Bonnie Paruch

Plein Air - Fresh Air: Oil Painting Solvent Free!

June 11-16, 2017 (Four Teaching Days)

Many artists are searching for ways to avoid the use of harmful solvents with their oil paints. This workshop will be a fresh approach to Plein air painting. While demonstrating with small and lightweight gear and nontoxic materials, Bonnie will guide you through daily small oil studies on location at beautiful "up North" spots, from quaint towns to quiet rivers and woods. If you enjoy travel and hesitate to bring your art muse with you, this workshop will set you free. Bonnie is a Master Pastelist, award winning oil painter, an internationally published artist and an experienced instructor. She will share her painterly, alla prima approach helping you to create bold, fresh and color filled work. Students may use traditional oils with walnut oil, and Gamsol solvent free gel, open acrylics or water-based oil paints with water soluble mediums. Contact Bonnie if you have any questions about your materials.

The beautiful classroom and outdoor setting of the lake and Dillman's retreat will inspire your creative spirit.

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Bonnie Paruch is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and in 2014 achieved the coveted Master Pastelist designation.  Her vibrant pastel paintings have been juried into the prestigious PSA National show in New York six times garnering four awards. Her book “A Brush with Life” was published in May of 2013. In 2002 she wrote an eight page article describing her plein air painting techniques for International Pastel Artistmagazine. International Artist magazine has featured Bonnie’s plein air work and identified her as one of “America’s leading landscape painters. She is an award winning participant in Invitational and open Plein Air competitions including Tucson Plein Air, Door County Plein air, Cedarburg Plein Air and Rocky Mountain Plein Air. She was identified as an “Artist to collect” by Southwest Art Magazine. She has twice been awarded Outstanding Pastel in the International Bold Brush painting competition. Additional publications include American Artist Magazine (cover artist), The Artist Magazine, The Pastel Journal, North Light Magazine, and the Best of Flower Painting Two, a North Light Book. Bonnie leads popular painting workshops throughout the Midwest. Bonnie is represented by Fine Line Designs Gallery of Ephraim, Wisconsin.

Artist's Statement 
For as long as I can remember I've been drawing and painting the wonders of nature and life. I'm seduced by the beauty I see around me. My style may be summed up by the words a gentleman spoke to me at a show in Scottsdale, Arizona ,"You paint like a dead Russian!" he said. I am inspired by color, light, the texture of my paint and the energy of life itself. I strive for clarity of purpose with an economy of means. When I begin to paint , I ask myself a series of questions. First and foremost, what is the "big" idea and the focus of the work? My central interest and overall concept is often triggered by an emotional reaction. Communicating that emotion and sense of wonder is the driving force in my painting design. I use shapes, values, colors, edges, brushwork and line to share my point of view. I believe composed is the root or essence of the word composition. It's ironic that a word suggesting stillness and repose is also used to describe the active creative process of making a painting. The many parts of a painting composition; it's design, connected shapes, light and dark values, color harmonies, edges, and atmosphere, are all elements subservient to my intent. My intent can be obvious, a path to a beautiful spot on a canvas, or it can also be mysterious. Often, I create paintings with an undefined pathway for the viewer to discover and travel on their own. In essence I consider myself a story teller. For me, a successful painting goes beyond recording the facts - a camera can do that. My goal in painting is to create a personal expression filled with emotion, a story left to interpretation.

Studio: Something for all levels.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student: 
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $475
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $495
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $575
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $385
(There are 5 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
Cancellation Policy, Class Fees and Tiered Pricing Explained
A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Itinerary


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Workshop Itinerary

Sunday, 6/11
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman's (included in package)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 6/12-6/15
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own

Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Thursday, 6/15
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, 6/16
Depart - check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
    Monday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
    Monday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)

    Tuesday 7:30 a.m. Yoga
    Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    Wednesday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
    Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
    Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Thursday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’s for $45 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.