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.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Yesterday we spent a few hours on Kawau Island - a short trip by launch from Sandspit.  Some chose to paint, others hiked some of the trails on the Island, looking for wallabies (one of the Australian species introduced by NZ's first governor, Sir George Grey) and wekas, which were everywhere.  A weka is a chicken-size bird native to New Zealand.  It is flightless but also swims well!

New Zealand's summer has been unusually cool and wet but we've been lucky with good weather so far, though today we have a 50/50 chance of rain.  Today we're spending the morning painting at the retreat - then in the afternoon will do the bush walk at the Parry Kauri Park in Warkworth.  Late in the afternoon, we're visiting home and studio of artists Robyn and Valerie Pendred, who happen to live in the house my sister and I grew up in.  Must be something in the water!

View from the launch - Kawau Island

Friday, February 24, 2012

The view from the bach; mangroves on a tributary of the Mahurangi River

Back in the Motherland!

I'm back in the part of New Zealand where my sister, Joanne, and I grew up, the Kowhai Coast about an hour north of NZ's largest city, Auckland.  This afternoon the temp has been about 70 F, a little blustery at times as if it might rain, but then the sun comes out again.  Starting tomorrow, it is supposed to be clear and sunny - just in time for our Painting Holiday which starts in the morning after we pick up our seventeen American guests at the Auckland Airport.  
We hope to blog daily during this week's painting holiday, so stay tuned!