Painting holidays with ADELE EARNSHAW and JOE GARCIA in Adele’s home country of New Zealand!

Unlike traditionally structured painting workshops where students spend the day in the studio with only one or two excursions to paint on location, this will be a laid-back adventure and your studio will be the beaches, islands and rain forests of the the Bay of Islands, where Adele now resides!

Please click on the colored links throughout the blog for all the information about the Painting Holidays in New Zealand. As in all blogs, the last post is the most recent, so be sure to scroll down to see all the posts.


February 22 – February 28, 2015

Watercolor Magic with Deb Groesser

March 3 - 9, 2015

Capture Impressions Swiftly with V...Vaughan

Interested in an Artists' Retreat? Please contact us for information!

Below, you will read posts from SCAV crew members, giving you lots of first hand information about what to expect when you join the Painting Holiday. Be sure to read the older posts too! Visit the INFORMATION ABOUT THE HOLIDAY pages listed on the right side of the blog.

There are lots of links sprinkled throughout the blog posts and pages. Be sure to click on those for an abundance of information about New Zealand. Come back often to view the latest posts and schedule!

All images copyrighted by Adele Earnshaw and Joe Garcia.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Preparing for the New Zealand weather

When we were kids, we always used to say that the difference between summer and winter was that in the summer it rained every other day, and in the winter it rained every day! New Zealand is green everywhere you go, and that is because of the moisture they get.  As a result, we always plan for rain.  February is mid-summer and March is late summer, early fall.  March is traditionally one of the drier months of the year, but like weather everywhere, you can never really predict it. 

When planning for your trip, bring light layers. A light fleece jacket or pullover top and a light waterproof jacket with a hood are ideal for summer. You can wear them together if it is cold and wet, but you can also wear them separately. Rain doesn't necessarily mean it will be cold.  A small umbrella is optional but a sun hat is almost mandatory. The sun is strong and you will find you need it. Dell and I both wear flip flops every day and don't like the idea of having to put shoes on!  Jandals (flip flops) are the footwear of choice for the locals, and you will be surprised to see many people barefoot, even in grocery stores. It is that kind of country! Casual is good. :)

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