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Exploring Still Life in Oil
Advanced Techniques for Capturing Light and Depth in Your Paintings

with Laura Robb
January 15 - 22, 2020
(FULL, please contact for waiting lis


"Magic is created between the your brush, the arrangement, and the canvas. Your paintings never....ever....disappoint! You are an amazing Teacher, Artist, and keeper of some cool fur critters! "
(Nancy Delpero)

This workshop is for students who are serious about improving their skills of observation and want to understand how to make use of their palette to its full advantage.

The instructor will explain and show through demonstration studies how certain effects of light and depth can be achieved.
She will also try to help identify materials or procedures a student may be using that are getting in the way of their progress.

We will discuss composition, technique, principles of light and shade,
and a range of other painting related topics. Almost all of the lessons will apply to any medium or subject matter but the focus will be specific to still life in oil.

Demonstrations will be done with the intent of illustrating how to handle specific problems rather than producing an finished painting
and during the class students will be encouraged to adopt a similar attitude with the emphasis on learning and study.

We will be working from life throughout the workshop and previous experience in mixing color will be necessary.

It will be 4 days of intense concentration --but fun too! Bring a sense of humor.


Workshop Instructor

Laura Robb grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and entered Art Student's Academy there at the age of sixteen. In 1974 she moved to New York City to study with Michael Aviano. After returning to the southwest she studied drawing with Ned Jacob and received critiques from Richard Schmid. Since moving to Taos, New Mexico in 1986, Robb's art travels have taken her to France, Spain, Guatemala, Mexico and across the United States. She has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows and her paintings have received many awards, most notably the John F. and Anna Lee Stacy Scholarship. 



Contact info for Laura: www.laurarobb.com, email: laura@laurarobb.com

Laura's Artwork

Flow Blue Teacup , oil

Daisies and Delphiniums
Arrangement in Blue and Yellow
Chile Peppers
oil 10x20
Sunflowers in Blue and White Vase Three Magnolias and red Orcchids, oil

Tentative Itinerary

Arriving to Puerto Vallarta Airport
Taking taxi to your hotel,
Meeting at the hotel Lobby at 5:30
Dinner and Art Gallery walk

8am - 9am Continental breakfast at the hotel
2 hour scenic drive North to Los Cocos, Nayarit,
where Casa Buena is located.
Stopping at La Panita Art Market
and Lunch on the Beach
Settling in at Casa Buena, setting up your work space
Demo evening with Laura

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

7:30 am 30 min Meditation (optional)
8am - 9am Breakfast
9:30am - 4pm workshop
Happy hour, critique
Dinner at local Mexican restaurant

Early start at 6:30, light breakfast,
7am - 10am organized tour to the Jungle

Exploring Old Fort and shopping at San Blas,

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

7am 30 min Meditation (optional)
8am - 9am Breakfast
9:0am - 4pm workshop
Happy hour, siesta
Movie night

7am 30 min Yoga (optional)
8am - 9am Breakfast
9:30am-4pm workshop:
Happy hour, siesta, free time
Art Show and Tell

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, boards to tape your canvas sheets to, solvents, brush cleaners and rugs are included in your fee. We also have a few old easels to use (please contact Casa Buena for availability). Please bring your favorite brushes, canvases, pallets, easels and whatever else you need.

Click here to see supply list

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.

Workshop Fee

Cost: $1600.00 USD includes
accommodations, studio space, all meals, field trips,
most art supplies, instructions,
plus a night in Puerto Vallarta
transport from and to Puerto Vallarta.

SPOUSES or NON PAINTING FRIENDS are welcome for $1000.00 USD

Early Bird Promotion:
Rooms assigned on FIRST COME FIRST SERVE basis


Canadians can e-transfer to janerom@shaw.ca
US citizens can send a check (email janerom@shaw.ca for the address) or pay via PayPal (5% transaction fee apply) by clicking button below

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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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