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.


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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.

Description of the Holiday

Individual instruction will be available, or you can go off on your own and share your work at the end of the day. You don’t have to be a painter to participate in this trip of a lifetime - non-painters are welcome to join us. While you are painting, your traveling companion can hike, swim or participate in optional excursions. The holiday is open to no more than 20 people.

We will provide accommodations, most meals of typical New Zealand fare, daily excursions within a short driving distance from our home base in Paihia, and information about the area and New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna. The Bay of Islands is close to the top end of the North Island, and boasts 144 islands, a sub-tropical climate and is a boater's paradise. Historically, it is the area where the Europeans and Maori formed the treaty creating peace for New Zealand, and the home of New Zealand's first capitol--Russell.

By the way, get used to calling Adele ‘Dell’. Kiwis shorten everything including names. In New Zealand – and with her family, she is known as Dell. And, there are several things Dell must do on every trip home to New Zealand that she hopes to share with you:

* Have lunch at a local fish n' chips shop
* Enjoy Paihia, the Jewel of the Bay of Islands
* Swim in the warm water of the South Pacific.
* Walk in the bush (rain forest) and call in
Piwakawaka (fantails).
* Listen for Kiwi at night.
* See a Maori concert.
* Listen at night for moreporks (a native owl) and look for the Southern Cross constellation.

* Take a cruise on the bay!

So start saving your pennies, pack your paints, togs (swimsuit) and jandals (flip-flops), and come with us to New Zealand!