"Landscapes, Mindscapes and Sacred Places"
Workshop & Critique
June 19, 20, or 21, 2020
10:00am - 4:00pm
*Class size is limited to 8 artists per session to comply with social distancing guidelines*
It’s about the process, experience, experimentation, letting go and finding the artists within!
This watercolor workshop is for beginners to advanced painters. We will paint impressionistic landscapes and develop a sense of perspective and texture using watercolors and splattering techniques. We will start out bold and free, creating interesting backgrounds. Using layering methods, our paintings will emerge, and with final attention to the details, an exciting painting will be born!
Break for Lunch 12-1
1pm – 4pm: Continue Painting with Group
& Individual Instruction and Encouragement
$40.00 Registration + $8 Supply Fee. Supply list will be sent upon registration.
For information email@example.com (530) 899-8401
"Influences" Virtual Art Gallery
at Broadway Heights
The Mind Vacation Art Gallery and Reception on February 12th, 2020,
featured the work of 7 art instructors who have positively influenced the creative journey of the art students that attend Mind Vacation Watercolor Workshops and Retreats. These talented mentor/teachers continue to inspired the art community throughout the world. The intent of this exhibit is to honor these mentors and to create a sense of unity in the art community
Artists: Carol Preble Miles, Christine Mac Shane, Janet Lombardi-Blixt, Kathleen Presentati, Amber Palmer, Lian Quan Zhen, In loving memory of Sal Casa, and Mind Vacation Artists.
The history and collective skills that these seven master teachers is very powerful, like a ripple effect the creative energy continues to influence the world.
2019's October and November events
I am pleased to be participating in Chico Art Center's Open Studios Art Tour this year. Come support local artists and swing by my studio to view my art and photography! There are a series of events leading up to the tours this October:
PATRON'S EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW RECEPTION
Saturday October 5, 6-8pm
$30 per person, tour guide & map included
Tickets available now at the Chico Art Center
& through their website:
Friday, October 18, 5-7pm
Enjoy Artwork by 62 participating artists. Purchase your $12 ticket and plan your self-guided adventure!
If you would like to purchase one of these paintings, please contact me at or at 530.899.8401.
"Byzantine and Rust"
Workshop & Critique
November 15, 16, 17 2019
10:00am - 4:00pm
What makes a painting intriguing? Atmosphere, texture, composition and of course color! We will be creating weathered wood and rusty mental textures and incorporate these skills by painting interesting doors, windows, barns, and old buildings such as water tank houses or abstract designs.
Earlier this year...
October 11, 12, &13 2019
Watercolor Workshop with Lian Quan Zhen
Lian Quan Zhen intstructed Mind Vacation Artists on a three-day watercolor workshop event hosted by Amber Palmer. A special thank you to Lian who traveled to Chico in order to inspire our artists and share his experience and skills. A thank you as well to artists who accomodated Lian throughout his stay and everyone who brought their creative minds and souls to the workshop!
Future workshops and retreats with Lian Quan Zhen can be found here soon.
For more information on Lian, visit
Downtown Chico 30th Annual Art Walk
With Broadway Heights featuring Mind Vacation Artists!
With live music and hors d'oeuvres catered by Broadway Heights, the Mind Vacation Workshop artists were excited to show off their work and basque in the community of creatives.
300 Broadway, Chico CA 95926 (530) 899-8075
Sausalito Bay and Angel Island
Mind Vacation Retreat
On our Mind Vacation Retreat, we sailed from Sausalito Bay to Angel Island--reveling in the beauty of San Francisco and capturing the scenery with our paintbrushes. With Gallery hopping, dinners and picnics by the water, and painting on the boat--It's safe to say we had a great Mind Vacation. Come join us next time! Info for the next retreat will be posted here shortly.
June 14, 15, 16 "Octopus's Garden Under the Sea"
July 13 "Forest Streams & Reflections" - Butte Meadows
July 19, 20, 21 "Primary Colors"
August 16, 17, 18 "Chicken or the Egg!"
September 20, 21, 22 "She Sails Sea Shells Down by the Sea Shore" - Sausalito
October 11, 12, 13 Painting Workshop with Lian Quan Zhen
November 15, 16, 17 "Byzantine and Rust"
December 14 Holiday Party
April 23-26 Red Rock Canyon Workshop:
Spring Mountain State Park and Valley of Fire ft. Lian Quan Zhen