Saturday, July 18, 2015

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Ladies Artists' Retreat
Plein Air Paint-Out
Better than a Bed and Breakfast

 Eat, drink, live and breath art for 3 days and 3 nights with 3-5 other artists in a beautiful mountain setting.
Why just ladies? You'll on! :)
 ( Guys- we will get one set up for you soon)

 Here's the scoop:

Every fall, in late September, I head up to our place in Indian Mountain (South Park area- Jefferson , Colorado- about 15 miles north of Fairplay) to paint the scenery.  It's absolutely gorgeous.  I thought it would be fun to try out an idea, and this may become a regular thing:

From Thursday to Sunday ( September 17-20 and September 24-27) a maximum of 5 artists ( including me) will stay together at the cabin.   I, your hostess, will guide the group to some of my favorite painting spots. We will paint outside all day Friday and Saturday, and half of Sunday. All meals are included in the cost.

The long weekend will kick off Thursday.  Painters arrive between 4-6 pm, settle in and enjoy drinks and hors devours.  Dinner will be served at 6:30.

Friday and Saturday, after a leisurely breakfast, we will each make and pack our own lunches ( food provided for this) and head out to paint from 9:30 or 10:00 until 1:00 or so.   After a nice picnic lunch, we will head to a new location to paint for the afternoon.

We will arrive back at the cabin between 5-7 and relax by a campfire or on the large deck while I prepare dinner.  We will enjoy nightly critiques of all the paintings, and share tips and ideas. I have a nice library of art books and some painting DVDs of various artists that will be on hand at the cabin.
The total cost for the long weekend is $ 400.00 per person.  This includes 2 glasses of wine each with dinners.  Feel free to bring other beverages of your choice for the weekend.

Sleeping arrangements are as follows:

The master bedroom has one queen sized bed.
The guest bedroom has 2 bunk beds, with double -sized futons on the bottoms of both bunks.
The living room couch pulls out into a queen bed.  There are two full bathrooms.

So, it's cozy.   It's perfect for a *group of friends, and unique and daring for 4-5 utter strangers.  But artists tend to hit it off immediately, in general, and what a fun way to make some new friends!
If you like adventure, and love to paint the beauty of the mountains in the fall, please, sign up!

* If you are a group of friends interested in doing this, I am happy to include more people ( up to 8 friends) for a private retreat  ( with or without me there as guide and cook) so e-mail or call me to discuss this option.

Nitty Gritty Stuff

The cabin is located about 75 miles from Littleton, CO, or about 90 miles from Denver.  It's off I-285, so the traffic problems associated with I-70 are conveniently avoided. Breckenridge is a 45-60 minute drive, and Buena Vista about 60 minutes away.

This retreat will be casual.  No tight schedules.  If anyone prefers to relax back at the cabin after half a day of painting, that is perfectly fine. There is also hiking, biking, horseback riding and other activities available not far from the cabin.
 You will need a car.  I have a jeep, but with painting equipment we will need at least one other vehicle for car pooling to the painting sites.  A car with 4-wheel drive would be best, as the road to the cabin is unpaved.

A detailed menu for the weekends will be laid out in a subsequent blog post.

Mountain weather is very unpredictable.  There will not be refunds for bad weather.  We will do our best and paint inside the cabin if need be.

Cancellation/Refund policy:

100% refund if cancel 2 weeks prior to retreat
50% refund if cancel one week prior to retreat

To pay, e-mail me at and let me know which of the two dates you prefer ( September 17-20 or Sept. 24-27.  I will then send you an invoice via paypal.  You may also pay by check if you prefer.

Please call me or e-mail with any questions.
Tracy 303-525-6871

Visit my website at or check out my you tubes on YouTube channel, Tracy Haines Fine Art.

Friday, July 10, 2015

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                                                       Winter at Matthew Winters Park
                                            16x20 oil on stretched canvas by Tracy Haines
                                                       $400.00 Framed  (gold plein air frame)

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Winter at MWP above was completed in the studio after I had done a plein air study on location.  I love doing winter scenes, partly because I just love to paint with blue!

Well, my studio re-organization project is coming along nicely.  On a whim,  I decided to paint two of the walls with a warm, neutral gray.  I think I like it, but will live with the color for a bit before putting things back in place.  Want to make sure it does not leave the studio too dark.

I have been a bit under the weather all week with a re-root canal proceedure that has not gone as smoothly as in the past.
I'll spare you the details, but suffice it to say, I shall keep this post shorter than usual.

If you are in the Breckenridge area July 24-26, please stop by the Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival.

Until next week........

Friday, July 3, 2015

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It's been a busy, crazy week for me here in Studio 8!

Some mildew from a previous leak, combined with a new, recent, quickly discovered flood from an AC gone bad, has kept me busy cleaning out and re-organizing my studio.

Thank goodness no paintings were damaged, and I have plenty of work for the upcoming Breckenridge outdoor Art Festival, July 24-26.

There is always a bright side to things and it is up to us to discover and embrace that side!
"Accent the positive, eliminate the negative......"  remember that song?

Indian Mountain Fall
18x24 pastel, framed
$ 1200.00 plus shipping ($85.00)

Prints of this piece also available here: FineArtAmerica

I am looking forward to showing some of my newer pastel works at the Breckenridge Art Festival, located off of Main Street in Breckenridge.  This is one of my favorite pieces this year.  I wanted to hold it for entry into some upcoming national shows, but with the glass and frame it would be expensive and a little risky to ship off.

What a joy and privilege to get to paint every day.  I am very thankful.
Have a wonderful week.