’ Choice Awards at the Calgary Stampede Western Art Show. Doug was chosen to design the Calgary Stampede’s Centennial Collector Pin for the 2012 Western Art Auction. Doug has been published several times in various art magazines and in 2008 was chosen as the cover artist for Canadian Cowboy Country Magazine.

In the spring of 2013, Doug was honoured with the 2013 Calgary Stampede Western Art Auction Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award.

Doug's 's Artwork

A Motherly Gaze, oil

Old Man , oil

Kananaskis Falls study, oil

The Evening Gown, oil

The Chief, oil

Fish Creek study, oil


Tentative Itinerary

Wednesday, March 4
Pick up from Puerto Vallarta Airport
Settling in your hotel, dinner, Art Gallery walk

Thursday, March 5
8am - 9am Breakfast
2 hour scenic drive North to Los Cocos, Nayarit,
where Casa Buena is located.
Optional stop at La Panita Art Market

Settling in, setting up your work space
Demo evening with Doug

Friday , March 6
7am 40 min Yoga (optional)
8am - 9am Breakfast
9:30am - 4pm workshop
Art discussions or movie in the Casa

Saturday, March 7
Early start at 6:30, light breakfast,
7am - 9am organized tour to the Jungle

Exploring and shopping at San Blas,

Lunch at the beach
relax for the rest of the day
return to you studio to paint
Dinner at Casa Manana

Sunday, March 1
8am - 9am Breakfast
9:30am - 4pm workshop
Happy hour, critique

Monday, March 2
8am - 9am Breakfast
9:30am - 4pm workshop
Happy hour, siesta

Dinner: party with local artists at the Casa Buena

Tuesday, March 3
8am - 9am Breakfast
9:30am-4pm workshop:
Happy hour, siesta, free time
Art Show and Tell

Wednesday, March 4
8am - 9am Breakfast
Transport to PV Airport

Art Supplies for the Workshop

Please see art supplies list recommended by the Instructor below. Artist quality acrylic and oil paints, solvents, brush cleaners and rugs are included in your fee. Please bring your own easels, favorite brushes, canvases, pallets and whatever else you need.

You can purchase some brushes and canvas boards here.

Cost: $2000.00 plus GST including Instructions,
most art supplies, 7 days accommodation,
transportation from and to Puerto Vallarta airport,
all breakfasts, lunches and dinners,
entertainment and a field trip to the Jungle.

Payment Options

A. Pay in full $2000.00 plus GST upon registration before Dec1, 2014
and receive $100.
B. Make a deposit of $ 500.00 and pay balance before Dec 15, 2014
C. Spouses or friends are welcome for $1200.00 plus GST (5%)

Payment Method

A. send your check (Money draft or certified check if outside of Canada) made payable to Jane Romanishko and mail it to the address # 3 117 Main Street Airdrie AB T4B 1A0 Canada
B. Email your money to janerom@shaw.ca

C. Pay via Paypal by clicking here:



Full payment

Balance payment


Cancellation Policy

A. If your workshop is cancelled due to Instructor's unavailability, you will be notified immediately and you will receive a full refund.

B. If you can't attend your retreat and notify us 45 days prior to the retreat, you are welcome to transfer 100% of your full payment to another Casa Buena Art Retreat within 2 years of the date of cancellation. You can transfer your payment to another person or any other options that Casa Buena has to offer.

C. If you can't attend your retreat and notify us 30 days prior to the retreat, you are welcome to transfer 70% of your full payment to another Casa Buena Art Retreat within 2 years of the date of cancellation.

D. If you can't attend your retreat and notify us 14 days or less prior to the retreat, Casa Buena Art Retreat will not issue any refunds or transfers to other session. Your only choice is to transfer your payment to another person.

Los Cocos, Nayarit, Mexico email: janerom@shaw.ca

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