Spend a relaxing all inclusive weekend away with local painter Melanie Smith and personal chef Lori Butler in beautiful Bauline East, Witless Bay. Complete with Spanish inspired cuisine and intimate class instruction in Oil Painting, this is sure to be a memorable adventure!

Personal Chef Lori Butler with be creating and preparing all your beautiful meals, with her creative flair and passion for cooking,

you are sure to be satisfied.

Your meals this year will be inspired by various regions of Spain and will included, Basque Country Sheepherders Bread, Chicken and Shrimp Paella from the Valencian area and Gypsy Omelet with Ham and Chorizo Sausage from the Andalusia region.

Local Painter Melanie Smith will provide a full weekend of instruction in Oil Painting. You will learn about the importance of the grisaille and the veil, adding mediums, and much more... For the Experienced and the Beginner, Everyone welcome!

New date to be announced!

Place: The Whale Watcher B&B

Overlooking the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve

Bauline East, Newfoundland


For more information contact:

Melanie Smith: meldsmith@hotmail.com


The cost of this all-inclusive weekend is 375.00 tax included. There are various rates available for couple/friends packages and private rooms are available at an increased rate.

For information on registration please contact Melanie @ 576-0740 or meldsmith@hotmail.com.

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Melanie Smith
22 Hamilton Avenue
St.John’s, NL
A1E 1H7

Lori Butler
2 Sherwood Drive
St. John's, NL
A1E 2X4

Wet onto Dry Technique - Still Life

Weekend with and artist and a chef September 25th-28th 2009 workshop: painting instruction
Wet onto dry- Still Life

Step 1: Have a solid drawing. Ideally you should have a value sketch done on a scaled piece of paper. This will be used throughout the painting process as a value reference for your painting.
Step 2: transfer that drawing to your canvas. Again, have a strong drawing; this will make your grisaille easy to apply.
Step 3: Grisaille- Using only thinner or  turps and burnt umber do a monochromatic painting of your image. Allow to dry.
Step 4: First lean layer. Using thinner or turps and you oil paint, apply the first layer of color to your image.
Step 5: Continue to build your lean layers until your image has been rendered and there are several lean layers of paint on your canvas.
Step 6: Begin using your medium. Apply small amounts of medium to your brush and/or pigment, glazing colors over your image. Continue this process until image has been evenly glazed.
Step 7: Once you are satisfied with your painting and it has had time to dry, spray your painting with Karmar Varnish.

Mel’s Medium Mix
1 part darmar varnish
1 part solvent (thinner or turps)
1 part Stand Oil
*give it a good shake, make sure all of the oil and varnish are mixed into the solvent.