The goal of Evelyn Dunphy's workshops is to share her painting knowledge and experience with each student in the way that will best help them to further their own personal development. As a result, she has become a sought-after teacher with waiting lists for her studio classes and workshops in Maine, Ireland, Europe, Cuba, California, and Nova Scotia, Canada.
I invite you to accompany me to the places that I love to paint. The beauty, wildness, and haunting solitude of the north woods and lakes, Maine's sacred mountain, "Katahdin", and paintings of the Maine seacoast are captured in luminous watercolor and watermedia. My work shows familiar views of Maine in a new context. The north always claims my attention; sea and sky, the dappled light of the woods, and the myriad of colors in the speckled granite along the shore.
May 23 - 30th, 2020
Anam Cara on the Beara Peninsula, Ireland
Anam Cara is a unique and very special place. We would like people to know that they are coming on retreat, meaning coming away from the dailiness of their lives, to this quiet, beautiful part of Ireland to become part of a creative workshop group to learn and find inspiration for their art as well as to become part of a small, rural, Irish community.
Join us as we experience the haunting beauty that surrounds Anam Cara. The lengthening spring days offer plein-air opportunities in the colorful village of Eyeries, the nearby strand and mountains. Evelyn will lead us in painting the wild, rugged coastal views of this ancient landscape. Brightly colored cottages wind their way down the lane and the misty Killarney Hills overlooking Coulagh Bay reveal themselves in the ever-changing light - it's an artists' paradise.
I’m so happy that you will be joining me at Anam Cara. I am sure you will love it as much as I do; and if you have been with me before, welcome back! Since the village of Eyeries and Anam Cara are a bit “off the beaten track”, travel information will be provided after registration. Please fill out the registration form below, and email back to me at the address provided in the form.
"Evelyn offers the perfect balance of demonstrations and personal painting time. She gives a solid base of educational techniques and then helps each student apply them to their own work. She is completely dedicated to her students and is available to them all day every day."
June 21 - 26, 2020
Plein Air on the Beautiful, Magical Coast of Maine
Join me for a week of painting on Maine’s beautiful coast. There’s nothing so satisfying as being out in the gorgeous scenery of rocks, trees and water, putting paint on paper, seeing the flow of color, and being happy with the result. Plein air painting opens your eyes to the true colors in nature, especially in the shadows. Learning to see and discerning the varieties of texture and values gives you the experience to paint in the studio, and from photographs, with assurance and competence.
"I am just beginning to appreciate what I learned from you in the workshop. Things that I thought I knew but did not really understand are coming to life for me, and my work shows it". - A student in a workshop in Nova Scotia.
August 27 - 30, 2020
Plein Air at Rhodora, Frederic Church Camps, Millinocket, Maine
Frederic Church was a renowned artist of the Hudson River . He was wealthy and traveled to South America and the Middle East during the late19th Century. However, just after Henry David Thoreau, he toured the Katahdin area. He kept coming back.
In 1878, he bought a farm on the shores of Millinocket Lake and built a camp which he named Rhodora. He spent summers and falls there for most of the rest of his life. "You might be intimidated by the fact that Frederic Church was here. However, just the opposite because they are here saying, "Go for it!" said Evelyn Dunphy a well-know Maine water colorist who leads sold-out workshops at Rhodora.
Camp of American Landscape Artist Frederick Church Pulls Painters Back in Time
"It was the most fabulous and most perfect workshop! What a fantastic group of industrious artists who actually painted all day! The instructor is the ultimate! and Jackie is efficient perfection! Yes, I will be along on more painting workshops!"
- D. Peters, Texas
French Escapade Workshop
at Calella de Palfrugell, Spain
Costa Brava, Spain
Corrales, New Mexico
Anam Cara, Beara Peninsula, Ireland
Kejimikujik National Park, Nova Scotia
Rhadora, Frederick Church Camps, Millinocket, Maine
Olana, Hudson, New York (Frederic Church home on the Hudson River)
Evelyn Dunphy is one of those unique artists who can effectively convey her years of knowledge and experience to her students. She takes the fear out of learning watercolor!
- E. O’Connor, Ohio
We had a wonderful time -- such a confluence of gracious and generous hosts, excellent instruction, and a time and place that cannot fail to inspire. I learned so much that I'm already looking at another workshop with you.
- R. Colon, NH
"I must tell you how valuable this workshop has been to me. I now understand the qualities of pigments, values and temperature and what their variations can bring to a painting. I also had a gestalt with regard to osmosis and the use of watercolor. I also want you to know that I appreciate the passion that you bring to your work and to your teaching. It is really a joy to be one of your students." - Thanks, Ruth.
"Overlooking Gordes, Painting in Provence with French Escapade"
"The individual attention you get in a class with Evelyn is not only something rare, I had never found it in a class before. She makes you feel like you're the only one in the room when she is teaching you or answering your questions and then she revels with you as you learn to fly on your own. It is also a joy, (as you can see when you lay eyes on any of her own work) to watch her paint. She paints briefly in class, in order to demonstrate certain techniques. This was most helpful to me as I am a visual learner and although it's been several months since my classes in Ireland, I can still see her demonstrations and paintings in my minds eye. Be ready to work hard at what you love, because no one works harder than Evelyn. The example she sets continues to inspire long after her classes are over!"
- Lori J. McKenna
"Painting at Hospital St-Remy-de-Provence - Remembering Van Gogh"
"Evelyn enthusiastically gave me confidence to experiment with new techniques - so appreciated the individual attention I received in her class".
"For years I thought watercolor was a faded, pastel color medium. I like to paint in a bright, jewel toned pallet and Evelyn not only taught me that it was possible in water color, but how to make the colors dance and shine with shadow and value. The results are exactly what I'd wished for and far exceeded my expectations of watercolor."
I have taken several workshops with Evelyn in Nova Scotia, New Mexico, and Tuscany. She has become one of my mentors because she opens her heart and generously shares all she has learned throughout the years she has been painting. She offered me ideas and support that were tailored to my needs at the time. Evelyn is one of those rare artists who knows how to teach. Her workshops are thoroughly planned to ensure her students will benefit from every moment of the experience. Unlike some painters with whom I’ve taken workshops, Evelyn makes sure to work individually with each participant during her workshops; she provides sound suggestions for improvement laced with much needed encouragement. Students leave one of Evelyn’s workshops with a wealth of information and the impetus to keep asking “what if” when they begin to apply the new techniques they’ve learned. Questions posed in e-mails are promptly and thoughtfully answered. Additionally, her blog offers insights into the process of creating a painting and the trepidation that most artists feel when they face the blank canvas to work on a new inspiration. In brief, Evelyn Dunphy is deserving of this award for mentorship because she embraces all the best qualities of a teacher and painter, warmly helping other artists on their path. - Karen Vierneisel