Eat, Sleep, Paint!

with Karen Frey  

Frey Watercolor

This workshop is designed to reignite and rediscover the artist inside. Our entire focus and purpose will be to “Eat, Sleep, Paint”. We will take the time to utilize acute observational skills, revisit technical applications and practice a direct and confident approach to both sketching and painting.

I want workshop participants to give themselves permission to be artists by allowing them uninterrupted focus on their work. I will encourage students to quiet that voice that may say “ you’re not good enough, you aren’t talented enough, you have other obligations”.

Our itinerary will include day trips to beautiful medieval towns, gorgeous landscape, and some interestingly curious painting locations. We will spend nearly all of our mornings out in the field working en pleine aire. I will be painting/ demonstrating most mornings, and all are welcome to watch me work. However, I understand some may be itching to go out on their own to catch that morning light, which is perfectly all right with me too. This will be your workshop and my job is to help you connect with your inner artist. When we return to La Romita in the afternoons, students can put finishing touches on their work, or have a one on one with me regarding their work.

Being an artist is about thinking enough of yourself and your potential to spend time on your practice. It is about the journey rather than judging the finished product. Come join me as a student and return home as a more confident artist.

Karen will demonstrate with ink in her sketchbook, and watercolor in the field. However, students of oil, acrylic, and pastel are welcome and will benefit. Most of the focus will be directed on working en plein aire, while the studio back at La Romita will be utilized for lectures, informal critiques, and finishing our daily work.

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Karen has been teaching and leading workshops for 30 years, on top of a 50 year painting career.



When I imagine my ideal painting trip, I think back to the many painting adventures I shared with my Mother. We would pick the perfect location, time of year, and off we’d go for ten days of painting bliss. We would have an early breakfast, and then paint all morning. After a leisurely lunch and bit of a relaxation, we would either paint or sketch for the rest of the afternoon. We would wrap up the day sharing a delicious dinner while discussing our day’s adventure.

As a teacher, I would like my students to enjoy a similar experience at La Romita. We will be in a beautiful location, have wonderful accommodations, and enjoy fabulous food. There is a studio on the grounds for lectures, critiques, or putting finishing touches on the day’s work. I want this workshop to be a memorable experience for all those who participate. So join us at La Romita where we will eat, sleep, and paint to our heart’s content.


Education: BFA in Drawing – California College of the Arts

Collections: Springfield Art Museum, MO- Neville Public Museum, Green Bay WI- American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog, St. Louis MO- Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago IL- Renown Hospital, Reno NV- Kaiser Permanente, Northern CA, The Encaustic Art Institute Permanent Collection, Cerrillos NM

Exhibitions: “Karen Frey – Alchemist”, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara CA – 2nd Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial Exhibition, Quanhua Watercolour Art Gallery, China – “Beyond the Surface”, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara CA – “Hula Palm and Other Tropical Beauties”, Fairchild Tropical and Botanical Garden, Coral Gables, FL

Published Works: ”Painting the Many Moods of Light”, Northlight Books – “Best of Sketching and Drawing”, “Painting Light and Shadow”, “Best of Watercolor”, Rockport Publishers – Artists Magazine, Watercolor Magic, Watercolor Magazine

Affiliations: American Watercolor Society- signature member, National Watercolor Society, signature member – Watercolor USA Honor Society member – Watercolor West, signature member – California Watercolor Association, signature member – International Encaustic Artists, member

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Karen Frey
May 3 - May 17
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